Minutes of Meeting, Tuesday 7th July 2019


The Parish Council met on Tuesday, 7th July 2019 at 7.30 pm in the Evangelical Church Hall.





Chairman: Councillor R Siddall

Vice-Chairman: Councillor N. Lawrence


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


444. Apologies for Absence Apologies were received from Councillors Cater-Hughes and Cornell.


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


446. Minutes 4/6/2019

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 4th June 2019 be approved and confirmed.


447. a) Planning decisions received from Maldon District Council

        FUL/MAL/19/00445 Removal of condition 15 on approved application FUL/MAL/18/01215 (Demolition of

         former greenhouses and construction of smokehouse for the preparation, curing and smoking of fish.) Land at

         Chigborough farm, Chigborough Road. This was approved.

       b) Latest planning applications No planning applications were received.

         c) Planning appeals No planning appeals were received.

      d) Withdrawn applications

         19/00457/FUL Change of land use to residential and erection of fence. Oakwood Cottage, Green Lane.

         This application has now been withdrawn.


448. Review of handover of portfolios.

Councillor Cater-Hughes has now taken over community speeedwatch. Councillor Lawrence has begun work on traffic management. Cllr. Mark Durham supports the need for a flashing speed sign, which the companies at Beckingham Business Park will help fund. Councillor Hughes is in charge of common land and neighbour hood watch scheme. Councillor Venton is in charge of village open spaces and Councillor Hare, maintenance.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall to meet with Councillor Lawrence to hand over the information on traffic management. Chairman Siddall to also meet with Councillor Venton to complete forms for funding for village open spaces. Chairman Siddall to talk to MP, Priti Patel regarding the traffic survey done in 2018.


449. Register of Interests, contact details, communication

Councillors Cater-Hughes and Cornell have still to send in their Register of Interests, which have to be done within 28 days of taking office. Councillors Hughes and Lawrence still have to complete contact details forms. All Councillors reminded to reply to important emails to acknowledge they have seen them.

RESOLVED Councillor Cater-Hughes and Cornell to send Register of Interests forms asap. The Clerk to email Councillors Hughes and Lawrence with blank contact details forms for them to complete.


450. Village space and open land

The land in front of The Green needs registering as a village green. Sawyers field is owned by MDC so must be registered as a village green, to stop the possibility of it being developed.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall and Councillor Venton to complete forms for both areas.


451. Bridge onto Common update

Peter Hare waiting for quote for materials to repair the second bridge.

RESOLVED Councillor Hare to keep the Parish Council informed as to the progress.



452. Review of “Tommy” war memorial unveiling

There was a good turnout on the day. The dignitaries were very complimentary. Chairman Siddall thanked Dean James and Councillor Lawrence for his help in the installation; Elly and Rob Andrew-Hemming for their donation to pay for the planning fee; Mary Keeble for funding the architect’s fees. £130 was donated on the day and the £15 left after all costs paid was given to the Evangelical Church for the use of the hall on the day. Thanks were also extended to Councillors Hughes, Venton and Cater-Hughes for their help on the day. A photographer was present on the day and photos have been sent to all relevant parties. A letter has been received from the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, which Chairman Siddall read out, thanking the village for the event. A letter was also received from Martin Barraud, the “Tommy” creator stating that this is now a lasting memorial for the village.

A Parishioner thanked the Parish Council for their work in organising the day.

RESOLVED The plaque to be concreted in. The 4th Tommy to be moved to different locations in the village whenever there are events. Chairman Siddall to get the Tommy memorial registered as a war memorial.


453. Playground Inspection

This has now been organised and will be done this month.

RESOLVED When have results, can see what needs to be done.


454. Sawyers Road car park.

A question had been raised by a parishioner as to why the car park in Sawyers Road is always locked. This is to stop people parking illegally.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall has the key to the car park and can open it when there are village events.


455. Traffic issues over the last month.

Cables have been brought down by a large lorry. Councillor Lawrence has been in communication with Clarks regarding this. Openreach have inspected the cable damage. There is an MDC initiative to lower speeds in villages to 20mph, although the companies at Beckingham Business Park have already agreed to this, but do not always do it.

It has been proven that removing road markings will slow down the traffic.



456. Neighbourhood watch and burglaries

Wickham Bishops have set up a WhatsApp group to alert villagers of any unusual activity. Councillor Hughes to look into doing the same thing in Little Totham. By the end of the year there will 15 more police in the Maldon district and a further 9 in 2020.

RESOLVED Councillor Hughes to co-ordinate over the next few weeks. Chairman Siddall to promote on Facebook and the website.


457. Invoices presented for payment


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

R.Collins                                                            1st qtr wages      

HMRC                                             £21.50     1st qtr income tax

Autela payroll                                  £24.99      1st qtr payroll services

R. Siddall                                           £59.99       Microsoft renewal

LT Evangelical Church                     £15.00         Tommy event


458. Correspondence

Buckingham Palace garden party – Chairman Siddall to complete forms

Maldon Thurstable 100 members councils meeting 25th July 2019 – Chairman Siddall to attend

Maldon District conservation and design award scheme – Councillor Venton to complete forms re: Tommys

VE day 75th anniversary celebrations 8 – 10th May 2020. – the village to organise events.

Nuclear decommissioning authority event 16th July, London

EALC legal update

RESOLVED Non specific items were placed in the correspondence folder for circulation to all Councillors.


There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.07 p.m.




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


Verges very overgrown, Clerk to email Highways

Green bins not being collected, plus sometimes pink bags and black bags also not collected