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Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus (Covid-19) news from Colchester Borough CouncilEssex County Council and Gov.UK. 


Check the NHS website if you have symptoms.


WTC Covid 19 Risk Assessment Document, 26 June, 2020. 




                                           26 June 2020 - Colchester Borough Council has suspended its Recycling Supply Voucher system.



Residents can now go online and place an order for home delivery. Free of charge items can no longer be collected from local stockist. Only one order can be placed. Delivery is within 3 weeks.



Caddy liners are still available to purchase from WTC - £1 per roll of 26.




Wivenhoe Mutual Aid is a network of volunteers backed by Helping Hands, Wivenhoe Foodbank, Reach out at Christmas and Wivenhoe Town Council. The local volunteers are busy helping those who are isolated with shopping, collecting prescriptions, calling people to see if they are ok and dog walking.

If you would like to make a donation you can do this online to the following          Co-operative bank account: Wivenhoe Town Council Mayors Charity account no. 611 512 60, sort code 08 90 31, ensuring that you state Wivenhoe Mutual Aid as the reference.



3 June 2020 - Sport England booklet to help older adults keep active.


A new booklet, co-funded and developed by us and Public Health England (PHE) aims to help older adults keep up their activity levels while isolating due to coronavirus (Covid-19). 


To print the booklet you can download it from the PHE Campaign Resource Centre. 



20 May 2020 - CBC Local Plan and Garden Communities Update. 


Planning Inspector gives Local Authorities way forward for their joint Section One Local Plan, ruling that two of the three garden communities are not deliverable.




8 May 2020 - Wivenhoe Community VE Day 75 2020 'We'll Meet Again' Sing Along.


Although we can't all come together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we can all come together in spirit and song. Why not hold your own garden party and still share the day in our special community. 
 To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, tune in to Colne Radio at 3pm on Friday 8th of May to listen to Churchill's famous speech followed by Dame Vera Lynn - 'We'll Meet Again'. 

         Wave your flags and sing out loud!   


8 May 2020 - Colchester Borough Council VE Day 75 2020.



Due to the current situation it is not possible for CBC to go ahead with their planned service of remembrance, so they have put together a virtual commemoration on the CBC website, which includes personal messages from the Mayor and Garrison Commander, prayers from the Bishop, links to the Imperial War Museum, Churchill’s speeches and resources for the public to hold their own ‘at home’ events.



CBC invite residents, young and old, to explore their online pages commemorating VE Day and take part in the celebrations at home which include a Cry for Peace Around the World involving Town Criers from across the United Kingdom.



Taking part is our former Mayor, Wivenhoe Town Councillor Bob Needham who is also Colchester's Town Crier. 



 1 May 2020 - Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen is offering FREE running repairs and checks for key workers and their immediate family with Cycling UK The Big Bike Revival (tyres/brakes/gears & minor probs).


More complex repairs are an option depending on demand, and any replacement parts may need to be paid for.


Simply TEXT 07926 463568 with your full name & job title to arrange a drop off time at the workshop and we'll have your bike ready for collection within 2 days.


Physical distancing etc to be observed 



COVID-19 we're currently ONLY offering free running repairs for key workers


TEXT 07926 463568 with full name and job title to arrange



1 May 2020 - Social Distancing Whilst Exercising.


The Wivenhoe Trail is an informal route of about 5 miles, stretching from Colchester town centre to the riverside town of Wivenhoe and on to Brightlingsea, via Thorrington Mill. 


The recent "popularity" of the trail with those taking daily exercise has raised some concerns about its shared use by people on foot and those on bicycles, particularly with regard to Social Distancing. 


Inquiries with Sustrans and Colchester Cycling Club have revealed that parts of the trail (from Colchester to the Station car park) are shared use, after which the route for cyclists is diverted through Wivenhoe and on to the roads, as shown on the map, provided by Sustrans:



Please consider these issues when planning for your safe exercise.


  • Red line - Public Right of Way Footpath
  • Purple line - On Road National Cyclist Network  


30 April 2020 - Important Information from Resuscitation Council (UK).


For anyone who finds themselves having to perform CPR/Defibrillation in an out of hospital setting during the current climate kindly supplied from AJS First Aid Training Services.





You should use the following guide lines:


  • Wear Gloves. 
  • As shown, a towel or similar to place over nose mouth. 
  • When we carry out chest compressions, air is released through the nose and mouth in droplet form, thus possible spread of infection, in this case Covid 19. 
  • Remember we are trained as first aiders. 
  • Check Danger, make sure area is safe to proceed.
  • Do not check air way or breathing. 
  • Shake shoulders in normal manner.
  • Ask 'are you alright'. 
  • No response call 999, inform the service of what is taking place and the patient may have Covid 19, follow instructions. 




