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PC Minutes 12th July 2011

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 July 2011.

Present: Les Lapwood, Charles Dymond, Nicky Ellis, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, Kevin Bentley and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Jane Banks, John Walker, Jinny Gale, Andrew Ellis

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

Borough Councillors: Our long awaited ‘Flood Summit’ meeting had been held prior to this meeting with several of us, other parish council representatives and CBC Officers attending to discuss all the flooding issues in this area but particularly in Salcott.  A plan of action was drawn up with the first stage of a drive round of the CBC Engineer and Officers to the bad flooding places meeting up with parish councillors for each place. This is to take place in the next few weeks.  CBC will visit land/home owners to advise people of their responsibility to have clear drainage and ditches in front of their properties.  The meeting was deemed a success with a positive attitude from all to sort out these long standing problem areas.

We have a new CBC ‘Zone Manager’ (we are Zone 1) who will be dealing with various problems that we may have and can be the first port of call in many instances.

Cards were delivered to all households to inform of a different refuse collection day and hopefully any problems will be rectified soon. Colchester Recycling Centres opening times have been slightly reduced due to less use because of successfully kerbside recycling collecting.

Public-Have Your Say –A 30mph limit was requested for Salcott crossroads but this has been explored many times with ECC Highways and the reasons why we have been unsuccessful were explained again.

The road edges have been falling apart and in many places there is a considerable drop.  Any particular places noted can be reported to a Borough Councillor, a Parish Councillor or the Clerk for forwarding for repairs.

Declarations of Interest – None

1. Reports from Parish Councillors – Accounts and finances will have the addition of a spreadsheet giving more detail.  With regard to communications the Gold Addition magazine has been or will be delivered to every household in our villages. This special edition is sponsored by the Parish Council and the Five Parishes Show.

2. Training – was discussed and some councillors would benefit from training in certain areas and so they will try to attend appropriate courses.  In-house courses were thought to be far too expensive and not justifiable.

3. Salcott Meadow/Creek – reports from CBC Health and Safety Adviser and HM Inspector of Health and Safety were read out explaining that fencing along the creek is not good practice.  Further reports are expected from RoSPA and Anglia Inspection Services. We will then draw a conclusive decision to this enquiry.

4. Police – report that no crimes have been committed in our villages in the last few weeks or so.

5. Playgrounds and Salcott meadow grass cutting – Peldon playground is being maintained to a very high standard.  Salcott playground is closed at present while painting of the equipment is being carried out. New swing seats have been bought and will be fitted, the weeds addressed, fence secured, gate mended and the price of play bark will be investigated.  The grass will be cut when it is considered to be necessary.

6. Declaration of Acceptance of Office book – deferred to next month as we are seeking a price to extend the life of the old book as an alternative to buying a new one.

7. Rural Community Council of Essex – yearly membership of £55 – Nicky proposed, Phil seconded and all agreed for us to renew this subscription for at least this next year as it has proved helpful with the work in completing the Village Design Statement.

8. Bus stop at Peldon – a discussion of the positioning of a possible new shelter at Malting Road has taken place with ECC.  This project could possibly include a new shelter at Salcott crossroads.  Phil proposed, Charles seconded and all agreed for this to proceed with the clerk to make further enquiries including contacting CBC with regard to the necessary groundwork.

9. Wigboroughs Village Hall – all money held on their behalf has been forwarded to them as they now have their own bank account.  This subject will now only be on our agenda if there is some major development to report.

10. Abberton Reservoir Liaison Meeting – was attended and work continues well and to timetable.  Birds are still coming and seem to be generally undeterred by the works.  Some more of the Community Fund has now been allocated to Layer de la Haye for their village hall car park and field entrance, both for safety issues.

11. Spending – some retrospectively – Phil proposed, Les seconded and all agreed for the agreed inter meeting spending of  certain items thought necessary for matters of some urgency.  A core number of councillors were consulted on this spending.  It was decided that no change was necessary to the way we normally agree mid-meeting spending.

