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Agenda of Meeting

22nd May 2006

A chance to air your views on matters concerning the TOWN


THE PUBLIC AND PRESS ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO BE PRESENT
16th May, 2006

Dear Councillor,

You are summoned to attend a meeting of the ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE to be held in the CONFERENCE ROOM, Town Hall, Market Hill, Maldon on MONDAY, 24th JANUARY 2006 commencing at 7.30 p.m. when the undermentioned business is proposed to be transacted.

Yours faithfully,


Mrs. Theresa Byles
Town Clerk


Chairman:

Vice Chairman:

Councillors:
Cllr. K. Smith

Cllr. S. Savage

Mrs. M. Curtis, D. Denyer, C. MacKenzie,
I. Mackenzie, Mrs. S. Riesebeck (Mayor),
T. Shrimpton (Deputy Mayor) and and K. Smith.
Invited to attend: Maldon and Heybridge Horticultural Society.
MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD DECLARE AN INTEREST WITH REGARD TO ITEMS ON THE AGENDA

AGENDA

IN THE CHAIR - CLLR, MRS. S. RIESEBECK - TOWN MAYOR
  1. ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN FOR THE ENSUING MUNICIPAL YEAR
  2. ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRMAN FOR THE ENSUING MUNICIPAL YEAR
  3. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
  4. MINUTES OF THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

To receive and consider the minutes of the Environment Committee meeting held on 24th April, 2006.
(copy circulated with the agenda for the Annual Town Council meeting held on 8th May, 2006
  5.

 5.1

 5.2
ALLOTMENTS

Financial Statement of Account
(to be circulated)

Allotment Inspection
To receive a report from Mrs. Good regarding a recent allotment inspection.
 5.3 Bee Keeping

To receive further information regarding bee keeping.
 5.4 Maldon Hall Allotment Site

a. Vandalism
Members are informed that vandalism problems are still occurring at the Maldon Hall site and the tenant is regularly informing the office of the problems. The Police have been informed but to date have not responded to the concerns.

To receive and consider the following quotation from the contractor who installed the front boundary fence to fence the rear boundary of the site:

1. To cut back bushes and clear away existing vegetation on left hand side
2. To clear existing boundary line

Fence with either
a. 52 metres of green -coated chain link fence to all areas 2822.50

b. 22 metres of steel palisade fencing to end of rear boundary line and 30 metres of green-coated chain link fencing. 3637.50

b.Shed - Plot 36B & 37B
A request has been received from tenants requesting permission for a larger than average shed to be shared with plot 36n and 37b. The shed is of wooden construction and sited on the boundary of the two plots.
 5.5 Tenancy Agreement

To receive and consider a letter from Cllr. Keighley regarding Tenancy Agreements.
(copy herewith)
 5.6 Questions from the Maldon and Heybridge Horticultural Society
  6. ST. PETER'S CHURCHYARD

To receive and consider an email from the Heritage Education Officer, Essex County Council regarding tombstone repair courses.

.We run traditional building skills courses here at Essex County Council but didn't run a stone repairs course up until that time. Helen was working closely with my colleague at the time Sarah Greene doing the garden at St. Peter's and as part of the criteria for getting funding was to include a training element I was approached to see if we were able to run a course in the churchyard. We said we would give a stones repairs course a go repairing one of the badly vandalised tombstones in the churchyard.

The course didn't go quite according to plan as the weather was very bad and we were unable to continue working outside in the churchyard and had to relocate to our workshop at Cressing - obviously taking the broken pieces of the tombstone with us. Some repair was carried out during the course but not completed. (it had been agreed with Helen that we could only do so much in two days) We did hope that we could continue the repair as part of the stone course this year (5-7 April 06) but had to cancel the course due to lack of interest. As we have had very small numbers interested in this course over the last two years we wont be advertising it again as our courses are self funded and have to be viable to run.

This leaves the half finished tombstone in our workshop at Cressing - it obviously needs to be returned to St. Peters - I have spoken to our stonemason and he estimates to finish the job (repair tombstone and return it to its home in Maldon) it will cost approximately 1,000. I have spoken to my manager and he has suggested that Essex County Council and Maldon Town Council split the cost down the middle . Would this be possible? If not - arrangements will have to be made for the unfinished stone to be returned to St. Peters'.
  7. TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANING ACT 1990

THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (TREES)
TREE PRESERVATION ORDER NO. 6/06
ST. PETER'S CHURCHYARD, MARKET HILL, MALDON
THE DISTRICT OF MALDON

Members will recall that the an Annual Tree Survey of all trees for which the Town Council is responsible is undertaken to ensure that the Town Council undertakes its Duty of Care. The last survey recommended that work be undertaken to the small Holm Oak in St. Peter's Churchyard. As this tree was in the Conservation Area the appropriate permissions were sought from the District Council. The requested work had been recommended by the previous Tree Officer at the District Council and was similar to maintenance work which has been undertaken on this tree for many years.

Mrs. Good happened to speak to the County Tree Officer whilst he was on site inspecting the tree for the District Council. He informed her that he objected to the suggested work (to reduce the tree by 30%) but would agreed to the tree being felled and 2 trees re-planted in its place. This was questioned, as a drought had been forecast for the summer months and it was felt that the survival rate for new trees would be slim without adequate rainfall.

Members are requested to consider whether any action should be taken regarding the TPO.
  8. QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS AND PUBLIC



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