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PC Minutes 12th May 2015

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 May 2015

Present: Netty Knill-Jones, John Walker, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Jinny Gale, Liz Davidson, Bob Holmes, Rob Surface, Robert Davidson, John Jowers, Kevin Bentley, Zone Warden and one member of the public

Apologies for absence: Nicky Ellis, Andrew Ellis 

The Annual Parish Assembly

Zone Warden Report: Dog fouling and litter culprits are constantly being targeted and prosecuted whenever possible and fines of £200 and £370 have been given out recently.

Chairman’s report: Thanks were given to everyone who has served on, worked for or helped the parish council in any way. The new play equipment, for which we obtained grants from Cory Environmental Trust and S106 monies from recently built houses at Peldon, has been installed at Moss Hay and is proving to be a success.  The broadband scheme has been another major part of the achievements during the year and continues to develop further. The parish council has continually reported on and dealt with various matters including highways defects, speeding, flooding issues and numerous planning applications. It has also kept the residents informed on matters of interest or concern and dealt with any queries or problems whenever it has been possible.

Financial Report: There was a very slight overspend this last financial year which will be adjusted this coming year. Several large amounts of money have passed through the books this year with the new play equipment and broadband project. Insurance, playgrounds and grass cutting continue to be a substantial part of our spending.  Thanks will be given to the internal auditor who stepped in at the last minute. See item 2 below and the Annual Return will be on the noticeboards and website for viewing when it has been formally confirmed.

Parish Council AGM

Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed for Lynne to continue as chairman.

Phil proposed, Lynne seconded and all agreed for Nicky to continue as vice-chairman. Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed for the clerk to continue as Financial and Responsible Officer.

Phil proposed, Bob seconded and all agreed to co-opt Liz Davidson on to the parish council for Peldon Ward who was duly welcomed by all.

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

County Councillor: The Community Initiative Fund (CIF) is running for another year funding worthy projects. Drainage enforcement will take place where necessary. Sometimes it is necessary for road closures, which can be inconvenient but do ensure a better surface repair job is carried out. School transport is being reduced and some existing ones will cost more. The CBC Local Plan is still considering sites for new houses and some villages will probably have to take a few.

Borough Councillors: The new CBC warding boundaries will include Salcott and Virley and the Wigboroughs in Marks Tey and Layer Ward and Peldon will be in Mersea and Pyefleet Ward. The speeding survey strips will be installed at Lower Road, Peldon in due course. Another for Church Road was requested. As suggested we will invite a representative from the Casualty Reduction Team to a forthcoming parish council meeting.  Missing road signage will be chased up. The ECC Superfast Broadband Scheme is going well. The Abberton Reservoir Community Fund is all but allocated and updates on the projects of any unspent money will be requested.

Public-Have Your Say: The missing road signs were requested to be chased up.

Declarations of Interest: Bob and Liz for planning application 150665 for Peldon Village Hall.

1.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields – Liz very kindly offered to use farm machinery to pick up the majority of the rubber which will be taken to Salcott. The remainder spread on the footpath etc will be raked up and disposed of. Works ensuing from the Annual Inspection Report will be addressed shortly. The Community Group will be contacted to request hedge and ditch work 

2.   External Audit Return – Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed to accept the financial report for the last financial year 2014/15, to accept the Financial Regulations and Risk Assessment, to confirm and agree the Accounting Statements and the Annual Governance Statement was completed and signed as required.

3.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way – there are a couple of problematic sections which will continue to be worked on.

4.   Broadband – further residents have signed up for the scheme, there are occasional problems and Salcott will probably be linked up in September.

5.   Actions and Reminder List – updated

Planning Applications:
150665 Proposal: Replacement of existing 50 year old prefabricated hall with a new multi-use community building incorporating solar panels and air source heat pump. Modified design of permission no 110076 granted 26/08/15 Peldon Village Hall
150726 Proposal: Demolition of existing greenhouse and construction of a single storey residential annexe at East Anglian Farm Rides, Moor Farm, Colchester Road, Peldon
150727 Proposal: Listed building application as above
150927 Proposal: Two dormer windows to first floor to improve internal daylight/ventilation bedroom environment at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
Planning Decisions:
150358 Proposal: Gable to existing roof side elevation to improve feasible loft area enlarging approved bedroom slightly at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
Approve conditional
146560 Proposal: Replacement window and doors at Sampton Wick, Wigborough Road, Peldon
Approve conditional

Finances:
101829 R S Pullen – clerk’s salary for May£375.65
101830 Anglia Inspection Services Ltd – annual play areas insp.£234.00
101831 Essex Association of Local Councils – annual subs£278.31
101832 R C Laurie – internal audit£ 60.00
101833 T Simmons – play insp, 2 x grass cuts£120.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 9th June 2015 at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough

Owing to the poor service from the Police when a crime has been committed to properties in our villages the Parish Council would advise that first and foremost   report it to the Police on 101 for non-emergencies or 999 for emergency situations but then we would request that you give the details to the clerk on 01206 735367 or susiepullen@btinternet.com for a list to be collated to enable us to  show how much crime is being committed in this area and how little is being done about it by the Police.

