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PC Minutes 8th March 2011


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.


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


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