QUEEN'S PLATINUM JUBILEE WEEKEND (UPDATED 10 MAY)

Council and Community to celebrate Queen's Platinum Jubilee Weekend
This year Her Majesty The Queen marks 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. This makes HM Queen Elizabeth II the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. To celebrate this historic occasion, there will be events across the country and Commonwealth over a four-day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. The bank holiday provides an opportunity for communities across the UK to come together to celebrate this momentous occasion. The four days of celebrations will see various events in London and across local communities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen's 70 years of service.
To view the outline of events: click here

PLANNING APPEAL - LAND OFF 102 EAST ROAD (UPDATED 19 APR)

Planning Appeal - Land off 102 East Road, West Mersea - Development proposed for 56 dwellings.

Information from the National Planning Inspectorate - Decision: The appeal is dismissed.
- The appeal made under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against a refusal to grant outline planning permission.
- The appeal made by Blue Square Homes Limited against the decision of Colchester Borough Council. The application ref: 201467, dated 1st July 2020, was refused by notice dated 29th April 2021.
- The development proposed residential development of 56 dwellings including landscaping and access from East Road following demolition of existing dwelling.

"For the reasons given, the development would not accord with the development plan considered as a whole. I have found harms to the character and appearance of the area, including harm to the setting of a heritage asset, and harm to highway safety, which together weigh considerably against the development."
To view the full decision: click here 

KEEP MERSEA TIDY (UPDATED 19 APR)

Keep Mersea Tidy litter picks regularly take place in West Mersea. Litter is collected by many individuals, if you wish to sign up as a Litter Warrior please email Tim Pickard, Neighbourhood Warden, Colchester Borough Council on tim.pickard@colchester.gov.uk for more details.

Be Proud of Mersea and help to make our Island the first litter free island in the UK. Proud of Mersea are an active group of litter pickers and campaigners, for more details phone: 01206 385397 or email: proudofmersea@outloook.com  
Facebook: Proud of Mersea Community Group 

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN REFERENDUM FOR WEST MERSEA (UPDATED 11 APR)

The Neighbourhood Plan Referendum for West Mersea took place on Thursday 17th March 2022.
For full details, view the Neighbourhood Plan website: click here
Declaration of result: click here 
Adoption of Neighbourhood Plan by Colchester Borough Council: click here

BOUNDARY COMMISSION FOR ENGLAND (POSTED 4 APR)

West Mersea Town Council have responded to the Boundary Commission consultation. To read the response: click here 

COAST ROAD BOARDWALK (UPDATED 23 MAR)

West Mersea Town Council are working as quickly as possible to find a long term solution to the Boardwalk collapse. The boardwalk (footpath 32) was closed for safety reasons.

This is a critical priority for the Council as this is a well used resource, both by the public and visitors to the Island while also protecting the marsh.

There are a number of constraints on replacing the boardwalk which include its location in Site of Special and Scientific Interest. This means there are a number of Statutory bodies that the Council need to liaise with due to concerns with materials and their effect on the environment.

Its also been determined that the whole Boardwalk, which was installed in 2007, needs to be replaced. This is due to corrosion on the fixings and wear and tear to the boards which have created trip hazards. This means that a solution will represent a significant cost to the Council which will need to be carefully considered.

Due to these constraints, there is no quick solution and while we’re currently in discussions with specialist contractors, we don’t yet have a clear timeline on its re-opening.

While this is a large project for West Mersea Town Council to undertake, please be assured that the Council are working hard to deliver a long term solution at the earliest opportunity. Please assist with protecting the marsh by accessing shingle point beach via Monkey Beach.

TREE PLANTING AND TREE GUARDIANS (UPDATED 21 MAR)

West Mersea Town Council is pleased to say that our stalwart band of volunteers have planted upwards of 1000 saplings at the Glebe. A very big “Thank You” to all the volunteers for turning out over 3 weekends.

Tree planting has been carried out by Colchester Borough Council (CBC) contractors. A total of 89 semi-matural trees have been planted along Victoria Esplanade, Empress Avenue, Fairhaven Avenue and Seaview Avenue. In respect of the newly planted semi mature trees, Colchester Borough Council would very much welcome contact from anyone in the Avenues or along the Esplanade who might like to assist in maintaining those trees in prime condition. For example, by watering during dry periods, and reporting any damage to the trees, tree stakes, ties or guards. Anyone interested in “adopting” a tree could they please contact West Mersea Town Council (info@westmersea.org or 01206 382128) in the first instance, and we will pass their details to the CBC.

Both West Mersea Town Council and Colchester Borough Council remain committed to improving our tree stock for the benefit of future generations and to mitigate against increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. The help of local residents in bringing this about would be much appreciated.

TOWN COUNCIL OFFICE (UPDATED 16 DEC 21)

The Council office is open to the public on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings (9am to 12pm). 
We stock dog bags (100 bags for £1.50) and food caddy bags (26 bags for £1). 
We accept card payments
(preferred method, excluding American Express & Diners Card).
Our office working hours are 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Telephone 01206 382128 (answerphone may be on, please leave a message) or email: info@westmersea.org - West Mersea Town Council is operating a full service. 
For all Waste & Recycling enquiries: click here 

COMMUNITY SPECIAL CONSTABLES FOR MERSEA (UPDATED 1 DEC 21)

West Mersea Town Council has reached agreement with Essex Police to sponsor the provision of up to 4 Community Special Constables (CSC) for West Mersea. CSCs are volunteer police officers, holding the same office and the same powers as regular officers; they wear the same uniform and carry the same equipment and are deployed to the same incidents. Being volunteers, CSCs are not paid but can claim mileage and duty allowances.
Two recruits are working their way through the training programme; both recruits have received their warrant card. All being well this will result in two Community Specials for Mersea when both have finished their post attestation training. 
Poster: click here 
FAQs: click here 

CHANGING PLACES FACILITY IN WEST MERSEA (POSTED 17 NOV 21)

Changing Places facility - Victoria Esplanade car park
West Mersea Town Council has secured funding to install a Changing Places (CP) accessible toileting facility on the Esplanade car park. It will provide a great benefit to local disabled people who want to spend time at our beach. It will also benefit the many visitors who come to our wonderful island. For more information: click here 

THE MERSEA HARBOUR PROTECTION TRUST (POSTED 26 OCT 21)

Please be advised that contractors working on behalf of Harwich Harbour Authority with the Mersea Harbour Protection Trust and the Environment Agency will be operating in locations at Cobmarsh Island, Packing Marsh, Old Hall and Tollesbury Wick to distribute recharge material of a mix of sand and coarse gravel to rebuild and reinforce natural wavebreaks protecting Mersea Harbour and Tollesbury between approximately 51o45.20N   00o52.50E and 51o46.30N   00o54.30E

The contractors, Boskalis NV and Van Oord will be employing a specialist shallow draft rainbow dredger "Sospan Dau" Gr Tonnage 1,546 LOA 72.80m Dft 2.80m.
This work is commensurate with the application made to the MMO in respect of the above licence under Part 4 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
Work is programmed to take place following every High Water, weather permitting, commencing 3rd to 15th November 2021 and recommencing early January until completion by April 2022.

For further information regarding this notice, please contact Mersea Harbour Protection Trust on 01206 382843 or email savemerseaharbour@gmail.com 
Notices: click here and click here 

LOCAL PLAN (UPDATED SEPT 21)

The Local Plan: click here

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Contact Details

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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