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PC Minutes 14th June 2016


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 14th June 2016

Present: Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, John Walker, Phil Gladwin (chair), Nicky Ellis, Jinny Gale, Bob Holmes, Liz Davidson, Andrew Ellis and 2 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley, Jackie Maclean, Robert Davidson, Zone Warden

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

Zone Warden Report: None sent but they had cleared up a fly tipping problem for us

Borough Councillor Report: Certain matters are to be chased up including requesting resurfacing of Mill Road, Virley but in particular the sunken areas either side of the bridge, Continue reading


PC Agenda 14th June 2016


Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

A meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council will be held at Salcott Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th June 2016 to which the Councillors are summons to attend.

Minutes of the last meeting:

Zone Warden Report:

County and Borough Councillor Reports:

Public-Have Your Say:

Declarations of Interest:

Items for Discussion

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PC Minutes 9th June 2015


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 June 2015

Present: Netty Knill-Jones, Liz Davidson, Nicky Ellis, Bob Holmes, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, John Walker, Andrew Ellis, Kevin Bentley and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Rob Surface, Jinny Gale, Robert Davidson

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

Zone Wardens Report: none given

Borough Councillors: The Local Plan Panel meeting was discussed it was explained that the call for sites is now closed and 224 have been put forward across the borough of Colchester. Some of these are in our villages. CBC will now sift through all of these sites and assess their suitability for development against a strict set of criteria. The likelihood is that many will fall by the wayside during this initial assessment stage. Those that are found to be potentially suitable will then be included in the next round of public consultation in January 2016, at which point members of the public will have an opportunity to give their opinions as to whether they agree or disagree with CBC’s initial findings.

The possibility of a Solar Park on land in the Maldon District near to Salcott and Great Wigborough had been noted but no application has been submitted as yet. We will contact Maldon District Council to request that we are on the consultation list.

The Borough Councillors have the small funding pot reinstated this year for all their parish councils to request for suitable projects. Resurfacing Moss Hay footpath is one such possible project for Peldon and ideas for Salcott, Virley and Wigs will be discussed.

County Councillor: Budget amendments have taken place to address the shortfall but certain services such as adult social care and children’s services will not be affected. The Essex Superfast Broadband scheme is ahead of schedule and it is planned for 98% of the county to be connected by 2019.

Outstanding road signs are still being constantly chased up for reinstatement.

The Abberton Reservoir Fund is all but allocated or spent but progress reports will be requested on any outstanding amounts allocated but not yet spent. We will write to the water company to express our congratulations on the very successful and brilliant project.

The Local Highways Panel has given the go-ahead for the modifications to the brick built bus shelter in Peldon which will be carried out in due course.

Public-Have Your Say: Item 4 was brought forward for a lengthy discussion. It was said that there were continuing offenders of speeding through Peldon and it was noted that this also occurs through Great Wigborough. The parish council would appreciate motorists taking note of the speed limit when driving through our villages.

Declarations of Interest: None

1.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields: Signage for the new equipment has been installed and other matters are being addressed. Phil proposed John seconded and all agreed to ask Terry to trim back hedges both at the top part of Moss Hay footpath and roadside at Salcott meadow. Quotes will be sought for resurfacing Moss Hay footpath.

2.   Emergency Plan: Postponed to next month.

3.   Standing Orders: Postponed to next month.

4.   Operation of Speed Watch: The parish council would like to request for more people to carry out training to operate the speed watch gun, if anyone is interested please contact the clerk on 01206 735367 or [email protected], there will also be an article on the website and the parish council emailing service. A Police representative will be invited to the next or a future meeting to advise and discuss the operational technics and the main purpose of the scheme.  

5.   Neighbourhood Watch Schemes: The parish council also requests for any interested parties for this to be operational in one or all of our villages (contact clerk details as above) and following sufficient interest a meeting with a knowledgeable representative will be organized. 

6.   Donations to Churches: Phil proposed, John seconded and all agreed to donate £200 as usual to each of the 4 churches in our villages for the churchyards upkeep.

7.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way – Negotiations are still taking place for some of the permissive bridleways but all walks are now officially open. Hazel screening has been installed at passing places in School Lane to deter bird watchers filling up the lay-bys.

