Council - Thursday 2nd November 2023 7.30 pm, CANCELLED

Venue: Council Chamber, Maldon District Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon. View directions

Contact: Committee Services  Email:

Note: All applicable business from this meeting will move the Council meeting on Wednesday 29 November 2023 starting at 6pm 

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Chairperson's notices


Apologies for Absence


Minutes - 14 September 2023 pdf icon PDF 260 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Council meeting held on Thursday 14 September 2023 (copy enclosed).


Declaration of Interest

To disclose the existence and nature of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, Other Registrable interests and Non-Registrable Interests relating to items of business on the agenda having regard to paragraph 9 and Appendix B of the Code of Conduct for Members.


(Members are reminded that they are also required to disclose any such interests as soon as they become aware should the need arise throughout the meeting).


Public Questions

To receive questions from members of the public, of which prior notification in writing has been received (no later than noon two clear working days before the day of the Council meeting).


Should you wish to submit a question please complete the online form at


Chairperson's Announcements


Minute Book

To consider the recommendations coming forward from the Committees detailed below.  Please note that the Minutes of these meetings are not enclosed as they have not been approved at Committee level.


Strategy and Resources Committee - 21 September 2023 pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Agenda Item 272 – Fees and Charges Policy 2024 / 25


Recommended that the 2024 / 25 Fees and Charges Policies at APPENDIX 1 be approved.


Minutes of Meetings of the Council

To note that since the last Council, up until Wednesday 25 October 2023 (Council agenda dispatch) the following Committees have met, and to receive any questions in accordance with Council and Committee Procedure Rule 6 (2).


District Planning Committee

6 September 2023

North Western Area Planning Committee

13 September

South Eastern Area Planning Committee

20 September

Strategy and Resources Committee

21 September

Performance, Governance and Audit Committee

28 September

Overview and Scrutiny Committee (meeting as the Crime and Disorder Committee)

12 October




Notice of Motions

To consider the following Motions that have been received.


Motion from Councillor A S Fluker (Motion 14/2023)

In accordance with notice duly given under Procedure Rule 4, Councillor A S Fluker to move the following Motion, duly seconded by Councillors L J Haywood, M G Neall, W Stamp and J C Stilts.



That at its meeting on Thursday 2nd November Council resolves to agree that the New Homes Bonus reserve and the additional monies received through new Business Rate income should not be used to support the General Fund but should instead be used to deliver District wide infrastructure projects for the benefit of all residents and with regards new Business Rate income support for local businesses and commerce.


Motion from Councillor R H Siddall (Motion 15/2023)

In accordance with notice duly given under Procedure Rule 4, Councillor R H Siddall to move the following Motion, duly seconded by Councillor M G Bassenger.



To improve efficiency, consistency, and effectiveness of the Local Planning Authority, it is proposed that the Council agrees to switch its governance arrangements for planning committees from three Area Committees to one single Planning Committee. This committee would deal with all area-level matters in future. There would be no change to the current District Planning Committee arrangement.


By agreeing to this Motion, Officers are instructed to bring forward a report to the next Council Meeting which determines the steps required to bring this change into effect after the next Statutory Annual Meeting.


Questions in accordance with Procedure Rule 6(3) of which notice has been given


South Eastern Area Planning Committee Management pdf icon PDF 245 KB

Following adjournment at the Council meeting on 14 September 2023 (Minute No. 246 refers, Minute extract enclosed), to resume debate on the report of the Director of Strategy and Resources (copy enclosed).

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North Essex Councils pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Strategy and Resources, (copy enclosed).

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Council Tax Base pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To consider the report of the Interim Chief Finance Officer (copy enclosed).

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Essex Wide Devolution Update

To receive a verbal update on Essex Wide Devolution.


Questions to the Leader of the Council in accordance with Procedure Rule 1 (3)(m)


Business by reason of special circumstances considered by the Chairperson to be urgent