Help us to improve the open space in the Village – Tell us your views

The Parish Council is seeking the views of local residents on how it could potentially spend money that has been paid from previous Housing Projects in the Parish, to fund improvements in our area that will help mitigate the additional homes and people. Things such as education, healthcare, and affordable housing contributions have been paid additionally. These funds are solely to be used along the lines of benefits to do with public open space. This consultation exercise will form part of the Parish Council’s work to establish what the need is in the Parish in terms of public open space. Read More


Planning Committee and Parish Council Meetings

The monthly meetings of the Planning Committee and Parish Council will be held at 7pm and 7.30pm respectfully this Thursday 1 December 2016. Follow the links to view the agendas.


Healthy Pack Lunch Plot – Competition for Community Groups

The Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE) is running a Growing Communities project.  The competition invites children involved in community groups to take part in designing a healthy kitchen garden plot and also create a recipe for a healthy packed lunch using the produce. Read More

The Planning Inspectorate – Appeal Decision

Appeal Ref: APP/P1560/W/16/3154616: Westwood Park, Flag Hill, Great Bentley, Essex CO7 8RE.  The read the decision follow the link.


An introduction to the work carried out by the charity Victim Support.

Set up over 40 years ago, Victim Support is the leading independent victims’ charity in England and Wales. The first Victim Support scheme was set up in Bristol in 1974, and by 1986 every county in England and Wales had at least one Victim Support scheme. It registered as a charitable company in 1987 and set up our free national telephone helpline, Supportline, in 1998.

The Essex office is based in Ingatestone and from this base we provide support to our communities through our team of managers, specialist case workers and trained volunteers. Read More


County Council will be asked to pick up the tab for increased fly-tipping

Essex County Council (ECC) will be asked to pick up the tab for any increased fly-tipping in Tendring resulting from changes to rules at recycling centres.

From the start of the month ECC refused to accept business waste at all its centres across the county. Read More


Annual Grants Programme 2017/18


The Parish Council operates a modest annual grants programme to assist local organisations who aim to positively contribute to parish life and the wellbeing of the local community. The purpose of the grants programme is to support initiatives in the local community and to help create opportunities for the residents of the Parish.

To be considered for a grant your organisation will need to complete an application form (available from the Parish Clerk at the Community Resource Centre) and submit it prior to the deadline of  25 January 2017.

(photo credit; GollyGforce, flickr)


Santa’s on the way

Look out for Santa in your area between 6pm and 8pm. Follow the link to view the Brightlingsea Rotary Sleigh routes in Great Bentley and surrounding villages.

(photo credit; Liz, flickr)

Bus 77

ECC Passenger Transport Contacts

At a recent Transport Representatives Meeting, Passenger Transport advised of useful contact details so that inquiries can be directed to the correct areas. Follow the link to view the contacts list.


Christmas Tree & Crib Festival

The Festival at St Mary’s Church, Gt Bentley will be held on 3rd and 4th December 2016. Follow the link to view the poster.