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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

Essex County Council - Essex Highways - press releases and highway bulletins, to find out more click here 

Essex Police - Local Community Meetings, Local Statistics - to find out more click here


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

 (Photo courtesy of David Holt, London (Flicker))

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 


26 to 30 November 2018 - Art of the Possible - Essex County Council

 (photo courtesy of markchadwickart (Flicker))

The festival is about reducing social isolation, it looks to showcase and celebrate opportunities that happen across Essex, day in day out, that enable people to connect with each other. To find out more click here. 


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


November 2018 

Wivenhoe Town Council would like to welcome Town Councillor, Cllr. Glyn Evans who was co-opted onto the Town Council recently.

We very much look forward to working with Cllr. Evans.


November 2018 - William Oakley - Medal of Honour -  Memorial Preparations  POSTPONED

William Oakley died on the 22nd November 1918 and preparations had been made to mark the anniversary at his graveside in Wivenhoe on Saturday 24th November 2018.

Notwithstanding these preparations, the chosen date conflicts with American Thanksgiving Day. This has made it almost impossible to generate an American presence at the memorial service.

In consequence and in the quest for a viable and honourable memorial, organisers are drawn to postpone the event. The organisers therefore apologise for the temporary disappointment caused by the delay and hope that you will be able to join them again in the Spring, when the event will be rescheduled.

Cllr. Bob Needham, Wivenhoe Town Mayor. 


9 November 2018 - Statement from UK Power Networks 

Forecast of unsettled weather later today or into the evening. Regular updates available at http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/ and @UKPowerNetworks on social media. Call 105 to report power cuts or 0800 3163 105 or tweet @ukpowernetworks. 

Stay clear of damaged power lines - to report - call 105 from a landline or mobile phone. Electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public should be reported by calling 999. 


St Mary's Church Calendar

Saturday 24 November at 11.30am: the arrival of St Nicholas at the Quay (followed by a welcome ceremony at St Mary's).

Sunday 2 December at 4pm: The 18 Club and colleagues will receive toys on behalf of the community to be given by the children of Wivenhoe to be distributed to local and international charities. 

Thursday 6 December at 6pm: Christmas Market and Christmas Lights at St Mary's. 

Sunday 23 December at 6pm: Carols on the Quay. 


Tree felled in St Mary's Churchyard 

On Tuesday 2nd October 2018 it was necessary to fell a walnut tree in St Mary’s Churchyard. This was after the tree trunk split.

If the damage had have been minor it may have been possible to undertake some repair work around the wound and let the tree begin the process of wound repair. 

In this case the damage was judged irreparable and it was not possible to save the tree. The Town Council made arrangements for a local tree surgeon to fell the specimen.


Roadworks to Rectory Rd, Rectory Hill and Alresford Road

Intended closure of Rectory Road, Rectory Hill & Alresford Road due to commence on 17th September 2018 for 5 days (works to take place between 10:00 - 15:00). 

The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes carriageway patching.


Contact our Councillors - new email addresses for our Councillors.

Service of Remembrance - Sunday 11 November 2018 

Wivehoe Town Council, Churches Together and The Royal British Legion,  Wivenhoe are holding a service of remembrance at St Mary the Virgin Church, Wivenhoe on Sunday 11 November, 2018 at 2.30pm, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Town War Memorial.

The lighting of the Town Beacon (King George V playing field) is at 6.50pm as part of the Battle's Over - a Nations Tribute, 100 years of remembrance.

July 2018 - UK Power Network advice - unsettled weather over the next few days

Anyone experiencing a power cut should call 105 to report or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power) visit http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/ for the latest updates.

People are urged to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it immediately to UK Power Network. If you see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public, you should call 999. 


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.


Colchester Park and Ride 

Extended Hours goes live on 30 July 2018 


July 2018 - Essex Police 

Colchester Community Policing Team - visit here for an overall look at the crime statistics for the previous month plus details on what the residents have said is going on and what the teams have done to act on thid and view Essex Police interactive map which details upcoming activities in the Colchester area.  

Click here to view Essex Police Facebook page. 

July 2018 - KGV Play Park - Bags for Life Grant Scheme 

Wivenhoe Town Council recently applied for funding from Tesco's Bags for Life Grant Scheme, we are very pleased to share that our application has been successful and the KGV Play Park project will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during July and August 2018.

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.

Please follow the link to complete the survey. This survey is now closed.

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 

Colchester Borough Council's Saturday Freighter Service 

2018 - Rosabelle Ave/Parkwood Avenue - 28 April, 23 June, 18 August, 8am - 9.15am. Henrietta Close - 28 April, 23 June, 18 August, 9.30am - 10.45am.

