Winstred Hundred Parish Council has consulted widely with its parish communities regarding the proposals put forward in the Local Development Framework. We agree with the conclusions of the Borough Council that none of the sites in Peldon, the Wigboroughs or Salcott cum Virley are suitable for large scale housing developments and are therefore not to be included in the Site Allocations document.
We note the Borough Council’s opinion that our sites are only suitable for affordable housing and we concur with that view. There was a clear message from our consultations that a small number of suitable houses would be welcomed if they brought families into the community. The Parish Council established a need for affordable housing several years ago and we know that demand is still present, provided that there can be some priority given to people with local connections. We have asked local landowners in the past for sites but none have been available.
There is a strong desire to see a shop re-open in a suitable location in one of the villages, probably in Peldon. There is also an awareness that without such community facilities villages such as ours will become unsustainable and die. There is a strong opinion that this decline has begun and is probably already irreversible without both policy changes and a positive will on the part of communities to halt the process.
There is a firm view that the village envelopes should not be changed unless at some time in the future to accommodate affordable housing on one of the sites adjacent to a boundary and designated as for affordable housing only. The residents are adamant that the existing open spaces and woodland in the parish are valued amenities which must be retained.
We support the proposal to restrict the site development at Pantiles Farm in Abberton Road, Peldon (S109) to the area around the existing buildings and to exclude storage and distribution activities. While we welcome appropriate opportunities for employment in country areas the increase in traffic if the restriction were not imposed would have an undesirable effect on the neighbouring village of Peldon.
Salcott Parish Hall
Full Council minus Robert and Sam
Flooding and weather related issues
There was a large attendance from Salcott on the back of flooding concerns. Alex Graham and his neighbour had also been flooded. Phil and Kevin Bradshaw and others did an excellent job in helping out and getting CBC and Highways involved.
A full examination of ditches in the Wigboroughs (and Peldon?) had taken place and Roger Went would be writing to land owners reminding them of their responsibility to keep ditches clear. He will also deal with the flooded ditch problem at the entrance to Peldon Hall. It was good that Roger had come out while the water was still lying and running so that he could really see the impact and extent of things we have complained about before but which he had never seen for himself. As a result it looks as though there will be some action taken.
Roger and Alan Bligh(?) will meet with Kevin Bradshaw within a few days re the flooding at Salcott. Subsequent note from Terry Simmons:
Three members of the village and three from highway’s ie -Martin Parminter ,Dave Whybrow, and Myself from Salcott Plus Alan Blyth, Roger Went ,And Simon High, from highway’s they also brought with them a jetting machine .
The drains from the crossroad’s to Mill lane were jetted and the finding’s are as follows.
Highways will repair broken drain and pipe work across road number’s 1 and 9
Simon High will write to home/land owners to request for work to done for number’s 126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.11.
The mood at the start of the meeting from the Salcott section of the public was fairly antagonistic but when they heard what had been done and was still to be done they went away well pleased.
There were new telephone numbers for the CBC Emergency Team (which they had changed without telling us!) and we were urged to investigate and make emergency provision related to any hazardous activities which regularly take place on our patch. We decided that there was nothing of particular note which we should include in our Emergency Plan.
Jinny to update the Plan and arrange with Sue for amendments to be circulated.
CBC would not supply an additional salt bin free of charge for the Turf Farm area of Salcott but one could be provided and kept filled for a charge of £350. The mood of the Council was receptive to this idea but it needs to be formally proposed and voted on at the next Council Meeting.
Abberton Liaison Group
The Abberton Liaison Group will be meeting on 9th March.
The council approved the Communications Committee’s work to date on the website, agreed with the proposal to abandon formal computer training and institute a self-help approach and agreed in principle with the e-mail protocol which needs to be formally submitted and voted on at the next meeting.
We recruited four more people to the e-mail experiment, bringing the total number of people on that list up to 36. This service was rated as well worth keeping.
The Freedom of Information document was referred back to the Communications Committee for further discussion, in particular with Sue about what records she holds. The council agreed that access to information should normally be free although, at the Clerk’s discretion, a charge not exceeding the cost of producing the information could be made. This to protect the Council against repeated frivolous enquiries and to reclaim any expenditure should any enquiry require a large effort or incur incidental significant costs.