12. Actions and Reminders List – was updated

Planning:

111082 Proposal: Removal of existing conservatory and replace with extension to existing kitchen. Side extension to include new side entrance and boot room. Replacement of existing windows to part north elevation. Erection of new rear all glass extension at New Hall, Copt Lane, Little Wigborough

111083 Proposal: Listed building application as above

111119 Proposal: Omission of previously approved conservatory (ref F/COL/07/0072) and replace with single storey rear/side extension

111120 Proposal: Listed building application as above

111074 Proposal: Agricultural building to store hay crop produced by the farm at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

Notice of Planning Decisions:

110636 Proposal: Erection of 50cm freesat dish on chimney facing east, top to be less than 60cm above ridge of roof. Resubmission of 110185 at Sampton Wick Wigborough Road, Peldon – Permission Granted

110997 Additional dormer windows and amended chimney breast and stack design to existing approved extension to dwelling at Fourways, Barnhall Road, Salcott – Permission Granted

Finances:

101611 – St Mary’s the Virgin, Peldon PCC – churchyard upkeep                           £200.00

101612 – Gt & Lt Wigborough PCC – churchyards upkeep                                    £400.00

101613 – Salcott PCC – churchyard upkeep                                                       £200.00

101614 – Gt & Lt Wigborough Village Hall – remainder of grant                           £4635.63

101615 – R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for July                                                            £353.53

101616 – G B Sport & Leisure – swing seats                                                          £82.80

101617 – Barry Gooding – play insp. x 3                                                                £90.00

101618 – Keith Banks – Moss Hay grass cuts x 4                                                   £160.00

101619 – Rural Community Council of Essex – annual subs                                       £55.00

 The next meeting will be held at Salcott Village Hall on Tues 13th September 2011 at 7.30pm

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PC Minutes 14th June 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 14th June 2011.

Present: Nicky Ellis, Charles Dymond, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, Les Lapwood, John Walker, Kevin Bentley and 7 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Terry Sutton, Jane Banks, Andrew Ellis

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

Borough Councillors: The Big Society Fund is for all community groups, parish councils, village halls, etc. They can all apply for funding.

Owing to a new keen employee at CBC our long awaited ‘Flood Summit Meeting’ will probably take place in July. The main object of this meeting is to try and establish who owns which culvert, whether it is Anglian Water, a property owner or some other body.

There have been complaints about the new inferior black refuse bags which are to encourage less food waste that costs CBC huge amounts of money for landfill sites. Non disposable food boxes are a possibility that will be looked into.  CBC is against wheelie bins at this time particularly as new emptying lorries would be required.

The Abberton Reservoir works will intensify shortly on the causeway creating the bund. There was a short period when work was starting too early which was stopped.  Bridle paths will be put in at the end of the programme.  We and the other surrounding villages need to make requests for footpaths.  The suggested Education Centre would appear to be an unnecessary addition to the Visitors Centre.

Public-Have Your Say: Wheelie bins suggested, who can apply for funding, fencing Salcott creek requested, better maintenance of Salcott play area and more frequent cutting of Salcott meadow also requested.

Declarations of Interest: None

1. Individual roles for individual Parish Councillors – a list has been drawn up after certain councillors have shown a particular interest in certain roles but all matters must be reported back on and discussed by everyone. Likewise, any meetings attended should be reported back to the parish council. The responsibility for all matters remains with all the councillors.

2. Training – will be discussed further at the next meeting. The Essex Broadband Implementation Conference at Coggeshall Village Hall on Monday 18th July at 7.15pm will be attended by four representatives on our behalf.

3. Salcott Meadow/Creek – requests for fencing along the creek had been received which was discussed at length.  We have had advice from RoSPA some time ago and more recently from Anglia Inspection Services that this is not a good idea as it could create a problem in itself.  Good signage, life rings, a barrier of weed growth and adult responsibility is the answer.  A hedge was also suggested. More professional advice will be sort.

4. Copt Hall walks – some have been fenced off by the National Trust and Natural England to protect nesting birds.  It was felt that at least the main circular walk should be accessible.  Therefore we will write to these bodies to express our dissatisfaction, especially as a coastal walk round the whole country is being encouraged.

5. Playgrounds and Salcott meadow grass cutting – we have received several complaints about the bad condition of Salcott play area.  There are several jobs that have not been carried out from the annual inspection report and some from the previous year’s report. Painting, fence posts, the entrance gate closure and clearance of weeds and nettles were the main items needing immediate attention.  The site at Peldon is in good order.  The painting at Salcott will be done next week, gate spring and buffer and new swing seats will be ordered and fitted and all the other outstanding jobs will be carried out in the next month.  These play areas are now being monitored by two appointed councillors who will keep a close eye on things and report back as and when necessary. There was a complaint that Salcott meadow needed more frequent grass cuts.  Advice was given for the public to ask when it was felt necessary.

