2013 AGMs of the Old Wivenhoe Quay Estate Management Company (OWEM) and the Wivenhoe Old Quay Residents’ Association (WOQRA)
The AGMs were held on the 13th March 2013 in the Wivenhoe Royal British Legion hall. At the meeting we distributed the WOQRA 2013 Annual Report. The meeting was attended by about 14 households–minutes are available for the WOQRA AGM. Since the AGMs there have three several items of news.
As stated in the WOQRA Annual Report, we were waiting to hear from Councillor Julie Young about her attempt to persuade the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) that the Persimmon development should not be subjected to its five-year moratorium on new parking restrictions. We understand from Cllr Young that £15,000 had been made available to undertake consultations with residents, but that the NEPP were still unwilling to consider the Persimmon development to be a special case. She has since met with representatives from Essex County Council highways department to attempt to resolve the issue. Councillor Young has now put in a local highways application, supported by the Residents’ Association, and is waiting to hear the response from the Local Highways Panel which meets on 9th April. The application states the wishes of the residents to introduce double-yellow line restrictions at junctions in addition to a request for consultation on the available parking restrictions (such as permit parking) with all the residents that may be affected (which also includes residents of the Bovis site).
Adoption of West Quay by Essex County Council
As also stated in the Annual Report, we were waiting to hear a response to Persimmon’s request that West Quay and Dry Dock be adopted by Essex County Council (ECC). Cllr Young had written to ECC on to proffer her support for Persimmon’s request. At the end of March, we received a response from Mr Coffey, the Development Management Engineer at ECC, in which he states
In principal [sic] we agree as a Highway Authority that areas that have a proven highway need can be looked at for adoption.
However, it seems that some paperwork is missing or is now out of date. Mr Coffey informed us that he is seeking direction from within ECC about what information is needed from Persimmon (and other parties) before he is able to proceed. We have brought this email to the attention of Persimmon and their consultants and have been told that they will engage with Mr Coffey in this matter.
At the beginning of April Persimmon finally gave the go-ahead to its contractors to refurbish the bollards and iron benches in the Dry Dock. However, we understand that the contractors have not been issued with instructions to replace the dead tree near number 17 Dry Dock. We are currently attempting to discover why Persimmon made this decision.
6th April 2013