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PC Agenda 13th September 2016


Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

A meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council will be held at Peldon Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 13th September 2016 to which the Councillors are summoned to attend.

Apologies for absence: Nicky Ellis

Minutes of the last meeting:

Zone Warden Report: Continue reading


PAWS September – All About Balloons

All About Balloons

sue-kidd--edward-lubbockSue Kidd and Edward Lubbock came along to our September meeting and told us all about the joys and disasters of Hot Air Ballooning.  They both got into ballooning in the mid-80s and are now the proud owners of their own balloon G-SUED.  They explained that, like an aeroplane, you have to have a licence to fly a balloon and have to go through extensive training to get it.  It is necessary to know the laws relating to flying a balloon, about the weather, how a balloon is put together and how to deal with emergencies.  They explained that there are two types of balloon; those with hot air produced by a burner and those filled with hydrogen or helium.  Gas balloons are smaller and rounder than hot air balloons and more likely to explode!  The biggest dangers to a balloonist are pylons and mist, although less so since the advent of GPS systems.  Balloons come in many shapes and sizes and are often used for advertising.  We all enjoyed this fascinating insight into the world of balloons.

Next Meeting

Our next get together is on the 27th October when Douglas Urquhart returns with his talk on “African Medley”.

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 8th September 2015


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 September 2015

Present: Nicky Ellis, Bob Holmes, Liz Davidson, Jinny Gale, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Netty Knill-Jones, Andrew Ellis, Zone Warden and 14 members of the public

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

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

Zone Warden Report: The Police and Zone Wardens have carried out speed checks in local villages, several were exceeding the limit and 46 mph in a 30 limit was the highest recorded speed. Culprits of littering will be prosecuted and somebody who threw a cigarette end out of a car window was fined £740 in court. Dog fouling culprits have and will continue to be prosecuted.  Zone Wardens now wear high vis jackets for their own safety and are now more easily identifiable.  A local source for selling the CBC food waste bins is being looked into. Zone Wardens will assist groups with equipment etc if they wish to carry out organised litter picking events in their area.

Borough Councillor: There is S106 money available for recreational capital projects from new build at Salcott and ideas will be considered.

Public-Have Your Say: Concern was raised about loose dogs.  Concern was also raised about accidents and speeding along the main road through our villages, taking out telegraph poles at frequent intervals, people being hurt badly and even killed, see item 5.

Declarations of Interest: None

1.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields: Work on Moss Hay is still on-going subject to availability of volunteers and workers time. Quotes for resurfacing and funding the footpath are still being investigated. Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed to ask Richard Playale to cut all the surrounding hedges that he can.  A broken bin top at Salcott will be looked into for replacing and the possibility for using the S106 money for rolling Salcott meadow will be explored.  It was decided not to obtain old equipment from Abberton and Langenhoe as it would be too costly in several ways. 

2.   Emergency Plan: Evidence would suggest that major incidents would now be dealt with by the main organizations, therefore it was decided that the PC’s  role in any crisis would be much more about local communication and helping one another therefore a simple up to date list of contacts and local information points will be compiled.   

3.   Standing Orders and Code of Conduct: The NALC (National Association of Local Councils) latest version of Standing Orders is appropriate for us. We signed the CBC Code of Conduct which will be tweaked to encompass our needs and then all our policies will be grouped together on the website. 

4.   Grass cutting statement: A statement on frequency and cost of grass cutting on our fields for the future has been devised and agreed and will be placed on the website and noticeboards.

5.   Speeding and Accidents: Noting recent accidents including a fatality concern has been expressed yet again about speeding vehicles along the main road.  A campaign beginning with a petition for a speed limit of 40mph has been set up. Anyone wishing to sign please contact David Crook on 01206 735645 or email [email protected] .We will also approach Colchester Association of Local Councils for  the parish council representative on the Local Highways Panel for assistance in any way possible for this proposed speed limit.

6.   Essex Rural Strategy Consultation Event: A report was circulated prior to the meeting which including mention of updating the strategy with what has already been achieved, future aims and new issues to be considered particularly ‘community safety’.  The consultation will close at the end of September and the revised strategy should be published in early 2016.

7.   Finances for Year 2014/15: To confirm that the financial report for 2014/15 has been externally audited and displayed on the noticeboards and website. The Parish Council continues to hold approximately one year’s funds in hand for possible emergencies.

8.   Abberton Reservoir Rights of Way: A report from the last meeting was given indicating decisions made including the purchase of a motorized wheelchair which can be used in the central section of footpaths.  Having discussed the proposals on various aspects of the different sections of the footpath that are in our remit the parish council gave Phil a mandate to vote as instructed following the discussion. Maps will be produced to show the footpaths and who (cycles, walkers, horse riders) can use them. Also an update of all the developments will be published in the magazine shortly.

