Local Council Elections
A notice has been put in the Parish Magazine informing residents that there are elections for both the Parish and District Councils on Thursday 2nd May.
The Parish Council has thirteen councillors, seven of whom represent St. Osyth and six represent Point Clear. We did not have an election in 2015 as there were not sufficient people standing for the Parish Council, this was in itself sad, as elections bring new people and new ideas onto the Council and this is good for the village.
All those who are thinking of putting themselves forward for election have to be nominated by two residents who are on the electoral register and papers have to be submitted to the Town Hall by 4.00 pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.
The nomination papers can be collected from the Parish Office.
The Devolution of Highway Services
This is moving ever nearer and Essex County Highways are looking for a start date of 1st March.
Neil and I attended a meeting recently at Gt. Dunmow and learnt a great deal more about the initiative. Some readers may remember in the November magazine I gave a list of the services which Essex County Highways were suggesting that we assume responsibility for. We were informed at the meeting that in fact we do not have to undertake all of them (this was never mentioned before) but we can choose which services we would like to take responsibility for. With an annual budget from Essex County Highways of £2913.14p this makes the whole initiative far more attractive!
We are having a meeting of our Highways Working Party later this month and we will decide and then recommend to the Parish Council the services which we believe would benefit the residents most if we undertake their maintenance/repair. So watch this space!
Dogs and Irresponsible Owners
Many apologies for raising this yet again and we have an advert about it in the magazine. Recently a dog had defecated outside a front door in Church Square and the owner of the dog had left it there. It is difficult to imagine anyone being so irresponsible and how very unpleasant for the person whose house it was.
Equally we should remember those who are partially sighted and cannot see dog poo left on the pavements and footways by thoughtless owners. For them walking in it must be so very upsetting.
As many of you have seen the Parish Council does put up notices and red paint is sprayed on the offending pile, and both have proved effective. Please contact Neil at the Parish Office if you have concerns 821447, as we will also inform the Dog Warden of Tendring District Council, who will undertake patrol.
St. Osyth Priory and Parish Trust
The Trust was established in 2016 to undertake the repair and restoration of some of the Priory buildings. I wrote in the August magazine that the Trust had applied for a
£2.7 million grant for the repair of the Tithe Barn, the Cart Lodge and the Dairy. We heard in December that we had not been successful. The Case Officer had recommended the Trust’s application, but only seven of the 47 who had applied were given funding.
However, a meeting was held recently with The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and they were very informative about how the Trust’s bid could be strengthened and recommended that we apply again. This the Trust will do.
If you remember there is local representation on the Trust. I represent the Parish Council; Ian Davidson who is Chief Executive Officer of Tendring District Council is their representative and Andy Booth of Naglotec, Clacton Road represents the Business Community. We all believe that the repair and restoration of the Priory and the subsequent opening of it, will be enormously beneficial to both the village and the Tendring District.
With my interest in education, the Trust is planning school visits this year. St. Osyth children will probably be one of the first who will enjoy a walk through the Priory Park. I have no doubt it will be a positive and worthwhile visit.
Other events are planned for 2019 and I will write about these in a future Report.
The Parish Council’s letter to Essex County Highways
I have written a great deal in recent months about discussions with Essex County Highways concerning both the crossroads and the possibility of a mini roundabout at the Clacton Road entrance to the village. I though readers might find it interesting to read one paragraph of the letter we recently sent to a Senior Engineer at Essex County Highways as it encapsulates the approach of the Parish Council of how we want the difficulties of the crossroads to be approached and overcome.
“We would again emphasise that the Parish Council is looking for a long term solution to the problems of the crossroads with emphasis both on the safety of pedestrians and drivers. We would like to see a holistic plan agreed, although it is accepted that it may well be that it has to be phased over a period of years”.
With the mini roundabout we quoted no less than ten mini roundabouts locally where the equal flow of traffic from all three approaches is questionable. If you remember we were informed that all three approaches to a mini roundabout had to be equal!
We also quoted the five criteria from the Speed and Management Guide for Local Highways Panel Members and pointed out that we met all of them. So although we are hopefully moving forward, we know it is in only small steps! However we try!
Good wishes to you all.