Annual Parish Assembly 2017

THE ANNUAL PARISH ASSEMBLY

Will be held on Tuesday 11th April in the Village Hall at 8pm.

Members of the public are most welcome to come along and hear about the work of the Parish Council in the last year. The Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council will be held before this at 7pm.

Agendas for both meetings can be found at the Parish Council’s website and on the notice board in the Square.

 

Vacancy on the Parish Council

VACANCY ON THE PARISH COUNCIL

There is currently a vacancy on the Council. If you would like to find out about what is involved in being a Councillor, or would like to put your name forward to fill the vacancy, please contact either:

Councillor Julia Bourn (Chair) on 01621 788298 or

Vysian Banyard (Parish Clerk) on 01621 860265

 

 

Christmas Greetings Pages & Defibrillator Update

The Christmas Greeting pages raised £321.60

Thank You very much for your generosity.

This money will be put aside for future maintenance of the defibrillators.

The consultation period for the Phone box in the square should be complete by February and then we will be able to proceed with installation of the defibrillators and information sessions and any relevant training.

The Maldon road phone box has already been adopted by the Parish Council, ready for the defibrillator to be installed.

GOOD NEWS FOR THE 95 BUS

busWELL  DONE, GOLDHANGER

Great work everyone. The Essex County Council is to step in to fund replacement bus services in the Tollesbury area and these services will now continue (i.e. 91,92, 95) after the commercial bus operator pulls out.

The new services may have a variation from the timetables for the original services and the new timetables will be available from the TRAVELINE WEBSITE as soon as the registrations have been completed. They will be available at the bus stops until then.

Many thanks to Julia Bourne and the Parish Council for their strong support in this matter and our local councillors, Maddie Thompson and Elaine Bamford for their sound advice.

Most of all, thanks to all the villagers of Goldhanger who protested, wrote emails and letters and sourced relevant information, which all added to the strength of the case we presented to ECC.

Now we must all continue to use the buses regularly and if any villagers haven’t done so already, give the bus a go. Leave the car at home and avoid parking fees. If you have an entitlement to a bus pass,  get one and use it. If not, it is still a great way to pop into Maldon with no hassle about parking. We now know it is true…….USE IT OR LOSE IT!

Margaret Salmon.

The Annual Village Assembly

The annual Village Assembly will be held on Tuesday 12th April 2016 at 8.00 pm following the Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council at 7 pm.

The Chair of the Council will give his Annual Report and residents may raise any issues concerning the village.

Members of the public and the press are welcome to attend.

Parish Council Meeting – 10th November 2015

Report on the Meeting held on 10th November 2015

Planning

Site at the junction of Church Street and Maldon Road:  The Parish Council has contacted Maldon District Council’s enforcement officer to report that large amounts of hedge have been removed at the site.  There is also concern that the new access road is not in the position shown on the plans and is much lower than Maldon Road.  The District Council will be asked why the development was allowed to commence and continue without clearance of planning conditions.

Councillors noted that the District Council has approved the application for side and rear extensions including demolition of existing structures: conversion of garage to residential accommodation at Padmalayam Church Street (HOUSE/MAL/15/00793).

LDE/MAL/15/00682 – Gardeners Farm Maldon Road – Claim for Certificate of Lawfulness : existing self-contained dwelling. This application has gone to Appeal.

The following new applications were considered:

WTPO/MAL/15/00575 – T1 pine tree – fell.  The Parish Council objects to this application as the pine tree has an important amenity value and was there long before the driveway was created.

TCA/MAL/15/01126 – T1 Macrocarpa,  remove and reshape top of tree.  Proposed height to be taken off 4.5m.  T2 Walnut , no more than a 3m reduction resulting in a well balanced and well formed crown.  Remove deadwood and branch stubs.  Removal of largest lower branch to growth point nearest main stem.  This application is supported.

