NOTICE TO MARINERS - SCIENTIFIC MONITORING (POSTED 2 NOV)

Notice to Mariners about the commencement of activities (collection of scientific monitoring samples) for the Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative (ENORI). The activities are expected to start on Thursday 4th November and conclude by 5th November 2021 subject to satisfactory weather conditions.
To view the map: click here

NORTH ESSEX PARKING PARTNERSHIP - PUBLIC CONSULTATION (POSTED 17 AUG)

Following the Extraordinary Council meeting held on 17th August, the latest proposals for red/yellow lines on Coast Road and Victoria Esplanade can be viewed here: 
Coast Road/Victory Road
Coast Road/Firs Chase
Coast Road 
Coast Road 
High Street/Church Road 
Victoria Esplanade/Broomhills Road/Shears Crescent 
Victoria Esplanade 
Map Legend
Proposed loading bays and disabled parking bays are included.
This is intended as a public consultation - all views are welcome and should be addressed by email to town.clerk@westmersea.org or in writing to Town Clerk, West Mersea Town Council, 10 Melrose Road, CO5 8JD.
There is no formal closing date but Councillors would appreciate responses by 30th September.

ACTIVE TRAVEL FUND CONSULTATION (POSTED 2 JUNE 2021)

Closing date: 2nd July 2021 (CLOSED)

Essex County Council has been working with district, borough and city councils and local community and accessibility groups to create a partnership known as Active Travel Essex. The plan is to re-allocate road space to make more room for everybody to safely and efficiency walk and cycle in five Essex towns - Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Colchester and Wickford. As more people take up walking and cycling and avoid using their cars for short trips, it will mean fewer vehicles on the road and ease congestion for those who have no alternative but to drive, making their journeys more reliable and efficient.

With your support, they can help transform these town centres and neighbourhoods into thriving, healthier areas, with fewer cars but more people cycling and walking, allowing us all to breathe cleaner air and enjoy a better way of life.

Essex County Council are ready to share their plans with residents, businesses and other key stakeholders.
To find out more, please click here

The deadline for feedback is 2nd July 2021.
Hard copies of the consultation materials are available on request, please phone 0345 743 0430.

THANK YOU TO THE VOLUNTEERS (POSTED 24 FEB)

West Mersea Town Council would like to thank all the volunteers for the tremendous effort carried out over the past few weeks. Not only did the volunteers keep the meals service running throughout the bad weather, and are still doing so now, they also assisted the massive effort by the local doctors surgery to deliver over 1,000 vaccinations on the island. The volunteers and surgery have put so much time and effort into getting as many vaccinations done locally and they should be applauded. Our local community volunteers have continued to work above and beyond the call of duty and we cannot thank you all enough.

NOTICE TO MARINERS - HABITAT RESTORATION (POSTED 8 JUNE 2021)

Essex Native Oyster Restoration Works start on Monday 14th June 2021. 
For more details: click here 

MAYOR & DEPUTY MAYOR (POSTED JULY 2020, UPDATED APR 2021)

At the full Council meeting on 16 July 2020, the Council agreed to cancel the Annual Meeting for 2020, leaving Councillor Carl Powling as the Mayor and Councillor Robert Jenkins as the Deputy Mayor until the Annual Meeting on 4 May 2021, where voting for these roles will take place once again.
This is in accordance with the Coronavirus Act 2020.

NATIVE OYSTER RESTORATION WORKS - NOTICE TO MARINERS (POSTED 7 APR 2021)

Starting on Monday 12th April 2021 works will commence on the Essex native oyster restoration project within a defined restoration box, of which the north-west corner is located approximately 500m offshore to the south-east of West Mersea (hereafter referred to as the 'Restoration Box'). 
For more details: click here 

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, THE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this Council will not be opening a book of condolence.
Instead, members of the public wishing to pay their respects are directed to choose one of the electronic services provided by:

The Royal Household: Book of Condolence - click here  

Essex County Council: Book of Condolence - click here 

Colchester Borough Council: Book of Condolence - click here 
 



Councillor Carl Powling, Mayor of West Mersea, laid a wreath
at the War Memorial on behalf of West Mersea Town Council.







