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.

 

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

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

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

Parish Council Chairman’s Report 10th March 2015

I deliver the Chairman’s report of Parish Council activities over the past year. We are running a month earlier than usual because of the timing of the forthcoming elections including both District & Parish Councils. So, if you wish to put yourself forward then now is your opportunity.

1. Council Composition

There have been no changes to the Council over the last year.

2. Planning

17 applications have been considered, up on last year,with an additional 8 conservation area tree work notifications.

New housing was as follows:

9 units on the field beside the telephone exchange on Maldon Road. Parish objected, District refused but it was allowed on Appeal.

1 unit adjacent to Falcon Hall. Parish objected, District refused and was refused on Appeal.

1 unit in the field adjacent to 17 Head Street was objected to by Parish and refused by District.

Minor Works comprised:

St Peters Close outbuilding. Parish objected, District refused, but was allowed on appeal

Miscellaneous consisted of:

Bounds Farm Reservoir extension supported & Approved

Demolition of former hangar Falcons Hall Supported & approved

Cobbs Farm Pig rearing building Supported & approved

Cobbs Farm reservoir minor changes County Council consultation Gardiners Farm Dog GroomingParish objected and is yet to be determined by District

Maldon Saltworks Bladder tank. Parish objected, District refused and has now gone to appeal

2 windfarms in Southminster, minor amendments Supported

Follyfaunts Change of use of barn to residential (again following previous refusal) Supported & approved

20 Head Street Front extension of garage 2 Blind Lane extension.

Hall Farm garage front extension.

Supported & approved Supported & approved Supported & approved

Appeals

Since last year’s annual report,and additional to references above

14 units at the junction of Church Street and Maldon Road have been allowed on appeal.
5 units on the allotments site in Fish Street have been refused.

It is of concern is that 23 further dwellings have been allowed in the village on appeal,making a nonsense of Government pretences of localism.

The Local Development Plan

Has recently completed the examination in public and the Inspector’s report into the soundness of the Plan is expected around the 8th May. If he rules in favour of the Plan, then the District Council will again be able to demonstrate a satisfactory 5 year housing provision and avoid the many recently approved developments outside defined settlement boundaries.

There will followconsideration of how to distribute the 345 units of “Rural Allocations”.

3. Highways

Clearance of the ditches in Little Totham Road has been done by Highways but action is awaited on blocked ditches elsewhere.

The Parish Council has been in contact with the County Council Land Drainage Team and they have written to landowners who have the responsibility to keep watercourses clear.

Potholes around the village remain a major issue and it is difficult to understand the logic of what gets filled and when.

There are parish schemes within the Local Highways Panel remit but progress since last year’s report is minimal:

Maldon Road traffic calming where the chicane option has been requested but final design and implementation date is awaited

Charity Farm Bends safety improvements & drainage has a completion date of March 15 but no design details are yet available

Fish Street 20mph has had the speed survey done but next stage of the process is outstanding.

Bus cage in the square has been completed.

You will note that the parapet to Wash Bridge has recently been rebuilt after many months. I can only report that the traffic lights for the last 3 months at the end of Highams Chase, are because of an unsafe culvert and we are currently advised it may be March 16 before it is complete.

Parking within the village

Following the discussion at last year’s Annual Assembly the proposal for “year round no waiting” in Fish Street and the junction outside the Chequers, together with the creation of designated bays by the playing field,was put to the responsible authority, “Essex Parking Partnership” at a site meeting.

Progress has been abysmal and bogged down in the bureaucracy between departments, with nobody having any resources to do anything (except if you are close to a railway station where yellow lines provide rich pickings).

Moat are still being chased to remedy the condition of the rear access way in Hall Estate and also the condition of the concrete posts in front of the green areas.

4. PlayingField,WoodlandandLeisure

A volunteer has made a one year commitment to work within the Parish as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. So far, the overgrown footpath to the sea wall has been cleared in readiness for re-shingling later in the year. Another member of the public has taken under his wing, keeping the square tidy. Both deserve the thanks or the village.

The woodland suffers badly from surface water flooding coming from the St Peter’s Close soakawaysas well as natural springs. This water then flows onto the Village Hall field & car park. It is proposed to dig a ditch within the woodland to dry the area up.

