COMMUNITY INITIATIVE FUND (POSTED MAY 2019)
A new fund was launched by Essex County Council (ECC) on 1 April 2019 and will be administered by the Essex Association of Local Councils (EALC) over a two year period.
This new fund includes various community grant schemes that have been funded by Essex County Council. This includes:
- the existing CIF
- Local Service Fund
- Local Connections Fund
- Cultural Development Grant
For the CIF, grants of up to £10,000 may be awarded for either a Capital or Revenue (not core costs) project. One off grant awards will be made in early September 2019.
Micro-grants of up to £500 are also available throughout the year and awarded twice a month.
Who can apply?
Town/Parish Councils, Formally Constituted Groups, Community Groups/Associations, Social Enterprises, CICs and Community Benefit Societies.
More information available on the EALC website: Click here
FUNDING BULLETIN (posted may 2019)
For more information on funding click here
SEA SPARKLE UPDATE (POSTED MAY 2019)
The Environment Agency have confirmed the substance on West Mersea beach on Wednesday 1st May was Noctiluca Scintillans, commonly known as Sea Sparkle. It poses no risk to human health and is biofluorescent - meaning it absorbs light then re-emits it.
The Environment Agency had Officers out in Clacton and Mersea the following day and no evidence of the bloom was seen and no further sightings have been reported.
FIRS ROAD CEMETERY (POSTED MAY 2019)
Firs Road Cemetery driveway has been resurfaced and the fence replaced. This is part of the ongoing maintenance programme in the cemetery.
WEST MERSEA PARK (POSTED MAY 2019)
The crescent path in West Mersea Park (School Gardens) has been resurfaced. Wheelchair and buggy friendly access available at both gates off Barfield Road.
OYSTER RESTORATION PROJECT (posted Apr 2019)
Notice to Mariners - Mersea Oyster Restoration Project is due to commence on Monday 29th April 2019. Please click here for more details.
WILLOUGHBY TOILETS, VICTORIA ESPLANADE (POSTED APR 2019)
The refurbishment of Willoughby toilets on Victoria Esplanade was completed in time for the busy Easter weekend. The refit has been well received by all users.
GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN (updated apr 2019)
The Great British Spring Clean for West Mersea was held over the weekend of 6th & 7th April. Many groups and individuals took part, it was a great success in helping to keep our Island litter free. Thank you to all who helped and continue to collect litter on a regular basis.
TREE MAINTENANCE (UPDATED Jan 2019, REVIEWED APR 2019)
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. 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.
COMMUNITY SPECIAL CONSTABLES FOR MERSEA (UPDATED DEC 2018, REVIEWED APR 2019)
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 APR 2019)
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 APR 2019)
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 APRIL 2019)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Gary Cole, Zone Warden, Colchester Borough Council on email@example.com for more details. Be Proud of Mersea and help to make our Island the first litter free Island in the UK.
WHAT IS THE ENGLAND COAST PATH? (UPDATED SEPT 2018, REVIEWED APR 2019)
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