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Annual Report 2013~14

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL CHAIRMAN’S ANNUAL REPORT 2013/14

Personnel

2013 has been a relatively stable year in terms of personnel

In Peldon:  Charles Dymond became Vice Chair in 2013 and thank you to Jane Banks who retired from the Parish Council in 2014 ;  Wigboroughs: Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Salcott: Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons and Andy Beharrell as councillor for Virley and I am very grateful to the whole team for their support and continued hard work for the Parish.

Thanks

We are supported by many in the Parish who give their time to their community, those who do regular and occasional work for us. Our Borough and County Councillors Andrew Ellis, Terry Sutton, Kevin Bentley and John Jowers for keeping us up to speed with wider issues and our colleagues from Essex Police who have regularly turned up to our meetings to report on crime and Speed Watch  results in the area.

We are particularly pleased when our local residents take an interest and come to the meetings bringing ideas and local issues which gives focus to our work. Many actively support in looking after the Parish voluntarily – clearing ditches, cutting hedges, unblocking drains, clearing after flooding and grass cutting.

Our local Zone wardens have been attending most of our meetings and have been a very effective quick response team helping to clear rubbish from ditches, report and assist in prosecution of fly tippers, dog fouling patrols, cutting overgrown areas and linking closely with the community.

A personal thanks from the Chair who has been so well supported by our hardworking Clerk Sue Pullen. Her work load has increased with many more reports from County, Borough and outside agencies – NHS, Voluntary Sector etc all sending more information to the Clerk by email which Sue then has to filter. All those who have had the responsibility of the Chair will realise how much help and information is given by the Clerk, her local knowledge is invaluable.

Finances

The Council has had the benefit of financial worksheets drawn up monthly by our clerk. We continue to scrutinise all expenditure due to the tightening budget as a direct result of CBC withdrawing most of the revenue grant. The accounts have been internally audited and are currently with the external auditor. Thank you to Steve Copeland for his assistance.

Planning

One of the significant changes this year has been the change to electronic viewing of local planning applications which is more difficult to view large scale applications and for everyone to access a computer. This year we have commented on over 25 local applications and would encourage residents to continue to make their views known to us.

Play Areas

These continue to be well managed by Terry Simmons (Salcott) and Barry Gooding (Peldon) and are inspected regularly. The play area at Salcott has improved following the addition of rubber chippings last year and this is also planned for Peldon in the near future. The younger residents helped chose 2 new pieces of Play equipment in Peldon, these were funded using grants – S106 (planning gain) money and Cory Environmental Trust. It is a sad fact that we still suffer from dog fouling and occasional vandalism in these areas.

Broadband initiative.

A huge amount of work has been carried out with particular thanks to John Walker enabled a very successful launch to go ahead in early 2014 and many of us are now benefiting from faster speeds!

Other Activities

Councillors have continued to attend meetings of the Essex Wildlife Trust; the Abberton Reservoir Liaison Group which includes the Abberton Reservoir community fund – Phil Gladwin continues to put a lot of work into this committee on our behalf.

Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way Committee.  Wigborough Village Hall Committee both Jinny Gale and Phil Gladwin are our representatives and the Colchester Association of Local Councils is regularly attended.

There is very close linking between ourselves, Colchester Borough Council and The Environment Agency focusing on resolving local flooding issues.

The clerk attends the Clerk’s forum.

Jinny Gale runs an excellent email service to the residents.

The team continually takes information from our residents forward – reporting on potholes, speeding, litter, missing/broken signs/play equipment and problem areas.

The Parish Council is made up of elected representatives who volunteer their time and support for the residents and parish of Winstred Hundred, I have been very grateful for their help and support.

Nicky Ellis

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Annual Report for 2012/2013

Winstred Hundred Parish Council
Annual Report 2012/2013

Personnel

2012 saw a change in personnel as we thanked Jinny Gale for her hard work chairing the Parish Council for 3 years. I took over as Chairman with Jane Banks as Vice chair. We are pleased to welcome Andy Beharrell as councillor for Virley. He joins the rest of the current councillors: Peldon: John Walker, Charles Dymond; Wigboroughs :Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Salcott: Netty Knill-Jones and Lynn Simmons.

