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Introduction to Community-Led Housing

Eastern Community Homes is a new Community-Led Housing Hub in the East of England, hosted by Cambridgeshire ACRE and in partnership with the 6 Rural Community Councils (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk). Our aim is to provide advice, support, and practical resources for local community groups in the East of England so they have the skills and capacity to bring forward and deliver affordable homes for local people.

To celebrate the launch of the Hub, we are holding a series of free, short, online sessions over three consecutive days, Tuesday 16 March, Wednesday 17 March and Thursday 18 March. We would love you to join us for one or more of these.

These sessions will cover a wide range of topics from an introduction to community-led housing, to successful schemes in the East of England, and a panel-style Q&A where you can speak to our experts.

View our Save the Date to register your interest and be the first to receive booking information.

More information, including speakers, will be released soon. Please contact Olivia Carr with any queries at [email protected] 

Keep up to date on our social media pages below.

Follow Eastern Community Homes on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook

Or visit our website:

Register your interest for the Eastern Community Homes Launch Event:

Parish Council Annual Grant Applications

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 and submit it prior to the deadline of Friday 19th February 2021.

  • For an application form:
  • See Grant Application Form 2021/22 to download here or
  • Email [email protected] or
  • Write to Karen Paradise, Clerk to Gt Bentley Parish Council, The Community Resource Centre, Village Hall, Plough Road, Gt Bentley, CO7 8LG.

Road Closure – Plough Road 12th February – 4 Days


Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Plough Road, Great Bentley 

Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Plough Road, due to commence on 12th February 2021 for 4 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd undertakes re railing.

Tendring District Local Plan Examination

Section 2 Examination Hearings

The hearing sessions for the Section 2 examination will be held virtually using ‘Teams’ and will commence on Tuesday 23 February 2021.

The Inspectors have issued an Examination Guidance Note, as well as an additional Advice Note with information about virtual hearings. A third document, outlining the Matters, Issues and Questions (MIQs) has also been issued by the Inspectors.

All three documents are available on the Examination Details page of the council’s examination website:

Should you have any questions about the hearings please contact the Programme Officer, Andrea Copsey, whose details are published on the examination website.

Planning Policy Team
Tendring District Council

COVID-19 community testing available

From Monday 11th January 2021, Covid-19 community testing is available targeted at people without coronavirus symptoms who cannot work from home, and their families, provided they live or work in Tendring district.

This will help prevent and reduce transmission in the community through increasing the testing capacity and giving people who are asymptomatic (someone who doesn’t have symptoms) an opportunity to be tested.

Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus without symptoms so could be spreading the virus without knowing, so this testing is designed to identify these people and make sure they self-isolate.

Community testing means anyone can get a free test and play their part in keeping others safe. Even though we are targeting those who cannot work from home and their families, we won’t prevent others who live or work in Tendring from collecting tests.  

The more people we can test, the better we can fight the virus in our local area.

We would ask you to share this information with your local residents.

Find out more:

Become a Trustee with Citizens Advice Tendring

  • Do you want to help the community where you study, live or work?
  • Do you want to make sure you and your neighbours get the advice you need now and in the future? 

You might run a small business, be an active member of the community, or someone who is passionate about people having access to their rights.  

If so, we want you to share your skills, knowledge, and passion, and be involved in leading a local, high profile charity.  

You will help set the strategic direction of the organisation, ensure we have the resources, and the right staff with the right skills, to deliver and develop our services into the future.  

We welcome people from all backgrounds. We aspire to have a diverse trustee board that reflects our clients and communities and brings a wide range of skills and diversity of experiences to our trustee board.

If you’re looking for a rewarding and challenging volunteer role please do contact us  at [email protected]. We will send you an application pack, and can arrange for an informal chat about the role.

Note you will need to be available for monthly board meetings. We will pay reasonable travel expenses.

You can view our annual review on our website at