Maldon Town Council
Agenda of Meeting
16th October 2006
A chance to air your views on matters concerning the TOWN
THE PUBLIC AND PRESS ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO BE PRESENT
|10th October, 2006
You are summoned to attend a meeting of the MALDON TOWN COUNCIL to be held in the CONFERENCE ROOM, Town Hall,
Market Hill, Maldon on MONDAY, 16th OCTOBER 2006 commencing at 7.30 p.m. when the undermentioned business
is proposed to be transacted.
Mrs. Theresa Byles
Invited to attend:
|Cllr. Mrs. S. Riesebeck
Cllr. Rev. T. Shrimpton
A. Almond, M. Bentley, Mrs. M. Curtis, D. Denyer,
B. Fisher, Mrs. M. Game, K. Jennings, D. Keighley,
C. MacKenzie, I. Mackenzie, B. Mead, S. Savage and
Mr. Chris Tibbles, Maldon Chamber of Trade and Commerce
MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD DECLARE AN INTEREST WITH
REGARD TO ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
||APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
To receive, consider and accept apologies for absence.
Members are reminded that they have a duty to attend meetings of the Council. If a Councillor is unable to attend or remain at a meeting, an apology for absence should be submitted to the Clerk.
|| MALDON TOWN CENTRE MANAGEMENT SERVICE
receive a brief presentation from Mr Chris Tibbles, Maldon Chamber
of Trade & Commerce.
|| MINUTES OF THE COUNCIL MEETING
To receive, consider and approve the minutes of the Town Council meeting held on 11th September, 2006.
|| MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
To receive and consider a list of functions attended by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor since the Town Council meeting held 11th September, 2006.
|| MINUTES OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS
To receive, consider and approve the minutes of the following Committee meetings:
|| Notes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 18th September, 2006
(copy circulated with the agenda for the Planning Committee meeting held on 2nd October, 2006)
|| Minutes of the Environment Committee meeting held on 25th September, 2006.
|| Minutes of the Finance and General Purposes Committee meeting held on 26th September, 2006
|| Minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 2nd October, 2006
|| APPOINTMENT OF A MEMBER TO SERVE ON THE PLANNING COMMITTEE
To consider the appointment of a member to serve on the Planning Committee for the remainder of the Municipal Year
|| APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS TO SERVICE AS TRUSTEES
To consider the appointment of Trustees to serve on the following Charities:
|| Dr. Plume's Charity
This Charity maintains the operation of Thomas Plume's Library as a public library in accordance with the Scheme of 20th June 1952 and the requirements of the Charity Commission, whilst being mindful of the intentions of Archdeacon Plume that it should be available as a scholarly resource.
The Trustees have at least three meetings each year and the Charity's Foundation consists of nine persons; two of whom are appointed by the Town Council but need not be members of the appointing body.
The current Trustees are Mr Roy Pipe and Mr Frank Hermann, both extremely active members of the Foundation. They have both indicated that they would be most happy to continue to represent the Town Council should members be minded to nominate them for a further three year period.
|| The Gepp Charity
This Charity was started in 1949 by the late Arthur Gepp, a former Councillor who left a bequest to the town for the purchase of a property (a house in Wantz Chase) to be let to anyone over 65, who had been a resident of the town for more than 10 years and who was in poor circumstances. The Charity manages the property. The bequest stated that the Town Council shall nominate at least four trustees to the Charity. The current Trustees are Messrs. Chris Norrington and Ken Russell and former Town Councillors Bannister and Rew. Mr. Norrington, the current Chairman of the Charity, District Councillor Rew and Mr. Russell have indicated that, should members be minded to nominate them, they would be happy to continue to serve on this Charity for a further four year period commencing from 1st January 2007.
|| DENGIE LINK BUS SERVICE
Further to minute 74 of the Town Council meeting held on 11th September, 2006 to note the following acknowledge from the Political Secretary to John Whittingdale MP:
Thank you for your letter to John Whittingdale regarding your proposed changes to the Dengie Link Bus Service.
