Minutes of Meeting, Tuesday 7th July 2020
The Parish Council met on Tuesday, 7th July at 7.30 pm via Zoom. Th Annual Parish Council meeting, that was due to take place before the monthly meeting, was postponed until all Councillors could be present
Chairman: Councillor R. Siddall
Councillors: S. Venton, T. Gritton, R. White Also in attendance 7 parishioners
213. Apologies for Absence Apologies were received from Councillors Hughes, Hare and Lawrence
214. To invite Councillors to declare an interest in matters on the Agenda. No interests were declared.
215. Minutes 2/6/2020
RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 2nd June 2020 be approved and confirmed.
216. a) Planning decisions received from Maldon District Council
FUL/MAL/20/00062 Demolition of existing outbuildings and construction of 2 detached residential
dwellings with associated landscaping and vehicle parking. Agricultural barns adjacent 31 Plains
Road, Great Totham. This application was refused.
b) Latest planning applications
20/00493/FUL Erection of 13 Business and General Industrial Units (Use classes B1b, B1c, Office Block
(Use class B1a) and Café (Use Class A3) complete with related infrastructure including road, parking
Spaces, drainage, landscaping an ecological area. Land south of Beckingham Business Park, Beckingham
Street, Tolleshunt Major.
This was discussed at length. Councillor White objected as more vehicles would go through Little Totham and
she has already had her garden and fencing damaged by lorries, with 30 – 40 vehicles passing her house
every 10 minutes. Councillor Venton said the volume of traffic put too much pressure on the infrastructure and
the business park is too far from main routes. Councillor Gritton remarked that Little Totham is very small, with
very few pavements and dangerous with so many vehicles already passing through the village.
Chairman Siddall explained that all objections must have solid planning reasons. This application has already
been put forward to the North West Planning Committee and Chairman Siddall has also contacted MP Priti
Patel, Councillor Kevin Bentley and Councillor Mark Durham. The debate was then opened up to the
Parishioners; who made the following points:
2 lorries cannot pass each other in the narrower parts of the road through Little Totham and it is dangerous
to walk along the road.
Speed calming measures are needed.
Could there be a new road out of the back of the business park, directly onto the Goldhanger Road?
Over the last few years the dynamics of Little Totham has changed with more children in the village and
residents are concerned that one day there will be an accident, caused by the speed and size of vehicles.
Chairman Siddall responded to all of these points and advised residents they could put up “slow down” signs in
their gardens (but not on the side of the road).
RESOLVED The Parish Council objects to this planning application. Chairman Siddall to draw up a
reply based on planning matters only and forward it to the Clerk to send to MDC.
217. Memorial plaque update and fencing around the War Memorial
As Councillor Lawrence did not attend there was no update on the plaque. Chairman Siddall proposed that the
temporary wooden fencing around the memorial be replaced by metal fencing.
RESOLVED Councillor Lawrence to report on the plaque next month. Chairman Siddall to look into the costings for metal fencing.
218. Playground Inspection
Councillor Venton had contacted Wicksteed, who carried out the last playground inspection and it is due to be
done in September.
RESOLVED Councillor Venton to report when it has been done.
219. Invoices presented for payment
Autela Group £45.17 Payroll services including End of Year submission
All the correspondence received from MDC and EALC by the Clerk during the Coronavirus lockdown had been forwarded by email to the Councillors.
A Community Infrastructure Levy has been proposed and 2 Councillors can attend the online meeting. Councillors
White and Gritton volunteered.
RESOLVED The Clerk to sign them up for the meeting and continue to email any other correspondence while the lockdown continues.
221. Update from the District Councillor
Councillor Siddall reported on the consultation for Bradwell B. The 2nd period of consultation begins this week. There are concerns about the amount of traffic will be generated – in Danbury 700 HGVs will pass through every day while the groundworks are being done. Long term a wharf will be built at Bradwell to bring in materials by sea.
At MDC council meeting it was proposed that the Joint Standards Committee would be revised so it was politically balanced. This was agreed with only 1 Councillor voting against it.
At MDC the offices will now reopen and planning visits etc will re-commence.
Covid 19 has had a serious impact on the finances at MDC.
The roles for the next year for the Parish Councillors were then discussed with the following being allocated:
Councillor Venton playground, open spaces
Councillor White common areas, neighbourhood watch + work with Councillor Venton
Councillor Gritton traffic management
Councillor Lawrence community speedwatch
Councillor Hare to be discussed at the net meeting
Councillor Hughes to be discussed at the next meeting
There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.57 p.m.
Signed by the Chairman ………………………
ITEMS FOR NEXT MONTH’S AGENDA
Annual Parish Council meeting