Planning & Development Committee – 19th February 2024

Meeting on 19th February 2024. the Planning & Development Committee discussed, and agreed actions in respect of, CCC’s ‘Call for Sites’ before considering planning applications.

Map of housing & planning - Planning Minutes 19th February 2024

The committee supported 3 applications (Nayland Road, Colchester Road & Bourne Road), objected to one (Colchester Road) and deferred another until the PC meeting (Hall Road). They also discussed possible enforcement action for another property in Colchester Road.

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Do you have a garden to be proud of?

Collage of exhibits from the 2022 Open Gardens event

If you have a garden to be proud of why not show it off?

It doesn’t matter whether it is small, large, tidy (or even not so tidy), if you are proud of your garden, the Gardeners Association (WBGA) would love to hear from you.

This year their Open Gardens event is taking place on Sunday 9th June. The event is always popular (nearly 1,000 visitors in 2022) & this year, its’ chosen charities are:

WBGA could really do with a few more gardens to show off this year. If you think your garden may be of interest, contact WBGA by email – [email protected] for further information.   June seems a long way off, but WBGA have to get programmes printed in advance so they would love to hear from you as soon as possible.

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Winter Bird Walk & Fungus Foray

The Next Guided Walk at Hillhouse Wood is a Winter Bird Walk

Following the successful Fungus Foray in November (see report and video below) the next Guided Walk is the annual Winter Bird Walk on Saturday 2nd March.

Steve Hallam will lead the winter bird walk in and near Hillhouse Wood, offering a chance to see resident woodland and meadow species and some winter visitors.

Image of Skylark
Skylark seen in 2022
Image of great spotted woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker Seen in 2022

The walk will take in Hillhouse Wood and surrounding hedgerows. Strong boots or wellies should be worn, as we may encounter wet conditions underfoot! To join the walk meet at the Old Church ready to leave at 10 am.

Check other upcoming events here.

Fungus Foray – Ian Rowling Reports

Birch Polypore fungus

The first Fungus Foray for several years took place on 25th November on a crisp, bright ‘n breezy morning. Seventeen took part, hunting down fungi ranging from bellcaps, measuring perhaps a couple of millimetres across their caps, to these birch polypores which are up to 20cm across. They feature in an Alpine tale of a bronze age killing. Among the deceased’s possessions were strips of the very same fungus we were observing 5,000 years later, demonstrating the value he placed upon it. It exposes things which our modern educated minds have largely forgotten, things like:

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Pylons Site Visit in West Bergholt

Say no to pylons and say yes to offshore grid

View of pylons route along Highfield Farm Valley

West Bergholt continues to actively campaign against the National Grid Pylon project as part of the Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk Pylons Group (ESN).  On Tuesday 13th February we were pleased that Cllr Brian Butcher and Parish Clerk Laura Walkingshaw were able to host a site visit from James Ryan, NSIP1 Project Manager, Colchester City Council (CCC) and CCC Cllr Sara Naylor.

Statutory Consultee

As many of you may know, the CCC are the statutory consultee on the Parish Council’s behalf to the Government on this project.  Given that, our working relationship with James and his colleagues are vital to being able to explain the impact that it will have on rural life for us and our neighbouring villages.

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Environment & Highways – 8th February 2024

The Environment & Highways Committee of West Bergholt Parish Council met on 8th February 2024 with topics including:

On 8th February 2024 the E&H Committee discussed speeding issues & a possible trial with police to address them.
  • Paper recycling used at Newbridge Mill Farm,
  • Litter issues around Uncle Kams Fish & Chip shop,
  • Possible involvement in a speeding control trial,
  • Tree Planting, and
  • Handymen’s report including:
    • Replacing some saplings that had been disturbed,
    • Litter picking,
    • Truck repairs went well,
    • Highways preliminary sweep of Argents Lane.

Environment Committee Minutes

Meeting held on Thurs 8th February 2024 at 4.30pm in SC Mtg Rm

Members present:Cllrs Katie Pulford (KP), Harry Stone (HS), David Short (DS) and John Gili-Ross (JGR) (via Zoom),
Also present:No members of the public

1.     Welcome & Apologies

Apologies were received from Cllrs Manya Barrow and James Owers.

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St Mary’s News – The Wake-up Edition

St Mary’s News – A Spiritual Wake-up

After Revd. Heather’s reflections around her personal Wake-Up call, this editions includes:

A Spiritual ‘Wake-up call’.

