What shape is West Mersea's Neighbourhood Plan taking? Please see the Neighbourhood Plan website for more details: merseamatters.uk
PARKING IN WEST MERSEA (POSTED MAY 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.
AUTOMATIC FLOODWATER SOLAR POWERED LIGHT (UPDATED SEPTEMBER 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, installed along the Strood, will come on automatically when the water floods over the road and covers the sensor on the lighting column.
The light will help illuminate flood depth markers and help drivers judge whether the road is safe to cross.
The Strood is the only road on and off Mersea Island, but at particularly high tides it is covered by seawater. Drivers may misjudge the water depth and so get stuck in the water, sometimes requiring rescue by the emergency services.
The depth markers will help drivers judge the deeper floods, but shallower flooding can be difficult to see at night.
The solar light will come on automatically so the drivers can better see the flood water, giving them time to slow down and take a decision on when to cross.
Although the warning system has been in place for a while now, West Mersea Town Council are still getting queries about its use and benefit, so we hope this information is of interest to you.
Statement from West Mersea Town Council: Essex Highways have advised that the light has now been fixed but staff and members of the Council haven't seen it in action. If you witness it working and can safety get a photograph, please email it to us or call and let us know what you saw.
We are aware that the light hasn't worked properly for some time and in response to the enquiries made to this office we have been regularly requesting information about this.
WHAT IS THE ENGLAND COAST PATH? (UPDATED SEPTEMBER 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 AUG 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 AUG 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. Please see the Neighbourhood Plan website for more details: merseamatters.uk