COLCHESTER BOROUGH DRAFT LOCAL PLAN - Policy SS12a (POSTED AUGUST 2017)
The Town Council has responded to the above policy, the summary follows:
West Mersea is a unique community within the Colchester Borough. WMTC contends that the areas shown for development in the DLP are unsuitable. We would urge CBC to consult further with WMTC and to take into full consideration the heart felt views of the community. Results of the Neighbourhood Plan consultations will be of considerable use in helping to formulate policy. WMTC will be pleased to work with CBC to find solutions that protect this unique environment here in Mersea and that provide a self-build / community led housing scheme that would make housing affordable to the local population. WMTC's full response can be read here.
KEEP MERSEA TIDY (UPDATED DECEMBER 2017)
The Keep Mersea Tidy litter pick took place on 14th & 15th October 2017. The next litter pick will take place on Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March 2018. More details to follow.
THE WEST MERSEA SURGERY (LATEST JULY 2017)
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.
WHAT IS THE ENGLAND COAST PATH? (UPDATED OCTOBER 2017)
The new England Coast Path will be a new national trail all around England's coast, including Mersea Island.
Natural England's Report to the Secretary of State is available to view on the government website: www.gov.uk/coast-path
See article: England Coast Path
AUTOMATIC FLOODWATER SOLAR POWERED LIGHT (updated December 2017)
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.
Update from Essex County Council: Unfortunately the water hazard lamp has encountered a fault and a team are looking to investigate and repair as soon as possible.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN (POSTED OCTOBER 2016)
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.