29 April 2020 - Message from Town Mayor, Cllr. Nick Tile.


We are working closely with Colchester Borough Council, following government restrictions for the good of the residents of the town. This includes restricting access to some facilities and continuing to support Wivenhoe Mutual Aid which is doing a great job.


We are also managing the very generous Wivenhoe Mutual Aid public donations and Locality Budget donation from Cllr Andrea Luxford Vaughan and of course, we are always here to help and if we can't, to put you in touch with people who can.




Monday 27 April 2020 - Keep Essex Active You Tube Channel Launch.


This channel will feature local, trusted instructors who have tailored routines for all audiences from family to over 65 workouts.


A live time-table will be accessible all week online so you can plan out your week’s worth of activity.


More of us are spending time at home and staying active is really important for our mental health and wellbeing.


To find out more, visit Active Essex. 




23 April 2020 - Social Distancing. 


When using shared public facilities, taking your daily permitted exercise, please remember to keep a careful eye out for people coming the opposite way.


Your actions may unintentionally make it dangerous for others, especially when cycling and running.


Remember to slow down and keep your distance from oncoming walkers. Some people may have limited mobility, others may be unable to hear your warning and often people need time to make way for faster traffic.


Thank you for helping to make Wivenhoe a safer place for us all.




23 April 2020 -  University of Essex staff and students are offering basic IT support to marginalised groups.


The first session is this afternoon.


If you would like to take part, visit University of Essex.




8 May 2020 VE Day 75 2020 - We'll Meet Again Sing Along with Vera Lynn.


Let’s all hold a garden party! 


We can’t all come together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day but we can all come together in spirit and in song- why not hold your own garden party and still share the day in our special community!


Please join us by standing on your doorstep and singing out loud!


Supported by Wivenhoe Town Council.  



16 April 2020 - Cycle Repair Station - vandalised and not available for use.


We are sad to report that the recently installed Cycle Repair Station outside the William Loveless Hall has been vandalised and all the tools cut off and taken. We have had such a lot of positive feedback from residents who were using this facility on a regular basis and are  disappointed that such a mindless act has taken place in the Town. 


A message from our Town Mayor, Cllr. Nick Tile. 

This is a time to treat what we have with respect, encourage people to support the community and make the best of our resources which are likely to be in short supply in the future as the Country, County and Borough start to recover from these difficult times. 



14 April 2020 - CBC Recycling Update. 

Update issued by Colchester Borough Council on recycling collections beginning after Easter.


As a result of following Government guidelines during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, CBC's seasonal Saturday Household Drop-off Service that was due to start 18 April has unfortunately been cancelled until further notice.




April 2020 - Covid 19 - Residents urged by CBC and Essex Police to heed advice and stay at home as weather set to improve.


Call to follow social distancing rules in the coming days and weeks.


'With the weather expected to turn increasingly Spring-like, residents are being reminded to follow advice to stay at home, protect lives and help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

As temperatures begin to nudge higher over the coming days, and with Easter fast-approaching, people are asked to continue observing rules around social distancing when venturing outdoors and visiting public spaces.


This always means only going out once a day for some fresh air and exercise, or for essentials such as shopping or medicines, and adhering to Government advice to stay local, use open spaces near to home where possible and not to congregate'.



8 April 2020 -  Updates to CBC recycling collections.

Due to the impact of coronavirus, the Colchester Borough Council recycling collection service had been suspended since 25 March 2020.

Thanks to additional staff recruitment, and by temporarily reducing the frequency of collections across the borough, CBC can begin their recycling collection service again on a reduced basis. Garden waste and textiles will remain suspended.

From 13 April 2020, they will collect glass, cans, plastics, paper and card on a four weekly basis.


Recycling collections begin from 20 April 2020 in Wivenhoe, see recycling calendar below:


Temporary 3 month recycling calendar for Wivenhoe.



8 April 2020 - Colchester District Neighbourhood Watch Update. 


Colchester NHW aim to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen, in which people are safe from crime and enjoy a good quality of life so that fewer people feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live.


They have launched their 'Little Book of Big Scams' to 'raise awareness of the ever evolving ways that criminals use to scam the public out of hard earned money'. 


2 April 2020 - Donate to Wivenhoe Mutual Aid


Wivenhoe Mutual Aid is a network of volunteers backed by Helping Hands, Wivenhoe Foodbank, Reach out at Christmas and Wivenhoe Town Council. The local volunteers are busy helping those who are isolated with shopping, collecting prescriptions, calling people to see if they are ok and dog walking.