9.   Actions and Reminders List – updated


  • Essex Police reply to our letter of concern
  • Salcott Saltmarsh Event 4th Oct
  • Rural Housing – Housing Company
  • CBC – Individual Electoral Registration
  • The Essex Playing Field – Summer 2015
  • Thank you from Great and Little Wigs PCC
  • EALC AGM & ECC Annual Conference 24th Sept 2015
Planning Applications:
151476 Proposal: Infill to create entrance hall and relocate bathroom at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
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
150877 Proposal: Restore an outbuilding to its original function as a stand-alone studio. Remove asbestos roof and replace with reclaimed clay tiled roof, with 2 Velux roof light replacing current corrugated plastic roof light and render end wall. Demolish poor quality brick, timber and blockwork extension and level floor at Cob Cottage, Salcott Street, Salcott – Withdrawn
151650 Proposal: New roof structure, cladding and works at Waterways, Mersea Road, Peldon
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
151716 Proposal: Building for recreational games room and covered poolside seating in connection with existing dwelling and residence at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott
151918 Proposal: Double garage sited in front of dwelling and rear extension orangery/garden room at Longacre, School Lane, Great Wigborough
Planning Decisions:
151476 Proposal: Infill to create entrance hall and relocate bathroom at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott  Approve conditional

101843 Mr B Gooding – play insp x 6£180.00
101844 R S Pullen – Aug and Sept salary£751.30
101845 R S Pullen – expenses (ink, phone, petrol etc.)£232.27
101846 T Simmons- – play insp x 2, grass cuts x 4£240.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 13th October 2015 at 7.30pm at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough to include attendance from a Neighbourhood Watch representative and a report from the meeting at EA offices re Salcott flooding.


PAWS September – NLP, All About You

jane-malyonAfter our summer break it was lovely to see so many members and visitors at our September meeting where Jane Malyon returned with her talk “All About You”.

Jane explained that she was going to show that we are all different in the way we act and process things, and that these can be changed by Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).  Many people have phobias of things like spiders (that applied to several members!) flying, dentists, snakes etc. all of which can be ‘cured’ by NLP by suggestion and sometimes hypnotism – no she did not try it on us!  NLP is observing behavioural patterns, which are often learnt through experience, and changing them to achieve a specific goal.

We had fun finding out what sort of person we were.  Did we rush in to do things no matter what the consequences or did we take it slowly and think more about what we were to do?  So to change that thinking, a new motivation or goal would be suggested.  Body language and intonation is all part of how we speak.  If we are happy about something, we look and sound happy; if we are sad, we look and sound sad.  This is how mistakes in meaning can happen with text and email, because there is no body language to help to understand the true meaning.  An illustration of this was the sentence ‘my cat doesn’t kill birds’; which could be ‘my cat doesn’t kill birds’ or ‘my cat doesn’t kill birds’ – inferring that it may play with them!

This was a fun and enlightening talk and was enjoyed by all present.

Our next get together is October 28th when our speaker Ian Rose is going to tell us all about “Leaf Peepers in the White Mountains”. Sounds pretty intriguing doesn’t it?

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 9th September 2014


Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th September 2014

Present: John Walker, Nicky Ellis, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Charles Dymond (chair), Jinny Gale, Netty Knill-Jones, Bob Holmes, Rob Surface, Andrew Ellis, Laura Chase CBC Planning Policy Officer, and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley

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

Police and Zone Warden Reports – None received

Borough and County Councillors: Highways issues at Salcott are being addressed. There was a request that signage for the recently closed Birch Tearoom should be taken down which will be followed up.

Public-Have Your Say: None

Declarations of Interest: Lynne for item 3.

1.   Reviewing Colchester Borough Council Local Plan – Laura Chase gave us a very informative and useful presentation and questions were answered. There will be various stages in developing the CBC Local Plan which will be adopted in 2017. Our Village Design Statement and Parish Plan will be reviewed as we had planned but construction of the new Neighbourhood Plan is not considered to be appropriate for us as this is a document to complete when substantial development is required.

2.   Playgrounds and Playing Fields – Salcott is in good order and the playground perimeter fence has been repaired and painted. Peldon is receiving attention with the rubber chippings being placed in the playground in a couple of weeks when equipment and manpower will be available including a work-party yet to be appointed.  Wire to prevent birds landing above the swings is being erected and signage for the new pieces of equipment on the field are being made and will be erected including a plaque from Cory Environmental Trust who has given us a substantial grant for this equipment. More hedge trimming is to take place on Moss Hay when a date can be arranged with the volunteer group.  

3.   Salcott Telephone Box – Following more discussions it was agreed to make further enquiries about lighting and insurance but keeping an open mind as to our final decision as to the future of the box. 

4.   Email Protocol – It was agreed to add to our email protocol list of dos and don’ts that the emails requiring an answer should be done so within 48 hours, with holidays or illness etc. taken into account.  

5.   Salcott Trees – Phil proposed, Nicky seconded and all agreed for the lowest of three quotes to be accepted for trimming the trees alongside the playground and adjacent property.  All three professional contractors gave a verbal opinion that the Chestnut trees along the road edge did not need immediate attention at this time but of course they will be monitored periodically. 

6.   Abberton Reservoir Community Fund, Rights of Way Meeting – a prepared map, etc for the footpath was distributed to all and Phil proposed, Charles seconded and all agree to adopt John’s carefully considered plans. The parish council gave Phil a mandate to take to the Community Fund meeting to agree that the remaining funds are allocated to Layer de la Haye Church for improvements and that any money not spent at the at the end of the given time should be allocated to the church up to the amount they have requested.