6. Dog Fouling on Moss Hay – has improved greatly due to the hard work of Peldon councillors and a letter written from CBC to the main perpetrator.

7. Donations to Churchyards Upkeep – Phil proposed, Charles seconded and all agreed to continue this year with the same donations as previous years but add a note to the effect that the parish council may feel the need to reduce this next year.

8. Affordable Housing – following Moira’s response to the parish council and at her suggestion two councillors will meet her to discuss ways to improve the number of future questionnaire returns.

9. Wigboroughs Village Hall – a meeting was held in Great Wigborough Church which was well attended to explain the new constitution and vote on 2 resolutions. A ballot was carried out for a new working Management Committee which can begin work after the volunteers are signed off and a certain period of time has elapsed.

10. CALC meeting was not attended this time but the minutes will be circulated to councillors when they are received. Broadband was discussed and possible high points were suggested for siting of aerials to increase broadband quality.

11. Planning Issues – Enforcement Training Session was attended by three of us and although found useful, some of the policies were rather disheartening with too many inconsistencies and for poor action taken when flawed retrospective applications are submitted and simply get the go ahead.

12. Actions and Reminders List including Salcott bus shelter – the wood for the alterations will be chased up and contact made with ECC to iron out any misunderstanding that has arisen re the bus stop at Peldon.

Planning:

110912 Proposal: Extension to provide accommodation for dependant relative at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

110997 Proposal: Additional dormer windows and amended chimney breast and stack to existing approved extension to dwelling at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

Notice of Planning Decisions:

110534 Proposal: Change of use of land to domestic equestrian use, construction of a manege and retention of store building at 2 Sherwins Cottages, Abbots Wick Lane, Great Wigborough – Permission Granted

102560 Proposal: Retrospective application for amendments to agricultural building and loose material covered farm track at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott – Permission Granted

110482 Proposal: Change of use from C3 dwelling house to A2 offices at 2 Abbotts Hall Cottages, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough – Permission Granted

Certificate of Lawful Use or Development

110554 Proposal: Rear facing dormer over converted garage to form dressing room at The Anchorage, Lower Road, Peldon

Finances:

101608 – R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for June                                                                £353.53

101609 – T Hedger – cut to Salcott hedge                                                               £48.00

101610 – T Simmons – cut of Salcott meadow and play insp                                        £70.00

The next meeting will be held at Peldon Village Hall on Tues 12th July 2011 at 7.30pm

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PC Minutes 10th May 2011

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 May 2011.

Present: Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale, Jane Banks, Netty Knill-Jones, John Walker, Terry Sutton, Kevin Bentley and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Charles Dymond, Nicky Ellis, Les Lapwood, Andrew Ellis

The Annual Parish Assembly

The chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and invited participation by all.

County Councillor, Kevin Bentley spoke of huge savings of around £300 million made by the County Council which was essential and predicted well in advance. £5.3 million was given to the County Council by the government for tackling the huge pothole problem which is being successfully implemented. It was with regret to hear that Norman Hume was stepping down from his position of Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transportation. He has proved to be a worthy holder of the position, always being helpful and willing to actually go out to see people when asked.

Kevin announced that he had been promoted into the cabinet for which we gave him our hearty and sincere congratulations.

Borough Councillor, Kevin Bentley expressed his congratulations to Andrew Ellis for winning the election so convincingly and we all joined in with that sentiment.

Abberton Reservoir works has not caused any major problems to date but more extensive works are to be carried out shortly.  There was disappointment over the parish council grants being cut by CBC and next year would probably be worse but very few district or borough councils in the country do actually give money to parish councils. The flooding summit meeting focusing on Salcott had proved difficult to organise as certain members of ECC Highways have left positions but we are assured that it will take place hopefully in the not too distant future.

Kevin said that he and Andrew enjoyed the good relationship that they have had with their parish councils and hoped that we could continue working well together.  We thanked them and returned the compliment.

Borough Councillor, Terry Sutton also offered his thanks and willingness to help us in anyway he could.

