Tendring District Local Plan – Preferred Options Consultation Document 2013-2033

Tendring District Council is reviewing its Local Plan, the document that guides planning applications and decision making across the District. An 8 week consultation exercise running from 14 July 2016 and ending on 8 September 2016 has recently commenced. Follow the links to read the outline details of the consultation page 1 and page 2. A copy of the document is available to read at the Community Resource Centre.

(Photo credit; Kamil Porembiński, flickr)


Work to improve the A12 at Witham

Highways England is planning to refurbish Olivers Bridge, where the A12 crosses B1018 Maldon Road, to the east of Witham. This is to complete essential repairs to the bridge structure and resurface the road across it. Subject to weather conditions, it is planned to start this work on Friday 29 July, finishing before November.

To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, Part of each side of the A12 will be closed while the work is underway. A contraflow with narrow lanes, will be installed to keep two lanes open on the A12 in both directions.

Follow the link to read the notice in full.

(photo credit; David Howard, flickr)

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Online Scams

Help disrupt fraudsters by reporting scam emails that you receive. People receiving scam emails are urged to report them.

The reports received by Action Fraud will be forwarded to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau run by the City of London Police for collation and analysis. This will enable crucial intelligence to be gathered and preventative action to be taken. The activity will seek to disrupt the fraudsters and close down the links between them and the victim.

Last year they received on average 8,000 reports per month, with 96,699 people reporting that they had received a phishing scam.

What should you do if you’ve received a scam email?

  • Do not click on any links in the scam email.
  •  Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.
  • If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
  • Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.
  • Genuine computer firms do not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer.

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank.

If you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud.

Fake emails often (but not always) display some of the following characteristics:

  • The sender’s email address doesn’t tally with the trusted organisation’s website address.
  • The email is sent from a completely different address or a free web mail address.
  • The email does not use your proper name, but uses a non-specific greeting like “dear customer”.
  • A sense of urgency; for example the threat that unless you act immediately your account may be closed.
  • A prominent website link. These can be forged or seem very similar to the proper address, but even a single character’s difference means a different website.
  • A request for personal information such as user name, password or bank details.
  • The email contains spelling and grammatical errors.
  • You weren’t expecting to get an email from the company that appears to have sent it.
  • The entire text of the email is contained within an image rather than the usual text format.

(photo credit; Will Lion, flickr)


Tendring District Local Plan – Preferred Options 2016

Tendring District Local Plan – Preferred Options 2016 will be available for you to view and comment between the following dates:

Start date: 14/07/16 09:00

End date: 08/09/16 17:00

Follow the link; http://tendring-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/pp/tdlp/tdlppo

(photo credit: Kamil Porembiński, flickr)

A Petition To Help Reduce Suicides

The following letter (excerpt only) and request to sign a petition to help to reduce suicide was received from Mr Paul Lai.

Since my son’s death, I have learned that thousands of young people have died needlessly from suicide; many because best practice had not being followed. Were the deaths caused by a deadly virus it would be a national scandal.

It is not as though best practice is unknown. There have been cases where best practice guidelines have simply not been observed. For example, the Royal College of General Practitioners and The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommend that everyone with suicide ideation should be actively monitored (http://bit.ly/1VUKDI5). And yet this simply isn’t happening. Why are clinicians reluctant to follow best practice? 

The purpose of this petition is to focus on the one group of professionals able to explore whether best practice was followed. HM Coroners have a duty to investigate whether death is avoidable but this is not currently mandatory. Were  coroners to be required, in cases of suicide,  to explore whether best practice guidelines were observed by clinicians, a substantial number of suicides might be avoided in the future.

You could help make this happen by signing the petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/131314

Paul Lai, 2 St. Mary’s Way, Baldock, SG5 1NQ. Tel. 01462 477908.

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Passenger Transport Customer Satisfaction Survey

Throughout July 2016, Essex County Council (ECC) is seeking feedback from customers about the transport services it provides.bus

ECC provides home to school, social care and some local bus services for the people of Essex. It procures transport for over 20,000 children to travel to mainstream and special need schools each day, transport for looked after children, older people and people with learning disabilities and physical and sensory impairments, and funds local bus services that cannot be sustained commercially but are deemed socially necessary.

This survey is being undertaken to assist to assess and improve the services being delivered by transport suppliers on our behalf.


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Great Bentley secures Village of the Year 2016 merit award

Great Bentley has been awarded a merit award in the relaunched Village of the year 2016 awards. This is a notable achievement and illustrates the impressive amount of community cohesion that exists in the village.

A small team of residents ably lead by Lynda McWilliams beavers away each year to put the village in a position to challenge for the prestigious annual awards. We all should be grateful to these volunteers for there efforts for we all indeed benefit from them.

(photo credit Mary Maskell)


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Anglia Level Crossing Proposals

If you are interested in keeping open the three level crossings in Great Bentley that are currently being proposed to be closed/diverted then you need to express your view by completing the survey using this link before the consultation deadline on 23 July 2016.

To contact Network Rail; T. 03457 11 41 41 or email 

(photo credit; Richard Harvey)



Monthly Parish Council Meeting Agenda’s

Please use the links to view the agenda’s for 7 July 2016 Planning Committee meeting and 7 July Parish Council meeting. The minutes of all the Parish Council meetings are published on the website.


Torrential Rain Causes Disruption

Some wag sent in this photo of the Village Hall Car Park after the torrential rain last Thursday 23 June informing of a new community swimming pool!