Local residents are invited to attend the upcoming Annual Town Meeting. Please see the agenda below. Annual Town Meeting Wednesday 9 May 2018 at 7.30pm - William Loveless Hall


1. Welcome from the Town Mayor
2. Minutes of the last annual meeting
3. To receive the annual report of the Town Council and financial           statement
4. To discuss any specific points which residents wish to raise
5. To consider any resolutions which may be proposed
6. Distribution of Mayor’s Charity Fund
7. Introduction of Town Mayor for 2018/19

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.

October 2017

Wivenhoe Town Council would like to welcome Cllr. Sarah Hoy, who was co-opted onto the Town Council on 25th October following strong representations from 4 candidates.

We very much look forward to working with Cllr. Hoy.

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.

July 2017 - Colchester Local Plan consultation 

Venue: William Loveless Hall on 11th July 4pm to 8pm.

6th July 2017 - Toni Stinson

The previous Town Clerk, retired on 6th July after serving the Town Council in various roles for 43 years.  

Toni's retirement reception at the William Loveless Hall was well attended by councillors past and present and messages from Bernard Jenkin and Adrian Pritchard amongst others thanking Toni for her service were read out.

Toni received an engraved clock and bouquet, presented by Wivenhoe Town Mayor Cllr. Mike Newton, with the thanks of Wivenhoe Town Council and plans to spend more time travelling.

May 2017 - Wivenhoe Woods 

There have been reports of campfires and rubbish dumped in the woods.  Please note that camp fires in the woods should be reported to Essex Fire Service. 

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.

April 2017 - Stand Up for the Community

This recent comedy event at the William Loveless Hall on 22nd April raised £568.62 for the Mayor's Fund which will benefit local community groups and charities.

Thanks to all who attended and took part.  


March 2017 - Wivenhoe Flies the Flag

Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative invited people to join together in a shared celebration to raise Commonwealth flags at 10am on 13 March. A personal message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, and a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation was be read out at each ceremony before the raising of the flag.

Mayor, Cllr. Asa Aldis along with Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Mike Newton, Cllrs. Bob Needham and Sanchia Nash and Rev. Justin Lunniss, Minister Wivenhoe Congregational Church, raised  the Commonwealth Flag

We are delighted to welcome our three new Members, Sanchia Nash, Phil Booth and Chris Singleton to the Town Council. They bring a wealth of knowledge and endeavour to us and I am enormously pleased to be working with them. 

These are exciting times for the Council as we strive to improve both our services and our resilience in testing economic times for local councils.

I would also like to welcome our new Town Clerk Hazel Humphreys who joined Wivenhoe Town Council at the end of March having previously worked at Colchester Borough Council and in the financial sector. 

On behalf of councillors past and present I would like to thank Antoinette "Toni" Stinson who will be retiring from her role as Wivenhoe Town Clerk after 43 years of service on the 6th of July after a handover. 

There are not many people in Wivenhoe who can remember the town council without Toni, who has very much been part of the history of Wivenhoe Town Council since starting here in 1974. 

Cllr. Asa Aldis  (Wivenhoe Mayor 2016-2017)

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’. 

Wivenhoe People's Pontoon - May 2016

Cllr. Ian Endean proudly cut the ribbon, accompanied by Bernard Jenkin, MP, Cllr. Neil Lodge and Cllr. Kevin Read.

The sun shone and it was a great day for Wivenhoe's community,  showing what a wonderful asset the River Colne is. 

A reception was held afterwards at the Wivenhoe Sailing Club to which all were invited.

May 2016

Recipients of the Mayor's Charity Fund at the Town Meeting on Wednesday 11 May where the Town Mayor, Cllr. Ian Endean distributed the proceeds of his year

And a presentation to Mrs. Christine Pettit after 11 years on the reception team at Wivenhoe Town Council.   

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.  NOW OPEN

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 

Wivenhoe Woods

PLEASE NOTE It is an offence to remove wood from the Colne Local Nature Reserve "Wivenhoe Woods" for any reason. As part of the management of the reserve a quantity of dead wood is left on site as habitat. 

Theft of wood is an issue that is taken very seriously. If anyone sees anything that they wish to report please call the Countryside Team on 01206 853588.

Jolly Sailors

Wivenhoe Town Council have Dinghy parking spaces and Canoe/Kayak rack spaces available for yearly hire. If you are interested, please contact the Town Council Office

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 - Medical Centre - 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