Other issues

Councillors thanked David Newman who has produced an up-to date map of the village showing all house names and numbers.  This has been passed on to Heybridge and Tollesbury First Responders to help them locate addresses when they are called out to an emergency.  The map will also be posted on the village and Parish Council web sites.  A separate article on the work of First Responders will be placed in the magazine.

An article on the purchase of a defibrillator will also appear, with details of a volunteer scheme to help in emergencies.

Two incidents of fly tipping (Blind Lane and Chigborough Road/Sheepcoates Lane) have been reported to the District Council.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 8th December 2015 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.  Members of the public and press are welcome to attend and the agenda will be published on the Parish Council web site prior to the meeting.

Vysian Banyard – Parish clerk

Goldhanger Community Defibrillator

Goldhanger Parish Council will be seeking funding for a Village Defibrillator.

Community Defibrillators are designed to improve outcomes of patients suffering a sudden cardiac arrest, where time is critical.

After calling 999, the community automated defibrillator should be used, the defibrillator assesses the patients heart rhythm and advises if shocking is appropriate, so the defib can be used by anyone.

We intend to set up a ‘Village Emergency Telephone System’ (VETS) which would consist of up to 10 volunteers from the village, willing to be called in the event of an emergency to take the defib to the patient. This is done via a single telephone number, which is called after the emergency services have been contacted.

The parish council would like to raise awareness of their intent to proceed with a village defibrillator and will be planning to hold information events. Dates will be communicated via the Parish Magazine and village notice boards.

If anyone is interested in finding out more information at this time, volunteering for the ‘VETS’ system or making a donation (however small), please contact:

If you would like to know more about any of the above, please contact:

Julia Bourn – Goldhanger Parish Council

Tel: 01621 788298

Email: juliabourn@live.co.uk

Emergency Response in Rural Communities

The Parish Council and David Newman have been investigating ways to improving responses to Emergency Situations for Goldhanger residents.

1) Due to the rural location of our village we have to accept that it takes time for Emergency Services to reach Goldhanger, so the Parish Council are seeking funding for a defibrillator and volunteers for a Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS) who can fetch the defib after 999 has been called.

2) Secondly, how easy is it for Emergency Services  to find your property when they reach Goldhanger? David Newman has kindly produced a schematic of house names and numbers to assist First Responders, and the First Responders have given advice on how residents can help the emergency services and their neighbours.

3) Whilst a defibrillator doesn’t require any training to use, we are intending to host a First Aid course in the village, as often it is the care received in those vital first few minutes that make the difference. The cost will depend on numbers. If you are interested in booking a place, please contact;

Bree Back 

Tel: 01621 788419

Email: breeback@hotmail

4) Additionally, as a village we do not have any First Responders and rely on them coming from either Heybridge or Tollesbury. On average, First Responders attend 3-4 emergency calls per month in Goldhanger, so it makes sense to have some volunteers in our parish. We intend to hold an information session for those who may be interested, this will cover what is involved and the commitment and training required, so please do come along before making your decision.

Advice from First Responders

From recent experience we know that ambulance crews, paramedics and first responders have difficulty finding locations in our village for several reasons: some house numbers and names are missing or are very difficult to see from the road, some of the numbering does not follow the normal logical sequence, and the village has no street lighting. It has been pointed out to us that clear numbering not only enables the responders to find your property, but also saves vital minutes in finding friends and neighbour’s properties nearby. NHS call handlers will normally ask the caller to open the front door and put on all the lights at night.

Sadly, as there are no volunteer first responders based at Goldhanger, the 999 service frequently ask first responders from Heybridge or Tollesbury to attend calls to the village but they are not as familiar with the village as they are with their territory. The Parish Council has contacted these local groups and offered to produce detailed maps indentifying the locations of all the house names and numbers. The offer was gratefully accepted and maps have been delivered.

However, maps alone do not solve all of the problems and the first responder team leaders have asked the Parish Council to encourage all residents to ensure that their house numbers are clearly visible.

