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PC Minutes 10th December 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 10th December 2013.

Present: Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis (chair), Jane Banks, Jinny Gale, Charles Dymond, Andy Beharrell, John Walker and 5 members of public

Apologies for absence: Andrew Ellis, Kevin Bentley

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

Police Report: None given

Borough and County Councillors: ECC are now in the process of setting the budget for the next financial year which will be voted on by all the County Councillors at their meeting in February.  Grant allocations from government will be greatly reduced so ECC will have to make decisions about the services it provides but many of these such as highways maintenance, social care and waste disposal are statutory duties that it must provide. Public consultations will be carried out on other services for residents’ views.

All salt bins owned by ECC will be filled for the start of winter, which must be used sparingly on the highways and is not for use on resident’s properties. Residents can keep up to speed with gritting lorries online at www.essex.gov.uk/highways . Other winter related advice is available at www.essex.gov.uk/winter .

Public-Have Your Say: There are some impassable and overgrown footpaths in our villages, some that farmers should reinstate after ploughing, and we can do our best to report accordingly if we hear about them. Disappointingly there will not be a footpath around the whole of the reservoir and high hedges will be grown along much of the footpath obscuring the view as nesting birds etc take priority.

The bus stops in Malting Road are difficult for users stepping down from the bus and will be reported to ECC with photo evidence. The footpath finish/edge along the front of the new houses in Malting Road can be a problem for users and so the Zone Wardens will be contacted for help with a possible solution.

Declarations of Interest: None

1.  CBC Zone Wardens – as above and nothing to report from them  

2.  Broadband update – the signal is now live, the launch event will take place in Peldon Village Hall on Sat 8th February 2014 and by the end of February it is expected that all the CAPS (Community Access Points) will be in place.  

3.  Playgrounds and Playing Fields – several quotations for the two new pieces of equipment on Moss Hay were obtained and so Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for Wicksteed as the preferred supplier as they offer sound, substantial equipment with a  good guarantee that CBC are known to use. A grant form has been submitted for some of the funding which will be chased up for its receipt and likelihood of success. Following our information leaflet delivered to all Peldon households on the proposed new pieces of equipment we have not received any queries. As the weather is now unsuitable for installation the company will be contacted to ensure the price quoted will be held but we will hopefully be able to make the order soon. 

4.  Precept 2014/15 – following information from CBC on precept/grant for the next financial year consideration will be given to the matter until the January meeting when we will have to agree our course of action.  

5.  Abberton Reservoir Community Fund –2 applications were submitted, VAT for the already agreed car park at St Stephens Church, Great Wigborough which the parish council supports and the resubmitted application for improvements to Abberton and Langenhoe Cricket Club. 

6.  Actions and Reminders List – updated and also to mention that Great Wigborough phone box has now been removed and we have received the agreed amount of £300 for its sale (the PC bought it for £1 from BT).

Planning Applications:
132269Proposal: Conservatory and garden room/orangery at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
132753Proposal: Surfacing car park with grass reinforcement Truckpave and associated work at St Stephens Church, Great Wigborough
Appeal Decisions:
131878Proposal: First floor side extension and replacement sunroom, new garage and side entrance as previously approved under COL/120533 at Rolls Farm, Peldon RoadApprove Conditional
132070Proposal: Erection of an out building containing a swimming pool, gym and home cinema (new application following the refusal of 131315) at Hall Barn, Peldon Road, PeldonRefuse Permission

 

Finances:
101745R S Pullen – salary for Dec<£381.82
101746SLCC – subs£68.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 14th January 2014 at 7.30pm at Salcott Village Hall

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PC Minutes 12th November 2013

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 12th November 2013

Present: Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis, Charles Dymond, Jane Banks, John Walker, Andy Beharrell, Andrew Ellis, 2 from County Broadband and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley, Police

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

Police Report was read out and there were several crimes and incidents in Peldon and the Wigboroughs but none in Salcott and Virley.

Borough Councillors: The meeting on flooding matters has been held up slightly by a change of staff.  Nearly all the S106 money from the building work in Peldon has now been paid to CBC.  There had been some fly tipping in Great Wigborough and we are very grateful to the Zone Wardens who cleared it up and an address was found amongst the rubbish which may be helpful in finding the culprit.  We also give our thanks to them and Rob (Pullen) for fixing a couple of road signs.

Public-Have Your Say: Enquiries were made about the proposed 40 mph limit for Mersea Road in Peldon and up to the Strood which will be followed up.

Declarations of Interest: None

1.  CBC Zone Wardens – were not present but we have thanked them for the great job of installing the (gift) bench on Moss Hay and also for fixing the road sign.

2.  Broadband update – from Lloyd Fenton, County Broadband who reported that there had been much activity on our project behind the scenes but there had been several hurdles to overcome.  Although the Diocese has been supportive with regard to the use of Peldon Church tower, the Chancellor has had a number of queries that each takes time to resolve.  The money paid to them so far is still banked in readiness for the start of installing the equipment. 

