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PAWS October – African Medley


African Medley

Our October meeting saw the return of Dougal Urquhart, ranger at Cudmore Grove, with a talk on “African Medley”.

Dougal and his wife have made four trips to Africa over the last 7 years visiting Gambia, Namibia, Ethiopia and Morocco. He has a passion for bird watching and nature in general preferring to stay at eco-lodges along the way. He showed us a collection of slides of birds including the Red Billed Fire Finch, Grey Heron, Osprey, Red Billed Hornbill and Flamingo, to name but a few. He was also able to show us the rare Ethiopian Wolf which very much resembled a Fox.

Dougal is an excellent speaker and all enjoyed the evening tremendously.

Next meeting – a change

Our next get together is on the 24th November and there is a change to our programme Jackie Marshall-Ward will give us a talk on “Upstairs, Downstairs”.

Visitors are welcome at a cost of £5.00.  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 either of the following committee members: Alice Holmes 01206 735510 or Jane Anderson 01206 735505.


PC Minutes 13th October 2015


Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13th October 2015

Present: Netty Knill-Jones, John Walker, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Jinny Gale, Liz Davidson, Bob Holmes, Andrew Ellis, Kevin Bentley, Grahame Stehle (Neighbourhood Watch Colchester Coordinator) and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Nicky Ellis, Robert Davidson, Zone Wardens

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

Zone Wardens Report: None sent but they will follow up anything that they can deal with for us. They have replaced a broken bin lid at Salcott for which we are very grateful.

Borough Councillor:  A disturbing matter at Virley is being looked into. A planning application will be ‘called in’ to be presented before CBC Planning Committee.

County Councillor: The new ward boundaries will be published on 26th October and elections will take place next May for all Borough Councillors. An application has been submitted to the Local Highways Panel for speed rumble strips to be placed on all 3 roads in Peldon, Lower, Church and St Ives. It was suggested the parish council should reply to the consultation on new Policing expressing our dissatisfaction with certain elements of the new regime following severe cut backs.

Public-Have Your Say: None

Declarations of Interest: Liz Davidson for Item 6.

1.   Neighbourhood Watch – Grahame Stehle gave a very interesting and informative presentation explaining exactly what is involved. The parish council considered such schemes to be a good idea in our villages particularly with the recent local break-ins some have experienced. The next step is to find interested coordinators.

2.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields – Hedge trimming on Moss Hay has taken place and the loose rubber needs addressing when workforce is available. Quotes and funding for refurbishing the footpath are being sought. The Community Group will be contacted again for any suitable work that they can do for us.

3.   Environment Agency Offices – meeting re: Salcott Flooding and following report and subsequent emailing from various sources was discussed. Both Kevin and Andrew will take on certain matters to assist in obtaining some positive action to resolve this on-going problem. All residents are reminded that clearance of boundary ditches, roadside and creek side, are their responsibility and failure to do so can result in prosecution.

4.   S106 Monies and Borough Councillor Fund – new fencing for the Salcott playground will be explored, fitted or not of either wood or galvanized metal.

5.   Public Welcome Sheet – explaining what is requested of the public attending a meeting was decided to be a good idea that we will adopt.

6.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way –

Footpath from Peldon to Wigborough; all opportunities for land to be made available for this popular route have been researched (and are still being discussed) currently there is no immediate prospect for this route to go ahead but we agreed that it was still worth pursuing should an opportunity be presented.

The Parish Council are in favour of upgrading the Essex and Suffolk (ESW) permissive footpath between the top of Lodge Lane and the permissive bridleway adjacent to Pete Tye to permissive bridleway to help ensure safety of horses, riders and other road users. There will be expenditure on screening and drainage here that the Parish Council thought are very worthwhile.

The Parish Council agreed that the ESW permissive footpath (and in part cycle way) around the central section of the Reservoir should be  upgraded to allow disabled access but not to a bridleway and that the Rights of Way Committee should buy a four wheel drive electric wheelchair (to be kept and administered by the Wildlife Trust) for use there.

The Parish Council agreed to support the upgrading of the short section of ESW permissive footpath from near Billets Farm to near Gt. Wigborough Church to bridleway as long as issues at the B 1026 end of this regarding site splay and parking can be resolved to the satisfaction of Essex County Council (ECC) Highways.

