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PC Minutes 11th April 2017


Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Salcott Village Hall 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th April 2017

Present: Nicky Ellis, Bob Holmes, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, John Walker, Kevin Bentley, 2 Zone Wardens, 5 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Robert Kean, Liz Davidson, Andrew Ellis, Robert Davidson

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

Zone Warden Report: Unfortunately there are still many vehicles speeding through Peldon. There have been successful prosecutions of fly tipping culprits and litter louts.  For up to 3 bags of rubbish dumped an instant fixed penalty of £100 can be issues and dog fouling will also shortly incur a fixed penalty of £100..

County and Borough Councillor Report: The options consultations for improvements to the A120 and A12 have now ended and all the data is being thoroughly assessed and answers will be arrived at during the summer for funding the work during 2020-2025.

The newly installed VAS at Peldon is to be checked by engineers to see if it is working correctly. Over signage on a Wigborough corner junction will be looked into. The Salcott crossroads broken manhole cover is being pursued. The next round of Locality Budget is up for grabs and the missing Salcott sign is a possibility for its use.

Public-Have Your Say: The planning application for a children’s nursery in Lower Road, Peldon was discussed at length and the parish council’s reply to CBC Planning was questioned for the lack of comments with regard to parking and highways concerns which we will add if the application is not called in for CBC Planning Committee to consider. The parish council is aware that ECC Highways always gives careful consideration to applications that are appropriate for their approval hence its omission in this instance.     Oil is sometimes left on the road after the refuse lorries have been which will be reported for investigation.

Declarations of Interest: Bob for Essex Wildlife Trust

  1. Changes to the Waste Collection Service – CBC Zone Warden explained all the forthcoming changes beginning in June:
    • Black bags/sacks will have to be paid for by the householder
    • Only 3 black bags per household will be collected fortnightly
    • Food waste will be collected weekly
    • Collection of all other refuse will not be changed ie. alternate weeks for various
    • Clear sacks are free and the next delivery of them to households will be in May
    • Garden waste bags are also free
    • An extra green box per household is available so glass and tins can be separated
    • A visit from a Zone Warden to households to discuss recycling is thought to be useful if they think that just the collection of 3 black bags per fortnight will prove difficult to achieve.
    • Collection and purchase of recycling bags and green boxes can be obtained from Abberton and Langenhoe Village Hall the first Tuesday of each month or Layer de la Haye Village Hall the last Tuesday of each month between 9 and 11am
    • All recycling and refuse details are on the CBC website and click on Recycling and Rubbish.
  1. Playgrounds and Playing Fields are in good order
  2. Virley Brook Flood Modelling Study – the Parish Council would like to remind all residents that it is an offence to dump garden waste or any other rubbish in the Salcott creek and if it causes flooding they could be held responsible.
  3. Parish Council Communications discussion – Our website was originally designed when few other groups had their own websites. It was felt that it is time to re-consider its original purpose and perhaps update its appearance.  The role of Facebook as a communications vehicle to be considered as well.  It was emphasized that reciprocal linking arrangements with other websites should be maximised.  Councillors once again expressed their appreciation of the excellent support service supplied by David Kingaby.  All councillors to look at other Parish Council websites to guide future discussion.  The e-mail service was seen as a continuing asset.  Following on from the planning discussion in Public Have Your Say it was agreed that notifications of planning applications would in future be announced via the e-mail service and on the Winstred Eye Facebook page.
  4. CBC Planning Skills Training and Clerk’s Information Session – Planning Training was not reported on owing to absence. Clerk’s Session was about election procedures which we follow correctly now.
  5. To note updates to PC’s Register of Members Interests – Phil Gladwin and Lynne Simmons have updated their register and there is a link on our website to the CBC website where these can all be viewed.
  6. Actions and Reminder List – updated including a summary of the year’s finances from Bob for which thanks were expressed.

Planning Decisions:

163198 Proposal: Single storey rear extension and alterations to ground floor. Provision of new window to west elevation of lounge at Plovers, Mersea Road, Peldon – Approve Conditional


101920 T J Simmons-play insp, grass cuts, fence erection, notice board repairs £1,235.00
101921 Essex Wildlife Trust – meeting room hire £96.00
101922 R S Pullen – clerk’s office expenses – light, heat, etc £250.00
101923 R S Pullen – clerk’s salary – April £426.82

The next meeting will be on Tues 9th May 2017 at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough which will also commence with the Annual Parish Assembly Meeting.  


Vacancy at Abberton Rural Training

abberton-rural-trainingABBERTON RURAL TRAINING


Based at:       Layer Water Treatment Works, Church Road, Layer de la Haye, Essex CO2 0EP

Hours:           Monday – Wednesday 10:00 – 12:00 with an opportunity to increase the hours worked further as the project develops

Salary:           Negotiable 

Abberton Rural Training is a new Rural Skills training charity providing Further Education for post 16 students in Land Based Studies, and short course programmes in a variety of rural skills. A diverse range of organisations have come together to work in partnership to create and deliver Abberton Rural Training. These include Essex County Council, Colchester Borough Council, Layer Parish Council, Rural Community Council of Essex, Colchester Institute, Writtle College and Essex Wildlife Trust. 

Following the commencement of our courses, we now wish to recruit a part time Administrative Assistant who will support the Project Manager and the Programme Tutors in:

  • maintaining student and timetable records;
  • recording and investigating student absence;
  • dealing with parent/family enquiries;
  • following up referrals;
  • booking visits;
  • liaising with feeder schools and other community bodies;
  • taking minutes for meetings;
  • updating finance records;
  • purchasing consumables and other items relevant to the course;
  • handling the post; and
  • dealing with other administrative requirements as they arise.

The successful candidate will ideally have had experience working within an educational environment, and will be proficient in using Microsoft Excel and Word. You will be educated to at least GCSE standard, including Maths and English, with excellent IT, organisational and communication skills, and will possess the ability to work effectively to tight deadlines whilst handling multiple priorities. Outstanding attention to detail, first-class interpersonal and team-working skills, and the ability to establish good working relations at every level of the organisation, are all essential requirements for the post. A First Aid qualification would also be an advantage.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a DBS (formerly CRB) check, and references will be sought.

This summary is designed to assist prospective candidates in understanding the key components of the role. It is not intended to be exhaustive. The content of the role may be subject to modification from time to time.

To apply, please email your CV and a covering letter to Jacqui Stone, Project Manager, Abberton Rural Training at:  The closing date for receipt of applications is 3rd November 2014.