MINUTES of Environment Committee meeting held on Zoom on 11 August 2020 at 7.30pm Chair Approved
Present: Cllr Evans (Chair), Cllr Booth, Cllr Tile, Cllr Aldis, Cllr Maltby, Cllr Wenaden, J Beighton-Emms (Town Clerk) and 1 member of the public
Public Questions; None.
E/08.20/01 Apologies for absence: Cllr Luxford-Vaughan
E/08.20/02 Declarations of interest: None
E/08.20/03 Confirmation of the Chair and Terms of Reference; Previously agreed
E/08.20/04 Proposal from Cllr Evans: To agree to the implementation of the flower bed on
the grass verge opposite Millfield School.
The councillors considered this proposal. Cllr Evans explained that he had been liaising
with CBC Cllr Cory and ECC Highways and had their agreement for the verge to be
planted. A planted verge will discourage illegal parking and will enhance the area. He
has been in discussion with ECC regarding the licences required and had been informed that a rockery was not allowed. It is planned that the area will be a raised flower bed using low maintenance rockery plants. Cllr Evans has progressed this project to the final stages but understood that agreement from this committee was necessary.
Cllr Tile referred to an area along the Mersea Road where posts had also been put in place to discourage parking. The committee considered this additional option and also whether planters could be added to the verge.
It was agreed that it would make sense for the verge to be completed before the schools reopened in September.
Cllr Evans explained that WTC would be responsible for the maintenance. Also, that an appeal would go out to the town on the WTC Facebook page for donations of plants to keep the cost minimal. Local garden centres had also been approached as well as Tarmac Quarry. Chosen plants will not grow over 10cm and the area will no longer need to be mown. Cllr Evans explained that Beth Chatto would also provide expertise. Cllr Tile suggested that Dean’s Nursery should also be approached.
Cllr Aldis agreed that posts were required and it was agreed that a quote for these would be obtained. These could be added to the WTC appeal.
Cllr Evans reported that parents of children attending Millfield School have been notified.
The committee considered traffic control measures and the space required for the planting.
Cllr Evans proposed that the verge is planted as a dry garden at a minimum with further enquiries to be made with regards to adding posts.
This was seconded by Cllr Wenaden and carried by a majority.
The councillors agreed on the need for standing items on the agendas going forward, including Health & Wellbeing.
Cllr Evans introduced the member of public, Mark Halliday, who explained that he was keen to assist with projects, including the sensory garden. He would like to be a lay member and is on the committee’s bio-diversity sub group.
Cllr Maltby explained that informal meetings had taken place throughout the lockdown and a number of sub-groups with lay members had been established.
E/08.20/05 Date and time of the next meeting; It was agreed that the next meeting would
be held on Zoom at 7.30pm on Monday 7th September 2020.
The Chair closed the meeting at 20.07.