7.   Actions and Reminders List – updated, to include a request that all residents consider the Essex Rural Strategy Consultation at

Planning Applications:

152170 Proposal: Living room and bedroom extension at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
152149 Proposal: Erection of single dwelling and garage at Green Farm, The Street, Salcott
152121 Proposal: Outline application for a proposed 3 bedroom dwelling at site adjacent Peartree Cottage, Rose Lane, Salcott

Planning Decisions:

151503 Proposal: removal on condition 02 of planning permission COL/102275/FUL to allow the building to be used as a B1, B2 & B8 at Pantiles Farm, Peldon Road, Abberton – Approve conditional
151650 Proposal: New roof structure, cladding and works at Waterways, Mersea Road, Peldon – Approve conditional
151607 Proposal: Gable roof to right hand projection to create a balanced shape and form to the overall dwelling at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott – Approve conditional


101847 R S Pullen – October salary£375.65
101848Mr B Gooding – play insp£30.00
101849 R J Playle Services – hedge and verge cut on Moss Hay£180.00
101850 Peldon Village Hall – hire£80.00
101851 T Simmons – play insp and grass cut£75.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 10th November 2015 at 7.30pm at Peldon Village Hall


Saltmarsh 75

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The following information on this event was provided to the Parish Council by Saltmarsh 75’s organizers – this looks like being a great event and worth either volunteering or, at least, popping along to track their progress.  The folowing twio downloads might help in either of these endeavours:

Announcement from Maldon District Council (the organizers)

Saltmarsh 75 is a 2 day 75 mile walking/running event covering the entire coastal footpath of the Maldon District. The aim of the event is to raise the profile of the Maldon District and to encourage more visitors to the area.

The event starts at Marsh Farm Country Park, South Woodham Ferrers on Saturday 3rd October 2015, and finishes at Salcott-cum-Virley Village Hall on Sunday 4th October 2015. There will be an overnight stop on Saturday at the Star Inn in Steeple.

Competitors will be making their way through parishes/towns via the coastal footpath, with a few minor diversions, as shown in the table below. A provisional route map can be found on the reverse of the leaflets enclosed. (Ed. see link above)

Saturday 3rd October 2015Sunday 4th October 2015
Stow MariesSteeple
North FambridgeMayland
DengieTolleshunt Major
TillinghamTolleshunt D’Arcy
St lawrenceTolleshunt Knights

Practically, this means that if any of your residents take to the coastal footpath that weekend, they will see a number of unfamiliar faces. There may also be a selection of cars, land rovers and minibuses that travel through your parish in order to transport competitors, marshals and other . support staff. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause you. Please be assured that we will do our very best to cause as little disruption to you and your parish as possible.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could begin informing your residents, and particularly local businesses, of our event. With approximately 200 competitors expected to take part, this presents an excellent opportunity for accommodation providers and local shops to increase their trade out of season. Please encourage them to become involved by displaying some of the leaflets enclosed; if you need more leaflets for your local businesses, please contact us.

lt would be fantastic if local residents came out to cheer on Saltmarsh 75 participants as they pass by and estimated timings for the event are enclosed for this purpose. We are always in need of volunteers for our event, so if any of your residents would like to become more involved, please pass our contact details to them and ask them to get in touch.

If you have any queries please contact us on 01621 854477 or email [email protected]. More information on the event can be found at


PAWS October – Leaf Peepers



Over 40 members and 4 visitors came along to our October meeting to hear the rather intriguingly named talk given by Mr. Ian Rose of “Leaf Peepers in the White Mountains USA”. Ian told us how some years back he and his wife joined a group of like-minded individuals to visit the States in order to hike the White Mountains in the fall and see the wonderful colours that can only be seen at this time of year. The small group had an excellent guide, Eileen, as even though the trails were marked it was still possible to get lost over such terrain.

He had a wonderful collection of slides showing the beautiful shades of autumn on the many Sugar Maple Trees and being a keen Mycologist lots of photos of mushrooms and fungi including the deadly death cap mushroom. The first part of their trip was uneventful but following some torrential rain the weather changed to -10o covering everywhere with a snow like substance and making the ascent to Mount Washington impossible. He told us they stayed in accommodation belonging to the Appalachian Mountain Club, they had to bunk sometimes 30 to a room, and the beds were 4 high, and as they were made of timber, and there were no stoves, due to fire risk, so therefore they were unable to have hot food or even a bath for most of the trip!  Sheer bliss when they finally were able to bathe.

Again, another interesting evening.

Our next get together is November 25th when our speaker Mrs Culham is going to tell us all about “Guide Dog Puppy Walking”.

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 14th October 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 14th October 2014

Present: Bob Holmes, Rob Surface, John Walker, Charles Dymond (chair), Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis, Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, Andrew Ellis, Robert Davidson, Rights of Way Study Project Officer – Yan-Yee Lau and 6 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley, Jinny Gale

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

Police Report – None received but we know of several burglaries in Great Wigborough mainly along Maldon Road and mainly from outbuildings.  Following the notification of nonattendance to our meetings in future a letter will be written to the Police Crime Commissioner to express our disappointment at this decision. Any results or convictions of reported crimes were requested and this will be looked into.

Zone Wardens Report – None received but they are always ready to take up appropriate jobs for us where ever they can.