This year we have added another venue – in addition to the PC meetings being held in Peldon and Salcott Village Halls, we are also using the new meeting rooms at Essex Wildlife Trust, Abbotts Hall, Gt Wigborough to offer more flexibility to our residents.

Thanks

The team have been grateful for the interest and involvement of our residents which helps to focus our work. We are supported by many in the parish who give their time to their community, those who do regular and occasional work, our Borough and County Councillors, our colleagues from Essex Police who have regularly turned up to our meetings and our hardworking Clerk.

This year we have been very well supported by the Community Service Team who have assisted with a lot of heavy clearance in Moss Hay and the Wigboroughs.

Our local Zone wardens have also been welcomed at our recent meetings and have been a very effective quick response team within the community.

Finances

The Council has had the benefit of financial worksheets drawn up monthly by our clerk. We have needed to scrutinise all activities due to the tightening budget as a direct result of CBC withdrawing most of the revenue grant. The accounts to 31st March 2013 are attached. They have been internally audited, thank you to Steve Copeland for his assistance.

Planning

The Council continues to have training in current planning legislation and has been using our Village Design Statement when reviewing local planning applications. This year we have commented on over 30 local applications and would encourage residents to continue making their views known to us.

Play Areas

These continue to be well managed and are inspected regularly. The play area at Salcott has benefited with the addition of rubber chippings which we expect to be more cost effective in it’s maintenance. Peldon has had it’s basketball pad replaced with grants from the ECC Big Society Fund and CBC Locality Budget Grant , than you to Councillor Terry Sutton . John Walker had dog fouling notices made up and these were erected.

Broadband initiative

A huge amount of work has been carried out with particular thanks to John Walker and a contract which includes details of installation and costs etc has been drawn up between Winstred Hundred Parish Council and County Broadband Ltd. A launch event is anticipated in June/July 2013.

Flooding

In Salcott work has been carried out to improve the flooding problems we have there, further inspection during wet weather has been carried out by the CBC land drainage technician and there are noticeable improvements. More work is still to be done with the support of local landowners.

Other Activities

Councillors have continued to attend meetings of the Essex Wildlife Trust; the Abberton Reservoir Liaison Group which includes the Abberton Reservoir community fund – Phil Gladwin continues to put a lot of work into this committee on our behalf.

There has also been a newly formed Abberton Reservoir Footpath Committee. Wigborough Village Hall Committee both Jinny Gale and Phil Gladwin are our representatives and the Colchester Association of Local Councils is regularly attended.

The clerk attends the Clerk’s forum.

The team continually takes information from our residents forward – reporting on potholes, speeding, litter, missing/broken signs/play equipment and problem areas. Grass cutting of public areas continues to be paid for from the precept. The Parish Council is made up of elected representatives who volunteer their time and support for the residents and parish of Winstred Hundred, as a new chair in 2012 year I have been very grateful for their help and encouragement.

Nicky Ellis

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Annual Report for 2009/2010

Winstred Hundred Parish Council

ANNUAL REPORT 2009/2010

Personnel

We are sorry to lose Kevin Bradshaw, Robert Davidson, Frances Fergus, and Sam Knill Jones as Parish Councillors.  We thank them for their contributions and hope they will continue to support us from within the community.  We welcome Charles Dymond as a new Parish Councillor and John Walker as a returning one.  We also welcome Terry Sutton as the new Pyefleet, and therefore Peldon, Borough Councillor.  At the time of writing we have vacancies for one Councillor in Virley and one in Salcott.

Archie Moore also retired as one of the Council’s invaluable independent workers this year and maintenance of the Moss Haye playground has been taken over by Barry Gooding.

The Council also welcomes PC Melanie Wilson as our new Birch and Layer Neighbourhood Specialist Police Officer.

