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PAWS November – Experiences of a Puppy Walker

angusangus-and-marjory-culhamNearly 40 members and 8 visitors came along to our November meeting to meet Angus and his Puppy Walker Marjory Culham. Marjory has worked with 23 dogs on behalf of Guide Dogs for the Blind and explained how it all works. Guide Dogs for the Blind are the largest dog breeders with 250 brood bitches. Puppies are weaned at six and half weeks old at the centre in Warwickshire before going to their “Puppy Walkers” who will look after them until they are 12/14 months old before they then go on to full training at Woodford Green where the real work begins. She explained how she taught them to be house trained (busy or big busy being the terms used) and learning to respond to their name as well as learning skills like using stairs, lifts, going to church, shopping etc. It was important that the puppies got used to different environments and noises. There is a 70% success rate in the dogs being trained with some not making the grade and being rehomed with other departments or the general public. She herself has a Labrador who wasn’t successful as a Guide Dog. There were lots of questions at the end as everyone was interested in this wonderful charity.

There is no meeting in December but we have Christmas Dinner on 9th December at Clarice House in Colchester. So it only remains for the committee to wish all our members and loyal visitors a Merry Christmas and A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Our next get together is January 27th when we welcome back our speaker John Lilley “The Storyteller”. Membership is closed but visitors are welcome at a cost of £5.00 which includes refreshments.

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 11th November 2014


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 November 2014

Present: John Walker, Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Charles Dymond (chair), Jinny Gale, Bob Holmes, Rob Surface, Kevin Bentley and 4 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Nicky Ellis, Andrew Ellis, Robert Davidson

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

Police Report – received covering all Colchester

Zone Wardens Report – none received

Public-Have Your Say – Speeding along Lower Road in Peldon was discussed further and statistics have been collected emphasising this matter. The speed camera has been in operation but although this may deter some drivers it does not entirely solve the problem.

Borough and County Councillors: ECC will be approached to ask what options are available in an attempt to reducing the speeding in Peldon (as above).  Salcott issues regarding signs are being addressed and further missing signs in Great Wigborough will be chased up plus the request to remove a brown sign as it not relevant any longer. A ditch along Maldon Road where vehicles can drop into easily will be reported for assessing for possible solutions and likewise a section of Mersea Road in Peldon.  We are encouraged to have our say for the second consultation on the draft recommendations for the Electoral Boundaries.  We will repeat our request that all the villages of Winstred Hundred are in the same ward and not split as they are now.

Declarations of Interest: None

1.   Speeding matters – as above at Public and County Councillor

2.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields – are in good order and the Community Working Group has been approached requesting them to install the rubber surface at Moss Hay playground, hedge trimming work and removal of plastic collars on trees on Pete Tye Common and possibly ditch clearance work. Signage for the new equipment on Moss Hay will be made and erected shortly and we expressed our thanks to Robert Kean for fitting bird prevention wire above the swings.  Phil proposed, Bob seconded and all agreed for Terry to purchase the baby seat and bolts and install at Salcott playground.

3.   Salcott Telephone Box – lighting has been installed enabling the box to be insured which will be done shortly.

4.   Parish Council Thank You Letters – Names were suggested and letters will be sent in due course to those who are greatly appreciated for their voluntary contribution to the community.

5.   Peldon Bus Stops/Shelter/Curbs – following a site meeting Peldon councilors would value a site meeting with the ECC Passenger Transport Manager to explain their concerns and requests for all the bus stops in Peldon which will be arranged if possible.

6.   Abberton Reservoir – the Community Fund is now spent and there will be an open event at Peldon Village Hall in February 2015 for the public to view and discuss the proposed Rights of Way.

7.   Broadband – Salcott launch event is now postponed until mid to late January next year due to other pressing commitments.

8.   Actions and Reminders List – updated

101797 Greener than Green – Salcott playground trees£250.00
101798 Mr B Gooding – play insp£30.00
101799 R S Pullen – expenses (phone, paper, ink, etc.)£254.20
101800 R S Pullen – November salary£367.57
101801 T Simmons – play insp, paint bus shelter, light phone box£83.63

The next meeting will be on Tues 9th Dec 2014 at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough


PC Minutes 12th November 2013


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 12th November 2013

Present: Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis, Charles Dymond, Jane Banks, John Walker, Andy Beharrell, Andrew Ellis, 2 from County Broadband and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley, Police

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

Police Report was read out and there were several crimes and incidents in Peldon and the Wigboroughs but none in Salcott and Virley.

