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PC Minutes – 12th March 2019


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 2019.

Present: Liz Davidson, Robert Kean, Clare Lauwerys, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, John Walker, Wendy Ritherdon, Robert Davidson, Kevin Bentley and one member of public

Apologies for absence: Netty Knill-Jones, Dave Taylor

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

Zone Warden Report: The Great British Spring Clean is taking place during March and April and 14th April has been suggested for organising a community litter pick in one or all of our villages when the Zone Wardens can assist and come with all the necessary equipment, volunteers please contact the clerk. The new dog bin has been installed at the car park area at the end of Copt Hall Lane and we would urge dog walkers to use this bin: thanks go to Andrew Ellis for his Locality Budget money for funding this and the Zone Wardens for purchasing and fitting.

Borough Councillor Report: Council Tax will rise by 3% equivalent to an extra £5.50 for a Band D property. Recycling in Colchester is up by 4% and the council will no longer charge for clinical waste, also, as council tax payers, there are offers to be had at Leisure World. The extra police officers with additional volunteer specials has enabled more hours spent on the beat and arrests made are reflecting of this.

The developers for the Lion pub site at Abberton have amended the application to include a community shop and supporting comments online is requested.

County Councillor Report: An extra £1 million has been allocated for mental health considered to be the cause of many other social problems and offences, also £500,000 for tackling ganging. Pot holes and road defects are being address systematically and money has been allocated to repair footpaths.

Several highways defects were reported to Kevin, the missing man hole cover on Maldon Road (again!), flooding areas near Kemps Farm and the Plough and the poor state of the verge at the beginning of Copt Hall Lane owing to large vehicles passing others, all will be looked into.

Public-Have Your Say: Cat feeding outside the Salcott play area is considered to be a problem for residents living opposite encouraging cats to foul in their gardens. CBC Environmental Health has visited and stated that they have no powers to prevent this.  A Human Rights website may be able to assist the residents in taking matters further and the suggestion of collecting as much photographic evidence was made.

Declarations of Interest: None

  1. Playgrounds and Playing Fields are in good order and grass cutting will start as soon as the weather permits. Community Workers have started with very minor tidying up type jobs.
  2. County Broadband update: More residents are needed for commitment to the fibre network project so please do register now for this to progress forward for the benefit of all our residents  
  3. Free Trees from the Woodland Trust was discussed but considered to be unsuitable for us as costs incurred for planting and maintenance could be considerable.
  4. Salcott Telephone Box was discussed for its future and will be considered further.
  5. Transport Meetings Representative: ECC will be contacted to request if an interested resident can attend these meetings.
  6. Silent Soldiers was discussed for the future with the probability of their safe storage to continue as it is and be erected each year at the appropriate time.
  7. Actions and Reminder List – updated

Planning Applications:

190356 Proposal: Variation of condition 3 (materials) of application 180680: change of tile specification at Wheatlands, Church Road, Peldon

Planning Decisions:

190005 Proposal: To decommission and remove existing cesspool which serves the existing home office and to install a new Klargester biodisc sewage treatment plant to serve the home office and two bedroomed dwelling in converted barn tank at New Hall, Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough – Approve conditional
190077 Proposal: Remediation: removal and reinstatement of Kerosene contaminated brickwork and sub-floor materials, installation of gas resistant membrane and passive vent system at Church Cottage, Church Road, Peldon – Approve conditional


102012 R J Playle – hedge cutting£60.00
102013 St Mary the Virgin, Peldon – magazine entries£180.00
102014 Peldon & Wigboroughs Community Hall – hire£20.00
102015 R S Pullen – Clerk’s salary March£439.73
102016 R S Pullen – expenses (petrol, ink, paper, fittings, etc.)£351.09

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 9th April 2019 at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough.


PC Agenda 12th March 2019


Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

A meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council will be held at Salcott Village Hall 7.30pm on Tuesday 12th March 2019 to which the Councillors are summoned to attend.

Apologies for absence:

Minutes of the last meeting:

Zone Warden Report:

County and Borough Councillor Reports:

Public-Have Your Say:

Declarations of Interest:

Items for Discussion

1. Playgrounds and Playing Fields

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PC Minutes 11th September 2018


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 September 2018

Present: Liz Davidson, Netty Knill-Jones, Clare Lauwerys, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin (chair), David Taylor, Wendy Ritherdon, Robert Kean

The chairman welcomed our new parish councillors who were duly co-opted onto the Parish Council and completed the Declaration of Acceptance of Office forms. The completed Register of Members’ Interests forms will be sent to CBC in due course.