Parish Council AGM

Phil proposed, John seconded and all agreed for Jinny to carry on as Chairman for another year and thanks were expressed to her for her excellent job of chairing us through the last year.  Jinny proposed, Jane seconded and all agreed for Nicky to carry on as Vice-Chairman for the next year. Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed for Sue to carry on as Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer for the next year.

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

Chairman’s Report: Les and Netty, our two new members were welcomed again to the parish council. Thanks were given to the public for their input during the meetings and many more thanks will be given to people in a full chairman’s report that all the houses in our villages will be receiving soon.  Many tasks have been successfully accomplished this passed year including commenting on nearly 50 planning applications, a huge amount of work towards the Village Design Statement, an Affordable Housing Survey to establish our needs or requirements, flooding matters, dog fouling issues, many meetings with other bodies attended and much more.

Financial Report – finances for the year were explained and had been internally audited by Steve Copeland to whom we are very grateful for carrying out this task for us yet again. Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed to accept this financial report as a true and accurate account of our finances for this last year.  It was suggested and agreed that the fact that we are holding in our surplus funds a sum of nearly £2000 set aside for the completion of the Village Design Statement should have been included.  We are also holding funds of about £4600 on behalf of the Wigboroughs Village Hall project until it is possible to open an account for that purpose.

Declarations of Interest – None

  1. Church Cottage, Peldon – a discussion took place as to how much involvement the parish council should take in people’s planning ideas before submitting an application. The majority thought it was not the pc’s place to advice at this stage and that consulting a Borough Councillor or CBC Planning Department was the proper course of action.
  2. Specialist interest roles for individual Parish Councillors – between now and next month parish councillors are invited to list the roles they would or would not like to take on.
  3. Playground Maintenance – due to absence this will be reported on next month.
  4. Distribution of the Annual Report – options were discussed but cost and delivery contributed to the decision that was proposed by Jinny, seconded by Jane and all agreed for this to be the same as last year in a Gold Edition of the Peldon and Wigboroughs magazine that will include Salcott and Virley and be delivered to all the houses by various volunteers and including our sponsorship on the front cover. The extra cost of £100 to produce this bumper edition will be shared with the Five Parishes Show.
  5. Dog fouling on Moss Hay – following much surveillance and paint spraying work by certain parish councillors the main perpetrator of this offence has been tracked down and with a named witness coming forward CBC Animal Control will be writing to the offender with the view of taking further action if necessary.
  6. Affordable Housing – Moira Groborz, the Affordable Housing Enabler will be contacted in due course if we do not have an answer to our letter explaining our position on this matter following the completed survey.
  7. Salcott crossroads bus shelter alterations – contact and therefore delivery of the timber has proved difficult to date but will be addressed as soon as possible.
  8. Actions and Reminders – our list was updated

Planning:

110662 Proposal: Prior notification for installation of Schott solar panels on two central roof section of a pair of grain storage buildings at Newpots, Newpots Lane, Peldon

110482 Proposal: Change of use from C3 dwelling house to A2 offices at 2 Abbotts Hall Cottages, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough

110636 Proposal: Erection of 50cm freesat dish on chimney facing east, top to be less than 60cm above ridge of roof. Resubmission of 110185 at Sampton Wick, Peldon

110534 Proposal: Change of use of land to domestic equestrian use, construction of manege and retention of store building at 2 Sherwins Cottages, Abbots Wick Lane, Great Wigborough – amendment to plans, comments to CBC by 17th May 2011

Notice of Planning Decisions:

110058 Proposal: Erection of five houses with garages at Former Peldon Garage – Permission Granted subject to additional conditions

Finances:

101605 – R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for May                                                                £353.53

101606 – Peldon Village Hall – hire                                                                          £114.00

101607 – T Simmons – grass cuts x 2, play insp                                                       £110.00

The next meeting will be held at Salcott Village Hall on Tues 14th June 2011 at 7.30pm

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PC Minutes 12th April 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 12th April 2011.

Present: Les Lapwood, Jane Banks, Charles Dymond, Lynne Simmons, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis, John Walker, Kevin Bentley, John Jowers and 2 members of public

Apologies for absence: Netty Knill-Jones, Andrew Ellis

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

Borough Councillors: Flytipping is a serious problem at present and CBC is working hard to clear up dumped rubbish quickly and also investigate the perpetrators so that they can be prosecuted.  Pete Tye Common is constantly being targeted by offenders and had got quite untidy all over the car park.  The Parish Council would like to express their thanks to the Tamblyns for making an extremely good job of clearing up all the loose bits and pieces that had been left from endless dumping and collecting.