Borough Councillors: The meeting on flooding matters has been held up slightly by a change of staff.  Nearly all the S106 money from the building work in Peldon has now been paid to CBC.  There had been some fly tipping in Great Wigborough and we are very grateful to the Zone Wardens who cleared it up and an address was found amongst the rubbish which may be helpful in finding the culprit.  We also give our thanks to them and Rob (Pullen) for fixing a couple of road signs.

Public-Have Your Say: Enquiries were made about the proposed 40 mph limit for Mersea Road in Peldon and up to the Strood which will be followed up.

Declarations of Interest: None

1.  CBC Zone Wardens – were not present but we have thanked them for the great job of installing the (gift) bench on Moss Hay and also for fixing the road sign.

2.  Broadband update – from Lloyd Fenton, County Broadband who reported that there had been much activity on our project behind the scenes but there had been several hurdles to overcome.  Although the Diocese has been supportive with regard to the use of Peldon Church tower, the Chancellor has had a number of queries that each takes time to resolve.  The money paid to them so far is still banked in readiness for the start of installing the equipment. 

3.  Playgrounds and Playing Fields – work has been brought up to date as much as possible with the weather as it is now.  Terry Sutton has kindly agreed for us to use the Peldon S106 monies for the 2 new pieces of equipment on Moss Hay.  This part of the money can only be used for sport, leisure and recreation and only in Peldon, and therefore this new equipment is an ideal use.  Further quotes will be obtained for framework and grant application form purposes.  The leaflet on the Church timetable of events plus information about this play equipment has now been delivered to all the houses in Peldon, thanks to John for printing and the Peldon team for delivering. 

4.  Planning Archiving – owing to our dissatisfaction of the way CBC Planning Department make it very difficult to look back at even fairly recent planning applications, decisions and conditions we will write a letter to them with computer knowledge suggesting how they could improve the matter which will also be sent to CALC for their support.   

5.  Abberton Reservoir Community Fund, Rights of Way Meeting – no reports from meetings.  It was agreed unanimously for Phil to continue to be our representative on the committees of the various Reservoir Liaison Groups.  He asked for this to be clarified or others take over if they so wish as, in due course, he will be adding to his Declarations of Interest form that he will be renting to farm some of the Water Board’s land. 

6.  Actions and Reminders List – updated 

Planning Applications:
132070 Proposal: Erection of an outbuilding containing a swimming pool, gym and home cinema, resubmission of 131315 at Hall Barn, Peldon Road, Peldon 
132137 Application for variation of Condition 10 following grant of planning permission F/COL/01/1140 at Gable Lodge, Malting Road, Peldon 
Against Enforcement Notice issued by CBC at field west of Rowses Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough 
Against CBC’s refusal of application for erection of an outbuilding containing swimming pool, gym and home cinema at Hall Barn, Peldon Road,Peldon 
Appeal Decisions:
Proposal: Alterations and extensions to first floor over the existing single storey element to provide an additional bedroom and en-suite facility at Honeywood, Mersea Road, PeldonAppeal Allowed – Permission Granted


101741R S Pullen – salary for Nov plus backdated pay£381.82
101742CBC – installation of bench on Moss Hay by Zone Wardens£156.00
101743T Simmons – 2 x play insp.£60.00
101744Fenland Leisure Products – climbing frame rope£137.94

The next meeting will be on Tues 10th December 2013 at 7.30pm at Peldon Village Hall


PC Minutes 13th November 2012


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 13th Nov 2012.

Present: Charles Dymond, Jinny Gail, John Walker, Nicky Ellis (chair), Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, Andrew Ellis, 1 Police Officer and 6 members of public

Apologies for absence: Jane Banks, Kevin Bentley

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

Borough Councillors: They have received a complaint about lack of passing places along School Lane in Great Wigborough which will be looked into with ECC Highways.  They have also received requests for ‘No Through Road’ signage at the crossroads end of The Street at Salcott which will also be brought to the attention of ECC Highways along with the other signs that are still missing.  Simon High, CBC Land Drainage, has produced a map of critical areas for receiving or having received attention with regard to flooding.