If you would like to make a donation you can do this online to the following Co-Op bank account:


Wivenhoe Town Council – Mayors Charity A/C

Sort Code:       08 90 31

Account No.:    61151260


Please ensure that you state 'Wivenhoe Mutual Aid' as the reference


Many thanks.  



30 March 2020 - If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, please call Essex Police on 101.

Report fraud or attempted fraud by contacting Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.





Following the alert sent out this morning, please see the official government response to messages such as the one shown below:


“The Government has only sent one text message to the public regarding new rules about staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any others claiming to be from UK Government are false.

Criminals are able to use spoofing technology to send texts and emails impersonating organisations that you know and trust. We would remind anyone who receives an unexpected text or email asking for personal or financial details not click on the links or attachments, and don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial details.”


If you receive any such messages, report them to Action Fraud - www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing 

30 March 2020 - Community Response Pack launched by Colchester Borough Council to offer support during the ongoing Covid-19 situation. 


Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus (Covid-19) news from Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council. 

27 March 2020 - NHS Volunteer Army.


The NHS has launched a national volunteer initiative, “rallying the troops” for the war on coronavirus, with volunteers being called up to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home.


The nation is looking for up to 250,000 volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.


Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at goodsamapp.org/NHS to become NHS Volunteer Responders, and can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as:


  • delivering medicines from pharmacies;
  • driving patients to appointments;
  • bringing them home from hospital;
  • or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.



27 March 2020 - CBC Increase Black Bag Limit.


The Government’s guidelines and Stay at Home advice means households will have more rubbish to dispose, so CBC have increased the amount of rubbish that every household can put out for collection every fortnight by one 60 litre bag.


This means the new temporary limits for household rubbish collections are now as follows until further notice:


Households with black bag collections can now put a maximum of 4 x 60 litre black bags out for collection.


Rubbish collections remain bi-weekly, food waste collections weekly and flats with communal rubbish and collections are continuing as normal. 


26 March 2020 - CBC Waste and Recycling Update.


Garden waste collection update on services that were stopped on 24 March 2020.



Recycling collection update on services, with the exception of food waste collections, that were stopped on 25 March 2020. 


26 March 2020 - Coronavirus and Wellbeing.


If you are worrying about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life, including staying at home and avoiding others. Please visit Mind which has lots of advice and information that could help you manage your wellbeing.


26 March 2020 - A supply of recycling clear bags are available from storage bins outside the Council Offices. Please only take 1 bag per household. Thank you.

25 March 2020 -  Please help us to raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks and signpost people to support services.



The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) recognise that this period may be one of increased financial pressure for many people.

The Team is fully committed to ensuring that illegal money lenders (loan sharks) do not take advantage and profit from other people’s hardship.  


The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service (0300 555 2222) remains open and fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage not only victims but friends, family members and the wider community to come forward if they suspect someone is suffering at the hands of loan sharks. A victim of a loan shark should contact the team for help. Visit the website here for more info and support: http://bit.ly/2vyzQyg


Anyone who is feeling harassed or threatened by an illegal money lender can find out more about the different ways the team can help here: http://bit.ly/2Q0Yej9


Loan sharks are not your friends – these criminals are highly manipulative and want you under their control. Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of illegal money lending here http://bit.ly/2Q0Yej9


You can check if a company is authorised to lend money at www.loansmart.org.uk



These links may also be useful:

Citizens Advice: Coronavirus and what it means for you

Money Advice: Coronavirus and what it means for you

Stepchange – Coronavirus and your finances



Wishing you all safety and good health during these difficult and uncertain times.  


From 25 March 2020 - Recycling and Green Waste Collections.


Colchester Borough Council have suspended recycling and green waste collections until further notice. Only food waste will be collected on a green week for the time being. Black bin bag waste collection will continue as normal.


Guidelines about how to safety get rid of rubbish if someone is self-isolating or is confirmed to have coronovirus.   

24 March 2020


Following recent Government advice, a decision has been taken to close the Council Offices until further notice. We are still contactable by telephone 01206 822864 and email enquiries@wivenhoe.gov.uk.


24 March 2020 


Please note that although the Play Parks have been closed, the KGV Playing Field will remain open and the Allotments, but please follow Government advice.


A decision has been taken to close the Car Park Toilets, William Loveless Hall, Pontoon and suspend bookings of the Minibus.


