All posts by Martin Goss

Parking issues in Mile End

With the General Hospital, main line station and a professional football club in the ward
there are challenges with parking.

We meet regularly with the hospital estate managers who assure us they want to be
good neighbours and are looking at travel plans for their employees to stop parking on nearby residential areas.

We have been contacted by residents on a number of developments asking for restrictions to be put in place. For this to happen the road or area would need support from 75% of residents before the plan could go forward to North Essex Parking Partnership for consideration.

We are happy to facilitate this but to date most residents do not favour restrictions. We would ask that drivers park considerately and any poor or dangerous parking is reported.

Dangerous parking or blocking the path can be reported to police on 101, all other issues can be reported to NEEP on 01206 282316.

Traveller incursions

Following two further traveller incursions in Mile End,
Cllr Coleman requested all potential sites be made secure
and asked the portfolio holder to look at additional measures.

This could include a borough wide ban as in Harlow or a transit site to
stop other sites being used with subsequent issues.

As trespass is not a criminal offence but a civil one the council or land
owner must apply to the court for an eviction notice. This normally
takes around 10 days.

Police can use their powers to evict if criminal behaviour is reported,
such as last summer on the rugby club site.

We will continue to push for a long term strategy to stop such
incursions.

A big thank you from Cllr Phil Coleman!

Thank you to all those residents in Mile End who took the time to vote in the May local elections. An even bigger THANK YOU to all those who voted for me and re-elected me with over 60% of the vote.

It really is an honour to have received so much support and recognition for my efforts over the previous three years.

We have a great team of councillors in Mile End and we all have the same ethos- to work for residents, to provide information, support and advice all year round. Myself, Martin, David and Anne will continue to work hard all year round for Mile End.

Mile End Secondary Schools update!

Schools update – the new FIGHT for residents. We fought for new schools and facilities. We said new homes must come with infrastructure – and on time. We were promised they would but Essex County Council planners have failed us all with school delays and a lack of school places in north Colchester. Now we must fight to reduce the delay and disruption.

We will INSIST that County commit to the new secondary school being here for 2021/22. We will demand that they make every effort to MINIMISE the travel for any child who cannot be placed locally, like at the Gilberd and that they provide help with transport for those facing a long journey. And we will make this personal – we will tell the County Council what is needed. We will ask that they write and explain. And we will get the County Education boss to come and LISTEN to you.

Anne Turrell is our lead. She has already emailed or visited over a dozen residents and will help others as they need. But, we will also get out to you our best advice – our ‘What to Do’ key points if you appeal against a school placement.

Phil Coleman said “As a teacher of over 20 years I’ve seen first hand how the decentralization and in-effect privatization of Education via Academies now leads to community wrecking situations like this where their own admission criteria can be set.

Sending children on two bus journeys to the other side of town in simply not acceptable. We need Government to fund the school now, not tell us we have enough school places across the town completely ignoring local community needs.”

Speeding issues

ACTION has been taken in response to YOUR
complaints over speeding, including in Northern
Approach Road, Axial Way, Bergholt Road and
Apprentice Drive. The police have limited
resources and must prioritise where they are
deployed.

It helps us all if you continue to report concerns
on 101 and let us know of issues as they arise.
But the GOOD NEWS – the Community Policing
team have responded to us, have visited and
have taken enforcement action. We will ask for
more if needed!

What is the Northern Gateway?

The Northern Gateway development is nearby and in Mile End,
but despite recent consultations and displays it still seems confusing!
Cllr and PE teacher Phil Coleman has been tracking
developments. Over the A12, near the BP garage and park and ride
will be a fantastic top quality state of the art sports
development available by the end of this year.
Included will be a new sports hall with coffee shop, outdoor cycling
track, new facilities for archery, classrooms for coaching and a new
clubhouse with two full size floodlit all weather pitches and grass
pitches for rugby.

Please contact the team if you have any further questions.

Cllr Phil Coleman

Chesterwell planning application amendment affecting Mile End Road

We want to ensure you are aware of a modification request for the planning conditions set on the original Mersea Homes planning application for the Chesterwell development.

Bartholomew Court which is currently a dead end was always designed to be a bus access only route for the Chesterwell development which would access onto Mile End Road. Mersea Homes have submitted a change to this so the route can also be used by traffic from up to 160 houses on the southern end of the Chesterwell development.

The bus route would still use this access point and it also means access to the 160 houses would also be from this access point too.

We have said to Mersea Homes they must install electronic rising bollards for the bus access point so that it cannot be accessed by the majority of the Chesterwell development traffic should this change be approved.

It would be advisable to add your comments to this requested change and ensure your views are submitted. Please visit www.colchester.gov.uk/planning and search for application number 183077.

If we can be of any further help please do not hesitate to contact any member of the team or call 07912 396335.

Hospital parking

The hospital has our and community support.  But David King and colleagues’ have made clear they need to be better neighbours, to take account of Mile End needs as they modernise the hospital, manage traffic flows and reduce the pressure on local roads.  Improvements are coming.

A new travel centre will help everyone. But we know fewer staff parking permits are a problem and can affect residents, as staff unable to park will look for spaces on local roads. We welcome steps taken to reduce that pressure, such as free use of the park and ride for three months and subsidies for car sharing and public transport use.

We will continue to monitor and press for further improvements through our liaison meetings. SHARE YOUR CONCERNS with us and we will continue to make sure your voice is heard.

New bench for Bergholt Road recreation ground

Funded as part of the Cllr Locality budget a new bench will shortly be installed at the Bergholt Road recreation ground.

This request came from local residents who wanted to see more seating in the area so this bench has been funded and ordered.

It’s the little things that make a huge difference so we are very happy to support this request. We are so pleased to support the community.

Phil Coleman, Martin Goss, David King & Anne Turrell

Mile End Team

Locality budget – How would you like it spent in Mile End?

Phil Coleman, David King and Martin Goss each get £2000 to spend on projects in Mile End. In previous years we have funded tree planting, new benches and also purchased play equipment for the local Primary Schools in our area.

If there are improvements you’d like to see then please get in touch with the team by emailing U2US@mileendlibdems.org