Public Consultation – Tendring District Local Plan (2013-2033 & Beyond) Publication Draft – Exhibition Dates

Exhibition Dates:

3-7pm – Tuesday, 27 June 2017 – The Columbine Centre, Princes Esplanade, Walton-on-Naze CO14 8PZ

3-7pm – Thursday, 29 June 2017 – Ogilvy Hall, Wignall Street, Lawford CO11 2JG

10-3pm – Saturday, 1 July 2017 – Baptist Church, Pier Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1NJ

3-7pm – Tuesday, 4 July 2017 – Elmstead Community Centre, School Road, Elmstead CO7 7ET

3-7pm – Thursday, 6 July 2017 – Council Offices, Thorpe Road, Weeley CO16 9AJ

3-7pm – Tuesday, 11 July 2017 – Dovercourt Central Church, 203 Main Road, Dovercourt CO12 3PH

Notification of Roadworks

The Essex County Council (Clacton Road, St. Osyth) (Temporary Prohibition of Traffic) Order 2017

Notice is hereby given that the Essex County Council intends, not less than seven days from the date of this notice, to make the above Order under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

Effect of the order: To temporarily close that length of Clacton Road, St. Osyth in the District of Tendring, from its junction with Colchester Road, to its junction with Pump Hill for a distance of approximately 1094m.

The closure is scheduled to commence on 19th June 2017 for 3 days, or where stated on a vaild permit (EP201EH2226086 – Essex County Council). The scheduled dates may vary for these works with appropriate signs showing and/or displayed on

The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while footway patching works are undertaken by Essex County Council.

An alternative route is available via Colchester Road, Bypass Road and vice versa. Access for emergency service vehicles and pedestrians will be maintained at all times during the closure.

The Order will come into effect on 8th June 2017 and may continue in force for 18 months or until the works have been completed, whichever is the earlier.

Dated: 25/05/2017
Essex County Council
3rd Floor, Seax House,
Market Road,
Telephone: 0345 603 7631
For information regarding this closure please contact Essex County Council, who will able to assist
with scope of these works.

Bogus Callers

There have recently been a couple of incidents in different areas of Essex where Bogus Callers have made out they were from the local council and had come to investigate and remove rats nests in the loft. These bogus callers have then proceeded to take a deposit of cash (or in at least one case with a card reader) and said they would return to remove the nest and then disappeared. If you do get a visitor along these lines, they are likely to be fraudulent. Please ring your local council direct to confirm that any caller is bonafide. Fraudsters can produce fake ID badges.

If an unknown trader knocks on your door at any time , don’t open it unless you use a door chain . Preferably, open a small window either upstairs or downstairs and speak through the window. To verify someone’s identity please ring the organisation they claim to be from. Use a number from a bill or telephone directory that you have looked up yourself – never use a telephone number provided by the caller. A bona fide caller will wait outside whilst you verify their validity – a bogus caller is also likely to disappear as soon as they know you are telephoning to check identity.

Please do not let anyone into your home if you are not expecting them. REMEMBER – Your door – Your House – Your choice. Not sure? Don’t Open the Door
Display a ‘No Cold Calling’ sticker on your front door. These are available from Trading Standards free of charge. Call them on 03454 040506.

If you do need work undertaken on your property, Trading Standards operate a ‘Buy With Confidence’ scheme, which enables residents to identify approved local traders who have readily demonstrated a commitment to high working standards, high levels of customer care and a fair trading policy.

The ’Buy with Confidence’ scheme is available via the internet or by telephone 03454 040506.

Village Resident Honoured with a ‘Pride of Tendring Award’


This is the Award Certificate presented to Mr James McColl-Smith recognising his significant contribution, to running a disabled Club, specifically to cater for a section of his local residents, for which no other facilities exist.
The certificate was presented to James by the Chief Executive of Tendring District Council, Mr Ian Davidson.

James applauds the stage entertainment

James and wife Margaret who works with him.

James receives his Award Certificate from Tendring
District Council Chief Officer, Mr Ian Davidson.

James leaving the platform after the presentation.
You will note that he himself uses a walking stick

Your District Council Members have the opportunity to recommend to Tendring’s Chairman, a person working in their ward, whose effort is directed at service to others. This year the nomination was for Mr James McColl-Smith, (better known to many in the ward as ‘Jimbo’) On Friday3rd February at 6.50 p.m. Councillor John White arrived at Jimbo’s home in Spring Road St Osyth, to pick him and wife Margaret up to deliver them to the Tendring District Council Chairman’s parlour, for a pre evening gathering of fellow award candidates.
James was called up on to the stage to have his award presented by Mr Ian Davidson the Chief Executive of Tendring D.C. and by Mr Andrew Greenleaf Head of the Gunfleet Sands Operations.

