Monthly Archives: October 2019

A120 Works – Hare Green to Horsley Cross

Red Road sign saying Road Ahead Closed

A120 Works – Hare Green to Horsley Cross
Highways England is undertaking necessary improvement works on the A120 to improve the carriageway surface and to replace road studs and markings.
The work is planned to start on Monday 4 November 2019 and is programmed to take approximately 7 nights. Our working times will be between the hours of 8pm and 6am on weeknights only. Should there be a requirement to significantly re-programme the work, a further notification will be issued. See here for further information

Keeping Youngsters Safe


Advice is being offered to parents to make them aware of the risks to children posed by gangs, how to keep their youngsters safe online and to spot the warning signs.

Essex Safeguarding Children Board, supported by Tendring Community Safety Partnership (CSP) will be running a stall in Clacton town centre from 12-2pm on Thursday, 7 November, to raise awareness and where people can speak to experts and get advice on how to keep young people safe.

That evening a free event will be held in the town’s Princes Theatre, from 7-9pm, providing an opportunity to hear about gangs, county lines, youth violence and other issues affecting young people today.

Speakers will include Gavin McKenna, Director for Reach Every Generation, giving an overview of how gangs and organised crime networks target young people – and how to spot the signs of your children being targeted.

The Essex Youth Service will also present the award-winning short film Brecks Last Game, and discuss how parents can talk to young people about the risks they may face online.

Lynda McWilliams, Chairwoman of Tendring CSP and Tendring District Council Cabinet Member for Partnerships, encouraged parents to come along to one or both of the events.

“Generally Tendring is a safe place for our young people, but parents must be alive to the risks posed by gangs trying to move into our area – as well as the risks children face online,” Cllr McWilliams said.

“No matter how ‘switched on’ you think you may be there is always something new to learn about these issues, and children tend to be at least one step ahead of their parents when it comes to technology.

“So I would really encourage all parents to visit the town centre stall, and especially come along to the evening event.”

Tickets for the evening event are free, but must be pre-booked through the Princes Theatre Box Office at or by calling 01255 686633.

North Essex Garden Communities

Picture showing a variety of people  saying 'Have Your Say', shaping communities for future generations

The aim of the engagement is to begin a genuine dialogue with the public about what they would like to see Garden Communities deliver for them, their children and their children’s children.

This first engagement will give everyone the chance to influence and shape the new Garden Communities as the thinking and planning develops.  There will be no layouts or detailed plans at this point, just open conversations about what is possible and what people want, the opportunities and benefits. We will then prepare a range of options which we will bring back to the public and use as the basis for further discussions in 2020.

Public Exhibition dates:
Saturday 26th October
Greenstead Community Centre

Saturday 9th November
Marks Tey Parish Hall

Saturday 23rd November
Great Saling Village Hall

More info

High Sheriff’s Fund

High Sheriffs’ Fund is open for grant applications –closing date 2nd December 2019

Voluntary and community groups across Essex, who are working to make their communities safer and better places in which to live, can now apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to support their work.

Projects that have received funding previously include a personal safety scheme for older people, educating young people about the dangers of carrying a knife and deterring drug and alcohol abuse.

Further information, including the criteria and application form, can be found on

There will be a Phone-In Funding Surgery at the beginning of November to speak with potential applicants:

Essex Community Foundation (ECF) is calling for applications to the High Sheriffs’ Fund. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to voluntary organisations that address crime, community safety and anti-social behaviour. ECF will be holding a Phone-In Funding Surgery on Tuesday 5 November from 10am to 12 noon to speak with potential applicants. To take part, please call 01245 356018. There is no need to book a slot in advance. Find out more here.

A133 Colchester – Clacton Improvements

Proposals include:

  • Safety Improvements – Implement variety of safety improvements between Frating roundabout and Progress Way roundabout. 
  • Frating Roundabout – Introduce left-turn slip from A133 (A120 Spur) to A133 (east) and modify roundabout and approaches to increase capacity.
  • Weeley Roundabout – Widen northbound approach, road marking and signage improvements

When will the work take place?

Main construction works at Weeley and Frating Roundabouts are anticipated to begin in late Autumn 2019 and will be undertaken in a phased approach over a period of approximately 16 weeks. 

Please note that dates and duration are indicative at this stage and may be subject to change.   

How will this affect you?

Throughout the various phases of the scheme temporary traffic management will be necessary and lane restrictions will be in place to support the works. 

Overnight closures may be required at different stages and locations along the route however these will be limited and advertised in advance on site signage as well as this webpage.  Residents and businesses directly affected by the works will be contacted separately.

While efforts will be made to keep traffic congestion to a minimum throughout these improvements, it is recognised that works will be undertaken in traffic sensitive areas and normal traffic flows will be disrupted.

To view information about other works in your area please visit:

Further information

Updates will be available via the webpage including details regarding traffic arrangements such as temporary closures, displaying local signage and updating the twitter feed @essexhighways.

Heckford’s Road Closure


Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Heckfords Road, Great Bentley

Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Heckfords Road, due to commence on 18th November 2019 for 7 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes 2020/21 Surface Dressing Preparatory Works.

Red Road sign saying Road Ahead Closed