Crucial Crew Event for Older People

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Where and When:
Thursday 27th September 2018, 10am-2pm
Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Station Road,
Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE
Event details:
Free Safety Information for the Older Person; in the Home & on the Street
Answers to your frequently asked questions. Come and join us to find out more.
Don’t forget you can park in the High Street and Wellesley Road Car parks near the Princes
Theatre, free (after 11am) with your Tendring residents pass. (Just pay for time used before 11am)
For further information & to reserve your FREE
ticket please contact Charlotte on 01255 686359

Temporary Road Closures Friday 6th July

Great Bentley Running Club Junior Race
18.35 to 18.55 Weeley Road from Heckford’s Road to the unmade track around the Village Green. Organisers will ensure that provision is made to allow access if required. Members of the public may use the road during the event.

Great Bentley Running Club 5 Mile
19.20 to 19.45 Plough Road from the level crossing to the junction with Weeley Road, Aingers Green. Organisers will ensure that provision is made to allow emergency vehicles access if required. Members of the public may use the road during the event.



Restorative Justice and Mediation Service.


This is a scheme which will allow victims of crime and anti-social behaviour (such as neighbour disputes) the chance to communicate with the perpetrator/s. 

We are offering an opportunity for people who have the ability to learn skills that would allow them to assist us.

The Essex Restorative Justice and Mediation Service facilitates safe communication between those involved in a crime or conflict and allow victims to ask questions

and receive meaningful reparation for the harm that has been caused. We are looking for volunteers to help us to deliver this service.

  • You would receive full training and ongoing support
  • You would become part of a friendly and supportive team
  • You would be able to fit this role around your existing commitments

If you are aged over 18 years, live in Essex and are interested in learning more about this exciting and challenging volunteering role please contact or ring 01245 291609

Notification of changes to Hedingham & Omnibus Commercial Services with effect from 01 July 2018


For your information, Essex County Council has received notification from Hedingham Omnibuses about changes to their commercial network for with effect from 01 July 2018.

The following services will be affected

  • Service X76 Colchester – Jaywick (revised timetable)
  • Service 87 Colchester – Brightlingsea (revised timetable)
  • Service 130 Clacton – Jaywick  (withdrawn, however journeys are included on service X76 with a slightly revised timetable)
  • Service 137 Clacton Circular (revised timetable)


Please refer to Traveline  for further details of these commercial changes.

Notification of commercial changes to First Essex Bus Services in Clacton


Essex County Council has received notification from First Essex Buses about changes to their commercial network with effect from 28 July 2018, following the announcement of the closure of their Clacton Depot.
A brief summary of these commercial withdrawals are:

  • Service 3 Harwich – Clacton
  • Service 4/4A Clacton Circular via Jaywick
  • Service 5/5A Clacton – Rush Green
  • Service 6 Clacton – Point Clear

    Essex County Council (ECC) are aware that other commercial operators have expressed interest in running some of these services.
    ECC are currently investigating the impact of these changes and Stakeholders will continue to be updated in due course.

    First Essex Bus service 2 Clacton – Mistley operated with financial support from EC
    Please be advised that with effect from 28 July  this service will be operated by another Operator, we will send further information once the details have been confirmed.

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accounting Return Accounts for Year Ended 31st March 2018.

Great Bentley Parish Council

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27
The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)


1.Date of announcement  Tuesday 5th June 2018

2.Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd. The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review.
Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2018, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:
 K Paradise, The Clerk/RFO, The Community Resource Centre, The Village   Hall, Plough toad, Great Bentley, Essex CO7 8LG    telephone:  01206 256410
commencing on  Monday 11 June 2018
and ending on  Friday 20 July 2018
3.Local government electors and their representatives also have:
The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; and
The right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.
The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.
4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015. The appointed auditor is:
PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team)
1 Westferry Circus
Canary Wharf
London E14 4HD
5. This announcement is made by Mrs K Paradise Clerk/RFO


To read Accounting Statements and a Summary of your Rights click here
o read the Annual Internal Audit Report  2017-18 click here
o read the Annual Governance Statement 2017-18 click here
o read the Accounting Statements 2017-18 click here

Planning Appeal Decision

Please click here to view the appeal decision for applications  17/01096/OUT, 17/01097/OUT, and 17/01098/OUT – Land to The West of Plough Road Great Bentley, Land to The North of Thorrington Road Great Bentley, and Land to The South of Thorrington Road Great Bentley.