7.   CALC Meeting – was not attended but the minutes will be received and circulated shortly.

8.   Broadband Update – Salcott launch event has been put on hold and further coverage for parts of our villages is still to be developed.

9.   Actions and Reminders List – update and to include that the Peldon noticeboard catches are made easier to open.

Planning Applications:
145564Proposal: Single storey rear extension at Nest Cottage, Colchester Road, Great Wigborough
Planning Decisions:
132631 Proposal: Demolition of existing village hall and erection of 2 no. 3 bedroom dwellings at Great Wigborough Village HallApprove conditional
145283 Proposal: Extension to rear of bungalow incorporating internal alterations at 14 Newpots Close, PeldonApprove Conditional
144754 Proposal: Change of roof design to match with existing side ridge levels at The Hollies, School Lane, Great WigboroughApprove Conditional

101781 EWD – rubber for Peldon playground£2,040.00
101782 Business Services at CAS – insurance for new equipment£85.71
101783 R S Pullen – salary for Aug and Sept£735.14
101784 R J Playle Servicescut hedge at Moss Hay£180.00
101785 Peldon Village Hall – hire£80.00
101786 EALC – course£67.00
101787 County Broadband – VAT£6,666.67
101788 T Simmons – play insp x 2, grass cuts x 4, fence, life ring£599.87

The next meeting will be on Tues 14th Oct 2014 at 7.30pm at Peldon Village Hall


PC Minutes 10th September 2013


Peldon   Great Wigborough   Little Wigborough   Salcott   Virley

Draft minutes of the meeting of Winstred Hundred Parish Council held at Peldon Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10th September 2013

Present: Netty Knill Jones, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale (chair), Jane Banks, Andrew Ellis, Zone Warden and 2 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Andy Beharrell, Charles Dymond, John Walker, Nicky Ellis, Kevin Bentley

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

Police Report: None received but we have had information of burglaries in our villages.

Borough and County Councillors: Various signs for Salcott will be erected in time. The flooding matter in School Lane is to receive attention from Anglian Water. There were no other flooding matters reported during or after the recent heavy rain.  S106 monies from the garage site will hopefully be available in due course.

Public-Have Your Say: The overgrown hedge obscures the bus stop sign at Malting Road, a half dead tree in front of the Peldon Church needs attention and the hedge and ditch along the front of the houses at Peldon Hall Farm, Malting Road need attention. All these matters will be dealt with in due course.

Declarations of Interest: None 

1. CBC Zone Wardens – The gift bench will be installed on Moss Hay shortly. Dog fouling on Moss Hay will be monitored and appropriate action taken for culprits.  The fallen road sign in Great Wigborough will be reported.

2. Playgrounds and Playing Fields – Monthly reports were submitted and work on both sites is ongoing. Supply of steel rope will be investigated and ordered for the Salcott site.  A meeting with a playground representative is to take place tomorrow to discuss possible pieces of equipment requested by older children using grant money for funding.

3. Grass cutting at Drakes Corner, Great Wigborough – ECC will be contacted to request a slightly wider swipe at this corner when cutting the verges in keeping with their safety specifications.

4. Broadband update – A proof leaflet of information was distributed but we will express our sincere disappointment to County Broadband for the slow progress this is making particularly considering the money they have already received for this project.

5. Closing of 5 Lakes sports arena – We will contact Maldon District Council to enquire as to the planning regulations with regard to the closing of the sports arena as this was a community facility.

6. Clerk’s Salary – Deferred till next month when more councillors will be in attendance for the discussion and decision.

7. Junctions at Lodge Lane and St Ives Road in Peldon – Kevin will be asked if he has had a reply from Highways with regard to these junctions.

8. Abberton Reservoir Community Fund, Rights of Way Meeting, Walk – There are 3 new applications for the Community Fund, a new car park for Great Wigborough Church and 2 for safety measures in Layer coming into the village from the new ‘fast’ road.  We give Phil a mandate to vote for these applications, and as usual, with the proviso that if new information arises at the funding meeting he will use his judgment accordingly.  Part of the footpath has been walked and the views are spectacular but there is a section still to be established and many other issues.

9. CALC meeting report – This meeting was attended by our representative and the lack of paper planning applications from CBC was discussed again and as a result in future the agents will be asked to submit a paper copy.  Also the draft document on CBC’s new development policies was handed out.

10. Actions and Reminders List – Updated


Planning Applications:
131315 Proposal: Replacement dwelling at Hill Farm, School Lane, Great Wigborough 
131334 Proposal: Listed building application for demolition of derelict conservatory and replacement with 2 storey side extension as approved under 121007 but to include approval for window alterations at Haxells Farmhouse, Peldon Road, Peldon. 
131027 Proposal: Single storey rear and side extensions at Honeysuckle Cottage, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough



Planning Decisions:
131040 Proposal: Single storey rear extension at The Paddocks, Lower Road, PeldonApprove Conditional
131315Proposal: Erection of an outbuilding containing a swimming pool, gym and home cinema at Hall Barn, Peldon Road, PeldonPermission Refused
Appeals and Decisions:
APP/A1530/D/13/2203019 Proposal: Single storey dependent relative annex and structural support to existing dwelling (130557, resubmission of 110912 & 121258) at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, SalcottAppeal against refusal of planning permission