Essex County Council Coronavirus updates in relation to Essex and impacts on Essex County Council services.


Colchester Borough Council Coronavirus updates, advice and guidance for businesses and residents. 


Welcome to the Wivenhoe Town Council Spring 2020 Newsletter. 






Link to the UK Government website information. 

Handwashing Techniques.  


 Carolyn Beaudoin, flickr.com. 

General Election, Thursday 12 December, 2019.

An Election is to be held for a Member of Parliament to serve the Colchester constituency and the Harwich and North Essex constituency.  

To find out more, click here. 

Declaration of result of poll. 



December 2019 - Creative Events Fund launched by Colchester Borough Council is offering financial support to registered charities, constituted voluntary and community organisations as well as not for profit groups, organising creative activities throughout the borough between 1st May 2020 and 30 April 2021. £20, 000 has been made available for grants between £500 and £1,500 per project to support public events open to all. apply online closing date is 19 January, 2020.  


November 2019 - Clean Air for Colchester project

Be part of the change to make Colchester air cleaner and healthier

Visit www.colchester.gov.uk/cleanair or #cleanaircol to find out more



23 August 2019 - Wivenhoe Town Council Statement in response to the announcement that money is to be made available for the Rapid Transit System and the link road.

Even those well-attuned to the endless money-wasting from central and local government must have been shocked to read that the government has awarded an unspecified large sum to ECC for the provision of a Colchester-University-East garden city so-called Rapid Transit route. This must be the first time that government money has been granted for the full cost of a project that does not actually exist.


The East Rapid transit route has been talked about since 2007, including three reports by ECC and their consultants Jacobs since 2016, but no progress whatsoever has been made in identifying where it is supposed to go. The last report published in July merely restates the point that there are several 'possible' routes, all of which are just lines drawn along the existing ordinary roads, via Eastgates or Barrack St / Magdalen St, none of which are known for rapidity of traffic movement! Endless comments about the vital importance of bus priority has not been matched by any attempt to list where or how such priority might be achievable. The reason for all this lack of progress is, of course, that those preparing the reports realise that there is NOT actually any solution, but that must not be admitted in public because the whole garden city project has been put forward on the foolish assumption that there 'must' be one.
If one wonders how it is that civil servants could have approved money for such a dead embryo of a project, it has already been pointed out by others (a political journalist talking on Look East) that with a general election in the wings and Colchester and Chelmsford both being unsafe seats, it is more likely that ministers decided which places should be seen to be getting government money in their own party interests and not on the basis of the credibility of the projects.  


August 2019 - Little Treasures - Also saw a male Wasp Spider in the grass as well. Hope this brightens the day a little. Cllr Glyn Evans. 









August 2019 - Cllr Glyn EvansDecided to dash over to the KGV meadow for a few mins. The painted lady butterflies are superb. Worth a quick look.




  1. Corn Bunting.

  2. Turtle Dove.

  3. Marsh Harrier.

  4. Hummingbird Hawk Moth.


July 2019 - Cllr. Glyn Evans Wildlife Report

We have several Marsh Harriers in the area, still a rare breeding bird and we have at least 3 pairs of Turtle Doves holding territory. In the last few days a Corn Bunting has been heard singing. They are established in small numbers along the Colne and Crouch estuaries.  A few Hummingbird Hawk moths who are immigrants from Southern Europe have also appeared locally recently, especially for people like me, who don't see Buddleia and Valerians as weeds. 


July 2019 - Here are some beautiful wildlife photographs taken by  Cllr. Glyn Evans of some of the treasures he found recently in Lower Lodge, KGV Playing Field next to the meadow, Gravel Pit next to the Cricket Ground, Alresford Creek and Plumptons Farm. 


1. Six-spot Burnet. 2. Broad-bodied Chaser. 3. Brassy Longhorn. 4. Comma. 5. Little Owl. 6. Common Tern. 7. Large Skipper. 8. Southern Hawker, Dragonfly.



June 2019 - WIVENHOE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN OFFICIALLY ADOPTED - new plan for Wivenhoe that has been formally adopted by Colchester Borough Council, 31 May 2019.

The Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan, spanning 2019-2033, outlines 32 policies Colchester Borough Council will now follow when making any planning decisions about Wivenhoe. In 2013 the council agreed a Neighbourhood Plan covering the whole of the Wivenhoe ward should be developed. A working group, in consultation with the local community, have developed the plan over the last six years and it was overwhelmingly backed by residents in a referendum held on Thursday 2 May with 2,771 people in favour and 342 against. The Neighbourhood Plan has been developed with extensive involvement by the local community, scrutinised by an independent examiner and backed by 89 per cent of residents taking part in the referendum. To find out more, visit www.colchester.gov.uk. 


