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PC Minutes 13th October 2015

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13th October 2015

Present: Netty Knill-Jones, John Walker, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Jinny Gale, Liz Davidson, Bob Holmes, Andrew Ellis, Kevin Bentley, Grahame Stehle (Neighbourhood Watch Colchester Coordinator) and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Nicky Ellis, Robert Davidson, Zone Wardens

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

Zone Wardens Report: None sent but they will follow up anything that they can deal with for us. They have replaced a broken bin lid at Salcott for which we are very grateful.

Borough Councillor:  A disturbing matter at Virley is being looked into. A planning application will be ‘called in’ to be presented before CBC Planning Committee.

County Councillor: The new ward boundaries will be published on 26th October and elections will take place next May for all Borough Councillors. An application has been submitted to the Local Highways Panel for speed rumble strips to be placed on all 3 roads in Peldon, Lower, Church and St Ives. It was suggested the parish council should reply to the consultation on new Policing expressing our dissatisfaction with certain elements of the new regime following severe cut backs.

Public-Have Your Say: None

Declarations of Interest: Liz Davidson for Item 6.

1.   Neighbourhood Watch – Grahame Stehle gave a very interesting and informative presentation explaining exactly what is involved. The parish council considered such schemes to be a good idea in our villages particularly with the recent local break-ins some have experienced. The next step is to find interested coordinators.

2.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields – Hedge trimming on Moss Hay has taken place and the loose rubber needs addressing when workforce is available. Quotes and funding for refurbishing the footpath are being sought. The Community Group will be contacted again for any suitable work that they can do for us.

3.   Environment Agency Offices – meeting re: Salcott Flooding and following report and subsequent emailing from various sources was discussed. Both Kevin and Andrew will take on certain matters to assist in obtaining some positive action to resolve this on-going problem. All residents are reminded that clearance of boundary ditches, roadside and creek side, are their responsibility and failure to do so can result in prosecution.

4.   S106 Monies and Borough Councillor Fund – new fencing for the Salcott playground will be explored, fitted or not of either wood or galvanized metal.

5.   Public Welcome Sheet – explaining what is requested of the public attending a meeting was decided to be a good idea that we will adopt.

6.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way –

Footpath from Peldon to Wigborough; all opportunities for land to be made available for this popular route have been researched (and are still being discussed) currently there is no immediate prospect for this route to go ahead but we agreed that it was still worth pursuing should an opportunity be presented.

The Parish Council are in favour of upgrading the Essex and Suffolk (ESW) permissive footpath between the top of Lodge Lane and the permissive bridleway adjacent to Pete Tye to permissive bridleway to help ensure safety of horses, riders and other road users. There will be expenditure on screening and drainage here that the Parish Council thought are very worthwhile.

The Parish Council agreed that the ESW permissive footpath (and in part cycle way) around the central section of the Reservoir should be  upgraded to allow disabled access but not to a bridleway and that the Rights of Way Committee should buy a four wheel drive electric wheelchair (to be kept and administered by the Wildlife Trust) for use there.

The Parish Council agreed to support the upgrading of the short section of ESW permissive footpath from near Billets Farm to near Gt. Wigborough Church to bridleway as long as issues at the B 1026 end of this regarding site splay and parking can be resolved to the satisfaction of Essex County Council (ECC) Highways.

7.   Actions and Reminders List – updated, to include a request that all residents consider the Essex Rural Strategy Consultation at http://surveys.essexinsight.org.uk?EssexRuralStrategy

Planning Applications:

152170 Proposal: Living room and bedroom extension at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
152149 Proposal: Erection of single dwelling and garage at Green Farm, The Street, Salcott
152121 Proposal: Outline application for a proposed 3 bedroom dwelling at site adjacent Peartree Cottage, Rose Lane, Salcott

Planning Decisions:

151503 Proposal: removal on condition 02 of planning permission COL/102275/FUL to allow the building to be used as a B1, B2 & B8 at Pantiles Farm, Peldon Road, Abberton – Approve conditional
151650 Proposal: New roof structure, cladding and works at Waterways, Mersea Road, Peldon – Approve conditional
151607 Proposal: Gable roof to right hand projection to create a balanced shape and form to the overall dwelling at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott – Approve conditional

Finances:

101847 R S Pullen – October salary£375.65
101848Mr B Gooding – play insp£30.00
101849 R J Playle Services – hedge and verge cut on Moss Hay£180.00
101850 Peldon Village Hall – hire£80.00
101851 T Simmons – play insp and grass cut£75.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 10th November 2015 at 7.30pm at Peldon Village Hall

