West Mersea 
Town Council

You will find Mersea Island in north eastern corner of the county of Essex - at the point where the River Blackwater joins the River Colne, ten miles south of Colchester (Britains earliest Roman Town). The island measures ten miles by two and is joined to the mainland by a causeway called The Strood.  Twice a day, at Spring Tides, we become a real island.

West Mersea, a town of close to 7,000 folk, lies at the western end of the Island.  Part seaside resort, part sailing centre and part working harbour, ours is a bustling riverside town with a strong sense of community.  Our website will tell you a lot about what West Mersea Town Council is up to and a lot more besides!

 


IS THE TIDE OVER? 

Click on this link to take you to a webcam of  THE STROOD so you can see in "real time" the state of the tide and  any queues of traffic. www.stroodcam.co.uk  
 
 

THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING
WILL BE HELD ON
28th NOVEMBER at 7PM



Meetings are held in the Council Chamber - Melrose Road
(Double doors to Council Chamber are to the right once inside the main doors)
Council meetings are open to the public
Public Question Time is between 7 and 7.15pm

This website is currently undergoing re-structuring - we apologise for any inconvenience


LATEST COUNCIL NEWS

 

GOOD NEWS ON SKATEPARK SEE BELOW

 

BRADWELL - FUEL ELEMENT DEBRIS

DISCHARGES INTO THE ESTUARY

Magnox have issued the following statement:-

"Magnox has been engaged with local stakeholders on its proposals for treating Fuel Element Debris - FED - as part of the work to decommission the site for a number of years.  The process, whixh is based on the safe and successful dissolution experience elsewhere, will reduce the volume of FEd by more than 90 per cent.  The dissolved metal will be treated to capture radioactive content, which will be retained.  The remaining effluent will be discharged within authorised limits, which is a process that has been safely undertaken for more than 50 years.  The Environment Agency has provided the necessary permits and the plant is currently in testing ahead of operation early next year."

For more information on Bradwell click on to our Bradwell/Magnox page

 

IMPROVEMENTS TO ST PETER'S MEADOW 


Natural England have awarded the Council a grant of £22,621 to fund a project to improve St Peter's Well Meadow and Well which will provide the following:-

3 new "Interpretation Boards"  Improved pathways - passing places to Boardwalk . Clearing and Improvements to Peter's Well with new steps leading from Coast Road - viewing platform - seating. Improvements to footpath running parallel with Coast Road. Better access, handrails and improvements to Monkey Steps area. Tidying of overgrown brambles. Extension of Boardwalk and turning area etc.

All the work is carried out under the guidance of Natural England. The Council will continue to work with Natural England to safeguard this location - a designated SSI - Site of Special Scientific Interest.

 

PARKING PARTNERSHIP

 As from 1st November the 50p evening car parking charge for Coast Road and Library Car Parks will be abolished

GLEBE PAVILION 

The Town Council is pleased to annouce that they have been awarded a Sport England Grant for just under &pou

LIGHTS OUT OVER NORTH ESSEX

Essex County Council are expanding their "Part Night Lighting" scheme to cover the whole of North Essex.   This follows the success this scheme has had in other parts of the county (Maldon and Uttlesford).  

From November 1st -  Street Lights will be switched off between midnight and 5am.

 Benefits, they say, include - reduction in energy consumption and reduction in  "light pollution".    Highways have already installed a Central Management System that allows the remote controlling of street lights and fault monitoring, fitting these monitors to all street lights has cost £6 million.  

They reckon that this scheme will save £1 million per year.  

 YOUTH INTEREST GROUP - MERSEA


Some time ago Cllr Wendy Bixy set up a Youth Interest Group under the guidance of West Mersea Town Council. This Group is run and developed by young people for young people and exists to represent the views of youngsters at local level, giving them a voice and an opportunity to engage with decision makers and to help them contribute to improvements within their community. This working group has a mix of both young people and adults (adults with an existing involvement in youth activities). If you are interested in joining please contact the Council direct by telephone or e mail or contact Cllr Bixby. Our office is open from 9 til 1pm weekdays - if phoning outside office hours please leave a message and we will get back to you.

DOG CONTROL MEASURES

At the last meeting - signage for dog control measures were agreed as follows:-  

4 signs  saying "Protect our Wildlife - please keep dogs on leads"  (or similar) for St Peters Well Meadow

 2. Similar advisory signs to be installed on Victoria Esplanade wording and design to be confirmed,  

It was noted that these measures could not be enforced - and are only  advisory

 

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 MERSEA LIGHTS UP

AND FIRST CHRISTMAS MARKET

Friday 6th December 

IN VILLAGE CENTRE NEAR CHURCH AND MICA CENTRE

Christmas Market - stalls available for traders and charities

inside and also floodlit stalls outside

Businesses in Church Road and High Street Open for the Evening

The MICA Hall will have an evening of Christmas Carols on stage - with local choirs leading the singing - the Bar will be open all evening

CTIM - Churches Together in Mersea will hold a Church Service in the Parish Church earlier in the evening which will finish at 6.30pm ready 

for the Christmas lights to be turned on at 7pm

event organised by MICE - Mersea Island Community Entertainment with help from the Town Council

FOR DETAILS CONTACT KAREN ON 07966 033445

 

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RUGBY AT THE GLEBE

The Council have agreed to Mersea Island Rugby Football Club's use of one of the pitches on the new Glebe extension Fields. The Council has now been granted planning permission to erect an ancillary "Changing Facilities"  building which will be placed between the present Tennis Courts and the Glebe Pavilion. The basketball court will be re-sited. The Rugby Club will apply for funding for this building. They will share the present clubhouse with the other sports clubs.

