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PC Minutes 9th February 2010


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 9th February 2010.

Present: Frances Fergus, Jane Banks, Nicky Ellis, Robert Davidson, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Kevin Bradshaw, Sam Knill Jones, Kevin Bentley and 3 public

Apologies for absence: Andrew Ellis

Minutes of the last meeting were agreed and signed by the chairman

Borough Councillors: Peter Martin is the new leader of the County Council. The forthcoming budget has been decided and our council tax is to rise by 1.9% which works out to 38p a week per household.

Bad pot holes have been attended to quickly after being reported, less urgent ones are placed on a list and will be dealt with in due course.  Owing to the bad weather there are many.

There is a new pilot scheme in this area beginning in April offering 5 to 19 year olds half price bus fares.

Helping Businesses Scheme is working well with lending money to help with cash flow for small businesses.

Apprenticeship Scheme is also working well to help train young people in certain skills getting them ready for work.

So far 12 post offices have been reopened and this figure is hoped to reach 36 in 3 years time.

More trees are to be taken down along Layer Road with the reservoir expansion scheme.

Certain planning matters will be chased up and looked into.

Public-Have Your Say: None

Declarations of Interest: None

Police Report: To assist us with our campaign on speeding through our villages the Police will be using speed guns in the near future.

  1. Affordable Housing – Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed to go ahead with a needs assessment survey/questionnaire working with the Rural Community Council of Essex who will analyse the survey and establish the need for each of our villages individually.  The covering letter will be jointly from RCCE and the parish council.
  2. VDS questionnaire summary is being separated into the different villages and all comments included.  The VDS will also include a brief history of each village which certain residents from each village are working on for us now.
  3. Salcott red phone boxes – costs have been found and more are needed such as insurance.  A survey will be carried out in Salcott and Virley to ask if people want to keep the phone box as the actual telephone will be removed. Suggestions for use if adopted by the parish council will also be asked.
  4. Wigborough Village Hall – a letter will be sent out to all those that showed an interest, in the required time, in being involved in the future of the village hall.
  5. Emergency Planning Meeting – water awareness was the main topic which covered matters such as areas prone to flooding, excess of water anywhere and available DIY gear for householders in dealing with the problem.  It was decided that it would be a good idea for CBC Emergency Planning Officer, Paul Walker to give a presentation in Salcott Village Hall that will be advertised well beforehand.
  6. Play areas – Peldon equipment repairs have been carried out and a new see-saw installed.  The playground is open for use but the bark is churned up and muddy from the work being carried out and this will be addressed when the ground has dried out.
  7. Basket ball pad quotations have been obtained.  It will be fairly expensive for a good job, therefore we will wait to hear if we are successful with a grant application before making any decisions.
  8. Rolling Actions and Reminders List – updated.
    BTCV are coming on 28th and 31st March to carry out the clearance work on Moss Hay.  Everybody is welcome to join in and should contact the clerk with names to ensure enough tools and refreshments are brought along by BTCV.
    Elections for our Parish Council are in May this year and if anybody is interested in becoming a Parish Councillor they should look for details on the notice boards at the end of March.


100059 Proposal: Removal of existing flat roof to garage, increase in eaves height and replacement with new pitched roof to match adjacent at Marshlands, The Street, Salcott

100063 Proposal: Agricultural building to house livestock pens and feed hay-straw winter storage occasional livestock use at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

Notice of Planning Decisions:-

091543 Proposal: Two storey side extension at Fourreleet Cottages, Whitehouse Hill, Salcott – Permission Refused


101524  R S Pullen  –  clerk’s fee for February                                                               £353.53

101525  Lappset  –  Peldon play equipment repairs and new see-saw                             £4410.96

101526  Salcott Village Hall  –  hire                                                                              £150.00

101527  T Simmons  –  play area inspection                                                                   £30.00

The next meeting will be held at Salcott Village Hall on Tues 9th March 2010 at 7.30pm.

Our Parish Councillors are up for election this year and anyone interested in becoming a Parish Councillor should look for details on the notice boards at the end of March.

BTCV is carrying out clearance work on Moss Hay on 28th and 31st March and anyone can join in. To ensure there are enough tools and refreshments please phone the clerk with names.