Local Community Action Panels (LCAPS) meetings where Police are in attendance are held periodically at West Mersea Town Council Offices in Melrose Road where opinions and problems can be voiced. The meeting dates and times are as follows:

  • 3rd June 2015 at 7pm
  • 5th August 2015 at 10am
  • 7th October 2015 at 7pm
  • 2nd December 2015 at 10am
  • 3rd February 2016 at 7 pm
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PC Minutes 10th March 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 10th March 2015

Present: Netty Knill-Jones, Bob Holmes, Rob Surface, Jinny Gale, Lynne Simmons, Nicky Ellis, Phil Gladwin, John Walker, Robert Davidson, Kevin Bentley and 4 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Andrew Ellis, Zone Warden

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

Zone Wardens Report – None

Borough and County Councillors: The new Warding Boundaries will be announced very soon. Essex Super Broadband Scheme is being rolled out and it is hoped for 95% coverage of Essex eventually.  Local government will change after the election and it maybe that certain money can be reallocated to enable parish councils to organise getting work done themselves such as replacement of road signs etc.

The manhole cover at Salcott crossroads and missing fingerposts have been reported again so hopefully will be addressed soon. CBC Local Plan, submitted plots and deadline dates were discussed and a section at the end from Cllr Ellis provides details.

Public-Have Your Say: CBC Local Plan was talked about.

Declarations of Interest: Jinny as a member of the Wigboroughs Village Hall Management Committee

1.   Salcott Flooding: The Environment Agency and ECC have made a site visit to assess the problems and will return with their findings and arrange another site visit to include our parish councillors. 

2.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields: Work at Moss Hay is yet to be completed but it is being addressed.  Any surplus play area rubber will be relocated to Salcott. 

3.   CALC Meeting was attended by two of our parish councillors who listened to an informative speech from the Police and Crime Commissioner whose job it is to hold the Police to account and not actually run proceedings.  Local Community Meetings and Neighbourhood Action Panels are to be merged for supposed efficiency. 

4.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way Meeting was also attended by two of our parish councillors and it was noted from the questionnaires filled in at the open sessions that there were 4 main preferred options from the public. A good percentage of the returns were from Winstred Hundred.

5.   Broadband – Salcott launch date has yet to be decided with County Broadband and spring/summer now seems like a satisfactory option for a good turnout. Further residents are signing up for connection.

6.   Actions and Reminders List – updated, including that we will express our interest in supporting defibrillators at Salcott and Peldon.  Also Nicky proposed, John seconded and all agreed for Terry to plant the hedge plants at the front of Peldon Hall houses in Malting Road, Peldon 

Planning Applications
150363Proposal: 2 storey extension to provide ground WC utility and study, first floor bedroom and en suite. Demolition of existing garage and external WC at 2 Sharlands Row, The Street, Salcott
150112Proposal: Revised plans for extension for 6 Peldon Crescent
146560Proposal: Replacement of window and doors at Sampton Wick, Wigborough Road, Peldon
Planning Decisions:
146599 Proposal: Listed building application for demolition of unsafe storm damaged outbuilding at Kemps Farmhouse, Mersea Road, PeldonApprove conditional

 

Finances:
101821 R S Pullen – March salary£375.65
101822 R S Pullen – expenses (petrol, phone, ink, paper, etc)£174.29
101823 T Simmons – play insp£30.00

 

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

The timeline for the Local Plan is as follows:

Consultation on the draft Local Plan (Preferred Options) – spring 2016

Publication of the Submission Local Plan – summer 2016

Submission to Secretary of State – autumn 2016

Examination – early 2017

The Council is currently assessing the information submitted during the Issues and Options consultation and will now develop preferred options (sites that CBC would prefer to see developed) that are based on the evidence base; national planning policy; sustainability appraisals of proposed sites; and consultation responses. The next opportunity for people to comment will be when consulted on the draft Local Plan early next year. At this point residents will be able to see which sites the Council deems suitable for development (hence ‘preferred options’) in our area, if any. Residents and the Parish Council can then either support the proposals or put forward reasons why they believe such development would not be suitable in a specific location.

CBC may well be speaking with Parish Councils during the site appraisal process prior to drafting the Local Plan.

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PC Minutes 10th February 2015

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 10th February 2015

Present: John Walker, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Jinny Gale, Bob Holmes, Nicky Ellis, Netty Knill-Jones, Rob Surface, Kevin Bentley and 7 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Andrew Ellis, Robert Davidson

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

Zone Wardens Report – no report sent but we know they are happy to organise litter picking sessions with local communities if requested.

Borough and County Councillors: ECC is not increasing their portion of the council tax,  CBC is meeting soon to make a decision for their part but it is expected to be frozen also, although the Police are making a small increase. ECC spend a large percentage of their funds on services, followed by road design and flood defences.  There will be more children of school attendance age in 2017 therefore preparation is now taking place to meet that need.