3.  Playgrounds and Playing Fields – work has been brought up to date as much as possible with the weather as it is now.  Terry Sutton has kindly agreed for us to use the Peldon S106 monies for the 2 new pieces of equipment on Moss Hay.  This part of the money can only be used for sport, leisure and recreation and only in Peldon, and therefore this new equipment is an ideal use.  Further quotes will be obtained for framework and grant application form purposes.  The leaflet on the Church timetable of events plus information about this play equipment has now been delivered to all the houses in Peldon, thanks to John for printing and the Peldon team for delivering. 

4.  Planning Archiving – owing to our dissatisfaction of the way CBC Planning Department make it very difficult to look back at even fairly recent planning applications, decisions and conditions we will write a letter to them with computer knowledge suggesting how they could improve the matter which will also be sent to CALC for their support.   

5.  Abberton Reservoir Community Fund, Rights of Way Meeting – no reports from meetings.  It was agreed unanimously for Phil to continue to be our representative on the committees of the various Reservoir Liaison Groups.  He asked for this to be clarified or others take over if they so wish as, in due course, he will be adding to his Declarations of Interest form that he will be renting to farm some of the Water Board’s land. 

6.  Actions and Reminders List – updated 

Planning Applications:
132070 Proposal: Erection of an outbuilding containing a swimming pool, gym and home cinema, resubmission of 131315 at Hall Barn, Peldon Road, Peldon 
132137 Application for variation of Condition 10 following grant of planning permission F/COL/01/1140 at Gable Lodge, Malting Road, Peldon 
Appeals:
APP/A1530/
C/13/2204569
Against Enforcement Notice issued by CBC at field west of Rowses Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough 
APP/A1530/
D/13/2207055
Against CBC’s refusal of application for erection of an outbuilding containing swimming pool, gym and home cinema at Hall Barn, Peldon Road,Peldon 
Appeal Decisions:
APP/A1530/
D/13/2202740
Proposal: Alterations and extensions to first floor over the existing single storey element to provide an additional bedroom and en-suite facility at Honeywood, Mersea Road, PeldonAppeal Allowed – Permission Granted

 

Finances:
101741R S Pullen – salary for Nov plus backdated pay£381.82
101742CBC – installation of bench on Moss Hay by Zone Wardens£156.00
101743T Simmons – 2 x play insp.£60.00
101744Fenland Leisure Products – climbing frame rope£137.94

The next meeting will be on Tues 10th December 2013 at 7.30pm at Peldon Village Hall

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PC Minutes 8th October 2013

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 October 2013.

Present: Nicky Ellis, John Walker, Jane Banks, Andy Beharrell, Netty Knill-Jones, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale, Andrew Ellis, Kevin Bentley, Zone Warden

Apologies for absence: Charles Dymond, Lynne Simmons

Minutes of the last meeting were agreed by all and signed by the chairman with the addition of ‘at the Peldon site’ at the end of 2. Playgrounds and Playing Fields

Police Report: no report had been received

Borough Councillors: Building of the new houses at the old garage site in Peldon has begun therefore S106 money is overdue for payment and will be chased up.

The parish council had not been notified or consulted about an appeal to an eviction notice issued in Great Wigborough and this will be looked into.

The road defect in Church Lane, Great Wigborough was reported for repair but ECC Highways say it does not require attention.

A site meeting with CBC and parish councillors will be arranged in the near future to discuss flooding at Salcott.

CBC has to make substantial savings in the next few years and is encouraging people to go online as much as possible for transactions and information as this is much cheaper than face to face situations. Angel Court Customer Services is being moved to the library and guidance will be given to anyone who needs it for carrying out online matters.

Defects in The Street at Salcott have been reported for repair.

All broken or missing road signs are reported and on the list for repair eventually.

County Councillor: Certain services will be reduced in a bid to make substantial savings in the next few years e.g. some bus subsidies, some school transportation, some youth services and some street lights will be turned off in the small hours but can be turned back on if deemed necessary.

Potholes will be marked with either orange for repair within 28 days or purple for repair within 3 months.

Public-Have Your Say: None present. However, last month the hedge and ditch along the front of the new houses on Malting Road at Peldon Hall Farm were reported for attention. This was looked into but the area cannot be reached with machinery and we have been advised by an expert that it is not causing a hazard so no action will be taken. The resident with the hedge obscuring the bus stop sign at Malting road will be contacted and the Church on the matter of the half dead tree.

Declarations of Interest: None 

1. CBC Zone Wardens – The concrete base for the bench on Moss Hay has been laid and the bench will be fitted tomorrow and the parish council would like to say a big thank you for this generous gift.

The speed gun has been operated in Church Road, Peldon and 6 vehicles were registered over 36 mph.

