2014 AGMs of the Old Wivenhoe Quay Estate Management Company (OWEM) and the Wivenhoe Old Quay Residents’ Association (WOQRA)
The AGMs were held on the 6th March 2014 in the Wivenhoe Royal British Legion hall. At the meeting we distributed the WOQRA 2014 Annual Report. The meeting was attended by about 16 households–minutes are available for the WOQRA AGM.
Neighbourhood Plan Update
The steering group of the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan recently finalised the Vision & Objectives document which is based on Wivenhoe residents’ comments and feedback from a number of consultations that were held over the past two years. These Objectives will eventually lead into policies for the draft Neighbourhood Plan. The document has been placed on line on the WNP’s website: www.wivenhoeneighbourhoodplan.org.uk and is open to comments from Wivenhoe residents.
5th April 2015
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
2012 AGMs of the Old Wivenhoe Quay Estate Management Company (OWEM) and the Wivenhoe Old Quay Residents’ Association (WOQRA)
The AGMs were held on the 19th March 2013 in the Wivenhoe Royal British Legion hall. At the meeting we distributed the WOQRA 2012 Annual Report. The meeting was attended by about 20 households–minutes are available for the WOQRA AGM.
Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan Forum
We have been asked by Wivenhoe Town Council to bring to residents’ attention the inauguration of a Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan Forum, more details of which are available on the Wivenhoe Town Council website. The next meeting will be held at Wivenhoe Town Council Offices at 1930 hrs on Wednesday 10th April 2013, to which all residents are invited.
3rd April 2013
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
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
2011 AGMs of the Old Wivenhoe Quay Estate Management Company (OWEM) and the Wivenhoe Old Quay Residents’ Association (WOQRA)
The AGMs were held on the 6th March in the Wivenhoe Congregational Church. At the meeting we distributed 2011 annual reports of OWEM and WOQRA. The meeting was attended by about 20 households–minutes are available for both the OWEM and WOQRA meetings.
Update from Persimmon
Persimmon are currently waiting on Essex County Council (ECC) to agree to adopt the roads even though Anglian Water have yet to adopt the surface water sewers. Persimmon estimate that ECC will respond by the end of April, at which point Persimmon plan to ‘commence the highway remedial works’, i.e. finally surface the roads.
Rowhedge Wharf Development
Thanks to Cllr Mike Lilley (via Cyril Liddy) for providing us with the following update: there appears to be no progress with the Rowhedge development, it seems the developers may be waiting for the new planning laws to come into effect.
3rd April 2012
2010 AGMs of the Old Wivenhoe Quay Estate Management Company (OWEM) and the Wivenhoe Old Quay Residents’ Association (WOQRA)
The AGMs were held on the 15th March in the Wivenhoe Congregational Church. At the meeting we distributed 2010 annual reports of OWEM and WOQRA. The meeting was attended by about 14 households–minutes are available for both the OWEM and WOQRA meetings.
At the AGM we handed out documents provided to us by TDS that describe the plans for traffic calming measures. Many residents will have noticed the yellow markings on the site roads that correspond to the plans. Although the documents are labelled Phase1B and Phase2 these names are historical and have no impact on the order in which the road surfacing will be carried out (we have been informed that final road surfacing is anticipated to begin in late Spring 2011). We have contacted TDS to let them know residents’ views on the traffic calming measures and plan to meet with them to discuss them further.
We are pleased to welcome Keith Baker and Simon Page to the WOQRA Committee. Keith and Simon volunteered following the AGM and have been co-opted onto the committee as non-officers.
There were comments at the AGM regarding the way in which the Police are aware of the parking problems on the site. We encourage residents to report ALL parking problems to Essex County Police, in particular Sgt Lou Middleton. His contact details are:
Alternatively, contact PC Mick Bond on his mobile. His contact details are:
Following the AGM, we were contacted by Councillor Ford who reported that PC Mick Bond had agreed to reconsider the severity of the parking problems on the site and to raise it as an issue at the Neighbourhood Action Panel in April 2011.