Monthly Archives: December 2017

Save Money on Gas & Electricity Bills



RESIDENTS can save over £250 on their gas and electric bills by joining the Essex Energy Switch which harnesses people power to secure cheaper deals from energy suppliers.

The county’s collective switching initiative has already saved thousands of Essex people more than £2,297,539 from the past five switches.

Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said: “Rather than switching energy supplier alone which can be a daunting and complicated task, we should work together to save money.

“By joining a collective switch made up of thousands of like-minded people, we increase our purchasing power so we can negotiate a better deal from energy suppliers, who compete against each other at auction to offer the best tariffs.

“Paying over the odds for your electric and gas is not fair, so I hope people take advantage of the Essex Energy Switch. It’s a safe and easy way to save money in which we take all the hassle out of switching.”

Registration opens on Tuesday, December 5, and closes on Tuesday, February 13, before the one-day auction.

Everyone who registers will receive a personalised offer on 23 February, 2018, which details how much they could save by switching to the winning provider, or cheaper tariff.

But there is no obligation for people to take up the offer.

Cllr Finch added: “At the last switch in May, we had more than 6,500 people sign up to switch saving around £250 per year on their bills.

“People who have been on the same tariff with the same supplier for a number of years are particularly like to make savings.

“But even those who switched recently could still save more money by signing up again, after all it only takes five minutes online and we don’t want anyone to lose out.”

To register for the next auction, visit or call 0800 0488285.

If you don’t have access to the internet, you can ask a relative, a friend or neighbour to help because registrations can be made using their email address. One email address can be used up to five times to register for the scheme.

Results of the Policing in Essex Precept Survey

Essex residents are willing to invest more in policing – that’s the message from members of the public who took part in a recent survey carried out by Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

More than 5,000 people completed the survey.

The headline results are:
• Investing in more policing – 66 percent of respondents said that in general they would be prepared to invest more in policing to help improve the service provided.
• Lifting the cap on the policing element of the Council Tax – 65 percent of respondents said that if the Government agreed to it, they would be prepared to see the cap lifted so that more Council Tax could be raised and made available for policing in Essex.
• 75 per cent of those who gave a view said they were prepared to contribute an additional £10 or more per annum to invest in policing. Another 16 per cent were prepared to pay £5 a year more.

Roger Hirst said: “It is clear from the results of this survey that people want to see more investment in local policing and that investment should be focussed on local neighbourhood policing, tackling anti-social behaviour, gangs and dealing with serious and organised crime. This echoes what I hear at the regular public meetings that I hold in each district across Essex.”

He added: “I will be using these results while I look at how we move forward on investing in policing across the country.

“We should hear from the Government in mid-December what the police funding settlement will be which will give us a clearer picture about the future financial situation. I am the national lead for finance for Police and Crime Commissioners and have been lobbying the Government for a fairer financial settlement for police forces across the country, as well as for the freedom to raise the police precept. These results will be an important piece of my argument while I continue these discussions.

“I would like to thank everybody who took the time to complete the survey. Your views on policing are greatly appreciated.”

The full report is available here:

Temporary Road Closure of Forge Lane


Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Forge Lane, Great Bentley 

Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Forge Lane, due to commence on 8th January 2018 for 5 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Cadent (formerly National Grid Gas Distribution) are carrying out essential works in the road to connect properties to the gas network.

Vandalism and Break-ins at the Allotments

Unfortunately some youths have been causing vandalism and breaking into sheds at the village allotments. Shed doors and windows have been smashed and items including seating have been moved, even wooden posts have been randomly thrown around and plants have been damaged.

Last night (Monday 4th December) one shed had it’s windows smashed and was broken into. Another shed which has recently been repaired following a break in was damaged again where those responsible had tried to kick the door in.

If you see or hear anything suspicious please call the Police straight away.

If you come across a crime that has already been committed please report it.  You can call the Police on 101 or report the crime on line at Click on ‘report a non-emergency crime’. Take a look at the site – reports can be made on fly tipping, anti social behaviour, driving complaints, lost property and much much more. I have just reported the two incidents that happened last night. It really is easy to report crime on line.

Parish Clerk