Minutes of Meeting, Tuesday 5th February 2019


The Parish Council met on Tuesday, 5th February 2019 at 7.30 pm in the Evangelical Church Hall.




CHAIRMAN: Councillor Mr R Siddall

Vice Chairman: Mr P Cornell


Councillors: P Wakelin, V Hare, J Vango Searle                                       Also in attendance 4 parishioners


368. Apologies for Absence No apologies were received.


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


370. Minutes 8/12/2018

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 8th January 2019 be approved and confirmed.


371. a) Planning decisions received from Maldon District Council


         Proposed first floor side and rear extension and single storey rear extension. 1 Lee Cottages The Street

         The Council approved this application.



         Proposed 2 No. dwelling, one as a replacement and one to include demolition of intensive poultry buildings.

         Moorah Farm, Plains Road, Tolleshunt Major. The Council refused this application.


        b) Latest planning applications

         19/00100/FUL Three bed bungalow, land between 4 Oaktrees and Lee Cottages, The Street

         The Parish Council recommended the refusal of planning permission as the site is too cramped and congested.

         inappropriate design. Unsustainable – ref BE1 and DE1. Unneighbourly ref DE. Close proximity to

      neighbouring properties, loss of privacy


        c) Planning appeals

        No planning appeals were received.


372. Update on traffic movement

Chairman Siddall after speaking to Priti Patel MP, she said to follow up previous emails to Cllr. Mark Durham regarding the lack of response from him and ECC.

Cllr Durham replied that the Parish Council needs to raise funds for the flashing traffic sign and ECC may then contribute, however the cost of the sign is still unknown and Cllr Durham was asked to provide these. Companies on Beckingham Business Park will also help fund the sign. Cllr Durham thought is highly unlikely that the route to and from Beckingham Business Park would be re-sited.10 offenders were caught by Trucam in January.

Councillor Vango Searle had contacted Colin at Great Totham Parish Council and we can borrow their speed gun between Friday and Wednesday any week. Colin also offered to come and help at the first session.


RESOLVED Hi Viz jackets to be purchased by Councillor Cornell. Councillor Vango-Searle, to contact all those trained to use the speed camera to identify dates when we can get 3 people together to conduct speed watches, he can then use this to produce a schedule of dates to conduct the speed watches. Councillor Vango-Searle to attend a speed camera training course. Councillor Vango-Searle to liaise with Great Totham about the loan of the camera..


373. Update on EALC application and dumping on vegetation on the common

Chairman Siddall and Vice Chairman Cornell are meeting Friday, 8th February to fill in the application form for funding Councillor Cornell has spoken to a parishioner regarding the dumping of vegetation on the common.


RESOLVED The application form to be sent off this month and Chairman Siddall to email Cllr. Durham for support.

The situation on the common to be monitored.


374. Register of The Green and Sawyers field

RESOLVED This is ongoing.


375. Sawyers Road surface

RESOLVED This is ongoing, Chairman Siddall has again emailed Cllr. Durham


376. Landscape fund money

RESOLVED Councillor Cornell still checking up.


377. New Councillors

2 parishioners have expressed an interest in becoming Parish Councillors.

RESOLVED ongoing


378. Update on sign for Sawyers Field entrance.

RESOLVED Councillor Cornell has ordered the sign and will meet the cost and install himself. The Council thanked Councillor Cornell.


380. Permanent “Tommy” war memorial

Chairman Siddall has emailed MDC to see if they will waive the planning application fee for the “Tommy” memorial, as it is for charity. The costs from TBNT for the “Tommy” have been received and there was a discussion as to if a outline model or a full one would be best an how many to order.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall to prepare the planning application. Councillor Cornell to get a quote from a local man to make a steel Tommy, then Chairman Siddall and Councillor Cornell to make the decision on which would be best and place the order. The Clerk to contact the Lord Lieutenant of Essex and see if he would attend the unveiling on Friday 28th June and ask if a member of the Royal family would carry out the unveiling ceremony.


381. Litter picking

A date of 13th April was chosen to join in the Great British Spring Clean and litter pick throughout the village.

RESOLVED The Clerk to complete the forms.


382. Invoices presented for payment


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

MDC                                                £191.22     Trucam 5 hours Oct to December 2018

Petty cash                                           £60.00       stationery etc

Skippers                                             £306.00     grass cutting Nov to December 2018


383. Correspondence

EALC legal update, including information on the upcoming local elections.

Bradwell B Community newsletter

Points of Light NALC publication

Police report

Council to close Tourist Information office.

The defibrillator has been received and will be fixed on the outside wall of The Swan once a new CCTV camera has been installed. Currently the defibrillator is in the pub. A local lady will carry out training on its use.

A street light is not working by the Evangelical hall.


RESOLVED The Clerk to contact the Highways Dept about the broken light. All items put in the correspondence folder for circulation to the Councillors.



There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.20 p.m.




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




No new items were raised.