John is presently away from parliamentary business but I know that he would want me to make enquires on your behalf without delay. I have therefore written to the Highways Manager at Essex County Council who are responsible for funding local transport. I know that John will be in touch as soon as he receives a reply.
|| MOOT HALL
a) To receive the report and the recommendations of the working party following the site meeting held on 9th October, 2006;
b) If appropriate, to approve the transfer of various funds to the budget for the extension of the contract to repair and redecorate the Court room and stairwell of the Moot Hall
|| TRANSPORT ISSUES - JOINT MEETING HELD BY HATFIELD PARISH COUNCIL WITH NEIGHBOURING PARISHES - 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2006
|| Notes of the Joint Traffic Working Group
To receive the notes of the Joint Traffic Working Group meeting.
|| At the request of Cllr. Keighley:
"To receive the reports of Cllr. B. Mead CC, Rev. T. Shrimpton and D. Keighley regarding the meeting held at Hatfield Peverel Village Hall on 12th September, 2006 to discuss the setting up of a Traffic Working Group and to consider whether the Council wishes to send a representative to meetings of this group."
|| Policy on Transport Issues
To consider and if appropriate prepare a Town Council policy on the transport issues under consideration by the group.
|| QUESTIONS FROM COUNCILLORS
At the request of Cllr Keighley, to consider the following questions for reply by the Town Mayor:
|| Maldon and Burnham Standard
"When did the Council agree to accept copy from the public at the Town Hall for collection on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday by the Maldon & Burnham Standard?"
(a report by the Clerk on office practice was circulated with the agenda for the previous Council meeting)
|| Town Hall Opening Hours
"How many times during the period from October 2005 to September 2006 was the Town Hall opened for Hirers before the opening hours prescribed by the Council for the hire of the Town Hall."
|| PROMENADE PARK - ORNAMENTAL POND
Further to minute 65 of the Town Council meeting held on 11th September, 2006 to receive and note correspondence between the Town Clerk and Mr. R. Wyness, Chairman, Swim at the Prom.
| REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS
EALC - Annual General Meeting - 20th September, 2006
The Mayor attended the above AGM, where presentations on the following topics were received: Parish Council's - The Future, Life at County Hall, New Initiatives, Three Tier Working, The National Context.
|| MDC - Neighbourhood Policing Review - 3rd October, 2006
To receive a report from Cllr. Bentley regarding his attendance at the above meeting.
| COURSES, CONFERENCES AND CONSULTATIONS
EALC - Chairman's Day - Modules 5 & 6 - 31st October, 2006
Notification has been received of a one day "Chairman's Day" course - Modules 5 Chairing a Challenging Meeting and Module 6 - Visionary Leadership to be held on Tuesday, 31st October, 2006 at Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow at a cost of £50.00 per delegate. To consider whether any Councillors wish to attend.
|| EALC - Conference Day - 28th November, 2006
Notification has been received regarding a Conference Day being held on Tuesday, 28th November, 2006 at Foakes Hall , Great Dunmow between 9.30 - 3.30 at a cost of £35.00 per delegate. The topic for this conference will be the White Paper on Local Government which is expected to be published by the end of October. Speakers will include Justin Griggs, National Development Manager NALC - The Essex Resilience Forum. To consider whether the Town Council wishes to be represented.
|| MDC - Budget Consultation Event
Notification has been received from the Chief Support Service Officer regarding a Budget Consultation Event to be held on Monday, 30th October, 2006 in the District Council Chamber, Princes Road. The evening will include a presentation from the Chief Executive on the Council's Vision and Priorities. Please inform the Town Clerk should you wish to attend to enable your place to be reserved.
|| NHS - FAMILY PLANNING
To receive and consider the following NHS consultation documents:
a. Review of Young Persons Family Planning Services
b. Review of the Adult Family Planning Service
(copies herewith - members only)
|| NALC CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S REPORT
Parish and Town Councils - Development of the Sector
To receive the report of the NALC Chief Executive entitled Parish and Town Councils - Development of the Sector - September 2006
| STANDARDS BOARD FOR ENGLAND
For the information of the Council, a complaint was made to the Standards Board about a Town Councillor by a resident of the Town; the Board decided not to refer the complaint for further investigation.
To consider whether the Council wishes to set up a Working Party to review how information from the Standards Board for England is handled.
|| MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION TRUST
Members are informed that District Councillor Tom Kelly has been elected as a Governor of the above Trust that will be launched next month. There will be 50 governors across Essex, of which two will be from the Maldon District. Cllr. Kelly will keep that Town Council informed of matters of interest to the Town.
||QUESTIONS FROM THE PRESS AND PUBLIC
ITEMS (copy, report herewith) are available
for inspection at the Town Hall during normal office hours.