Furthermore they advise us that properties with electric gates and with a key safe outside the front door often create a further inhibitor and delay. If access to a property cannot be immediately obtained it is ambulance service policy to call the police and wait for them to arrive and make a forced entry, which can cause a long delay. Therefore it is also recommended that those living alone ask a trusted neighbour to retain a key, and it would be wise to open electric gates after calling 999, or if this is not practical, the access codes should be given to the 999 call handler so that they can be passed onto ambulance crews and first responders.

If you would like to know more about any of the above, please contact:

Julia Bourn – Goldhanger Parish Council

Tel: 01621 788298

Email: juliabourn@live.co.uk

Majority of Goldhanger won’t get Superfast Broadband – Act Now

superfast-broadbandGoldhanger’s lack of Broadband – Register your interest

The Parish Council have been advised by Senior Communications Officer – Superfast Essex Communications & Marketing – that unfortunately the majority of Goldhanger parish is not currently in their plans to be upgraded to fibre, apart from a few postcode areas.

Anyone not currently in the plan to receive a fibre upgrade can register their demand for superfast broadband by completing the Make the Connection Survey on the Superfast Essex website: www.superfastessex.org/getinvolved. They use this information to help inform future planning where possible.

We encourage you to contact ECC with any further questions, on the email below.

Email: make.theconnection@essex.gov.uk | www.superfastessex.org | www.essex.gov.uk


The full email to Councillor Julia Bourn reads as follows:

Hi Julia,

Thanks for getting in touch about the Superfast Essex programme and next week’s event.

You would of course be more than welcome to pop in to the Tollesbury event, but I will try to help provide some information to clarify the situation here too.

Fibre broadband is the next generation of broadband – much faster and more reliable than ADSL as it uses a different technology. Whilst traditional broadband (known as ADSL) is delivered via copper telephone lines, fibre broadband uses fibre optic cable. Under the current Superfast Essex programme fibre broadband will be delivered largely in two ways: fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) or fibre to the premises (FTTP).

FTTC uses fibre-optic cables throughout the network right up to the street cabinet. It then uses copper wires to connect the cabinet to homes and businesses. It will provide the majority of business and residential premises with the capability of accessing broadband at speeds in excess of 24Mbps. FTTP is not as common, and means fibre-optic cables run right to the door of each home or business. It can provide broadband speeds of over 100Mbps. The majority of our deployment is FTTC.

You can view a video which explains how the network is built on this page of our website: http://www.superfastessex.org/en-gb/where,whenandhow.aspx

When a broadband signal is travelling on a fibre optic cable, it doesn’t matter how far it has to travel, the speed will remain the same. The different speeds people receive will depend on how far their property is located from the new fibre cabinet in the street. It is this section of the network (from this cabinet) which is served by copper wire to the house. Your broadband signal reduces the further it has to travel along a copper wire.

Unfortunately the majority of Goldhanger parish is not currently in our plans to be upgraded to fibre, apart from a few postcode areas. Of the two you have provided, CM9 8AS is due to be upgraded to fibre before the end of Phase 1 (by summer 2016), however CM9 8AT is not currently due to be upgraded.

Essex is a large county and unfortunately we are unable to reach every single address with the taxpayers’ money made available for this rollout scheme. The reason for some being included and some not, is the same across the county. The programme is designed to use the available funding to best effect, and this means prioritising areas where the investment in upgrading a single roadside cabinet can reach the most homes and businesses. With this principle in mind the deployment plans are determined by the existing network structure and location of existing green telephone cabinets, which drive the cost for the upgrade, and which can vary significantly due to geography and legacy network conditions.

Being able to access a fibre broadband service is dependent on the individual roadside cabinet a premises is connected to being upgraded.   Not all premises in the same road will necessarily be connected to the same cabinet.

Anyone not currently in the plan to receive a fibre upgrade can register their demand for superfast broadband by completing the Make the Connection Survey on the Superfast Essex website: www.superfastessex.org/getinvolved. We use this information to help inform future planning where possible.