Our local highways matters, missing signs, loose manhole cover etc. are being chased up.

Public-Have Your Say: Concern was expressed about some trees being cut down in Peldon which will be looked into.

There has been some aggressive doorstep selling and the Parish Council would urge people to report any concerns they have with regard to this to the Police on 101.

It was noted that during a time when the road was flooded in Salcott the creek was at a low level suggesting that a culvert was blocked which will be investigated.

Tree work on the Peldon Village Hall site will be taking place in readiness for building the new hall as CBC planning stipulate.

Declarations of Interest: None

1.   Police Messaging, Posters and Emails: Various advisory bodies will be contacted to ask their opinion on and how other parish councils deal with the huge amount of information we receive via email requesting it to be passed on to the general public including printing and displaying posters on their behalf.

2.   Quotations: Our Standing Orders with regard to dealing with quotations for work we require will be followed more rigorously in the future.

3.   Request for bin at Salcott crossroads was discussed but it was agreed that as bins and the emptying of are expensive and also sometimes a bin can cause more loose rubbish around that the parish council could not justify this expenditure. Being community minded some of us pick up local areas of rubbish on a regular basis.

4.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields: The rubber clippings at Peldon are now in place and hedge and ditch work will follow soon.  Rob will take over from Charles to oversee the fields and playgrounds maintenance reports and subsequent work. We thanked Charles for the good work he had done for the Parish Council particularly with the fields and playgrounds and engaging with the Community Team very positively who have been carrying out various work for us at Peldon.

5.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way drop-in event at Peldon Village Hall was well attended with many questionnaires having been completed. The next footpath meeting in March will be looking at these for considering any possibilities of providing the public with some of their requests.

6.   Broadband: We have received reports from some of the people who have benefited from this scheme who are delighted with their new broadband speed.

7.   Actions and Reminders List – updated and to include that we are advised by CBC that empty sand bags can be obtained from Kent Blaxills and the parish council holds a limited amount of sand for filling.

Planning Applications

150092 Proposal: Listed building application for installation of 3KW solar photo voltaic system 2 rows of 6 panels located on inner west and inner east facing pitches of an M roof at Malting Cottage, Malting, Peldon

150112 Proposal: Demolition of existing ground floor extension. Erection of two storey rear extension and first floor side extension at 6 Peldon Crescent, Mersea Road, Peldon

Finances:

101817 R S Pullen – February salary, plus back dated sums£405.35
101818 Essex Wildlife Trust – meeting room hire£96.00
101819 Webhosting UK COM Ltd. – domain renewal£38.97
101820 T Simmons – play insp£30.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 10th March 2015 at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough

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PC Minutes 14th October 2014

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 14th October 2014

Present: Bob Holmes, Rob Surface, John Walker, Charles Dymond (chair), Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis, Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, Andrew Ellis, Robert Davidson, Rights of Way Study Project Officer – Yan-Yee Lau and 6 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley, Jinny Gale

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

Police Report – None received but we know of several burglaries in Great Wigborough mainly along Maldon Road and mainly from outbuildings.  Following the notification of nonattendance to our meetings in future a letter will be written to the Police Crime Commissioner to express our disappointment at this decision. Any results or convictions of reported crimes were requested and this will be looked into.

Zone Wardens Report – None received but they are always ready to take up appropriate jobs for us where ever they can.

County Councillor – Report received stating that many of the road defects have been repaired and further work is on-going. Essex Means Business is a new campaign set up to promote Colchester in the business arena.

Borough Councillors – will also write to the Police about nonattendance to parish council meetings. Several missing road signs and the dislodged manhole cover at Salcott crossroads will be followed up.  NAP (Neighbourhood Action Panel) meetings are held at West Mersea Town Council offices where the police are currently in attendance and we will endeavour to attend the next one in December.  ECC Highways Panel has money to allocate for highways improvements and we are encouraged to submit ideas for this area. Many power lines are being repaired at present so disruption to certain roads must be expected. We are requested to forward any problem flooding areas as and when they arise.

Public-Have Your Say – Speeding is particularly bad coming from the old garage corner along Lower Road in Peldon and Community Speed Watch will be contacted for using the gun again and more volunteers encouraged to achieve the required training for its use.  A certain footpath was spoken about but this is thought to have been dealt with. Ditch clearance was regarded as necessary along the Church Road and Malting Road vicinities and so CBC will be contacted for possible work or writing to homeowners. The Community Work Party will also be contacted for various jobs in Peldon.  A property owner in Great Wigborough will be contacted to request that they cut back their roadside hedge for safety reasons.

Declarations of Interest: Lynne for item 3.

1.   Reviewing Colchester Borough Council Local Plan – Our Village Design Statement and Parish Plan has been reviewed and would seem to be relevant for today.  The questionnaire from CBC on our views re their Local Plan was discussed and the result will be circulated before its return to CBC.

