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VILLAGE APPRAISAL 2011.
Areas inspected during the Parish Council Visit


Members present from the left: Julie Ward, Robert Clarke Vice-Chairman, Neil Williams Parish Clerk, Sonia Grantham Chairman, George Gibbs, Leslie Fuller, Alan Rolfe and Michael Talbot taking the pictures.

Once every year the Parish Council visits places around the Parish where either they have ongoing plans for improvements or perhaps where complaints have been received from residents about activity likely to be of detriment to the community at large.
It is also an opportunity to inspect places where the Council have undertaken development itself and to observe progress already made. Members are also able to consider items to be included in the next Parish Management Plan. This year the tour took place on Saturday 24th September.

The Notes printed below, with minor editing for reasons of confidentiality, are those prepared by Neil Williams our Clerk for the attention of Parish Council members when the business is discussed. They are not minutes, just an Aide-Mιmoire, but I thought they would be of interest to those opening this page. The text does not always fit the picture, which is a picture more associated with the site, than with the specific items to which Neil refers

New build Rochford Road.• More space for parking needed than originally envisaged. • Fencing along the bottom of the properties in Meadow View had greatly enhanced the area. • Query how much additional parking will be available when sub-stations are removed. • Weeds on right hand side at entrance to Abbey Court need attention.


Priory Meadow • Query who owns the untidy piece of land on the left at the entrance to Park Road as additional parking spaces would be useful. • Weeds along what is designated a public footpath. • Notice should be at the entrance. • Plant more trees. • Remove bark chippings and replace with turf on the raised bed at the bottom of the park.


• Strim the weeds at the back and have a yearly planting scheme. • Put bushes at the edge of the raised area to balance the other end. • Replace litter bins and put additional on side of Priory Meadow. • 2 x Palings to be replaced.
The Allotments
• Replace some of the boundary hedging which has died. • Write to former tenant of a Plot, advising him that if his possessions are not removed by a certain date they will be taken to the tip.


The Cemetery • The roof on the workshop was looked at and the general consensus was that major work was needed. All the slates should be removed and the good ones reused on the south side, with new slates put on the north. • As the workshop ridge is sagging and new ridge tiles are on a slope, there was a query that the wooden beams underneath could need to be replaced.




A complete overhaul is needed and three quotations for work will be sought.• The problem of drainage at the rear of the Museum & the Chapel was discussed at length. It was felt a proper soak away should be installed to take the rain away from the buildings. • It was suggested that it must first be established whether the sub-soil was clay or gravel, as this will affect proposed work. Advice received that some test bore holes are likely to cost between £40 to £50. • The Councillors walked the length of the cemetery and were impressed with the general condition. • The Wild Flowers Meadow was looked at and again discussed at length. There was unanimous agreement that it should be properly managed and a notice put near the entrance to explain what can be found growing there. • The waste bins were discussed and again the consensus was that they were no longer fit for purpose. • New bins will be part of the Management Plan for 2012-2013. • The weeds in the new extension need to be sprayed. • A query raised about the dimensions of Ash Plots • Paving slabs to laid in front of the Memorial Wall
Cowley Park • The roundabout unit was looked at and the Clerk will inform our maintenance engineers that they are to commence work. • It was agreed that Silvertons would be asked how much railways sleepers would cost to be put over the short posts to provide seating for the young. • The placing of the new seesaw and picnic benches was established. • The skate ramp was looked at and the new notice was discussed. The Chairman informed Councillors that she had taken advice from the firm who installed the skate ramp about the wording. The notice will cost £85. • It was agreed that a ‘Fireman’s’ pole should be purchased for the climbing frame as it has been missing a long time



. • It was felt strongly that money for maintenance of all our equipment should be an integral part of the Management Plan. • The provision of decent seats and litter bins for Cowley Park is to be looked at urgently, as they are all in a poor condition.
War Memorial • It was agreed that it was well kept and a credit to the village. • One of the conifers at the entrance will need to be replaced. • An amount is put in the Management Plan every year for replacement shrubs.


Dumont Playground • The general improvement in the area for the children was commented on. • The poor paintwork on the bars of the climbing frame was noted. • The two new platforms look excellent and the entrance to the playground is much improved. • It is proposed to replace the remaining platforms on the climbing frame in 2012-2013. • The brambles around the edge fencing are to be removed.


Point Clear Bay • The supermarket shop, built without planning permission was seen. • Councillors noted possible encroachment onto the area in front of the privately owned bungalows. • The generally improved appearance of the Holiday Village was noted.


The Boatyard & Footpath Number 17
• Councillors noted what had been done which although unfinished was an improvement. • A new electricity distribution board had been installed next to the footpath. • It was reported by the Clerk that the work had been agreed with Essex County Highways and a footpath grant has been given to complete the work and extend the path with road plainings.


• It was further agreed to inform the gentleman who had concerns about the work being carried out, that it was being done with planning permission.
It was an useful tour and the Councillors who were able to attend have added to their working knowledge of the places and areas that the Parish Council is responsible for.
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A final note on the above. Residents in St Osyth and Point Clear often wonder just what their Council members do at their meetings. Some attend as members of the public and some exercise their right to speak. For those who have never attended a meeting, this shows a snapshot of the work involved which as you can see, is not technical in any way but requires common sense and the willingness to spend some time on the job to which as a Councillor they have been elected.

M.J.T.
7/11/11


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