Refuse bags can be collected at Abberton and Langenhoe Village Hall the first Tuesday of the month from 9 am to 12 noon and from the Layer Fox car park the last Tuesday in the month from 9 am to 12 noon. These are also drop in points for any issues or queries the public might have that they can help with.

Reported matters to CBC such as fly tipping can be tracked online.

A free dance class at Mersea School on Mondays from 6 -7 pm is open to all 13 to 19 year olds.

2. Playgrounds and Playing Fields – 2 pieces of new equipment for Moss Hay for older children was discussed and it was agreed that a grant form would be filled in for half the cost, with other money hopefully available for the remainder. A notice to inform all the residents of Peldon will be produced and delivered.

3. Broadband update – Broadband connection in Winstred 100, Abberton & Langenhoe and Layer Breton is dependent on aerial connections for internet source from Peldon Church tower and/or the kind use of an agricultural mast which will link our parishes to connections linking to Braxted Tower, Colchester Town and others; the latter arrangements are in place.

In Peldon we are still awaiting final approval from the Chancellor of the Diocese of Chelmsford as regards use of Peldon Church tower that he is happy with all aspects of template agreement for the PCCs so that Peldon can proceed with the remaining applications for Faculty and indeed, continue with the many other churches who have since expressed interest though County Broadband in Essex. Faculty Application was sent to the Chancellor in 2012.

The Diocese have been very supportive – but they appear to be unable to hurry the Chancellor in this regard, despite the support of the Archdeacon of Colchester in this matter.

Accordingly, in an effort to expedite this project County Broadband decided to concurrently pursue an alternative route into the area, using a agricultural mast in Peldon for internet source.  Once again, legal negotiations have proven understandably complicated just for example “who pays the small electric bill for the connection/who is responsible for electricity failure and consequences on household internet users”. People like British Telecom may have all of this tied up corporately in cities but sorting it in Peldon and sister villages is starting from scratch.
Good news. We believe that all matters are now becoming resolved and we are awaiting responses.
 
In support of the service to be provided to the area County Broadband have already installed a primary backhaul route to enable the services to be delivered to support our villages requirements.

County Broadband emphasise that they “share the frustrations associated with the roll-out of this project and want nothing more than to be able to promote the successful roll-out of this project to the many other rural parishes in dire need of high-speed broadband”.

Within the next few months the new internet connection speed will be demonstrated in Peldon Village Hall for films, TV, social media, Youtube, browsing and just email. Interested parties can use computers provided or bring their own laptops and hand held devices to trial the County Broadband connection. Date to be confirmed.

4. Clerk’s Salary – Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed to increase the clerk’s salary in line with the National Salary Awards backdated to April 2013. 

5. Junctions at Lodge Lane and St Ives Road in Peldon – ECC Highways say there is nothing they can do about these junctions. The collapsed wall at the top of St Ives Hill has improved viability but the residents can, of course, rebuild as it is on their own property. 

6. Abberton Reservoir, Community Fund, Rights of Way – The reservoir expansion project is coming to an end and the water filling will commence soon. There had been complaints of horses fouling the footpath. The application for Community Funds for Great Wigborough Church car park to be built has been accepted but the application for safety measures from a land owner in Layer was refused.

7. Actions and Reminders List – Updated

Planning Applications:
131878Proposal: First floor side extension and replacement sun room, new garage and site entrance as previously approved under COL/120533 at Rolls Farm, Peldon Rd, Peldon

Planning Decisions:

131529Proposal: Replacement dwelling at Hill Farm, School Lane, Great WigboroughPermission Refused
Appeal Decisions:
APP/A1530/D/13/2203019Proposal: single storey dependant relative annexe and structural support to existing dwelling at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, SalcottAppeal Dismissed

 

Finances:
101739 R S Pullen – salary for Oct£353.53
101740Peldon Village Hall – hire£80.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 12th November 2013 at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall, Great Wigborough

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PC Minutes 10th September 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 10th September 2013

Present: Netty Knill Jones, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale (chair), Jane Banks, Andrew Ellis, Zone Warden and 2 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Andy Beharrell, Charles Dymond, John Walker, Nicky Ellis, Kevin Bentley

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

Police Report: None received but we have had information of burglaries in our villages.

Borough and County Councillors: Various signs for Salcott will be erected in time. The flooding matter in School Lane is to receive attention from Anglian Water. There were no other flooding matters reported during or after the recent heavy rain.  S106 monies from the garage site will hopefully be available in due course.

Public-Have Your Say: The overgrown hedge obscures the bus stop sign at Malting Road, a half dead tree in front of the Peldon Church needs attention and the hedge and ditch along the front of the houses at Peldon Hall Farm, Malting Road need attention. All these matters will be dealt with in due course.

Declarations of Interest: None 

1. CBC Zone Wardens – The gift bench will be installed on Moss Hay shortly. Dog fouling on Moss Hay will be monitored and appropriate action taken for culprits.  The fallen road sign in Great Wigborough will be reported.