In the meantime, please see our FAQs on our website www.superfastessex.org/FAQs for further information which might be of interest including tips to improve your existing speed and information about other technologies to help you with connectivity.

Alternatively, if you wish to explore the option and cost of privately enabling fibre broadband outside the Superfast Essex programme (perhaps with some of your neighbours?), you can contact Openreach at this address: NGB@Openreach.co.uk.

We are aware that the Government has an aspiration to achieve near universal superfast broadband coverage across the UK and discussions are already underway about what options are available that could help us reach the remaining parts of Essex. One of the options which will be considered will be the approach we are using in our pilot Rural Challenge Project, in the east of Epping Forest District. It has the potential to be a blueprint that could help other very rural parts of Essex. Any work beyond Phase 2 however would be subject to further BDUK funding being made available.

I hope this information helps to clarify the situation. However, please feel free to pop in on Tuesday if you think that will help, or fire any other questions over on here too.

Many thanks
Lucy
Lucy Dickinson
Senior Communications Officer (Place) – Superfast Essex
Communications & Marketing
Essex County Council
Email: make.theconnection@essex.gov.uk | www.superfastessex.org | www.essex.gov.uk

 

Parish Council Meeting Minutes – July 2015

Report on the Meeting held on 14th July 2015

Two residents have expressed an interest in filling the vacancy on the Parish Council.  A decision on co-option will be made at the August meeting.

Nothing further has been heard about  the pole bridge footpath, drainage in the village and enforcement issues at Hall Farm and the pond in St Peter’s Close.  Councillor Mr Sargeant will seek updates on all of these.

Councillor Bourn will seek to clarify the position on the provision of super fast broadband in the village.

It is planned to obtain more dog fouling signs, which is an on-going problem in many areas of the village.

Planning

New applications:

TCA/MAL/15/00647 – 2 x limes – to cut back new growth at pavement level and up to head height – 9A Church Street.  No action required.

LDP/MAL/15/00554 – demolish existing timber lean to garage to side of property and replace with new extension in its place.  Extend existing rear porch – 3 Hall Estate.  No action required.

LDE/MAL/15/00682 – Claim for Certificate of Lawfulness: existing self contained dwelling – Gardeners Farm Maldon Road.  The history of this site was outlined, and it was resolved that comments made for the previous application will be repeated and the District Council will be asked what enforcement action it has taken for this site since 2013.

The old allotments site in Fish Street.  The landowner is keen to pursue development of this site and has asked the Parish Council for its views on this.  It was resolved that the Parish Council will not support any development on this site as it is outside the village settlement boundary and is unsustainable.

Local Development Plan.   Following the recent rejection by the Planning Inspector, Maldon District Council went to the Housing Minister for his decision on this issue, and this is now being considered.  The District Council hopes to shortly begin consultation amongst the villages on the rural housing allocations.

Highways

The Council is dissatisfied at the long delays in reaching any decisions on traffic calming in Maldon Road, the 20mph speed limit in Fish Street and work on the Charity Farm bends.  The Local Highways Panel will be asked for a progress report.

The Parish Council will take part in the Winter Salt bag programme whereby it will obtain a store of salt for use in the village during bad weather.

Quotes will be obtained for new goal posts in the playing field as the current ones are in poor condition.

A volunteer  was thanked for carrying out work in Marigold Wood to cut back the inside of the boundary hedges.  The new ditch has blended in well and the area is now quite dry.

Parish Council web site.  The Parish Council now has its own web site and this will be developed over time.  It can be found at essexinfo.net/goldhanger-parish-council.

Information has been obtained about the BT Adopt a Phone Kiosk scheme.  For the cost of £1 the box can become the property of the Parish Council but as it is a listed building it

cannot be removed.  Information has been gathered about how other such boxes have been adopted and re-used (for example a village bar, library, information point and centre to house a defibrillator for use in the community.)  Information has also been obtained about the purchase of a defibrillator for the village, and the Council will continue to investigate both these issues.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 11th August 2015, and members of the public and press are welcome to attend.  The agenda will appear on the Parish Council web site prior to the meeting.

