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February Half term 2016

February Half  Term 2016

With February half term next week Colchester Museums, Leisure World and Essex Outdoors are all running extra activities to keep the kids occupied:

Colchester Museums

Colchester Museums have events running every day with art and craft workshops at Hollytrees Museum, storytelling and castle making at the Castle and monkey and fossil activities at the Natural History Museum:

Date Venue Description Times Cost Booking
Mon 15 Feb Hollytrees Museum Portraits in Shadow
Work as a group to turn your shadow into a striking silhouette portrait. Minimum age 4 years old
Workshops at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm £3 per person Required, please call 01206 282941
Mon 15 Feb Colchester Castle Queen of the Iceni
Come and meet Boudica, the brave warrior Queen.
Storytelling at 11am, 1pm and 3pm Free after normal admission price to the Castle Not required
Tue 16 Feb Hollytrees Museum Mini Model Homes
Be inspired by our Victorian doll’s house and make your own room in miniature.
Workshops at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm £3 per person Required, please call 01206 282941
Wed 17 Feb Natural History Museum Monkey Business
Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Monkey with us at the Natural History Museum. Create, personalise and take home your own glove monkey.
Workshops at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm £3 per person Required, please call 01206 282941
Thurs 18 Feb Natural History Museum Go Live! Fantastic Fossils
Are you fascinated by fossils? Come and meet the fossil experts and have your own fossils identified.
Drop in 10-12pm and 2-4pm Free event Not required
Fri 19 Feb Colchester Castle Crafty Castles
From rubbish to ramparts, discover how the Normans built Colchester Castle out of recycled material. Make your own castle out of recycled items.
Workshops at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm £2 per person after normal castle admission Required, please call 01206 282941

Leisure World

As well as its regular activities, Leisure World (call 282000 for bookings and more information) offers further half-term ones including art & craft and sports related as follows:

Date Times Activity Ages Cost
Mon 15 Feb 1.30 – 3.00  Arts & Crafts – Fun and mess with hands on activities using creativity and imagination 5 – 11 yrs £5.80
Tue 16 Feb 3.00 – 4.00  Creative Dance – Come along and sing and dance. Use your imagination while developing skills of movement and dance 1.5 – 4yrs £4.20
4.00 – 5.00 Mini Street 5 – 7 yrs £4.20
4.00 – 6.00 Whiz Kids – Fun activities for children with disabilities, including trampolining, bouncy castle, basketball, football and much much more 0 – 16 yrs £4.60
Wed 17 Feb 1.30 – 3.00 Team Games – Join in with a variety of sports and games: running, jumping, throwing and catching, but most off all having fun! 7 – 12 yrs £6.50
Thurs 18 Feb 1.30 – 3.00 Badminton & Short Tennis – Two fun ways to enjoy racket sports and learn new skills 7 – 12 yrs £6.50
Fri 19 Feb 1.30 – 3.00 Arts & Crafts – Fun and mess with hands on activities using creativity and imagination  5 – 11 yrs  £5.80

Base Camp

With different activities every day including such as multi sports, leisure pool, cinema visit etc., Base camp runs from 58am until 5:30pm for £30 a day.

Kid’s Camp

For school years 1 – 6 only these offer action packed days running from 9am to 3pm for £25 or 8am to 5:30pm for £30 per day.

Essex Outdoors

Essex Outdoors’ action-packed activity day experiences run at our 4 centres during the school holidays  and are the ideal way for young people aged 8-16 to try exciting new experiences in the outdoors!

Working in groups of around 10 young people, your child will have the opportunity to take part in up to four fun and challenging activities each day, ranging from archery, canoeing and climbing to mountain biking, high ropes and zip wire.

Constant supervision during the day by our professional instructors will give parents peace of mind and ensure kids have a memorable day!  All technical equipment is provided – participants just need to bring, comfortable (and waterproof!) clothing and footwear as well as a packed lunch and a drink.

Special offer for February Half Term – School Holiday Activity Days will be just £15 per child, per day, a saving of 50%.

Bradwell

  • Tuesday 16th February – High Ropes & Archery.  Book online.