2. Playgrounds and Playing Fields – Monthly reports were submitted and work on both sites is ongoing. Supply of steel rope will be investigated and ordered for the Salcott site.  A meeting with a playground representative is to take place tomorrow to discuss possible pieces of equipment requested by older children using grant money for funding.

3. Grass cutting at Drakes Corner, Great Wigborough – ECC will be contacted to request a slightly wider swipe at this corner when cutting the verges in keeping with their safety specifications.

4. Broadband update – A proof leaflet of information was distributed but we will express our sincere disappointment to County Broadband for the slow progress this is making particularly considering the money they have already received for this project.

5. Closing of 5 Lakes sports arena – We will contact Maldon District Council to enquire as to the planning regulations with regard to the closing of the sports arena as this was a community facility.

6. Clerk’s Salary – Deferred till next month when more councillors will be in attendance for the discussion and decision.

7. Junctions at Lodge Lane and St Ives Road in Peldon – Kevin will be asked if he has had a reply from Highways with regard to these junctions.

8. Abberton Reservoir Community Fund, Rights of Way Meeting, Walk – There are 3 new applications for the Community Fund, a new car park for Great Wigborough Church and 2 for safety measures in Layer coming into the village from the new ‘fast’ road.  We give Phil a mandate to vote for these applications, and as usual, with the proviso that if new information arises at the funding meeting he will use his judgment accordingly.  Part of the footpath has been walked and the views are spectacular but there is a section still to be established and many other issues.

9. CALC meeting report – This meeting was attended by our representative and the lack of paper planning applications from CBC was discussed again and as a result in future the agents will be asked to submit a paper copy.  Also the draft document on CBC’s new development policies was handed out.

10. Actions and Reminders List – Updated

 

Planning Applications:
131315 Proposal: Replacement dwelling at Hill Farm, School Lane, Great Wigborough 
131334 Proposal: Listed building application for demolition of derelict conservatory and replacement with 2 storey side extension as approved under 121007 but to include approval for window alterations at Haxells Farmhouse, Peldon Road, Peldon. 
131027 Proposal: Single storey rear and side extensions at Honeysuckle Cottage, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough

 

Withdrawn

Planning Decisions:
131040 Proposal: Single storey rear extension at The Paddocks, Lower Road, PeldonApprove Conditional
131315Proposal: Erection of an outbuilding containing a swimming pool, gym and home cinema at Hall Barn, Peldon Road, PeldonPermission Refused
Appeals and Decisions:
APP/A1530/D/13/2203019 Proposal: Single storey dependent relative annex and structural support to existing dwelling (130557, resubmission of 110912 & 121258) at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, SalcottAppeal against refusal of planning permission

APP/A1530/D/13/2202740

Proposal: Alterations and extension to first floor over the existing single storey element to provide an additional bedroom and en-suite facility (130601) at Honeywood, Mersea Road, Peldon

Appeal against refusal of planning permission

APP/A1530/D/13/2198804Proposal: 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 (130116)Appeal dismissed

Finances:

101733R S Pullen – salary for Aug and Sept£707.06
101734Peldon Village Hall – hire£80.00
101735Mr B Gooding – 2 x insp, cut up tree, paint bench, cut grass£344.80
101736Lappset – parts for play equipment on Moss Hay£285.38
101737PKF Littlejohn LLP – external audit£120.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 8th October 2013 at 7.30pm at Salcott Village Hall

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PC Minutes 9th July 2013

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 9th July 2013

Present: Charles Dymond, Andy Beharrell, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale, Lynne Simmons, John Walker, Nicky Ellis (chair), Andrew Ellis, Kevin Bentley and three public members

Apologies for absence: Jane Banks, Netty Knill Jones, Zone Warden

Minutes of the last meeting were agreed by all and signed by the chairman with the addition at the end of the sentence of 1. ECC Highway Rangers…….like them to do for us ‘at the Kings Head junction and Peldon bus stop triangle’.

Police Report: No reported crimes in our villages but please be alert and aware that in neighbouring villages outbuildings have been broken into. We have three volunteers from Peldon who have undertaken the speed gun training so will be out and about soon.

Borough Councillors: The ‘no through road’ signs for Salcott are on the list to be fitted. Other missing signage will be reported and or chased up. Along with all the other parish councils our displeasure at the withdrawal by CBC of paper copies of planning applications to parish councils will be supported by the Borough Councillors and brought up at their next Borough meeting. Verge cutting along Salcott Street and Mill Lane has been overlooked so will be requested. The S106 money or so called ‘bedroom tax’ will be available from various building projects in our villages for local community based spending for which Salcott Village Hall have already made a  request for some improvements.