Public-Have Your Say: Moving the bus stop at Church Road/ Malting Road was enquired about and we have had recent notification that new funding is available so ECC will hopefully get this project moving again in the not too distant future.  The large puddle there also needs addressing.  St Ives gets flooded easily now as the culvert there needs attention so letters will be written to land owners.  Various footpaths in and around Peldon are blocked or have been ploughed so that they are not useable which will be brought to the attention of the appropriate people.  Overhanging trees at Moss Hay footpath will be looked at for appropriate remedial work.

Declarations of Interest: None

  1. Police there had been some fairly minor traffic accidents and one theft of a wallet left in an insecure office.   
  2. Playgrounds and Playing Fields – Salcott goal post need straightening and this will be carried out in the spring as the ground is too wet now.  The rubber clippings have now been installed and provide an excellent surface for the Salcott playground. 
    Weeding needs to be carried out at Peldon playground which will be addressed.
    The Community Service has made a very good start on clearance work at Moss Hay with more to follow.  
  3. Zone Wardens and Highway Rangers – Zone Wardens will be thanked for the clearance work carried out at Peldon around The Glebe and The Plough.  We have asked the Highways Rangers if they can tackle road surface issues at Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough. 
  4. Meetings for 2013 – Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed that we should, for the forthcoming year, hold a third of our parish council meetings at the new meeting rooms at Essex Wildlife Trust, Abbotts Hall Farm at Great Wigborough starting with the January meeting if this is convenient with them.  The rate for us is very favourable.
  5. Borough Councillor Funds for community projects – this being available for Wigboroughs and/or Salcott and Virley, but we have no suitable new projects at present as maintenance would inevitably follow and therefore feel that other villages may use the money for things they require.
  6. Gold Magazine Edition – sadly, due to our finances being cut this coming year, Phil proposed, Lynne seconded and all agreed that we would not sponsor a Gold Edition Magazine next year for our annual reports.  It is not a statutory requirement but never-the-less we will ensure that these reports are on our website and the noticeboards and we would request that more join our email service where these reports will be sent out automatically.  Please contact the clerk if you wish to receive this emailing service.   
  7. Broadband – this new high speed service that John has been working on so diligently is to be launched in January 2013 if all goes to plan.
  8. Cul-de-sac signs for Salcott – ‘No Through Road’ signage will be requested from ECC Highways.  There is already a red T sign but is evidently not obvious enough. 
  9. Virley Councillor Vacancy – a leaflet to drop in all eligible houses (Wigboroughs, Salcott and Virley) is being produced including an invitation to our December or January meeting.
  10. Parish Transportation Meeting – was not attended
  11. Fireworks Display – took place very successfully and thanks are given to all those who helped at some point or another.  Huge thanks are given to Robert and Liz Davidson for the use of their land, their help with parking, etc and much more.
  12. Actions and Reminders List – updated

Planning Decisions:

121245 Proposal: To erect shed measuring about 2.4M x 3M x 2M high at peak of roof in the garden to the south of the house. To be installed on supports driven into the ground. No concrete base at Priests House, Church Road, Peldon – Permission Granted

121561 Proposal: Dependant relative annexe to main dwelling comprising bedroom, bathroom and sitting room, all attached to main dwelling at rear at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott – Permission Granted


101684 EALC – Chairman’s Day 2 Course


101685 Eastern Waste Disposal – rubber clippings for Salcott


101686 R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for November


101687 R S Pullen – clerk’s expenses (paper, ink,  phone, car, etc)


101688 Keith Banks – grass cut on Moss Hay


101689 Terry Simmons – 1 play insp, dealing with bark and rubber, gravel boards


The next meeting will be held at Salcott Village Hall on Tues 11th Dec 2012 at 7.30pm.



PC Minutes 8th November 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 8th November 2011.

Present: Nicky Ellis, Charles Dymond, Jane Banks, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, John Walker and 14 members of the public.