  Umberto Salvagnin flickr.com

10 June 2019 - Hummingbird Hawk Moth


In the last couple of weeks, Hummingbird Hawk moths have been reported around Wivenhoe. 

These moths migrate here from warmer climes in Southern Europe and are often found during the day, feeding on the nectar of plants like honeysuckle and red valerian.  

Look out for a medium-sized moth (about 5-6cm wingspan) darting around between plants and the hovering while feeding through its long proboscis. 

In flight, its orange underwings glow brightly, making it much easier to see than when at rest.


Next week: Dragonflies.


Cllr. Glyn Evans.



 gotcredit flickr.com

5 June 2019 - Changes to Recycling Supplies from Colchester Borough Council - we have just been notified that from 10 June 2019 residents need to download a voucher from www.colchester.gov.uk/recycling before collecting all free recycling supplies. Colchester Borough Council currently run this voucher scheme for garden sacks and are now extending it to cover rolls of clear bags, food caddies and glass/can boxes. If you do not have internet access, to request a voucher, please call CBC Recycling on 01206 282700. We apologise for the short notice.



 WillemvandeKerkhof flickr.com 

Thursday 6th of June, 2019 - 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

This year is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, one of the most remarkable Allied wartime operations. Please join us on Thursday 6th June 2019 at the St Mary's Church War Memorial at 11am for a 75th D-Day Commemoration Event. 



MAY 2019- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for 'Wyvern' the ferry boat that runs during the summer between Wivenhoe and Rowhedge with occasional trips to Fingringhoe. 

To find out more click here. Weekends, April to October. Licenced by Colchester Borough Council and run by volunteers. 




Here are some beautiful wildlife photographs taken by  Cllr. Glyn Evans of some of the treasures he found recently in the Wildlife Garden and the KGV meadow in just an hour. Cllr. Evans said 'had it been less windy, I'd have probably been able to find more'.






Appointment of Town Mayor and Deputy Town Mayor.


At the annual meeting of the Town Council on 20 May 2019, the appointment of the Town Mayor and Deputy Mayor for 2019-20 took place. Cllr. Nick Tile as Town Mayor and Cllr. Sanchia Nash as Deputy Mayor for 2019-20.


Town Mayor, Cllr. Tile, has been with us for eight years and along with his partner, Mayoress, Pam Nevard, has a particular interest in green issues, especially respecting the river, encouraging people to protect the wildlife and appreciate and enjoy their environment. He also looks forward to looking for ways in which to raise funds for the community.


We would like to wish them every success and hope that they enjoy their year in office.

 April 2019 - Statement of Persons Nominated, Wivenhoe Town Council, Parish Elections. Click here to find out more.                        


April 2019 - Essex County Council shared vision for the County - Future of Essex. Essex Partners, the Essex Strategic Coordination Group would like to invite you to share your views to help them assess their progress in delivering the shared vision. If you would like to take part in the survey, click here. The survey is open for responses until 21 April, 2019.


April 2019 - Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan - Click here to read a factual summary of the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan. To read the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan in full, click here

Update - Declaration of result of poll for Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Planning Referendum on Thursday 2 May 2019 - The elector's choice is that Yes they do want Colchester Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Wivenhoe to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.2771 votes YES. 342 votes NO. Turnout 38.87%. Electorate: 8166.Adrian Pritchard, Counting Officer, Colchester Borough Council, 3 May 2019. 


   Julien Harnies, flickr.com         

                                                                                                                                                 March 2019 - Affinity Water - Have your say - Within the next 5 years and beyond there will not be enough water to meet increases in demand, unless we make changes. Doing nothing is not an option. To find out more and give your opinion between 1 March and 26 April 2019, visit www.affinitywater.co.uk/haveyoursay


Jim Young 


Children’s Play Park (KGV) Enhancement Project


The Council is pleased to announce that the improvement works to the Children’s Play Park on KGV are almost complete.

The formal handover from the contractor is scheduled on 22 March 2019. On that date the fencing surrounding the play equipment will be removed and the Play Park will be open for use.

At some point the Town Council will organise a formal opening ceremony, but you have no need to worry about that just get on and enjoy it in the meantime. Please let us know what you think of the Play Park and in particular the improvements we have made.

This is an opportunity to let you know that the Town Council aspires to make further improvements to the Play Park in the future subject to funding becoming available.


Carolyn Beaudoin, flickr.com.