Danbury

  • Monday 15th February – Archery, Aerial Trekking, Bushcraft & Obstacle Course
  • Tuesday 16th February – BMX, Zip Wire, Problem Solving & Climbing Wall
  • Wednesday 17th February – Low Ropes, Climbing Wall, Archery & Zip Wire
  • Thursday 18th February – Mountain Biking, Orienteering, Bushcraft & Aerial Trekking
  • Friday 19th February – Archery, Bushcraft, BMX & Zip Wire

Book online.

Mersea

  • Monday 15th February – Aerial Runway, Archery, Climbing & Team Challenge
  • Thursday 18th February – Climbing, Aerial Runway, Low Ropes & Team Challenge
  • Friday 19th February – Adventure Course, Aerial Runway, Archery & Caving.

Book online.

Short Breaks for Disabled Children

  • Saturday 13th February – Activity Day at Mersea
  • Thursday 18th February – One Night Break at Bradwell

More information here.

Essex County Council

Fri 12 Feb
5.30pm
Lantern Walk on Hadleigh Downs, Hadleigh Park Make a colourful lantern then join other families in a lantern-lit walk across the Olympic mountain bike venue. £5 per child Book now to attend phone 0345 603 7624. Suitable for age 3+
Sat 13 Feb
10am – 5pm
Raspberry Pi Event, Chelmsford  Library We will have interesting activities for all ages and abilities and activities suitable for primary school children/beginners upwards in using a Raspberry Pi. Put on by Essex Libraries and the Southend Raspberry Jam. Book now to attend for free. Phone 0345 603 7628
Sat 13 Feb to
Sat 21 Feb
10.15am – 2pm
Secret Story Walk, starts from Thorndon Country Park South Pavilion Café Explore and experience the woods on this this self- guided trail. The story of your own creature develops as you
enjoy our play activities in the outdoors. You can really use your imagination.
£3 per trail guide. No need to book.
Suitable for children ages 3-9
Sat 13 Feb to
Sat 21 Feb
10am – 3pm
Mini rangers trail, Weald Country Park Buy a Trail booklet from the Visitor Centre, follow the map and stamp each page as you complete your Ranger jobs. Then return to the Visitor Centre to collect a well done gift. Please dress for a walk in the park with lots of mud. Body carriers are advised for small children as not all paths are suitable for buggies. £3 per booklet, no need to book
Mon 15 Feb