More applications for Abberton Reservoir Community Fund should be submitted and the procedure for processing applications will be improved. It is felt that Peldon Village Hall should get a decent amount of the funds as it has and will be in the future used for communicating to the public on matters relating to the reservoir works.

The government has allocated a large sum of money for getting all the pot holes mended. In this area the materials used have now been improved and in general and where possible all the pot holes in one road are mended together.

County Councillors: The Localism Bill will probably be passed in November which will bring certain responsibilities back to community level, planning being one them. More training from CBC for parish councillors will be required. The levy on building houses will help to ensure the infrastructure is in place for new developments.

The Big Society Fund is available for rapid response for urgent needs projects.  ECC has saved a large amount of money from backroom jobs rather than shutting libraries, etc.

Community Asset Transfer will release money to give back more to rural villages.

Public-Have Your Say: None

Declarations of Interest: None

  1. Affordable Housing – one or two discrepancies were found in the RCCE Survey Report that have since been corrected.  At our workshop the level of response was looked at closely and enough people did have their say to process the results and arrive at a stage for a decision.  With a relatively good return of surveys at 28% there was not an overwhelming for or against affordable housing.  Therefore Phil proposed, Charles seconded and all agreed that there hasn’t been proved an adequate need for affordable housing in our villages at this time.  But the parish council would hope to look at the matter in 5 year’s time.  We will inform RCCE of our decision and thank them for their time and effort on this. 
  2. Individual roles for individual Parish Councillors – some parish councillors already take on certain roles particularly with meeting attendance and this will continue with others taking turns on occasions.  Keeping an eye on the playgrounds will be taken on by two parish councillors, setting up of the halls for our meetings will be shared by all and the wide subject of communications will need more time to consider properly.  Our finances and budgeting will be more closely looked at in these times of cut backs and our Emergency Plan will be brought up to date and then passed on to one or two parish councillors to keep updated and attend the CBC meetings. Organizing training is another subject that can be the responsibility of one parish councillor.
  3. Abberton Reservoir Liaison Meeting – was attended by two parish councillors this time.  Work has been delayed due to bad weather but has now resumed including work on the B1026, ballast and clay extraction and pipe work. Thanks to our chairman for completing the very complicated application process we have been awarded a grant from the Community Fund to help improve the Parish Council website as this is one way of communicating to the public on the reservoir works.
  4. Land outside the Peldon Church – following an enquiry on ownership and registering this land so that the Church could lay pipe work underground, a letter has been sent to the Church Warden to explain our position on this and a phone call of thanks followed.  The ownership of this land is not established and therefore it cannot be registered.
  5. Salcott crossroads bus shelter alterations – the manufacturers who are supplying the timber will be contacted again for a delivery date. 
  6. Dog Fouling on Moss Hay – a great deal of time and effort has taken place so far to try and eliminate this problem.  Paint spraying round messes and visiting to keep a watchful eye has been carried out on numerous occasions. There is some progress but there are some dog owners that are still being irresponsible and inconsiderate.  New signage is being made and will be erected soon. 
  7. Wigboroughs Village Hall – a grant has been obtained from ECC for this project and a small sum from CBC for the use of the car park for the election. The Parish Council can now be reimbursed for the money it has spent so far. Work can now carry on with this project, to form a management committee and then establish the people’s opinions as what should happen to this dilapidated building.
  8. Actions and Reminders – updated

 

Planning:

110058 Proposal: Erection of 5 houses with garages at former Peldon Garage site

110076 Proposal: Demolition of existing village hall and erection of new at Peldon

110554 Proposal: Rear facing dormer over converted garage to form dressing room at The Anchorage, Lower Road, Peldon

110534 Proposal: Construction of a 40m x 20m equestrian ménage for domestic use in field to rear of 2 Sherwins Cottages at 2 Sherwins Cottages, Abbots Wick Road, Great Wigborough

 

Planning Decisions:

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

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 – Permission Refused

110220 Proposal: 2 storey side and rear extension at Wayside Cottage, Colchester Road, Virley – Permission Granted

110232 Proposal: Reinstatement of previous solid floor construction across ground floor at Moor Farm, Colchester Road, Peldon – Consent given

