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2013

PC Minutes 9th April 2013

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

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

130601

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.

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PC Minutes 12th March 2013


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 at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12th March 2013.

Present: Charles Dymond, John Walker, Jane Banks, Andy Beharrell, Nicky Ellis (chair), Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, I Police Officer, I CBC Zone Warden and 2 members of the public.

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley, Jinny Gale, Andrew Ellis

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

Police: There had been a number of petty thefts, mainly from unlocked vehicles, in Salcott and Virley and also a theft from a property in Great Wigborough

Borough & County Councillors: Kevin Bentley’s report explained that he had met with the Cabinet Member for Highways to express his concerns with regard to the poor condition of our roads and he was assured that when the dryer weather arrives we should start to see improvements (The Parish Council will be writing to ECC Highways to complain about the huge pot holes on our roads, the shoddy repairs to many pot holes and the poor surface dressing that was applied to the road in Great Wigborough).

Colchester High Street will undergo new Traffic Regulation Orders for an experimental period of 18 months.

ECC and CBC will not be increasing their parts of the Council Tax this year.

Essex Libraries are looking for volunteers aged 14 and above to help children keep reading in the summer holidays, see website for details: www.essex.gov.uk/libraries

Public-Have Your Say: One of the life belts has gone missing from the creek on Salcott meadow.  A new one will be bought and fitted soon.

Declarations of Interest: None

1.         Playgrounds and Playing Fields – the playgrounds are in reasonably good order considering the weather with just the goal post in Salcott needing attention.  The Community Service people undertook more clearance work last Sunday on Moss Hay.  When they have finished we will write to express our sincere gratitude.

2.         Request to use the meadow at Salcott for wedding celebrations – with changes to their plans our insurance company will be contacted again and with their approval Phil proposed, Andy seconded and all agreed that the parish council would give them permission but ask for the cost of a grass cutting for the occasion.

3.         Zone Wardens – coffee mornings are still going ahead for people to discuss problems. The wardens wish to work with the parish council and in some areas have more authority than us, for example with issuing tickets for litter and dog fouling. We have asked for help with a couple of problems, one of which is a ditch full of rubbish. Our main Zone contact is Steve Day 07949 783823.

4.         Abberton Community Fund – Abberton and District Cricket Club have submitted an application for £15,000 for improvements to facilities for which the parish council supports and gave Phil a mandate to vote for this, but of course, only if it fits all the necessary criteria.  The meeting to decide this is tomorrow.

5.         Trees in Church Road, Peldon – Phil proposed, Jane seconded and all agreed to accept the lowest of 3 quotations for felling these two trees that need attention owing to disease and dead wood. We will not have the stumps poisoned allowing for regrowth.

6.         Broadband update report – stage 1 has taken place with the erection of a mast behind the church on Mr Sawdon’s land, stage 2 is forthcoming.

7.         Actions and Reminders List – the exposed cable in Peldon was reported, investigated and BT has now dealt with it.  The footpath officer has been approached again for impassable footpaths and will be taking appropriate action in due course and has also contacted the resident who brought this problem to our attention.  Village signs, one in Salcott, two in Great Wigborough and one in Peldon have all been reported for reinstating or repairing.

Planning Applications:

130042

Proposal: Change of use A2 offices to 3 bedroom house at 2 Abbotts Hall Cottages, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough

130355

Proposal: Relocation of approved pool equipment room to be attached to end of garage at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

130420

Proposal: Erection of detached dwelling, garage access and landscaping at Salcot Cottage, The Street, Salcott

Planning Decisions:

130021

Proposal: Installation of 14no. Solar panels to the south-eastern aspect of the roof of a stable/barn at Elmdale, Peldon Road, Little Wigborough – Permission Granted

The next meeting will be held at Abbotts Hall, Great Wigborough on Tuesday 9th April 2013 at 7.30pm.

 

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PC Minutes 12th February 2013

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

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 12th February 2013.

