Minutes of Meeting, Tuesday 11th December 2018


The Parish Council met on Tuesday, 11th December 2018 at 7.30 pm in the Evangelical Church Hall.




CHAIRMAN: Councillor Mr R Siddall

VICE CHAIRMAN: Councillor Mr P Cornell


Councillors: P Wakelin, J Vango Searle                                                               Also in attendance 7 parishioners


333. Apologies for Absence

Apologies were received from Councillor Hare and accepted.


334. To invite Councillors to declare an interest in matters on the Agenda

No interests were declared.


335. Minutes 6/11/2018

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 6th November 2018 be approved and confirmed.


336. a) Planning decisions received from Maldon District Council

         LDP/MAL/19/01092 Eagle Lodge, Plains Road. Claim for lawful development certificate for proposed

         Single storey outbuilding to provide a gym and garden storage incidental to the use of the main dwelling.

         This was refused by the council.


        b) Latest planning applications

         18/01328/HOUSE Proposed side and rear extension. 1 Lee Cottages, The Street.

         The Parish Council approved this application.

       FUL/MAL/18/01238 Proposed 2 No. dwellings, one as a replacement and one to include the demolition of

         intensive poultry buildings. Moor Farm, Plains Road, Tolleshunt Major

         The Parish Council had no objections to this application.


         c) Planning appeals

        18/00378/HOUSE 4 The Green. Single storey and balcony rear extension. This appeal has been allowed by MDC.

         18/00591/HOUSE 2 Ramblers, Wash Lane.

       This appeal has been dismissed by MDC.



337. Annual closure of The Common

Under Common Law rights, the common has to be shut to vehicles for 24 hours once a year. The best date was discussed.

RESOLVED The date chosen was Friday 8th February from 5pm until Saturday 9th February at 4.49pm. This information to be put in the village newsletter.


338.   Shed/shelters, Park Wood Lane

The buildings are on concrete bases, have tiled roofs and wooden sides. The Clerk contacted MDC.

RESOLVED The Enforcement team are looking into this.





339.   Update on traffic movement

Chairman Siddall contacted MP Priti Patel to see whether the results of the traffic survey have been collated. As there was such a large response this information is still being collated. He also emailed Councillor Durham to see what progress there was on getting a flashing traffic speed sign for the village but has not had a reply.

This month 13 offenders were captured on Trucam. 10 people have now been trained to do speedwatch surveys and 3 Hi-Viz jackets will need to be purchased for the teams to wear.

RESOLVED Councillor Vango Searle to liaise with Great Totham Parish Council about when the surveys will be done and when they need support. Councillor Vango-Searle to contact individuals who have been trained to see when they are available and to schedule speed watch surveys. Councillor Vango Searle to book himself on a training course. Councillor Vango-Searle and Councillor Cornell to investigate the price and purchase of Hi-Viz jackets.


340. Update on the pond and tree cutting and Common maintenance

The pond has now been cleared.

RESOLVED Skippers to now cut right up to the edge of the pond to keep it clear. The Common now to be surveyed to see what can be done.


341. Register of Green and Sawyers Field

RESOLVED To be done during December.


342. Sawyers Road surface

This is very patchy.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall to contact Councillor Mark Durham to see what can be done.


343. Landscape fund money

RESOLVED Maureen Harvey to be contacted, as she has the money put aside for landscaping, which could be used for planting near the pond.


344. Update on signs for Post Office Lane

RESOLVED Councillor Hare organising getting signs made.


345. Update on sign for Sawyers Field entrance.

RESOLVED Councillor Cornell sorting out.


346. Permanent “Tommy” war memorial

MDC had been contacted by the Clerk, and it was confirmed that full planning permission will be required for a permanent memorial. A local man, Mr. Poulter has been contacted to see if he could make the steel “Tommy”. He would use the wooden one as a template and make it our of solid steel, painted black and with a red enamel poppy.

Thanks were expressed to Jane Weatherley, Ellie Andrew-Hemming and Dean James for their efforts in collecting money for this memorial. A question was raised about copyright of the image.

RESOLVED Mr. Poulter to quote for the steel Tommy. If acceptable then planning permission would be applied for. Chairman Siddall to investigate the copyright.


347. Clerk’s report.

Confirmation has now been received that Councillor Cornell is now on the mandate for the Parish Council.

Financial spreadsheets were given to each Councillor, showing expenses for 2018/19 and forecast of spending in 2019/20. These were discussed, and a few changes suggested.

RESOLVED A precept of £7,200 for 2019/20 was proposed by Chairman Siddall and seconded by Councillor Cornell.

The Clerk to inform MDC.


348. Invoices presented for payment


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

Little Totham Evangelical Church     £15.00     for extra hire of hall for speed training.

Incipit                                                 £30.00     for set up of computer back up

Just Trees                                           £1,320.00 clearance of pond

R. Collins                                                          3rd quarter wages

R. Collins                                       £24.99       Internal audit gift


349. Correspondence

MDC newsletters

Village defibrillator. To be installed on the side of The Swan, between Christmas and the new year. 1st Aid training now required.

Mr S. Cobb has had letter in reply to our concerns over the refusal of planning permission at Clark’s Farm. He will now re-apply.

An email was received from Mrs L Bennett regarding a 20 mph in Norfolk. Chairman Siddall to investigate and explore this further.

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


There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.50 p.m.




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



Next month’s meeting to be on the 8th January as the 1st is a Bank Holiday.

The date of the Annual Parish meeting to be set.

Recruitment of extra councillors.