Minutes of Meeting, Tuesday 6th July 2021

The Parish Council met on Tuesday, 6th July in the Evangelical Hall, at 7.30pm




                                                     Chairman: Councillor R. Siddall

                                                      Vice-Chairman N. Lawrence


Councillors: T. Gritton, S.Venton, J. Hughes, V. Hare                                     Also in attendance 2 parishioners


334. Apologies for Absence: No one was absent


335. To invite Councillors to declare an interest in matters on the Agenda. None were declared


336. Minutes 4/5/21

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 4th May 2021 be approved and confirmed. There was no Parish Council meeting in June, due to changes in the advice for Corona Virus.


337. a) Planning decisions received from Maldon District Council

       LDP/MAL/21/00399 Claim for lawful development certificate for a proposed single storey ground floor

         extension to replace existing conservatory. High Elves, 7 Sawyers Road.

         The Council refused this application.

        b) Latest planning applications – none received.


       c) Appeals – none received


338. Co-option of a new Councillor

Nobody had applied to MDC to become a Parish Councillor.

RESOLVED The current Parish Councillors to think of who may be willing to join the Parish Council.


339. Common land, tree planting, gardening, bridge update

The bridge has now been repaired. There were beams left over which could be used to form a bridge onto the large common, off Office Lane. Trees can be provided free to increase the number in the vicinity and it was suggested they could make a “Queen’s Wood” for her Majesty’s jubilee next year. The Community Payback team could clear the overgrown areas. Paths are needed through the large common from Plains Road. There are 45 acres in total, which would be an asset to the village if maintained. The Commoners Register shows which families or property has the right to use the common., but recently an area has been cleared and a football goal put up on the common.

Next Saturday was proposed to do some more gardening on the area near The Swan.

RESOLVED Councillor Venton to sort out the free trees to be planted October – November this year. Councillor Hare to ask Peter Hare if he could quote to clear the common in September and erect a new bridge.

The willow tree in Post Office Lane to be assessed to see if it is dangerous – if so the Parish Council insurers could pay to have it removed, Councillor Venton to get quotes for this. Chairman Siddall to purchase top-soil for the area near The Swan. Once all the work has been done a gardener will be employed to maintain the area. Resident Ann Jesney is willing to take on this role.


340. Traffic issues and Community Group update

No volunteers were forthcoming following the request for people to join the group. Next meeting is Wednesday, next week. The “20 is plenty” meeting went ahead on Zoom and it was decided stickers would be ordered for people to use in the village. ECC supports this message in residential areas and is reviewing in a new survey.

ECC Highways department has £5k for signage and road-side improvements. Village gateways are viable and a walk-able verge in School Road. Councillor Gritton to apply to EEC, with Chairman Siddall’s assistance, for a verge from Green Lane to the stream. This would also slow down traffic as the road would be narrowed. It was suggested that the white lines were removed so it does not look as if it is suitable for 2-way traffic.

VAS – the rules are changing; more to follow when available.

RESOLVED The community traffic group to report at the next Parish Council meeting.


341. Wicks Manor traffic

Councillor Hughes met with the CEO of Wicks Manor. The lorries are to stop in July. A dog food company is due to operate from there instead.

RESOLVED The situation to be monitored to see what difference this makes to the traffic.


342. Penny Brook access

Several residents have expressed concern over the new access off the road to a pond and summer house.

RESOLVED The Clerk to contact the owner.


343. Broken fence in Sawyers car park

The broken part of the fence has been mended with a metal support and tape, it is unlikely this is the work of the Highways Department.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall to follow this up.


344. Platinum Jubilee

A village party was suggested, the 1st weekend of June 2022, followed by 2 Bank Holidays on the following Monday and Tuesday.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall to liaise with the village communities: church, pub etc.


345. Memorial plaque update at the War Memorial

Councillor Lawrence is still waiting for the new plaque layout for approval.



346. Internal Audit of Accounts

Margaret Chambers, once again, carried out the internal Audit, for which the Parish Councillors thanked her.  She only had one query, which was resolved.

RESOLVED The Clerk has now sent the forms to the external auditor.


347. Correspondence

The Clerk had emailed most items to the Councillors. The Trucam figures for May were reported.

RESOLVED The Clerk to continue to email correspondence


348. Update from the District Councillor

Highways – are carrying out road improvements and improving visual aspects of the road.

The Local Development Plan – As we don’t have a 5 year land supply the whole district is open to speculative development. There is new ldp being produced and going forward for the next 15 – 20 years. Sustainability and facilities are amongst the areas being looked at.

Bradwell B new nuclear power station – put on hold for one year.

Council Officers – will be returning to their offices from the end on the lockdown. Officers are to ensure that the land owned by MDC is used to help them sustain the Council financially.

OMD “One Maldon District” has been set up to bring together services such as NHS, Doctors’ surgeries, police, M.P.s, and social services to see what is required.

Two new Enforcement Officers will be starting in 2021.

A new Community Police Officer has been appointed – Councillor Siddall has emailed them regarding speeding and anti-social behaviour.


There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.52 p.m.



           Signed by the Chairman ……………………… 


New Parish Councillor

Speed-watch volunteer