ST. OSYTH NEWS
PARISH MEETING OUR M. P.
SEA WALL STORM DAMAGE
CEMETERY HOLM OAK
COUNCIL TOUR PARISH 2015
BROADBAND EVENT
GIANT WHELKS GROWN?
TIM SARGEANTS COMMENTS
W.I. PANTOMIME 2014/15
PRIORY APPEAL SPEAKERS
FLOWERS IN THE VILLAGE
AIR SHOW VIDEO
CLIPPER RETURNS HOME
LIFESAVER DEFIBRILLATOR
ROUND THE WORLD CLLR.
PRIORY HOUSING 2014
PARISH COUNCIL TAUGHT HOW!
COLCHESTER ROAD CLOSED
FIRST RESPONDERS
ROUND THE WORLD
PARISH COUNCIL CAPTAIN
VILLAGE APPRAISAL 2013
LINDA'S RETIREMENT
GRANTS TO ORGANISATIONS
ANNUAL MEETING 2013
ORCHARDS PARTY 2012
LOCAL PLAN DISPLAY
NEW HOUSES FOR ST OSYTH
COUNCIL TOUR THE VILLAGE
JUBILEE BEACON LIT UP
JUBILEE STREET PARTY
COWLEY PARK AWARD
GRANT TO ST OSYTH
WESTLANDS PARK VISIT
JUBILEE EVENT MEETING
VILLAGE APPRAISAL 2011
LEADERS AT MARTINS FARM
CRICKET CLUB CHAMPIONS
RECYCLING SITE ENQUIRY
COWLEY PARK SURVEY
MARTINS FARM CLEAN-UP
D.C.L.G. VISIT ST OSYTH
PRIORY PLANNING MEETING
ORCHARDS TREAT RETIRED
BARGES & SMACKS 2010
PRIORY SALE NOTICE - ??
NEW ALLOTMENTS ON SHOW
MORE SEWER WORKS
CONSULTATION DISPLAY
PRIORY PLANNING MEETING
CLIMATE CHANGE ST OSYTH
ORCHARD PENSIONER PARTY
CHIEF CONSTABLE'S VISIT
WHOLE COUNCIL TRAINING
VISIT MISTLEY SKATE PARK
FOOTPATH POINT CLEAR BAY
POINT CLEAR SEWER WORKS
COUNCIL TOURS VILLAGE
NEW WATER MAIN
PARISH REPEAT AWARD
LOCAL PLAN EXHIBITION
SOME FLOODING 2009
GUNFLEET WIND TURBINES
WIND FARMS NR ST OSYTH
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TOUR OF PARISH - HOT SPOTS
NEW HOUSING OPENED
MARTINS FARM OPEN DAY
PARISH PROJECT ENTRY
MONTHLY POD FARMING
HOUSE OF LORDS VISIT
MARTINS FARM REVISITED
PENSIONERS TREAT
ELECTIONS 3RD MAY 2007
GRANT PRESENTATION
WHEELCHAIR FOOTPATH
PARISH COUNCIL VISITS
ELECTION RESULTS MAY 05
VILLAGE VOTES ON PLAN
2004 CONFERENCE
NEW PARISH CLERK
SHARK - AHOY THERE!
NEW FERRY LAUNCHED
ANNUAL REPORT AWARD
DEFRA & GO EAST VISIT
NEW PARISH CHAIRMAN
ALLISON'S DEPARTURE
THE MINISTER PRESENTS!
'QUALITY PARISH COUNCIL'
PALACE GARDEN PARTY
THE PRIORY WALL
ELECTIONS 1ST MAY 03
PARISH SURVEY REPORT
COUNCILLORS AWARD
CINQUE PORT DEPUTY
NEW FERRY WALKWAY
COMMUNITY REACH A.G.M.
WIND FARM DEBATE
CLERKS EXAM AWARD!
JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
T.D.C. CHAIR J. WHITE
SCOUTS CHOOSE ST OSYTH
LAND FOR ST. OSYTH
JUBILEE TREE PLANTING
PARISH FOOTPATHS
PLANNERS VISIT PRIORY
RESIDENTS SELF HELP
CLEAN-UP POSTER
THE CLERK'S SUCCESS
ST. OSYTH GOLD MEDAL
SECONDARY SCHOOLING
VILLAGE SNOW
PARISH OPEN MEETING
M.O.D. AT FOULNESS
WIND FARM FACT FINDING
PEARLY KING
BOAT FIRE
SEA FLOOD MEETING
COUNCILLOR NEWS
G. M. CROPS
RAIN & FLOODS
WHY A WEB SITE
PARISH WEBSITE PROPOSED

PARISH COUNCIL VISITS WORK AREAS
both present and future


Report by our Clerk Mr Roger Squirrell on the Annual Parish Visit by Councillors on Thursday, June 25th at 6.30pm. This annual visit is intended to cover areas of the village where particular problems have occurred or where recent work has been completed or where work is planned. Apologises were received from Cllrs A.Rolfe, S.Talbot, G.Underwood and J. Ward.

Council Notice Board – Village Hall; This board as well as all other notice boards are in need of major refurbishment.

Clacton Road Bus Shelter – opposite Rochford Road; This shelter is damaged through vandalism and is in a general poor state of repair – it is hoped this shelter will be replaced at no cost to the taxpayer.