County Councillor – Report received stating that many of the road defects have been repaired and further work is on-going. Essex Means Business is a new campaign set up to promote Colchester in the business arena.

Borough Councillors – will also write to the Police about nonattendance to parish council meetings. Several missing road signs and the dislodged manhole cover at Salcott crossroads will be followed up.  NAP (Neighbourhood Action Panel) meetings are held at West Mersea Town Council offices where the police are currently in attendance and we will endeavour to attend the next one in December.  ECC Highways Panel has money to allocate for highways improvements and we are encouraged to submit ideas for this area. Many power lines are being repaired at present so disruption to certain roads must be expected. We are requested to forward any problem flooding areas as and when they arise.

Public-Have Your Say – Speeding is particularly bad coming from the old garage corner along Lower Road in Peldon and Community Speed Watch will be contacted for using the gun again and more volunteers encouraged to achieve the required training for its use.  A certain footpath was spoken about but this is thought to have been dealt with. Ditch clearance was regarded as necessary along the Church Road and Malting Road vicinities and so CBC will be contacted for possible work or writing to homeowners. The Community Work Party will also be contacted for various jobs in Peldon.  A property owner in Great Wigborough will be contacted to request that they cut back their roadside hedge for safety reasons.

Declarations of Interest: Lynne for item 3.

1.   Reviewing Colchester Borough Council Local Plan – Our Village Design Statement and Parish Plan has been reviewed and would seem to be relevant for today.  The questionnaire from CBC on our views re their Local Plan was discussed and the result will be circulated before its return to CBC.

2.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields – reports from both playgrounds have been received. Phil proposed, Charles seconded and all agreed to buy the new flat swings and chains etc as advised in the annual report. Certain jobs, bird wire, signage and rubber installing, on Moss Hay need addressing and unfortunately have been delayed due to the wet weather but will be tackled in due course. The Community Work Party will be requested to carry out several jobs for us on Moss Hay and Pete Tye Common, also the owner of Pete Tye Common will be contacted to request footpath work.  

3.   Salcott Telephone Box – If suitable lighting can be installed in the box by Terry (at little cost) and it can therefore be insured (at little cost) Phil proposed, John seconded and all agreed to a Gentleman’s Agreement in accepting Lynne and Terry’s offer for maintaining the box at their cost until such time as they would like to refrain.   

4.   Wigboroughs Village Hall Management Committee – Charles proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for Phil and Jinny to continue as the Parish Council representatives on this committee.  

5.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way – Study Project Officer Yan-Yee Lau gave an explanation of her role and plans for future public consultation and ideas were suggested including leaflet drops, questionnaires, magazine entries and events in village halls to address as many requirements for this path as is possible.

6.   Broadband – More households are connecting to superfast broadband. There will be a launch event for Salcott and Virley in Salcott Village Hall on 29th November 2014.  

7.   Actions and Reminders List – updated

Planning Applications:
145967Proposal: Alterations to rear roof over existing projection forming gable and additional first floor nursery/bedroom at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
146055 Proposal: Rear extension at Hillside Cottage, Colchester Road, Great Wigborough
Planning Decisions:
145564 Proposal: Single storey rear extension at Nest Cottage, Colchester Road, Great WigboroughApprove conditional
145758 Proposal: Extension and alterations including loft conversion and dormers at Superb, The Street, SalcottApprove conditional


101789 County Broadband£33,333.33
101790 Colchester Borough Council – Broadband VAT£2,266.66
101791 R S Pullen – October salary£367.57
101792 Mr B Gooding – playground fence, sign, goal post£565.80
101793 EALC – course£67.00
101794 PKF Littlejohn LLP – external audit£120.00
101795 EALC – course£67.00
101796 T Simmons – play insp, 2 x grass cuts, noticeboard catches£130.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 11th Nov 2014 at 7.30pm at Salcott Village Hall


PC Minutes 8th October 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 8th October 2013.

Present: Nicky Ellis, John Walker, Jane Banks, Andy Beharrell, Netty Knill-Jones, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale, Andrew Ellis, Kevin Bentley, Zone Warden

Apologies for absence: Charles Dymond, Lynne Simmons

Minutes of the last meeting were agreed by all and signed by the chairman with the addition of ‘at the Peldon site’ at the end of 2. Playgrounds and Playing Fields

Police Report: no report had been received

Borough Councillors: Building of the new houses at the old garage site in Peldon has begun therefore S106 money is overdue for payment and will be chased up.

The parish council had not been notified or consulted about an appeal to an eviction notice issued in Great Wigborough and this will be looked into.

The road defect in Church Lane, Great Wigborough was reported for repair but ECC Highways say it does not require attention.

A site meeting with CBC and parish councillors will be arranged in the near future to discuss flooding at Salcott.