8.   Broadband – update.

9.   Actions and Reminders List – update.

Planning Applications:

1511115Proposal: Alteration of existing garage outbuildings to form 2 bed dwelling at Bucklands, Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough5
150877Proposal: Restore an out building to its original function as a stand-alone studio. Remove asbestos roof and replace with reclaimed clay tiled roof, with 2 Velux roof-lights replacing current corrugated plastic roof-light and render end wall. Demolish poor-quality brick, timber and blockwork extension and level floor at Cob Cottage, The Street, Salcott5

Planning Decisions:

150625Proposal: Removal of 3 no. existing barns/piggeries and hard standing to be replaced with a re-sited proposed feed and storage barn at The Grove, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough – Approve conditional


101834 R S Pullen – June salary£375.65
101835 T Simmons – play insp, 2 grass cuts£120.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 14th July 2015 at 7.30pm at Peldon Village Hall


Seawall Repairs at Tolleshunt D’Arcy

Damaged Clay Embankment

Seawall Repairs – Old Hall Farm, Tolleshunt D’Arcy

The Envionment Agency have advised that during a routine survey they have identified a section of sea wall that is in poor condition and requires repair.  This work will be taking place over the next few weeks (weather permitting).  The following are extracted from their factsheet.


Where is this work happening?
We will be carrying out repair works to
approximately 20m of clay seawall adjacent to
the steel piled defence wall at the end of Old Hall
Lane, Old Hall Farm.

Where is this work happening?

The Agency will be carrying out repair works to approximately 20m of clay seawall adjacent to the steel piled defence wall at the end of Old Hall Lane, Old Hall Farm.

What will we be doing?

The existing clay embankment has eroded and slipped reducing the current standard of flood protection it provides to the local area. We will re-profile the clay seawall back to the correct height and install Gabion basket scour protection to the seaward face of the seawall. The rock filled Gabion’s will provide toe and anchor support to the seawall preventing further erosion and slippage. Gabions also provide a useful refuge for many types of wildlife. To complete these works safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to use some machinery both on the site and to access the site. We appreciate that this may be unsightly and we will work hard to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.

Why are we doing the work?

This important work is being delivered to help safeguard people, property and arable land in the local area of Tolleshunt D’Arcy.




PAWS June – Gardens & Jokes

david clarke and gen fretwell

David Clarke & Gen Fretwell, President

PAWS June Report – A Garden Holiday Experience

Six visitors joined our meeting on Tuesday 24th June when David Clarke came along to entertain us with “A Garden Holiday Experience”.

He started his talk with a joke relaying a story about a Grand Mother who was looking after her 2 year old Grandson who wanted to go out into the garden.  She was horrified some time later to find him with a slug in his mouth.  Asking him what it tasted like he replied “like worms granny!”  We all laughed and then David went on with his slide show involving gardens in Shropshire and Cheshire.  These included Ashwood Nurseries, Stockton Bury Gardens, Herefordshire, Cruckford House, and Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire and finished with the Tatton Park Flower Show in Cheshire.  His slides were amazing and made most us of most envious of the wonderful gardens and displays of flowers etc.  David finished how he started, with another joke about a man who went into a flower shop to buy flowers for his wife.  As he didn’t seem to know what he wanted to buy flowers Pasadena TX, he just simply said “Tell me what you have done!”

Another very informative and entertaining evening.

Our next get together is on 22nd July when we are having our annual social night. This year’s theme is County and Western, so grab your cowboy boots for a spot of line-dancing. Currently membership is full but visitors are very welcome at the cost of £5.00 which includes a light supper and refreshments.  Pre-booking is requested by calling one of the undermentioned.

Details of all our meetings and speakers can be found on the diary of the home page of the Winstred 100 website.  If you would like further information about P.A.W.S please ring one of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510, Jane Banks 01206 735004 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.


PC Minutes 10th June 2014


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 June 2014

Present: Charles Dymond, Jinny Gale, John Walker, Rob Surface, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, Bob Holmes, Nicky Ellis, Andrew Ellis, 7 members of the public and Robert Davidson came later on.

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley

The Annual Parish Assembly

MP Report: A report from Priti Patel MP was circulated.

