Minutes of Meeting, Tuesday 3rd November 2020

The Parish Council met on Tuesday, 3rd November at 7.30 pm via Zoom.



Chairman: Councillor R. Siddall



Councillors: T. Gritton, R. White, J. Hughes, V.Hare                                 Also in attendance 1 parishioner


261. Apologies for Absence: Councillors Venton and Lawrence sent apologies


262. To invite Councillors to declare an interest in matters on the Agenda. Councillor Gritton declared an interest in planning application 20/00946/FUL.


263. Minutes 06/10/2020

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 6th October 2020 be approved and confirmed.


264. a) Planning decisions received from Maldon District Council

         None were received.

         b) Latest planning applications

         20/00946/FUL Agricultural building, Pheasant Oak, Green Lane.

         The Parish Council recommended refusal of this application.

         Amended application: 20/00493/FUL Land south of Beckingham Business Park. Erection of 13 units etc.

         The Parish Council recommended refusal of the original application and had no further comment to make.

       c) Appeals

         20/00157/FUL Land east of Bradwell Power Station, Downhall Beach, Bradwell-on-Sea. Application to

         carry out ground investigations.

         The Parish Council recommended refusal of the original application.



265. Essex Forest Initiative

RESOLVED Councillor Venton was not present so this was carried forward to the next meeting.


266. Memorial plaque update and fencing around the War Memorial

Councillor Lawrence is no further forward on getting prices for the plaque. The metal fencing was discussed and all present agreed that Chairman Siddall should purchase it at a cost of £232.00

RESOLVED Councillor Lawrence to report on the plaque at the next meeting. Chairman Siddall to buy the metal fencing.


267. Bulb planting update

Dean James and Jan Culley-Eary planted 1000 daffodil bulbs and 200 tulip bulbs around the village. Chairman Siddall proposed adding more each year and when do the Spring Clean buy more shrubs for the area around the pond.

RESOLVED This was agreed by all present. Chairman Siddall to purchase the necessary plants next year.


268. Traffic issues and Community Group update

Councillor Gritton and Councillor Lawrence had designed a flyer to be delivered to all areas of the village where the movement of vehicles is a problem. An application needs to be done again to get the village’s own VAS.

RESOLVED The Clerk to photocopy the flyer and deliver 100 copies to Councillor Gritton for distribution

Councillor Gritton to deal with the application.




269. Owl boxes

Councillor Hughes had spoken to her neighbour, Mr Taylor, who is an authority on owls. As the birds are territorial Councillor Hughes and Mr Taylor are going to look around The Plains and see what is already there before choosing the correct site for a new Barn Owl box.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall to authorise Councillor Hughes to purchasean owl box on behalf of LTPC at an estimated cost of £110.


270. Digital Demand Responsive Transport survey (D-DRT) and Community Engagement survey

Chairman Siddall had requested all Councillors to complete these surveys.

RESOLVED Of those Councillors present, most had completed the surveys.


271. Invoices presented for payment


MDC                   Trucam July – September 20     £246.24

Skippers               Grass cutting August – October £306.00




272. Correspondence

The Clerk had received an email from the Enforcements Office confirming they would investigate the container and mobile home situated in Park Wood Lane.

2 posters had been received, for a Christmas Present Appeal and Volunteering in Essex.

Chairman Siddall had been advised by a resident that a footpath was blocked.

RESOLVED The Clerk to continue to email all correspondence while the meetings are held online.

The Clerk to put the posters on notice board and Chairman Siddall to put online.


273. Update from the District Councillor

MDC are holding their Statutory Annual meeting to appoint a new leader and deputy.

There are new proposals for Maldon High Street, the Councillors were urged to look at them.

Remembrance Service – can still go ahead – socially distanced.

Hare coursing is still a problem in Essex – the police are dealing with it. Councillor Siddall is now part of an advisory group liaising with the police.

Covid 19 lockdown – in effect from 5th November to 2nd December.



There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.05 p.m.




Signed by the Chairman ………………………




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