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North Essex Garden Communities Consultation

North Essex Garden Communities Consultation

North Essex Garden Communities is working to create not just new homes but new communities. Planned to Garden City Principles and designed in partnership with residents.  Their ambition is to create places for people to live, work and spend time, taking forward the Garden City idea for future generations.  They have put their plans together and are now seeking your views in a consultation starting on 13th November and extending into December. Continue reading

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PC Minutes 11th July 2017

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the  meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Salcott Village Hall 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th July 2017.

Present: John Walker, Bob Holmes, Jinny Gale, Netty Knill-Jones, Robert Kean, Phil Gladwin (chair), Liz Davidson, Lynne Simmons, Andrew Ellis and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Nicky Ellis, Robert Davidson

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

Zone Warden Report: None received

Borough Councillor Report: Certain matters already reported will be investigated further contacting ECC Highways Continue reading

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PC Minutes 13th June 2017

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held in Peldon Church 7.30pm on Tuesday 13th June 2017.

Present: Robert Kean, Nicky Ellis, Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale, Bob Holmes, Liz Davidson, John Walker, Robert Davidson, Zone Warden and one member of the public

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley, Pat Moore

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

Zone Warden Report: More details were given on the new Continue reading

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PC Minutes 11th April 2017

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Salcott Village Hall 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th April 2017

Present: Nicky Ellis, Bob Holmes, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, John Walker, Kevin Bentley, 2 Zone Wardens, 5 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Robert Kean, Liz Davidson, Andrew Ellis, Robert Davidson

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

Zone Warden Report: Unfortunately there are still many vehicles speeding Continue reading

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PC Minutes 14th March 2017

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held in Peldon Church 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th March 2017.

Present: Robert Kean, Liz Davidson, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Nicky Ellis, Netty Knill-Jones, Robert Davidson, Kevin Bentley and 3 members of the public.

Apologies for absence: Bob Holmes, John Walker, Andrew Ellis, Zone Warden

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

Zone Warden Report: Thanks were expressed to our Zone Wardens for the successful litter pick in Peldon and also for the removal of some bags that had been dumped on the roadside.  Dog fouling is an ongoing concern and the parish councillors have the authority to take photographic evidence to pass on for submitting for prosecutions.

Borough Councillor Report: Locality Budget funds have been allocated for chairs for the new hall at Peldon. The parish council will take care of the money until required and will purchase the chairs for vat return which is in order. Some bags of tree tubes left on Pete Tye Common following removal by the Community Services will be taken away for us. Everyone will have had or soon to have their council tax bill along with instructions about refuse collections including that garden bags will be free but black bags will have to be bought and only3 per household will be collected fortnightly.  This change is intended to encourage more recycling as we are badly falling behind on this in the Colchester area.

County Councillor Report: The parish council is pleased to see the new VAS sign installed in Mersea Road, Peldon and thanks were given to Kevin for all his hard work in achieving this which has taken much time and effort. The broken drain cover at the Salcott crossroads has been reported for attention. The A12 improvements consultation is still open for opinions, A120 is now closed. The Public Road Safety team will be asked to look into and consider a speed limit for the length of the road from Great Wigborough to Peldon for which we will probably receive an answer by May.

Public-Have Your Say: The parish council was asked to support an appeal for a development in Lodge Lane, Peldon that was refused.  The parish council supported this application in the first instance so is happy to send a letter to the Appeal Inspectorate accordingly.  Thanks were given to litter pickers in Peldon and for the improvements of Footpath 13 (Church Road to St Ives Road).  Dog fouling is a problem in Lodge Lane particularly with bags being hung on hedges, posts etc. The parish council would like to request that these bags are either put in the appropriate bins or taken home.

Declarations of Interest: Liz Davidson for planning application no.170502.         

  1. Playgrounds and Playing Fields are both in good order, a tree on Salcott meadow in need of attention will be seen to in due course.
     
  2. Virley Brook Flood Modelling Study Meeting:
    After measuring the catchment of Virley Brook (which flows out of the sluice into Salcott Creek) very accurately the Environment Agency has produced a computerized model of how the fresh and sea water interact in the Salcott and Virley area.  This followed concerns from the Parish Council about flooding in the village of Salcott and the possible increase in water discharged from Tiptree Sewage Works if more houses were built in Tiptree.
     
    We were invited along to a meeting to discuss the findings of this modelling.
     
    In this sort of model extreme weather events and extreme tides and future sea level rises are used to produce ‘worst case scenarios’ or things which could typically happen once in 200 years.
     
    Their findings show that a measurement of doorstep and airbrick height of the most at risk houses needs to take place, depending on the results of this a cost/benefit analysis of altering flood protection will take place.  The Environment Agency have a strict formula for deciding where investment is warranted, we will be informed of their decision once it has been reached.
     
    The Environment Agency will also put the data into the Local Plan for Colchester that is being written at present.The Parish Council will talk to Tiptree Parish Council to make them aware of our concerns.
     
    If anyone wants more information about what we know so far they can email the Clerk (susiepullen@btinternet.com) the Chairman (phil.gladwin@btinternet.com)
     
  3.  Peldon and Wigboroughs Community Centre: One representative from each of the Wigboroughs and Peldon will be on the new management committee and these 2 could be residents and not necessarily parish councillors. They are to be appointed by the Parish Council.  If by some extraordinary circumstances in years to come the new hall becomes unused and therefore not needed some money may revert to the Wigboroughs.  It will become the responsibility of the Parish Council to ensure that this is used for the benefit of the residents of the Wigboroughs. Likewise, if the money from the plot sale going to the Great Wigborough Church is not used or needed, this will be received by the Parish Council and used for the benefit of the Wigboroughs residents.   All the Parish Councillors were in agreement with this.
     