110105 Proposal: Garage extension at Hall Barn, Peldon Road, Peldon – Permission Granted

 

Finances:

101597 – CALC – annual subs                                                                                     £35.00

101598 – EALC & NALC – annual subs                                                                        £277.45

101599 – B J Gooding – play insp x 3                                                                           £90.00

101600 – R S Pullen – office use, heat, light, etc.                                                        £250.00

101601 – R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for April                                                                   £353.53

101602 – R S Pullen – clerk’s expenses, paper, ink, travel, etc                                       £160.87

101603 – Anglia Inspection Services Ltd. – Playgrounds annual inspection                       £186.00

101604 – T Simmons – play insp x 2, grass cut                                                         £100.00

The next meeting will be held at Peldon Village Hall on Tues 10th May 2011 at 7.30pm and will be the Parish Assembly and AGM.

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PC Minutes 8th March 2011

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 8th March 2011.

Present: Les Lapwood, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale, Jane Banks, Charles Dymond, Nicky Ellis, Lynne Simmons, John Walker, Nettie Knill Jones, Andrew Ellis, Mel Wilson (Police), Jim Leask (CBC), and 2 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley

Welcome: Mel Wilson and Jim Leask were welcomed to the meeting by the chairman

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

Police: Mel reported of 3 thefts in Peldon and stressed the need to secure homes particularly the back door as often this is not as secure as the front door and therefore used more often by burglars.

Fly tipping is a huge problem at the moment and we are all encouraged to keep an eye out for vehicles that may be carrying builders’ rubble or other waste matter and if possible safely remember and take down the registration number, time of day and date to report to Shane Taylor at CBC on 01206 282700 who will check out if they have an appropriate licence for carrying this kind of waste material.

Speed checks continue to be regularly carried out in our villages.

Borough Councillors had requested a lower reduction in the parish grant and to be spread over 3 years but to no avail.  Pot holes are now being mended quickly when reported.  A certain retrospective planning application has been agreed even though it differed from an original application because CBC would not feel that they would win an appeal.

Public-Have Your Say: Potholes in St Ives Road were requested for attention.

Stones outside a property were mentioned again but it was explained that many people do this and although strictly speaking it is usually outside their property it does help to keep verges from being spoilt from passing vehicles.

Declarations of Interest: None

  1. Connecting Colchester – Presentation from Jim Leask, CBC Senior Enterprise Officer was informative and enjoyable and many questions were put to him.  It is hoped to have everyone’s broadband speed to a reasonable level of 40-50 mega bites by 2013.  Big internet providing companies such as BT and Virgin Media have been approached and encouraged to invest in this project to enable all rural areas to be reached, although establishing a need in areas is important. Further developments will take place in the next couple of months.
  2. The Way We Work Responsibility Share prepared paper was discussed briefly and will be considered at length for more opinions and ideas in the next couple of weeks.  The main object of this is to allocate particular responsibilities or tasks of the council’s work to one or in some cases two councillors in order to spread the workload that at present often falls to the same people for everything. For example, who attends certain meetings and have a substitute is one of these areas and Les will go with Phil to the next Reservoir Liaison Meeting.  Les and Charles will possibly oversee both of the play areas maintenance work and a budget will be a main and important topic for someone.
  3. Emergency Planning Meeting was attended by several parish councillors.  Future meetings will be in the form of role playing with regard to actual possible emergency occurrences and interacting with other parish councils.
  4. CALC meeting was attended and other parish councils and clerks will be consulted to establish whether they have the same view of these meetings as we have.
  5. Great Wigborough telephone box disconnection is being dealt with by the prospective buyer. BT is proving hard to deal with and they are the ones that have to sanction the disconnection.
  6. Abberton Reservoir meeting and/or Community Fund – the meeting is next week and they will be voting on all applications for the fund.
  7. Salcott crossroads bus shelter alterations – we are waiting for delivery of the timber which is being provided by the manufacturer.
  8. Little Wigborough salt box safe return – we thank Christine for spotting it and Rob and Andrew for returning it.
  9. Planning Process – our agreed process needs to be tidied up.  Training and a visit from a CBC Planning Officer will be followed up.
  10. Actions and Reminders List – was updated.

