Parish Council will act to stop vehicles driving and parking on the Village Green

Councillors recently met on Southside to assess the ongoing problem of vehicles driving on to the Green between Station Road and Plough Road. The consensus is that action needs to be taken to avoid ongoing maintenance work. It was agreed that to ‘double-kerb’ a length of the road is the preferred option.

Councillors requested that details are published to notify residents that the Parish Council intends to act to stop vehicles being driven on to the Green at this location. The aim is to alert residents and provide an opportunity for comment before a final decision is taken.

If you have any comments regarding this matter that you wish the Parish Council to consider when it takes its decision, please forward them to the Parish Clerk at clerk@greatbentleyparishcouncil.co.uk

Allotment Vacancies

The Parish Council currently has a small number of allotments available.

By the time the weather turns in the spring and is nice enough for you to be filled with a desire to roll your sleeves up and get outdoors, it’ll be too late to get an allotment.

The are many advantages to owning an allotment: exercise, thrift, environmental, introducing children to the miracles of nature and so on. However, the its probably eating lovely tasty vegetables

If you are interested, contact the Clerk on Tel. 01206 256410.

How should Tendring District Council spend your money?

Residents across Tendring have a chance to say how they want their Council to spend their money.

People are now being asked to give their ideas on priorities for where the cash should go – and where they believe savings should come from.

It is the fifth year that Tendring District Council (TDC) has gone out to the public offering the opportunity to influence the budget for the coming financial year.

Responses in the past have helped shape the annual budget with a number of actions taken by the Council directly due to feedback from residents.

It has meant that a balanced budget has continued to be set – and significant savings of £7.6 million have already been achieved.

The “YOU CHOOSE” facility allows residents to adjust the Council’s spending – and they can immediately see what impact it would have on the budget before they make their final choice of how cash is allocated.

This year the model starts with a £2.01 million deficit for 2015/16. You will need to reduce this to zero – or have a council tax increase of no more than 2 per cent as you work through the options.

The exercise costs the Council nothing as “YOU CHOOSE” has been made available free of charge by YouGov and the Local Government Association.

A summary of the results will be presented to the Council’s Cabinet.

“We are spending your money so we want to hear back from you where you want to see it spent,” added Cllr Goggin. “I can assure you that it is not easy to balance the books while still providing all the various services we expect and enjoy.”

All you need to do is to click on the “YOU CHOOSE” logo on the Council’s website, http://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/consultation and follow the instructions.

Proposed Wind Turbine at High Barns

Great Bentley STOP Ltd has submitted its objection to the proposed wind turbine  including a number of expert reports to the local planning authority. A copy of the objection reports together with visualisations (A3 size) of the impact to the village of the proposed turbine have been left at the Community Resource Centre for inspection by members of the public. Please see the Resource Centre opening hours.

Essex Police Community Messaging Invitation

This year Essex Police will be holding our 3rd annual Rural Crime Awareness Day which will take place at Layer Marney Tower, Near Colchester on 18th November.

The event will be open to visitors from 10:00 until 15:00 and is open to all farmers and members of the rural communities across the whole of County of Essex. Please note that refreshments with be on sale at the event.

Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney

Nr. Colchester
Essex C05 9US

This event is to provide members of the farming and rural community information on crime prevention and security and also the various products and services on the market to assist in preventing crime.  You will have the opportunity to liaise with Police Officers and Exhibitors at the event. We will be targeting the following areas:

Security of     –        Machinery, tractors, plant, metals, diesel, oil, tools vehicles,
Caravan’s, trailers, tack, dwellings, barns, stables, fields and farms.

Get Ready for Winter 2014

Make sure you are prepared for when the weather changes and the temperature drops. For dozens of tips on how to stay safe and warm this winter, please visit: www.metoffice.gov.uk/getreadyforwinter

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Essex Police Beat Surgery

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Laterlife Challenge

Have you done something new since you retired? Started a new hobby or interest, joined a club or planned an event or trip? The Laterlife Challenge is looking for entries from the over 60s to demonstrate how people are making the most of their retirement years. There are some great prizes and also the knowledge that your story may help inspire others who are finding their senior years lonely or difficult.  Chief judge is Blue Peter’s Valerie Singleton.