10.30am – 3pm

Art Workshop at Loughton Library Come along to lessons in drawing and colouring, held by professional artists. £6 per person. Book now by phoning 0345 603 7628
Suitable for Ages 7+
(Parents welcome although they must book and participate)
Mon 15 Feb
10.30am – 3pm
Recycle Themed Dinosaur Events, Witham Library Come and visit Steggy, the Stegosaurus Rex made up completely from recycled electronic materials. Come along for quizzes, treasure trails and more No need to book; drop in any time for free entry
Mon 15 Feb
2 – 3pm
Harry Potter Night of Spells, Wickford Library Join us to celebrate the magic of the Harry Potter series with crafts, colouring, and activities to entertain young witches and wizards aged 7 and up. It would be Riddikulus to miss this! Ages 7 and over. No need to book; drop in any time for free entry.
Mon 15 Feb Pop up Drama, Harlow Library A unique drama and art workshop that will stretch your child’s imagination, build their confidence and
teach them invaluable art and drama skills.
Book now by phoning 0345603 7628. £10 per child
Mon 15 Feb
11am
Teddy Bears picnic at Southminster Library Make your own Paddington Bear, quiz trail and other activities. Bring a snack and decorate a cake for a teddy
bears picnic storytime.
Free of charge, no need to book.
Suitable for under fives However elder siblings are welcome.
Mon 15 Feb
10.30am – 12 noon and 1.30pm – 3pm
How to Draw and How to Colour, Loughton Library Children’s workshops Must book before-hand.
Phone 01992 564000
Mon 15 Feb to
Fri 19 Feb
Bear Hunt, Great Baddow library Going on a Bear Hunt’ themed week including Teddy bears story time – bring your teddy, find the famous bear trail and teddy bear crafts. Open to all children aged 0-11 years old.
No need to book. Drop in for free.
Mon 15 Feb to
Sat 20 Feb
Harry Potter Week, Chelmsford Library Drop in to participate in a load of fun, Harry Potter related activities such as word scrabble, colouring, and making your own Hogwarts tie No need to book. Drop in any time for free entry.
Tue 16 Feb
10am – 12pm
Knex workshop, Frinton Library Create Knex models using your problem solving skills, imagination and communication. Limited spaces. Pop in or phone to book a place on 01255  672581.
Tue 16 Feb
10.30am to 12.00pm
Bugs and Other Creepy Crawlies, Maldon Library Event will involve story time, making bug related craft, and making fresh fruit kebabs. Children up to 11 years old. Free entry and no need to book.
Tue 16 Feb
2pm – 3pm
Real Life Fireman, Sible Hedingham Library Come and meet a REAL fireman, hear some great stories and make your own fire engine! Aimed at under sevens and is free of charge. No need to book.
Tue 16 Feb
2pm to 4pm
Knex Workshop, Clacton Library Create Knex models using your problem solving skills, imagination and communication. Ticketed event. To book, phone 0345 603 7628.
Wed 17 Feb
10am – 11.30am
Where’s Wally? trail, quizzes, crafts and fun, Broomfield Library Be the best dressed Wally in red and white Free entry and no need to book. Suitable for ages up to eight.
Wed 17 Feb 11am – 1pm Harry Potter Event, Rayleigh Library Come in costume and join in with the activities for children No need to book. Drop in any time for free. Suitable for children ages 5-9.
Wed 17 Feb
11am – 2pm
Wild Wednesday, Danbury Country Park Free children’s activities, including making dens and mud pies, wading in the stream, splashing in puddles, kicking leaves, forest crafts, finding fish and more. Free of charge. No need to book.
Wed 17 Feb
3pm
Paddington Bear story time and Activities Event, Wickham Bishops Join in with story time, colouring and craft activities Free entry and no need to book. Suitable for under fives. However, elder siblings are welcome.
Wed 17 Feb
2pm
Family Bike Ride, Hadleigh Park This is a fun ride for families, taking in the beautiful landscape of the Hadleigh Downs and Thames estuary. Helmets MUST be worn – “no helmet, no ride”. Please ensure your bike is in a safe riding condition. Book now to attend. Phone 01702 551076. This event is free if you bring your own bike. Alternatively bike hire is available – please reserve a bike in advance by phoning 01702 551076.
Suitable for families with children aged 10+ (all children must be accompanied)
Thu 18 Feb
10am – 12 noon
Kite Making, Hadleigh Park Make your very own kite with the help of the rangers, then send it soaring over the downs. Suitable for ages 4+£5 per kite. No need to book.
Thu 18 Feb
10am – 12 noon
Drop in Pirate and Princess Event, Brightlingsea Library Drop in Pirate and Princesses Event at Brightlingsea Library. Children welcome to dress up. Story time at 11am. Crafts between 10 –12. No need to book. Drop in anytime for free. Children of all ages welcome.
Thu 18 Feb
2pm
Harry Potter Event, Brentwood Library Come along and take part in our Harry Potter quizzes and join us as we make a spell trail No need to book. Drop in any time for free entry.
Fri 19 Feb
2pm – 4pm
Owls From Plop to Hedwig, Danbury Library Free children’s crafts – make an owl. Share a story. Learn more about owls by following our puzzle trail. No booking required. Drop in for free.
Sat 20 Feb
10am – 12 noon
Hour of Code Event, Rayleigh Library Take the opportunity to spend a fun hour learning to code with Star Wars, Minecraft or Frozen. For children aged 7-11.
Sat 20 Feb
2.30pm – 4.30pm
Reading Dangerously, Colchester Library Come along to an afternoon with the Year of Reading Dangerously team, who will be sharing their enthusiasm for writers from around the world, through a number of activities, including speed- dating with books. Includes afternoon tea and a chance to chat to other readers. Drop in  for free. No booking required.
Sun 21 Feb
1pm – 3.30pm
Iron Age Roundhouse Open Afternoon, Hadleigh Park Explore our replica Iron Age roundhouse and learn how your ancestors lived 2000 years ago. Find out how charcoal was made – without it, there wouldn’t have been an Iron Age. Drop in event. Free entry to Roundhouse.
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PC Agenda 9th February 2016

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL
Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley
Website: www.winstred100.org

A meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council will be held at Peldon Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th February 2016 to which the Councillors are summoned to attend.