CBC has to make substantial savings in the next few years and is encouraging people to go online as much as possible for transactions and information as this is much cheaper than face to face situations. Angel Court Customer Services is being moved to the library and guidance will be given to anyone who needs it for carrying out online matters.

Defects in The Street at Salcott have been reported for repair.

All broken or missing road signs are reported and on the list for repair eventually.

County Councillor: Certain services will be reduced in a bid to make substantial savings in the next few years e.g. some bus subsidies, some school transportation, some youth services and some street lights will be turned off in the small hours but can be turned back on if deemed necessary.

Potholes will be marked with either orange for repair within 28 days or purple for repair within 3 months.

Public-Have Your Say: None present. However, last month the hedge and ditch along the front of the new houses on Malting Road at Peldon Hall Farm were reported for attention. This was looked into but the area cannot be reached with machinery and we have been advised by an expert that it is not causing a hazard so no action will be taken. The resident with the hedge obscuring the bus stop sign at Malting road will be contacted and the Church on the matter of the half dead tree.

Declarations of Interest: None 

1. CBC Zone Wardens – The concrete base for the bench on Moss Hay has been laid and the bench will be fitted tomorrow and the parish council would like to say a big thank you for this generous gift.

The speed gun has been operated in Church Road, Peldon and 6 vehicles were registered over 36 mph.

Refuse bags can be collected at Abberton and Langenhoe Village Hall the first Tuesday of the month from 9 am to 12 noon and from the Layer Fox car park the last Tuesday in the month from 9 am to 12 noon. These are also drop in points for any issues or queries the public might have that they can help with.

Reported matters to CBC such as fly tipping can be tracked online.

A free dance class at Mersea School on Mondays from 6 -7 pm is open to all 13 to 19 year olds.

2. Playgrounds and Playing Fields – 2 pieces of new equipment for Moss Hay for older children was discussed and it was agreed that a grant form would be filled in for half the cost, with other money hopefully available for the remainder. A notice to inform all the residents of Peldon will be produced and delivered.

3. Broadband update – Broadband connection in Winstred 100, Abberton & Langenhoe and Layer Breton is dependent on aerial connections for internet source from Peldon Church tower and/or the kind use of an agricultural mast which will link our parishes to connections linking to Braxted Tower, Colchester Town and others; the latter arrangements are in place.

In Peldon we are still awaiting final approval from the Chancellor of the Diocese of Chelmsford as regards use of Peldon Church tower that he is happy with all aspects of template agreement for the PCCs so that Peldon can proceed with the remaining applications for Faculty and indeed, continue with the many other churches who have since expressed interest though County Broadband in Essex. Faculty Application was sent to the Chancellor in 2012.

The Diocese have been very supportive – but they appear to be unable to hurry the Chancellor in this regard, despite the support of the Archdeacon of Colchester in this matter.

Accordingly, in an effort to expedite this project County Broadband decided to concurrently pursue an alternative route into the area, using a agricultural mast in Peldon for internet source.  Once again, legal negotiations have proven understandably complicated just for example “who pays the small electric bill for the connection/who is responsible for electricity failure and consequences on household internet users”. People like British Telecom may have all of this tied up corporately in cities but sorting it in Peldon and sister villages is starting from scratch.
Good news. We believe that all matters are now becoming resolved and we are awaiting responses.
In support of the service to be provided to the area County Broadband have already installed a primary backhaul route to enable the services to be delivered to support our villages requirements.

County Broadband emphasise that they “share the frustrations associated with the roll-out of this project and want nothing more than to be able to promote the successful roll-out of this project to the many other rural parishes in dire need of high-speed broadband”.

Within the next few months the new internet connection speed will be demonstrated in Peldon Village Hall for films, TV, social media, Youtube, browsing and just email. Interested parties can use computers provided or bring their own laptops and hand held devices to trial the County Broadband connection. Date to be confirmed.

4. Clerk’s Salary – Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed to increase the clerk’s salary in line with the National Salary Awards backdated to April 2013. 

5. Junctions at Lodge Lane and St Ives Road in Peldon – ECC Highways say there is nothing they can do about these junctions. The collapsed wall at the top of St Ives Hill has improved viability but the residents can, of course, rebuild as it is on their own property. 

6. Abberton Reservoir, Community Fund, Rights of Way – The reservoir expansion project is coming to an end and the water filling will commence soon. There had been complaints of horses fouling the footpath. The application for Community Funds for Great Wigborough Church car park to be built has been accepted but the application for safety measures from a land owner in Layer was refused.