Proposal: Alterations and extension to first floor over the existing single storey element to provide an additional bedroom and en-suite facility (130601) at Honeywood, Mersea Road, Peldon

Appeal against refusal of planning permission

APP/A1530/D/13/2198804Proposal: Infill extension to form additional bedroom for use by existing residents’ children, in part replacing former demolished extension – resubmission of 121120 at Fourways Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott (130116)Appeal dismissed


101733R S Pullen – salary for Aug and Sept£707.06
101734Peldon Village Hall – hire£80.00
101735Mr B Gooding – 2 x insp, cut up tree, paint bench, cut grass£344.80
101736Lappset – parts for play equipment on Moss Hay£285.38
101737PKF Littlejohn LLP – external audit£120.00

The next meeting will be on Tues 8th October 2013 at 7.30pm at Salcott Village Hall


PC Minutes 11th September 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 11th Sept 2012.

Present: John Walker, Lynne Simmons, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Nicky Ellis (chair), Jane Banks, Charles Dymond, Andrew Ellis, 1 Police Officer and 4 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley, Netty Knill-Jones

Minutes of the last meeting: with the alteration at item 3. Code of Conduct, at the end should read ‘one Parish Councillor on the Complaints Panel who should have a vote’, was agreed by all and signed by the chairman

Borough Councillors: The online complaints procedure for ECC Highways is not being dealt with satisfactorily in many cases. County Councillor Kevin Bentley has party to a hot line for complaints so please phone or email the clerk with problems to be passed on. It was brought to Andrew’s attention for investigation that holes in the roads are not always being filled before resurfacing takes place and loose chippings following resurfacing are being wasted. Also the temporary signs for loose chippings are being left too long after the job has been finished and get knocked into the road causing obstructions.

Andrew will ask the head of Zone Wardens for a meeting with us to explain their roles within our community. Also we would like to know the cost from CBC of the Zone Wardens particularly as our precept/grant is being cut.

The missing Salcott-cum-Virley sign from along Colchester Road will be followed up and also CBC Simon High will be contacted for an update on drainage problems in Salcott and the poor state of the road in Salcott and bridge and road on Mill Lane in Virley.

Public-Have Your Say: Concern was expressed about speeding along Lower Road, Peldon. Training for speed gun use will hopefully be taking place shortly.  There was a suggestion for the triangle of grass area at the beginning of Peldon coming from Wigboroughs to be improved but this, unfortunately, is out of our hands as it is privately owned.

Declarations of Interest: None

  1. Police – A house in The Glebe, Peldon had been burgled but there was no sign of forced entry. The Police urge people to make sure windows and doors are not left unlocked. No other crimes were reported.  The Police do use their speed gun periodically in order to help in reducing speeding through our villages.
  2. Playgrounds and Playing Fields – Both playgrounds are in good order with minor jobs outstanding. The replacement chain tails have been fitted to the swings at Salcott. The bark removal will hopefully take place in the very near future in readiness for the rubber clippings. There had been a number of complaints about the grass being too long on Salcott meadow and the roadside hedge in need of a trim. This was explained that these jobs were carried out when it became possible after a spell of wet weather. The contractor has made a good job of the new basketball pad on Moss Hay for which we have obtained grants.  Charles will sow grass seed on the surrounding area to make good.  Children have asked for a net for the ring but unfortunately we have found in the past that nets are quickly broken by children swinging on them or rot too easily.
  3. Code of Conduct – Some had completed the Registerable Interests Form but others still need to do this.  No one wished to be nominated for the Standards Board that takes on the onerous task of judging other parish councillors where there has been complaints received by CBC about them.
  4. Great Wigborough illuminated 30 mph sign – no additional ones are available at present and moving the one in Wigborough will be considered but funds are short for this type of work so it will be sometime before anything happens if at all.
  5. Gold Magazine Edition – we may need to make changes as to how we get our annual report to everyone due to costs, and so requirements and alternatives will be explored.
  6. Broadband and Website – update from John to whom we again expressed our thanks for his tireless efforts on this broadband project.
  7. Finances – to acknowledge completion of the approved external audit.
  8. Abberton Reservoir Community Funds – we agreed on a mandate for Phil to vote for Abberton & Langenhoe’s application to join the broadband scheme, vote also for the expansion of A & L Village Hall following an improved application. The resident in Layer de la Haye who were inconvenienced and out of pocket for being unable to move on their arranged date because their driveway was blocked by reservoir vehicles, for this Phil was mandated to vote for this application if the evidence supported the claim.
  9. Actions and Reminders List – updated


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

121245 Proposal: To erect a 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

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

Planning Decisions:

120074 Proposal: Replacement dwelling and garage following demolition of existing dwelling at Thornfleet, Church Road, Peldon – Permission Granted

120580 Proposal: Variation of condition 3 of planning permission 102366 to allow for amended ridge height of extension due to design fault on approved scheme at 2 Fourreleet Cottages, Whitehouse Hill, Salcott – Permission Granted

121007 Proposal: Listed building application for demolition of derelict conservatory and replacement with 2 storey side extension at Haxells Farm, Peldon Road – Consent Granted