The Council was happy for the Communications Committee to progress consideration of the short list of four possible website designers.
The Council felt that we should explore fully the costs of sponsoring another Gold Edition of the Peldon and Wigboroughs Parish News this year to ensure that our Annual Report was delivered to every house in the Parish. Nicky had asked Bill for quotes for up to four pages extra. The estimate is a maximum of £100. Last year we felt that we could do a circular ourselves for £84 but we preferred the marginally more expensive Parish News approach as being more community-minded, provided the costs did not exceed the quote. Nicky pointed out that we could probably split the cost with the Five Parishes group who were pleased to take advantage of the initiative last year.
Nicky suggested and all agreed that we should make sure that copies of Minutes put into the Parish News should be clearly marked as being Draft Minutes not yet agreed by the Parish Council.
Village Design Statement
The council was pleased to hear of very good progress with the VDS. The questionnaire was finalised, CBC had agreed to be the receiving point for our returned forms and Nicky had applied for a grant. The Council made sympathetic noises about possibly deploying excess money budgeted for the VDS (should there be any) to the website development if required. It was noted that the website would benefit a number of Parish Council initiatives.
Essex Speed Management Consultation
We agreed to respond to the Essex Speed Management Strategy consultation commenting that we supported the strategy and welcomed the greater emphasis on speed limits on rural roads. We had been asking for limits on roads which we know to be dangerous and accident prone and look forward to receiving a more sympathetic response in future
We talked about Christine Nash’s thoughts about tidying up Moss Hay. The Parish Council supported the idea of a community initiative to progress this with the thought that there might be funds available if required once a clear plan of action had been set out. Frances and Christine will get together to work out what might be necessary and possible and bring back a proposal to the next Parish Council meeting.
Mr Fellowes’ e-mail
Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2009 7:19 PM
Subject: Local Development Framework – Peldon
> The February 09 edition of the Parish News called for further views on
> the ‘preferred sites for possible future development’ within the
> village. I should be grateful for my view to be passed to the Parish
> Council. I object to any further development/building on the farmland
> (Davidson’s I understand) along
> ‘strip’ style development of the area and is outside the ‘envelope’.
> Given that a further ‘estate’ will soon be created on the site of the
> old garage and adjacent land, I do not consider any further development
> is likely to value the village. However, if needs must then there is
> ample space off
> the top end of the Public Footpath. This would not increase ‘strip’
> The minutes of the Winstred Hundred Parish Council of 13 January 09 re-
> produced in the same edition of the Parish News,under the heading
> ‘Local Development Framework’ indicate that “Discussions will take
> place between us from now until our next meeting……” Presumably
> these ‘discussions’ are between councillors and will therefore
> themselves be minuted and available to the community.
> At the Public Meeting on 7 October 08 volunteers were called for as
> being urgently needed to help create a village statement – despite
> providing name, telephone number and email address I have not been
> contacted during the past four months. Presumably the need was either
> not as urgent as stated or perhaps there are other reasons???
> K R Fellowes
Sue had acknowledged Mr Fellowes’ e-mail saying that he had not been contacted re the VDS and with comments about LDF sites. Nicky had replied to the VDS part and Jinny would reply to the section of his e-mail referring to the LDF consultation.
LDF Public Consultation
Jinny to draft a reply along the lines that we noted the non-selection of all the sites in our parish except for possibly affordable housing. We supported the decision to restrict the site at Pantiles since although it is technically outside our area any change to traffic to and from the site would affect Peldon.
We would repeat the gist of the comments made earlier to CBC, since these are not carried forward into the conclusions of the Public Consultation. These to include the strong desire for the return of a shop and that there was some support for small and sympathetic residential development if that would bring more families into the community.
Rural Housing Association
We agreed to respond to a letter from the English Rural Housing Association asking whether they could present at one of our meetings to the effect that if the possibility of development on one of our ‘affordable housing only’ sites looked possible we would be pleased to have presentation from them but until such a possibility loomed we would decline their kind offer.
We noted the independent report by Robert Kean which satisfactorily addressed the issues which arose from this year’s event and thanked Robert for producing it.