COMMUNITY PHONE LINE OPERATING DURING LOCKDOWN (UPDATED MAR 2021)

West Mersea Town Council would like to wish you all a safe, happy and healthy 2021. 

As you are all aware, we have now entered another full lockdown. The Community phone line is active and taking calls (01206 489240). Please leave a voicemail message and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.

The Council is pleased to announce that Mersea Outdoors is providing a meal service. The meals are £5 per day and if you would like to take up this service please phone 01206 489240. Last meal delivery will be 9 April 2021.

If you need assistance due to isolating or shielding, please call the Community phone line. The Community First Responders have volunteered to collect prescriptions for those who are isolating or shielding. 

The Council are looking for volunteers to help, you have always been so generous in this field. Once again please contact the Community phone line and leave your details. 

Please keep safe and stay home unless it is strictly necessary. Covid cases are high and growing, even here on Mersea Island.
Essex Police are also being very strict on unnecessary journeys and if you are not a key worker or on an essential journey, they will fine you. Please stay safe and well. 

HIGHWAY CLOSURES IN WEST MERSEA (POSTED 16 MAR 2021)

Essex County Council have issued a road closure notice for filming in West Mersea.
Click here to read more. Click here to view the map.

ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS

Digital Demand Responsive Transport (D-DRT) survey launched.

The survey seeks to gather resident views on D-DRT to inform a potential future strategy around this and how it may lead to more sustainable travel and reduced car-use in Essex. The survey is one of the inputs alongside other primary and secondary research into the field of D-DRT, conducted as part of a project with Anglia Ruskin University.

Please click here to complete the survey. 
Closing date: Sunday 1 November at midnight.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY (POSTED NOV 2020)

Remembrance Sunday will be very different this year. Colchester are encouraging residents to join in a 2 minute silence on their doorsteps at 11am, rather than congregating at the War Memorial or other public memorial sites. 

The Mersea Branch of the Royal British Legion would like to make an apology that they are unable to hold a traditional Act of Remembrance this year. However the Royal British Legion, in conjunction with West Mersea Town Council, will be holding a virtual wreath laying ceremony on Remembrance Sunday. This will be available to view later in the day on Facebook. 

In Colchester a small private service will be held at the Garrison on Remembrance Sunday and they have produced an online Act of Remembrance which includes ideas for how residents can commemorate at home. To read more: click here

A press release about this year's plans has been issued by Colchester Borough Council. To read more: click here 

OYSTER FEAST (POSTED NOV 2020)

An Oyster Feast is usually held each year but this year it's different. Colchester have produced an online site to celebrate the history of the Oyster Feast and the Colchester Native Oyster. To read more: click here 

COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO COVID-19 (POSTED APRIL 2020)

Mersea's Community Response to Covid-19: click here 

COVID UPDATE (POSTED OCT 2020)

Essex County Council requested that the county move from Covid Tier 1 (medium) to Tier 2 (high). The Secretary of State has agreed that this will happen from midnight on Friday 16 October 2020.

Statement issued by Essex County Council: click here
Government website link for more details: click here 

PLANNING CONSULTATIONS (POSTED SEPT 2020)

Planning for the Future consultation: click here 
Consultation is open to everyone. This consultation will last for 12 weeks from 6th August 2020.
Consultation deadline 11.45pm on 29th October 2020.

Changes to the current planning system: click here 
Consultation deadline 11.45pm on Thursday 1st October 2020.

PARKING IN WEST MERSEA (POSTED MAY 2018, REVIEWED DEC 2019)

This Council is very aware of the parking issues in West Mersea and we are working hard to resolve them.
We are currently looking into a number of schemes and are in negotiation with all the relevant parties. This includes a park and ride scheme and also the use of current private parking areas being made available for public use at certain times of the year, as the problem is largely seasonal and weather dependant.
As you can appreciate these negotiations and schemes do take time. We have been working on them over the past year but there is still much work to do.
The problem is not being ignored and we are aiming to achieve the best suitable solution for our community. If you have any ideas or wish to join a working group to assist West Mersea Town Council with this, please contact our office. We are looking for committed volunteers to help with this and other projects that West Mersea Town Council are working on.