121047 & 121043 Proposal: Part conversion of existing outbuildings to provide home office, WC, kitchen and storage areas at Seaborough House, Peldon Road, Great Wigborough – Permission and Consent Granted

121120 Proposal: Infill extension to create new bedroom – in part replacing demolished extension at Fourways, Barnhall Road, Salcott – Permission Refused

121099 Proposal: Replacement 3 bedroom dwelling and detached car port – Ref: COL/1397/81 at Ransomes, Wigborough Road, Peldon – Permission Granted

121070 Proposal: Variation of condition 2 of 102366 – to build porch with pitched gable roof as opposed to approval lean to roof (retrospective) at 2 Fourreleet Cottages, Whitehouse Hill, Salcott – Permission Granted

121258 Proposal: Extension to provide structural support to existing dwelling and additional dependant relative accommodation (resubmission of 110912) at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott – Permission Refused

Appeal against CBC’s Decision: Proposal: Replacement front garden wall and improved vehicle access to residential area frontage only (resubmission of 111830) at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott


101671 Keith Banks – Moss Hay grass cuts x 4                                                            £160.00

101672 R S Pullen  –  clerk’s fee for August and September                                         £707.06

101673 David J Moore – new basketball pad at Moss Hay                                          £3,595.20

101674 Peldon Village Hall – hire x 2                                                                         £160.00

101675 Audit Commission – annual external audit                                                       £162.00

101676 T Simmons – 2 x play insp, 7 x grass cuts, cut hedge, fit swing parts                 £381.00

101677 B & S Chains –  swing parts                                                                            £53.88

The next meeting will be held at Salcott Village Hall on Tues 9th Oct 2012 at 7.30pm.


PC Minutes 13th September 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 13th September 2011.

Present: Jane Banks, John Walker, Netty Knill-Jones, Nicky Ellis, Jinny Gale, Charles Dymond, Phil Gladwin and 3 members of the public

Apologies for absence: Kevin Bentley, Andrew Ellis, Les Lapwood, Lynne Simmons

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

Borough Councillors: Their report encouraged us, along with all parish and town councils, to write strongly expressing our objections to CBC’s intention to withdraw the grant funding.  Andrew will give us examples of other responses. We will, however, supply them with a copy of our accounts/finances for the last financial year as requested as these are open for anyone to view anyway.

Following the Flood Summit meeting that took place the drive-round to the problem areas will take place soon. We urged for this to be sooner rather than later as winter is approaching fast.

The bulk salt scheme (item 9) has worked well when piloted by ECC.

Public-Have Your Say: Concern was expressed about people living in caravans in this area at this worrying time of increasing numbers of caravans on any one site.  This will be looked into.

Geese from a property at Salcott have been coming onto Salcott meadow rather a lot and making a mess, so the owner of these geese will be written to requesting that he keeps them on his own property.

The goal posts on Salcott meadow need painting and so Terry will do this job.

The owner of the old garage site at Peldon will be sort to request cutting back of the hedge on the corner as it is becoming a danger to road users.

Declarations of Interest: None

1. Withdrawal of Revenue Grant Funding by CBC – the meeting held at Messing to discuss this matter with Tina Dopson, the CBC councillor who has put this idea forward, was attended by us and many other parish councils and our borough councillors and just magnified that all parish councils are of one mind on this and are thoroughly outraged with this proposal.  It was apparent that Tina Dopson had absolutely no idea about what parish councils do and how they go about their business. A working party of parish councillors and borough councillors has been set up to discuss with Tina Dopson the matter further. We will be writing a very strong felt letter to CBC and will invite Tina Dopson to attend one of our meetings.

    2. Playgrounds – Terry has completed a good job of painting the equipment, mending the fence and nearly all the other outstanding work. A top-up of bark surfacing is required so to help us decide whether to buy play bark or an alternative product of rubber clippings some of us will pay a visit to Boxted playground where they have the latter. Phil proposed, John seconded and all agreed to buy which ever is the preferred product as prices are very similar.

    Peldon playground is in good order.  We have received a request for certain additions of equipment on Moss Hay as there are several older children there now. Unfortunately nets for the goal posts get stolen or damaged very quickly, roundabouts are no longer allowed due to Health & Safety legislation.  We will look into the cost of bike ramps but fear these are very costly particularly in these hard times.

    3. Salcott Meadow/Creek and Grass Cutting – as we are still waiting for a ‘water risk assessment report’ from RoSPA to complete our requested information it was decided to suspend this matter until we have that report.

      Grass cutting will be carried out when it is needed bearing in mind that our funds require constant monitoring.

      4. Police – reporting very little crime in our villages but reminding people to report suspicious vehicles with registration details as catalytic converters and diesel thefts continue to occur in rural area.

        5. Broadband Conference – being mainly a commercial exercise was very well attended and various ways for everyone to receive a better broadband signal was discussed at length.  BT will be contacted about updating exchanges and copper wiring capability.

        6. Declaration of Acceptance of Office book – John now has the old book which is full and will take it to a book binder to find out the cost of rebinding with additional pages. So next month’s agenda for a decision.