Apologies for absence: Terry Sutton, Kevin Bentley, Andrew Ellis

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

Borough Councillors: A report sent stated that due to the reservoir work birdwatchers were creating a problem by parking in the passing lay-bys in School Lane, Great Wigborough.

Any salt bins without the initial fill up for winter will be reported for action.

The ditch along the top end of the footpath at Butcher’s View, Peldon has been filled with rubble and will be looked onto.

Public-Have Your Say: Missing or broken 30mph signs at Lodge Lane will be reported.  Signs asking people to take care and/or slow down along St Ives Hill will be erected for next year’s fireworks display.

Residents from 2 households in Salcott spoke at length at their dissatisfaction of the Parish Council’s comments on their planning applications.  It was explained to them that we follow planning law guidelines to the best of our ability but occasionally misjudge a situation and get things wrong.  Certain statements made by us were requested to be retracted from the CBC website. One we have agreed on and another will be looked into for accuracy before any appropriate action taken.

Declarations of Interest: None

Items for Discussion

1. Playgrounds – Charles proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed to buy a top-up amount of 100ml depth of rubber clippings for Salcott at a cost of  £750.

    2. Salcott Meadow/Creek – all requested reports from authoritative bodies with regard to the suggestion of fencing off the creek have still not been received but hopefully will be by next month’s meeting.

    3. Police – no report received and we have not heard of any crimes in our villages.

      4. CBC response to Red House meeting questions re withdrawal of Revenue Grant – their answers were deemed unsatisfactory and we will say as much in our reply to the working party and CBC.  Also their request for certain costing of services will be given with a detailed explanation of our circumstances.  CALC meeting will be attended where our thoughts can be discussed with other parish councils.
      5. Abberton Reservoir Liaison Meeting Report – no meeting had taken place

      6. Abberton Reservoir Community Fund Meeting – an application had been submitted for a house in Layer to install double glazing to reduce noise from the works.  This particular work would be finished in a few months so this application was considered by us to be inappropriate for this fund.

      Peldon Church, having submitted an application for a grant from these funds was well represented at our meeting explaining in detail their intentions which included toilet facilities, water supply and storage facilities.  The view from the tower of the reservoir is the main asset plus exhibitions and toilets for walkers and cyclists etc. The plans can be viewed by anybody in the Church.

      Peldon Village Hall is in the process of submitting an application for a grant from these funds towards the building of a new hall.  This will be for the benefit of all the community including reservoir meetings and information displays also car parking facilities.  The Parish Council unanimously agreed to give both these projects its support but it was mentioned that it might be considered that these two applications overlap in certain aspects.

      7. Winter Salt Scheme – having received a pack on distribution of the tonne of salt delivered from ECC Highways to Garr House Farm it was decided that collection for refills of the boxes would be at the discretion of Phil Gladwin on 07973 102146.  Please see note below.

        8. Actions and Reminders List – updated including website and broadband progress.


        111972 Proposal: Demolition of existing single storey extension, erection of two conservatory style extensions to the rear of the property with single storey cloakroom between and detached double garage to the front of the property at The Farmhouse, Abbots Wick Lane, Great Wigborough

        112023 Proposal: 1st floor extension to rear over existing g/floor 2 storey extension to side at The Briars, Peldon Road, Peldon

        Notice of Planning Decisions:

        111074 Proposal: Agricultural building to store hay crop produced by the farm at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott – Permission Refused

        111495 Proposal: Extensions and alterations to existing dwelling at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott – Permission Refused

        111602 Proposal: Conversion of existing, redundant pool house to create new meeting rooms.  Demolition of an existing storage building. Construction of two extensions to accommodate kitchen, cloak and toilet facilities associated with the proposed meeting room at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough – Permission Granted

        111837 Proposal: Retro-fit of PV Solar Array onto flat roof of existing outbuilding at Spital Acre, The Street, Salcott – Permission Granted


        101629 – R S Pullen – clerk’s expenses (paper, ink, postage, etc)                              £269.73

        101630 – R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for November                                                       £353.53

        101631 – Keith Banks – 5 grass cuts on Moss Hay                                                    £200.00

        101632 – Peldon Village Hall – hire                                                                            80.00

        101633 – Mr B Gooding – 3 x play insp                                                                      90.00

        101634 – Suffolk Acre Services – annual insurance including Sparklers                      £1,441.53

        The next meeting will be at Peldon Village Hall on Tues 13th December 2011, 7.30pm

        The Parish Council would like to emphasize that the salt in the boxes is to be used for the highways only and not for homeowners’ paths etc.  It should also be noted that it needs to be applied sparingly and only where necessary.  If everyone is careful and considerate we will hopefully, manage the winter better this year than last.  To collect a refill for an empty box please phone Phil Gladwin on 07973 102146 who has a limited supply.