7. Actions and Reminders List – Updated

Planning Applications:
131878Proposal: First floor side extension and replacement sun room, new garage and site entrance as previously approved under COL/120533 at Rolls Farm, Peldon Rd, Peldon

Planning Decisions:

131529Proposal: Replacement dwelling at Hill Farm, School Lane, Great WigboroughPermission Refused
Appeal Decisions:
APP/A1530/D/13/2203019Proposal: single storey dependant relative annexe and structural support to existing dwelling at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, SalcottAppeal Dismissed


101739 R S Pullen – salary for Oct£353.53
101740Peldon Village Hall – hire£80.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 12th November 2013 at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall, Great Wigborough


PC Minutes 9th October 2012


Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes for the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Salcott Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th Oct 2012.

Present: Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis (chair), Jane Banks, Charles Dymond, John Walker, Andrew Ellis, Carys Handley (Zone Warden) and one member of the public

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley

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

Borough Councillors: Andrew has arranged that the Zone Warden Supervisor would attend a meeting of our choice to answer our queries about their role if we so wished.

Certain matters are being chased up with ECC Highways, a missing road sign, flood management issues and letters written to residents with regard to this matter at Salcott. Also a letter has been written to Highways about our issues with regard to road resurfacing and associated signage.

Public-Have Your Say: None

Declarations of Interest: None  

1. Police – no report of crimes that we are aware of but the message, as always, is to be alert for suspicious behaviour and particularly theft of heating oil now that the weather has turned colder.

2. Playgrounds and Playing Fields – both playgrounds are in need of a bit of weeding but this will be dealt with shortly as the project of bark topping up at Peldon and the rubber clipping being delivered to Salcott will be carried out in the next week or so. Thanks were given to Charles for planting grass seed on the surrounding area of the basketball pad to make good.  Thanks were also expressed to Colchester Borough Council and Peldon Borough Councillor Terry Sutton for their generous donation towards the new basketball pad.  Thanks also to ECC Big Society Fund for the grant for the majority of this project.

3. Zone Wardens and Revenue Cuts – Carys Handley explained that they do not intend to duplicate matters that we already have in hand but can operate as a quick response team with matters such as dog fouling, graffiti, fly tipping, etc.  We asked for them to carry out litter picking along our roadsides where hedge cutting has revealed quite a lot of rubbish.  After discussion it was decided to email the Zone Warden boss, Cassandra to ask for their job description so that we can be sure of exactly what they are able to tackle.  It would seem that much to our disappointment on losing our CBC Revenue Grant contribution which we have tried in vain to retain the Zone Wardens are here to stay so we must use them to our benefit.

4. Code of Conduct – most of our parish councillors have now filled in the necessary form.  Andrew Weavers, CBC Monitoring Officer will be consulted for confirmation.

5. Abberton Reservoir Footpath Committee Meeting – thanks were given to two of our parish councillors for attending this meeting.  It transpired that the map of the land and proposed footpath that had been drawn up was inaccurate in several places so will be corrected.  Work is still going on to acquire land necessary for the completion of a footpath round the whole of the reservoir. Ducks require an exclusion zone of 200 yards or a high hedge if the path cannot be of the correct distance away. 

6. Gold Magazine Edition – further discussion on cost will take place following a request to the treasurer for magazine finances.  Jinny had carried out a questionnaire from email participants and drawn up a comprehensive results sheet on feedback which was very useful and we thanked her for this excellent piece of work. It was agreed that this is still a very good way of getting our annual report to everyone in all the villages.

7. Broadband – John was thanked again for all his sterling work on this very complicated and involved project. Abberton and Langenhoe have at last put in their application to join us for funding from the reservoir money which will probably be paid out in stages as work progresses. A booklet will be acquired from County Broadband for all the parish councillors for a better understanding of this project which will hopefully enable us to answer questions from inquiring public.

8. Virley Councillor Vacancy – having received no interest at all we will draw up a leaflet explaining the role of a parish councillor that will be delivered to all the houses in Salcott and Virley in a hope of attracting people.

    Actions and Reminders List – updated

    Planning Applications:

    121768 Proposal: swimming pool, pool equipment building, garden shed, greenhouse, potting shed, 3 chicken coops and 2 horse field shelters at Fourways, Barnhall Road, Salcott

    Planning Decisions:

    120845 Proposal: Creation of gateway off Wigborough Road to provide safer access for agricultural vehicles at Sampton Wick, Wigborough Road, Peldon – Permission Granted

    120916 & 120917 (Listed Building) Proposal: Erection of 2 storey side extension. Minor internal remodelling; lowering of section of ground floor at Sampton Wick, Wigborough Road, Peldon – Permission & Consent Granted

    121251 Proposal: Replacement of a derelict conservatory with a 2 storey side extension at Haxells Farm, Haxells Farm Cottage, Peldon Road, Peldon – Permission Granted


    101678 EALC – Chairman’s Day 1 Course


    101679 Keith Banks – Moss Hay grass cuts x 4


    101680 R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for October


    101681 St Mary the Virgin, Peldon – Gold mag entry


    101682 Peldon Village Hall – hire


    101683 T Simmons – play insp


    The next meeting will be held at Peldon Village Hall on Tues 13th Nov 2012 at 7.30pm.



