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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

 

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

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’.

Engine Shed update click here

 

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.

 

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.

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. 

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 

 

DE-LISTING REPORT FOR THE ENGINE SHED  click here 

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. Thank you 

  

JOLLY SAILORS
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. 

 http://www.wivenhoeneighbourhoodplan.org.uk/

 Notice given for construction of floating pontoon - October 2015

Notice

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.