Quiz Night with Graham – Saturday 21st April (click to see formatted version)

Our next event will be: QUIZ NIGHT with Graham in St Osyth Village Hall. Saturday 21st April. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start. Teams can be up to 6 at £2.50 per person. Please bring your own refreshments. We will have our usual giant raffle for which further donations would be welcome.  Please leave with Helen at 39 Mill Street or bring them on the night. If you wish to book a table in advance telephone 01255 820533 or 01255...

Application by Priory Owners to Extend Time Limit on Wellwick Housing Estate (click here for formatted version)

Applications continue to appear thick and fast. This latest one (17/01843/FUL) requests that the time limit attached to the OUTLINE permission for the 190 dwellings in Wellwick pit is extended from three to five years which would secure it up to 18th March 2021.  The application in the form of a letter to TDC Planning Services states that the work done to date on restoring the Darcy House West Wing has been undertaken using personal funds which have now run out and additional funding is required which cannot be obtained until the s106 legal agreement is signed off.  Meanwhile the work has been paused. It appears the owners are having difficulty in progressing Wellwick.  It was offered around to selected potential developers a while ago at a price of £9 million which seems a modest amount for 16.3 hectares of building land but presumably there have been no takers. The application appears to be twofold – sign off the s106 and extend the time limit. If this is agreed, they say that work on progressing the Wellwick development will be put on hold and the Westfield development prioritised in order to obtain funds to progress the Priory repair. The letter states that ‘the proposed new build programme means that Wellwick will likely not be commenced until 2020/21, with the first units anticipated to be completed 2021/22’. However, it should not be forgotten that it was agreed by the chairman of the TDC Planning Committee at the meeting on 21st January 2014 (we have the audio recording) that the FULL application would need to go back before the Committee, so...

Application by Priory Owners to Build Next to Allotment Site Rejected (click to see formatted version)

As most people will know by the time this article is read, the Priory owners submitted a new planning application for a further 7 dwellings in St Osyth.  This time it relates to outline permission for the corner of land between Clacton Road and Bypass Road at the end of the allotments.  The entry road is onto Clacton Road through the existing hedgerow.  There is of course no footpath and there does not appear to be any pedestrian access identified.  This land is owned by the Priory having been bought by a previous owner, Mr Somerset de Chair, so he could erect a board advertising the Priory way back in the days when it was open as a visitor attraction.   The decision to reject this application was issued by Tendring District Council on 17th November 2017.  Whether this decision will be challenged by the applicants by means of an appeal remains to be seen.  One argument put forward by a number of local developers to support their applications is the Council’s inability to prove a five years housing supply and this argument has been supported by Government inspectors on appeal.  This may seem surprising in view of the applications for thousands of houses which have been given approval over the past year.  Close to the village, 84 houses on a plot to the rear of No. 80/84 St Johns Road (St Osyth side of the St John’s Nursery) have just been approved and an outline application for up to 950 residential units on land running between Rouses Lane and Jaywick Lane is awaiting a decision.  These add to the huge numbers in other rural...

SOS Dance Night – Saturday 25th November – St Osyth Village Hall – 7.30 Start (click here to see formatted version)

The SOS Dance Night happens on Saturday 25th November with Tarrin who are a musical duo that play live music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  It promises to be a good evening’s entertainment. Tickets at only £5 available NOW from John Stiff, Estate Agent or Jerry Murray, St Osyth Butchers both in village centre, Entry at the door without a ticket may be possible but only if space permits.  We have already had considerable interest in this event so you are advised to get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. There will be a giant raffle and, as usual, we welcome any contributions.  Please leave with Helen at 39 Mill Street or just bring them on the night. Bring your own food and drink.  We shall be serving premium hot dogs (outdoor reared British pork) during the interval....

OUTCOME OF COSTS CLAIM – High Court Hearing Ends this Long Running Saga. (click here to view)

Total Cost to SOS Reduced From £150,000 to £56,274 – 62% Reduction The final act in this long drawn out saga was played out at the Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday 7th June when the Cost Judge, Master Whalan, awarded a sum of £3,735 against SOS compared with the outstanding amount of £25,233 claimed. The original claim for costs against SOS, delivered during the Christmas holiday on 29th December 2015, was for £121,846.27 with interest at 8% added until payment was completed.  This huge sum was demanded for costs incurred by the Priory owners ‘in relation to dealing with the matter of deliberate neglect and producing a Design Statement’ at the public inquiry in January 2015.  We believed this amount, together with the large amount claimed against the Parish Council, was disproportionate and a burden on the community that is hardly likely to aid the ambitions of the Priory owners who claim they wish to ‘work with the community’. We engaged an experienced Cost Lawyer (Carina Patterson) to represent us.  During the course of the last 17 months the original claim was whittled down and finally agreed out-of-court at £52,539 (including VAT and interest).  This in itself was a mammoth task and a significant achievement resulting from much detailed investigation, expert analysis of the claim and negotiation.  What remained to be added was the claim for £25,233 costs incurred by the Priory owners in reaching this settlement which included two court appearances.  This was for determination by the Court on the 7th June. The outcome was that the Cost Judge awarded £3,735 relating to the preliminary hearing in November...

SOS Annual General Meeting – Monday 27th February (click here to view)

The SOS AGM will be held in the village hall annex starting at 7.30pm on Monday 27th February.  . The agenda was published in the February issue of St Osyth News.  . We shall be pleased to welcome anyone who is able to attend.  Tea/coffee/biscuits will be served and there will be the opportunity of a general discussion after the close of the formal meeting.  . May we also draw your attention to our next fund-raising event which will be the Race Night organised by Clacton Rotary Race Team.  This will be held on Friday 17th March and is the only Race Night to be held in the village this year.  It gives the opportunity of a fun night out for a very modest charge of £3 (bring your own food and drink).  Tickets are available from John Stiff, Estate Agent or Jerry Murray, St Osyth Butcher from the end of February.  Entry at the door will be possible but only if space permits so to be certain of entry, buy tickets well in...