          7. Polling Station Review – CBC review polling station sites every 4 years. As the Great Wigborough site is the village hall car park and this site is being dealt with now we will reply to CBC with suggested wording as for its availability from the Rector who is on the committee for the village hall.

          8. Bus stop at Peldon and Wigborough Notice Board – we await decisions on the bus shelters from CBC and ECC.

            Great Wigborough notice board has come adrift in the last stormy weather and is being looked at for repair and refixing.

            9. CBC’s offer of a tonne of salt for this winter – we will enquire as to whether, if we agree to this scheme, that this would be the total amount we receive instead of the usual fill up to start the winter with or if it is an amount to follow up with.  If we do agree to this we have a storage place offered and distribution will be carefully monitored for fairness and is strictly for highway use only.

              10. Abberton Reservoir – equestrian rides and footpaths will be completed at the end of the programme.

                Abbotts Hall – have submitted a planning application for meeting rooms that could have possibly been of use to us if it weren’t for security on the site.

                11. CBC Homefinder Scheme – after careful consideration it was felt that we should leave advertising a scheme of this nature to CBC.

                  12. Agree leave of absence for Les – it was agreed that Les should be excused from duties for the foreseeable future and hopefully return in a while.  We will review the situation around Christmas time.  Charles and Netty will oversee the playground.

                  13. The Way We Work – we clarified that Jane would oversee training and our Emergency Plan, John would deal with the website and a more detailed spreadsheet will be carried out to explain the finances more easily.

                    14. Actions and Reminders List – updated


                    111367 Proposal: Insertion of new staircase ground to first floor, also first to second floor inclusive by way of amendment to staircase location as previously approved under reference LB/COL/03/0426 at Seaborough House, Great Wigborough

                    111495 Proposal: Proposed extensions and alterations to existing dwelling at Beckton House Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott

                    111602 Proposal: Conversion of an 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, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough

                    Notice of Planning Decisions:

                    110912 Proposal: Extension to provide accommodation for dependent relative at Lovedowns Farm, Barnhall Road, Salcott – Permission Refused

                    111082 Proposal: Removal of existing conservatory and replace with an extension to existing kitchen. Side extension involving the removal of a window to the existing toilet and associated wall to form new side entrance and boot room. Replacement of existing windows to part north elevation with new timber windows. Erection of new rear all glass extension and forming door opening thereto at New Hall, Cop Hall Lane, Little Wigborough – Permission Granted

                    111083 Proposal: Listed Building application for above – Permission Consented

                    A1530/A/11/2154584/NWF Appeal against CBC for planning conditions for application- Proposal: Reallocation of land uses (residential/equestrian purposes), and upgrade of existing access to unclassified road and erection of equine and cart store at Fourways Farm, Salcott


                    101620 – Playsafety Ltd. – RoSPA inspection and report                                         £252.00

                    101621 – Anglia Inspection Services – inspection and report                                      £60.00

                    101622 – Peldon Village Hall – hire                                                                          £94.00

                    101623 – St Mary the Virgin Peldon – Gold addition of mag                                      £100.00

                    101624 – R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for Aug and Sept                                                 £707.06

                    101625 – T Simmons – painting, repairs, fence posts & paint, hedge, insp                  £664.51

                    The next meeting will be held at Peldon Village Hall on Tues 11th October 2011 at 7.30pm


                    PC Minutes 14th September 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 14th September 2010.

                    Present: Nettie Knill Jones, John Walker, Lynne Simmons, Phil Gladwin, Jinny Gale, Charles Dymond, Jane Banks, Nicky Ellis, Kevin Bentley, Terry Sutton and 8 members of the public.

                    Apologies for absence: None

                    Nettie was co-opted on to the parish council and welcomed in joining us.

                    Minutes of the last meeting were agreed by all with the correction at Item 2 which should read ‘12p per household’, and signed by the chairman.

                    Borough Councillors: All parish councils will have their grants cut.  Double taxation on maintenance work will be looked into more closely as with council tax villages pay the precept part which they do not in town. The spending review takes place next month when we will find out what grant cuts there will be.  ECC’s Transformation Plan is already addressing the spending cuts issue. Senior positions are not being filled following retirement and other personnel not replaced when people leave.

                    Bellwood woodland application has been deferred. The proposed location and size of the building was questioned and the necessity for a toilet on the site.  The chicken business plan was considered to be flawed.  The caravan has been empty for some weeks now calling into question the concern of making the occupant homeless.

                    The next Reservoir and Water Company meeting will take place tomorrow.  The construction works for the new road will probably cause problems to some but work so far has not resulted in many complaints and the small number there has been have been sorted out immediately.

                    The meeting with the professionals on the flooding issue, we were assured, will take place soon but it is proving hard to get the appropriate bodies co-ordinated.

                    The police have been out in our area with a speed gun for which we are always grateful.

                    Missing chevrons and sign will be chased up but because of cuts in personnel things will take longer to happen in future.

                    Failing to get a 40mph speed limit on our main through road a 50mph was requested and will be looked into further.