Vysian Banyard

Parish Clerk

Parish Council Meeting Minutes – June 2015

GOLDHANGER PARISH COUNCIL

Report on the Meeting held on 9th June 2015

It was noted that the phone box in the Square has been repainted.  The Council has obtained information about the purchase of a defibrillator for use in the village, and the phone box could be adopted to house it.  Councillors will consider this further at the July meeting.

The Parish Council is in the process of setting up its own web site, and it is hoped to be up and running by July.

There is no further information about the setting up of high speed broadband in the village – Councillor Bourn will try and obtain an update.

A number of persons have expressed an interest in applying to fill the vacancy on the Council following the recent uncontested elections.  This will be considered at the next meeting.

Planning

There were no new applications, but Councillors noted the following decisions:

Wheelwrights Head Street – removal of Condition 4 – the verges of the roof cannot be fitted with painted timber bargeboards as there is insufficient room to fit them as approved by application FUL/MAL/08/00496.  Approved by Maldon District C ouncil.

FUL/MAL/14/00916 – Land adjacent Longwick Farm Joyces Chase Tolleshunt Major – proposed bag tank/bladder storage with bunding – Appeal allowed by the Planning Inspectorate.

Highways

The Council is awaiting updates from the Highways Panel on the proposed chicanes in Maldon Road and work on the Charity Farm bends.  Design for the 20mph speed limit in Fish Street is scheduled for December 2015 and the work should be completed thereafter.

The Parking Partnership has advised that it cannot cover the costs of new yellow parking lines in the village.  A request for funding may have to be made to the Local Highways Panel.

Residents in Little Totham Road expressed their concern at the amount of speeding in that road and asked if speed restrictions could be put in place. They were advised to raise their concerns with Highways and the Parish Council will also ask for this to be done.

It was noted that the footpath from Maldon Road which runs behind the allotments is almost unusable due to overgrowing vegetation.  This will be reported to the County Council footpaths officer.

There is one vacant plot on the allotments which is available for rent by residents of Goldhanger.  If anyone is interested in taking up this plot please contact Councillor Mr Cheeseman.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 14th July 2015 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.

Vysian Banyard

Parish Clerk

Goldhanger Parish Council Agenda 14th July 2015

GOLDHANGER PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Clerk:  Miss V Banyard

Frogs Leap 21 D’Arcy Way

 Tolleshunt D’Arcy Maldon Essex CM9 8UD

Tel: 01621 860265

The Ordinary Meeting of the above Council will be held on Tuesday 14th July 2015 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall Goldhanger.

Members of the public and the press are welcome to attend.

V Banyard

Parish Clerk

AGENDA

  1. To receive apologies for absence and Declarations of Interest in the meeting’s agenda items
  2. To consider co-option to fill the vacancy on the Parish Council.
  3. To approve the Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on 9.6.2015.
  4. To receive information on matters included in the above Minutes.
  5. To consider planning issues, decisions and applications.

Decisions made by Maldon District Council – none received to date.

New planning applications – including:

TCA/MAL/15/00647 9A Church Street Goldhanger 2 x Limes – to cut back new growth at pavement level and up to head height
LDE/MAL/15/00682 Claim for Certificate of Lawfulness: Existing self contained dwelling Gardeners Farm Maldon Road Goldhanger

 

To consider any other planning issues.

  1.       To consider items of correspondence received.

  2.           To receive the financial statement and to authorise accounts for payment.

b. To sign the new bank mandate.

  1.           To consider any matters concerning the playing field.

  2.           To consider any matters concerning public rights of way in the parish.

  3.       To consider any Highways, drainage or parking issues, including application for funding for yellow parking lines.