2.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields – reports from both playgrounds have been received. Phil proposed, Charles seconded and all agreed to buy the new flat swings and chains etc as advised in the annual report. Certain jobs, bird wire, signage and rubber installing, on Moss Hay need addressing and unfortunately have been delayed due to the wet weather but will be tackled in due course. The Community Work Party will be requested to carry out several jobs for us on Moss Hay and Pete Tye Common, also the owner of Pete Tye Common will be contacted to request footpath work.  

3.   Salcott Telephone Box – If suitable lighting can be installed in the box by Terry (at little cost) and it can therefore be insured (at little cost) Phil proposed, John seconded and all agreed to a Gentleman’s Agreement in accepting Lynne and Terry’s offer for maintaining the box at their cost until such time as they would like to refrain.   

4.   Wigboroughs Village Hall Management Committee – Charles proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for Phil and Jinny to continue as the Parish Council representatives on this committee.  

5.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way – Study Project Officer Yan-Yee Lau gave an explanation of her role and plans for future public consultation and ideas were suggested including leaflet drops, questionnaires, magazine entries and events in village halls to address as many requirements for this path as is possible.

6.   Broadband – More households are connecting to superfast broadband. There will be a launch event for Salcott and Virley in Salcott Village Hall on 29th November 2014.  

7.   Actions and Reminders List – updated

Planning Applications:
145967Proposal: Alterations to rear roof over existing projection forming gable and additional first floor nursery/bedroom at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
146055 Proposal: Rear extension at Hillside Cottage, Colchester Road, Great Wigborough
Planning Decisions:
145564 Proposal: Single storey rear extension at Nest Cottage, Colchester Road, Great WigboroughApprove conditional
145758 Proposal: Extension and alterations including loft conversion and dormers at Superb, The Street, SalcottApprove conditional

Finances:

101789 County Broadband£33,333.33
101790 Colchester Borough Council – Broadband VAT£2,266.66
101791 R S Pullen – October salary£367.57
101792 Mr B Gooding – playground fence, sign, goal post£565.80
101793 EALC – course£67.00
101794 PKF Littlejohn LLP – external audit£120.00
101795 EALC – course£67.00
101796 T Simmons – play insp, 2 x grass cuts, noticeboard catches£130.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 11th Nov 2014 at 7.30pm at Salcott Village Hall

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PC Minutes 9th September 2014

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 Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th September 2014

Present: John Walker, Nicky Ellis, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Charles Dymond (chair), Jinny Gale, Netty Knill-Jones, Bob Holmes, Rob Surface, Andrew Ellis, Laura Chase CBC Planning Policy Officer, and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley

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

Police and Zone Warden Reports – None received

Borough and County Councillors: Highways issues at Salcott are being addressed. There was a request that signage for the recently closed Birch Tearoom should be taken down which will be followed up.

Public-Have Your Say: None

Declarations of Interest: Lynne for item 3.

1.   Reviewing Colchester Borough Council Local Plan – Laura Chase gave us a very informative and useful presentation and questions were answered. There will be various stages in developing the CBC Local Plan which will be adopted in 2017. Our Village Design Statement and Parish Plan will be reviewed as we had planned but construction of the new Neighbourhood Plan is not considered to be appropriate for us as this is a document to complete when substantial development is required.

2.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields – Salcott is in good order and the playground perimeter fence has been repaired and painted. Peldon is receiving attention with the rubber chippings being placed in the playground in a couple of weeks when equipment and manpower will be available including a work-party yet to be appointed.  Wire to prevent birds landing above the swings is being erected and signage for the new pieces of equipment on the field are being made and will be erected including a plaque from Cory Environmental Trust who has given us a substantial grant for this equipment. More hedge trimming is to take place on Moss Hay when a date can be arranged with the volunteer group.  

3.   Salcott Telephone Box – Following more discussions it was agreed to make further enquiries about lighting and insurance but keeping an open mind as to our final decision as to the future of the box. 

4.   Email Protocol – It was agreed to add to our email protocol list of dos and don’ts that the emails requiring an answer should be done so within 48 hours, with holidays or illness etc. taken into account.  

5.   Salcott Trees – Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for the lowest of three quotes to be accepted for trimming the trees alongside the playground and adjacent property.  All three professional contractors gave a verbal opinion that the Chestnut trees along the road edge did not need immediate attention at this time but of course they will be monitored periodically. 

6.   Abberton Reservoir Community Fund, Rights of Way Meeting – a prepared map, etc for the footpath was distributed to all and Phil proposed, Charles seconded and all agree to adopt John’s carefully considered plans. The parish council gave Phil a mandate to take to the Community Fund meeting to agree that the remaining funds are allocated to Layer de la Haye Church for improvements and that any money not spent at the at the end of the given time should be allocated to the church up to the amount they have requested.

7.   CALC Meeting – was not attended but the minutes will be received and circulated shortly.

8.   Broadband Update – Salcott launch event has been put on hold and further coverage for parts of our villages is still to be developed.

