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Agenda of Meeting

22nd August 2006

A chance to air your views on matters concerning the TOWN


THE PUBLIC AND PRESS ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO BE PRESENT
15th August, 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 TUESDAY, 22nd AUGUST 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
  1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
  2. MINUTES OF THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

To receive and consider the minutes of the Environment Committee meeting held on 3rd July, 2006.

Members to note that at the Town Council meeting held on 24th July, 2006 the following amendment was made to minute 11.3 - Beekeeping The resolution be amended to read, "It was the feeling of the meeting that beekeeping would not be allowed on the allotment sites."
(copy circulated with the agenda for the Town Council meeting held on 24th July 2006)
  3.

 3.1
ALLOTMENTS

Financial Statement of Account
Following payment of the invoice for the new fencing at Maldon Hall, the balance of the Allotments bank account is 1,458.16.
 3.2 Allotment Inspection

To receive a verbal report from Mrs. Good regarding a recent allotment inspection.
(report herewith)
 3.3 Allotment Tenancy Agreement

Further to minute 5.5 of the Environment Committee meeting held on 22nd May, 2006 to receive a further response from the Legal Executive, NALC regarding an amendment to the allotment tenancy agreement after a query was raised regarding the authority of the NALC:

"Further to the telephone advice that you passed on to the Town Council concerning their allotments, I can confirm that section 12 of the Allotments Act 1950 provides that a tenant cannot be prevented from keeping hens or rabbits for domestic use. This means that this statutory provision is automatically implied as a term into the tenancy agreement, which means that a letter notifying the allotment tenants of their right would have been sufficient, even though I am aware that the Town Council has now taken steps to amend the tenancy agreement."
 3.4 Fresh Water Tap

Members are informed that the tenants of the Warwick Crescent allotment site have installed a fresh water tap, to the advised specification, on the site.
 3.5 Fencing - Maldon Hall

Members to note that the rear boundary fence has now been installed at the Maldon Hall site and several compliments on the work have been received from tenants.
 3.6 Maldon and Heybridge Horticultural Society - Best Kept Allotment Competition 2006

The above competition was judged on 5th July, 2006 by Mr Neil Bunting, a member of the Essex Guild of Horticultural Judges, accompanied by Mr Ken Thorp who served as steward. The results were:

First Mr B. Mead Maldon Hall site plots 29a, 30a, 30b
Second Mr E. Cook Maldon Hall site plot 9
Third Mr G. Shirmer Maldon Hall site plot 7
 3.7 Questions from the Maldon and Heybridge Horticultural Society
  4. MALDON IN BLOOM

To receive and consider the notes of the Working Party meeting held on 5th July, 2006.
(copy herewith)
  5. POETS ESTATE

Further to minute 14 of the Environment Committee meeting held on 3rd July, 2006 to receive a report from Cllr. Denyer updating on the situation.
  6.

 6.1
CLOSED CHURCHYARDS

St. Mary's Churchyard
Members are informed that a letter has been received from the Secretary of the St. Mary's PCC expressing their appreciation for the high standard of maintenance in the churchyard. They also mention there concern that a couple of trees have started to overhang the footpath which they feel needs attention. This matter has been bought to the attention of the Grounds Maintenance Contractor and a quotation for the work has been requested.
 6.2 All Saints' Churchyard

A letter has been received from Mr K. Russell, Chairperson of the Estates Committee All Saints' Church which requests that the Town Council, who are responsible for the maintenance of the churchyard, consider installing a hedge or plants to conform with the condition imposed by the Maldon District Council for the installation of the replacement tank. The condition states:

Within the first available planting season (October - March) following the grant of this permission, soft landscaping works shall be fully implemented around the oil storage tank. Such landscaping shall be undertaken in accordance with details to be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. These details shall include schedules of shrubs and trees to be planted, noting the species, stock size, proposed numbers/densities and details of the planting scheme's implementation and maintenance programme. If within a period of five years from the date of the planting of any hedge or plant, or any hedges or plant planted in replacement for it, is removed, uprooted or destroyed or dies, or becomes, in the opinion of the local planning authority, seriously damaged or defective, another hedge or plant of the same species and size as that originally planted shall be planted at the same place unless the local planning authority gives its written consent to any variation.

Members to note that there had been no screening around the previous oil tank. The advice of the Planning Officer regarding the specific type of planting which they have in mind has been sought.
 6.3 St. Peter's Churchyard - Tomb of Edward Bright

To receive and consider a report and quotation from Sally Bowling regarding the renovation of an historic tomb in St. Peter's Churchyard. It is suggested that due to budget restrictions in this financial year that members consider whether they wish this to be considered in conjunction with the Estimate requirement for 2007-2008.
(Copy herewith)
  7. CROMWELL PUMP

Further to minute of the Environment Committee meeting held on 3rd July, 2006, the Conservation Officer, Maldon District Council has been contacted regarding the information sign for the Cromwell Pump. Members will recall that the following wording for the sign had been agreed:

Maldon Town Council
PUBLIC PUMP CROMWELL HILL
This listed public pump was installed in 1802, financed by public subscription to replace the town's first water supply. This was a cistern built in 1587, situated in Beeleigh Road and fed by a spring call Cromwell Well which until then was a common town well.


The Conservation Officer, Maldon District Council suggests that the following wording, from the list inscription, be included:

Maldon Town Council
PUBLIC PUMP CROMWELL HILL
This public pump, installed in 1802 and financed by public subscription, stands on the site of a C16 (1587) pump provided by Thomas Cannock and the town's first water supply. Water from a spring called "Cromwell Well," was conveyed to the pump by a system of lead conduits from Little Cromwell (Cistern House, Beeleigh Road). A stone oval plaque, now in the town's museum, a relic of this site, is inscribed 'RESTORED CC WESTON 1748'


The Conservation Officer also felt that a cast metal sign with raised lettering would be most suited for the site and quotations for such a sign are being investigated. Members are requested to consider the type of material to be used for the sign, wording of the sign and the specific location within the pump boundary for the sign as Listed Building Consent has to be applied for from the District Council.
  8. STREET CLEANING STRATEGY

To receive and consider the draft Maldon District Council Street Cleaning Strategy for 2006 - 2012.
(copy herewith - members only)
  9. LEECH MEMORIAL GARDEN

To receive a report from Cllr. Shrimpton regarding possible grant funding for the Leech Memorial Garden.
 10. QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS AND PUBLIC



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