14th December 2015

History Group

History of Spoken English: A talk by Charlie Haylock. Wednesday 16 December 7.30 am Boxted Village Hall

Christmas Carol Services

Sunday December 20

9.30 am Christmas Carol Service at St Peter’s Church, Boxted.

Coffee will be served after the service.

3 pm Christmas Carol Concert with Boxted Methodist Silver Band at the Methodist Church

Mobile Library

Tuesday 22 December and 5 January

Boxted playing field car park 10.55 to 11.30 am

Read a review of the book ‘David and Goliath’ here

Christmas Church Services

24 December 2.30 pm Crib Service, St Peter’s Boxted

24 December 4 pm Christingle Service, St Mary’s Langham

24 December 11 pm Midnight Mass, St Peter’s Boxted

25 December 9.30 am Christmas Morning Service, St Mary’s Langham

Please note that the grass parking at Langham on the left hand side of the drive near the church can be very soft and it is best if only 4 wheel drive vehicles park there.

Christmas and New Year collections 2015/16
There will be no recycling or rubbish collections on Friday 25th December 2015. This is a Green Week. There will be no collection on Friday 1st January 2016 but collections will take place one day later this week (Saturday 2nd January). This is a Blue Week
Please ensure that you place your recycling and rubbish out by 7am on your scheduled collection day as collections can take place earlier than normal over the Christmas and New Year period.

Lawford Recyling Centre
Greensmill,off Riverside Avenue West. Lawford, CO11 1UW

Buntings Glasshouse Site

Stour Valley Action Group Update

On December the 5th at Little Horkesley Village Hall, Pigeon Investment Management Limited (“Pigeon”) and Mersea Homes Limited presented plans of their proposals for the construction of 18 houses and 4 affordable dwellings upon the site (“the site”) currently occupied by the greenhouses at London Road (the former Horkesley Park site).

On balance the view of the committee members who attended the public consultation was that the small-scale residential development was relatively attractive and was considerably less objectionable than the Buntings’ proposals – if anything other than agricultural use is ever to be accepted on this site.

On the other hand (a) the current proposals are not in accordance with the existing Colchester Borough Council local plan and (b) a precedent may be set for similar developments close to the Dedham Vale AONB.

Pigeon have indicated that they are willing to enter into restrictive covenants with adjoining landowners, prohibiting any such development on the remaining land owned by them and a Colchester Borough Council officer, who was present at the public consultation, advised that similar restrictions could be implemented through a section 106 agreement. (A 106 agreement is a legally binding document entered into by persons with an interest in a piece of land secured by a legal agreement or deed. They are designed to mitigate for a particular impact that would arise from a development.) It is believed that a formal planning application will be made in 2016 and as soon as the application is made public your committee will urgently undertake a full review and report upon their findings to members.

In the meantime if there is any other news to report, particularly with regard to the proposed implementation of deeds of restrictive covenants we shall write to you again. We would welcome your response to the proposals as shown at the consultation so do please get in touch (email: info) if you have anything you would like us to consider.

Kind regards

Kate Charlton-Jones
Chair Stour Valley Action Group

Neighbourhood Watch