The Parish Council met on Tuesday, 4th June 2019 at 7.30 pm in the Evangelical Church Hall.
Vice-Chairman: Councillor N. Lawrence
Councillors: V Hare, A Cater-Hughes, J Hughes, S. Venton, Also in attendance 13 parishioners
431. Apologies for Absence Apologies were received from Chairman Siddall.
432. To invite Councillors to declare an interest in matters on the Agenda. No interests were declared.
433. Minutes 7/5/2019
RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 7th May 2019 be approved and confirmed.
434. Co-option of new Councillor
There were 2 applicants for the 1 position still unfilled on the Parish Council. Having questioned both the applicants it became clear that only 1 was eligible. Phillip Cornell was then co-opted onto the Parish Council.
435. a) Planning decisions received from Maldon District Council
FUL/MAL/19/00206 Use of land for provision of a mobile home for gypsy/traveller accommodation.
Land on south side, Park wood Lane. This was refused.
FUL/MAL/19/00218 Section 73A application for the retention of stables and use of land for keeping of horses
with related hardstanding. Land on south side, Park wood Lane. This was approved.
FUL/MAL/19/00219 Section 73A application for the retention of stables and use of land for keeping of horses
with related hardstanding. Land opposite Sheepcoates Hall, Sheepcoates Lane, Park wood Lane This was
FUL/MAL/19/00221 Section 73A application for the retention of stables and use of land for keeping of horses
with related hardstanding. Land opposite Godfreys Cottages, Sheepcoates Lane, Park wood Lane This was
b) Latest planning applications
19/00457/FUL Change of land use to residential and erection of fence. Oakwood Cottage, Green Lane
The Parish Council recommended refusal of this application for the following reasons: The land is outside the
settlement boundary and we do not see the need for change of use. Effect on the character of the landscape.
The size of the area being redefined is excessive in relation to the need for a climbing frame.
19/00445/FUL Removal of condition 15 on approved application FUL/MAL/18/01215 (Demolition of
Former greenhouses and construction of smokehouse for the preparation of curing and smoking of fish)
Land at Chigborough Farm, Chigborough Road. The Parish Council supported the original application and made
no further comment.
c) Planning appeals
No planning appeals were received.
436. Potential breaches of planning control.
Shipping container next to stables on Sheepcoates Lane. This was reported to the enforcement Office.
RESOLVED Enforcement Notice 19/00125/CU issued
437. Broadband speed update.
The Clerk read out a letter from Essex County Council stating that there were no plans at present to do any
Improvements in Little Totham, but did give information on other companies that may be able to help.
RESOLVED Councillor Cater-Hughes to look into funding and contact the companies.
438. Bridge onto Common update
One of the bridges onto the common has now been rebuilt by Peter Hare, who the Parish Council thanked for his efforts. The other bridge also needs fixing and Peter Hare has agreed to do this.
RESOLVED Councillor Hare to keep the Parish Council informed as to the progress.
439. Update on permanent “Tommy” war memorial
The positioning of the Tommy’s was discussed and a working party to agree a time between themselves. Chairman Siddall is organizing the logistics of the day.
RESOLVED Councillor Cater-Hughes to liaise with the working party and Chairman Siddall to provide details of the day to all the invited parties. Leaflets to be distributed around the village by the Parish Councillors.
440. Playground Inspection
No reply has been received from MDC following the Clerk contacting them by email.
RESOLVED The Clerk to contact MDC again.
441. Car show review
This event went very well, with £1,300 being raised for the church. There were still a few parking issues, with lots of
visitors parking their cars on The Street.
RESOLVED Councillor Hughes to talk to the car show organisers.
442. Invoices presented for payment
Little Totham Evangelical Church £15.00 Hire of hall (paid by standing order)
Little Totham Evangelical Church £15.00 Hire of hall – extra day in May
Tommy bank account £309.38 VAT reclaimed from cost of Tommy’s
BHIB £462.42 Insurance
R. Siddall £56.38 Retirement gifts
ECC footway repair scheme
Essex Heritage news
Gang of thieves, stealing sit-on lawnmowers
EALC legal update
EALC County update
Glasdon village signs and village gateways
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 8.15 p.m.
Signed by The Chairman ……………………………………….
ITEMS FOR NEXT MONTH’S AGENDA
Review of handover of portfolios
Village spaces and common land
Sawyers Road car park sign
Sawyers Road car park – why is it kept locked
How to protect against burglaries