        PC Minutes 9th November 2010


        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 9th November 2010.

        Present: Les Lapwood, Jane Banks, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Nettie Knill Jones, Nicky Ellis, Charles Dymond, Lynne Simmons, John Walker and 3 members of the public

        Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley, Andrew Ellis, Terry Sutton

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

        Borough Councillors: Some pipe work and jetting has been carried out in Salcott to help with the flooding problem which will be carefully monitored before any further meetings on this matter are organised.

        Bellwood is in the process of being sold.

        Police Report: There had been an attempted theft of an old tractor in Great Wigborough.  More speed checks will be carried out in Great Wigborough and Peldon.  In recent times there has been an overall reduction in crime in this area.

        Public – Have Your Say: Congratulations were expressed to the successful organisation of the fireworks event and in dealing with the wind problem during the evening.

        Declarations of Interest: None

        1. Door to door deliveries – a list of the furthest out houses in Peldon will be compiled so that none are omitted next time we carry out a delivery.
        2. Chairmanship – the order in which we appoint a chairman may change slightly as we have several new parish councillors who would not wish to take on this task so soon.  A decision of the order for the next few years will be made next month.
        3. The Way We Work – with regard to the matter of certain parish councillors taking on certain roles more ideas and discussions are needed and a draft will be circulated for consideration at January’s meeting.
        4. Meetings attended – Village Shop & Pub Day was interesting and informative but probably quite difficult to implement here. The Clerks’ Forum was also interesting with presentations from Census 2011, Digital Strategy for Colchester and Chief Superintendent for the Police on necessary closure of Police premises in preference to cutting down on manpower due to a reduction in funding.
        5. Parish Online pilot scheme – two parish councils out of a possible seven that have applied will be chosen for this pilot scheme and we should hear soon if we are one of them.
        6. Reservoir Community Fund website application is being completed subject to a couple of problems that need sorting out with the online application form.
        7. Revenue Grant reduction – the final decision of the cuts being made and how much we will receive will be decided in the next few weeks. A ‘to date’ finance report will be circulated for an informed discussion at the next meeting.
        8. New Executive Arrangements Consultation – we will reply that our majority vote was for Option One: Leader and Cabinet in preference to Option Two: Directly Elected Mayor and Cabinet.
        9. Flooding enquiry from Nick Humfrey – Environment, Sustainability and Highways are appointing a new employee whose job it will be to try and sort out rainfall flooding problems in the area.
        10. Parking in Salcott has been reported to the police who will investigate in due course and this will be followed up.
        11. Abandoned car in Wigborough Village Hall car park for the third time has been reported and removed.
        12. Peldon Hall Farm – crop spraying that left a deposit on the road and on cars was also detrimental to health. It would seem that a contractor had carried out this work for the farmer who was the landowner.  A resident of Lodge Lane has written to the Environment Health Agency.  Parish Councillors have and will further liaise with residents for us to follow up if required.
        13. Playgrounds – inspection and maintenance reports returned. All quotations for painting Salcott equipment have yet to be received.
        14. Bus shelter at Salcott crossroads – all quotations for alterations yet to be received.
        15. Youth sports equipment – was discussed again and as before it was agreed that this would not be used sufficiently to warrant spending funds on it.
        16. Sparklers evening report – this was a very successful event but not without problems due to the change of wind during the evening. Debris from the bonfire and fireworks blew over the crowd but was dealt with immediately by putting out part of the bonfire and delaying the display briefly whilst moving the fireworks back.  St John’s Ambulance treated several for minor eye irritations. They are always in attendance and this is the first time their services have been called upon. The safety procedures that have always been in place were tried and tested this year and proved successful.
        17. Actions and Reminders List was updated.