May 2019 - Colchester Borough Council and Parish Council Elections will take place on Thursday 2nd May 2019. In Wivenhoe, the entire membership of the Parish Council has reached the end of their 4 year term of office and the parish councillors must either step down or seek re election for a further term. 

Further information about standing as a local councillor and casting your vote:

What is a Council?

Who can stand for election?

Do councillors need special skills? 

Why should I vote? 

Further information can also be found on the Colchester Borough Council Electoral Office website



March 2019 - Calor Rural Community Fund. Home provider, Calor is offering deserving community projects the chance to win a total of 21 grants with prize pots ranging from £1,000 to £5,000. To find out more click here



February 2019 - Essex County Council Future Library Strategy. Click here for summary strategy and here for full strategy.

February 2019 - Register of Community Assets Update. Wivenhoe Town Council has been notified that its application has been successful and that Wivenhoe Library has been included on Colchester Borough Council's Register of Community Assets. Click here to read more. 



February 2019 - Click here for an update from Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner - Essex Police & Essex County Fire & Rescue Service Budgets. 



February 2019 - Essex Highways - click here for Highway Highlights Jan 2019. 



February 2019 - Healthwatch Essex Information Service helps people across the county understand and access health and social care services. Click here for a summary of the key topics raised by callers from October - December 2018 about services in North East Essex CCG area. For more details, please get in touch with the Information Service: call 0300 500 1895, text 07511 902 080 or email info@healthwatchessex.org.uk. 



February 2019 - Wivenhoe Library Consultation Looms - Deadline date 20 February 2019. The  'Save Wivenhoe Library and Librarians' campaign is organising a 3rd 'Book Raid' on Saturday 16 February 2019. Local Residents are encouraged to go along to the Wivenhoe Library and bring a friend. Please visit: Essex County Council Libraries Fit for the Future, Save Wivenhoe Library Change.org and Protect Library Services petitions UK & Govt. & Parliament.


December 2018 - Essex County Council - Local Bus Consultation - Essex County Council has launched a consultation to find out how important evening and Sunday local bus services are to you. The consultation runs until 22 March 2019. Paper versions are available from Essex County Council Libraries or by calling 03457 430 430 or by emailing: passenger.transport@essex.gov.uk. To find out more click here



November 2018 - A133 Ipswich Road and Harwich Road Roundabout Roadworks - Statement from Essex County Council 

The A133 Ipswich Road roundabout scheme aims to alleviate congestion and improve access for all modes of transport, while supporting growth and economic prosperity of the town. The scheme will see the replacement of the double roundabouts located at Ipswich Road and Harwich Road with a single roundabout at each location. The carriageway between Ipswich Road and Harwich Road junctions will also be widened to accommodate two formal lanes in each direction. The scheme will also include upgrading existing pedestrian crossings to signal controlled crossings and general improvements to the current off-carriageway cycle and footway provisions. In addition there is a large number of utilities diversionary works and strengthening to retaining walls. While efforts are being made to keep traffic congestion within the area to a minimum throughout these improvements, it is recognised that works are being undertaken in traffic sensitive areas and there is likely to be disruption to normal traffic flows. Motorists are advised to allow extra time travelling through the area. I would encourage residents and businesses to also check the Essex Highways website for the latest updates, including any changes to traffic management arrangements via www.essex.gov.uk/majorschemes. You can also check the @Essexhighways twitter feed and www.roadworks.org for information about other works in the area.

Cllr. Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Essex County Council 




November 2018 - Essex Fire and Rescue Plan Survey

Roger Hurst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex has launched a survey to ask the people of Essex for their views on the priorities to be included in the county's first ever Fire and Rescue Plan. The plan will run from 2019 to 2024 and will be the basis on which Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is held to account for its performance. To find out more click here. The survey will close on midnight on Tuesday January 15, 2019. Public Meetings, to find out more click here.



November 2018 - Essex Level Crossings 

Please note that due to the extended time required to complete the proceedings, the Inquiry will adjourn on Thursday 6th December, 2018 and resume as follows: 29th January, 2019 - 1st February, 2019 at Novotel, Stanstead and 5th to 8th February, 2019 at Novotel Stanstead.

For further details visit the website


July 2018 - Anglia Water Sewer Repair Works - Wivenhoe Lower Lodge Farm Nature Reserve 

Anglian Water have informed us that works will take place within the next 4 months - Traffic management will be required ranging from give and take or temporary traffic signals to full road closures.

Residents in close proximity to the works will be notified by letter prior to the works taking place. Read More.


2018 National Rural Crime Network 

Do you think crime has gone up or down? Do you feel safer? What’s your view of the police in your community?

