Monthly Archives: February 2016

Home Makeover

October Films produce a range of programming, from factual entertainment shows to high-quality history and science programming The company is producing a 90 minute special for a major UK channel about decluttering and spring cleaning. The programme will focus on transforming messy cluttered homes and giving them the ultimate spring clean. The show will focus on the latest in cleaning technology, cutting edge decluttering techniques and ingenious storage solutions.

Do you need/deserve a free life changing home makeover? Contact, Tel. 0207 284 6868.

Architect’s outstanding design gets green light to build house in open countryside

‘Butterfly House’ is to become the new home of Karen Beale, a client of MatchBox Architects Ltd (MBA). Karen is delighted she put her faith in MBA after being inspired at the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show 2015. This new ecologically focused dwelling will be situated in the open countryside outside Alresford, and is landscaped to encourage bees and butterflies back into an area previously used as a commercial orchard. Planning permission was granted by Tendring District Council.
“Our district needs more buildings like this!” insists Matthew Lang, Planning Officer “I am all for promoting high quality, contemporary architecture, and am looking forward to seeing this project take shape.”
The scheme aims to have a minimal impact on the site so that it can be removed as easily as it can be constructed. A simple pallet of gabion construction, exposed concrete, glass and timber help to ground the scheme in its surroundings. Glimpses through the tree lined boundaries allow the building to be viewed from the roadside ensuring that the project is not hidden from scrutiny.
Karen is now excited to be able to start the construction process and looks forward to living in her new home in 2017.

(the photo shows an artists impression of the development)

Essex County Fire & Rescue Service – Leading the way to a safer Essex consultation

In June 2016 Essex Fire Authority will have to make decisions to ensure that the Service it provides remains fit for purpose and reflects the risks that the communities of Essex face.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is keen to hear your views on its proposals, so please consider taking part in the consultation and complete the questionnaire.

(photo credit; Christophe Maximin)

Superfast Essex Update – February 2016

The rollout of superfast broadband in Essex has now reached a further 10,000 homes and businesses across the county since the last Programme Update was issued in November and work remains on schedule. It means around 85% of the county now has access to speeds of 24Mbps and above, with it set to increase to 87% by this summer. 

The Superfast Essex interactive map to show the latest rollout progress is in the process of being updated and it is hoped to have the latest version live by the end of this month. 

You can also check if your cabinet has been fibre-enabled by checking our live cabinet list on our website which is updated every Friday. The same page also provides a link for you to be able to check which cabinet serves your address if you do not already know.

Don’t forget – nobody is automatically connected to superfast broadband when fibre becomes available, you need to ask your provider to switch to fibre, or buy a fibre service!

Clearing Snow and Ice from Pavements

We are easing towards winters end and in general, it has been a mild one thus-far. However, it is sensible to be prepared for a cold snap at any time. There is lots of advice on the internet about how to deal with ice and snow. These links will lead you to three sources of advice Directgov, HSE and Essex County Council (ECC)

In Great Bentley, we are part of the ECC Salt Partnership scheme. As such there are salt bins located at strategic positions around the village.

(photo credit; Lee Hayward)

New Foodbank Service in Brightlingsea


Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals going hungry every day for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.

A new Foodbank was set up in Brightlingsea in December 2015 and is open at Brightlingsea Parish Hall on Wednesdays between 10.30-12.30pm. The service is aimed at anyone who finds themselves in crisis and unable to afford to buy sufficient food for their needs. The Foodbank will also assist clients to contact any agencies/organisations that may be able to help them to overcome their present crisis. Clients require a voucher from recognised voucher holders, usually a charity organisation e.g. Citizens Advice Bureau . The Foodbank can however, issue a voucher at the Foodbank session if necessary.

The Brightlinsea Foodbank is looking to spread the area it serves to cover Thorrington, Alresford and Great Bentley. This will assist clients to avoid the expense of travelling to Colchester or Clacton Foodbanks.

For more information contact, Win Pomroy, Coordinator, Brightlingsea Foodbank on 07970 480968.

(photo credit; David Woo)

Rural Planning Review

The Government has announced details of a new Rural Planning Review.  The review will seek to reduce “regulatory burdens” in support of new homes, jobs and innovation. It will also review the rules for converting agricultural buildings to residential use, which have seen more than 2,000 agricultural buildings being allowed to be converted to homes since 2014.

Click here for further details about the review on the Government website.