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PC Minutes 9th April 2013


Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Abbotts Hall, Great Wigborough at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th April 2013.

Present: Charles Dymond, Jane Banks, Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis (chair), Jinny Gale, John Walker, Andy Beharrell, Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, Kevin Bentley, 2 Zone Wardens and 2 member of the public.

Apologies for absence: Andrew Ellis, Police

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

Police: A report was received in their absence listing a number of minor incidents.  There had been several thefts and attempted thefts from sheds in Peldon Crescent.  Also two suspicious males have been offering to sell, at various places in our villages, chainsaws and the like from the back of a small black vehicle.

Borough & County Councillors: Owing to one of the worst winters on record, it has proved particularly difficult for the resulting highways defects to be repaired but our councillors have been working hard to report the really bad potholes and collapsed verges in order for a speedy repair so do please continue to report them.  More money has been allocated for this repair work so, hopefully with improving weather, we will see the result everywhere eventually.

Public-Have Your Say: None

Declarations of Interest: None

  1. Playgrounds and Playing Fields – mostly in good order, the missing life belt for Salcott creek has been bought and will be fitted in the near future.  A request for the Salcott meadow grass to be cut was discussed but agreed it would be done when appropriate.  The Community Service working party has not been able to continue the work of clearing the growth around the footpath owing to the bad weather but will do so when possible.
  2. Request to use the meadow at Salcott for wedding celebrations is still being discussed with the participants as their plans for the celebrations has changed a couple of times and they are now consulting the marquee company for their insurance details to comply with ours.
  3. Zone Wardens continue to assist us wherever they can and have carried out some rubbish clearance work for us.  They have very kindly offered us a bench that will be erected on Moss Hay.  They are also helping in our quest to get all broken or missing road and footpath signs reinstated and a new dog fouling sign.  Their details of drop-in coffee mornings and where and when you can collect clear refuse bags and green boxes are on the CBC website.
  4. Abberton Reservoir Liaison Group and Community Fund: The last section of the work on the causeway is taking place.  A footpath in Layer has been approved for the fund and the Abberton and District Cricket Club application is to be improved.
  5. CALC meeting was attended by our representative and Nicky proposed, Jane seconded and all agreed to keep up with our membership at a cost of £35 as it does keep us in the loop of certain important matter.
  6. Broadband update report – stage 2 is now underway, a launch event is scheduled for June at Peldon Village Hall and could hopefully be incorporated with an Abberton Reservoir Footpath consultation event.
  7. Actions and Reminders List – the parish council has written a letter to ECC Highways to express our extreme dissatisfaction of the condition of our roads. The diseased trees at Church Road, Peldon have been felled professionally; the owner of Pete Tye Common was informed of a certain property owner adjacent to the common of possibly fencing in more land than they actually own.
Planning Applications:
130474Proposal: Application for a new planning permission to replace extant planning permission 100458 in order to extend the time limit for implementation of two storey side and rear extension at Leeward, Church Road, Peldon
130557Proposal: Single storey dependent relative annex and structural support to existing dwelling, resubmission of applications 110912 and 121258 at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott


Proposal: Alterations and extension to first floor over the existing single storey element to provide an additional bedroom and en-suite facility at Honeywood, Mersea Road, Peldon

Planning Decisions:
130147Proposal: Single storey side extension at Willow Creek Farm, Colchester Road, Virley
Permission Granted
130150Proposal: New outbuilding to provide tractor/cow shed and demolition of 2no. existing outbuildings at Willow Creek Farm, Colchester Road, Virley
Permission Granted
130116Proposal: Infill extension to form additional bedroom for use by existing residents’ children, in part replacing former demolished extension, resubmission of 121120 at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
Permission Refused
130141 Proposal: Single storey rear extension to form study at Bluebell Cottage, Mersea Road, Peldon
Permission Granted

The next meeting will be The Annual Parish Meeting followed by the Parish Council Meeting held at Peldon Village Hall on Tuesday 14th May 2013 at 7.30pm.

Please be vigilant about securing your property following a spate of thefts and attempted thefts from sheds and outbuildings in Peldon.  Also please report to the Police (dial 101) any sightings or visits from vehicles selling equipment from the back of the vehicles.