Zone Wardens or Police Report: None received

Chairman’s report: A summary of the report was read giving thanks to many and stating our achievements throughout the year, particularly the broadband project and new grant funded play equipment at Peldon.  Numerous planning applications have been considered and commented on and many meetings of other groups and bodies have been attended. The team have continually reported on various highways issues including flooding potholes, speeding etc, keeping our residents informed and dealing with any queries they have had on any matter. The report will be on our website in its entirety.

Public: Concern was expressed that a hedge should remain in place where the new houses are being built in Peldon. Also it was confirmed that there will be only one entrance to the houses from Lower Road. A complaint raised about inconsiderate garden fires in Church Road will be followed up with CBC Environmental Team. Overhang on a footpath in Peldon will also be dealt with. Concern was expressed about the overgrown verges particularly at junctions which is being chased up for a date when these will be trimmed back.

Parish Council AGM

Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed for Charles to be chairman for the next two years, he then took the chair for the remainder of the meeting and gave thanks and appreciation to Nicky for her term as chair and hoped he could follow her excellent example.

Nicky proposed, Netty seconded and all agreed for Lynne to be vice-chairman for the next two years.

Jinny proposed, Phil seconded and all agreed for the clerk to continue as Financial and Responsible Officer.

Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed for John Walker to be co-opted on to the parish council for Salcott.

Rob and Bob were both welcomed on to the parish council and thanks were given to Jane and Andy for their terms of office.

All Declaration of Acceptance of Office forms were duly completed and Notice of Registerable Interests forms given out.

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

Borough Councillors: Having lost an appeal the storage of items on land adjacent to Rowses Farm is to be removed immediately or if not removed it is hoped for a prosecution. The agents for the proposed solar park are now considering a slightly different location site. Potholes and repairs are steadily being done with an increased number of work gangs with priority routes completed first followed by smaller ones. Jet patching is used sometimes with generally good results. A section of the B1022 will be closed for 5 weeks due to repairing of collapsed drains, and traffic will be diverted accordingly. 

Declarations of Interest: Lynne for item 5. Salcott telephone box

1.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields – repairs needed at the Salcott playground have now been completed. The Peldon site will be brought up to date shortly including addressing problems of bird droppings on the swing seats and weeds.  Phil proposed, Bob seconded and all agreed to add £200 from parish council funds to the grant we have secured for the rubber chippings for the Peldon playground surface.

2.   Email protocol – our list of dos and don’ts when emailing was agreed to be current and still appropriate.  

3.   Our Standing Orders and Code of Conduct – an updated version will be circulated in due course. 

4.   Horse riding on Pete Tye Common – following complaints about horse riders making deep  ruts along the footpaths a discussion followed and it was agreed that walkers and horse riders have used this common successfully together for many years therefore a suggestion of strimming a wider footpath was thought to be a good plan of action at this time. 

5.   Salcott Telephone Box – the offer from Mr and Mrs Simmons to maintain the phone box was accepted and a formal agreement will be drawn up. 

6.   Actions and Reminder List – updated

7.   Broadband – The Wigboroughs should be up and running by the end of July and there will be a launch event for Salcott and Layer Breton in September. 

8.   Local Government Boundary Commission – Colchester Electoral Review asks for ideas and suggestions supported by logical reasoning for boundary changes, the website has an interactive map for use. This consultation period ends on 4th August 2014.

Planning Applications:
144811Proposal: Detached double garage at Longacres, School Lane, Great Wigborough 
144792Proposal: Variation of a condition 2 (approved drawings) following grant of planning permission (120074) at Thornfleet, Church Road, Peldon
144847Proposal: Single storey dependent relative annexe and structural support to existing dwelling (resubmission 130557) at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
144849Lawful development certificate for existing use of dwelling with agricultural occupancy condition as ordinary residential use at Firs Cottage, Mersea Road, Peldon
144754Proposal: Change of roof design to match with the existing side ridge levels at Hollies, School Lane, Great Wigborough
144885Proposal: For prior notification of agricultural or forestry development – proposed steel portal frame building for machinery and crop at Sampsons Farm, Sampsons Lane, Peldon
Planning Decisions:
142473Proposal: Listed building application for various internal and external alterations at Peldon Rose<Approve conditional
143677Proposal: Erection of single storey rear conservatory extension at Ashleigh, Lower Road, PeldonApprove conditional
144576Proposal: Demolish existing garage and erection of new detached garage/carport and alteration to bedroom 1 providing sliding patio door and Juliette balcony at Whitethorns, Mersea Road, PeldonApprove conditional
144885as abovePrior Approval Required (Approved)

