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...

Day two at the Inquiry 16th November 2016 (click here to view)

Firstly, this is the correct version of the inspector’s Preliminary List of the Main Issues. effect of proposals on the significance, character and setting of St Osyth Priory. whether the character and appearance of St Osyth Conservation Area would be preserved and enhanced. effect on community infrastructure – in particular education, medical, highway safety, ecology. whether the benefits would secure the long term future of the heritage assets and the prospects of benefits coming forward along with the consequences should they not. Day 2 started with Mr Bird (QC for TDC) examining Paul Drury (TDC witness for Heritage).  He took him through his qualifications and experience, some of which concerned important roles within English Heritage – Inspector of Historic Buildings etc.  He was also involved in the compilation of a number of EH documents including “Enabling Development and the Conservation of Significant Places (2008)”. He went through all the things we had heard at the first inquiry – views into and out from the Priory, degrees of harm, the historical significance of Mill Street, the principle of building within the Parkland etc.  The only person who hadn’t heard it all before was the inspector. In the afternoon session, Mr Village (QC for the appellants) cross questioned Mr Drury.  Mr Village started off by extolling the virtues of City & Country as ‘market leaders’ and claiming they were the ideal company to deal with the Priory and invited Mr Drury to agree – which he did. Through his questions, Mr Village then drew attention to the fact that (in his opinion) TDC had changed their approach completely at the last minute before the...

Day one at the Inquiry – Tuesday 15th November 2016 (click here to view)

The inspector appears very approachable.  She started by explaining about public involvement and asked for names of anyone present who would wish to speak.  A few people responded.  She had also had emails from some others. She will hold an evening session on Tuesday 22nd November in the Weeley offices.  Anyone else who wishes to speak should contact Leanne Nicholas (email: lnicholas@tendringdc.co.uk).  The inspector has not stipulated any time limit but depends on how many wish to speak.  She realises that some may not be available and so will try to arrange a slot for them during the daytime sitting. Anyone wishing to speak should provide something in writing in advance – doesn’t need to be detailed – just a series of bullet points will do initially but she would like a copy of the final version.  She hopes that people will not repeat what has already been said. Mr Village (counsel for the appellants’) will cross question any speaker if he wishes to as will the inspector. Mrs Mahony also indicated that it would be possible for people to ask questions of witnesses from the floor during the inquiry provided it was in relation to their verbal statement. The inspector said that she had read through all the individual objections submitted as well as the documents from the main participants and identified what she considered were the main points of contention which were: Setting of the Priory – character and appearance. The conservation area. Community infrastructure. Education. Medical. Highway safety. 4.   Conservation. Future of the Heritage Asset and prospect of delivery and consequences of not being passed. Mrs Mahony said...

TDC Planning Committee Meeting – Tuesday 11th October CANCELLED (click here to view)

The latest twist in the Priory saga:   The special meeting of the Planning Committee on Tuesday next (11th October) has been CANCELLED.  The following statement was issued by TDC yesterday afternoon:   Following a briefing meeting held this afternoon with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee and consideration of external legal advice received by TDC, tomorrow morning’s site visit for the St Osyth Priory planning applications will NOT now take place.   The Planning Committee meeting due to be held next Tuesday (11 October) to consider the St Osyth Priory planning applications will also NOT now take place.  . We understand that this is because TDC have not made public all of the documentation received from the applicants.  . We also understand that the applicants have lodged an appeal because of non-determination of the applications within the time limit and therefore this will become the subject of a public inquiry – whether it will be put in with the one due to start on 15th November or whether it will be a separate one, is not known at present. . In any case, the Planning Committee will have to meet sometime to consider the applications and say what decision they WOULD have come to in order to instruct the officers to defend the case at the public inquiry.  Presumably this will be arranged once the complete documentation is made publically available. Please pass the information to as many people as...