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COMMUNITY PHONE LINE OPERATING DURING LOCKDOWN (UPDATED 13 JAN 2021)

West Mersea Town Council would like to wish you all a safe, happy and healthy 2021. 

As you are all aware, we have now entered another full lockdown. The Community phone line is active and taking calls (01206 489240). Please leave a voicemail message and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.

The Council is pleased to announce that whilst Mersea Outdoors has temporarily stopped providing meals due to staff holidays, the service is now provided by Kim Proctor from The Blackwater Pearl. The meals are £5 per day and if you would like to take up this service please phone 01206 489240.

If you need assistance due to isolating or shielding, please call the Community phone line. The Community First Responders have volunteered to collect prescriptions for those who are isolating or shielding. 

The Council are looking for volunteers to help, you have always been so generous in this field. Once again please contact the Community phone line and leave your details. 

Please keep safe and stay home unless it is strictly necessary. Covid cases are high and growing, even here on Mersea Island.
Essex Police are also being very strict on unnecessary journeys and if you are not a key worker or on an essential journey, they will fine you. Please stay safe and well. 

West Mersea Town Council is operating a full service by email and telephone. Our working hours are 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Outside these times you can leave a telephone message on 01206 382128 or email info@westmersea.org for them to be reviewed the next working day. 
The Council office is closed to the public. Food waste bags and dog poop bags can be purchased from local shops.
We are unable to deal with other face to face enquiries at present. Thank you for helping us keep our staff safe.    

Please click on the link for more details on Covid and the vaccination process: click here 

ESSEX - NATIONAL LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS (UPDATED JAN 2021)

From Monday 4th January Essex has been placed national lockdown: click here 

WE NEED TREES.... NOW TREES NEED YOU! (POSTED OCT 2020, UPDATED JAN 2021)

West Mersea Town Council have a long term plan to plant trees in various locations including the Glebe, Reymead, Cemetery and Willoughby. For more details or to volunteer: click here
Following the introduction of higher Covid tiers the planned November 2020 planting on the Glebe has been postponed.
Given the latest imposition of national lockdown we are now awaiting advice as to whether it will be possible to carry out the tree planting in February. Meanwhile please register your interest in helping and WMTC will keep you informed. Thank you. 

TOILETS (UPDATED JAN 2021)

Toilet opening times: click here 
Coast Road toilets refurbishment is now complete. The toilets opened on Tuesday 24th November 2020. To view the toilet plan elevation click here, to see the illustration click here and to view the refurbished gents toilets click here
Willoughby toilets were refurbished in 2019 and have sensor handwashing facilities which hopefully will cut down on surface contact.
Library toilets were updated in 2020 to include sensor handwashing facilities. 
Fairhaven toilets remain closed.
Please comply with the Government's guidelines and social distancing rules to protect yourself and others.

BEACH HUTS & PONTOON (POSTED MAY 2020, REVIEWED JAN 2021)

Guidance received from Colchester Borough Council on 15 May 2020.

Beach huts in West Mersea are open. However users must comply with the Government's guidelines and social distancing rules to protect themselves and others from the spread of Coronavirus. Pathways must not be obstructed and there must be at least a two metre clearance at all times. 

The pontoon at West Mersea is currently restricted to boat users only who should follow the Government's guidelines and 2 metre social distancing rules.

COMMUNITY SPECIAL CONSTABLES FOR MERSEA (UPDATED DEC 2020)

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.
Two recruits are working their way through the training programme with one recruit having received their warrant card and another due to attest in March 2021 - all being well this will result in two potential Community Specials for Mersea when both have finished training.
Poster: click here
FAQs: click here 

CENSUS 2021 (POSTED NOV 2020)

A census has taken place in England every ten years since 1801 (with the exception of 1941). A census gathers information about our society so that appropriate services can be put in place for everyone to enjoy now and in the future.
For more details: click here
Poster: click here 

KEEP MERSEA TIDY (REVIEWED JAN 2021)

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 tim.pickard@colchester.gov.uk for more details.

Be Proud of Mersea and help to make our Island the first litter free island in the UK. Proud of Mersea are an active group of litter pickers and campaigners, for more details phone: 01206 385397 or email: proudofmersea@outloook.com  
Facebook: Proud of Mersea Community Group 

MAYOR & DEPUTY MAYOR (POSTED JULY 2020, UPDATED JAN 2021)

At the full Council meeting on 16 July 2020, the Council agreed to cancel the Annual Meeting for 2020, leaving Councillor Carl Powling as the Mayor and Councillor Robert Jenkins as the Deputy Mayor until the Annual Meeting on 13 May 2021, where voting for these roles will take place once again.
This is in accordance with the Coronavirus Act 2020.

WHAT IS THE ENGLAND COAST PATH? (REVIEWED DEC 2020)

The 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 an appropriate assessment is currently being undertaken for it. It will then be considered for approval by the Secretary of State. Once the proposals have been approved 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: click here
Updates for the Essex stretches can be found on the website: click here

RESUSCITATION DURING COVID-19 (POSTED MAY 2020, REVIEWED JAN 2021)

Resuscitation Council UK Statement on Covid-19 in relation to CPR and resuscitation in first aid and community settings. Whenever CPR is carried out, particularly on an unknown victim, there is some risk of cross infection, associated particularly with giving rescue breaths. Normally, this risk is very small and is set against the inevitability that a person in cardiac arrest will die if no assistance is given. The first things to do are shout for help and dial 999.
For more information and to watch a video: click here 

LOCAL PLAN (UPDATED JAN 2021)

The Local Plan: click here