WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL
Peldon Great Wigborough Little Wigborough Salcott Virley
Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Peldon Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10th March 2009.
Present: Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Jane Banks, Kevin Bradshaw, Lynne Simmons, Nicky Ellis, Sam Knill Jones, Kevin Bentley and approx. 30 members of the public
Apologies for absence: Robert Davidson, Andrew Ellis
Minutes of the last meeting were agreed and signed by the vice chairman. Nicky proposed, Phil Seconded and all agreed to state the minutes as Draft as that is exactly what they are until agreed by all at the following meeting.
Borough Councillors: Abberton Reservoir Liaison Group had their first meeting recently. The planning application has been granted conditional approval with the Community Funding to be sorted. This Community Fund is to be set up to help compensate in various ways closely affected areas. The main raising work will begin in January 2010. A transport plan has yet to be compiled. The main work will be given out to tender. Minor works will begin in April this year. Woodland felling had started but halted again while birds are nesting. A road will be built around the reservoir to help contain all construction work. The new visitors centre will be completed in August 2010. There is to be a memorial bench to Peter Crowe erected somewhere suitable.
Public – Have Your Say: Jinny requested for any public comments about Item 1. – Flooding in Salcott, to wait for that part of the meeting. A follow up on speed gun training was requested and with the evenings getting lighter this will take place soon – speeding motorists beware! We would still like everybody to report to us any accidents along this main road for our log to continue for further use in campaigning for a speed reduction. Reports about blocked ditches in Peldon will also be chased up.
Declarations of Interest: Sam declared an interest in Item 1. and was asked to stay but not enter into the discussion at all.
Items for Discussion
With regard to the flooding at Salcott, Mr Chris Knill Jones has stated that he is not in a position to consider making any changes to his land which had been suggested to him. Also another landowner regarded the suggestion as making his land more susceptible to flooding. It was considered to be a far wider issue and any changes to land, counter walls and sea walls etc. would require careful monitoring and planning by the Environment Agency. Phil proposed, Lynne seconded and all agreed that we should write to the Environment Agency about the situation requesting that they keep us informed of any visits or decisions they make. CBC will also be contacted to alert them of the severity of the problem and ask if they have any plans, surveys or suggestions to help the situation. The increased number of houses in Tiptree has made the situation worse; was that considered when planning applications were granted? Also with regard to the roads flooding from an excess of rain water ECC Highways have met with people at Salcott and written to land owners requesting clearance of ditches. Hopefully people will be vigilant and keep their ditches cleared at all times. It was suggested that the whole problem of flooding at Salcott be on the agenda quarterly to assess the situation and any progress to date.
090208 Proposed extension at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
090165 Agricultural building at Beckton House Farm, Salcott – correspondence
101460 A Moore – play area insp, repair to picnic table, empty bin £60.00
101461 R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for March £349.02
101462 T Simmons – play area inspection £25.00
The next meeting will be in Salcott Village Hall on Tuesday 14th April 2009 at 7.30pm