Thanks

We extend our thanks to all the people who support and help the Parish Council in its work, including our Clerk, the Borough Councillors, Steve Copeland and all those members of the public who help us with specialist knowledge and through their comments, complaints and occasional praise keep us in touch with our communities.

Finances

The accounts to 31st March 2010 are attached.  At the time of publication they have been internally audited but we await final confirmation from our external auditors.   Our policy is to hold funds in hand approximately equal to one year’s precept.  This year we are slightly below that amount but decided not to request an increase in the precept.

The Council achieved a considerable reduction in its insurance premium by contracting to deal with Zurich via Suffolk Acre rather than with Zurich directly and by committing to a five year period.

Communications

The Parish Council e-mail service now has some 80 users and the website www.winstred100.org was finally launched during the year.  It is being further developed and populated with material all the time.   A ‘Gold Edition’ of the Peldon and Wigboroughs Parish News, containing the Annual Report, was sponsored by the Parish Council and distributed to every house in the Parish, including houses in Salcott and Virley.

Village Design Statement

Preparation of the Village Design Statement is funded by the Parish Council and is led by Nicky Ellis.  At the outset we were perplexed by how long  it had taken other groups to produce such documents.  Faced with a high questionnaire return and a small group of volunteers we now understand.  Work continues but more slowly than we would like.

Planning

During the year most of the Parish Councillors attended some excellent planning training organised by Colchester Borough Council.  We have also agreed a new process for agreeing responses to be made by the Parish Council to local planning applications.  The process gives the weight of the decision to the relevant ward Councillors but allows other Councillors to review and comment so that the whole Council can comfortably accept cabinet responsibility for the official reply.  The Council has reviewed and commented on nearly 30 local planning applications.

Flooding

Once again flooding, particularly in Salcott and Virley, has been a persistent concern throughout the year.  Parish and Borough Councillors and members of the public have all tried to help with specific problems but it has become clear that a major review of all aspects of the problem across the whole area, involving representatives from all the agencies having any involvement in water management and drainage, is required.  We await the scheduling of such a meeting which is likely to take place during the summer.

A Water Awareness Session held at Salcott Village Hall and delivered by the Borough Council’s Emergency Planning Team underlined the dangers in still and moving water and advised about modern products which can be purchased and used in place of the more traditional sandbags.

The Council has also purchased and installed new lifebelts at key points in Salcott and Virley.  

peldon-may-festival-2010-007Works at Moss Haye

The Council has used grant money to relay the path and clear the adjoining ditches and to undertake major replacement and refurbishment of the playground equipment.   We also commissioned British Trust for Conservation Volunteers to cut back some of the encroaching shrubs and bushes around the central area and to remove rubbish.  We were pleased to show the results of this activity to the Mayor at the Peldon May Festival and hope that residents young and old will respect the investments made by keeping the area clear of dog mess and dissuading people from using the field for inappropriate activities.  We hope to replace the basketball square and provide better drainage arrangements for the play area during the coming year.

The Wigboroughs Village Hall

The Trustees of the old Village Hall in School Lane have all died and the Parish Council agreed with the Charity Commissioners that it would undertake the organisation of getting the Trust re-established on a proper footing.  Eight people have expressed an interest in being involved and will meet for the first time in June 2010.

Other activities

  • Parish and Borough Councillors have pressed hard, and will continue to do so, to get potholes filled and road surfaces repaired.
  • Councillors have continued to attend meetings of the Essex Wildlife Trust, the Abberton Reservoir Liaison Committee and the Colchester Association of Local Councils.  The Clerk has regularly attended the Clerks’ Forum.
  • The Clerk, Chairman and Vice Chairman have undergone computer training designed to improve their knowledge of managing storage and archiving of files and data.
  • The Council has invited bids for the purchase of the BT red telephone box currently situated in Maldon Road, Great Wigborough.
  • The Council has committed to undertake an Affordable Housing Needs Survey in the parish in partnership with the Rural Community Council of Essex.
  • Regular local and independent inspections of the play areas in Salcott and Peldon have continued.
  • Grass cutting of public areas continues to be paid for from the precept.

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