 

POTENTIAL TWELVE MONTH OCCUPANCY

FOR SEAVIEW CARAVAN SITE


Following the example of Coopers Beach, Seaview Caravan site has now submitted an application for a 12 month occupancy period.  The Town Council have objected to this on environmental and infrastructure grounds and will put forward their objections making use of  advice from lawyers who specialise in this area.   The application has been "called in" to full CBC Council by Ward Councillor Peter Sheane.  Update - The application was passed but with many conditions.

 

WILDFLOWER MEADOW

The Council are currently creating a wildflower meadow on a section of Reymead Meadow.  This is part of our "Park for the People" project.

 

ST PETERS WELL PROJECT

NEW INFORMATION BOARDS

Work on the refurbishment of  St Peters  Well and Meadow is progressing well.  New "Information Boards" have been designed by a local artist with a lot of imput from some of our Councillors.  Two have been approved by Natural England and a third is almost ready.   They will be fixed into oak frames and  mounts are should be in place by November.

 

MERSEA PARK

A PARK FOR THE PEOPLE

The Town Council is to amalgamate Reymead Wood and Meadow, the Legion Field, Youth Field and School Gardens into one free flowing entity with the gates in Barfield Road permanently open.  This will be known as  MERSEA PARK.

A wildflower meadow is being created on Reymead Meadow.  We also have plans to put in two new entrances to the Park with metal arches over the gates.

We are currently in the final stages of drawing up a lease with West Mersea School, they, of course, own the Legion Field.  Once the lease is signed we hope to make even more alterations and additions.  The School will keep part of the area as an Outdoor Classroom for their exclusive use.

 

SENSORY GARDEN TO GET A MAKEOVER?

The Council are seeking quotations to refurbish the Sensory Garden on the corner of Melrose Road.  The Garden was first made from a rough piece of land in the year 2000.

 

GO AHEAD FOR NEW SKATEPARK

IN THE NEW YEAR

We are pleased to announce that we have received £50,000 as part of the money needed for our Multi Wheeled Skatepark from Bradwell/Magnox AND THAT WE NOW HAVE A FURTHER GRANT FROM VEOLIA WHICH MEANS THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH FUNDING TO GO AHEAD WITH  BUILDING THE SKATE PARK IN THE NEW YEAR.

 The skatepark will be sited on the Youth Field - 50 metres from any nearby properties.  We intend that this scheme is "for the better enjoyment for its proper purpose”. It may interest people to know that BMX riding will be included as a sport in the next Olympics.

 It may interest people to know that BMX riding will be included as a sport in the next Olympics.  



KEEPING OUR LAND SECURE FROM

UNWELCOME VISITORS

Due to problems during the summer when Travellers tried to encamp on Willoughby Park the Council have agreed to consider further security for the future in the form of height barriers on Willoughby and Seaview Car Parks and an (inset) gate at The Glebe (all sports club users will be given a key).  We have commissioned estimates for these gates and will consider this at the next meeting.

 

ALTERATIONS TO THE MERSEA TO

COLCHESTER BUS ROUTE

The "First Bus" 67 Service to Mersea will shortly be altered, it will traverse an extended route via Berechurch Hall Road and parts of Monkwick. This decision could have a significent effect on the bus users of Mersea who have not been consulted.  If you have a view on this please contact jonathanrensink@yahoo.co.uk


PARKING IN MERSEA
COUNCIL AGREES TO PARKING
PARTNERSHIP WITH COLCHESTER


At the Council meeting of 25th January 2012 West Mersea Town Council Agreed to enter into the North Essex Parking Partnership with Colchester Borough Council.  From 2012 Parking Charges (Pay and Display) will be enforced on all five West Mersea Car Parks.
Revenue from parking charges is as follows:-
40% taxes - 15% administration costs - The remaining 45% to be divided between West Mersea and Colchester.
Money from parking fines and penalties will also be shared between Colchester and Mersea.



PARKING PARTNERSHIP - FOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE RING 01206 282316
FOR BLUE BADGE INFORMATION - RING 0845 6037630
REMEMBER - ALTHOUGH THE FIRST HOUR IS FREE - YOU MUST STILL OBTAIN A TICKET
The Penalty for non display of a ticket in any West Mersea Car Park is £50
or £25 if paid within 14 days


 

 

WEST MERSEA APPRAISAL AND TOWN PLAN 2009
To view the Town Appraisal click on the link below
The West Mersea Appraisal and Town Plan 2009




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West Mersea Town Council
10 Melrose Road
West Mersea
Colchester
Essex, CO5 8JD
Telephone and Fax 01206 382128
E-mail: westmerseatc@aol.com



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