Apologies for absence:

Minutes of the last meeting – to be confirmed as a true record of the meeting

Zone Wardens Report

Borough and County Councillors

Public-Have Your Say

Declarations of Interest

Items for Discussion

1   Playgrounds and Playing Fields

  • Reports on both play areas and fields
  • Any work completed or ongoing that needs discussing including Salcott playground fencing quotes received and forthcoming for installation
  • Decision required: Is there anything that needs immediate attention?
  • Decision required: Installation of Salcott fencing/ using any available funding.

2   Peldon Parish Councillor Vacancy

  • Discuss how, where and for how long we should advertise the vacancy

3   Vehicle Racing along new stretch of Reservoir Road

  • Discuss what we can do about this if anything
  • Decision required: Who could/should we contact on the matter?

4   Standing Orders, Media Policy, Transparency Code

  • Discuss any documents we have prepared and ready
  • Decision required: To agree and adopt where appropriate
  • Decision required: To agree to Transparency Fund application

5   Wigborough Zeppelin Event Saturday 24th September 2016

  • To note  the programme and how it will affect the local area

6   Courses Reports

  • To receive reports from Planning Training and Transparency Code
  • To approve Transparency Fund application form

7   Actions and Reminders List – update including website information

Correspondence:

  • CBC – Local Plan update

Planning Applications:

152293 Proposal: Single storey side extension at Elm Tree Cottage, Church Road, Peldon

Finances:

101866 Webhosting UK COM Ltd. £38.97
101867 Peldon Village Hall – hire incl for Community Group £185.00
101868 EALC – Course/briefing £15.00
101869 Information Commissioner – Data Protection £35.00
101870 T Simmons – playground insp £30.00
101871 R S Pullen – Clerk’s February salary £375.65
101872 Salcott Village Hall – hire £120.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 8th March 2016 at 7.30pm at Salcott Village Hall

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PAWS February – Photography

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Photography – Crime Scene to Art

41 of us attended the February meeting to hear Chris Farndell’s talk on Photography – Crime Scene to Art. Chris is an ex Colchester Police Officer who for the last 17 years of his career in the force was a Scene of Crime Officer. This involved photographing evidence to assist with the prosecution of cases. This proved to be very diverse covering road accidents, personal injuries, graffiti, fires, footprints and fingerprints etc. He had numerous slides showing us some of the cases he had been involved in. After retiring from the Police Force he taught Photography at 6th form college in Colchester. He showed us a number of beautiful photographs in and around Venice showing how different apertures and exposures resulted in stunning photos. He also had a selection of cameras and photos for us to look through. He was a really interesting speaker and his talk was enjoyed by all that were there. Our next meeting is on the 24th March and is a closed meeting as it is our A.G.M. We will be having a Chocolate Tasting, Cake Sampling and a Quiz. There will also be a prize for the best Easter Bonnet.

Membership is currently closed but visitors are welcome (other than the A.G.M.) at a cost of £5.00 which includes refreshments.

Details of all our meetings and speakers can be found on the diary of the home page of the Winstred 100 website. If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring either of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.

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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 Agenda 10th February 2015

WINSTRED HUNDRED PARISH COUNCIL

Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

A meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council will be held at Salcott Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10th February 2015

Apologies for absence:

Minutes of the last meeting

Zone Wardens Report

Borough and County Councillors

Public-Have Your Say

Declarations of Interest

Items for Discussion

1.   Police Messaging, Posters and Emails

  • Discuss who and what we receive 
  • Decision required: What should we pass on and how? 

2.   Quotations

  • Decision required: Clarification on how these are dealt with?  

3.   Request for bin at Salcott crossroads

  • Discuss request and options
  • Decision required: Should we take this further?

4.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields

  • Reports on both play areas and fields
  • Progress on work completed and work ongoing including signage for the new equipment, rubber installation, hedge work, etc. on Moss Hay
  • Decision required: Any other matters that require attention?

5.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way – update 

6.   Broadband – update

7.   Actions and Reminders List – update

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

Correspondence:

  1. CBC Local Plan Issues and Options – consultation till 27th February 2015
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

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 11th February 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 at 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th February 2014.

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

Apologies for absence: Jane Banks has retired so we all signed a card to wish her well and thank her for her valued contribution to the Parish Council for many years.

