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.
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.
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.