9.   Actions and Reminders List – update and to include that the Peldon noticeboard catches are made easier to open.

Planning Applications:
145564Proposal: Single storey rear extension at Nest Cottage, Colchester Road, Great Wigborough
Planning Decisions:
132631 Proposal: Demolition of existing village hall and erection of 2 no. 3 bedroom dwellings at Great Wigborough Village HallApprove conditional
145283 Proposal: Extension to rear of bungalow incorporating internal alterations at 14 Newpots Close, PeldonApprove Conditional
144754 Proposal: Change of roof design to match with existing side ridge levels at The Hollies, School Lane, Great WigboroughApprove Conditional

Finances:
101781 EWD – rubber for Peldon playground£2,040.00
101782 Business Services at CAS – insurance for new equipment£85.71
101783 R S Pullen – salary for Aug and Sept£735.14
101784 R J Playle Servicescut hedge at Moss Hay£180.00
101785 Peldon Village Hall – hire£80.00
101786 EALC – course£67.00
101787 County Broadband – VAT£6,666.67
101788 T Simmons – play insp x 2, grass cuts x 4, fence, life ring£599.87

The next meeting will be on Tues 14th Oct 2014 at 7.30pm at Peldon Village Hall

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PC Minutes 8th July 2014

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 8th July 2014.

Present: Bob Holmes, Jinny Gale, Charles Dymond (chair), Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, Andrew Ellis and 6 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Rob Surface, Nicky Ellis, John Walker, Kevin Bentley

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

Police and Zone Wardens reports: None received

County Councillor report was circulated including costings for highways matters and the poor grass cutting and broken drain at the Salcott crossroads are being investigated.

Borough Councillor: Police and Animal Control have been involved in the matter of the nuisance dogs in Mill Lane. Parking on the corner of The Street and Mill Lane, obscuring the site line and often on the pavement, is being monitored and reported to the Police for further investigation. The proposed Solar Park agents are now in correspondence with Maldon DC having moved their favourable site slightly and we will be kept informed of further developments. There will be more houses built in the Colchester area each year for the foreseeable future.  Loose stones from the road surfacing are a problem but have been cleared in some areas.

Public-Have Your Say: The dogs and parking were the issues of importance.

Declarations of Interest: Lynne for Item 5.

1.    Playgrounds and Playing Fields – having inspected on site the surrounding fence of the Salcott play area it was decided that the repairs should consist of an insertion of gravel boards and the fence painted.  When a quote has been produced and received via email that all the parish councillors give the go ahead to Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed for this to be carried out reasonably soon, bearing in mind that we do not have an August meeting.   CBC Arboricultural Officer will be contacted for professional advice on the condition of the trees bounding the road edge of Salcott meadow and therefore work, if any, that needs doing to them to.  At Moss Hay, Peldon the new rubber surfacing for the play area has been delivered and the two new pieces of equipment have been installed. Signs will be made and fitted to advise suitability of age and a request for responsible usage for the new equipment and a maintenance programme will be produced.  Charles proposed, Phil seconded and all agreed for the overhang on Moss Hay to be cut back by a local worker at a cost of £160. A kind offer will be accepted for a solution to reduce the bird droppings on the swings. 

2.    LGBC Warding – Colchester Electoral Review – It was agreed that the parish council should suggest a change of the present boundaries to include all our villages in the same ward as opposed to two different ones as it is now. 

3.    Our Standing Orders and Code of Conduct – updates are being considered

4.    Pete Tye Common Footpaths – the land owner will be contacted to request clearance of the public footpaths 

5.    Salcott Telephone Box – the authority to sign the agreement on behalf of the parish council before the next meeting was delegated to the clerk if an agreement satisfactory to both parties could be reached quickly. 

6.    Broadband Update – it is suggested that Great Wigborough will be up and running in the near future

7.    Pensions – LGPS – Employer Discretions – further investigation will take place but it would appear this is not applicable to us

8.    Transportation Meeting Report – was attended but the majority of the concerns were about matters in Colchester

9.    CALC Meeting – 4th September 2014 – will be attended if someone is available

10.   Actions and Reminder List – updated – with additions of Phil proposed, Netty seconded and all agreed for the bus shelter at Mill Lane to be smartened up for a minimal cost. Layer Church will be applying to the Abberton Reservoir Fund (there is very little funding left) which will require a decision during the holidays so the parish council will again rely on Phil to use his judgment on the matter.

 

Planning Applications:
145158Proposal: Two storey rear extension at South View, Mersea Road, Peldon
Planning Decisions:
144811Proposal: Detached double garage at Long acre, School Lane, Great WigboroughRefuse
144847Proposal: Single storey dependent relative annex and structural support to existing dwelling (resubmission of 130557) at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, SalcottApprove Conditional
144849Proposal: Lawful Development Certificate for existing use of dwelling with agricultural occupancy condition as ordinary residential use at Firs Cottage, Mersea Road, PeldonApprove Certificate of Lawful Use or Development
144792Proposal: Application for a variation of a condition 2 (approved drawings) following grant of planning permission. (120074) at Thornfleet, Church Road, PeldonApprove Conditional
144754 Proposal: Change of roof design to match with the existing side ridge levels at The Hollies, School Lane, Great WigboroughApprove Conditional

Finances:
101776 Business Services at CAS – new equipment on insurance£166.36
101777 Wicksteed Leisure Ltd. – new equipment on Moss Hay£20,400.00
101778 R S Pullen – clerk’s salary for July£367.57
101779 C Dymond – keys for Moss Hay£12.00
101780 T Simmons – play insp, grass cut and phone box door/frame repair£325.00

 

The next meeting will be on Tues 9th September 2014 at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough

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PC Minutes 10th June 2014

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 10th June 2014

Present: Charles Dymond, Jinny Gale, John Walker, Rob Surface, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, Bob Holmes, Nicky Ellis, Andrew Ellis, 7 members of the public and Robert Davidson came later on.