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

Police Report: None received

Borough Councillor: Andrew had attended a meeting on the proposed Solar Park and is now waiting for a response from a CBC Planning Officer.  Changes to the existing plan would have to be made with regard to positioning and height. But if at all detrimental to the area then it will not be acceptable. Parish Councillors will attend the consultation event in Birch Village Hall on 11th March.

County Councillor: ECC held their budget meeting and there is to be a freeze on Council Tax again.  One of the biggest costs is Adult Social Care, followed by schools, learning and physical disabilities, highways, flooding and apprenticeships. Illegal parking, particularly near schools, is being targeted and speed checks are being carried out in our villages.

Public-Have Your Say: Maritime assets were spoken about and lack of policing the waters.

Residents from Abbots Wick Lane spoke against the proposed Solar Park expressing the need to preserve the beautiful countryside as it is at present.

Two Peldon residents came to ask our thoughts on planters with bulbs and flowers to be put out by volunteers to make the village more appealing. The parish council thinks this is a wonderful idea but we have asked Kevin to check if this is in order as ECC own the land for the proposed first lot of pots.

Two CBC officers, one a Land Drainage Technician, have met with a parish councillor to discuss flooding issues that are long standing in Salcott. Hopefully a meeting with the Environment Agency will follow. Blocked drains and gullies are the main cause of the problems.

We will write to Progressive Homes to request that they reinstate the verge opposite the new building on the old garage site in Lower Road, Peldon.

Permission for Saltmarsh 75 Event to finish at Salcott meadow as per last year was agreed.

The ‘no through road’ sign at the Salcott crossroads has been erected up on top of a high pole, this will be looked into.

Declarations of Interest: Phil and Jinny on planning application 132631 as they are on the Wigborough Village Hall Management Committee.

1.  CBC Zone Wardens – fly tipping at Pete Tye car park and School Lane will be dealt with. Also rubbish in a ditch at Malting Road will be cleared. Dog fouling and dogs in the play area at Moss Hay will be monitored.  

2.  Broadband update: Some are already connected to this super-fast broadband and hopefully more will sign on for it soon. The launch event is this coming Saturday at Peldon Village Hall where people can come with or without their own devices to get an experience of the new system.

3.  Playgrounds and Playing Fields – a grant from Cory Environmental Trust has been secured to part fund the two new pieces of equipment for Moss Hay which will be installed as soon as the weather permits. A mother with child and dog was seen in the play area on Moss Hay, dogs are not allowed in this area for obvious reasons.  There has also been dog fouling again on Moss Hay which is a fineable offence and will be dealt with accordingly if the offending dog owners are spotted.

4.  Salcott Telephone Box – has been vandalized and the door frame needs replacing, quotes for this will be sought and also English Heritage contacted for any interest on the matter. Discussion on lighting or repositioning so that the box can be insured in future will follow.  

5.  Abberton Reservoir Community Fund, Rights of Way Meeting – there has been no meetings to attend.  

6.  Neighbourhood/Local Plans – we are seeking advice from CBC Spatial Planning Team as to whether we should carry out a Neighbourhood Plan bearing in mind that we have completed a Village Design Statement and Parish Plan just a year or so ago.

7.  Clerk’s salary – it was unanimously agreed to increase the clerk’s salary by one Spinal Column Point from March 2014.

8.  Actions and Reminders List updated

Planning Applications:

132753 Proposal: Resurfacing car park with grass reinforcement Truckpave and associated work at St Stephens Church, Great Wigborough

132631 Proposal: Demolition of existing village hall and erection of 2 no. 3 bedroom dwellings at Great Wigborough Village Hall

140346 Proposal: Erection of a glazed link between approved outbuilding and existing dwelling at Hall Barn, Peldon Road, Peldon

140475 Proposal: Two storey side extension and single storey rear extension at Honeysuckle Cottage, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough

 

Finances:

101756 David J Kingaby – website £253.20
101757 R S Pullen – salary for Feb £357.07
101578 Mr B Gooding – play insp x 8 £240.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 11th March 2014 at 7.30pm at Peldon Village Hall

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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 14th February 2012

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 February 2012.

Present: Charles Dymond, Jane Banks, Nicky Ellis, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Netty Knill Jones, Lynne Simmons, I Police Officer and 2 members of public

Apologies for absence: John Walker, Phil Gladwin, Kevin Bentley, Andrew Ellis

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

Borough Councillors: Empty salt bins have been an issue in Salcott and Great Wigborough and been followed up rigorously.  The contractors who carried out the initial fill up insisted they had filled them all. This is obviously not the case but it was considered too late to address this now even though we had tried many times to get them filled up during the past month or two.  Next year things will be noted and acted on more positively much sooner.  There will be another fill all round this winter if there is another cold spell.