In short, the National Rural Crime Network want to know the true picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural communities across England and Wales – and the impact it has where you live or work.

May 2018 - Planning Hearing Update 10th May 

An additional hearing day for the North Essex Garden Communities project was arranged because of a procedural error. A set of representations by Lightwood, the land promoter for Monks Wood 'garden community' (also four others) was not submitted, as is required, to the Inspector.

As a result, Lightwood was unaware of and unable to attend week one of January's full examination in public of the North Essex Garden Communities project, the Section 1 Plan. The Inspector arranged the additional hearing to give all interested parties the opportunity to appear.

Cllr Andrea Luxford Vaughan 

November 2017 - Notice from Essex Police 1st November 2017

We have recently had two serious incidents in the Highwood’s area of Colchester. Both incidents occurred yesterday the 30th October 2017 and on both incidents, young females aged approximately 14/15 walking alone in remote / secluded areas near the ‘Jays’ and Gavin Way have been attacked in is suspected that these attacks may be sexually motivated.

We are making you all aware in order that you can take steps to forewarn family, friends, colleagues, employee’s, parishioners etc.

Although I would urge all members of the Community to be Alert but not Alarmed, and to report any suspicious males or behaviour seen in the Highwood’s area at the time using 999 or 101 or using Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in Winter 2017-2018

The following information has been provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Animal and Plant Health Agency. Please click here to view this information.

August 2017 - Flooding Update 

Anglia Water have reported that much of Colchester had flooding on the night of 9th August due to capacity of the sewers. They have checked and restarted their pumps. If anyone has suffered damage and needs a clean up and the flooding is NOT related to the river or town drain please contact Anglia Water.

The Environment Agency have reported they will check the town drain that flows into the wet dock.

April 2017 - Marine Police Day of Action 29th/30th April 2017

The Marine Police have reported that three people were stopped for speeding on the river Colne over this weekend operation, and following a court hearing all pleaded guilty receiving fines between £400 and £1700.


10th March 2017 - Town Council buys back its Offices

Local Government Re-organisation in 1972 resulted in all Urban, Parish and Rural District Councils being taken over by the larger authorities. In Wivenhoe's case, Colchester Borough Council absorbed all of Wivenhoe Urban District Council's assets - this included the Council Offices, yard, public conveniences and car park.

Late in 2013, Colchester Borough Council offered an unrestricted transfer of the public conveniences and car park back to the possession of Wivenhoe Town Council (WTC). This proposed transfer came with liabilities and the Town Council sought to balance these. Thus started negotiations to buy back the Council Offices and yard.

Prolonged legal issues delayed the purchase. These have now been overcome and WTC has successfully acquired ownership of its Offices and yard in High Street, Wivenhoe. We have also accepted the transfer of the public toilets and car park as part of the deal.

Acquiring the plot completes a long term ambition for Wivenhoe Town Council. The adjoining former Police Station and William Loveless Hall are already in WTC ownership and the image for a Civic Centre for Wivenhoe is beginning to focus. 

Town Mayor, Councillor Asa Aldis said “Wivenhoe now has ownership of its Civic Centre thanks to the efforts of a few industrious and ambitious Councillors. This is tremendous news as it allows us to determine our own destiny. We have also secured the future of our public conveniences which were due for closure. This is a great day for the Town Council and I am delighted to be able to share this news’. 


Wildlife Garden Statement - Developments at Trinity Close and Denham Close plots of land planning appeal.

An informal hearing was held yesterday (8 March 2016) at Town Hall, Colchester with developers, Planning Inspectorate, Town and Borough Cllrs, Wivenhoe Society and interested residents.  We now wait to hear the outcome. 

UPDATE: July 2016  - the appeal was dismissed so planning approval now goes ahead.


January 2016

A meeting was held on Monday 25th January 2016 between Wivenhoe Town Council and Cllr. Rodney Bass to discuss the issues regarding the Wivenhoe Cycle Path.  

Latest on Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood plan Steering Group has published the draft Vision and Objectives for the Plan. 

Residents are encouraged to leave feedback and comments on the NP's website.

Minutes of the Planning Committee Meeting held on the 23rd August, attended by representatives of CBC in regard to the Local Plan Preferred Options.

Town Council's response to the Colchester Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation: 

Be Part of the Colchester Conversation
Help develop a new Local Plan for the Borough - Issues and Options Consultation 16 January – 27 February 2015

What issues will the new Local Plan cover?

