Minutes of Meeting, Tuesday 5th November 2019


The Parish Council met on Tuesday, 5th November 2019 at 7.30 pm in the Evangelical Church Hall.




Chairman: Councillor R. Siddall

           Vice-Chairman: Councillor N. Lawrence


Councillors: V. Hare, J. Hughes, A. Cater-Hughes                                                       Also in attendance 5 parishioners


505. Apologies for Absence S. Venton. Councillor Cornell did not attend.


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


507. Minutes 1/10/2019

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 1st October 2019 be approved and confirmed.


508. a) Planning decisions received from Maldon District Council

         FUL/MAL/19/00876 Demolition of existing barn and erection of new dwelling. Land adjacent to The

         Stables, Plains Road. This was refused by the council.

         FUL/MAL/19/00835 Application for a replacement dwelling. Tarrywood Tan, Park Wood Lane.

         This was approved by the council.

         FUL/MAL/19/00890 Portal steel framed agricultural storage building. Pheasant Oak, Green Lane.

         This was refused by the council.


       b) Latest planning applications

         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.

         The Parish Council had no comment to make.

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

         Farm, Beckingham Street. This was for information only and no reply was required.


         c) Appeal decisions

       OUT/MAL/ 15/00419 Land at Broad Street Green, Maypole Road, Great Totham/Heybridge.

      Full Council Committee overturned Officer recommendation to approve. Appeal allowed.


509. 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 make enquiries. Councillor Cater-Hughes to visit company in Wash Lane to see if they could help.


510. Village space and open land

8 members of the Volunteers Trust had spent a day in Sawyers field. If the Parish Council took over Sawyers field the cost for a team of volunteers would be £250 per day. Chairman Siddall is to have a meeting with Sue at MDC regarding working with a community payback team, which is free, but welfare facilities would have to be provided.

The pond was discussed, the major problem being the disposal of earth, tress stumps etc.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall to report on his meeting at MDC at next month’s meeting, and report on the

Parish Council taking over the lease of Sawyers field.  Councillor Hughes to arrange for her father to come and inspect the pond.



511. Problem horses

Chairman Siddall and Councillor Hughes spent a day each trying to find out who owned the horses on the common.

Only 1 of the horses was tethered and the other 3 kept wandering onto the road. A local man came forward and claimed he had grazing rights, but in fact he did not. He also stated that he tethered all the horses but someone else had let them free. Another horse was tethered on the green near The Swan one day.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall told the man the horses on the common must be moved by the end October; which they have now been. Chairman Siddall put a message on Facebook regarding the other horse, stating it would be reported to the police or RSPCA if it was left there again.


512. Playground Inspection review

Councillor Venton has installed one of the new swing seats.

RESOLVED Councillor Venton to install the other seat this month.



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

The damage to School Road has now been repaired. The road surface on Loamy Hill Road was also reported, the Highways department decided there no dangerous conditions so nothing would be done. Road signs are being obscured by foliage. The purchase of a speed sign was again discussed. Chairman Siddall suggested having separate meetings and inviting parishioners just to discuss traffic issues. Councillor Hughes did not agree as parishioners could come to the ordinary monthly meetings if they were concerned. Councillor Lawrence had talked to Matt Hyn at MDC to see what could be done with the results of the speed camera.

RESOLVED Councillor Lawrence to see if Highways approval is needed before a speed camera is purchased and also to contact Councillors Bentley, Durham and Eng. Chairman Siddall to chase up survey results again.


514. Community speed watch

Councillors Hughes and Cater-Hughes had a meeting to discuss the way forward. Councillor Lawrence had spoken to Adrian Rayner – there must be a traffic resolution order in place, before speed checks are done.

RESOLVED Councillor Hughes to contact Colin Atkinson as to when the Parish Council can borrow the speed

camera. The volunteers will also be contacted and Councillor Hughes will check which are the registered sites in Little Totham.


515. Remembrance Sunday

Chairman Siddall and Dean James have been replanting the garden around the memorial and have donated roses and pansies.

Chairman Siddall has taken the original Tommy around the village to various sites this month, it will be in the church for the Remembrance service and the week after.

RESOLVED On Sunday 10th November, there will be a short service at the Tommies Memorial at 10.45am then a minute’s silence at 11am and laying of wreaths and ministers to say a few words before a service at All Saints.


516. Portfolios review – long term strategy and actions

A village pavilion was suggested and discussed; to be sited on Sawyers field. The covenant would need to be checked for the fields. As grants are targeted at this type of building funds should be available, but the Parish Council would need to take over the lease of the field first. This would lead to increase costs in terms of grass cutting and hedge maintenance, which could be phased in over the next few years. The type of building was also discussed, with an Eco building favoured. It would need to have a kitchen and toilet facilities so it could be hired out to help with the additional costs.

Chairman Siddall then put up for discussion the idea that the Parish Council relinquished jurisdiction over the common land. The Parish Council will never be able to own it and have not been maintaining it. The Lord of the Manor would then have the responsibility of maintaining it. This was quite contentious. It was suggested that a questionnaire was sent to all parishioners to get their views, but it was decided this would be left until after the ideas for Sawyers field had been dealt with.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall informed the Parish Councillors that he needed them all to be pro-active and he will pass on to the relevant Councillor any new items that arise.

Councillor Hughes to write to the Lord of the Manor about the recent problems with horses on the common and also to ask him for the official boundaries of the common.




517. Invoices presented for payment

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

MDC                                                   £116.78     Trucam July – September

Skippers                                             £306.00       grass cutting Aug - October


518. Correspondence

Various newsletters were received from MDC. The ditch by the dip in School Road is overgrown; Essex Highways department are to come and inspect.

RESOLVED Items were placed in the correspondence folder for circulation to all Councillors.


There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.55 p.m.




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



Financial review and forecast, setting of precept in January 2020.