                    Public-Have Your Say: The owners of two properties in Church Road, Peldon came to apologize for any disturbance, particularly smoke form a fire, they may have caused during the last week or so while carrying out clearance work on the properties at the back of the gardens. They explained that no badger set had been found on the land or indeed any endangered species. They have the intention of extending the gardens to pasture land possibly for grazing horses.  They expressed their desire to work with the community and the parish council and not against them.  The cleared land was heavily overgrown and needed this work. They said they would be pleased to hear of any advice with regard to replanting, hedging, etc. They said that they have no intention of putting in planning permission for a number of houses.  CBC had instructed them to wait until after the end of July before starting this work which they did. They had experienced a great deal of trouble with a number of services, such as the police and fire brigade being called out, but no problems had been found.

                    Declarations of Interest: Phil and Jinny for item 2.

                    Items for Discussion

                    1. Bellwood – as above in Borough Councillors.
                    2. Wigboroughs Village Hall – the volunteers will get together soon for their third meeting.  We have had lively debates at meetings and in emails as to the way forward but forming a Management Committee is the first step.
                    3. Affordable Housing survey and letter – has been circulated to all houses in all the villages which should to be returned in the envelope provided by 1st October 2010. This is purely to establish if there is a need to begin with and nothing more.
                    4. Salcott vacancy – we have had one person from Virley interested and so Phil proposed, Lynne seconded and all agree for the clerk to approach this person with a view to co-opting him on to the parish council.
                    5. CALC meeting minutes say that courses for parish councillors to attend nearer home will be requested and organised.  A budget workshop will be attended by the CALC chairman where he will enquire about the cuts of grant funding.
                    6. Edward Gittins & Assoc. – CBC LDF – was explained. We have submitted our response. One resident in Salcott objects to our objections.  The Inspector’s decisions will probably be published at the end of this month.
                    7. Salcott flooding – some ditch clearance work has been carried out and more will be done soon.  Also see above in Borough Councillors.
                    8. Playgrounds – the filling out of the official maintenance sheets from RoSPA are considered to be necessary, especially in these times of spending money wisely. Rotten posts at Salcott should now be repaired or replaced as required.  The work deemed necessary or advisory on the annual inspection report also needs to be carried out fairly promptly.
                    9. Moss Hay goal posts – Nicky proposed, Phil seconded and all agreed for the old ones to be repaired without further delay. Clerk to activate this and Jinny to follow up if necessary.
                    10. Salcott crossroads bus shelter alterations cost will be ready hopefully in time for a decision at the next meeting.
                    11. Individual jobs for individual parish councillors – was discussed at length and agreed as a good idea with one exception.  We will explore and make a list between us of suitable jobs that could be allocated to certain parish councillors, although we probably, to some extend, do this already.
                    12. Actions and Reminders list – up dated

                    Planning applications:

                    101417 Proposal: Temporary use of mobile home as monitoring accommodation for free range chicken egg unit at Bellwood, Colchester Road, Great Wigborough

                    101423 Proposal: Loft conversion, new porch and alterations to attached garage at Longacre, School Lane, Great Wigborough

                    101433 Proposal: Demolish existing garages, build single store granny annexe at The Bungalow, Colchester Road, Virley

                    101612 Proposal: Replacement house at Grove Bungalow, Maldon Road, Gt Wigborough

                    101837 Proposal: Removal of condition 2 of planning permission 072151 restricting the use for overhaul and repair, sale and maintenance of contractors’ plant, sale of associated spare parts and associated offices, all as stated in the application and for no other purpose at St Ives Farm, St Ives Road, Peldon

                    Notice of Planning Decisions:

                    100854 Proposal: Erection of single storey kitchen extension, insertion of new doors and internal alterations at The Old Rectory, Mill Lane, Virley – Permission Granted

                    101423 Proposal: Loft conversion, new porch and alterations to attached garage at Longacre, School Lane, Great Wigborough – Permission Granted

                    101372 Proposal: Double storey side extension and front porch at 2 Fourreleet Cottages, Whitehouse Hill, Salcott – Permission Refused


                    101563 Colchester Association of Local Councils – annual subs                                £35.00

                    101564 Suffolk Acre – insurance for Wigborough Hall                                            £60.37

                    101565 CBC – election costs                                                                            £598.23

                    101566 Audit Commission – external audit                                                         £158.63

                    101567 R S Pullen – clerk’s fee for August and September                                   £707.06

                    101568 R S Pullen – clerk’s expenses                                                                £240.22

                    101569 Barry Gooding – play insp x 3 months                                                      £90.00

                    101570 Rural Community Council of Essex – photocopying survey                           £54.00

                    101571 Terry Simmons – 4 x grass cuts, 2 x playground insp, hedge trim               £240.00

                    The next meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tues 12th Oct 2010 at Salcott Village Hall


                    PC Minutes 8th September 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 8th September 2009.

                    Present: Frances Fergus, Jane Banks, Nicky Ellis, Jinny Gale, Phil Gladwin, Lynne Simmons, Sam Knill Jones, Kevin Bradshaw, Andrew Ellis, John Jowers, Steve Copeland and 5 members of public

                    Apologies for absence: None

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

                    Borough Councillors: Bellwood – the applicant must sign the agreement this week or enforcement will begin but he can appeal.  The roadside hedge there has been devastated and the CBC Tree Officer will be contacted, although we understand permission was given for some work to be done.