Find out more by visiting:  www.laterlife.com/challenge

Proposed Sturrick Lane Housing Development: Planning Application 14/000431/FUL

Further to a request, I am publishing below the developers response to the Parish Council’s objection to this planning application. 

Dear Kevin

Following the Parish Council meeting on the 1st May with regard our recent planning application at Sturricks Farm I thought it might be useful if I responded to matters raised by your Parish Council.

The allocation of this site within the Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Local emerging Plan was made in response to public consultation carried in 2012. It was then endorsed by Tendring Council and formally put forward in November 2012; noting that the allocation was selected in consultation with the Parish Council. The Parish Council did not object and therefore we assume your concerns must be related to the detail of the application rather than the principle.

When confronted by an application it is natural for local residents to raise concerns which are examined by Council officers and their Statutory Consultee before reporting to the planning committee. The scheme has been designed to reflect its edge of village location with emphasis given to placing traditional building designs of different sizes within a landscaped context including verges, trees and hedges. You will note from the responses from the Statutory Consultee that technical matters have all been addressed and whilst local people would clearly prefer not to have the housing it nevertheless meets the standards required.

With respect to the specific points raised in you objections to TDC –

  1. “The highways are completely unable to cope with any further increase in traffic”.
    • You will note that our traffic statement clearly demonstrates that the highways will cope and this has been endorsed by the consultation response from Essex County Highways who have no objections.
  2. “There is great uncertainty about drainage infrastructure. Residents are concerned that the current systems will be inadequate”
    • Anglian Water have confirmed that there is spare capacity to handle the drainage infrastructure so this is not an issue.
  3. “There is no plan as to how the site would be built, and construction traffic would affect all the surrounding areas detrimentally”
    • A construction management plan will be produced by us and we fully anticipate this being a condition of the consent to deal with this issue.
  4. “There is no affordable housing contribution. Any affordable housing contribution should be allocated directly to Gt Bentley for use in the future within the Parish”
  • We are making an affordable housing contribution as required by Tendring Council policy.
  1. “Generally can the village infrastructure cope? Any extra children will have to be accommodated in temporary class rooms. Is there sufficient capacity at the Doctors Surgery?”
  • We are making a contribution towards additional primary school places to ensure the village infrastructure can cope as required by Essex County Council. With regard GP service we contacted The Hollies practice manager and he confirmed that there was spare capacity and would be pleased to take additional patients if required.
  1. “General over-development in terms of numbers of the site.”
  • The site is actually being proposed at a very low density of c.6 dwellings per acre and complies with all parking standards, garden standards, distances to adjoining property standards etc., so it cannot be seen as over development.
  1. “If the site is given permission it must be that any Community Contribution via the Section 106 contribution should all come to the PC so that it can be spent for the benefit of people within the Parish”
  • There is set policy on contributions for community uses and we will be complying with them as required by TDC. I am sure the monies we will be paying will be spent in Gt Bentley.
  1. “At the present time the site is a haven for wildlife, and consideration should be given to its protection.”
  • The vast majority of the site is a horse paddock and extensive ecological studies have been undertaken to ensure protection is given as necessary. This is therefore not an issue.
  1. “It is difficult to see how the (currently well used) bridleway would be practicably usable with the development.”
  • We have specifically design the access to the development to leave the bridleway untouched so it will function as it does now.

In the light of this response we would be grateful if you could reply to this letter prior to the application going to planning committee at the end of this month as I am hopeful we have allayed your concerns.

I hope the above information has been useful but as always please contact me if you have any queries.

Yours sincerely

Brian Morgan RIBA MRTPI

Pre-Application Consultation for the development of an onshore wind turbine (86.5m to blade tip) on Hut Farm, Rectory Road, Weeley Heath

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