    PC Minutes 11th October 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 11th October 2011.

    Present: Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale, Jane Banks, Charles Dymond, Netty Knill-Jones, Lynne Simmons, John Walker, Terry Sutton and 3 members of the public

    Apologies for absence: Les Lapwood, Nicky Ellis, Kevin Bentley, Andrew Ellis

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

    Borough Councillors: We were urged to reply to CBC expressing strongly our disapproval of their intention to withdraw the Revenue Grant which we are in the process of doing. We were also urged to agree to receive the bulk load of salt from ECC for our own distribution for icy roads during this winter which we have done.

    Public-Have Your Say: Several residents in Peldon had received a letter from ECC telling them to remove large stones placed on or near their front boundaries.  The writer of these letters will be approached by Borough Councillor, Terry Sutton for further explanation as some of these stones have been in position for many years even up to forty years and are put there to protect the properties from lorries etc.

    Some time ago the bus stop at the junction of St Ives Hill and Malting Road was requested to be moved along the road a little way to avoid a large puddle.  This is still being dealt with and hopefully a conclusion will be reached before too long.

    Declarations of Interest – None

    1. Playgrounds – a visit was made to Boxted playground to look at rubber clippings there with a possible view to having them at Salcott.  The general feeling was that this is a good product but that all the old bark would have to be removed first and therefore a fairly large quantity of the rubber would be required. All aspects of this will be further investigated with regard to quantity needed for the necessary depth and the cost.  The gate spring at Salcott will be mended shortly.

      Peldon is in good condition. A request for a  bike/skate ramp was discussed but considered far too expensive for these worrying times of cut backs.

      2. Salcott Meadow/Creek – unfortunately we are still waiting for a ‘Water Report’ from RoSPA to make our decision with regard to the request to fence off the creek.

        3. Police – minor thefts are the only crimes reported in our villages.  A reminder that metal, catalytic converters and diesel are still popular for thieves.

        4. Broadband update – BT has no plans to update the Peldon exchange at present.  More ideas for improvement to our broadband speed will be further explored.

          5. Declaration of Acceptance of Office Book – Phil proposed, Lynne seconded and all agreed to have our old book rebound to include new pages if the cost can be matched to that of a completely new book of £105.  It was also agreed that this book was a necessary record of past parish councillors dating back to 1972.

          6. Greener Parishes Scheme – taking part in this scheme 2 or 3 trees for planting on Salcott meadow may be obtained at no cost to the parish council.

            7. Essex Wildlife Meeting – was attended by our representative. A meeting room there is likely to be made available for hire and local use would be welcomed.  Blackthorn bushes are being planted and an application to resume wildfowling is still being considered.

            8. Abberton Reservoir Liaison Meeting – was also attended by our representative.  There will be more traffic lights on the causeway for a long period of time to incorporate the new Visitor Centre before the final road set up is complete.  The pipe line from Wormingford is almost complete.  Two applications had been received for the Community Funds from Abberton Church and Peldon Church. Phil was given the Parish Council’s full support and backing for his attendance of the meetings and any necessary decision making on its behalf.

              9.    EALC re government changes to planning legislation – we will give a response on this matter.

              9. Actions and Reminders List – updated


                111662 Proposal: Extension to dwelling to provide additional accommodation at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

                111830 Proposal: Front garden wall and improved existing access to residential frontage only at Beckton House Farm

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


                101626 – R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for October                                                           £353.53

                101627 – Audit Commission – external audit                                                             £342.00

                101628 – T Simmons – play insp, grass cut, repair Wig’s notice board                             £80.00

                The next meeting will be held at Salcott Village Hall on Tues 8th November 2011 at 7.30pm


                PC Minutes 12th October 2010


                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 12th October 2010.

                Present: Jane Banks, Charles Dymond, Les Lapwood, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Nettie, Knill Jones, John Walker, Lynne Simmons, Terry Sutton and 6 members of the public

                Apologies for absence: Nicky Ellis, Kevin Bentley, Andrew Ellis

                Minutes of the last meeting were agreed by all with the correction to ‘Some positions’ instead of ‘Senior positions’ in the Borough Councillors’ section.

                Borough Councillors: a report was read out explaining that the last planning application for a ‘managed woodland’ at Bellwood has been refused by the CBC Planning Committee and they have requested that direct action is taken to turn the site back to an agricultural field. This would involve the removal of the caravan, tractor cover, cesspit, hardcore, shingle and services such as water and electricity.