Creation of a walk in the woodland now that the trees have become established remains an objective once the area becomes drier.

Clive Cheesman has continued to administer the allotments and if you are interested in having a plot, upon availability, please contact him.

5. NeighbourhoodWatch

Malcolm Holmes with his team has continued to keep us all informed of the latest scams and circulate the weekly Police crimes reports for the Maldon District.

6. Broadband

As was reported in the Parish Magazine there is a proposal for a wireless system, emanating from the church tower, offering improved speeds of between 8 and 32 Mb/s. This wouldbe a subscription service provided by County Broadbandwho have set up many schemes in similar villages to Goldhangerstarting at £9.99/month. Further details will be circulated by them in the near future, together with a public meeting to gauge support.

7. Precept

The Precept for the coming year 2015/16 has been increased by 1.1% from £5,750 to £6,250.

There are no accounts to present to you tonight as we have yet to reach the year end but we have had no capital expenditure on new projects. The precept covers the routine expenditure of Clerks salary, insurance, hire of hall, playing field maintenance etc..

In view of our low turnover we also wish to maintain one year’s precept in reserve for the unexpected.

As I report each year the low level of precept compared with other parishes is only possible with the work undertaken by your Councillors themselves, for which they should all be thanked.

I would also like to thank Vysian, our Clerk, for another year of able and amiable service in supporting and guiding us as Councillors.

M Sargeant 10/3/15

Local council elections 2015

Parish Council elections will be held on May 7th of this year. If you are interested in standing for the office of a Councillor and have:

A willingness to represent others
An interest in caring for the community
A desire to make a difference in the parish

You can apply to Maldon District Council for nomination papers – closing date is 9th April 2015.
If you would like to contact either the clerk or councillors to find out what is involved in standing for elections, you will find contact details elsewhere in the magazine.

 

Parish Council Meeting Minutes – February 2015

GOLDHANGER PARISH COUNCIL

Report on the Meeting held on 10th February 2015

Prior to the meeting Councillors heard an address by Mr Lloyd Felton of County Broadband on its proposal to provide high speed Broadband to the parish.  Mr Felton agreed to provide an article for publication in the village magazine to give full details of the proposal.

Planning

Maldon District Council’s planning enforcement officer has ruled that there has been a breach of planning conditions in St Peter’s Close and at the pond site.  This is currently being investigated.

The first part of the examination of the Maldon District Local Plan has now been completed and the Inspector’s report is expected to be published early in May.

No decision has yet been made in the Appeal on the old allotments site in Fish Street.

LBC/MAL/14/01167 – Conversion of an existing barn to a residential dwelling – Follyfaunts Little Totham Road Goldhanger:  Councillors resolved to support this application.

Highways

Essex County Council will now provide correct name signs for the village bus stops.

There is as yet no time frame for the provision of traffic calming measures in Maldon

Road, and the Local Highways Panel will consider possible funding in 2015/2016 for the 20mph speed limit in Fish Street.

Highways will be asked to provide a time frame for repairs to the culvert at the entrance to Highams Farm chase.

Councillors Mr Flynn and Mr Joslin agreed to act as contacts for Maldon District Council’s Emergency Planning team.  A representative of the team will give an address at the Annual Village Assembly on March 10th.

More fly tipping has taken place in Blind Lane and this has been reported to the District Council.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 10th March 2015 and will be followed by the Annual Village Assembly.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Vysian Banyard

Parish Clerk

 


 

Local council elections 2015

Parish Council elections will be held in May of this year.  If you are interested in standing for the office of a Councillor and have:

A willingness to represent others

An interest in caring for the community

A desire to make a difference in the parish

You can apply to Maldon District Council for nomination papers – closing date is 9th April 2015.

If you would like to contact either the clerk or councillors to find out what is involved in standing for elections, you will find contact details in the Parish Magazine.

 

Parish Council Meeting Minutes – January 2015

Report on the Meeting held on 13th January 2015

The Council has asked BT to repaint the telephone box in the Square.

Maldon District Council’s Emergency Planning Officer will attend the March meeting to give a talk on how the Council will respond to future problems such as tidal surges and extreme weather.