101770 Salcott PCC – churchyard upkeep£200.00
101771 Great and Little Wigborough PCC – churchyards upkeep£400.00
101772 Peldon PCC – churchyard upkeep£200.00
101773 R S Pullen – clerk’s salary for June£367.57
101774 EALC – Councillor Training days x 4£268.00
101775 T Simmons – play insp and repairs, grass and hedge cuts, noticeboard£313.75


The next meeting will be on Tues 8th July 2014 at 7.30pm at Salcott Village Hall


PC Minutes 11th June 2013


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:


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



Listed Building application for above



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


Planning Decisions:


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



St Mary’s Peldon PCC – churchyard upkeep donation



Gt & Lt Wigs PCC – churchyards upkeep donation



Salcott St Mary’s PCC – churchyard upkeep donation



EALC – councillor course



R S Pullen – salary for June



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


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


PC Minutes 14th June 2011


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 14th June 2011.

Present: Nicky Ellis, Charles Dymond, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, Les Lapwood, John Walker, Kevin Bentley and 7 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Terry Sutton, Jane Banks, Andrew Ellis

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

Borough Councillors: The Big Society Fund is for all community groups, parish councils, village halls, etc. They can all apply for funding.

Owing to a new keen employee at CBC our long awaited ‘Flood Summit Meeting’ will probably take place in July. The main object of this meeting is to try and establish who owns which culvert, whether it is Anglian Water, a property owner or some other body.

There have been complaints about the new inferior black refuse bags which are to encourage less food waste that costs CBC huge amounts of money for landfill sites. Non disposable food boxes are a possibility that will be looked into.  CBC is against wheelie bins at this time particularly as new emptying lorries would be required.

The Abberton Reservoir works will intensify shortly on the causeway creating the bund. There was a short period when work was starting too early which was stopped.  Bridle paths will be put in at the end of the programme.  We and the other surrounding villages need to make requests for footpaths.  The suggested Education Centre would appear to be an unnecessary addition to the Visitors Centre.

Public-Have Your Say: Wheelie bins suggested, who can apply for funding, fencing Salcott creek requested, better maintenance of Salcott play area and more frequent cutting of Salcott meadow also requested.

Declarations of Interest: None

1. Individual roles for individual Parish Councillors – a list has been drawn up after certain councillors have shown a particular interest in certain roles but all matters must be reported back on and discussed by everyone. Likewise, any meetings attended should be reported back to the parish council. The responsibility for all matters remains with all the councillors.

2. Training – will be discussed further at the next meeting. The Essex Broadband Implementation Conference at Coggeshall Village Hall on Monday 18th July at 7.15pm will be attended by four representatives on our behalf.

3. Salcott Meadow/Creek – requests for fencing along the creek had been received which was discussed at length.  We have had advice from RoSPA some time ago and more recently from Anglia Inspection Services that this is not a good idea as it could create a problem in itself.  Good signage, life rings, a barrier of weed growth and adult responsibility is the answer.  A hedge was also suggested. More professional advice will be sort.

4. Copt Hall walks – some have been fenced off by the National Trust and Natural England to protect nesting birds.  It was felt that at least the main circular walk should be accessible.  Therefore we will write to these bodies to express our dissatisfaction, especially as a coastal walk round the whole country is being encouraged.

5. Playgrounds and Salcott meadow grass cutting – we have received several complaints about the bad condition of Salcott play area.  There are several jobs that have not been carried out from the annual inspection report and some from the previous year’s report. Painting, fence posts, the entrance gate closure and clearance of weeds and nettles were the main items needing immediate attention.  The site at Peldon is in good order.  The painting at Salcott will be done next week, gate spring and buffer and new swing seats will be ordered and fitted and all the other outstanding jobs will be carried out in the next month.  These play areas are now being monitored by two appointed councillors who will keep a close eye on things and report back as and when necessary. There was a complaint that Salcott meadow needed more frequent grass cuts.  Advice was given for the public to ask when it was felt necessary.

6. Dog Fouling on Moss Hay – has improved greatly due to the hard work of Peldon councillors and a letter written from CBC to the main perpetrator.