The chairman expressed the parish council’s sincere sympathy to the Simmons family for their sad loss.  He also spoke of all the work both Lynne and Terry have carried out for the parish council and in particular the residents of Salcott and Virley for many years. Continue reading


PC Minutes 9th September 2014


Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th September 2014

Present: John Walker, Nicky Ellis, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Charles Dymond (chair), Jinny Gale, Netty Knill-Jones, Bob Holmes, Rob Surface, Andrew Ellis, Laura Chase CBC Planning Policy Officer, and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley

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

Police and Zone Warden Reports – None received

Borough and County Councillors: Highways issues at Salcott are being addressed. There was a request that signage for the recently closed Birch Tearoom should be taken down which will be followed up.

Public-Have Your Say: None

Declarations of Interest: Lynne for item 3.

1.   Reviewing Colchester Borough Council Local Plan – Laura Chase gave us a very informative and useful presentation and questions were answered. There will be various stages in developing the CBC Local Plan which will be adopted in 2017. Our Village Design Statement and Parish Plan will be reviewed as we had planned but construction of the new Neighbourhood Plan is not considered to be appropriate for us as this is a document to complete when substantial development is required.

2.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields – Salcott is in good order and the playground perimeter fence has been repaired and painted. Peldon is receiving attention with the rubber chippings being placed in the playground in a couple of weeks when equipment and manpower will be available including a work-party yet to be appointed.  Wire to prevent birds landing above the swings is being erected and signage for the new pieces of equipment on the field are being made and will be erected including a plaque from Cory Environmental Trust who has given us a substantial grant for this equipment. More hedge trimming is to take place on Moss Hay when a date can be arranged with the volunteer group.  

3.   Salcott Telephone Box – Following more discussions it was agreed to make further enquiries about lighting and insurance but keeping an open mind as to our final decision as to the future of the box. 

4.   Email Protocol – It was agreed to add to our email protocol list of dos and don’ts that the emails requiring an answer should be done so within 48 hours, with holidays or illness etc. taken into account.  

5.   Salcott Trees – Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for the lowest of three quotes to be accepted for trimming the trees alongside the playground and adjacent property.  All three professional contractors gave a verbal opinion that the Chestnut trees along the road edge did not need immediate attention at this time but of course they will be monitored periodically. 

6.   Abberton Reservoir Community Fund, Rights of Way Meeting – a prepared map, etc for the footpath was distributed to all and Phil proposed, Charles seconded and all agree to adopt John’s carefully considered plans. The parish council gave Phil a mandate to take to the Community Fund meeting to agree that the remaining funds are allocated to Layer de la Haye Church for improvements and that any money not spent at the at the end of the given time should be allocated to the church up to the amount they have requested.

7.   CALC Meeting – was not attended but the minutes will be received and circulated shortly.

8.   Broadband Update – Salcott launch event has been put on hold and further coverage for parts of our villages is still to be developed.

9.   Actions and Reminders List – update and to include that the Peldon noticeboard catches are made easier to open.

Planning Applications:
145564Proposal: Single storey rear extension at Nest Cottage, Colchester Road, Great Wigborough
Planning Decisions:
132631 Proposal: Demolition of existing village hall and erection of 2 no. 3 bedroom dwellings at Great Wigborough Village HallApprove conditional
145283 Proposal: Extension to rear of bungalow incorporating internal alterations at 14 Newpots Close, PeldonApprove Conditional
144754 Proposal: Change of roof design to match with existing side ridge levels at The Hollies, School Lane, Great WigboroughApprove Conditional

101781 EWD – rubber for Peldon playground£2,040.00
101782 Business Services at CAS – insurance for new equipment£85.71
101783 R S Pullen – salary for Aug and Sept£735.14
101784 R J Playle Servicescut hedge at Moss Hay£180.00
101785 Peldon Village Hall – hire£80.00
101786 EALC – course£67.00
101787 County Broadband – VAT£6,666.67
101788 T Simmons – play insp x 2, grass cuts x 4, fence, life ring£599.87

The next meeting will be on Tues 14th Oct 2014 at 7.30pm at Peldon Village Hall