Planning

The following decision by the Planning Inspectorate was noted:

FUL/MAL/14/00361 – proposal to demolish the existing hangar and to erect a dwelling – Falcon Hall Little Totham Road: Appeal dismissed.

Maldon District Council has approved the following application:

LBC/MAL/14/01138 – single storey front extension to annexe, enlarge garage and storage area with lean to roof with finishes to match existing – Hall Farm 5 Church Street.  The Parish Council had raised with officers the “occasional use area” mentioned in the application but was informed that this was not part of the application.  Councillor Mr Sargeant will pursue this further.

Pond at St Peter’s Close – Maldon District Council has advised that there has been a breach of the Section 106 agreement on this site, and the developer has been asked to provide an explanation.

Councillors supported the following applications:

TCA/MAL/14/01090 – T1 lilac, fell to ground – 15 Fish Street.

FUL/MAL/14/01197 – Application for variation of conditions 9 and 14 on approved application FUL/MAL/10/01070 – reduce the minimum hub height of turbines and to facilitate the option to deliver turbine components via marine delivery.

Parish precept

Councillors considered and adopted the final version of the budget and resolved to ask for a precept of £6,250.  This figure will include funds to enforce parking restrictions in the village.

Highways

Essex County Council has been asked to give an update on land drainage issues in the village.  It was noted that kerbstone gulleys in Maldon Road are not working and this will also be reported.  The Local Highways Panel has been asked to clarify and report progress on various schemes in the village, including speed restriction measures in Maldon Road, the 20mph speed limit in Fish Street and work on Charity Farm bends.

The bus cage has now been installed in the Square but there is a gap between the existing yellow lines and the cage.  This will be looked into.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 10th February 2015

Vysian Banyard

Parish Clerk

Local council elections 2015

Parish Council elections will be held in May of this year.  If you are interested in standing for the office of a Councillor and have:

A willingness to represent others

An interest in caring for the community

A desire to make a difference in the parish

You can apply to Maldon District Council for nomination papers – closing date is 9th April 2015.

If you would like to contact either the clerk or councillors to find out what is involved in standing for elections, you will find contact details elsewhere in the magazine.

Parish Council Meeting Minutes – December 2014

GOLDHANGER PARISH COUNCIL

Report on the Meeting held on 9th December 2014

A volunteer has come forward to keep the Square tidy.  This is much appreciated.  BT will be asked if they can repaint the telephone box as it is looking dilapidated.

Maldon District Council’s Emergency Planning Officer will be asked to address the Annual Village Assembly in March to give details on how situations such as last year’s tidal surge will be dealt with.

Planning

New applications:

TCA/MAL/14/01090 – Lilac, fell to ground – 15 Fish Street: supported.

TCA/MAL/14/01175 – Prunus, remove overhanging branches on both sides of fence E and W aspects by up to 2.5m; Magnolia – fell and remove;  Sorbus acuparia – fell and remove;  Laurel hedge reduce overhanging branches  in E and W aspects by up to 1.5m – Grasmere 16 Fish Street: supported.

OUT/MAL/14/00874 – outline application for the erection of a two storey house with garage and landscaping – land adjacent to 17 Head Street – objection.

HOUSE/MAL/14/01135 – single storey front extension to annexe, enlarge garage and storage area with lean to roof with finishes to match existing – Hall Farm 5 Church Street: objection.

Councillors noted that the public examination for the Maldon District Local Plan commences in January 2015.

Work has commenced on the development at the corner of Church Street and Maldon Road.  It is thought that there may be a breach of planning conditions and this will be raised with the District Council.

It was decided that no working party will be held over the Christmas break as a volunteer has come forward to carry out work in the village, but the path to the sea wall will be reshingled in the spring.

Highways

The traffic lights at the end of Highams Chase are due to the fact that the culvert under the road is collapsing.

Essex County Council will be notified that the barriers at Wash Bridge have been damaged again and rubble has fallen into the brook.

Members again discussed traffic calming measures in Maldon Road and it was felt that any chicane would be best positioned opposite the telephone exchange.  The Local Highways Panel is following this up and is also investigating signage and lining.

It was noted that the Local Highways Panel has approved the 20mph limit in Fish Street.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 13th January 2015.

Vysian Banyard

Parish Clerk