The Parish Council would like to express thanks to Chris Jones for clearing away the snow on Mill Lane.

Flooding issues are explained at item 5.

Public-Have Your Say – None

Declarations of Interest – Netty Knill Jones for planning item application no.120033

1. Playgrounds – Reports were received from Salcott. Rubber clippings will be ordered shortly. Peldon is in good order and benches on Moss Hay will be painted on the corners with bright paint for safety at night.  Also dog fouling signs will be erected shortly.

2. Village Design Statement is nearing completion and will be ready for the draft to be considered at the March meeting.  Quotes for printing are being sort.

3. Police – there has been a break-in at a farm in Peldon and some items stolen.  A number of cars etc have been retrieved from ditches due to the icy road conditions.

4. Broadband Update – our two sources of information were absent from this meeting

5. Walkabout following Flood Summit Meeting – Borough Councillors were joined by Parish Councillors along with Simon High, CBC Land Drainage and Building Technician to look closely at particularly bad spots for flooding.  Letters have been written by Simon High to land owners with regard to ditch and culvert clearance.

6. Grass cutting offer from Tiptree – we will be replying to Tiptree PC declining their offer to join forces with their grass cutting equipment and staff as we are more than satisfied with our own arrangements.

7. Actions and Reminders List – updated

Planning:

112327 Proposal: 3 vehicle detached garage at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott – amended plan

120074 Proposal: Replacement dwelling and garaging following demolition of existing dwelling at Thornfleet, Church Road, Peldon

120033 Proposal: Lawful development certificate for an existing use – The Bungalow let to non-agricultural tenant at Virley Hall Farm, Mill Lane, Virley

120170 Proposal: Installation of photovoltaic solar panels on land to rear of farm buildings at Sherwins Farm, Abbots Wick Road, Great Wigborough

120215 Proposal: Change of use of land from agricultural to domestic garden, bringing fenced border in line with other properties at land adjacent to Magpies and Hepzibah, Church Road, Peldon

Notice of Planning Decisions:

112135 Proposal: Two storey extension to provide additional kitchen and wc in study space at ground floor also incorporating a utility room. First floor additional bedroom at 9 Sharlands Row, The Street, Salcott – Permission Granted

111937 Proposal: Detached office, garage and car port building at Rosefield, Lodge Lane, Peldon – Permission Granted

112345 Proposal: Single-storey extension in brick and tile at north door, providing WC and wet area to Church at St Mary’s Church, Peldon – Permission Granted

Appeal Decision: APP/A1530/D/11/2164288 against refusal of planning permission by CBC at Beckton House Farm for proposed extensions and alterations to existing dwelling – Appeal Dismissed

Finances:

101645 – Salcott Village Hall – hire                                                                           £150.00

101646 – Webhosting UK Com Ltd. – website                                                            £29.99

101647 – David J Kingaby – website running                                                             £300.00

101648 – R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for February                                                           £353.53

101647 – T Simmons – 2 x play insp                                                                          £60.00

 

The next meeting will be held at Salcott Village Hall on Tues 13th March 2012 at 7.30pm

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PC Minutes 8th February 2011

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 February 2011.

Present: Netty Knill Jones, John Walker, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale, Jane Banks, Charles Dymond, Nicky Ellis, Kevin Bentley, Moira Groborz (RCCE), 3 Police Officers and 7 members of the public.

Apologies for absence: Les Lapwood, Terry Sutton, Andrew Ellis

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

Police: Crime figures were given and though not huge numbers, oil theft is a serious problem and people need to be on their guard.  The Crime Reduction Officer can visit to give advice on preventative measures. Speed checks are taking place on our roads and some by unmarked motor bike officers.  NAP meeting reported on later Item 4.

The Police can be reached on 0300 333 4444 or 07966 197265 or 07966 197404.

Borough Councillors: CBC budget meeting will be held on 16th Feb 2011 and our Borough Councillors will be asking for a reduction of 25% over 3 years instead of 50% all in one go as is proposed. An alternative that has been mentioned is to disband with all Parish Councils and leave the Borough Council to take care of everything.