County Councillor: At County level further savings have still to be made but hopefully without cutting services. Rodney Bass is now the Portfolio Holder for ECC Highways and a quarterly surgery will be held for County Councillors to meet engineers with their list of jobs that need doing in their respective areas. The ECC Broadband project is progressing having carried out an extensive survey but the roll out date will not be for some time. The proposed 40 mph limit along Mersea Road in Peldon and Colchester Road to the Strood will be taken up with Rodney Bass with our support for this to materialise soon.

Public-Have Your Say – None

Declarations of Interest – None

1.  CBC Zone Wardens: Charles met them on Moss Hay  to discuss a siting for  a bench  very kindly given to us by them with cost of fitting to be arranged.

2.  Playgrounds and Playing Fields – having just spent a quite a lot of money on necessary repairs at Moss Hay play area and further work is required due to vandalism we are reluctant to buy new equipment until this problem has been resolved. Also having obtained quotes of a small skateboard ramp requested by a group of children it has proved to be very expensive and so our intentions are to investigate possible alternative equipment and meet the children on site to talk to them about this.  The bark at Moss Hay is low and so rubber clipping, as we bought for Salcott, would seem to be the obvious choice as the life span is much longer if not indefinite.  It was agreed to wait awhile before buying this as money from S106 will be available and could possibly be of help with this.

3.  Winter Salt Bag Scheme: as we still have plenty from the year before last it was agreed to decline the offer this time.

4.  Broadband update – John providing us with a sheet of information including Mast locations and confirmed CAPs (Community Access Points) locations in all our villages with a couple more to be confirmed. The project is moving forward generally to plan and the launch event at Peldon Village Hall is still set for 28th September 2013. Yet again, we give enormous thanks to John for his tireless work on this brilliant project that will be of benefit to all.

5.  Junctions at Lodge Lane and St Ives Road in Peldon – Kevin will take this up with Highways for any possible solutions for these difficult junctions.

6.  Abberton Reservoir Community Fund – Friends of the Wigboroughs were granted the money for their tables and chairs, Layer de la Haye was granted the money for their hall but money raised from events will be knocked off the total cost.
Reservoir Expansion: all concrete work will be finished by October.
Rights of Way Meeting
was attended; there will be a Project Manager to ensure that this job is done professionally with proper consideration to everything required.

7.  Actions and Reminders List updated

Planning Applications:
131040 Proposal: Single storey rear extension at The Paddocks, Lower Road, Peldon
131315 Proposal: Erection of an outbuilding containing a swimming pool, gym and home cinema at Hall Barn, Peldon Road, Peldon
Appeal against refusal:
APP/A1530/D/13/2198804 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

Finances:

101730R S Pullen – salary for July£353.53
101731Mr B Gooding – 3 x insp and repairs£522.50
101732T Simmons – play insp, grass cutting, bench painting, hedge cutting£160.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 10th September 2013 at 7.30pm at Peldon Village Hall

Following complaints we have received we would like to request that all event organizers please take down the posters they have put up after the event has taken place and also to refrain from using a staple gun as these are very difficult to get out and therefore look unsightly.

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PC Minutes 11th June 2013

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 11th June 2013

Present: Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin (chair for this meeting), Charles Dymond, Jinny Gale, Andy Beharrell, John Walker and 4 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Jane Banks, Nicky Ellis, Kevin Bentley, Andrew Ellis

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

Police Report: No crimes have been reported in our villages with just a couple of domestic type incidents

County Councillor: Recycling has increased throughout the country and Essex is doing particularly well.  A scheme backed by ECC could enable first-time buyers to get on the property ladder.

Borough Councillors: The new ‘no through road’ signs for Salcott have been made and are now on the list for fixture.  An answer from Highways has been promised for next week on the concerns that have been highlighted at the junction at the top of St Ives Road, Peldon

Public-Have Your Say: An update from ECC will be requested on the matter of the proposed speed limit of 40mph for Mersea Road in Peldon and to the Strood.  There are signs that the new bus shelter for Malting Road is starting to be fitted.  Missing road signs will be chased up again and the paper/card recycling bags will be reported for split sides. The bench on the bus stop triangle in Peldon needs painting and will be done shortly.

Declarations of Interest: None

1. CBC Zone Wardens: Nothing reported.
ECC Highway Rangers will be contacted for a couple of strimming type jobs that we would like them to do for us.

2. CALC Meeting was attended by our representative where the guest speaker was Angie Pearson who is Essex Watch Liaison Officer and covers watches for Neighbourhoods, Farms, Businesses, Speed, etc. Her email address will follow. There was also a discussion about the fact that parish councils do not now receive a paper copy from CBC for planning applications which is proving difficult for consideration. 

 3. Playgrounds and Playing Fields – items needing attention at Salcott have or are being addressed. Signs on Moss Hay have been ripped down and will be reinstated.  The requested skate board ramp on Moss Hay is still being looked into for cost, maintenance and the possibility of a grant.