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PC Minutes 9th June 2015

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 9th June 2015

Present: Netty Knill-Jones, Liz Davidson, Nicky Ellis, Bob Holmes, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, John Walker, Andrew Ellis, Kevin Bentley and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Rob Surface, Jinny Gale, Robert Davidson

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

Zone Wardens Report: none given

Borough Councillors: The Local Plan Panel meeting was discussed it was explained that the call for sites is now closed and 224 have been put forward across the borough of Colchester. Some of these are in our villages. CBC will now sift through all of these sites and assess their suitability for development against a strict set of criteria. The likelihood is that many will fall by the wayside during this initial assessment stage. Those that are found to be potentially suitable will then be included in the next round of public consultation in January 2016, at which point members of the public will have an opportunity to give their opinions as to whether they agree or disagree with CBC’s initial findings.

The possibility of a Solar Park on land in the Maldon District near to Salcott and Great Wigborough had been noted but no application has been submitted as yet. We will contact Maldon District Council to request that we are on the consultation list.

The Borough Councillors have the small funding pot reinstated this year for all their parish councils to request for suitable projects. Resurfacing Moss Hay footpath is one such possible project for Peldon and ideas for Salcott, Virley and Wigs will be discussed.

County Councillor: Budget amendments have taken place to address the shortfall but certain services such as adult social care and children’s services will not be affected. The Essex Superfast Broadband scheme is ahead of schedule and it is planned for 98% of the county to be connected by 2019.

Outstanding road signs are still being constantly chased up for reinstatement.

The Abberton Reservoir Fund is all but allocated or spent but progress reports will be requested on any outstanding amounts allocated but not yet spent. We will write to the water company to express our congratulations on the very successful and brilliant project.

The Local Highways Panel has given the go-ahead for the modifications to the brick built bus shelter in Peldon which will be carried out in due course.

Public-Have Your Say: Item 4 was brought forward for a lengthy discussion. It was said that there were continuing offenders of speeding through Peldon and it was noted that this also occurs through Great Wigborough. The parish council would appreciate motorists taking note of the speed limit when driving through our villages.

Declarations of Interest: None

1.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields: Signage for the new equipment has been installed and other matters are being addressed. Phil proposed John seconded and all agreed to ask Terry to trim back hedges both at the top part of Moss Hay footpath and roadside at Salcott meadow. Quotes will be sought for resurfacing Moss Hay footpath.

2.   Emergency Plan: Postponed to next month.

3.   Standing Orders: Postponed to next month.

4.   Operation of Speed Watch: The parish council would like to request for more people to carry out training to operate the speed watch gun, if anyone is interested please contact the clerk on 01206 735367 or susiepullen@btinternet.com, there will also be an article on the website and the parish council emailing service. A Police representative will be invited to the next or a future meeting to advise and discuss the operational technics and the main purpose of the scheme.  

5.   Neighbourhood Watch Schemes: The parish council also requests for any interested parties for this to be operational in one or all of our villages (contact clerk details as above) and following sufficient interest a meeting with a knowledgeable representative will be organized. 

6.   Donations to Churches: Phil proposed, John seconded and all agreed to donate £200 as usual to each of the 4 churches in our villages for the churchyards upkeep.

7.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way – Negotiations are still taking place for some of the permissive bridleways but all walks are now officially open. Hazel screening has been installed at passing places in School Lane to deter bird watchers filling up the lay-bys.

8.   Broadband – update.

9.   Actions and Reminders List – update.

Planning Applications:

1511115Proposal: Alteration of existing garage outbuildings to form 2 bed dwelling at Bucklands, Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough5
150877Proposal: Restore an out building to its original function as a stand-alone studio. Remove asbestos roof and replace with reclaimed clay tiled roof, with 2 Velux roof-lights replacing current corrugated plastic roof-light and render end wall. Demolish poor-quality brick, timber and blockwork extension and level floor at Cob Cottage, The Street, Salcott5

Planning Decisions:

150625Proposal: Removal of 3 no. existing barns/piggeries and hard standing to be replaced with a re-sited proposed feed and storage barn at The Grove, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough – Approve conditional

Finances:

101834 R S Pullen – June salary£375.65
101835 T Simmons – play insp, 2 grass cuts£120.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 14th July 2015 at 7.30pm at Peldon Village Hall

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