The County Council have to save £300 million pounds but are not proposing to close any libraries or fire stations. No firemen or teachers will lose their jobs but 450 people will be made redundant from County Council backrooms.  There will be no free school transport for secondary school children or special needs children.

The 2011 Census Day is Sunday 27th March 2011 and it is important for these forms, one per household, to be filled in as there is a fine for not returning a completed form and more money is forthcoming from the government for each form completed and returned.

Potholes are being dealt with reasonably quickly now after being reported. These can be sent to the parish or borough councillors to be emailed forward.

Public-Have Your Say: Large stones have been put on the roadside outside Hall Barn, which will be looked into with the planning department.

Due to a bad pothole a car was damaged and for a possible claim a letter may be sent to a Borough Councillor for this to be dealt with.

A resident’s emails had not been answered by the parish council but it would appear to be a misunderstanding rather than deliberate.

Declarations of Interest – None

  1. Affordable Housing – Moira Groborz, RCCE Rural Housing Enabler had come to the meeting to answer any questions we may have after receiving the very detailed report following the survey that was carried out in all our villages.  There were a number of people who had said that they thought some affordable housing was a good idea.  If a need is established only half of those would then be built. It was agreed that this is a huge undertaking and more thought, discussion and consideration is needed and that probably a working party group should be formed to sift through this document at length and be sure that all the parish councillors understand and are in agreement about any further decisions that are made.
  2. Individual roles for individual Parish Councillors is an on going topic and after receiving more ideas from parish councillors a paper of all the suggestions will be put together for a discussion at the next meeting.
  3. Localism Bill has been published with the finer details to be established.  The main point of it is for parish councils to take on more roles from CBC and ECC.  The general feeling was that this would create problems rather than solve them.  It was suggested that we might like to join with other parish councils for a meeting with John Jowers speaking on the subject as he is very knowledgeable on the matter.
  4. NAP meeting Wed 2nd Feb 2011 was attended by several of us and found it to be very informative and useful. Because there had been lots of salt/grit put on the roads of late the remaining residue is molasses which has made some areas very slippery.  The Police will be carrying out an accident reduction programme on the B1022 and it was requested for this to be carried out on the B1026 and on through Peldon as well. The number to ring to report fly tipping is 01206 282700.
  5. Salcott crossroads bus shelter alterations to make it more weatherproof are going ahead as we have obtained a grant for the labour and a promise of the timber from the manufacturers. Terry to liaise with Littlethorpe for receiving delivery of the wood.
  6. Flooding Issues – thanks where given to Phil for single handedly digging out the ditch at the top end of School Lane to alleviate the problem there. Flooding was particularly bad in Great Wigborough after the last heavy rainfall and Salcott still has some bad areas where more work is needed but many of the rural parts of Colchester had serious problems.  The Flood Summit Meeting is still to be arranged but has proved hard to get all the relevant bodies free at the same time, but it will take place eventually.
  7. Actions and Reminders List was updated.

Planning:

102275 Proposal: The retention of a barn/stable erected for use partly as an agricultural store (in association with the applicants use of the application site for agricultural purposes) and partly for the stabling of recreational horses at Pantiles Farm, Peldon Road, Abberton

102622 Proposal: Certificate of lawful use for existing use of land as private garden at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

110147 Proposal: Reallocation of land uses (residential/equestrian purposes) and upgrade of existing access to unclassified road and erection of equine and cart store at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

110185 Proposal: Erection of 50cm freesat dish on chimney facing east, top to be less than 60cm above ridge of roof at Sampton Wick, Wigborough Road, Peldon

Notice of Planning Decisions:

102625 Proposal: Change of use to B2 use from B1 use with restrictive condition 2 removed. The use of the building to be restricted to occupation by Swift Boats at Hosplant Ltd. Building 2, Unit 1, St Ives Farm, Peldon  –  Permission Granted

Finances:

101591 – Salcott Village Hall – year’s hire charges                                               £210.00

101592 – R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for February                                                    £353.53

101593 – Design Clark Ltd. – Repainting Salcott village sign                                  £220.00

101594 – T Simmons – play insp                                                                        £30.00

Please note Lynne Simmons is no longer able to be contacted by email but can still be contacted by post or phone, her number is 01621 860652

The next meeting will be held at Peldon Village Hall on Tues 8th March 2011 at 7.30pm

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PC Minutes 9th February 2010

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 9th February 2010.