OUTLINE PLANNING APPLICATION 201467 FOR 56 DWELLINGS ON LAND OFF EAST ROAD, WEST MERSEA (POSTED AUG 2020)

Consultation extended to 1st September 2020.
West Mersea Town Council is pleased to announce that, following its representations to Colchester Borough Council Planning, an extension to the above consultation to 1st September has been granted.

This recognises the impact that the current Covid-19 restrictions place on the effective communication required for appropriate consultation on what is a very controversial plan and of significant Island-wide public interest.

West Mersea Town Council has objected to this proposal, following debate at an Extraordinary Council meeting held on 3rd August 2020. To read the objection, click here 

Residents can view and comment on the planning application: click here 
Alternatively you can send an email (quoting reference 201467) to: planning.services@colchester.gov.uk 
Or you can write to: Colchester Borough Council Planning Department, Rowan House, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3WG.

PLANNING MATTERS AND HOUSING DEVELOPMENT (POSTED JULY 2020)

West Mersea Town Council are holding an Extraordinary Council Meeting on Monday 3rd August at 7pm.
On the agenda is housing development and to consider action to be taken.
All Council meetings are listed on this website: click here 
This meeting will be held via the Zoom platform - a video/audio app that is free to download. Public participation will be allowed regarding matters on the agenda only and at the discretion of the Chairman.
If you would like to listen or take part in the meeting, please email info@westmersea.org or telephone 01206 382128 by 4pm on 3rd August for log in details.

PROPOSED BRADWELL B (POSTED JUNE 2020)

Residents should be aware that Bradwell B Consultation closes on 1st July 2020 at 11.59pm.
For more details click here

SEAWALL; ALEXANDER CUTTING (JULY 2020)

The Environment Agency are cutting back the Alexanders on the seawall week commencing 6th July 2020.
For more details click here

PARKING

The Essex County Council (Colchester Borough) (Prohibition of Waiting, Loading and Stopping) and (On-Street Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement Area) (Amendment Number 2) Order 2020

For full details of the proposed Order with plans showing the specified lengths of roads, a Statement of Reasons for proposing to make the Orders and a copy of the Order to be amended: click here 

Objections: Anyone who wishes to object to the proposed Orders should send their grounds for objection in writing at nepp.essexworkstraffweb.org.uk/consult/main or to TRO Comments, North Essex Parking Partnership, P O Box 5575, Colchester, Essex, CO1 9LT by 6th February 2020.

A paper copy of the proposed Order with plans showing the specified lengths of roads, a Statement of Reasons for proposing to make the Orders and a copy of the Order to be amended may be inspected during normal office hours at Essex Highways, County Hall Chelmsford, CM1 1QH or Colchester Library, 21 Trinity Square, Colchester, CO1 1JB, or West Mersea Town Council, 10 Melrose Road, West Mersea, CO5 8JD between 9am and 12pm, Monday, Tuesday or Friday. (Photocopies unavailable).

NOTICE TO MARINERS (POSTED JUNE 2020)

Native Oyster Restoration Works starting Tuesday 30th June 2020 - please click here for details.

NEPP PROPOSED ORDERS (POSTED JAN 2020)

The Essex County Council (Colchester Borough) (Prohibition of Waiting, Loading and Stopping) and (On-Street Parking Places) (Civil Enforcement Area) (Amendment Number 2) Order 2020

For full details of the proposed Order with plans showing the specified lengths of roads, a Statement of Reasons for proposing to make the Orders and a copy of the Order to be amended: click here 

Objections: Anyone who wishes to object to the proposed Orders should send their grounds for objection in writing at nepp.essexworkstraffweb.org.uk/consult/main or to TRO Comments, North Essex Parking Partnership, P O Box 5575, Colchester, Essex, CO1 9LT by 6th February 2020.