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley

The Annual Parish Assembly

MP Report: A report from Priti Patel MP was circulated.

Zone Wardens or Police Report: None received

Chairman’s report: A summary of the report was read giving thanks to many and stating our achievements throughout the year, particularly the broadband project and new grant funded play equipment at Peldon.  Numerous planning applications have been considered and commented on and many meetings of other groups and bodies have been attended. The team have continually reported on various highways issues including flooding potholes, speeding etc, keeping our residents informed and dealing with any queries they have had on any matter. The report will be on our website in its entirety.

Public: Concern was expressed that a hedge should remain in place where the new houses are being built in Peldon. Also it was confirmed that there will be only one entrance to the houses from Lower Road. A complaint raised about inconsiderate garden fires in Church Road will be followed up with CBC Environmental Team. Overhang on a footpath in Peldon will also be dealt with. Concern was expressed about the overgrown verges particularly at junctions which is being chased up for a date when these will be trimmed back.

Parish Council AGM

Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed for Charles to be chairman for the next two years, he then took the chair for the remainder of the meeting and gave thanks and appreciation to Nicky for her term as chair and hoped he could follow her excellent example.

Nicky proposed, Netty seconded and all agreed for Lynne to be vice-chairman for the next two years.

Jinny proposed, Phil seconded and all agreed for the clerk to continue as Financial and Responsible Officer.

Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed for John Walker to be co-opted on to the parish council for Salcott.

Rob and Bob were both welcomed on to the parish council and thanks were given to Jane and Andy for their terms of office.

All Declaration of Acceptance of Office forms were duly completed and Notice of Registerable Interests forms given out.

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

Borough Councillors: Having lost an appeal the storage of items on land adjacent to Rowses Farm is to be removed immediately or if not removed it is hoped for a prosecution. The agents for the proposed solar park are now considering a slightly different location site. Potholes and repairs are steadily being done with an increased number of work gangs with priority routes completed first followed by smaller ones. Jet patching is used sometimes with generally good results. A section of the B1022 will be closed for 5 weeks due to repairing of collapsed drains, and traffic will be diverted accordingly. 

Declarations of Interest: Lynne for item 5. Salcott telephone box

1.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields – repairs needed at the Salcott playground have now been completed. The Peldon site will be brought up to date shortly including addressing problems of bird droppings on the swing seats and weeds.  Phil proposed, Bob seconded and all agreed to add £200 from parish council funds to the grant we have secured for the rubber chippings for the Peldon playground surface.

2.   Email protocol – our list of dos and don’ts when emailing was agreed to be current and still appropriate.  

3.   Our Standing Orders and Code of Conduct – an updated version will be circulated in due course. 

4.   Horse riding on Pete Tye Common – following complaints about horse riders making deep  ruts along the footpaths a discussion followed and it was agreed that walkers and horse riders have used this common successfully together for many years therefore a suggestion of strimming a wider footpath was thought to be a good plan of action at this time. 

5.   Salcott Telephone Box – the offer from Mr and Mrs Simmons to maintain the phone box was accepted and a formal agreement will be drawn up. 

6.   Actions and Reminder List – updated

7.   Broadband – The Wigboroughs should be up and running by the end of July and there will be a launch event for Salcott and Layer Breton in September. 

8.   Local Government Boundary Commission – Colchester Electoral Review www.lgbce.org.uk asks for ideas and suggestions supported by logical reasoning for boundary changes, the website has an interactive map for use. This consultation period ends on 4th August 2014.

Planning Applications:
144811Proposal: Detached double garage at Longacres, School Lane, Great Wigborough 
144792Proposal: Variation of a condition 2 (approved drawings) following grant of planning permission (120074) at Thornfleet, Church Road, Peldon
144847Proposal: Single storey dependent relative annexe and structural support to existing dwelling (resubmission 130557) at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
144849Lawful development certificate for existing use of dwelling with agricultural occupancy condition as ordinary residential use at Firs Cottage, Mersea Road, Peldon
144754Proposal: Change of roof design to match with the existing side ridge levels at Hollies, School Lane, Great Wigborough
144885Proposal: For prior notification of agricultural or forestry development – proposed steel portal frame building for machinery and crop at Sampsons Farm, Sampsons Lane, Peldon
Planning Decisions:
142473Proposal: Listed building application for various internal and external alterations at Peldon Rose<Approve conditional
143677Proposal: Erection of single storey rear conservatory extension at Ashleigh, Lower Road, PeldonApprove conditional
144576Proposal: Demolish existing garage and erection of new detached garage/carport and alteration to bedroom 1 providing sliding patio door and Juliette balcony at Whitethorns, Mersea Road, PeldonApprove conditional
144885as abovePrior Approval Required (Approved)

