Minutes of Meeting, 3rd |December 2019


The Parish Council met on Tuesday, 3rd December 2019 at 7.30 pm in the Evangelical Church Hall.



Chairman: Councillor R. Siddall

           Vice-Chairman: Councillor N. Lawrence


Councillors: J. Hughes, S. Venton                                                       Also in attendance 5 parishioners


519. Apologies for Absence V. Hare, A. Cater-Hughes. Councillor Cornell did not attend.


520. To invite Councillors to declare an interest in matters on the Agenda. No interests were declared.


521. Minutes 5/11/2019

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 5th November 2019 be approved and confirmed.


522. a) Planning decisions received from Maldon District Council

         19/01068/AGR Prior notification for an agricultural building and farm welfare facilities. Little Renters

         Farm, Beckingham Street. Prior approval require and granted, subject to conditions.

         19/008/89/FUL Section 73A application for the construction of a new dwelling and the change of use of

         associated land to residential (C3) The Bungalow, Green Lane. This was refused.


       b) Latest planning applications

         19/01219/HOUSE and 19/01220/LBC Two storey side extension and removal of three existing outbuildings

          and eastern side projection. Moors Farm, Moors Farm Chase. The Parish Council recommended approval.


523. Bridge onto Common update

Some repairs have been made, but as before, the Parish Council does not know by who. Discussed if steel supports could be welded together to make sufficient length.

RESOLVED Councillor Lawrence to continue to make enquiries regarding using steel supports


524. Village open spaces – work conducted by MDC, Community payback team

The community payback team had done some work in November and will visit twice more in December. Clive Morley very kindly agreed to provide skips to carry away the foliage once the work is complete.

RESOLVED MDC to decide next year on the possibility of the Parish Council taking over the lease of Sawyers field.  Councillor Hughes to arrange for her father to come and inspect the pond.


525. Lord of the Manor and Wayleaves

Councillor Hughes sent an email to Richard Mabbitt as part of the common land appears to have been encroached on by residents, however, the parameters were checked and it was decided this was not common land. The telegraph pole still has not been moved due to the rainy weather.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall to take the agreement to MDC.


526. Playground swings

RESOLVED Councillor Venton has installed the other swing seat


527. Traffic issues over the last month, traffic group possible reform, road repairs

Road signs are being obscured by foliage. The results of the survey have still not been released.

RESOLVED Councillor Lawrence to contact Highways regarding foliage obstructing road signs. Chairman Siddall to chase up survey results again.


528. Community speed watch

This has still not happened. Chairman Siddall asked Councillor Lawrence to take this over, which he agreed to do.

RESOLVED Councillor Lawrence to be given the file.


529. Remembrance Sunday

Chairman Siddall was very pleased at the large turn out on Sunday. It was also reported in the local paper.

RESOLVED Next year to organise the event slightly differently to ensure it runs more smoothly.


530. Additional soldiers for memorial and new plaque

Details of 3 additional soldiers have been discovered who died in the first world war. It was discussed if it would be best to have another plaque made of scrap the first one and have all the names put on a new one.  

Also there was a discussion around purchasing a further Tommy – an aluminium one to be moved around the village while the wooden one stays in the church.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall to order the new Tommy, using funds left over from the Tommy collection. Councillor Lawrence to find out the cost of a new plaque.


531. Financial Planning

The amount of precept needed for 2020 was discussed. In this year it is likely the Parish Council will take over the upkeep of Sawyers field, which will require more funds. Councillor Hughes proposed increasing the precept to £8,000. This was seconded by Councillor Venton.

RESOLVED The Clerk to bring next month details of how last year’s precept was decided and the forms for 2020.


531. Invoices presented for payment

Little Totham Evangelical Church    £15.00       Hire of hall (paid by standing order)

Little Totham Evangelical Church     £15.00       Use of hall for additional day (BP)


532. Correspondence and update from District Councillor

The “Local Electricity Bill”

e-voice website, replacing EssexInfo.

The British Spring Clean

EALC calendar of courses for 2020


Essex Police, monthly information

Small Business Event, 7th December, Maldon High Street

Parish Clerk forum minutes

Glasdon leaflets

Common land, parishioner email.

Dog bins – the one in Sawyers field is metal and in a very poor condition. The Clerk to contact Highways.


District Councillor update

MDC has made a lot of changes recently to save money. Their IT facilities are now up to date. The suggestion that the Council offices are moved to Wycke Hill, in new premises, is a bad idea according to Councillor Siddall.. Also the idea that the Yacht Club is moved/closed has been questioned by Councillor Siddall.

3 enforcement issues were raised: the 3 stables in Sheepcoates Lane. The scaffolding at the old poultry shed in Park Wood Lane. The new mobile home behind a 6 foot 6 inch gate and fencing in Park Wood Lane.

There is a new MDC website “mymaldon” which all can access.

In Maldon library there is a collection underway, where people can donate unneeded coats to those in need.

MDC accounts for last financial year have still not been presented.

RESOLVED Items were placed in the correspondence folder for circulation to all Councillors. District Councillor Siddall to continue to report what is happening at MDC.


There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.30 p.m.


Signed by The Chairman ……………………………………….




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