A paper copy of the proposed Order with plans showing the specified lengths of roads, a Statement of Reasons for proposing to make the Orders and a copy of the Order to be amended may be inspected during normal office hours at Essex Highways, County Hall Chelmsford, CM1 1QH or Colchester Library, 21 Trinity Square, Colchester, CO1 1JB, or West Mersea Town Council, 10 Melrose Road, West Mersea, CO5 8JD between 9am and 12pm, Monday, Tuesday or Friday. (Photocopies unavailable).

COUNCILLOR VACANCY

A vacancy has arisen for a Town Councillor: Notice of Vacancy

OYSTER RESTORATION PROJECT (posted Apr 2019, UPDATED AUGUST 2019)

Notice to Mariners - Mersea Oyster Restoration Project commenced on Monday 29th April 2019, click here for more details. 
Mersea Oyster Restoration Project update; click here

TREE MAINTENANCE (UPDATED Jan 2019, REVIEWED JUNE 2019)

Following an extensive tree survey on all of the sites that West Mersea Town Council either own, or are responsible for, some remedial work has recently been carried out on certain trees in Reymead Wood, West Mersea Park, St Peter & St Paul churchyard and Church Green. In some cases, dead or dying trees have been felled and others have been cut back or the canopy raised (removal of lower limbs); this is for safety reasons and for the long term health of the trees. The Lime Tree on Church Green has had the canopy raised, dead wood and old Christmas lights removed and new lights installed. In addition to continuing with remedial work the Council has a programme to replace felled trees, although not necessarily in the same place, for future generations to enjoy.
If you would like any further information, please contact Petra Palfreyman, Town Clerk.

WILLOUGHBY TOILETS, VICTORIA ESPLANADE (POSTED APR 2019)

The refurbishment of Willoughby toilets on Victoria Esplanade was completed in time for the busy Easter weekend. The refit has been well received by all users. 

PRESS RELEASE FROM WEST MERSEA TOWN COUNCIL

Following the recent elections, West Mersea Town Council has two new Councillors and a revised structure - read more 

FIRS ROAD CEMETERY (POSTED JUNE 2019)

Firs Road Cemetery driveway has been resurfaced and the fence replaced. This is part of the ongoing maintenance programme in the cemetery. One of the taps has been capped due to leakage, this will be replaced in due course.

WEST MERSEA PARK (POSTED MAY 2019)

The crescent path in West Mersea Park (School Gardens) has been resurfaced. Wheelchair and buggy friendly access available at both gates off Barfield Road.

COLCHESTER BOROUGH DRAFT LOCAL PLAN - POLICY SS12A (POSTED AUG 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.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN (POSTED OCT 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. What shape is West Mersea's Neighbourhood Plan taking? Please see the Neighbourhood Plan website for more details: merseamatters.uk  

COLCHESTER BOROUGH COUNCIL LOCAL PLAN PREFERRED OPTIONS (POSTED SEPT 2016)

The attached document is the response from West Mersea Town Council - WMTC response 
Website: www.colchester.gov.uk/localplan or extract from CBC Local Plan Mersea Island Plan 

SEA SPARKLE UPDATE (POSTED MAY 2019)

The Environment Agency have confirmed the substance on West Mersea beach on Wednesday 1st May was Noctiluca Scintillans, commonly known as Sea Sparkle. It poses no risk to human health and is biofluorescent - meaning it absorbs light then re-emits it. 

The Environment Agency had Officers out in Clacton and Mersea the following day and no evidence of the bloom was seen and no further sightings have been reported.

 

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West Mersea Town Council
10 Melrose Road, West Mersea
Colchester, Essex, CO5 8JD

Email: info@westmersea.org
Telephone: 01206 382128

Office opening hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9am to 12pm.

You can still contact us by telephone and email at other times.

 
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