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Essex Police - Colchester Community Policing Team

The Chief Inspector for Colchester produces an Infographic on a monthly basis that contains an overall look at the crime statistics for the previous month and details what the residents have told us is going on and what the teams have done to act on this. To view the document click here.


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. We will keep you updated on this on the website so be sure to check in later in the summer!



2018 National Rural Crime Survey  - 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 -http://www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/research/internal/2018survey/

The survey is open for submissions until Sunday 10 June.


 May 2018

Planning Hearing Update - 10th May from Cllr Andrea Luxford Vaughan

 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.

Colchester Borough Council's Saturday Freighter Service 2018 Locations

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.

The Great Plastic Pick Up - 11th - 13th May 

Colchester Borough Council in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy are calling out to the community for groups, residents and businesses to pledge their support to the first Great Plastic Pick Up. Wivenhoe Town Council are pleased to support this initiative with a plastic pick up on Sunday 20 May 2018, meeting at William Loveless Hall at 10am. If you would like further details and get involved, please contact Wivenhoe Town Council Office on 01206 822864 or email us wivenhoe_council@btconnect.com. We look forward to hearing from you.


 It's that time of year already. Any and all 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 and resolutions which may be proposed

6. Distribution of Mayor’s Charity Fund

7. Introduction of Town Mayor for 2018/19

If you wish to raise any specific points or submit and resolution to the Town Meeting, please return this form BEFORE Tuesday the 1st May 2018 to the Town Clerk, Council Offices, High Street, Wivenhoe, CO7 9AB

November 2017



Notice from Essex Police received 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 on the links below to view this information.




October 2017


*New Town Councillor!*

Wivenhoe Town Council would like to welcome our new Town Councillor 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.



Colchester Borough Council have confirmed that it is possible to mix cans and bottles in the one box and they will be collected.

There is a link to the new recycling calendar on the CBC website (click here) but as this does not work in some internet browsers, we have scanned a copy of the recycling calendar which can be downloaded here.

If you need Garden Bags don't forget to get your voucher from Colchester Borough Council by completing the form here before coming to collect them.


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 they can contact Anglia Water to arrange a clean up. Click here for details.
Anglia Water: 03457 145 145

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


 July 2017

Colchester Local Plan consultation at William Loveless Hall on 11th July 4pm to 8pm

Colchester Borough Council have forwarded details of the Local Plan Consultation. To download an information leaflet please click here. Please note that the Local Plan Consultation will be held in the gazebos outside the William Loveless Hall and that the Moving Image Film will be screened as usual.


6th July 2017: Goodbye Toni!

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




June 2017


Recycling News from CBC


Colchester Borough Council have sent the following update regarding their proposed voucher system for Garden Waste Bags:

From 20/06/17 residents will be able to apply for a voucher via colchester.gov.uk/recycling (to do this there will be a process which involves entering an email address and printing the voucher). They will then produce this voucher at their local collection point. 

From 20/06/17 residents will also be able to apply for a voucher via CBC customer service centre on 01206 282700 if they do not have an email address / access to the internet. CBC's customer service team will then post out the voucher and the customer will then be able produce this at their local collection point.


Stop Press 20th June 2017: Recycling

Colchester Borough Council are currently out of Recycling Boxes but have confirmed that it is possible to mix cans and bottles in the one box. If you do not have a box call CBC Recycling on 01206 282700 for more information. CBC say you can use an alternative plastic box for bottles and cans in the meantime. You can also mix bottles and cans in the same box and they will be collected. The next blue week is 28th June. There is a link to the new recycling calendar on the CBC website (click here).

If you need Garden Bags don't forget to get your voucher number from Colchester Borough Council by completing the form here.

CBC have a list of collection points for recycling items here. (This may not work on some Internet browsers)

Please note that Colchester Borough Council are no longer supplying lids for the green recycling boxes. For more information contact CBC via 01206 282222 or view http://www.colchester.gov.uk/recycling 




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 the Fire Brigade to prevent any damage.

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!   

The 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 raise  the Commonwealth Flag

New Councillors



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. 


Antoinette Stinson, ex Mayor Asa Aldis, Hazel Humphreys in the Council Chambers

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. Click here to read about the history of Wivenhoe Town Council as compiled by Toni. 

                         Cllr. Asa Aldis  (Wivenhoe Mayor 2016-2017)



*** STOP PRESS***  10th March 2017


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’.

Engine Shed update click here

IMPORTANT !  CBC Local Plan Preferred Options info - click here

Click here for Town Council's response


Pontoon Opening May 2016

Cllr. Ian Endean proudly cutting 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 Pettitt after 11 years on the reception team at Wivenhoe Town Council.   


May 2016


One Stop Award ! Best shop in the land - click here


Wildlife Garden Statement click here

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. Here is an audio file of the meeting.


Latest on Neighbourhood Plan
The Neighbourhoodplan Steering Group has published the draft Vision and Objectives for the Plan   http://wivenhoeneighbourhoodplan.org.uk/
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.

An audio file is now available, click here.

Latest Town Council newsletter click here

Town Council's response to the Colchester Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation( below) click here

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.


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. 

Links to current consultations at CBC and ECC can be found at http://www.colchester.gov.uk/article/12650/Consultations and http://essex.gov.uk/Your-Council/Consultation-Feedback/Pages/Consultations.aspx 



Wivenhoe Woods

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. Thank you 


Wivenhoe Town Council have Dinghy Parking Spaces and Canoe Rack Spaces available for yearly hire as from 1st October 2013. If you are interested, please contact either Angela or Amanda in the Wivenhoe Town Council Office for further details. 

Telephone 01206 822864 or e-mail wivenhoe_council@btconnect.com 

Philip Road School

There has long been speculation over the future of PhilipRoadSchool. 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 PhilipRoadSchool 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. 

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 mailto:cmcllr.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 obtained by visiting www.essex.gov.uk/schooltransport and following the links to the home to school transport consultation. The cabinet paper containing all recommendations can be viewed at http://goo.gl/hBOwWD


 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 at www.gov.uk/check-marine-licence-register.

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, or alternatively emailed to ifeanyi.chukwujekwu@marinemanagement.org.uk, within 28days of Tuesday 6th October 2015 quoting reference MLA/2015/00282.