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Our request to proceed with a Neighbourhood Plan for West Mersea has been accepted by Colchester Borough Council, so it is now full throttle to get the plan off the ground and rolling.
We held an open meeting in the Council Chamber on 25th October 2016 and various individuals came forward to participate in 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
Following on from our highly successful Clean for the Queen litter pick campaign back in March (see report Clean-for-the-Queen), a major autumn litter pick around West Mersea was carried out over the weekend of 8-9th October. A number of organisations helped clear specific areas of the town. Over 1000kg of litter was collected by the CBC Zone Team on 10th October. Photographs will be added in due course.
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 few months 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.
GUNFIRE AND EXPLOSIONS - MOD SHOEBURYNESS
THE WHITE HART
A local business man is in discussions with the agent.
The Refresh Mersea project is thriving and has now moved along Barfield Road to include the Sensory Garden, School Gardens and outside the Coop. The Council again thank Mrs Mullins and her group for all their dedication and commitment to West Mersea. You do not have to be a gardening guru to help, from watering plants to deadheading, anything you can do is really appreciated. For more details please contact Mrs Lesley Mullins on 07808 402177.