Finances:
101770 Salcott PCC – churchyard upkeep£200.00
101771 Great and Little Wigborough PCC – churchyards upkeep£400.00
101772 Peldon PCC – churchyard upkeep£200.00
101773 R S Pullen – clerk’s salary for June£367.57
101774 EALC – Councillor Training days x 4£268.00
101775 T Simmons – play insp and repairs, grass and hedge cuts, noticeboard£313.75

 

The next meeting will be on Tues 8th July 2014 at 7.30pm at Salcott Village Hall

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PC Minutes 8th April 2014

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 8th April 2014

Present: Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis (chair), Jinny Gale, Charles Dymond, Andy Beharrell, Netty Knill-Jones, Andrew Ellis, John Jowers, 1 Zone Warden, 1 Police Officer and 8 members of the public

Apologies for absence: John Walker, Kevin Bentley

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

Police Report: There were several incidents this last month including theft from a vehicle, a trailer theft, a car accident and a burglary in Colchester Road, Great Wigborough. Please report anyone looking suspicious at the time and also be vigilant and lock up securely when going out.

Zone Wardens Report: They are prosecuting culprits of dog fouling from other local areas and will from our villages if caught.  Missing road signs will be reported again.

Borough Councillors: Simon High, CBC Highways and Drainage Technician, has made another site visit to Salcott to assess the situation where a pipe has been installed to help alleviate the potential flooding problems.

CBC Conservation Team has been consulted with regard to the proposed Solar Park.

S106 monies available for Salcott from developments have been allocated to the village hall for improvements to the kitchen area.

County Councillor: More money has been allocated for flooding issues, attention to Barnhall Road is being brought up and potholes are being attended to more vigorously. Minerals and Waste Plans are receiving attention. The Police and Crime Panel will not receive increased funding so PCSOs will be relied on. Missing finger posts and white lines will be chased up.

Public-Have Your Say: The superfast broadband has been installed in a house in Great Wigborough and the residents expressed their thanks to the Parish Council which will be passed on to John for his major part in organising the project. However, the installation had not been as smooth as they would have liked and a Peldon resident who has also subscribed to the new system mentioned that his broadband speed was quite variable at times. See below in the broadband report (Item 2).

Jinny was also thanked for her brilliant parish council email service informing residents of certain matters of interest.

The ditch along Maldon Road, Great Wigborough has recently been dug out and it was noted that this is an extremely poor job with regard to natural flow of water.

It was mentioned that there had been inaccuracies on the Solar Park with correspondence on the proposed application with regard to the positioning of the actual solar panels.

Declarations of Interest: None

1. Parish Councillor Vacancies – we have one for Virley and one for Peldon for which we have received interest; although anyone can apply for any of the wards (Peldon, Gt & Lt Wig, Salcott and Virley).  In May Charles will be chairman and Lynne the vice chairman for a two year period.
2. Broadband update – John sent a report that was read out on how the project is progressing with more CAPs being installed and customers signing up. There have been a few network problems which the engineers are busily trying to sort out.
3. Playgrounds and Playing Fields – the annual inspection will take place in the next week or so. There are a couple of minor matters on the Salcott equipment that will be addressed shortly.

4. Peldon Garage Site Houses – the Parish Council will write to CBC Planning Dept. to express our dissatisfaction about the height of the houses which we did mention when we were first consulted and also an apology for any errors made would not go amiss.

5. Abberton Reservoir Community Fund, Rights of Way Meeting – the reservoir work is now finished and the water level is at 19 metres and will be increased to 20.3 metres next year; monitors are in place to look at bunds and money allocated for education is yet to be decided.  The footpath is a major project that required a qualified manager to see it through; this position is yet to be filled.  The Community Fund is all but spent with the last few projects getting the go-ahead. 

6. Actions and Reminders List updated

Planning Applications:
142473Proposal: Listed building application for removal of internal door between bar and conservatory, removal of internal door between kitchen and passage, removal of internal ‘Essex’ cupboard and addition of ‘Peldon Rose’ sign to front elevation at the Peldon Rose
142947Proposal: Replacement dwelling, resubmission of 131529 at Hill Farm, School Lane, Great Wigborough
143677Proposal: Erection of single storey rear conservatory extension at Ashleigh, Lower Road, Peldon

142493

Proposal: Erection of detached granny annexe and extension to existing storage building at Homeview, Mersea Road, Peldon
Planning Decisions:
140346Proposal: Erection of glazed link between approved outbuilding and existing dwelling at Hall Barn, Peldon Road, Peldon    Approve
 conditional

Finances:

