Minutes of Meeting, Tuesday 7th May 2019


The Parish Council met on Tuesday, 7th May 2019 at 8.00 pm in the Evangelical Church Hall,

immediately following the Annual Parish Council meeting.




CHAIRMAN: Councillor R. Siddall

Vice-Chairman: Councillor N. Lawrence


Councillors: V Hare, A Cater-Hughes, J Hughes                                     Also in attendance 9 parishioners


416. Apologies for Absence S. Venton


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


418. Minutes 2/4/2019

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 2nd April 2019 be approved and confirmed.


419. a) Planning decisions received from Maldon District Council

        No decisions were received.

       b) Latest planning applications

        19/00369/FUL To install 3 steel statues as a permanent war memorial. Totham Plains, The Street

         The Parish Council supported this application. D1 The design and quality will enhance the village and add a

         community asset and art works. DS3 It will become a heritage asset. REC4 It will enhance the common land      

         and the village sign is already located there, so it will not infringe access or the nature of the land.

         c) Planning appeals

     No planning appeals were received.


420. Potential breaches of planning control.

New fence, at new house, Poplars, Plains Road. This was discussed as the bridleway is now slightly narrower, but still

wide enough to meet regulations.

Caravan in Park Wood Lane.

Lorries going to the old poultry sheds, Park Wood Lane in anti-social hours.

RESOLVED No action to be taken about the fence. The Enforcement services at MDC are investigating the caravan.

There is an ongoing investigation into the poultry sheds.


421. Portfolios for new Councillors

This was discussed and following portfolios allocated.

RESOLVED The portfolios are as follows:


Chairman Siddall                Website and Facebook maintenance. Community liaison. Maintaining standing orders and

                                            financial regulations.

Vice-Chairman Lawrence    Traffic management project

Councillor Hare                Village asset maintenance

Councillor Cater-Hughes    Community speed watch co-ordination

Councillor Hughes              Totham plains


Village open spaces still to be allocated.


422. Litter picking 13th April

Only 4 people turned up for this event

RESOLVED To be rescheduled to September 2019.


423. Bridge onto common update

The bridge has been repaired, but it has been done without the Parish Council’s knowledge or by whom. Peter Hare

inspected the repair and this was discussed at the meeting.

RESOLVED A notice to go out thanking the repairer, but the bridge will be replaced as it is the responsibility of the

Parish Council and the new bridge will last much longer.


424. Permanent “Tommy” war memorial

Letters have been sent out inviting local dignitaries to the unveiling on the 28th June and most people have now accepted.

RESOLVED 2 parishioners will sort out the base for the Tommy memorial. Peter Hare to weld the Tommies together.

Plaques to be ordered to go on the memorial. Volunteers to make cakes and scones for the event to be advertised in the local newsletter. In the evening there will be a barbeque and beer tent. Follow up letters to be sent to those attending the event with more detail.


425. Annual Parish meeting 10th May

The Agenda has now been published for this meeting.

RESOLVED Volunteers to distribute leaflets for the meeting, to encourage as many parishioners as possible to attend for the presentation to ex-Councillor Wakelin.


426. Speed sign.



427. Broadband speed

Chairman Siddall has emailed Councillors Durham and Bentley to see if there is funding available for an improved


RESOLVED Awaiting replies.


428. Honorary title of Village Alderman

This is a high honour awarded to Councillors with over 12 years as a Councillor. The Council discussed making Peter Wakelin an Honorary Village Alderman in appreciation of his many years on the Parish Council and work in the village.

RESOLVED This was unanimously supported and the award will be presented at the Annual Parish meeting on the 10th May.


429. Invoices presented for payment


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

EALC                                                 £124.96     Affiliation fees, EALC and NALC

Skippers                                            £306.00     Grass cutting Feb - April

R. Collins                                          £60.00       Petty cash

P.Hare Ltd                                           £82.50       Litter picking equipment



430. Correspondence

Essex Partnership University NHS – looking for volunteer governors

Play equipment

Footpath diversion

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


There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.5 p.m.




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


Tommy event

Banking mandate