7. Donations to Churchyards Upkeep – Phil proposed, Charles seconded and all agreed to continue this year with the same donations as previous years but add a note to the effect that the parish council may feel the need to reduce this next year.

8. Affordable Housing – following Moira’s response to the parish council and at her suggestion two councillors will meet her to discuss ways to improve the number of future questionnaire returns.

9. Wigboroughs Village Hall – a meeting was held in Great Wigborough Church which was well attended to explain the new constitution and vote on 2 resolutions. A ballot was carried out for a new working Management Committee which can begin work after the volunteers are signed off and a certain period of time has elapsed.

10. CALC meeting was not attended this time but the minutes will be circulated to councillors when they are received. Broadband was discussed and possible high points were suggested for siting of aerials to increase broadband quality.

11. Planning Issues – Enforcement Training Session was attended by three of us and although found useful, some of the policies were rather disheartening with too many inconsistencies and for poor action taken when flawed retrospective applications are submitted and simply get the go ahead.

12. Actions and Reminders List including Salcott bus shelter – the wood for the alterations will be chased up and contact made with ECC to iron out any misunderstanding that has arisen re the bus stop at Peldon.


    110912 Proposal: Extension to provide accommodation for dependant relative at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

    110997 Proposal: Additional dormer windows and amended chimney breast and stack to existing approved extension to dwelling at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

    Notice of Planning Decisions:

    110534 Proposal: Change of use of land to domestic equestrian use, construction of a manege and retention of store building at 2 Sherwins Cottages, Abbots Wick Lane, Great Wigborough – Permission Granted

    102560 Proposal: Retrospective application for amendments to agricultural building and loose material covered farm track at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott – Permission Granted

    110482 Proposal: Change of use from C3 dwelling house to A2 offices at 2 Abbotts Hall Cottages, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough – Permission Granted

    Certificate of Lawful Use or Development

    110554 Proposal: Rear facing dormer over converted garage to form dressing room at The Anchorage, Lower Road, Peldon


    101608 – R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for June                                                                £353.53

    101609 – T Hedger – cut to Salcott hedge                                                               £48.00

    101610 – T Simmons – cut of Salcott meadow and play insp                                        £70.00

    The next meeting will be held at Peldon Village Hall on Tues 12th July 2011 at 7.30pm


    PAWS – June Report

    paws31 members and 3 visitors attended our June meeting where Piers Graham from Fintry Wines provided us with a selection of 9 wines for our Wine Tasting.  Piers has been in the business for 10 years originally setting up on Mersea but recently he has moved to Colchester. He currently has 650 wines available to buy online on his website, the most expensive being Penfold Grange at a cost of £175 a bottle (and he has 17 of these). The wines he had selected for us to try came from lesser known areas of France, mainly from the South West Costal areas, and from the Vin De Pays d’oc region, more commonly known as French Country Wines and very nice they were too hic!

    Next month, as it’s the peak summer month August, there is no meeting but we will be back to normal on September 28th when we will be “Hop Picking at Horseman’s Den” with Barbara Faulkner returning once again.  As usual we meet at 7.30pm in Peldon Village Hall, Church Road, Peldon. Membership is currently closed but visitors are very welcome at a cost of £3.50 and a waiting list is in operation.

    In the meantime we have our annual croquet night on the 13th July and a visit to the Town Hall and Hollytrees on the 16th August to look forward to.

    If you would like any further information about P.A.W.S. please ring any of us on any of the following numbers. Alice 01206 735510, Jane 01206 735004, Julia 01206 735053 or Sue 01206 735212


    PC Minutes 9th June 2009


    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 June 2009.

    Present: Kevin Bradshaw, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale, Frances Fergus, Jane Banks, Nicky Ellis, Sam Knill Jones, Kevin Bentley, John Jowers and 3 public

    Apologies for absence: Robert Davidson

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

    Borough and County Councillors: The CBC Tree Policy is being revised. The last planning application for Bellwood is being considered. The Tour Cycle of Britain is coming to Colchester on June 18th, and the roads will be closed early that day.

    The Shoreline Management Plan is being revised covering planning powers out to sea, who can take which oysters and passing the seawall maintenance to farmers and also making the seawall more accessible to all but, therefore, it is hoped that the farmers would be compensated.  The government have suggested our area could take even more new housing which John is completely opposed to.  72% of our county is rural and we need to try and prevent more post offices and high street banks, etc being closed in our villages.