The appeals are dismissed. Permission to carryout these developments has not been granted.

Police and Fire Cadet Games

Police and Fire cadets from across the county will put their skills together in an attempt to win the first ever Essex Police and Fire Cadet Challenge.

The games will see 16 teams, made up of cadets from both services, tackling a specially designed course at Basildon Sporting Village to win the coveted trophy.
Different zones will include a road traffic collision, a home safety scene and a rural crime zone and give the groups the opportunity to share their learning while working as one team.
The challenge has been created by the Office of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex as a way of demonstrating how both services’ cadets work together.
Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “These games are going to be hugely exciting. One of the most rewarding things about being PFCC is having the chance to meet our wonderful police and fire cadets who do so much in their communities.
“They really are fantastic young people and we are hugely proud of them. This event really will showcase their talents and will be a lot of fun too!”
As well as the games, there will be safety demonstrations, information stalls and the chance to talk to community safety experts.
The event is open to everyone and free to attend, with the opening ceremony and heats taking place between 10am – 6pm on Saturday 9 June and the finals taking place between 10am – 3pm on Sunday 10 June.

Follow the hashtag #PFCCGames across social media on the day to see images from the event.

Great Bentley Parish Council Meetings 7th June 2018

Great Bentley Parish Council Planning Committee will meet at the Village Hall on Thursday 7th June 2018 at 7 pm To read the Agenda click here

Great Bentley Parish Council meeting follows after the Planning Committee meeting. To read the Agenda click here

A133 Colchester to Clacton Route Improvements

About the scheme

The A133 is the key route providing access from Colchester to the seaside resort of Clacton–on–Sea, and allowing access from the district of Tendring into Colchester.

Essex County Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership have made £5.43m available to fund improvements.  These are designed to support economic growth as well as providing safety improvements to the route, increasing journey time reliability through highway capacity improvements for motorists and improved passenger transport facilities, as well as improving signage and reviewing the cycling provision along the route.

Proposals include:

  • Bromley Road Junction Improvements – Widen to two lane approach from Colchester and providing a pedestrian crossing phase at this junction.
  • Safety Improvements – Implement variety of safety improvements between Frating roundabout and Progress Way roundabout.
  • Frating Roundabout – Introduce left-turn slip from A133 (A120 Spur) to A133 (east) and modify roundabout and approaches to increase capacity.
  • Weeley Roundabout – Widen northbound approach, road marking and signage improvements.
  • Signage – Various improvements along the route.
  • Cycling – review existing cycling provision and consider plans for improvement.

When will the work take place?

Some advance, preparatory works will be necessary from June 2018.  These works are likely to require lane restrictions which will temporarily reduce traffic flows.

Overnight works are planned at the following locations to support drainage surveys:

B1033/A133 Weeley Roundabout: Tuesday 12 June to Friday 15 June, 4 nights (7pm to 6.30am)

A133 Frating Roundabout: Monday 18 June to Friday 22 June, 5 nights (7pm to 6.30am)

Main construction is anticipated to begin winter 2018 and will be undertaken in a phased approach over a period of approximately 2 years.

Please note that we are at an early stage of planning the work and therefore dates are indicative and may be subject to change.   This web page will be updated as the programme progresses and details become available.

How will this affect you?

Throughout the various phases of the scheme temporary traffic management will be necessary and lane restrictions will be in place to support the works.

Overnight closures may be required at different stages and locations along the route however these will be limited and advertised in advance on site signage as well as this webpage.  Residents and businesses directly affected by the works will be contacted separately.

While efforts will be made to keep traffic congestion to a minimum throughout these improvements, it is recognised that works will be undertaken in traffic sensitive areas and normal traffic flows will be disrupted.

To view information about other works in your area please visit:

Further information:

Updates will be available via this webpage including details regarding traffic arrangements such as temporary closures, displaying local signage and updating our twitter feed @essexhighways.