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PC Minutes 9th June 2015


Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th June 2015

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

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

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

Zone Wardens Report: none given

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Declarations of Interest: None

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

2.   Emergency Plan: Postponed to next month.

3.   Standing Orders: Postponed to next month.

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

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

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

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

8.   Broadband – update.

9.   Actions and Reminders List – update.

Planning Applications:

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

Planning Decisions:

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


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

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


PC Minutes 12th May 2015


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

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 [email protected] 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

PC Minutes 10th March 2015


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


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.