  4. Actions and Reminder List – updated
    • Essex Coastal Forum Meeting at County Hall 6th March 2017 was attended by a parish councillor and some interesting points were learnt.

     

 
Planning applications:

170502: Proposal: Day nursery care ages 0-5, located on designated rural employment area. Existing agricultural buildings demolished for proposed development to comply with Ofsted Specification at land adjacent Games Farmhouse, Lower Road, Peldon – the Parish Council discussed this application and will submit its supporting reply to CBC Planning.

Planning Decisions:

Planning Enforcement Appeal against Enforcement Notice has been lodged (Ref: 091167)Appeal ref: APP/A1530/C/17/3168882 at Mehalah, The Strood, Peldon
170063 Proposal: Fenestration adjustments and inclusion of attic storage space to family leisure activity at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott – Approve Conditional
163076 Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for an existing caravan to be positioned on site and the use of a storage building that has been used to store outboard engines, oars and other owner paraphernalia at Bennysteins, The Strood, Peldon – Refuse Certificate of Lawful Use or Development
163103Proposal: 1.2m extension to existing domestic garage and garden screen wall to existing patio at Willow Creek Farm, Colchester Road, Virley – Approve Conditional

Finances:

101916 R S Pullen – Webhosting (101915 cancelled)£38.97
101917 R S Pullen – clerk’s salary March£426.82
101918 R S Pullen – clerk’s expenses£172.48
101919 Salcott Village Hall – hire£90.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 11th April 2017 at 7.30pm at Salcott Village Hall

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Peldon Wins Funding!

Artist's Impression of the new hall taken from the latest architectural plans. Courtesy of Steve Sharpe Graphics

Artist’s Impression of the new hall taken from the latest architectural plans. Courtesy of Steve Sharpe Graphics

Peldon Village Hall Wins Funding!

We are delighted to say that Peldon Village Hall came third in the vote for Colchester’s Big Choice and has secured a further £50,000 of funding for our new village hall, bringing the total funds we’ve raised to Continue reading

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Recycling & Waste Consultation

recycle for colchesterRecycling & Waste Consultation

Colchester Borough Council is about to commence a consultation on its current waste and recycling service. Borough residents are being asked for their views to help Colchester Borough Council consider how best to reduce waste and increase recycling in the coming years.

All residents are invited to give their views through the online survey at www.colchester.gov.uk/recyclingsurvey between Monday 7 March and 5pm Friday 3 June 2016.

Help to complete the survey is available at free Online Skills events across the borough listed at www.colchester.gov.uk/go-online .  Residents with accessibility needs can request assistance from a Customer Advisor at the Community Hub in the town centre.

From 7 March to 29 March and Monday 9 May to Friday 3 June selected homes across the borough with kerbside or communal bin collections will also be visited.  Face to face feedback on recycling and waste collections will be gathered from around 1,000 residents.

Home visits will take place borough-wide between 9am and 8pm, Monday to Saturday to households representative of Colchester’s demographic mix.

All survey responses will be used to help the Council understand what residents think including: satisfaction with the type and number of containers used for home storage and collection of waste and recycling; frequency of collections; and ideas for improvement that would help residents send less waste to landfill and recycle more.  Household characteristics, including number of residents at the property and availability of outdoor and container storage areas, will also be gathered.

The consultation is part of a full review of the Council’s waste and recycling service including considering different collection methods and best practice nationally.

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Vote For Peldon Village Hall

Artist's Impression of the new hall taken from the latest architectural plans.  Courtesy of Steve Sharpe Graphics

Artist’s Impression of the new hall taken from the latest architectural plans. Courtesy of Steve Sharpe Graphics

Vote For Peldon Village Hall

Voting is now open for “Colchester’s Big Choice”, vote for Peldon Village Hall!

The project to rebuild Peldon Village Hall is one of 12 shortlisted projects that are competing for a share of £200,000 of funding being provided by Colchester Borough Council for community projects in the Borough under its ‘Big Choice’ scheme. Local residents will decide who the winning projects are by voting for their favourites. Voting will be open between Monday 22 February and Friday 4 March, and the winning projects will be announced the following week.

We have pitched for £50,000 of the ‘Big Choice’ funding and, if we are successful, we should then have enough to allow us to start work. But whether or not we’ll succeed depends on how many people vote for our project.

Why Vote for Peldon Village Hall ?

The current hall in Peldon was built in the 1960’s and is a timber-framed, flat roofed building that is gradually deteriorating, despite our best efforts to maintain it. It’s well used by a variety of community groups and private hirers, attracting not just Peldon residents, but people from the surrounding villages and from Mersea. We recognised a few years ago that it needed replacing, not just to allow the current uses to continue, but also to provide the opportunity for new activities which we know that community would welcome. So we’ve drawn up plans for a new, larger building that will be at the heart of our community for the next 100 years.

How do I vote?

There are two ways you can vote for us, online or in person. You can go on-line to the Council’s website www.colchester.gov.uk/bigchoice and follow the link there. Alternatively, you can visit Colchester library where voting forms will be available. If neither of these methods is convenient, please call Bob Holmes on 01206 735510 and we’ll help you to cast your vote.

Who Can Vote?

Voting is open to anyone who is a resident in the area covered by Colchester Borough Council, whatever their age (including children) and you do not have to be on the electoral register. You will need to confirm your name, address and/or postcode when you vote.

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