As 2018 draws to a close - a year of challenges, successes and commemoration, West Mersea Town Council wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2019.
TREE MAINTENANCE (UPDATED NOV 2018)
Following an extensive tree survey on all of the sites that West Mersea Town Council either own, or are responsible for, some remedial work has recently been carried out on certain trees in Reymead Wood, West Mersea Park, St Peter & St Paul churchyard and Church Green. In some cases, dead or dying trees have been felled and others have been cut back or the canopy raised (removal of lower limbs); this is for safety reasons and for the long term health of the trees. The Lime Tree on Church Green has had the canopy raised, dead wood and old Christmas lights removed and new lights installed ready for "Lights Up" on the 7th December. In addition to continuing with remedial work the Council has a programme to replace felled trees, although not necessarily in the same place, for future generations to enjoy.
If you would like any further information, please contact Petra Palfreyman, Town Clerk.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN (POSTED JULY 2018)
Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018: 2018Mar31_Unaudited_Annual_Return
COMMUNITY SPECIAL CONSTABLES FOR MERSEA (UPDATED DEC 2018)
West Mersea Town Council has reached agreement with Essex Police to sponsor the provision of up to 4 Community Special Constables (CSC) for West Mersea. CSCs are volunteer police officers, holding the same office and the same powers as regular officers; they wear the same uniform and carry the same equipment and are deployed to the same incidents. Being volunteers, CSCs are not paid but can claim mileage and duty allowances. To date two recruits are going through training.
STROOD RAILINGS (POSTED OCT 2018, REVIEWED NOV 2018)
After many months the Strood railings have finally been repaired and it looks tidier than it has for a long time.
Many of the breaks in the fencing have been due to vehicles crashing through the railings and this is a costly expense for Essex County Council.
If you witness any vehicles damaging the Strood railings or other Essex County Council property please report it via email to: Green.Claims@essex.gov.uk
Please read for more details: Highways
PARKING IN WEST MERSEA (POSTED MAY 2018, REVIEWED NOV 2018)
This Council is very aware of the parking issues in West Mersea and we are working hard to resolve them.
We are currently looking into a number of schemes and are in negotiation with all the relevant parties. This includes a park and ride scheme and also the use of current private parking areas being made available for public use at certain times of the year, as the problem is largely seasonal and weather dependant.
As you can appreciate these negotiations and schemes do take time. We have been working on them over the past year but there is still much work to do.
The problem is not being ignored and we are aiming to achieve the best suitable solution for our community. If you have any ideas or wish to join a working group to assist West Mersea Town Council with this, please contact our office. We are looking for committed volunteers to help with this and other projects that West Mersea Town Council are working on.
KEEP MERSEA TIDY (UPDATED NOV 2018)
Keep Mersea Tidy litter picks regularly take place in West Mersea. Litter is collected by many individuals, if you wish to sign up as a Litter Warrior please email Tim Pickard, Zone Warden, Colchester Borough Council on email@example.com or Gary Cole, Zone Warden, Colchester Borough Council on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
AUTOMATIC FLOODWATER SOLAR POWERED LIGHT (UPDATED NOV 2018)
A solar powered street light was installed in June 2016 on the road leading to Mersea Island to help drivers avoid being caught out by high tides. The light has been faulty since early 2017 and Essex County Council will now be removing it.
WHAT IS THE ENGLAND COAST PATH? (UPDATED SEPT 2018, REVIEWED NOV 2018)
The new England Coast Path will be a new National Trail all around England's coast, including Mersea Island. This section of the England Coast Path has been proposed and is waiting for Secretary of State approval, following which the establishment work will take place, before opening. Coastal Access Rights will not be in force until the stretch is officially opened.
Natural England's Report to the Secretary of State is available to view on the government website: england-coast-path-mersea-island
See article: England Coast Path
COLCHESTER BOROUGH DRAFT LOCAL PLAN - Policy SS12a (POSTED AUG 2017, REVIEWED NOV 2018)
The Town Council has responded to the above policy, the summary follows:
West Mersea is a unique community within the Colchester Borough. WMTC contends that the areas shown for development in the DLP are unsuitable. We would urge CBC to consult further with WMTC and to take into full consideration the heart felt views of the community. Results of the Neighbourhood Plan consultations will be of considerable use in helping to formulate policy. WMTC will be pleased to work with CBC to find solutions that protect this unique environment here in Mersea and that provide a self-build / community led housing scheme that would make housing affordable to the local population. WMTC's full response can be read here.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN (POSTED OCT 2016, REVIEWED NOV 2018)
Our request to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan for West Mersea has been accepted by Colchester Borough Council, so it is now full throttle and work on the plan is well underway.
We have a group of people working on this project, and both councillors and residents are working hard on this important venture, which will mould and affect the islands future for many years to come. If you feel that you can help, please phone or email us. We need willing volunteers from all ages and experiences to assist us by joining the working groups to develop a positive and fully sustainable plan. What shape is West Mersea's Neighbourhood Plan taking? Please see the Neighbourhood Plan website for more details: merseamatters.uk