WTC March Meeting

edited March 21 in General Wivenhoe Talk
Headline points coming out of the WTC March meeting that was held on Monday evening:

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Labour's Julie Young updated on her work as the Cllr for the Wivenhoe St Andrew ward. She explained how she is seeking a solution for the Vine Drive parking issue.

Likewise for the cottages opposite St Mary's. Cllr Young has been contacted by residents who want protection from vehicles that reverse into their properties. ECC said it wouldn't put up bollards. If they were knocked down then they would become a maintenance issue. A feasibility study of moving the parking to the other side of the road concluded that... bollards are the best way forward. These are priced at £3,000. Cllr Neil Lodge of WTC asked about pushchair access. This would remain. The proposal is now going to the Local Highways Panel.

Cllr Young said that CBC was moving towards taking enforcement action against Persimmon for not maintaining the dry dock. Communication has been difficult; Persimmon is now starting to respond.

Cllr Young is chasing ECC about a row of potholes along the Avenue.

Finally Cllr Young updated how she has joined the Environmental Law Foundation charity. This is to give residents weight whilst pursuing the pollution at the Tarmac site. It was explained that work has started this week to prevent pollution. It is not known what the root cause is.

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Labour's Cllr Cyril Liddy of CBC updated with his activities for the past month. Most of this has been casework - which is of a private nature. The groups that were successful with Wivenhoe Soup funding are having their applications processed by CBC.

Cllr Liddy asked Wivenhoe Mayor Cllr Asa Aldis if he had heard from CBC about the Garden Village meeting. Communication has taken place. Cllr Liddy said that it would be useful to know that WTC was expecting from the process. Cllr Andrea Vaughan of WTC confirmed that WTC does want a public meeting and has given CBC dates.

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LibDem Cllr Mark Cory of CBC submitted a written report. He is very happy with the sale of the Town Council offices to WTC. Casework has covered trees, lights, housing and potholes.

Cllr Cory has received further complaints about the train horn noise. He has asked for residents to work together on this issue.

Labour's Cllr Chris Singleton of WTC asked if Cllr Cory has responded to the WTC request about the sale of Gothic House. WTC asked at the last meeting if any of the profits would be used as re-provision to tackle homelessness. No response has come back.

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WTC Transport Correspondent Peter Kay also addressed the train horn noise. He has asked Cllr Cory to use his Cabinet weight to get the Environmental team to put pressure on Network Rail. Cllr Young added that she also reported the noise to the Environmental team.

Peter updated over the "stupidity" of the new 62 bus route. Buses going to the station will go via Rectory Road and Belle Vue Road, but they won't stop at the Coop. He asked WTC to write to the operator First.

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Cllr Lodge updated on the Health Centre. Work has started at Phillip Road. There has been a delay because of the weather. The surgery is hoping to be in place by Christmas.

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Cllr Mike Newton of WTC outlined the recent work of the Personnel Committee. The main issue is the imminent handover of the public toilets from CBC. The Committee is looking at either hiring a contractor or employing staff. CBC won't extend the three month handover period. WTC needs to "get on with it."

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Cllr Lodge addressed the Finance and Admin Committee activities. There has been a "big dent" in the bank account - £200,000 has been paid for the freehold of the Town Council offices. WTC is now seeking a valuation. This is needed to find out what to insure the building for.

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The Estates Committee has received a request from Wild About Wivenhoe to hold a family event on the KGV on 13 May. Sergeant Lou Middleton has no issues, if the projected size doesn't increase. A lengthy debate took place about what fee WTC should charge. This was concluded with the event being given permission with a very low fee. Plus a deposit and an assurance to make good the field after the event. There was also an agreement that a tariff is needed for future community events.

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Cllr Bob Needham of WTC spoke on behalf of Wivenhoe Society. He said that the Society is waiting for a quote from WTC on how much it will cost to water the trees paid for by WivSoc on the KGV.

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Cllr Newton explained that WTC is considering buying a new community bus. There is a also a call out for volunteer drivers.

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Mayor Aldis is also looking for volunteers to help with the Cemetery Chapel Museum over the summer. Local artefacts were equested.

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Discussion then went back to the Town Council offices as part of the POP update. There was a discussion on how to manage the assets in the short, medium and long term. A drain and asbestos survey are needed.

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Cllr Needham told the meeting that the Neighbourhood Plan is still "in limbo." The report was sent to CBC back in September. An environmental assessment is needed.

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Cllr Aldis explained that the joint Community Safety and Neighbourhood Watch group is being wound up. Only three people have attended the recent quarterly meetings. The group will move to a Facebook and email presence. It will reconvene if circumstances dictate.

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