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CBC News Update May 2015

Colchester News – Market, Park & Ride

Latest news updates received from Colchester Borough Council…

Colchester Market has a stylish new home

Colchester Market has moved to its new home on Colchester High Street. The new site has bigger, sophisticated, branded stalls providing a mix of exciting new products alongside regular favourite traders. Find out how you could become a trader to trial your small business idea here>>

Park and Ride service now open

Essex County Council have launched the new Colchester Park and Ride facility. With a car park situated north of the A12, just off  junction 28, it links to Colchester Railway Station and Colchester Town centre.


  • Adult daily: £3 (Monday to Saturday)
  • Adult weekly: £15
  • Adult monthly: £55
  • Children (aged between 5 and 15 years inclusive) – daily £1, weekly £5, monthly £20.
  • Children under 5 years old travel for free at all times


Concessionary pass holders travel free after 9am Monday-Friday and all day Saturdays. Find out more here>>

Have your say on The Wonderhouse

The Wonderhouse is an exciting new concept, which will transform Colchester’s heritage offer and provide an innovative attraction for local residents and visitors. We would like to hear your views on it. The distinctive history and heritage of Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, is reflected by the rich range of objects collected by Colchester Museums for over 150 years. The three museums; Colchester Castle, Hollytrees Museum and the Natural History Museum; highlight selected objects from the collection, which showcase the town’s key stories and unique character. However, it’s impossible to display everything. A wealth of collections are also stored by the museums service. These objects include items from Colchester’s more recent history, archives, photographs and oral history- all awaiting discovery by the public. A new collections centre, ‘The Wonderhouse’, will provide the key to unlocking their potential. Councillor Tim Young, Portfolio Holder for Licensing, Community Safety and Culture comments: “The Wonderhouse is an exciting project that will add to Colchester’s already rich heritage offer. It will be a real draw for residents and tourists alike.

Colchester is extremely lucky to have a wealth of internationally significant objects. The Wonderhouse will give people the opportunity to discover and appreciate them for the first time. This project will also unveil a vital piece of the town’s previously hidden Roman Wall. It will create a launch pad to explore Colchester’s many historic sites. I’d invite residents and visitors to complete the survey and let us know their views on this project.

Find out more here>>  


PC Minutes 8th July 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 8th July 2014.

Present: Bob Holmes, Jinny Gale, Charles Dymond (chair), Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Netty Knill-Jones, Andrew Ellis and 6 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Rob Surface, Nicky Ellis, John Walker, Kevin Bentley

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

Police and Zone Wardens reports: None received

County Councillor report was circulated including costings for highways matters and the poor grass cutting and broken drain at the Salcott crossroads are being investigated.

Borough Councillor: Police and Animal Control have been involved in the matter of the nuisance dogs in Mill Lane. Parking on the corner of The Street and Mill Lane, obscuring the site line and often on the pavement, is being monitored and reported to the Police for further investigation. The proposed Solar Park agents are now in correspondence with Maldon DC having moved their favourable site slightly and we will be kept informed of further developments. There will be more houses built in the Colchester area each year for the foreseeable future.  Loose stones from the road surfacing are a problem but have been cleared in some areas.

Public-Have Your Say: The dogs and parking were the issues of importance.

Declarations of Interest: Lynne for Item 5.

1.    Playgrounds and Playing Fields – having inspected on site the surrounding fence of the Salcott play area it was decided that the repairs should consist of an insertion of gravel boards and the fence painted.  When a quote has been produced and received via email that all the parish councillors give the go ahead to Phil proposed, Jinny seconded and all agreed for this to be carried out reasonably soon, bearing in mind that we do not have an August meeting.   CBC Arboricultural Officer will be contacted for professional advice on the condition of the trees bounding the road edge of Salcott meadow and therefore work, if any, that needs doing to them to.  At Moss Hay, Peldon the new rubber surfacing for the play area has been delivered and the two new pieces of equipment have been installed. Signs will be made and fitted to advise suitability of age and a request for responsible usage for the new equipment and a maintenance programme will be produced.  Charles proposed, Phil seconded and all agreed for the overhang on Moss Hay to be cut back by a local worker at a cost of £160. A kind offer will be accepted for a solution to reduce the bird droppings on the swings. 

2.    LGBC Warding – Colchester Electoral Review – It was agreed that the parish council should suggest a change of the present boundaries to include all our villages in the same ward as opposed to two different ones as it is now. 

3.    Our Standing Orders and Code of Conduct – updates are being considered

4.    Pete Tye Common Footpaths – the land owner will be contacted to request clearance of the public footpaths 

5.    Salcott Telephone Box – the authority to sign the agreement on behalf of the parish council before the next meeting was delegated to the clerk if an agreement satisfactory to both parties could be reached quickly. 

6.    Broadband Update – it is suggested that Great Wigborough will be up and running in the near future

7.    Pensions – LGPS – Employer Discretions – further investigation will take place but it would appear this is not applicable to us

8.    Transportation Meeting Report – was attended but the majority of the concerns were about matters in Colchester

9.    CALC Meeting – 4th September 2014 – will be attended if someone is available

10.   Actions and Reminder List – updated – with additions of Phil proposed, Netty seconded and all agreed for the bus shelter at Mill Lane to be smartened up for a minimal cost. Layer Church will be applying to the Abberton Reservoir Fund (there is very little funding left) which will require a decision during the holidays so the parish council will again rely on Phil to use his judgment on the matter.


Planning Applications:
145158Proposal: Two storey rear extension at South View, Mersea Road, Peldon
Planning Decisions:
144811Proposal: Detached double garage at Long acre, School Lane, Great WigboroughRefuse
144847Proposal: Single storey dependent relative annex and structural support to existing dwelling (resubmission of 130557) at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, SalcottApprove Conditional
144849Proposal: Lawful Development Certificate for existing use of dwelling with agricultural occupancy condition as ordinary residential use at Firs Cottage, Mersea Road, PeldonApprove Certificate of Lawful Use or Development
144792Proposal: Application for a variation of a condition 2 (approved drawings) following grant of planning permission. (120074) at Thornfleet, Church Road, PeldonApprove Conditional
144754 Proposal: Change of roof design to match with the existing side ridge levels at The Hollies, School Lane, Great WigboroughApprove Conditional

101776 Business Services at CAS – new equipment on insurance£166.36
101777 Wicksteed Leisure Ltd. – new equipment on Moss Hay£20,400.00
101778 R S Pullen – clerk’s salary for July£367.57
101779 C Dymond – keys for Moss Hay£12.00
101780 T Simmons – play insp, grass cut and phone box door/frame repair£325.00


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