Present: Frances Fergus, Jane Banks, Nicky Ellis, Robert Davidson, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Kevin Bradshaw, Sam Knill Jones, Kevin Bentley and 3 public

Apologies for absence: Andrew Ellis

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

Borough Councillors: Peter Martin is the new leader of the County Council. The forthcoming budget has been decided and our council tax is to rise by 1.9% which works out to 38p a week per household.

Bad pot holes have been attended to quickly after being reported, less urgent ones are placed on a list and will be dealt with in due course.  Owing to the bad weather there are many.

There is a new pilot scheme in this area beginning in April offering 5 to 19 year olds half price bus fares.

Helping Businesses Scheme is working well with lending money to help with cash flow for small businesses.

Apprenticeship Scheme is also working well to help train young people in certain skills getting them ready for work.

So far 12 post offices have been reopened and this figure is hoped to reach 36 in 3 years time.

More trees are to be taken down along Layer Road with the reservoir expansion scheme.

Certain planning matters will be chased up and looked into.

Public-Have Your Say: None

Declarations of Interest: None

Police Report: To assist us with our campaign on speeding through our villages the Police will be using speed guns in the near future.

  1. Affordable Housing – Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed to go ahead with a needs assessment survey/questionnaire working with the Rural Community Council of Essex who will analyse the survey and establish the need for each of our villages individually.  The covering letter will be jointly from RCCE and the parish council.
  2. VDS questionnaire summary is being separated into the different villages and all comments included.  The VDS will also include a brief history of each village which certain residents from each village are working on for us now.
  3. Salcott red phone boxes – costs have been found and more are needed such as insurance.  A survey will be carried out in Salcott and Virley to ask if people want to keep the phone box as the actual telephone will be removed. Suggestions for use if adopted by the parish council will also be asked.
  4. Wigborough Village Hall – a letter will be sent out to all those that showed an interest, in the required time, in being involved in the future of the village hall.
  5. Emergency Planning Meeting – water awareness was the main topic which covered matters such as areas prone to flooding, excess of water anywhere and available DIY gear for householders in dealing with the problem.  It was decided that it would be a good idea for CBC Emergency Planning Officer, Paul Walker to give a presentation in Salcott Village Hall that will be advertised well beforehand.
  6. Play areas – Peldon equipment repairs have been carried out and a new see-saw installed.  The playground is open for use but the bark is churned up and muddy from the work being carried out and this will be addressed when the ground has dried out.
  7. Basket ball pad quotations have been obtained.  It will be fairly expensive for a good job, therefore we will wait to hear if we are successful with a grant application before making any decisions.
  8. Rolling Actions and Reminders List – updated.
    BTCV are coming on 28th and 31st March to carry out the clearance work on Moss Hay.  Everybody is welcome to join in and should contact the clerk with names to ensure enough tools and refreshments are brought along by BTCV.
    Elections for our Parish Council are in May this year and if anybody is interested in becoming a Parish Councillor they should look for details on the notice boards at the end of March.

Planning:

100059 Proposal: Removal of existing flat roof to garage, increase in eaves height and replacement with new pitched roof to match adjacent at Marshlands, The Street, Salcott

100063 Proposal: Agricultural building to house livestock pens and feed hay-straw winter storage occasional livestock use at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

Notice of Planning Decisions:-

091543 Proposal: Two storey side extension at Fourreleet Cottages, Whitehouse Hill, Salcott – Permission Refused

Finance:

101524  R S Pullen  –  clerk’s fee for February                                                               £353.53

101525  Lappset  –  Peldon play equipment repairs and new see-saw                             £4410.96

101526  Salcott Village Hall  –  hire                                                                              £150.00

101527  T Simmons  –  play area inspection                                                                   £30.00

The next meeting will be held at Salcott Village Hall on Tues 9th March 2010 at 7.30pm.

Our Parish Councillors are up for election this year and anyone interested in becoming a Parish Councillor should look for details on the notice boards at the end of March.

BTCV is carrying out clearance work on Moss Hay on 28th and 31st March and anyone can join in. To ensure there are enough tools and refreshments please phone the clerk with names.

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