Johnnie Austin shows members the site of a possible allotment


Clay Lane – Allotments: Land has been identified that can be cleared and developed for use as Parish allotments. This will need additional funding but the Clerk will source grant availability for this project. The owner of the land has intimated that more land may be made available if and when required.
Members seeing this land for the first time, expressed themselves as being pleased with the site and the work done to firm up a definite proposal.


Cemetery - The Chapel:
It was agreed to finish the pews with “Bon Mega or Traffic” clear varnish, which is hard wearing and produces a mellow sheen


Cllr Clarke will obtain more details of the products. The old bench seats from outside the village hall and on The Bury, now replaced with new seats, are in the process of being re-furbished ready to place on Martins Farm Park Country Park. Two of the old seat plaques will be removed and a decision made to re-install them on the new seats or present them for safe-keeping by the Historical Society.

Storm Drain Cover – adjacent to the cemetery, on the highway; The Clerk will report the loose cover to E.C.C. Highways.

Mark Shuttleworth, Chairman of the Cowley Park Trustees, (far right) looks on a little quizzically, as following his Boards agreement, the site of a skate ramp is marked out behind the Village Play Area.


Cowley Park – Skate Ramp: Dimensions of a large and smaller skate ramp were measured out for Councillors to assess what impact they would have relative to the children’s playground. The Chairman of The Playing Fields Charity advised members the limitations of CCTV coverage. The large 16m length skate ramp, with more skill facilities, was better value, but more expensive. It was decided the Clerk would contact the supplier and agree on a best possible supply and install price for the larger ramp. The Insurance Schedule may have to be amended – the Clerk to investigate. (see below).

Litter Bins:These will be assessed and reviewed for possible purchase of two more free-standing waste bins.


From the left. Councillors George Gibbs, John Kemp, Sonia Grantham, Robert Clarke, John White and Jean Smith
Jean Smith, Chairman of St Osyth Cemetery Committee showing members the first memorial plaques to be fixed in place on the new Memorial Wall. The brass memorial plaques are the same size as the bricks and fit between the lines of mortar.


Memorial Wall
– This wall is situated at the back of the 'Ash Strewing Lawn'. Central plaque; The Stonemason has agreed to polish the stone at no cost – personal plaques have been installed onto the brick and defuse the effect of the washed cement sheen left previously – members agreed no further work is necessary, apart from the central stone plaque.
Cemetery Graves; members agreed now, after the second close strimming and cutting around the graves, the cemetery area looks very pleasing to the eye – disposal of grass clippings will have to be addressed in the near future.

Priory Meadow:The new drop-down vehicular post to stop joy-riders was observed. All Councillors expressed extreme disappointment at the mindless vandalism that has resulted in seven broken fence palings, pulled out pathway edging, torn off turf sections, stolen newly planted trees and the cutting down of trees and shrubs.
Members said that whilst all incidences have been reported to the Police, the damage goes on. This is an absolute waste of elector’s hard earned cash, paid to us as Council Tax each year. One solution would be to give up and let the vandals and thieves win, but the Council is determined to press on with developments and improvements in St Osyth and Point Clear. We need help from the public and given information we will prosecute and sue for damages!
Residents backing onto The Meadow have been given a letter and a contact number if they see anything suspicious. Four broken palings are in safe-keeping with Cllr Clarke.



Councillor John White inspecting the areas containing names of our war dead,
where erosion over eighty years has made some names unreadable.


War Memorial
– upkeep and restoration: The contractor has made progress and it looks better with hedges trimmed and the beds weeded and turned over. The Clerk will purchase a removable chain for the rear access. The memorial stone, being inspected by John White, is to be refurbished – Chairman Grantham will obtain two further quotations for restoration work.

Dumont Avenue Playground: The western side of the Playground was examined where new bow top fencing has been ordered – it is hoped the higher fencing will deter those that are using the playground to gain access to the farmers field and crops on the land behind and to abate the general anti-social behaviour. The gap in the fence, on the corner, adjacent to a resident’s house, requires repairing and it is envisaged this will be done during fence installation. The Chairman will make investigation for replacing the playground sign by the gate.


After taking all the pictures above Michael Talbot posed in the 'at rest position' with Leslie Fuller for John Kemp to take this picture. Please note that Chairman Sonia Grantham continued to keep an eye on all happenings in the name of the Parish!


An Additional Note

Skate Ramp – legal: The Clerk has established with our insurance company that our liability is covered. The following is an extract of the reply he received, following his letter, regarding the Council’s obligations relating to Indemnity.

Skate Board Facility.
We are able to confirm that providing the Parish Council would be solely responsible for the Skate Board facility, including the maintenance and upkeep thereof, that the existing Public Liability section of the policy would extend to include the legal liabilities of the Parish Council, as far as they could apply.

No additional premium would be payable for public liability cover. All Equipment would need to be purpose built to the current standards and to be installed by qualified and experienced contractors who have their own Public Liability insurance with an Indemnity Limit of not less than £5,000,000.

We would recommend that a post installation inspection is made by an independent company, such as ROSPA, to ensure that any problems are sorted out with the installers straight away. It is necessary for the equipment and playing area to be kept in a good state of repair and to be visually inspected at least weekly, with all equipment being inspected annually by a professional. Any faults or repairs highlighted in any inspection must be attended to immediately to ensure the safety of all persons using the facilities.

All inspections and maintenance must be logged and recorded. All cover under the policy is subject to the terms conditions and exclusions of the policy and the Limit of Indemnity of £10,000,000.

10/7/09


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