          101984 Proposal: Replacement of a derelict conservatory with a single storey extension at Haxells Farm, Peldon Road, Peldon

          101986 Proposal: Listed building application for the above

          Notice of Planning Decisions:

          091245 Proposal: Conservation woodland and meadow with support facilities at Bellwood, Colchester Road, Great Wigborough – Permission Refused

          Correspondence from CBC on Hall Barn, Peldon Road, Abberton


          101574 Peldon Village Hall – hire                                                                               £90.00

          101575 R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for Nov                                                                    £353.53

          101576 B Gooding – 2 x play insp + repairs                                                                £63.24

          101577 Keith Banks – Moss Hay grass cuts x 4                                                           £160.00

          101578 T Simmons – play insp                                                                                  £30.00

          The next meeting will be held at Salcott Village Hall on 14th Dec 2010 at 7.30pm.


          Road Closure – Abberton Road, Langenhoe

          abberton-road-langenhoeEssex County Council has announced the temporary closure of Abberton Road, in the Parish of Langenhoe, from its junction with B1025 Mersea Road to its junction with Fingringhoe Road.

          The closure is scheduled to commence on 9 November 2010 for 1 day and is required for the safety of the public and workforce whilst carriageway resurfacing works are undertaken.

          The alternative route will be via 81025 Mersea Road – Fingringhoe Road and vice versa.  Access for emergency service vehicles and pedestrians will be maintained at all times during the closure.


          PC Minutes 10th November 2009

          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 10th November 2009.

          Present: Kevin Bradshaw, Sam Knill Jones, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale, Jane Banks, Nicky Ellis, Frances Fergus, Kevin Bentley and 5 members of the public.

          Apologies for absence: Robert Davidson

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

          Borough Councillors: A meeting was held to discuss our response to the latest planning application for Bellwood which has now been submitted.  CBC Legal Department are against prosecution so will be questioned on the matter.

          A pipe under the road in Salcott that could be causing problems has been there for approx 25 years so it is probably too long to insist on any alterations to it. The people who put this in have been written to and approached by the parish council for discussion.

          Gritting of Barnhall Hall Road for this winter will be requested yet again and discussed with Tolleshunt Knights Parish Council.

          Abberton Reservoir Liaison meeting to discuss the Transport Plan has been cancelled as ECC Highways would not attend on a Saturday. Near-by parish councils will have a meeting on this matter on 25th November 09.  The contractor has not been named as yet but work is due to start in January. Suggestions for spending the fund money that will be available from the start of the work need to be put forward. The setting up and running costs of our impending website, where reports about the reservoir work will be, is an ideal project for these funds.

          Public- Have Your Say: Some people thought that the roadside hedge cutting at Bellwood has made the corner more dangerous.  Mill Lane curb sweeping seems to have been missed the last time and will be looked into.

          Declarations of Interest: Phil & Kevin with item 3, Phil & Jinny with item 7, Nicky with item 8.

          1. Our annual insurance – Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed to change our insurance policy from Zurich to Zurich via Suffolk Acre. Phil proposed, Frances seconded and all agreed to commit to a 5 year period to reduce the cost even more.
          2. Affordable Housing – we will use the results of our questionnaire for the VDS at next month’s meeting to help us decide how to proceed with this matter.
          3. Moss Hay footpath – having received quotations, Nicky proposed, Frances seconded and all agreed to use Hill Farm Landscapes for this work. An appropriate pole was agreed on and will be ordered. The footpath next to Hosplant has been inspected by ECC and is clear but the bridge along it will receive attention in due course.
          4. BCTV – Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for 2 days work on Moss Hay. Thanks go to Rob Pullen and Andrew Ellis for carrying some work with fallen branches that BCTV would not include in their work. Removal of metal rubbish will be requested.
          5. Playground equipment – Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed to carry out the necessary repairs, including a new see-saw (if included in the grant), as parts for the old one are not now available. Barry’s quote for a monthly maintenance will be discussed next month.  Quotations for a new basket ball pad at Peldon are forthcoming.
          6. New Parish Grant/CIF Scheme 2009/10 – both village halls can apply and we will submit an application for the basket ball pad and see-saw if not in last year’s grant.
          7. Five Parishes Show – sponsorship request will be discussed at the next meeting, possibly in the form of an advert for our new website. Insurance request for inclusion within the parish council policy will be explored.
          8. Communications Committee – our website is progressing well and should soon be up and running.  Further computer training will be sort for the committee members using someone known by us to be good.
          9. The Way We Work – changes to Peldon planning responses process will be made to simplify matters. A Rolling Action List will be put on the agenda last item each month.

