The Dry Dock water feature has been full of water since last summer’s intervention by Colchester Borough Council [CBC], but the facility has not been full functioning, with the filtration system switched off and the pumps non-operational. In the meantime, legal routes to enforce Persimmon’s compliance have been taken forward by CBC, albeit delayed by Persimmon, who have played other games (still ongoing) to defer or avoid their responsibilities. CBC’s legal department has matters clearly in their sights, so we might anticipate a resolution of this situation before long.
The next AGM of the management company is planned for early June, and notification will be placed on this site when a time and location are finalised.
Colchester Borough Council have formally written to Persimmon Homes to say that they will instigate legal enforcement action by 9th May if the developer does not either (i) refill the feature and turn the pumps on; (ii) submit an alternative solution via the Preliminary Enquiry procedure or (iii) submit a planning application to vary the original condition.
As residents a key concern is that the developer will take option (ii) or (iii) and prolong the current operational failure for an extended period.
Further, the concern would be that whatever alternative is presented under (ii) or (iii), it will be an inadequate solution, primarily aimed at saving the developer the cash required to implement the original scheme.
We will remain in active discussion with the Council to move matters forward, and will post any updates here.
It’s been drawn to our attention that Persimmon seem to have been unable to agree on the spelling for one of their roads that was recently adopted. As shown in the photographs here, Persimmon have provided street signs with Admiral’s Walk as well as Admiral Walk. Bovis, on the other hand (whose roads are yet to be adopted) have managed to consistently use the accepted spelling of Admirals Walk, despite the lack of apostrophe (perhaps following Devon’s ban on street names with apostrophes?)
Colchester Borough Council is organising a “Community Day of Action” (CDOA) along the same lines as the one in Harbour Ward earlier this year. We’ve been told that the event will take place on Thursday 24th November 2011 and will be “another high impact, multi agency event to include an extensive clean up campaign, joint enforcement operations and community/youth engagement.”
The event will be preceded by a two-day public consultation taking place on the 26th and 27th October. The format of the consultation will be ” door knocking (usually in pairs) in an allocated street/location to complete a short survey with those residents that are at home to establish the issues (if any) that may be affecting their quality of life, and leaflet drop to those households where no-one is available/at home advising them that the CDOA will be taking place.”
If any residents would like to help out with the door knocking or find out more information about the event, contact Sonia Carr at Colchester Borough Council.
In October 2010, the Dry Dock water feature was emptied with the intent of spending a couple of days maintenance and adding an extra ultrasonic unit to control algae.
Following the discovery of several problems, including the mis-siting of a drain, the water feature wasn’t refilled until May 2011. Since then the colour of the water has varied between deep green and brown. This has been partly due to a couple of power outages from which the pump room didn’t restart. However, we remain concerned that the algae control is still ineffective. We hope that the water will now clear and that the new control mechanisms prove to be more effective.
Wivenhoe Town Council has called a public meeting at 2pm on Saturday 24th September to discuss the proposal from Jenny Moody Properties to offer a 2 acre plot of land to Wivenhoe in exchange for an agreement to go ahead with a residential development on the land just off Bowes Road near Millfields school. More details are enclosed in the attached press release.
We received the this letter from the Wivenhoe Mayor inviting us to submit suggestions for events to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June 2011.
Please get in touch with the the Wivenhoe Town Council if you have any proposals.