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PC Minutes 11th September 2012


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 11th Sept 2012.

Present: John Walker, Lynne Simmons, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis (chair), Jane Banks, Charles Dymond, Andrew Ellis, 1 Police Officer and 4 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley, Netty Knill-Jones

Minutes of the last meeting: with the alteration at item 3. Code of Conduct, at the end should read ‘one Parish Councillor on the Complaints Panel who should have a vote’, was agreed by all and signed by the chairman

Borough Councillors: The online complaints procedure for ECC Highways is not being dealt with satisfactorily in many cases. County Councillor Kevin Bentley has party to a hot line for complaints so please phone or email the clerk with problems to be passed on. It was brought to Andrew’s attention for investigation that holes in the roads are not always being filled before resurfacing takes place and loose chippings following resurfacing are being wasted. Also the temporary signs for loose chippings are being left too long after the job has been finished and get knocked into the road causing obstructions.

Andrew will ask the head of Zone Wardens for a meeting with us to explain their roles within our community. Also we would like to know the cost from CBC of the Zone Wardens particularly as our precept/grant is being cut.

The missing Salcott-cum-Virley sign from along Colchester Road will be followed up and also CBC Simon High will be contacted for an update on drainage problems in Salcott and the poor state of the road in Salcott and bridge and road on Mill Lane in Virley.

Public-Have Your Say: Concern was expressed about speeding along Lower Road, Peldon. Training for speed gun use will hopefully be taking place shortly.  There was a suggestion for the triangle of grass area at the beginning of Peldon coming from Wigboroughs to be improved but this, unfortunately, is out of our hands as it is privately owned.

Declarations of Interest: None

  1. Police – A house in The Glebe, Peldon had been burgled but there was no sign of forced entry. The Police urge people to make sure windows and doors are not left unlocked. No other crimes were reported.  The Police do use their speed gun periodically in order to help in reducing speeding through our villages.
  2. Playgrounds and Playing Fields – Both playgrounds are in good order with minor jobs outstanding. The replacement chain tails have been fitted to the swings at Salcott. The bark removal will hopefully take place in the very near future in readiness for the rubber clippings. There had been a number of complaints about the grass being too long on Salcott meadow and the roadside hedge in need of a trim. This was explained that these jobs were carried out when it became possible after a spell of wet weather. The contractor has made a good job of the new basketball pad on Moss Hay for which we have obtained grants.  Charles will sow grass seed on the surrounding area to make good.  Children have asked for a net for the ring but unfortunately we have found in the past that nets are quickly broken by children swinging on them or rot too easily.
  3. Code of Conduct – Some had completed the Registerable Interests Form but others still need to do this.  No one wished to be nominated for the Standards Board that takes on the onerous task of judging other parish councillors where there has been complaints received by CBC about them.
  4. Great Wigborough illuminated 30 mph sign – no additional ones are available at present and moving the one in Wigborough will be considered but funds are short for this type of work so it will be sometime before anything happens if at all.
  5. Gold Magazine Edition – we may need to make changes as to how we get our annual report to everyone due to costs, and so requirements and alternatives will be explored.
  6. Broadband and Website – update from John to whom we again expressed our thanks for his tireless efforts on this broadband project.
  7. Finances – to acknowledge completion of the approved external audit.
  8. Abberton Reservoir Community Funds – we agreed on a mandate for Phil to vote for Abberton & Langenhoe’s application to join the broadband scheme, vote also for the expansion of A & L Village Hall following an improved application. The resident in Layer de la Haye who were inconvenienced and out of pocket for being unable to move on their arranged date because their driveway was blocked by reservoir vehicles, for this Phil was mandated to vote for this application if the evidence supported the claim.
  9. Actions and Reminders List – updated


121251 Proposal: Replacement of a derelict conservatory with a 2 storey side extension at Haxells Farm, Haxells Farm Cottage, Peldon Road, Peldon

121245 Proposal: To erect a shed measuring about 2.4M x 3M x 2M high at peak of roof, in the garden to the south of the house. To be installed on supports driven into the ground. No concrete base. At Priests House, Church Road, Peldon

121561 Proposal: Dependant relative annexe to main dwelling comprising bedroom, bathroom and sitting room. All attached to main dwelling at rear at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

Planning Decisions:

120074 Proposal: Replacement dwelling and garage following demolition of existing dwelling at Thornfleet, Church Road, Peldon – Permission Granted

120580 Proposal: Variation of condition 3 of planning permission 102366 to allow for amended ridge height of extension due to design fault on approved scheme at 2 Fourreleet Cottages, Whitehouse Hill, Salcott – Permission Granted

121007 Proposal: Listed building application for demolition of derelict conservatory and replacement with 2 storey side extension at Haxells Farm, Peldon Road – Consent Granted

121047 & 121043 Proposal: Part conversion of existing outbuildings to provide home office, WC, kitchen and storage areas at Seaborough House, Peldon Road, Great Wigborough – Permission and Consent Granted

121120 Proposal: Infill extension to create new bedroom – in part replacing demolished extension at Fourways, Barnhall Road, Salcott – Permission Refused

121099 Proposal: Replacement 3 bedroom dwelling and detached car port – Ref: COL/1397/81 at Ransomes, Wigborough Road, Peldon – Permission Granted

121070 Proposal: Variation of condition 2 of 102366 – to build porch with pitched gable roof as opposed to approval lean to roof (retrospective) at 2 Fourreleet Cottages, Whitehouse Hill, Salcott – Permission Granted

121258 Proposal: Extension to provide structural support to existing dwelling and additional dependant relative accommodation (resubmission of 110912) at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott – Permission Refused

Appeal against CBC’s Decision: Proposal: Replacement front garden wall and improved vehicle access to residential area frontage only (resubmission of 111830) at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott


101671 Keith Banks – Moss Hay grass cuts x 4                                                            £160.00

101672 R S Pullen  –  clerk’s fee for August and September                                         £707.06

101673 David J Moore – new basketball pad at Moss Hay                                          £3,595.20

101674 Peldon Village Hall – hire x 2                                                                         £160.00

101675 Audit Commission – annual external audit                                                       £162.00

101676 T Simmons – 2 x play insp, 7 x grass cuts, cut hedge, fit swing parts                 £381.00

101677 B & S Chains –  swing parts                                                                            £53.88

The next meeting will be held at Salcott Village Hall on Tues 9th Oct 2012 at 7.30pm.