          10.  Clerk’s Salary – Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for the clerk’s salary to increase at the rate agreed annually by the National Association of Local Clerks for SCP 22 back dated from April 09.  Lynne proposed, Jane seconded and all agreed for an increase to SCP 23 when the clerk has undergone training and is carrying out the some of the updating of our website.

          11.  CALC –   was attended  and handouts on presentations were obtained.

          12.  Flooding at Salcott was discussed earlier.  Flooding at Wigborough is being dealt with.

          13.  Planning issues – Bellwood was discussed earlier and we have heard from CBC Planning Enforcement with regard to Bluebells newly opened entrance on to Maldon Road.


          091362 Proposal: Demolition of existing single garage and extension to existing chalet bungalow to provide and extra bedroom and living space. 2 storey side extension at Rowans, Church Rd. Peldon

          Notice of Planning Decisions:

          Proposal: Rear extension to existing property, demolish existing utility and dining area to side elevation (east) , also garage and out building to west side of property. Demolish 2 no. garages and re-build double car port at Waterways, Mersea Road,  Peldon – Permission Granted


          101508  R S Pullen  –  clerk’s expenses (petrol, paper, ink, postage, etc.)                               £165.80

          101509  R S Pullen  –  clerk’s fee for November                                                                   £350.02

          101510  Peldon Village Hall  –  hire                                                                                       £80.00

          101511  T Simmons  –  play area insp.                                                                                  £25.00


          The next meeting will be held at Peldon Village Hall on Tues 8th December 09 at 7.30pm


          PC Minutes 12th November 2008


          Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

          Minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Peldon Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 12th November 2008.

          Present: Frances Fergus, Nicky Ellis, Jane Banks, Jinny Gale, Robert Davidson, Phil Gladwin, Kevin Bradshaw, Sam Knill Jones, Lynne Simmons, Kevin Bentley and 2 members of the public.

          Apologies for absence: None

          Minutes of the last meeting were agreed with two alterations:  a) Borough Councilliors’ section should be ‘There will be an investigation and we note there was no money in Icelandic banks on 01/05/08’ (deleting: ‘because they had been advised that it was a bad investment had taken the money out but put it back in some months later’).  b) 6. Meetings and courses attended – adding ‘it was agreed to write to Ian Vipond, Executive Director at CBC, with our concerns about CALC’.  After these amendments the minutes were signed by the chairman.

          Borough Councillors: We are hopeful of Police or PCSO attendance to our meetings now and again, and are expecting a letter from the Police to that effect.

          It has been noted that some people, when moving house, are taking the green plastic waste boxes with them. Please leave them for the next occupant as the boxes are for the property and not the people. There will be a delivery of clear waste sacks fairly soon.

          The Bellwood site is being carefully monitored and we are chasing up the date for the appeal of the last refusal to be heard.

          Public – Have Your Say: If the Police or PCSO are to come to our meetings they must get to know our villages first for this to be of any value.

          Dog mess was taken out of the bin and spread on the children’s slide in the play area.

