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NEWS 

 

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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. 

  

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. 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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. 

 

 

MAY 2019 - WIVENHOE WILDLIFE.  

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. 

 

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                                                                                                                                                 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.

  

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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

 

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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

 

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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. 

 

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

 

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

 

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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. 

 

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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.


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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

 

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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 

 

  

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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.

   

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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