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March 2014

In Brief…


Wine Tasting… Peter Norris


Very many thanks to all those who came along to the wine tasting on 25th January.  The Hall was full to capacity and we all enjoyed a delicious three course supper prepared by Sarah, assisted by Laura and Sue.  We tasted six wines, including the popular Pedro Ximenez sherry, all selected by Andy Gill.  Again, many thanks to him for his diligent “research” and informative comments on the night.  Feedback from the event has been very positive and we will try some of the suggestions next time, so keep your eyes open for the announcement of the next wine tasting…you wouldn’t want to miss out!


An Appeal direct to the dog(s)…  Peter Norris


There is apparently one (or more) dog owner(s) out there who can’t be bothered to clean up after their pet(s), so we are appealing directly to you to get your owner to do the decent thing and save the rest of us from treading in your mess… you might like to sniff it, we don’t.  Thank you…


The saga of traffic lights and manhole covers… John Watt


The wet weather in January and February saw several prolonged periods of problems with the manhole covers on Colneford Hill resulting in considerable leakages through the covers and through holes blown in the (newly repaired) tarmac. The result was blocked gullies on both sides of the road and flooding of the road itself.  This was not river water or surface run-off, but untreated sewage.  Residents need to be aware that this poses health dangers, particularly spray from passing traffic hitting pavements, walls and pedestrians.  Further damage to the road surface resulted in the traffic lights being installed until repairs could be made.  There are issues with the pumping station, partly due to residents putting nappies, wet wipes, etc down toilets and causing blockages in the pumps.  While Anglian Water, their contractors and other agencies try to resolve the problem, we could help the situation by not putting such items down the loo.


If you are concerned about flooding or to find out which agencies have responsibility go online to www.braintree.gov.uk/info/200305/emergencies/212/flooding


Village Hall Update… Village Hall Management Committee


At its last meeting, the Hall Management Committee reviewed hall hire rates effective from 1st April 2014.  It was decided to keep the current rates structure unchanged for another year, i.e. new hirings to be charged at £10.00 per hour, exclusive of use of the kitchen, with a minimum hire period of 2 hours. Use of the kitchen to be charged at £20.00 per morning, afternoon or evening session.  


It was decided, however, that from 1st April White Colne residents would be offered special rates, giving a discount of 25% on the regular charges, so the hourly rate is reduced to £7.50 with the kitchen charged at £15.00 per session.  


It was felt that this would go some way to rewarding the efforts and support given by the people of the village which have enabled the improvements we have seen in the hall over the past few years.


We have also decided, reluctantly, to limit access to the Hall car park to users of the Hall.  We regret having to do this as we know parking is difficult in the village.  However, the number of residents’ cars using the car park was increasing and reducing the already limited space available to hirers.




Dear Residents


Every January, in line with other local authorities, the Parish council sets its budget for the following financial year. Each year we receive a parish support grant from BDC, and for 2014/15 this will be reduced by £341. The Clerk, as the Proper Officer of the Council, is the only person to receive a salary, and this will be increased by 1% to reflect relevant pay scales.  Extra activities this year will see a repair to the Village Green and  the village sign, and the employment of a village handyman.


We are delighted to report these extra requirements will be funded out of reserves. Therefore, there will be no increase in the precept (the amount we ask BDC to collect for us through the council tax and shown separately on your council tax bill).  In fact we have actually reduced the precept by £115, but as there are less residents in the village paying council tax, therefore fewer people to share the costs, the charge remains the same as 2013/14.


We are sure you have noticed the arrival of the yellow salt/grit bins around the village.  Although this year we appear to have escaped previous years' freezing temperatures, we are pleased that they are now ready for action. The salt and grit is there for public use on the highways and pavements and hopefully will enable us all to drive around our village roads much more safely.


Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any councillor or come along to our meetings if there is anything of concern, or any questions requiring an answer. We will always try to do our best to help.


Jane Taylor Chair, White Colne Parish Council