Applications for Public Car Park and Twelve Houses on Warren Farm Land (click here for full formatted version)

SOS Mission Statement: To preserve the beauty and tranquillity of St Osyth for posterity. To safeguard the local wildlife and the natural environment. To ensure that there is no overloading of local facilities such as doctors, the school and other local amenities. To prevent further congestion of existing roads and the village centre.   To oppose any housing development within St Osyth which would affect any of the above. ———————————————————————————————————————– Warren Farm Proposals: Most local people are probably aware that the applications have now been submitted to TDC for a public car park together with a road and 12 houses on farm land behind The Bury. Currently, full planning permission for a public car park for 49 vehicles is applied for, sited behind the vicarage, and an outline application for 12 houses behind numbers 1 to 6 The Bury.  It will require the top end of the existing farm track to be realigned as a private road and footpath with a bell mouth onto The Bury which will take off a slice from the grass area near the telephone box.  This is designated as a village green and is ‘protected green space’ according to the TDC Local Plan 2013 – 2033 and Beyond.  The existing space by the side of the vicarage allowed as a courtesy parking space for approximately 20 cars will be discontinued giving a net gain of 29 places.  This development is being promoted as the only viable way of providing additional parking space in the village.  However we foresee significant problems which negate any advantage of providing these additional parking spaces. In accordance with our...

Register for the SOS Distribution List (click here for full and formatted version)

New Data Protection Legislation: You may have heard about the new data protection regulation that became fully operational on the 25th May. This applies to any organisation and we need to make our position clear: SOS maintains an email distribution list in order to disseminate information relating to our activities. The data we hold consists solely of a contact’s name and email address. Access to this information is restricted to the SOS secretary. It is electronically protected by high grade internet security software. SOS will not disclose this data to any person or organisation. No addresses are disclosed when sending group mail shots. Any person on our contact list may have their details removed without trace. We are in the process of contacting all individuals already on our list to ask them to confirm that they wish to remain.  If you are on our old list, we hope you will reply to our email we have sent you and consent to remain so that we can maintain effective communication.  If you are not already on our list and want to be included, please send an email to saveourstosyth@btinternet.com giving your...

Funding Appeal (click here for full and formatted version)

We are raising funds to repay the SOS committee members who personally paid the costs awarded as a result of the public inquiry into the application to build in the grounds of the ancient St Osyth Priory. SOS was formed following the public meeting in the village hall on 17th March 2010 held to discuss the proposals for large scale housing on Priory land.  Its mission statement appears in the monthly report in the St Osyth News and is essentially to preserve village life, particularly by opposing significant building proposals within the village. Both SOS and the Parish Council represented the local community at the public inquiry held in January 2015 into the refusal of Tendring District Council to approve the plans submitted by the Sargeant family, owners of the Priory.  We engaged the services of a professional advocate at a cost of approximately £9,000 which was paid for from fundraising activities and donations. The outcome of the public inquiry was that the refusal for planning permission was upheld.  However, SOS along with the Parish Council, had costs awarded against us.  The Sargeant family claimed costs of over £120,000 against SOS in documents served on Bev Lynn, as chairman of SOS, on 30th December 2015 demanding payment within 21 days or court proceedings to recover this amount (plus interest at 8%) would ensue. Following a highly stressful two year legal battle the punitive cost claim was finally reduced to £56,303 payable immediately to prevent further costs and interest accruing. Despite fundraising events and donations received since then, the elected committee members are left paying £47,000 from their own personal savings....

Retro Dance Night (click for formatted version)

Our next event is: Retro Dance Night with the Tarrin Duo Playing live music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s on Saturday 8th June St Osyth Village Hall Doors Open at 7.30 Bring your own food and drink The Tarrin Duo have become popular performers in the locality, performing live music of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and they attracted a large crowd at our last dance in November. We are grateful to Scott Sheen & Partners, the new village estate agents, who have joined St Osyth Butchers and L & K Funeral Directors in agreeing to sell tickets.  Tickets costing just £5 are available from any of these outlets in the village centre or by leaving a message with Helen on 820 344 or Bev on 820 533.  Entry at the door will be possible but only if space allows so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment as the event is being advertised...