          Declarations of Interest – None

          1. Abberton Reservoir Planning Application – CBC Planning Committee meeting to discuss this was held on Tuesday 11th Nov 08 at 6pm in the Town Hall and was attended by seven of us. Also in attendance were the full planning committee, Sue Jackson, planning officer for this application, about 10 people from the water company and approximately 36 other people, parish councillors, etc. Sue Jackson  gave a lengthy explanation of the application. Then followed speeches from both sides. Parish councillors, a borough councillor and one or two public members made our case for certain requests and conditions. Phil Gladwin and Kevin Bentley spoke extremely well for us, stating our requests most eloquently for which we thanked them. Phil thanked the parish councillors, friend and clerk for supporting him by being there. Then followed a few speakers in reply from the Water Company. The Planning Committee discussed their views on the matter and the application was passed with conditions to be finalised in great detail. There will be some monitory gain for community benefit and resurfacing roads that is yet to be clarified. Also we and Kevin Bentley will meet again with the Water Board to try to obtain a good package for the local parish councils affected by this application, including a hot line for complaints during the work process.
          2. Sparklers – the event went very well this year with safety being of the utmost importance at all times. We have received a letter from NALC (National Association of Local Councils) in reply to ours with regard to whether or not parish councillors are individually liable and highlight an extract that is the crux of the matter ‘Parish councils are all corporate bodies created by statute or by royal charter. It is the corporate body acting in its own name which undertakes activities conferred on it by statute and is therefore capable of owning or transferring land, entering into contracts and taking or defending legal action.  A body corporate has a separate and distinct legal entity to the individuals who compose and work for it’. We will write back to say thank you but no more assistance is thought necessary.  Robert Kean will be asked to carry out a post event report for all to discuss. It was suggested and considered by all to be a good idea for our chairman to be on the Sparklers Committee.
          3. Local Development Framework Site Allocations – 4 of our parish councillors met with Mark Edgerley, CBC Planning Policy Officer, to discuss our meeting in Peldon village hall and he has summarized our views taken from our summary of the questionnaires and points put forward at our meeting. Mark is to be emailed to change his wording with regard to the closure of Peldon shop from ‘not viable’ to ‘due to ill health’. It was generally considered acceptable for a small number of small houses to be built within our villages.
          4. Clerks annual pay increase – Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for the clerk to receive the pay increase in line with NALC guidelines back dated to April 2008.
          5. Dog bins – unfortunately the promised additional bins were subject to funds which the obtaining of would appear to have been misunderstood at CBC level.  But existing ones may be reallocated so we have put in our suggested sites for 4 new dog bins.
          6. Rose Barn – a letter will be sent to finalize this matter and explain that planning permission is entirely up to CBC.
          7. Communications Committee – have met and have discussed item 8.
          8. Village Design Statement/Appraisal – 12 people have come forward who are willing to help and work to accomplish a VDS or Appraisal. Cost will be kept to a minimum and it will be a combined document for all our villages.
          9. Peldon Hall Frontage – the hedge has been cut.  More to be discussed and dealt with at the next meeting.

          10.  Telephone boxes – we have been informed that Great Wigborough phone box is to stay but that will be confirmed.

          11.  Minutes in parish magazines – we received a request for more contact details of the parish councillors to be put in the Tollesbury and Salcott magazine. We will ask if this can be done.


          081763 Proposal: Listed Building application for change and conversion of first floor storage space to existing outbuilding to a home office with toilet and washing facilities at New Hall, Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough

          081888 Proposal: Outline application for demolition of existing cottage and the construction of residential unit for three autistic adults with complex needs at The Old Rectory, Church Road, Peldon

          081928 Proposal: Removal of condition 13 of 080505 at Peldon Garage

          081654 Proposal: Extension of existing pedestrian crossover ditch to form new vehicle crossover and hardstanding in front garden at The Bungalow, Mersea Road, Peldon has been withdrawn.

          Notice of Planning Decision:

          C/COL/04/0337 Proposal: Change of use from agricultural holding to create a residential curtilage and conversion of former farm building to ancillary domestic use at Harveys Farm, Wigborough Road, Peldon – Permission Granted


          101436  R S Pullen  –  clerk’s fee for Nov 08                                                            £340.67

          101437  Peldon Village Hall  –  hire                                                                         £112.00

          101438  T Hedger  –  cutting Salcott meadow hedge                                                 £40.00

          101439  R S Pullen  –  clerk’s expenses                                                                    £124.50

          101440  A Moore  – play insp. repair picnic table & rope ladder, clean slide                      £75.00

          101441  Keith Banks  –  2 x grass cuts of Moss Hay                                                     £80.00

          101442  T Simmons  –  play insp.                                                                             £25.00

          The next meeting will be at Salcott Village Hall on Tuesday 9th Dec 08 at 7.30pm.