Minutes of Meeting, Tuesday 6th November 2018


The Parish Council met on Tuesday, 6th November 2018 at 7.30 pm in the Evangelical Church Hall.




CHAIRMAN: Councillor Mr R Siddall

VICE CHAIRMAN: Councillor Mr P Cornell


Councillors: P Wakelin, V Hare                                                                          Also in attendance 5 parishioners


312. Apologies for Absence

Apologies were received from Councillor Vango Searle and accepted.


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

No interests were declared.


314. Minutes 2/10/2018

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the Parish Council held on the 2nd October 2018 be approved and confirmed.


315. a) Planning decisions received from Maldon District Council

         18/01105/AGR Prior notification for the erection of a storage shed. Old Farm, Park Wood Lane.

         The Council approved this application.

         FUL/MAL/18/00937 Change of use from Sui Generis to a 2 bedroom residential building. Clarks Farm Wash Lane

         The Council refused this application. The meeting was then closed while the applicant put his views on how the

         decision was reached.

       RESOLVED The Parish Council to write to Maldon District Council regarding the inaccuracies in their report and

         treatment of the applicant.

         HOUSE/MAL/18/00924 Proposed 2 storey extension and alterations following demolition of lobby and

         Outbuildings. Moors Farm, Moors Farm Chase.

     The Council approved this application.


        b) Latest planning applications

         18/01215/FUL Demolition of former greenhouses and construction of smokehouse for the preparation, curing

         and smoking of fish. Land at Chigborough Farm, Chigborough Road

         The Parish Council approved this application, as they also had the previous application 18/00530/FUL.


       c) Planning appeal

         18/00591/HOUSE 2 Ramblers, Wash Lane.

         The Parish Council approved this planning application originally and had nothing further to add.


         d) Breach of planning control

         Widening of access and creation of hardstanding, land opposite Godfrey’s Cottage, Sheepcoates Lane

         The Council concluded there had been no breach of planning control.


316. Poultry sheds

Breach of conditions of 15/00439/FUL Poultry sheds, Moors Farm, Moors Farm Chase

An application had been submitted to regularise the identified breach. The Council decided to grant planning

permission under reference 17/01223/FUL which remedied the breach. However the Council will continue to

monitor the implementation of the conditions.


317.   Shed/shelters, Park Wood Lane

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

RESOLVED The Clerk to write to the Planning Office at Maldon District Council as no planning application has been seen for these buildings.


318.   Update on traffic movement

Councillor Vango Searle has organised the training for speed monitoring for the 10th November in the Evangelical Hall,

8 to 9 people will attend.

The Rangers are now doing speed checks in the village, 2 hours per month, in October there were 4 offenders

Chairman Siddall has not heard from MP Priti Patel regarding traffic movement or Councillor Durham regarding a flashing speed sign in the village.

RESOLVED To continue the training and the speed checks. Chairman Siddall to contact MP Patel and Councillor Durham.


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

An application will be made for funding May/June 2019 plus crowd funding, including setting up a maintenance contract for 3 years to sort out all the areas of common land and greens, including the area by The Swan.

Just Trees Ltd have quoted to clear the area around the pond, £1,100 plus VAT. The wood chippings that are produced from this can be then used on footpaths.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall proposed this quote is accepted. Councillor Cornell seconded.


320. Register of Green and Sawyers Field

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall to give the paperwork to Councillor Cornell to enable him to get the areas registered.


321. Maldon District Council broadband funding

The £45,000.00 that was originally to be provided by MDC to enable broadband in the area to be installed sooner has now been withdrawn. This was discussed and Chairman Siddall proposed the Parish Council should write to MDC objecting to this withdrawal. This was seconded by Councillor Cornell.

RESOLVED Chairman Siddall to write to MDC.


322. Update on playground inspections

Councillor Cornell has been trying to contact Steve Krolzig at MDC to inform him that the Parish Council wished MDC to carry these out during March and April each year, but so far has not been successful.

RESOLVED Councillor Cornell to keep trying to make contact


323. Update on signs for Post Office Lane

RESOLVED Councillor Hare organising getting signs made.


324. Update on sign for Sawyers Field entrance.

Quote still not received.

RESOLVED Councillor Cornell to contact another company


325. Update on dangerous footpath

The footpath has now been levelled and boarding put on the side of the ditch, together with extra metal supports.

RESOLVED The footpath is now safer


326. Parish Review Consultation

The paperwork has now been received.

RESOLVED Next May the Parish Council will recruit to bring the number of Councillors up to 7.


327. Strategic plan questionnaire

This was discussed.

RESOLVED No action to be taken.




328. Permanent “Tommy” war memorial

Councillor Cornell had a meeting with one of his suppliers, who was a former President of the Licensed Victuallers Association, which has now disbanded. She talked to other former members and then send a cheque for £650.00 from their funds towards the memorial. The Parish Council asked Councillor Cornell to express their thanks.

It was decided to now save for a more robust steel “Tommy”, which costs £2,500.00. 200 collection envelopes have now been distributed to all households in the village by William Jesney; whom the Parish Council thanked.

The Swan is having a fund raising afternoon, with a local band, to raise more money. One of the employees of the pub has made a teddy bear out of poppy material to be raffled next Sunday. A local man has been contacted to make a base for the memorial. Where to place the memorial was discussed, with next to the village sign or the village green being the most popular.

RESOLVED Ongoing collection of funds. The Clerk to contact to contact MDC to see if planning permission is needed for the memorial.


329. Overgrown hedge in Church Road

The Clerk wrote to the owner asking him to cut back the hedges and offering to put him in touch with a contractor. No response has been received and the hedges have not yet been cut.

RESOLVED The situation to be monitored.


330. Banking mandate

This had been returned by the bank. The Clerk contacted them and resolved one of the issues. A letter has been written and more paperwork signed to enable Barclays to make the changes required. The bank also sent paperwork regarding account information which needed signing.

RESOLVED The Clerk to collate the information and send to Barclays.


331. Invoices presented for payment


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


Maldon District Council                 £76.49   Trucam 2 hrs in October


Skippers                                         £306.00 grass cutting Aug – Oct 2018


R..Collins                                       £50.00   petty cash for stationery


332. Correspondence

MDC newsletters

EALC legal update

Battle’s over tribute

ECC Highways Highlights

Church Lane closure 19th November for 10 days for road repairs

MDC traffic report

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


There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 8.40 p.m.




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



Change of road surface, corner of Sawyers Road

Financial report and VAT


Landscape committee, funds