4. Flooding at Salcott – a site meeting has not been arranged as yet.

5. Broadband update – there is to be a press release to encourage residents to come forward to establish if their property is suitable for a small antenna to be fitted called a Community Access Point (CAP), 30 in total are needed and the occupiers will receive free internet connection. Interested residents can contact the clerk. The proposed date for launching this project is September.

6. Junctions at Lodge Lane and St Ives Road in Peldon – next meeting if there is an update as we are waiting for a reply from Highways.

7. Abberton Reservoir Community Fund – 2 applications have been submitted, one from the Friends of the Wigboroughs for tables and chairs for which we support and gave Phil a mandate to vote in favour of this. The second one is for a good percentage of the build of a new hall in Layer de la Haye for which we support in principal but possibly not for the full requested amount and gave Phil a mandate to use his own discretion with the information provided at the Community Fund meeting.

The Abberton Rights of Way Committee Meeting held on 13th June will be attended by our representative.  There will be a stand at the Peldon Festival this weekend with questionnaires for suggestions and requests with regard to the proposed footpath around the reservoir.

8. Actions and Reminders List updated

Planning Applications:

131012

Proposal: Retrospective application for removal of unstable wall and timber replacement at Games Farm, Lower Road, Peldon

 

130860

Listed Building application for above

 

131027

Proposal: Single storey rear and side extensions at Honeysuckle Cottage, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough

 

Planning Decisions:

130601

Proposal: Alterations and extension to first floor over existing single storey element to provide an additional bedroom and en-suite facility at Honeywood, Mersea Road, Peldon

Permission Granted

Finances:

101724

St Mary’s Peldon PCC – churchyard upkeep donation

£200.00

101725

Gt & Lt Wigs PCC – churchyards upkeep donation

£400.00

101726

Salcott St Mary’s PCC – churchyard upkeep donation

£200.00

101727

EALC – councillor course

£67.00

101728

R S Pullen – salary for June

£353.53

101729

T Simmons – 2 x play insp and 4 x grass cuts

£220.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 9th July 2013 at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough

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PC Minutes 14th May 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 14th May 2013

Present: Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis (chair), Jane Banks, Charles Dymond, Andy Beharrell, John Walker, I Police Officer, 2 Zone Wardens, 5 adult and 5 children members of the public.

Apologies for absence: Jinny Gale, Kevin Bentley, Andrew Ellis, Terry Sutton

The Annual Parish Assembly

Police report: There have been few crimes in our villages but 1 burglary and a couple of traffic accidents. There is a new officer in Tiptree and can be reached on 07966 197404.

Zone Wardens: They are reporting pot holes, carrying out litter picking, assisting with dog fouling problems and other services where ever they can on our behalf. A gift of a bench will be discussed with a councillor for positioning on Moss Hay.

Public: A quad bike has been seen driving around on Moss Hay and Pete Tye Common, a dog fouling culprit was spotted with several dogs along St Ives Road, the bench on the bus stop triangle at the bottom of St Ives Road needs painting, a ditch full of litter along Maldon Road needs attention and road signs at the Kings Head junction in Great Wigborough are missing probably due to accidents, all of which will be dealt with hopefully in the near future.  Thanks were given to Archie and Shaun for the litter picking they do in Peldon.

The children: They came to make a request for a skateboard ramp on Moss Hay. They all spoke individually to make their case and presented us with a drawing of a ramp.  This will be investigated for cost, area required and insurance. Other villages with these will be visited for an idea of what would be suitable, if any, for Peldon.

Public: A resident from Salcott came to express their concerns, particularly with regard to the height, about a planning application for 2 semi-detached houses replacing a bungalow in The Street at Salcott.  The owner of the property was also in attendance and gave his input into the discussion. Details will be looked into by our Borough Councillor and discussed with the Planning Officer.

Parish Council AGM

Phil proposed, John seconded and all agreed for Nicky to continue as Chairman for this next year. Jane wished to step down so Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for Charles to be Vice-Chairman for this next year. Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for Sue to continue being the Financial and Responsible Officer.  

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

Borough and County Councillors: County report will be circulated. Kevin had been in contact with ECC Highways with regard to rectifying the collapsed verge along St Ives Road.

Chairman’s Report: A brief summary was read out and it was circulated to the parish councillors and will be on the website.

Financial Report and the External Auditor’s End of Year Return and Annual Governance Statement: Nicky proposed, Phil seconded and all agreed to approve these. Our sincere thanks go to Steve Copeland for carrying out our internal audit for us without charge yet again.

Declarations of Interest: None

1. Churchyards Upkeep Donations – Phil proposed, John seconded and all agreed, except one against and one abstention, to donate the usual amount of £200 each to help with maintaining the churchyards. Yet again we will express the possibility of reducing this next year if the need arises due to reduced funds.

2. Playgrounds and Playing Fields – following the Annual Inspection Report certain matters will be addressed and other matters will be discussed with the inspector due to some confusion over certain comments in the report.