Colchester Borough Council is producing a new Local Plan to guide development in the Borough to 2032 and beyond. The new Plan will set out the strategy for the growth of the Borough including: what types of development are needed; how much development is needed;where the development should be located; and when development will happen. 

Press release on Wivenhoe's public conveniences - 16 December 2014

As long ago as December 2013 Wivenhoe Town Council considered an approach from Colchester Borough Council concerning the future of the public toilets in the High Street Car park at Wivenhoe. Briefly, Colchester wanted to transfer the asset to Wivenhoe Town Council. 

Within this communication, the Town Council learned that the approximate annual costs for the facility are £10,000.

Whilst accepting that such a transfer would add to the assets of Wivenhoe Town Council, the increase in costs without any other balancing benefit was unacceptable to Councillors.

Wivenhoe Town Council aspires to creating a Civic Centre in the area of the current Council Offices. This desire is supported by the fact that WTC owns the two adjoining plots that are currently occupied by the former Police Houses and The William Loveless Hall. By acquiring the Council Offices from Colchester Borough Council and therefore completing the ownership of the combined sites, this vision becomes closer to reality.

Wivenhoe Town Council promptly responded to Colchester Borough Council putting forward the suggestion that taking on the Public Toilets should be considered only as part of a package which includes acquiring the Council Offices. This remains the stance of the Town Council and negotiations are still continuing.

NB: The Town Council Offices and yard originally belonged to the former Wivenhoe Urban District Council prior to 1974 and were procured by Colchester Borough Council as part of the Local Government Reorganisation Act of 1972. 

Link to current consultations at ECC 

Philip Road School

There has long been speculation over the future of Philip Road School. This has intensified since the owners, Essex County Council, decided to transfer the Pupil Transfer Unit to Mile End, Colchester. 

Wivenhoe Town Council has been alive to the prospect of Essex County Council withdrawing educational services from Philip Road and the potential loss of the building as a community facility. 

The Council therefore took the initiative of forming a Wivenhoe Community Asset Forum. One of the first achievements of the forum was to have Philip Road School registered as a “community asset.” 

Where a building is registered as an asset under the provisions of Sections 87/90 of the Localism Act 2011, and in the event of it becoming redundant, it must first be offered to the community before being placed on the open market. Any offer made on these grounds will stand for 6 months. Such is the case at Philip Road. 

It is now up to interested parties in Wivenhoe to form a Community Interest Group and prepare a bid for the purchase of Philip Road on behalf of the community. 

UPDATE - Philip Road Wivenhoe Surgery 


July 2015 - Home to School Transport

Reporting to Wivenhoe Town Council last week, Essex County Councillor Julie Young gave details of a new proposal by Essex County Council to revise their "Home to School" Transport Policy.

Briefly stated:

Under the present system, pupils receive free transport to their catchment school. Under the proposed system, assisted transport will only become available to the nearest school. 

The impact of this decision will largely be felt in Wivenhoe by students who attend The Colne Community School at Brightlingsea. The Colne is approximately 7 miles from Wivenhoe whereas the Sir Charles Lucas Academy is less than 4 miles. Parents in Wivenhoe will now have to choose between paying for school transport to Brightlingsea or accepting the offer of free transport to Greenstead.

Councillor Young has called in the decision for further scrutiny. This means that the policy will be looked at again and an opportunity will be given for further viewpoints to be considered. The examination (meeting) will take place at County Hall, Chelmsford. It will be on 4th February and will start at 2.00pm.

Residents who wish to put forward their representations are requested to contact Cllr Julie Young, email: cllr.julie.young@essex.gov.uk. The meeting at County Hall is also open to the public.

A copy of the consultation paper relating to this decision can be viewed, for further information click here


Notice given for construction of floating pontoon - October 2015 - Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 

Application for Construction of Floating Pontoon

Notice is hereby given that Wivenhoe Town Council has applied to the Marine Management Organisation under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, Part 4, for a marine licence to undertake construction of a floating pontoon on Colne River off Walter Radcliffe Road, Wivenhoe.

Plans showing the position of the works may be inspected at the Offices of Wivenhoe Town Council, 77, High Street, Wivenhoe, CO7 9AB. (01206 822864).

Copies of the application and associated information may be viewed on line in the Public Register, click here

Representations or objections in respect of the application should be made in writing, giving an address to which correspondence relating to the representation or objection may be sent, to the Marine Management Organisation, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 7YH.

Alternatively email: ifeanyi.chukwujekwu@marinemanagement.org.uk within 28 days of Tuesday 6th October, 2015 quoting reference MLA/2015/00282. NOW CLOSED