  4.       To consider any matters concerning Marigold Wood.

  5.         To review the Parish Council’s Standing Orders.

  6.         To receive information on the setting up of the Parish Council web site.

  7.         To consider the purchase of a defibrillator for the village.

  8.         To consider other items of information or for inclusion on a future agenda.

The next Meeting of the Parish Council will be the Ordinary Meeting held on 11th August 2015.

Goldhanger Parish Council Agenda 9th June 2015

GOLDHANGER PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Clerk:  Miss V Banyard

Frogs Leap 21 D’Arcy Way

Tolleshunt D’Arcy Maldon Essex CM9 8UD

Tel: 01621 860265

The Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 9th June 2015 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall Goldhanger.

Members of the public and the press are welcome to attend.

V Banyard

Parish Clerk

2nd June 2015

AGENDA

  1. To receive apologies for absence and Declarations of Interest in the meeting’s agenda items
  2. To consider co-option to fill the  vacancy on the Parish Council.
  3. To approve the Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on 19.5.2015.
  4. To receive information on matters included in the above Minutes.
  5. To consider planning issues, decisions and applications.

Decisions made by Maldon District Council – including:

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New planning applications – none received to date.

To consider any other planning issues.

  1.       To consider items of correspondence received.

7.          To receive the financial statement and to authorise accounts for payment.

8.          To consider any matters concerning the playing field.

9.          To consider any matters concerning public rights of way in the parish.

  1.       To consider any Highways, drainage or parking issues.

  2.       To consider any matters concerning Marigold Wood.

  3.         To review the Parish Council’s Standing Orders.

  4.         To receive information on the setting up of a Parish Council web site.

  5.         To consider the purchase of a defibrillator for the village.

  6.         To consider other items of information or for inclusion on a future agenda.

The next Meeting of the Parish Council will be the Ordinary Meeting held on 14th July 2015.

Parish Council Meeting Minutes – April 2015

Report on the Meeting held on 14th April 2015

Planning

The following applications were discussed:

HOUSE/MAL/15/00214 – Install 1 no. shed to rear of property with attached external log store.  Relocation of oil tank – Hall Farm 5 Church Street.  This application was supported.

HOUSE/MAL/15/00092 – Proposed rooms in the roof and conversion of conservatory to an orangery (amended drawings) – Inglenook 52 Maldon Road.  This application was supported but the Parish Council expressed concern that the amended drawings did not have dates or reference numbers.

Councillor Mr Joslin reported on the recent workshop held by Maldon District Council entitled “Making effective comments on planning applications.”

Highways

Notice has been received of various road closures which will take place in the parish within the next eighteen months.  No specific dates have been given as yet, and the nature of the work has not been stated.

Progress is slow regarding the Local Highways Panel’s schemes to put a 20mph speed limit in Fish Street and traffic calming measures in Maldon Road.  Councillor Mr Sargeant will investigate these matters.

Wash Bridge and brook

The Environment Agency has now advised that it has received funding to clear the vegetation from the waterway.  The work will be carried out between August and October of this year.

Parking issues

Councillors noted that parking is still taking place inside the bus cage.  Parking enforcement will be discussed at the May meeting.

Marigold Wood

Drainage works have now been carried out in the Wood as run-off water was causing problems in the Village Hall car park and there were concerns that the trees were suffering due to waterlogging.  A ditch has been dug from the ineffective soakaway discharge from St Peter’s Close as it was felt that land drains would not be a suitable long term option.  The Village Hall Management Committee has contributed to the cost of this work and has also reshingled the car park.  A number of residents in Pear Tree Close expressed concern that the work was carried out very close to their boundaries with no notice or consultation beforehand.  It is hoped that a walkway can be created in the wood so that it can at some point in the future be open for public access.

Parish Council elections

As insufficient nominations had been received for the Parish Council elections in May, the election will be uncontested.  There will be one unfilled vacancy for a Councillor, and anyone interested in joining the Council as a co-opted Member should contact either the Chairman or clerk for further details.

Vysian Banyard

Parish Clerk