101760 R S Pullen – salary for April£367.57
101761 R S Pullenoffice expenses (heat, light, etc)£250.00
101762 Peldon Village Hall – hire£80.00
101763 EALC & NALC – subs£284.08
101764 T Simmons – 3 x play insp and 2 x grass cuts£180.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 13th May 2014 at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough which will also be the Annual Parish Meeting

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PC Minutes 11th March 2014

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 11th March 2014

Present: Andy Beharrell, John Walker, Jinny Gale, Charles Dymond (chair), Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, Andrew Ellis, Beverley McClean (CBC Coast and Countryside Planner), 1 Police Officer and 4 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Nicky Ellis, Kevin Bentley

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

Police Report: There had been a burglary in Great Wigborough, several different types of incidents have occurred in all our villages, sheds and outbuildings continue to be targeted for theft in the area and churches are also being targeted for theft and damage.  Speed Watch has operated a couple of times in Peldon. Inappropriate parking at the corner of Mill Lane and The Street at Salcott was reported and will be forwarded to Tiptree Police for investigation.

Borough Councillor: More consultations need to be carried out with various bodies before the proposed Solar Park application can even be submitted and we will be notified of any further developments or meetings with regard to this.

The houses being built on the old garage site in Peldon are not as people would have anticipated because the street scene that was submitted with the application was not drawn to scale and therefore misleading. The site has been checked by CBC Enforcement Dept. and the houses are being built to the correct measurements as per permission granted.  However, the builder has been instructed to make some other adjustments to comply with the plans.

In future any S106 monies arising from house building will need to be specifically allocated before the developers are requested to pay.

A suggestion for altering the signage at Salcott crossroads was given to correct the recently installed sign and to help reduce the number of signs as there are several there.

Public-Have Your Say: A resident from Abbots Wick Lane in Great Wigborough expressed further her disapproval of the proposed Solar Park stressing the potential upset, it would cause to wildlife in general and particularly to local bird life.  Her comments were noted for any future developments on this matter.

Some of the hedges along the roadside on Colchester Road from Salcott crossroads to the Kings Head are overgrown and damaging to farm vehicles and therefore need trimming back. Land owners will be contacted requested this action.

It was noted that a land owner in Salcott has dug out a trench in a field entrance as requested in a bid to relieve flooding in the area and other home owners in the vicinity have been requested again to dig out their ditches. The Environment Agency has visited Salcott to assess any visible problems for themselves. We will write to them with a suggestion to help alleviate possible problems from high tides combined with water run-off.

A statement was read out from the Wigboroughs Village Hall Management Committee which will be entered in full in the April edition of the Peldon and Wigboroughs Parish News magazine.

Declarations of Interest – None

1.   Neighbourhood Planning – Beverley McClean explained in detail when there is the need for a Neighbourhood Plan; this is often when the District or Borough Council does not have a Local Plan which Colchester does and also when housing developments are desired which our surveys proved they are not. It was therefore felt that our Village Design Statement and Parish Plan is sufficient for us at this time. CBC are just about to begin the process of compiling a new Local Plan and a Marine Plan will follow.  

2.   Broadband event in Peldon Village Hall went well and many signed up and more recorded an interest in signing up in the near future.

3.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields are in good order and Cory Environmental Trust has sent the signed grant contract so Wicksteed will be contacted to arrange a date for installing the new equipment.

4.   Salcott Telephone Box – Phil proposed, Charles seconded and all agreed for Terry to make, paint and fit a new door frame, following the vandalism, for £250.  S106 monies will be investigated for the cost of possibly lighting this box and the corner in general with a solar powered lamp which would be quite expensive.

5.   Abberton Reservoir Community Fund – applications have been submitted again from Abberton Cricket Club and Great Wigborough Church car park plus a new one from Abberton Church for improvements to the car park which the parish council is in favour of. The parish council therefore gives Phil a mandate to vote as he sees fit with the documentation produced but adding that new signage could be placed in order to avoid parking in other unsuitable places.

6.   Our Emergency Plan has been looked at for possible updates and additions and this will be completed in due course.

7.   Actions and Reminders List updated and Peldon planting volunteer group will be contacted to discuss ECC’s reply with regard to a Licence to Plant.

Planning Applications:

142142 Proposal: Two new dormer windows to existing dwelling at Green Farm, The Street, Salcott

142129 Proposal: Kitchen extension at 2 Brick Cottages, Peldon Road, Little Wigborough

142455 Proposal: Small building to house Biomass environmentally friendly renewable fuel boilers at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

142510 Proposal: Replacement of 3 no. windows and one front door at New Hall, Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough

142511 Listed Building application as above at New Hall

 

The next meeting will be on Tues 8th April 2014 at 7.30pm at Salcott Village Hall

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Parish Council discusses potholes

potholeAt the recent Parish Council meeting held on 12th March a wide range of topics were discussed including:

  • the disgraceful state of some of our local roads and actions being taken;
  • update on council taxes;
  • weddings on the meadow at Salcott;
  • highspeed rural broadband.

To find out more read the minutes on this website here.

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