                The dumped fridge/freezer along School Lane has been reported and will be removed shortly.

                Public – Have Your Say: There are still outstanding jobs that need completing in helping with the flooding problem at Salcott.  ECC Highways will be contacted again.  The proposed ‘Flood Meeting ‘with various bodies will be chased up yet again. Virley Hall drain has been dug out.

                Refurbishments to Salcott Village Hall were noticed and the details brought to our attention.  It does look and feel splendid and Salcott are to be congratulated on their fund raising that has managed to fund such wonderful improvements.

                Garden waste has been dumped in Salcott creek which is an offence and the Environment Agency will prosecute.

                Parking on the pavement in Salcott Street will be reported to the Police.

                Les Lapwood was co-opted onto the parish council and was welcomed by all.

                Declarations of Interest: Les for item 5 and Lynne for item 8.

                1. Abberton Reservoir expansion – liaison group meeting report – the reservoir is probably at its lowest ever now but will be pumped in future, concrete crushing has finished, newts had delayed certain works but have naturally moved on now.  The new inlet pipe and the higher road works will begin shortly and the new dam footprint is in place.  There is to be a new footpath in Layer from The Fox to the Church that is scheduled to cost a huge amount of money to be inspected on completion.
                2. Emergency Plan – updating our plan is required as certain contact names are no longer parish councillors.  Robert and Sam will be contacted to ask if they would still be willing to be of assistance in an emergency with regard to useful equipment like tractors and Robert for retaining an emergency phone number when all other phones would not be working.
                3. Sparklers – a very well prepared updated Health and Safety plan by Robert Kean was presented for the Sparklers to the parish council for this year’s event.
                4. 2011 Census – CBC are encouraging everyone to fill in their form and return it.   The government funding for Colchester is greatly reduced for each and every form that is not filled in and returned.  We will decide if there is anything we can do to assist this process being carried out successfully.
                5. Great Wigborough red telephone box – several people had shown an interest but only one person had put in an actual bid in the required time scale and so Jinny proposed, Lynne seconded and all agreed for the parish council to accept this offer.
                6. Goal posts – for Moss Hay are in the process of being refurbished.
                7. Playgrounds – both our maintenance men have signed our contract and will fill in the required forms monthly.  All outstanding jobs have or will be brought up to date shortly.
                8. Salcott crossroads bus shelter alterations – an estimated cost of adapting this bus shelter for rough weather was presented and further quotes will be sort.  A grant from ECC will also be looked into.
                9. Actions and Reminders List – updated as necessary
                10. Flood Partnership Manager – enquiry was answered by us in full with photographs and will be followed up for any progress that might result from this.
                11. The Water Board has given free Mercury Theatre tickets for youths which have been successfully allocated by the Peldon panto organizer.

                Notice of Planning Decisions:

                101417 Proposal: Temporary use of mobile home as monitoring accommodation for free range chicken egg unit. Also siting of 3 no. mobile hen houses, tractor building, brood and feed shed. (Resubmission of application 091245) at Bellwood, Colchester Road, Great Wigborough – Permission Refused

                101612 Proposal: Replacement house at Grove Bungalow, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough – Permission Refused

                101837 Proposal: Removal of condition 2 of planning permission 072151 at St Ives Farm, St Ives Road, Peldon – withdrawn

                Letter from CBC Enforcement to say they will be looking into complaints at Hall Barn, Peldon Road, Abberton

                Matters at Hillside Farm, Great Wigborough reported to us have been looked into by CBC Planning Enforcement and certain matters must be acted on.

                The owner of some land at Peldon has been served a notice on him concerning ‘creating a nuisance’ following the burning of large amounts of trees etc. that are too wet and green.


                101572 R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for October                                                                  £353.53

                101573 T Simmons – grass cut, play insp, tree cut, replace fence posts                           £260.50

                The next meeting will be held at Peldon Village Hall on Tuesday 9th Nov 10 at 7.30pm.


                PC Minutes 13th October 2009


                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 October 2009.

                Present: Nicky Ellis, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale, Jane Banks, Frances Fergus, Lynne Simmons, Robert Davidson, Kevin Bradshaw, Kevin Bentley, Moira Groborz from Rural Community Council of Essex and 9 members of the public

                Apologies for absence: Sam Knill Jones

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

                Borough Councillors: Bellwood resident has now signed the agreement which gives him 42 days from the date of a failed appeal if lodged by him on the refusal of the last planning application made.

                Abberton Reservoir Liaison Group met and everything is going to plan so far.  A Traffic Management Plan has yet to be devised and is very important for all the local villages.

                The spending of the £150,000 that will be available for projects to affected areas by the expansion and works involved will be decided by a designated committee but kept by CBC.