Planning:

110232 Proposal: Reinstatement of previous solid floor construction across ground floor at Moor Farm, Colchester Road, Peldon

102560 Proposal: Retrospective application for amendments to agricultural building and loose material covering farm track at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

110220 Proposal: 2 storey side and part rear extension at Wayside Cottage, Colchester Road, Virley

110288 Proposal: Installation of photo voltaic system on farm building at Virley Hall Farm, Mill Lane, Virley

110105 Proposal: Garage extension at Hall Barn, Peldon Road, Peldon

Notice of Planning Decisions:

102623 Proposal: Variation of Condition 1 granted under permission 072151. To permit the use for sale and packaging tape, bubble wrap and stock boxes and the manufacture of bespoke cardboard boxes. The building to be occupied by 24/7 Boxes and Packaging at Hosplant Ltd Building 4, St Ives Farm, Peldon – Permission Granted

102366 Proposal: Double storey side extension and front porch (resubmission of application 091543) at 2 Fourreleet Cottages, Whitehouse Hill, Salcott – Permission Granted

102628 Proposal: Replacement dwelling house ( resubmission of planning application 101612) at The Grove, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough – Permission Granted

Finances:

101595 David J Kingabywebsite maintenance and support                               £300.00

101596 R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for March                                                         £353.53

The next meeting will be held at Salcott Village Hall on Tues 12th April 2011 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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Dragons to baroque and more

dragonboatOur parish diary has been updated with a wealth of events over coming weeks ranging from snap-action, dragons and some baroque as well.

The Bank Holiday weekend (29th to 30th) brings an added attraction to Mersea with the Mersea Camera Club’s Exhibition at Mersea Museum.  Members of the Club will be in attendance so you can ‘talk photography’ as well as have a look at the members’ work. Any questions contact Chris Moore on 01206-735-228.

Talking of photography, Bank Holiday Sunday (29th) brings a great photo-opportunity for you snappers with the Annual Essex Air Ambulance Dragonboat Races.

Mid-September (Friday 17th) sees the UK’s biggest cycle race of the year passing just a few miles away with Stage 7 of the Tour of Britaintour_of_britain running between Tiptree and East Hill, Colchester (via Smythe’s Green, Birch, Heckfordbridge) between approximately 13:15 & 13:45.  Why not turn out to line the route and cheer on these international athletes – and best of all, it’s free!

Looking further ahead, we see the Annual Roman River (music) Festival offer a wide programme of concerts in and around the area with the opening concert taking place in St Stephen’s, Great Wigborough on Sunday 3rd October.

If you have an event(s) or regular activity you want advertised on the parish diary please contact us through the links at the bottom of this page.

 

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UPDATE: School Lane, Gt Wigborough Closure

This will be good long-term news for all the residents and users of School Lane, Great Wigborough, even though it will be a nuisance in the short term.

Essex County Council have advised us that the whole of School Lane will be closed for five days from 2nd August 2010 for much needed repairs. The works will be subject to weather conditions and we will keep you posted as and when we hear anything further.

Our thanks are due to our Borough Councillors, Andrew Ellis and Kevin Bentley, who have agitated continuously to get these repairs undertaken as a priority when there are so many demands on limited resources. Guys – our suspensions and wheel rims and dodgy backs all thank you.

Update:

Essex County Council have now issued the Public notice in which they advise:

  • The closure is scheduled to be for 5 days (subject to weather);
  • The alternative route will be via Maldon Road – B1026 Layer Road and vice versa;
  • Access for emergency service vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians will be maintained at all times during the closure.
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Flower Arranging Classes – July 2010

tropical-flower-arrangementFlower Arranging & Floristry Classes

After the success of our first Class, we will be holding our second in the series of 4 seasonal Master Classes on Saturday, 3rd July. This will again be held @ 10am in St Stephens, Gt Wigborough. Each Class consists of 2 hours – 1 hour of flower arranging and 1 hour of floristry and will be limited to 12 people so book your place early and come and enjoy the fun. Not only did we learn but it was good opportunity to catch up & chat with people we have not seen for a while & also meet new people. There will also be a small sales table.

The cost is £20.00 including refreshments. We would ask that a non-refundable deposit of £10.00 be paid before the day to avoid buying flowers unnecessarily.

Contact Sue on 735607 or Annette on 735526 for further details.

(Proceeds towards St Stephens Tower Project)

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