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Spring 2014 Update

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Dry Dock Maintenance

After much delay, we have been successful in getting Persimmon to give the go ahead to refurbish the benches and bollards around the Dry Dock water feature, as well as to replace the tree that died over 18 months ago. A new tree has now been planted and we’ve been told by Persimmon’s contractors that the work will begin in the next few weeks.

In other news…

We have heard from Persimmon’s consultants, TDS, that they are arranging a meeting between the managers at Essex County Highways and Persimmon’s representatives to try to resolve the issue of the adoption of West Quay and Dry Dock (more information on this in our previous blog post). It’s expected that this meeting will take place mid-May.

According to the Colchester Borough Council planning website, the planning permission request to build homes on Rowhedge Wharf has been withdrawn.

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Parking Consultation 2014

Many of you may have seen the parking consulation posters attached to lampposts around Wivenhoe. At first sight the poster appears to indicate that parking restrictions are proposed for Old Ferry Road and Shipwrights. For example, on page 2, relating to zone i, it states:

in all roads listed above it is proposed to amend the existing operational time of the parking bay to Monday – Friday 8am – 9:30am.

Old Ferry Road and Shipwrights are included in the ‘roads listed above’. It seems then, that the consultation indicates that these roads will be included. However, we are informed by Cllr Julie Young that this is not the case. In an email received from Cllr Young, she states

This consultation is small changes being made to existing schemes including charges to how parking permits are administered. Old Ferry rd is mentioned due to the double yellow lines at the entrance… This consultation is nothing to do with the request for parking restrictions in Old Ferry rd.

She also forwarded to us an email from Richard Walker, Parking Partnership Group Manager, North Essex Parking Partnership:

In this case, not resident parking, no – but instead a tiny amount of existing double yellow just flows into the bell-mouth of Old Ferry Road off the new roundabout. From looking at the map (click on the Station Road map to see it) there’s only about 25m of it, but it’s far enough into the road for the road to get a mention.

As part of the Resident Parking changes we’re moving form an old text-based set of Parking Regulations to a more up-to-date computer mapped set.
In this case it’s only mentioned because it’s in the area, and has to be mentioned simply because it’s moving onto the new mapped regulation sheet.

Looks like there’s a bit of confusion because other restrictions are wanted, beside this existing one, and this change mentions Resident Parking.

For the rest of Old Ferry Road, we’d probably be looking to consult on the need to introduce, rather than just change, the system.
To introduce means some consultations and questionnaires and resident/interested parties input – outside the scope of this existing-scheme review.

So, although there are no proposals for residents parking, it appears that the proposed parking restrictions will include double yellow lines in the first few metres of Old Ferry Road, which will at least reduce some of the parking problems on the entrance.

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Roads finally adopted

The wrangling over the adoption of the roads on the Persimmon estate has finally been resolved. The Residents’ Association was informed in January that Essex County Council adopted the roads at the end of November 2013. However, not all of the site has been adopted. We have been provided with a survey that shows the extent of the highways that have been adopted by Essex CC: Persimmon are still negotiating with ECC for the adoption of West Quay.

In the short term, the adoption of the roads will have little impact on residents. However, now that ECC have adopted the roads, they also  become responsible for parking and traffic management on the site.

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Road Surfacing Schedule

We have received the schedule from TDS, Persimmon’s consultants (who are managing the road surfacing works). These dates are subject to change according unforeseen issues that arise during the works, weather and parked cars, etc. Please be aware that large vehicles, including delivery lorries, may find it impossible to access the site during days when the roads are being surfaced.

Work underway in Admirals’ Walk

Admirals’ Walk

As many of you will have seen, work has already begun on replacing kerbs and raising ironworks. This will be followed by works to repair the footpaths, finishing on the 23rd August. The road is due to be surfaced on the 6th September. Note that this is likely to have an impact on access to homes on the Bovis development.

Meredith’s Close

Work is due to start on the kerbs in the 14th August, followed by raising of ironworks and repairs to footpaths, finishing on the 23rd August. The road is due to be surfaced on the same day as Admirals’ Walk, the 6th September. As indicated above, the surfacing work may have an impact on access to homes on the Bovis site.

Shipwrights

Work is due to start on the kerbs on the 24th August, followed by the raising of ironworks and repairs to the footpaths. The surfacing work will take place on the 6th September (the same day as Admirals’ Walk and Meredith’s Close). Note that this work is likely to restrict access to Dry Dock and the flats facing West Quay.

Old Ferry Road

Work is due to start on the kerbs on the 6th September, followed by the raising of ironworks and footpath repairs. The road is due to be surfaced on the 28th September, potentially causing significant access restrictions.

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Road Surfacing Update

Road Surfacing Update, Summer 2012

Work to resurface the roads on the Persimmon estate have been confirmed as ‘starting week commencing the 6th August’ according to TDS, Persimmon’s consultants managing the works. We have asked for a formal programme of works from TDS, which we hope to receive soon. However, informally, we understand that the ‘estimated duration of the work is approx 10 weeks which is obviously dependant on weather’ with the majority of the disruption taking place at the end of the works.

Blue Dots on Damaged Kerbs

We understand that the initial works will include repair/replacement of kerb stones (as indicated by blue dots), the installation of dropped kerbs and repairs to pavements, as well as the raising of ironworks (such as drain covers).

Based on the conversations we had with TDS during their recent pre-start visit, we expect access to the site to be restricted to only residents’ vehicles for at least a couple of days when the roads are actually being surfaced. This will mainly have an impact on vehicles who enter the site via Old Ferry Road, but will also affect those who use Shipwrights. This means that larger vehicles, such as delivery lorries, will not be able to access the site during these road restrictions. As soon as we have more information on the dates, we will let residents know. We have also requested TDS to inform residents directly.

We have no further news on parking restrictions, other than the information that Persimmon themselves are not responsible for painting yellow lines. We are currently waiting for more information from Essex Country Highways regarding the process of road adoption for the site.

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Summer 2012 Status Report

Road Surfacing

Great news: Persimmon have finally given the go-ahead to surface the roads. After much pestering we were told in late June that the work would start later this summer (despite being assured in January this year that the work would start in “8-12 weeks”). Persimmon have issued orders to their subcontractors and are planning a pre-start meeting on site: if anyone is interested in attending please get in touch with the Residents’ Association Secretary, Bernard Horan (or leave comment using the button below).

Dry Dock Water Feature

Algae on the surface of the water feature

The wrong kind of algae

Although the summer weather has been cold and there has been little sunshine, the algae in the water feature continues to defeat the mechanisms attempting to control it. Apparently, it’s the ‘wrong kind of algae.’ We understand that samples of the water are being taken at monthly intervals to try to determine the species/variety of algae, with the intention of trying to discover how it can be eradicated.

30th June 2012

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