A vacancy has arisen for a Town Councillor: Notice of Vacancy
OYSTER RESTORATION PROJECT (posted Apr 2019, UPDATED AUGUST 2019)
TREE MAINTENANCE (UPDATED Jan 2019, REVIEWED JUNE 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.
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.
PRESS RELEASE FROM WEST MERSEA TOWN COUNCIL
Following the recent elections, West Mersea Town Council has two new Councillors and a revised structure - read more
FIRS ROAD CEMETERY (POSTED JUNE 2019)
Firs Road Cemetery driveway has been resurfaced and the fence replaced. This is part of the ongoing maintenance programme in the cemetery. One of the taps has been capped due to leakage, this will be replaced in due course.
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.
COLCHESTER BOROUGH DRAFT LOCAL PLAN - POLICY SS12A (POSTED AUG 2017)
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)
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
COLCHESTER BOROUGH COUNCIL LOCAL PLAN PREFERRED OPTIONS (POSTED SEPT 2016)
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.