                    County Councillor: The Regional Assembly and the Regional Development Agency have been abolished and so strategic planning will be regrouped.  When infrastructure is improved it leaves the way open for more houses to be built.  The Shoreline Management Plan now gives farmers the right to maintain their own boundaries. Improvement will be made from the launch of the Rural Commission, for example more dwellings will be able to obtain broadband. Affordable Social Housing is a priority within the Local Development Framework, houses for local people and possibly with shared ownership schemes.

                    Public – Have Your Say: Salcott Village Hall has had some refurbishment work done with more to come from grants and fund raising events. ECC Highways will be contacted with regard to an uneven piece of pavement and CBC with regard to curb side sweeping.  We will address the overgrowth at the Kings Head corner.

                    Rubbish in the hedge and ditch at Moss Hay was discussed also the hedge needs a good trim and we will address the problems, booking BTCV for some of the work. A footpath from the St Ives Farm side of St Ives Road was requested to be improved.

                    Flooding at Salcott crossroads was again an issue and will be discussed in Item 6.

                    The hedge on the roadside at Salcott meadow needs trimming again and will be done. The two gates at Salcott for the field itself and the play area are both faulty and do not close, this will also be done.

                    Declarations of Interest: None

                    Items for Discussion

                    1. Great Wigborough Village Hall – has held in trust from 1954 for the people of the Wigboroughs with the Charities Commission. There were 4 original trustees who have all since died.  Therefore 4 new trustees should be found and also 7 people for a management committee.  Disposal of the hall can take place, with the maximum possible obtained from the sale and with a vote from all the people in the Wigs and the proceeds there of for use in obtaining something that will be of benefit to all in the Wigs.
                    2. Salcott meadow – marquee for party – request has now been withdrawn but was discussed for any future request.  There are many considerations that would need to be met and probably resolved.
                    3. Our insurance – with a view to a changed policy – a new broker has been found that will probably give us cheaper insurance even though it is still with Zurich and will be investigated further.
                    4. Peldon play equipment update – the broken springy horse seat has been replaced, we are waiting for a price for rotten legs and have obtained an extensive report on other things that need attention. The tarmac of the basket ball area is badly cracked and so Phil proposed, Sam seconded and all agreed for us to ask Terry Simmons to do the job as soon as possible. We have received a very generous offer in helping us to purchase new goalposts but there was a suggestion of a bigger piece of equipment with a kicking wall, goalpost, cricket area, etc. all in one. This will be looked into.
                    5. Moss Hay footpath progress & pole/gate – we have sent a written specification to the two people that sent us quotes as clarification of the job required was needed.  We are waiting for their replies. A discussion took place as to whether a gate or locking pole might be appropriate.  The pole will be investigated for cost and availability.
                    6. Salcott crossroads flooding – ECC Highways has carried out work that was deemed necessary, CBC has written to landowners to carry out work at their properties with ditches etc. but one landowner has failed to do the requested work and this will be followed up.
                    7. Planning Training Session – as excellent session was attended by 6 of us at the Town Hall and the councillors who did not go are encouraged to attend a session at a later date.
                    8. St. Ives Wood – the next stage of clearance is due and concerns were expressed for the wildlife and also for the work to be done more considerately than last time with both the amount of cutting and with regard to safety.  The parish council will write to CBC Tree Department to make these points.
                    9. Speed Gun – Layer de la Haye has it at present. We will endeavour to obtain it and find the time to use it as the trained people have been occupied with other work in the villages.
                    10. Village Design Statement – the questionnaires are being evaluated which is a very long and arduous task and we are grateful for the people involved in this.
                    11. CALC membership Nicky proposed, Jane seconded and all agreed to continue with our membership as it is felt that we need to be involved or we miss out on important matters.
                    12. Bellwood – as above and Tolleshunt Knights – Barnhall Road application has been refused by Maldon District Council.
                    13. Correspondence was received by us from RCCE about a possible site in Peldon for a small scheme of affordable housing for local people.  We will therefore request a presentation from RCCE Rural Housing Enabler at our next meeting.


                    090978  Proposal: Two storey rear extension at Bucklands, Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough

                    091076  Proposal: Removal of condition 2 of 081888 at Peldon Old Rectory

                    Notice of Planning Decisions:

                    090342 Proposal: Application for temporary use of mobile home as monitoring accommodation for free range chicken unit, siting of 3 mobile chicken houses, erection of tractor shelter, brood and feed shed at Bellwood, Colchester Road, Great Wigborough  –  Permission Refused


                    101499  Audit Commission  –  external annual audit                                                                 £155.25

                    101500  Lappset UK Ltd.  –  springy horse seat                                                                         £46.00

                    101501  R S Pullen  –  clerk’s fee for August & September                                                        £700.04

                    101502  CALC  –  annual subs                                                                                                 £35.00

                    101503  T Simmons  –  4 x cuts Salcott meadow, 2 x play insp.                                                 £210.00

                    The next meeting will be at Peldon Village Hall on Tuesday 13th October 09 at 7.30pm.

                    The Parish Council wish to request that all householders put their refuse out on the correct day of the week paying particular attention to the fact that when there is a bank holiday all refuse is collected a day later than normal.  Bags are easily torn open by animals leaving an objectionable mess.