Parish Council Elections May 2nd 2019
We now know that there will be no election for St Osyth Ward, six people were nominated and there are eight vacancies. It will mean that the Council after May will be looking to co-opt two further councillors.
Point Clear Ward has five vacancies and six people were nominated, so there will be an election.
Please vote on the 2nd May – it is important
District Council Elections
The election for District Council was due to be held on 2nd May, but sadly we have been informed that due to the death of one of the Candidates standing for election; a new election date will be set. We will keep you advised of the situation and offer our condolences to the family of the bereaved.
A Public Inquiry to be held beginning on 18th June 2019 – Point Clear Bay
Many of our residents may not know that in June a Public Inquiry is to be held, which it is to be hoped will finally sort out some of the anomalies which have blighted the lives of people living in Point Clear Bay. I have asked a resident who will be appearing at the Inquiry to set out for us all the history behind the fifty eight property owners being served Enforcement Notices by Tendring District Council in the recent past.
In 1969 three properties owned by the holiday camp were granted full residency for the maintenance and security staff.
In February 1989 Tendring District Council (“the Council”) issued Enforcement Notices on the residents of properties in Colne Way, Cruce Way, New Way, Norman Way and Saxon Way. The Council issued Enforcement Notices on the grounds that a planning condition was being breached. The planning condition dates back to 1959 and states that the properties can only be lived in from March to October each year.
In December 1989 a Public Inquiry was held and the Inspector made his or her decision in July 1990.
The Inspector granted five properties full residency.
Fifteen properties were granted full residency in name only for the duration of their lives.
One property was granted full residency in name only for a period of three years.
Fifty seven properties were granted residency from Friday noon to Monday noon and ten consecutive days over the Christmas period to include both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day from 1 November to 28 February.
Over the years the Council have also granted eleven Certificates of Lawful Use to the residents of properties in Colne Way, Norman Way and Saxon Way on the grounds that the properties have been lived in all year round for over ten years and without having any enforcement action served on the properties. The properties have therefore been granted full residency because they have become immune from planning law.
In 2017 and 2018 the Council issued over 70 Enforcement Notices on the residents of properties in Colne Way, Cruce Way, Norman Way and Saxon Way. The Council issued the Enforcement Notices on the grounds that a planning condition is being breached and that flooding is a major issue.
Fifty eight appeals have been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate against the service of the Enforcement Notices.
A Public Inquiry will be held at the Council’s offices in Weeley. The Inquiry will start on Tuesday 18 June 2019. The Inquiry will last for four weeks. It can take the Inspector up to twelve weeks to make her decision. All Appellants will be informed by post of the decision.
The Parish Council will be supporting the residents who have been served the enforcement notices. It is recognised that there is a flooding risk; but having listened to advice from the Environment Agency, it is felt that with modern communication it is much, much less concern than in the past. Added to which the anomalies of who has what permissions to reside in the Bay must be sorted one way or another; the current situation is not tenable or fair.
Meeting at the Orchards Holiday Park
Last year Rob Turner, the General Manager of the Holiday Park, had a meeting with the residents who live in the Bay. Over the years, communication between the Park and the residents has not always been of the best and relationships have been strained. This meeting to discuss ways forward for both parties was very positive, as a number of residents said “it is a new beginning”. The first meeting of the Steering Group, volunteers who are keen to forge better relationships with the Holiday Park, met at the beginning of April.
It was one of the most positive meetings I have had the pleasure to attend. Rob was able to inform the Group of the improvements that are to be made in the Bay. These are improvements which will improve the appearance of the Bay for both for those who are holidaying there and for the residents.
Among the issues discussed:-
- Resurfacing of Colne Way and the roads in the Park
- Off street lighting – the Steering Group were asked for their views on where the new solar columns should be placed. They undertook to produce suggestions within the week.
- Parking Bays to be introduced so that areas of the Bay which are currently ‘mud patches’ when it rains, will have a serviceable surface.
- Improvements to the Green which overlooks the sea are planned, fencing to be erected and parking spaces to be provided to keep the grass for recreational purposes free from cars.
It really was good to hear the exchange of ideas and the positive outcome to issues which have given both The Orchards Holiday Park and the residents cause for concern for a number of years. It is by working together like this that the environment will be improved for everyone. As one member of the Steering Group said “the Bay is a beautiful place to live.”
At the beginning of April ‘Welcome Packs’ were delivered to the residents of St. John’s Road and Leisureglades Park who are joining the Parish of St. Osyth. It was the initiative of St Osyth Parochial Church Council and in the Welcome Pack envelope there was information about:-
- The Church, its services and activities
- Village organisations
- Dumont Hall
- St Osyth Village Hall
- The Scouts, Cubs and Beavers
- Osyth Parish Council
The feedback has been good and we do hope that our new residents feel that there is benefit to being part of St. Osyth Parish.
The Repair of Footways and Pavements
I wrote at length in March’s magazine about the Devolution of Services by Essex County Highways and that the Parish Council, who have been asked to be part of this initiative will focus on the repair of pavements.
We are initially focussing on Manfield Gardens and Darcy Road. Possibly I should have added for those who have expressed concern over the footways in Spring Road that Essex County Highways have undertaken to repair these during this financial year. Recently I emailed to ask when this work would be carried out; to date no reply has been received but I am hopeful!
A Community Warden for St Osyth
Ken Belcher has been appointed as Community Warden for St. Osyth Parish and we very much look forward to working with him. You may well see him around the village with Neil in the forthcoming weeks as he familiarises himself with the responsibilities he now has to ensure that our Open Spaces are well maintained and safe.
Rather different topics featuring in this month’s Report; but I do hope that you will find them of interest.
With best wishes.
Previous Month’s Report
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.