Community right to bid
  • The Wivenhoe Society has organised a talk by Annemarie Naylor on the Localism Act and the Right to Bid for an Asset of Community Value.  The Town Council has requested that the Phillip Road Centre be placed on the list of assets of community value which is the first step.  If the County decides to pull out entirely from the Centre then the community will have an opportunity to put together a bid.  Annemarie works for Locality which helps groups to set up structures to jump through the various hoops to enable them to put in bids and she is informed about possible grants.  The talk will take place on January 10 at 7,30 at the Nottage but we have not yet thought of a snappy title.
  • Am I right in assuming this meeting is open to all ie not Wiv Soc members only?
  • That's right to WivSoc members, £2each to non=members.
  • A bump - taking place at The Nottage this evening, 7:30pm start.
  • Cllr Needham announced at The Nottage that WTC is holding an open meeting for anyone interested in Right to Bid at 11am on 30th January in the Town Council office. It is hoped that WTC can help to co-ordinate any Right to Bid or Asset Transfer projects in the town.

    Right to Bid should be rubber stamped by CBC Cabinet on 23rd January. In theory ANYONE can apply to put an asset on the list the following day.

    For those asking at the meeting about The Place Station site that we've been working on at Locality, here's the link. We're also very active on twitter helping to promote and support Right to Bid.

  • Here's what been happening with The Ivy House in Southwark - the first pub to be listed as an asset of community value, with potential for Right to Bid as well.
  • I may be wrong Jason, but I do not think individuals can apply for an asset to be put on the list of assets of community value (Jan 11 posting).  It has to be a parish council or local voluntary or community group. I think, again I may be wrong, that 10 people are required to make a group.  Individuals can asked for properties to be put on the local list of heritage assets but that is a completely separate list and nothing to do with the right to buy. This latter list is a kind of poor relation of English Heritage's list.
  • The wording [PDF] is open to interpretation:

    "Unconstituted community groups of at least 21 members."

    Which can be viewed as 21 individuals who have formed an informal network. You needn't go through a Parish or Town Council, or a Community Interest Company to apply to have an asset listed on the local authority Right to Bid list.
  • A BUMP - there is an open meeting at WTC at 11am this morning for anyone wanting to help work on any Wivenhoe Right to Bid projects.
  • Documentation from CBC is now online for any group of residents wanting to submit an asset of community value to the Colchester Right to Bid list.
  • Arising from the meeting organised by WTC, which was attended by two officers who deal with the Right to Bid, from CBC, a new group has been established, called Wivenhoe Community Assets Forum. Peter Hill is chairing it.

    Work is now in progress under the auspices of tWCAF to nominate the Philip Road School and the St John Ambulance Hall to CBC. Full publicity about WCAF and how to get involved should follow soon.
  • A little more on the Wivenhoe Community Assets Forum, via QRRA.

    Plus an update of what's been happening with the Ivy House in Southwark, the first community listed asset in the country:

  • Since the Right to Bid legislation was introduced in September, Locality has been keeping track of the data for submissions and listings each month. The latest figures show that 304 assets of community value have been nominated to date. 252 of these have been successfully listed, 44 rejected and 8 are still under consideration. CBC hasn't received any applications so far.
  • The Philip Road nomination will be going in to CBC soon

