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 9th March 2010.
Present: Sam Knill Jones, Kevin Bradshaw, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale, Nicky Ellis, Jane Banks, Frances Fergus, Andrew Ellis, John Jowers and 12 members of the public
Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley, Robert Davidson
Minutes of the last meeting: with the alterations of (Borough Councillors’ section) Helping Businesses Scheme should be Banking on Essex and ‘12 post offices have been reopened’ should be 10 and ‘it is hoped to reach 36’ should be 30, were agreed and signed by the chairman
Borough Councillors: Potholes are being attended to but this will take time as there are so many that need attention.
Flooding is a major issue, especially after the heavy rainfall we had a week or so ago. Mill Lane in Virley was completely cut off until the water subsided. A sit down meeting is to be arranged with Borough Councillors, Parish Councillors, ECC Highways Department and hopefully the Portfolio Holder for Highways and Transportation to talk in depth of all the problems associated with flooding at Salcott in several areas. Properly qualified people are needed to decide on what action needs to be taken as small fixes here and there can just direct the problem to another area. It is hoped that solutions can not only be agreed upon but implemented in the foreseeable future. In the mean time signage would seem appropriate at the Salcott crossroads when the water is of any significant depth. This will be looked into.
Earth moving equipment will be coming to the reservoir site in the near future.
County Councillor: The water table is high and the ground cannot absorb all the rain that we are getting now. Ditches need to be maintained and the practice of concreting over ditches and paving front gardens is being discouraged.
In future Highways Engineers are to be members of the Planning Committee and so will be there helping make the decisions rather than being consulted as outside experts.
Pubs are closing at an alarming rate and with the closure of post offices, shops etc. the rural communities are struggling.
Rural broadband trials are taking place to increase decent coverage.
Essex has the lowest council tax increase keeping it below inflation rate of pensions.
More houses are needed and brown field sites will run out in this area.
Public – Have Your Say: Concerns about the flooding in Salcott was expressed by many. Suggestions were made about ways to improve matters which will be taken on board when the meeting organised by the Borough Councillors takes place. It was explained that the Environmental Agency has been consulted and met by the parish council without a solution being made. The parish council has also met, many times, with CBC and ECC officers to try and resolve this ongoing problem. Certain measures have been carried out to date but obviously not sufficient and hopefully the forthcoming meeting will go much further to a conclusion if, in fact, one is possible.
The Salcott crossroads bus shelter is not adequate for protection in any kind of bad weather. ECC Highways had a great deal to do with the site and style of the bus shelter but we will look into this to see if anything can be done about it.
Declarations of Interest: Phil and Jinny with regard to items 7 & 8.
Items for Discussion
091446 Proposal: Repairs and improvements at Moor Farm, Colchester Road, Peldon
100161 Proposal: Removal of condition 2 of planning permission 072151 at HOS Plant Ltd. St Ives Farm, Peldon
Notice of Planning Decisions:
100059 Proposal: Removal of existing flat roof to garage, increase in eaves height and replacement with new pitched roof to match adjacent at Marshlands, The Street, Salcott – Permission Granted
091655 Proposal: Single storey oak framed orangery extension and replacement of existing windows to north elevation at New Hall Farm, Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough, – Permission Refused.
091659 as above for listed building application – Consent Refused
Certificate of Lawful Use or Development for existing use of agricultural land as domestic garden and amenity area for the benefit of domestic dwelling at Greenways, Abbots Wick Lane, Great Wigborough
090342 Against refusal of planning permission for proposal of application for temporary use of mobile home as monitoring accommodation for free range chicken unit, siting 3 mobile chicken house, erection of tractor shelter, brood and feed shed at Bellwood, Colchester Road Great Wigborough DTLR Appeal Ref: A1530/A/10/2120721
101528 RCCE – Community Led Planning Support for our VDS £115.00
101529 Lappset – leg and metal foot for play equipment £118.68
101530 R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for March £353.53
101531 T Simmons – play area inspection for Salcott £30.00
101532 David Allen – IT training and presentation £60.00
The next meeting will be held at Peldon Village Hall on Tues April 13th 2010 at 7.30pm.