    We congratulated Kevin and John on winning their elections.

    Public – Have Your Say: Flooding in Salcott Street and at the crossroads is still a problem when there is heavy rain. Pipe work and ditches seem to be causing the problem. ECC Highways will be contacted again for a site meeting to discuss what needs to be done

    Declaration of Interest: There were none

    1. Financial Report 08/09 – was proposed by Phil, seconded by Nicky and all agreed to approve them.  Our thanks go to Steve Copeland, yet again, for internally auditing them for us.
    2. Standing Orders – due to illness this is postponed till next month.
    3. Playgrounds including new equipment for Peldon – weeds in the play areas have been sprayed off.  The work deemed necessary in the annual inspection reports is being addressed.  The proposed new play equipment for Peldon was discussed at length and the quote we had been pursuing with CBC’s advice was thought to be too expensive and elaborate for the few children we are catering for, although we will try and identify the number of children who use this play area. Phil proposed, Frances seconded and all agreed to get other quotes for a smaller scale project.  Another source of funding will be looked into.
    4. Moss Hay footpath – we have two quotes for resurfacing etc. but these need to be clarified as to what exactly they are quoting for before we proceed.
    5. Planning Process Review – we are waiting for dates from CBC for planning courses for us to attend. Nicky proposed, Sam seconded and all agreed that in future each parish will write one unified reply that will then be agreed by all the parish councillors for a response that considers planning laws only. Large applications will be discussed by all. This will be returned electronically if possible.  If a parish councillor disagrees with the majority he or she is, of course, entitled to write in independently, not from the parish council. A trial period was requested and so we will reassess our progress in a few months.
    6. Abberton Reservoir Meeting – took place with Sue Jackson from CBC Planning Dept. to discuss the 106 agreement and how this can be applied to this application. Any money will be used for projects in areas where there has been immediate affect from this expansion.
    7. Wigborough Village Hall – has been boarded up for safety reasons.  The Charities Commission, who keeps control of this hall for the people of Wigborough, has been contacted about nominating new trustees and we are waiting for their reply.
    8. Archie’s retirement – we would like to express enormous thanks to Archie for doing so much, so well and for so long for us.  We will miss him. We will advertise for replacements.
    9. Gold Edition of Parish Magazine – we have put our annual report which includes the financial report and councillor contact details in the May edition of the Peldon and Wigs Parish Magazine and it will be delivered to every household in our villages including Salcott and Virley.  There was an omission with the front cover in not mentioning the latter villages and that the parish council had sponsored the extra pages and we apologies for this error.

    Notice of Planning Decisions:

    090357 Replace existing internal glazed door and side panels with timber-framed glazed double doors at Cobb Cottage, The Street, Salcott – Consent Granted


    101477  Carolyn O’Keeffe – prize winner in VDS questionnaire draw                           £100.00

    101478  EALC – Freedom of Information course                                                        £34.00

    101479  R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for June                                                                £350.02

    101480  ECC – Salcott salt box                                                                             £350.00

    101481  Nathalie Champion – prize winner in VDS questionnaire draw                          £50.00

    101482  A Moore – play insp. and repairs                                                                 £50.00

    101483  Salcott PCC – churchyard upkeep                                                             £200.00

    101484  Gt & Lt Wigborough – churchyards upkeep                                                £400.00

    101485  Peldon PCC – churchyard upkeep                                                             £200.00

    101486  Mrs N Ellis – refreshments for VDS meetings                                                £13.16

    101487  Craig Stacey – VDS questionnaire prize winner                                             £25.00

    101488  Rachel Lee – VDS questionnaire prize winner                                               £50.00

    101489  T Simmons – boarding up Gt Wig village hall, 2 grass cuts, 1 play insp            £365.00

    The next meeting will be at Peldon Village Hall on Tuesday 14th July 09 at 7.30pm

    The Parish Council is looking for a person to carry out monthly playground checks at Peldon and also we would like to have a list of names for small maintenance type jobs that we can call on for bids as and when the jobs materialise. This is paid work and our insurance covers people whilst doing the work.  If anyone is interested please contact the clerk Sue Pullen 01206 735367 or any parish councillor.