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PC Minutes 14th December 2010


Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Salcott Village Hall at 7.30pm.on Tuesday 14th December 2010.

Present: Jane Banks, Les Lapwood, Netty Knill Jones, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Charles Dymond, Nicky Ellis and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: John Walker, Lynne Simmons, Kevin Bentley, Andrew Ellis

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

Borough Councillor: Salt bins are not being filled as a matter of course as this could prove very costly as people are more often using too much. A very small amount is needed to make a surface not slippery.  Keeping the main highways open is ECC Highways first priority.

The lighting on a property in Peldon is being looked into as it has caused concern from other residents.

Public – Have Your Say – A booklet from the Environment Agency explains that any work on the Salcott creek banks must be approved by the Environment Agency before being carried out. Those who carry out unauthorised work will be prosecuted. This booklet will be obtained and delivered to the properties that back on to the creek for their guidance.  As flooding is such an issue in Salcott this is a very important matter.

Protruding hedges onto the highway is also an issue in Salcott Street. Certain residents will be written to requesting that they trim their hedges and tree branches back from over the road.

Declarations of Interest – None

  1. Bus stop at Malting Road, Peldon – the request to move this stop just a few yards along the road for all round convenience was agreed by all.  ECC Highways have no problem with this and will inform First Bus Company for us.  Paving slabs will be laid at the new position, incurring the only cost and notices will be displayed to inform passengers.
  2. RCCE course – Influencing Decisions in Your Local Area – was attended. The ideas have been suggested before and it is felt that taking on council work would only lead to dissatisfaction by all.
  3. 2011 Emergency Planning event – a simulated training event as opposed to the usual meeting form was the chosen option and the date that suits most will be forwarded to CBC shortly.
  4. Minerals Development Document Preferred Approach – Public Consultation – notices will be displayed but it was considered that attendance by the parish council was unnecessary.
  5. Sustainable Communities Act – no action by us was thought necessary.
  6. Precept/Grant – we have confirmation now that the grant part of the council tax we receive from CBC will be halved next year, therefore it is likely that we will  need to put up the parish precept part to compensate for this or we will be in a poor position to carry out our normal duties expected of us such as grass cutting, maintaining the play areas, trimming hedges, etc. The decision will be made at the next meeting giving the councillors more time to consider this important issue.
  7. Water for Peldon Church – the land in question for fencing off and laying pipe work does not belong to the parish council therefore we will response in that vain leaving it entirely up to the PCC.
  8. Parish Online and Planning on the Map – have good points and not so good points. Efficiency of Broadband in our homes plays a major part as to the ease of use of Parish Online which is mostly about detailed maps of a chosen area.  This will be looked into further before we make any decisions about signing up for it.
  9. Essex Police – the future of NAPs meetings – one or other of us will attend these meetings in the future as they are now being held in the evenings and at various village halls to try and accommodate everyone. Forthcoming meeting dates will be circulated.
  10. Reservoir Community Fund Application – the online application form and the system dealing with the applications has been poor but our application is now being processed.
    Reservoir expansion work on the causeway has been delayed due to the weather and has now been postponed until after Christmas.  More of the footpath from the Layer Fox to the Church has been completed.
  11. Refuse collections, gritting, salt boxes – the salt box we adopted to be situated at the turning point in Salcott Street has been delivered but is now empty.  See above in Borough Councillors’ section.  Refuse collection has not been disrupted due to the weather so far.
  12. Parish Council Chairmanship – Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for Jinny to be chairman for another year which will be noted in our constitution at our annual meeting as this is a slight change from our normal order.
  13. Playgrounds – the monthly inspection reports and works required will be dealt with and followed up by appointed parish councillors to ensure that we are following the insurance company’s guidelines.
  14. Painting of Salcott play equipment – on establishing that the correct paint will be used and at least two coats Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for us to accept the cheaper quote for painting Salcott play equipment.
  15. Rolling Actions and Reminders List – duly updated


102273 Proposal: Retrospective application for the change of use from agricultural use to B8 storage, comprising of; (a) the continued use for storage of ten former shipping containers that are physically attached to the land; (b) the siting and use for storage of a further four former shipping containers that are free-standing; and (c) the continued use of one part of the application site as an outside storage area used in connection with a business that deals with reclaimed building materials at Pantile Farm, Peldon Road, Abberton

102282 Proposal: Internal and external alterations to roof, forming new bedroom (no.5) and new games room at John Jones House, Autism Anglia, Church Road, Peldon

102366 Proposal: Double storey side extension and front porch (resubmission of application 091543) at 2 Fourreleet Cottages, Whitehouse Hill, Salcott

102322 Proposal: Application for prior notification of agricultural development for a proposed building to store crop to maintain good condition for resale at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott


101579  Suffolk Acre Services – Parish Council annual insurance                          £1468.92

101580  J & N Bradshaw & Son – repairs to Moss Hay goal posts                          £293.75

101581  R S Pullen  –  clerk’s fee for December                                                  £353.53

101582  SLCC  –  annual subscription                                                                  £95.00

101583  Tollesbury  (St. Mary’s) PCC  –  mag entry                                               £55.00

101584  T Simmons  –  play insp                                                                        £30.00

The next meeting will be at Peldon Village Hall (Committee Room) on Tuesday 11th January 2011 at 7.30pm.