3. Flooding at Salcott – yet again CBC Simon High will be contacted with the purpose of meeting a Salcott councillor on site to discuss ongoing problems.

4. Broadband update – Stage 2 is underway, a launch event is planned for late July and the target date for going live is September.

5. Junctions at Lodge Lane and St Ives in Peldon – postponed to next month due to lack of Borough Councillors in attendance

6. Wigborough Telephone Box – the person who requested to buy this box will be approached again followed by a second interested resident before we decide to accept this offer of cleaning and painting.

7. Actions and Reminders List updated

8. To confirm Parish Council representatives on the Wigboroughs Village Hall Management Committee – Nicky proposed, John seconded and all agreed for Phil and Jinny to be our representatives on this committee.

9. Abberton Rights of Way Committee – meeting was attended and a consultation event is to be planned to find out what the public would like with regard to this path surrounding the reservoir.

    Planning Applications:
    130681Proposal: Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of 2 no. two and a half storey semi- detached dwellings (resubmission of 122083) at Old Barn Burrows, The Bungalow, The Street, Salcott.
    Planning Decisions:
    130042Proposal: Change of use A2 offices to 3 bedroom house at 2 Abbotts Hall Cottages, Maldon Road, Great WigboroughPermission Granted
    130355Proposal: Relocation of approved pool equipment room to be attached to end of garage at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, SalcottPermission Granted
    130474Proposal: Application to extend time for implementation of permission 100458 at Leeward, Church Road, PeldonPermission Granted
    130557Proposal: Single storey dependent relative annex and structural support to existing dwelling. (Resubmission of applications 110912 and 121258 at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, SalcottPermission Refused

    Finances:

    101719CALC – annual subscription£35.00
    101720Anglia Inspection Services Ltd£192.00
    101721Peldon Village Hall – hire£80.00
    101722R S Pullen – salary for May£212.12
    101723HMRC – 2 x income tax£141.41

    The next meeting will be on Tues 11th June 2013 at 7.30pm at Salcott Village Hall

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    PC Minutes 9th April 2013

    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, Great Wigborough at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th April 2013.

    Present: Charles Dymond, Jane Banks, Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis (chair), Jinny Gale, John Walker, Andy Beharrell, Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, Kevin Bentley, 2 Zone Wardens and 2 member of the public.

    Apologies for absence: Andrew Ellis, Police

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

    Police: A report was received in their absence listing a number of minor incidents.  There had been several thefts and attempted thefts from sheds in Peldon Crescent.  Also two suspicious males have been offering to sell, at various places in our villages, chainsaws and the like from the back of a small black vehicle.

    Borough & County Councillors: Owing to one of the worst winters on record, it has proved particularly difficult for the resulting highways defects to be repaired but our councillors have been working hard to report the really bad potholes and collapsed verges in order for a speedy repair so do please continue to report them.  More money has been allocated for this repair work so, hopefully with improving weather, we will see the result everywhere eventually.

    Public-Have Your Say: None

    Declarations of Interest: None

    1. Playgrounds and Playing Fields – mostly in good order, the missing life belt for Salcott creek has been bought and will be fitted in the near future.  A request for the Salcott meadow grass to be cut was discussed but agreed it would be done when appropriate.  The Community Service working party has not been able to continue the work of clearing the growth around the footpath owing to the bad weather but will do so when possible.
    2. Request to use the meadow at Salcott for wedding celebrations is still being discussed with the participants as their plans for the celebrations has changed a couple of times and they are now consulting the marquee company for their insurance details to comply with ours.
    3. Zone Wardens continue to assist us wherever they can and have carried out some rubbish clearance work for us.  They have very kindly offered us a bench that will be erected on Moss Hay.  They are also helping in our quest to get all broken or missing road and footpath signs reinstated and a new dog fouling sign.  Their details of drop-in coffee mornings and where and when you can collect clear refuse bags and green boxes are on the CBC website.
    4. Abberton Reservoir Liaison Group and Community Fund: The last section of the work on the causeway is taking place.  A footpath in Layer has been approved for the fund and the Abberton and District Cricket Club application is to be improved.
    5. CALC meeting was attended by our representative and Nicky proposed, Jane seconded and all agreed to keep up with our membership at a cost of £35 as it does keep us in the loop of certain important matter.
    6. Broadband update report – stage 2 is now underway, a launch event is scheduled for June at Peldon Village Hall and could hopefully be incorporated with an Abberton Reservoir Footpath consultation event.
    7. Actions and Reminders List – the parish council has written a letter to ECC Highways to express our extreme dissatisfaction of the condition of our roads. The diseased trees at Church Road, Peldon have been felled professionally; the owner of Pete Tye Common was informed of a certain property owner adjacent to the common of possibly fencing in more land than they actually own.
    Planning Applications:
    130474Proposal: Application for a new planning permission to replace extant planning permission 100458 in order to extend the time limit for implementation of two storey side and rear extension at Leeward, Church Road, Peldon
    130557Proposal: Single storey dependent relative annex and structural support to existing dwelling, resubmission of applications 110912 and 121258 at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