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Wivenhoe Diary
Many thanks to Wivenhoe News for helping to source these dates
1 - 30 April, James Dodds exhibiting at Over the Sofa Gallery, Wivenhoe Bookshop
11 April - 10 May, Jarman's Dungeness, an exhibition by Andy Brooke celebrating Jarman's vision 20 years on, Wivenhoe Library
23 April, Italian Literature, start of a five week course with Giovanni Colacicchi, Wivenhoe Bookshop, 2:30 - 4:30pm
23 April, Wivenhoe Film Club, Bicycle Thieves, The Nottage, 7:30pm
24 April, poetrywivenhoe, Allison McVety, The Legion, 8pm
24 April, Funny Farm Comedy Club, Andrew O'Neill, Cricket Club, 8pm
25 April - start of Wild About Wivenhoe month. Various events centred around the Wildlife Garden. Full details to be published... when known!
25 April, Transition Town Wivenhoe Spring Event, open-air bicycle-powered cinema, bar, evening food, all at the Wildlife Garden
26 April, Watching Wivenhoe Wildlife Dawn Chorus Walk, meet at 5am in the train station car park
26 April, Transition Town Wivenhoe Spring Event, Art and Photography Exhibition themed around the Wildlife Garden, William Loveless Hall
26 April, Bird Walk with Richard Allen, Sailing Club, 10am
29 April, Moving Image, All is Lost, William Loveless Hall, 7:30pm
1 - 31 May, Terry Curling, Over the Sofa Gallery, Wivenhoe Bookshop
1 May, Wivenhoe in Bloom working parties, meet at Optician's garden, 10am
1 May, Folk Club, Roger Davies, The Flag, 8pm
2nd May, Wivenhoe Society Talk, Richard Moulson, CBC Ranger: 'History and Management of Colne Nature Reserve, Wivenhoe Woods and Ferry Marsh, The Nottage, 7:30pm
3, 4 and 5 May, Transition Town Wivenhoe Spring Event, Nature Trails in the Wildlife Garden, starting and finishing in the Library
3 May, WTFC Vs Diss, Broad Lane, 3pm
4 May, Transition Town Wivenhoe Spring Event, Art Workshop in the Library
5 May (and every Monday...) The Monday Club, Scout and Guide Hall, 1:30pm
6 May, W.I. Hedgehog Haven, William Loveless Hall, 7:30pm
7 May, Wooly Thoughts, knitting and discussion, Bookshop Shed, 10 - 11:30am
7 May, Bookshop Reading Group, Sara Maitland's Gossip from the Forest, The Bakehouse, 7pm
9 May, Watching Wivenhoe Wildlife, presentations about wildlife in gardens, and gardening for wildlife in Wivenhoe Library, presented by John Rowland, Glyn Evans & Chris Gibson
10 May, Friends of St Mary's AGM and Lunch, St Mary's, 11am
10 May, SingWiv! Natural Voice Singing Workshop with Chris Rowbury, Scout and Guide Hall, 2 - 4:30pm
10 May, Concert: the Voigt String Quartet - Mozart Mendelssohn, St Mary's Church, 7:30pm
11 May, Transition Town Wivenhoe Spring Event, Birds of Prey, King George V Playing Field
12 May, Life Writing, ten week course with Petra McQueen, Wivenhoe Bookshop, 11am - 12:30pm
13 May, Moving Image, Nebraska, William Loveless Hall, 7:30pm
14 May, Wivenhoe Town Council Annual Meeting, William Loveless Hall, 7:30pm, all welcome.
16 May, Shipyard Studios, Inside Out, Keel House, 5 Walter Radcliffe Road, 3pm - 8pm
17 May, Farmer's Market, Congregational Hall, 9:30am - 12:30pm
17 and 18 May, Wivenhoe Open Gardens, various locations around the town
17 and 18 May, Transition Town Wivenhoe Spring Event, Wildlife Garden - activities for children including pond dipping, poster competition, moth and bat evening (Saturday)
17 - 26 May, Shipyard Studios, Inside Out, Keel House, 5 Walter Radcliffe Road, 10am - 5pm
17 May, Watching Wivenhoe Wildlife, Moth Trapping and Bat Watching, Wildlife Garden
18 May, Watching Wivenhoe Wildlife, Moth Trapping - the reveal!
20 May, Moving Image, Saving Mr Banks, William Loveless Hall, 7:30pm
28 May, Italian Literature - part 2. Five week course with Giovanni Colacicchi, Wivenhoe Bookshop, 2:30 - 4:30pm
29 May, Wivenhoe Funny Farm Comedy Club, Paul T. Eyres and support, Cricket Club, 8pm
15 June, Watching Wivenhoe Wildlife, Wildflower Walk in the gravel pits behind the cricket club, 11am
29 June, Jazz on the Quay, 1pm