Back in September, I was sent a letter from my GP. Following some routine blood tests, I was being encouraged to sign up for a pre-diabetes course, which would run over 9 months, a course, which I knew, as my father was already 6 months into it, took up a lot of time. Mindful of the time commitment, I was reluctant at first to even attempt to join a course, but having logged in to sign up, I found I could opt for a virtual course via an app, meaning I could fit it around my other commitments.

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West Bergholt’s Methodist Church Sold

Methodist Church Sold

The Methodist Church site was sold on Friday September 15th 2023 after a protracted and complex sale.  This was not helped by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

The final service in the West Bergholt Methodist Church as it was sold

Many villagers will recall the Methodist fellowship ceased to worship in West Bergholt in September 2018 some 139 years after the first service!  Membership had been declining for some time leading to the difficult decision to cease holding services in the Chapel.  The final service took place at the end of a weekend of activities and reminiscence.  The remaining members now worship at “The Well Methodist Church“, in Mile End.

Change of control

From this point, the site became the responsibility of the Methodist Church.  The Colchester Methodist Circuit handled the sale of the site..

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Planning and Development Committee – 15th January 2024

Map of housing & planning - Planning Minutes 15th January 2024

Meeting on 15th January 2024. the Planning & Development Committee reviewed progress on the previous meeting’s decision re S106 monies.

Two planning applications were then discussed and both were supported. These applications were for properties in Mumford Road and Chapel Lane.

Read the official minutes below:

Planning and Development Committee Meeting

Meeting held on Monday 15th January 2024 at 7.00pm in the John Lampon Hall

It is the aim of the Parish Council to seek a high standard of design for all new developments and extensions in the Village.

The Parish Council will take into account the Village Design Statement, the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan, Government National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and CBC Planning Policies when commenting on individual applications.

Planning Committee Members:

Cllrs Bob Tyrrell (Chair), Sara Cullis (Vice Chair), Andrew Savage, Brian Butcher, Paul Chamberlain

Also in attendance:

Julie Gillott (Asst Clerk).

Agenda items:

1.   Welcome & Apologies for absence:

Apologies from Cllr Sara Cullis.

2.   Declarations of interest:

None

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Planning and Development Committee – 18th December 2023

Map of housing & planning - Planning Minutes 18th December 2023

Meeting on 18th December 2023. the Planning & Development Committee discussed the new Levelling up & Regeneration Bill which introduces some new practices to be reviewed.

Six planning applications were then discussed and three were supported, two objected and one no comment. These applications were for properties in Garling Walk, Fordham Road, Nayland Road, Cooks Hall Road, Poors Land and Armoury Road.

There was also discussion about potential ‘community contributions’ of £5,602.02 which might be allocated to the Community Hub if received.

Read the official minutes below:

Planning and Development Committee Meeting

Meeting held on Monday 18th December 2023 at 7.30pm in the John Lampon Hall

It is the aim of the Parish Council to seek a high standard of design for all new developments and extensions in the Village.

The Parish Council will take into account the Village Design Statement, the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan, Government National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and CBC Planning Policies when commenting on individual applications.

Planning Committee Members:

Cllrs Bob Tyrrell (Chair), Sara Cullis (Vice Chair), Andrew Savage, Brian Butcher, Paul Chamberlain

Also in attendance:

Laura Walkingshaw (Clerk) and one member of the public.

Agenda items:

1.   Welcome & Apologies for absence:

Apologies were received from Julie Gillott (Asst. Clerk)

2.   Declarations of interest:

There were no declarations of interest, other than item 6, PA232678, the Parish Council’s own Certificate of Lawfulness application for the Poor’s Land Servery.

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Environment & Highways – 11th January 2024

AI generated image showing a broken down truck, falling Xmas Tree & some snow coming

The Environment & Highways Committee of West Bergholt Parish Council met on 11th January 2024 with topics including:

  • Severe flooding recently experienced & how mitigated or being mitigated.
  • Repairs needed to the village truck.
  • Handymen activities including:
    • planning for snow,
    • dealing with compacted leaves and
    • hedge planting at the Armoury Road / Colchester Rod junction.
  • Reviewing the 2023 Christmas Tree for lessons learnt.

Environment Committee Minutes

Meeting held on Thurs 11th January 2024 at 5.00pm in SC Mtg Rm

Members present:Cllrs Katie Pulford (KP), Manya Barrow (MB), Harry Stone (HS), David Short (DS) and John Gili-Ross (JGR) (via mobile phone),
Also present:No members of the public

1.     Welcome & Apologies

Apologies were received from Cllr James Owers.

2.     Declarations of Interests

None.

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