NEW TOWN COUNCILLOR
We are very pleased to announce that, following a selection process, Mrs Stephanie Shilton has been co-opted on to West Mersea Town Council.
CAR PARKING CHARGES
Public Notice from Colchester Borough Council: CarParkingCharges
WHAT IS THE ENGLAND COAST PATH?
The new England Coast Path will be a new national trail all around England's coast.
See article: England Coast Path
rspb volunteering opportunity
Be part of the RSPB's Saving Nature Scheme and become a Little Tern Surveyor.
See poster: Little Tern Surveyor
POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER'S PUBLIC CONSULTATION
The people of Essex are being urged to have their say, in the potential change in the way Essex Police and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service is governed, through a 12 week consultation that started on Thursday 16th February and ends on Wednesday 10th May.
The new Policing and Crime Act 2017 offers the opportunity to transform local fire and rescue governance, enabling police and crime commissioners to become the fire and rescue authority where a strong local case is made. The Government has also created a statutory duty to collaborate.
Police and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst said: "Together we have developed a local case for Essex to strengthen our emergency services, improve joint working and deliver significant savings. We have an opportunity to share knowledge; back office services; make better use of estates, and help protect vulnerable people in joined-up ways. The resources freed up by this would be reinvested in front line services and enable both emergency services to better protect the people of Essex."
This new duty requires emergency services to keep collaboration opportunities under review and to take on collaboration opportunities where it would be in the interests of efficiency and effectiveness to do so.
To give your views, please visit: essex.pcc.police.uk/LocalCaseForChange/
Our request to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan for West Mersea has been accepted by Colchester Borough Council, so it is now full throttle and work on the plan is well underway.
We have a group of people working on this project, and both councillors and residents are working hard on this important venture, which will mould and affect the islands future for many years to come. If you feel that you can help, please phone or email us. We need willing volunteers from all ages and experiences to assist us by joining the working groups to develop a positive and fully sustainable plan.
COLCHESTER BOROUGH COUNCIL LOCAL PLAN
The attached document is the response from West Mersea Town Council - WMTC response
Local Plan Colchester Borough
Website: www.colchester.gov.uk/localplan or extract from CBC Local Plan Mersea Island Plan
KEEP MERSEA TIDY
In 2016 Mersea took part in two highly successful litter pick campaigns. Following on from the success of these initiatives, a further clean of the Glebe and beach areas has taken place on 4th-5th March. See Clean-for-the-Queen page for photos taken last year.
THE WEST MERSEA SURGERY
Negotiations for the new surgery on the Police Station site are continuing. Whilst plans are agreed and all the finances are in place there are contractual problems between the West Mersea Practice, the NHS, and Octopus Healthcare (the financiers), which still need to be resolved. In the meantime Tony Coke, a director of Octopus Healthcare, has informed us that they have now bought the site and part of the garden beyond, so the pressure from the Police to conclude the deal or face loosing it has now been removed giving all sides space to further consider the position.
MERSEA HARBOUR PROTECTION TRUST
AUTOMATIC FLOODWATER SOLAR POWERED LIGHT
A solar powered street light has been installed on the road leading to Mersea Island to help drivers avoid being caught out by high tides.
The new light, installed along the Strood, will come on automatically when the water floods over the road and covers the sensor on the lighting column.
The light will help illuminate flood depth markers and help drivers judge whether the road is safe to cross.
The Strood is the only road on and off Mersea Island, but at particularly high tides it is covered by seawater. Drivers may misjudge the water depth and so get stuck in the water, sometimes requiring rescue by the emergency services.
The depth markers will help drivers judge the deeper floods, but shallower flooding can be difficult to see at night.
The new solar light will come on automatically so the drivers can better see the flood water, giving them time to slow down and take a decision on when to cross.
Although the warning system has been in place for a while now, West Mersea Town Council are still getting queries about its use and benefit, so we hope this information is of interest to you.
COAST ROAD SSSI
The trees along Coast Road, from the bottom of Hove Hill to the Monkey Steps are all protected by Tree Preservation Orders. Anyone causing damage to these trees faces a penalty of up to £20,000.