A citation was read out to the assembled guests in the Princess Theatre which said:
“He founded and has since run a Disabled Persons’ Club for residents in Point Clear and St Osyth village and near neighbours. He is helped by his wife Margaret. The club meets in the Village Hall every two weeks.
When asked by me if he would accept an Award he said only if it was clear that the award was on behalf of his disabled members and helpers.
James has said that the Clubs purpose was to help the lonely and vulnerable in the local community and just beyond. His personal belief is that loneliness itself is a killer and is largely responsible for much mental illness and whilst people say “Someone should do something about it”, his club tries to fill the void. It is a hard job he says, getting people to leave their homes and come to a meeting, or perhaps when funds permit an organised outing, but once they start coming they enjoy themselves and some will tell you that the last conversation they had was at the last club meeting!”

Jimbo was a regular army serviceman who on retirement from the armed forces, eventually joined the Civil Service working out of Somerset House and then over the years, in most government departments in Whitehall. James has wide experience of ‘how organisations work’ and was even persuaded once to offer himself for selection as the Parliamentary Candidate for Shoreditch.
I first met Jimbo in 2003, when he had organised fellow residents in Spring Road where he lives, to press for Speed Tables to be put in the road to slow traffic, a road that is used by hundreds of cars for access to St Osyth Beach and to the four Caravan Sites and a Holiday Chalet site during the summer months. The County Council eventually put these traffic calming measures in place. Even on this first meeting James was working for his community!

Your District Councillors thank ‘James McColl-Smith’ for his helping hand, held out to others who he sees as much less fortunate than their fellow residents!

Jimbo, wife Margaret and Councillor Michael Talbot

St Osyth Councillor John White, Award sponsor

Daniel Casey and his wife from Jaywick. Dan was with us
at our table and was an Award Winner himself

Jayne Chapman from Brightlingsea is this year’s Tendring
Chairman. She congratulated all Award Winners

Lord Petre, Lord Lieutenant of Essex, is the representative of Her Majesty the Queen in Essex.
He was an honoured guest at the Awards evening and after the formal ceremony was over, James met with him for a short chat, during which Lord Petre congratulated James on his award and the work he does in St Osyth.

The above Web Page is a report of the event, but how many people know how the ‘Pride of Tendring Award’ scheme became an annual feature in Tendring’s Calendar?
In 2011 Councillor Alan Goggin was the Tendring District Council Chairman. He wrote to Group Leaders inviting them to appoint one of their members to a small working party, to find a way to recognise the enormous contribution that our various local organisations put in to their own community, these residents were he said were our unsung heroes! I was one of those joining him
Alan Goggin, now our County Councillor, made enquiries around the Country to see what other Authorities did and came back with his ideas of what was right for Tendring.
His ideas were supported by the administration but he was told there was no money available to fund such an event.
Undeterred Alan approached ‘Dong Energy’ and persuaded them to virtually fund an event, not only to kick start it, but also to promise funds for the next year.
Who says one Councillor cannot make a significant change to his or her Local Authority?


St Osyth Remembers ‘THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME’

St Osyth Remembers ‘THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME’ One Hundred Years Ago This Day

Residents gather at the Village War Memorial before the service

Today the Royal British Legion and local residents gather at the village war memorial to remember the Battle of the Somme, that began one hundred year ago today the 1st July 1916. The ‘Somme Offensive’ as it was known in military circles, lasted until the 18th November 1916 and was the most costly in terms of British and Empire troop losses through those killed and injured , with British Army alone bearing the greatest losses ever suffered, with 57,470 casualties.
It was during this battle that tanks were first used on the battlefield and for the first time the aeroplane played a very important part in both attack and reconnaissance roles. The phrase “Lions led by donkeys” was an expression of disgust at the loss of life where troops (the lions) were sent into battle by the generals (the donkeys) who were thought not to understand on the ground the disastrous results of their orders.

Chairs had been brought to the memorial for the elderly to use

Some of those present standing round the monument waiting to start.

The R.B.L. Standards are held aloft ready for the service to begin

The Lord’s Prayer being said at the opening of the service

Revd. Sharon Miles opens the service of remembrance with words of welcome to those attending, then leading everyone in the opening with the Lord’s Prayer. The Bugler , Ann Headworth, a member of the Clacton-on-Sea Cooperative Band, is standing to the right of Sharon and she will sound out the Last Post and the Reveille to begin and close the two minutes silence. You can listen on the two short movies below.

The Exhortation is said by Neil Williams, then the Bugler sounds off ‘The Last Post’ to begin two minutes of silence

The last 32 seconds of the two minute silence – then ‘The Reveille’ is sounded.

Mr. Basil Hutley retired President of the Royal British Legion, St Osyth Branch (above) lays the wreath on behalf of the Legion. The words in the centre of the wreath draw attention to the length of the ‘Somme Campaign’, which achieved so very little, for such a great loss of life one hundred years ago in 1916.

A reading by Mr Laithwaite

There are three short movies (of questionable quality) above. Click the arrow in the centre to run them.
Unfortunately these may not run on an older browser, but need an updated browser such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or Firefox.

Reveille has sounded, the R.B.L. wreath has been laid

Revd. Sharon begins the final prayer and a general blessing to those present this morning

The Standards are ready to be lowered for the National Anthem to conclude the service.

A carpet of poppies on the laid on the Steps

The R.B.L. wreath laid on the bed of poppies records the final thought for those who died during the Somme Offensive.