                County Councillor: £400,000 has been lent to small businesses to help them through this recession. Quite a number of previously closed post offices are being reopened.  Apprenticeships for 16 year olds are being supported and encouraged.

                Public-Have Your Say: Moss Hay was mentioned but was to be discussed later in the meeting.  Certain areas of poor road surfacing and Peldon play area gate will be dealt with. Parking opposite The Old Rectory in Peldon has been noted and will be monitored for when the builders have finished the work there.  Flooding at Salcott crossroads was brought up again but we explained that appropriate correspondence has been sent and we can do no more at present.

                Declarations of Interest: None

                Items for Discussion

                1. Rural Housing presentation on affordable housing was given explaining the need for this type of housing, shared ownership details and the procedure etc.  The right to buy at a later date is not an option. There are a number of criteria to decide who is top of the list to have one of these houses but the first stage for us would be to establish a local need. Questions and answers followed.  The site put forward by Colne Valley Housing Association is on the old garage site in Peldon behind the houses that already have planning permission but are not built as yet.
                2. Hall Barn, Mersea Road, Peldon planning application was explained by the new owners.  Many surveys have been carried out including one for bats which concluded that there are no bats actually living in the property to be demolished and bat boxes will be put on the site.  The house itself is in a fairly poor state of repair and was probably not built in the design one might associate with this type of property.
                3. The Way We Work – emails between parish councillors are not secret so partners seeing them is not a problem.  Loose ends to tie up from previous meetings needs to be done. The condition of the footpath next to Hosplant in St Ives Road, Peldon will be looked into, curb side sweeping list will be circulated, overhanging growth at Kings Head corner has been dealt with.  Natural England will be contacted with regard to the bats in St Ives woodland and we have written to ask for proper control when the next phase of thinning in this wood is done. We have been assured that the trees to receive attention will be marked.
                4. Abberton Expansion Reservoir Liaison Group meeting report as above.  Abbotts Hall meeting was attended.  The roadside ditch as been sorted.  Grant applications have been lost which is money that would have paid for the community centre. the
                5. CALC (Colchester Association of Local Councils) meeting – we requested that training courses be given locally as the majority are at Great Dunmow where EALC (Essex Association of Local Councils) have their offices.
                6. CBC Draft Equality Scheme – a response from us was deemed unnecessary as there is little change with this.
                7. Moss Hay footpath – quotes are to be chased up, pole to be postponed to next meeting and new or repairs to the goalposts was discussed and it was decided that repairing would be adequate.
                8. BTCV meeting at Moss Hay took place with their representative to discuss suitable works to be carried out that would improve the perimeter with regard to brambles etc.  There is metal and rubber rubbish to be removed and a couple of dead trees to be felled and then BTCV will bring a work party along, probably in February, to tackle this job.  Local people can join the work party but must say before so that insurance can be updated.  We requested that Sparklers have an out of season bonfire to burn any garden rubbish that is on the field now and then we will request that near by home owners do not use the field for their garden rubbish in future.
                9. Peldon play equipment – we have received conformation that we can use grant money for repair work so will agree an amount at the next meeting. The play area will remain closed until the work has been done.  We now have a replacement monthly inspection person.  The basket ball area has had minor repair work to it but needs more attention.
                10. Decision on our insurance will be made next month when everyone has had a chance to look at the facts and figures properly.
                11. Wigborough Village Hall – notice for residents has been devised, printing and distribution to all Wigborough residents will follow shortly.  This is to ask for volunteers to become trustees.
                12. Bellwood – as above, also the over zealous hedge cutting will be looked into.


                091143 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 carport at Waterways, Mersea Road, Peldon

                091240 Proposal: Replacement dwelling at Hall Barn, Peldon Road, Abberton

                091264 Proposal: Listed building application for refurbishment/re-cladding of existing barn, insertion of new glazed screens and doors and construction of new shower room. Stripping of existing roof coverings and re-covering with clay plain tiles at Moulsham Manor, St Stephens Lane, Great Wigborough

                091285  Proposal: New conservatory at Strood Cottage, The Strood, Peldon

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

                Notice of Planning Decisions:

                091076 Proposal: Removal of condition 2 of 081888 at Peldon Old Rectory, Church Road, Peldon – Permission Granted

                Planning Appeal:

                FUL/MAL/09/00486  Change of use of land to form showman’s quarters at Restawyle, Barnhall Road, Tolleshunt Knights


                101504 Terry Hedger – Salcott meadow roadside hedge trim                                    £25.00

                101505  R S Pullen  –  clerk’s fee for October 09                                                    £350.02

                101506  Keith Banks  –  4 x grass cuts at Moss Hay                                                 £160.00

                101507  T Simmons  –  grass cut, play insp. field and play area gates mended            £264.52

                The next meeting will be at Salcott Village Hall on Tues 10th November 09 at 7.30pm.