News Archive

PLANNING CONSULTATIONS (POSTED SEPT 2020)

Changes to the current planning system: click here 
Consultation deadline 11.45pm on Thursday 1st October 2020.

PARKING IN WEST MERSEA (POSTED MAY 2018, REVIEWED DEC 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.

OUTLINE PLANNING APPLICATION 201467 FOR 56 DWELLINGS ON LAND OFF EAST ROAD, WEST MERSEA (POSTED AUG 2020)

Consultation extended to 1st September 2020.
West Mersea Town Council is pleased to announce that, following its representations to Colchester Borough Council Planning, an extension to the above consultation to 1st September has been granted.

This recognises the impact that the current Covid-19 restrictions place on the effective communication required for appropriate consultation on what is a very controversial plan and of significant Island-wide public interest.

West Mersea Town Council has objected to this proposal, following debate at an Extraordinary Council meeting held on 3rd August 2020. To read the objection, click here 

Residents can view and comment on the planning application: click here 
Alternatively you can send an email (quoting reference 201467) to: planning.services@colchester.gov.uk 
Or you can write to: Colchester Borough Council Planning Department, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3WG.

PLANNING MATTERS AND HOUSING DEVELOPMENT (POSTED JULY 2020)

West Mersea Town Council are holding an Extraordinary Council Meeting on Monday 3rd August at 7pm.
On the agenda is housing development and to consider action to be taken.
All Council meetings are listed on this website: click here 
This meeting will be held via the Zoom platform - a video/audio app that is free to download. Public participation will be allowed regarding matters on the agenda only and at the discretion of the Chairman.
If you would like to listen or take part in the meeting, please email info@westmersea.org or telephone 01206 382128 by 4pm on 3rd August for log in details.

PROPOSED BRADWELL B (POSTED JUNE 2020)

Residents should be aware that Bradwell B Consultation closes on 1st July 2020 at 11.59pm.
For more details click here

SEAWALL; ALEXANDER CUTTING (JULY 2020)

The Environment Agency are cutting back the Alexanders on the seawall week commencing 6th July 2020.
For more details click here

PARKING

The Essex County Council (Colchester Borough) (Prohibition of Waiting, Loading and Stopping) and (On-Street Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement Area) (Amendment Number 2) Order 2020

For full details of the proposed Order with plans showing the specified lengths of roads, a Statement of Reasons for proposing to make the Orders and a copy of the Order to be amended: click here 

Objections: Anyone who wishes to object to the proposed Orders should send their grounds for objection in writing at nepp.essexworkstraffweb.org.uk/consult/main or to TRO Comments, North Essex Parking Partnership, P O Box 5575, Colchester, Essex, CO1 9LT by 6th February 2020.

A paper copy of the proposed Order with plans showing the specified lengths of roads, a Statement of Reasons for proposing to make the Orders and a copy of the Order to be amended may be inspected during normal office hours at Essex Highways, County Hall Chelmsford, CM1 1QH or Colchester Library, 21 Trinity Square, Colchester, CO1 1JB, or West Mersea Town Council, 10 Melrose Road, West Mersea, CO5 8JD between 9am and 12pm, Monday, Tuesday or Friday. (Photocopies unavailable).

NOTICE TO MARINERS (POSTED JUNE 2020)

Native Oyster Restoration Works starting Tuesday 30th June 2020 - please click here for details.

NEPP PROPOSED ORDERS (POSTED JAN 2020)

The Essex County Council (Colchester Borough) (Prohibition of Waiting, Loading and Stopping) and (On-Street Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement Area) (Amendment Number 2) Order 2020

For full details of the proposed Order with plans showing the specified lengths of roads, a Statement of Reasons for proposing to make the Orders and a copy of the Order to be amended: click here 

Objections: Anyone who wishes to object to the proposed Orders should send their grounds for objection in writing at nepp.essexworkstraffweb.org.uk/consult/main or to TRO Comments, North Essex Parking Partnership, P O Box 5575, Colchester, Essex, CO1 9LT by 6th February 2020.

A paper copy of the proposed Order with plans showing the specified lengths of roads, a Statement of Reasons for proposing to make the Orders and a copy of the Order to be amended may be inspected during normal office hours at Essex Highways, County Hall Chelmsford, CM1 1QH or Colchester Library, 21 Trinity Square, Colchester, CO1 1JB, or West Mersea Town Council, 10 Melrose Road, West Mersea, CO5 8JD between 9am and 12pm, Monday, Tuesday or Friday. (Photocopies unavailable).

COUNCILLOR VACANCY

A vacancy has arisen for a Town Councillor: Notice of Vacancy

OYSTER RESTORATION PROJECT (posted Apr 2019, UPDATED AUGUST 2019)

Notice to Mariners - Mersea Oyster Restoration Project commenced on Monday 29th April 2019, click here for more details. 
Mersea Oyster Restoration Project update; click here

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)

The attached document is the response from West Mersea Town Council - WMTC response 
Website: www.colchester.gov.uk/localplan or extract from CBC Local Plan Mersea Island Plan 

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.