    130601

    Proposal: Alterations and extension to first floor over the existing single storey element to provide an additional bedroom and en-suite facility at Honeywood, Mersea Road, Peldon

    Planning Decisions:
    130147Proposal: Single storey side extension at Willow Creek Farm, Colchester Road, Virley
    Permission Granted
    130150Proposal: New outbuilding to provide tractor/cow shed and demolition of 2no. existing outbuildings at Willow Creek Farm, Colchester Road, Virley
    Permission Granted
    130116Proposal: 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
    Permission Refused
    130141 Proposal: Single storey rear extension to form study at Bluebell Cottage, Mersea Road, Peldon
    Permission Granted

    The next meeting will be The Annual Parish Meeting followed by the Parish Council Meeting held at Peldon Village Hall on Tuesday 14th May 2013 at 7.30pm.

    Please be vigilant about securing your property following a spate of thefts and attempted thefts from sheds and outbuildings in Peldon.  Also please report to the Police (dial 101) any sightings or visits from vehicles selling equipment from the back of the vehicles.

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    PC Minutes 12th March 2013


    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 March 2013.

    Present: Charles Dymond, John Walker, Jane Banks, Andy Beharrell, Nicky Ellis (chair), Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, I Police Officer, I CBC Zone Warden and 2 members of the public.

    Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley, Jinny Gale, Andrew Ellis

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

    Police: There had been a number of petty thefts, mainly from unlocked vehicles, in Salcott and Virley and also a theft from a property in Great Wigborough

    Borough & County Councillors: Kevin Bentley’s report explained that he had met with the Cabinet Member for Highways to express his concerns with regard to the poor condition of our roads and he was assured that when the dryer weather arrives we should start to see improvements (The Parish Council will be writing to ECC Highways to complain about the huge pot holes on our roads, the shoddy repairs to many pot holes and the poor surface dressing that was applied to the road in Great Wigborough).

    Colchester High Street will undergo new Traffic Regulation Orders for an experimental period of 18 months.

    ECC and CBC will not be increasing their parts of the Council Tax this year.

    Essex Libraries are looking for volunteers aged 14 and above to help children keep reading in the summer holidays, see website for details: www.essex.gov.uk/libraries

    Public-Have Your Say: One of the life belts has gone missing from the creek on Salcott meadow.  A new one will be bought and fitted soon.

    Declarations of Interest: None

    1.         Playgrounds and Playing Fields – the playgrounds are in reasonably good order considering the weather with just the goal post in Salcott needing attention.  The Community Service people undertook more clearance work last Sunday on Moss Hay.  When they have finished we will write to express our sincere gratitude.

    2.         Request to use the meadow at Salcott for wedding celebrations – with changes to their plans our insurance company will be contacted again and with their approval Phil proposed, Andy seconded and all agreed that the parish council would give them permission but ask for the cost of a grass cutting for the occasion.

    3.         Zone Wardens – coffee mornings are still going ahead for people to discuss problems. The wardens wish to work with the parish council and in some areas have more authority than us, for example with issuing tickets for litter and dog fouling. We have asked for help with a couple of problems, one of which is a ditch full of rubbish. Our main Zone contact is Steve Day 07949 783823.

    4.         Abberton Community Fund – Abberton and District Cricket Club have submitted an application for £15,000 for improvements to facilities for which the parish council supports and gave Phil a mandate to vote for this, but of course, only if it fits all the necessary criteria.  The meeting to decide this is tomorrow.

    5.         Trees in Church Road, Peldon – Phil proposed, Jane seconded and all agreed to accept the lowest of 3 quotations for felling these two trees that need attention owing to disease and dead wood. We will not have the stumps poisoned allowing for regrowth.

    6.         Broadband update report – stage 1 has taken place with the erection of a mast behind the church on Mr Sawdon’s land, stage 2 is forthcoming.

    7.         Actions and Reminders List – the exposed cable in Peldon was reported, investigated and BT has now dealt with it.  The footpath officer has been approached again for impassable footpaths and will be taking appropriate action in due course and has also contacted the resident who brought this problem to our attention.  Village signs, one in Salcott, two in Great Wigborough and one in Peldon have all been reported for reinstating or repairing.

    Planning Applications:

    130042

    Proposal: Change of use A2 offices to 3 bedroom house at 2 Abbotts Hall Cottages, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough

    130355

    Proposal: Relocation of approved pool equipment room to be attached to end of garage at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

    130420

    Proposal: Erection of detached dwelling, garage access and landscaping at Salcot Cottage, The Street, Salcott

    Planning Decisions:

    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 – Permission Granted

    The next meeting will be held at Abbotts Hall, Great Wigborough on Tuesday 9th April 2013 at 7.30pm.

     

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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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