Present: Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis (chair), Jane Banks, Charles Dymond, Netty Knill-Jones, Andy Beharrell, John Walker, 1 Police Officer and 5 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Lynne Simmons, Jinny Gale, Kevin Bentley, Andrew Ellis

Minutes of the last meeting: With the correction of the penultimate sentence in the Borough and County Councillor piece to read ‘The collapsed edge on St Ives Hill has not yet been repaired and will be chased up along with Copt Hall Lane for a similar problem’ was agreed by all and signed by the chairman.

Police: No crimes to report. The problem junction (agenda item 3) had been looked at and there is nothing they can do about it.

Borough & County Councillors: A detailed County report had been received.

Public-Have Your Say: St Ives Hill collapsed verge was discussed again and Terry Sutton (Borough Councillor for Peldon) will be contacted expressing the need for urgent repairs here. The exposed pipe or cable will be checked for safety.

Footpaths in and around Peldon had not received any attention as previously requested so this will be chased up with the ECC Rights of Way Officer.

Puddle problem at Malting Road bus stop has been addressed.

Declarations of Interest: None

Phil proposed, John seconded and all agreed to co-opt Andy Beharrell on to the Parish Council for the ward of Virley. Appropriate forms were and will be completed.

1.    Playgrounds and Playing Fields – ‘No Dog Fouling’ sign had been taken down on Moss Hay and will be re-instated.  The Community Service team will resume their work this coming Sunday and for all Sundays in March.  Terry will be asked to clear Great Wigborough bus shelter area for growth and rubbish. Archie will attend to two dead trees on Moss Hay.

2.    Request to use the meadow at Salcott for wedding celebrations – the parish council has no objection to this as long as our insurance is in agreement with it which will be checked out. We would request it is left in good condition afterwards.

3.    St Ives Road/Malting Road/Church Road Junction including bus shelters – this junction was discussed at length for possible ways to improve safety.  An island, give way signs, a mirror were all ideas put forward. The home owner of the corner property agreed to prune back growth from trees but not take down the wall.  A log of accidents here will be made in an attempt to get ECC Highways to consider one or other of our suggestions.

4.    Abberton Community Fund and Liaison Group – no meetings.  Any possible footpaths, bridle paths and cycle ways around the reservoir will not be decided until after a public consultation.  

5.    Flooding – no new problems reported 

6.    Broadband update report – a contract, which includes details of installation, costs, etc. has been drawn up between Winstred Hundred and Layer Breton Parish Councils and County Broadband Ltd. and was  presented for parish councillors to sign after all have looked at it closely.

7.    Trees – Church Road, Peldon – following a request concerning two trees on the verge outside a property we will ask CBC Arboriculturist to give us an opinion as to whether these need attention.    

8.    Actions and Reminders List – updated

Planning Applications:

130021

Proposal: Installation of 14no. Solar panels to the south-eastern aspect of the roof of a stable/barn at Elmdale, Peldon Road, Little Wigborough

130116

Proposal: 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

130141

Proposal: Single storey rear extension to form study at Bluebell Cottage, Mersea Road, Peldon

130147

Proposal: Single storey side extension at Willow Creek Farm, Colchester Road, Virley

130150

Proposal: New outbuilding to provide tractor/cow shed and demolition of 2no. existing outbuildings at Willow Creek Farm, Colchester Road, Virley

122083

Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of 2no. two and a half storey semi-detached dwellings at Old Barn Burrows, The Bungalow, The Street, Salcott – Withdrawn

The next meeting will be held at Salcott Village Hall on Tues 12th March 2013 at 7.30pm.

 

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PC Minutes 8th January 2013

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough at 7.30pm on Tuesday 8th January 2013.

Present: John Walker, Jane Banks, Charles Dymond, Nicky Ellis (chair), Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, Terry Sutton, Andrew Ellis, Kevin Bentley, 2 Police Officers and 12 members of the public

Apologies for absence: None

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

Borough and County Councillors: Flooding areas at Salcott have been inspected along with the CBC Land Drainage Technician during the particularly wet weather recently. There were noticeable improvements from work having been carried out but matters could be improved more if land owners carried out further requested works.  Thanks will be given to a certain Salcott resident for his ditch clearance work which is very much appreciated.

