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.

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Nominate your Community Safety Hero!

Do you know somebody in your community who goes the extra mile to support vulnerable people, prevent crime and make their communities safer? Then why not nominate them for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Outstanding Contribution to Community Safety Award?The process is simple to complete, and winners will be recognised at the PCC Annual Conference on 14th March 2017.

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Police appeal for witnesses to attempted robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted armed robbery in Clacton. Officers were called to a report that two security guards were approached by two men outside the Tesco store in the Brook Retail Park, London Road, just before 11.40am Wednesday 18 January.

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Temporary Road Closure

Notice is hereby given that the Essex County Council intends, not less than seven days from the date of this notice, to make the above Order under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

Effect of the order:  To temporarily close that length of St Mary’s Road, in the Parish of Great Bentley in the District of Tendring, approximately 180m north east of its junction with Plough Road, north east for a distance of approximately 90m. Read the Notice

Statement to TDC Local Plan Committee on 19 January

Further to the continuing pressure for large scale housing development in the Parish of Great Bentley, the Parish Council resolved to make representation to Tendring District Council’s Local Pan Committee. Select the read more button to view the statement. Read More

Weekly Planning Applications Registered by Tendring DC

The applications in the table below were registered by TDC week ending 13 January 2017


Mr and Mrs Morton & Son

Outline application for up 9 no. dwellings and associated garages. Land at St Marys Road Gt Bentley

City and Country

Proposed 75 dwellings with associated infrastructure, landscaping and public open space. Land to The North of Thorrington Road Gt Bentley

City & County

Outline planning application with all matters reserved other than strategic access point onto Plough Road, for the erection of up to 75 dwellings with associated infrastructure and landscaping. Land to The West of Plough Road Gt Bentley

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Notice of public meeting to discuss the proposed Housing Development west of Plough Road

Local residents are organising a public meeting to which all residents are invited to attend. The object of the meeting is to discuss the proposed housing development west of Plough Road and to jointly consider the most effective way to resist this planning application.

Date : Wednesday 18th January
Time : 7-8 pm
Venue: GB Methodist Church Hall

(Photo shows the area west of Plough Road that it is proposed build 75 houses on)

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Open Spaces Improvements Survey

The Parish Council recently considered a summary report of the responses received to the Open Spaces Improvements Survey. To view the report, press read more.

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Jaywick Evacuation

The message below was circulated by Essex Messaging Service at 16:05hrs on Thursday 12 January 2017.

“Essex Police together with its partners is responding to the latest severe weather warnings from the Environment agency by leading a multi-agency response with a full plan in place to oversee the safety of residents likely to be affected by coastal flooding in the north of the county.

The severe weather situation of both rain and strong winds, which is set to potentially cause flooding in Jaywick, is likely to reach its peak at lunchtime tomorrow afternoon, Friday 13 January.

In response to the information provided by both the Environment Agency and the Met Office the multi-agency group has decided that residents in Jaywick will be evacuated from their homes.

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Health experts advise people to stay well and keep warm during cold snap

Clinicians are reminding people across Colchester and Tendring about the importance of keeping warm this winter.

Their renewed message comes as forecasters warn of a dip in temperature tonight (12 January) and tomorrow morning.

Health experts are urging elderly and vulnerable people in particular to take extra steps to help protect their health as conditions become more wintry.

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Christmas Tree Recycling raises charity funds

Great Bentley residents responded well to the call to have their Christmas trees recycled. 36 trees were shredded on the Village Green on Saturday 7 January. Donations of £209.11 were made to charity. The money will be donated evenly between The Brain Tumour Charity and Essex Air Ambulance.

Thank you to John Glover of Landscape Services for organising the event.