Pot holes have been mended but with many the repairs have come out again all too soon but will be dealt with yet again in time.  More resurfacing has been requested and with a better job than has been seen on the roads of late.

ECC is not increasing their part of the Council Tax and even though their funds have been significantly reduced front line services have not been affected.

The collapsed edge on St Ives Hill has been repaired and Copt Hall Lane will be chased up for a similar problem.

The new grant system from CBC was clarified in order for us to make a positive decision.

Public-Have Your Say: The consultation for the speed reduction proposals along Mersea Road in Peldon was enquired about and will be looked into. Also enquiries were made about the proposed bus shelter for Church Road/Malting Road which will be followed up by requesting a date when we can expect this to take place.

Declarations of Interest: None

Planning Application 122083 (details below) was brought forward on the agenda for which a full discussion took place with presentations and comments from the applicant, his agent, neighbours, other Salcott residents and a Borough Councillor speaking for and against this proposal.  The Parish Council discussed this further later on in the meeting and all that was said earlier with emails and letters sent to us previously were carefully considered  in order for us to put together our comments to be sent to CBC Planning Dept.

1. Police from both Tiptree and Mersea gave reports of no crimes in our villages but would urge people to be vigilant as there are cases of household oil theft at present.  Also they will carry out speed gun visits if they are told of a particularly bad place and time.  Speed gun training for those that put their names forward is taking place.  A vase had been stolen from Salcott Church.

2. Playgrounds and Playing Fields – the Community Service work on Moss Hay has been suspended due to the village hall being occupied with panto rehearsals as the toilets etc are required for this work party. Work will resume again in February for which we are very grateful and delighted with all their efforts so far.  The playgrounds are in good order given the very poor weather we’ve been having.

3. Zone Wardens and Highway Rangers – nothing to report

4. Precept/Grant 2013/14 following further discussion and consideration Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed to apply for the same money as last year despite the fact it will be a modest increase of £2.31 average per band D property but this being a direct result of the withdrawal of most of the Revenue Grant by CBC.  We have and will continue to try and make savings wherever possible but insurance, maintenance of our playgrounds, grass cutting etc are a constant commitment for us.

5. Abberton Reservoir Expansion Liaison Group Meeting – the poor weather had stopped work but habitat work will start soon. The main part of the project is still on course to finish at August 2013.
    Abberton Reservoir Community Fund – there had been one application this time for helping with the cost of a length of footpath in Layer de la Haye from the works entrance to the crossroads.

6. Flooding – as above at Borough Councillors plus a land owner along St Ives Hill has been approached for ditch clearance to alleviate a problem there.

7. Broadband update report – there is a question of planning permission being a problem that will hopefully be resolved soon.

8. Website and Five Parishes Show – our website could be of more use to the Five Parishes Show and we would like to treat everyone the same with regard to any possible charges.  Our new parish councillor who will be co-opted at our next meeting has already expressed knowledge of website maintenance so we will approach him on the matter.

9. Actions and Reminders List – updated

    Planning Applications:

    122083 Proposal: Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of 2 no. two and a half storey semi-detached dwellings at Old Barn Burrows, The Bungalow, The Street, Salcott

    Finance:

    101695

    St Mary the Virgin, Peldon – mag entries for the year

    £150.00

    101696

    R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for Jan

    £353.00

    101697

    Salcott Village Hall – hall hire x 6

    £180.00

    101698

    David J Kingaby – running of website

    £256.00

    101699

    Tollesbury (St Mary’s) PCC – mag entries for the year

    £55.00

    101700

    T Simmons – Salcott play insp x 2

    £60.00

    The next meeting will be held at Peldon Village Hall on Tues 12th February 2013 at 7.30pm.

     

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