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Great Bentley Parish Council Meetings 1st October 2020

See Planning Committee Meeting Agenda

See Parish Council Meeting Agenda

If you wish to join the meeting please email [email protected] to request an invitation which will be sent on the day of the meeting. You will not be able to access the meeting before 6.50pm and on entry you will be placed in the ‘waiting room’. You will then be moved into the ‘meeting room’ when all the Councillors have arrived.

Public Consultation: North Essex Local Plan. Section 1 Proposed Main Modifications

Section 1 of the Draft Local Plan for the 3 North Essex Authorities – Colchester, Braintree and Tendring, or as a registered consultee on Tendring District Council’s Local Plan database.
Having jointly submitted a Draft Local Plan for examination in 2017 and following recommendations from the Inspector, a focused 6 week consultation of 47 Proposed Main Modifications to the Draft Section 1 Plan is now taking place in accordance with section 20 (7C) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
Available for consultation are:
•           Schedule of the 47 Proposed Main Modifications
•           Associated Sustainability Appraisal
•           Associated Habitats Regulation Assessment
The consultation relates specifically to the Proposed Main Modifications and associated documents. This consultation is not an opportunity to repeat or raise further representations about the published plan or to seek further changes to the plan.
The documents are available at
The consultation is being held between 27th August and 5pm on 9th October 2020.
Responses can be made online via the link above.
Where possible, hard copy documents will be available from the following Braintree/Colchester/Tendring libraries for the duration of the consultation;
•           Braintree Library – Fairfield Road, Braintree CM7 3YL
•           Colchester Library – Trinity Square, Colchester. CO1 1JB
•           Clacton Library – Station Road, Clacton-On-Sea. CO15 1SF
However, if these libraries are subject to closure, then the consultation documents will continue to be available online.
You can view our updated Statement of Community Involvement on our website.
Yours faithfully,
Gary Guiver BSc(Hons) PGDipTP MRTPI MBA
Assistant Director of Strategic Planning and Place
Tendring District Council

Local Bus Transport Information

Please be advised of the following information:

If local bus services in your area have reduced as a result of the current situation, please contact your local Community Transport scheme to find out if there are additional dial a ride services which may make your journey possible.

Check Operator’s websites for details of the running of services in your area as they will be subject to change during this time.

Integrated Passenger Transport Unit | Essex County Council

Independent Guide to Care & Support in Essex

Independent guide to care and support in Essex – a crucial time for information

A new, updated, independent Care Services Directory has been published recently. it gives readers crucial information on how to access, and pay for, care services throughout Essex.

You may have seen there’s a huge amount in the media at the moment about the crisis in social care. If you’re growing concerned about your care options, or just want some more information on what your choices may be, this Directory can help. With information to help you understand your options, where to go for advice and how the paying for care system works, the Essex Care Services Directory can support you to make informed decisions.

The new edition of the independent publication and accompanying website give information on all aspects of arranging care and support in Essex. It includes how to stay independent for as long as possible, the different care and support options available and what to look for when choosing a care provider. It also offers guidance on important issues such as paying for care and what financial assistance may be available from the local authority. There are comprehensive listings of all registered care services throughout Essex, plus checklists to help you ask the right questions when visiting services.

For a free copy of the Essex Care Services Directory contact Care Choices on 01223 207770. The Directory will be available throughout the region from outlets including hospitals, GP surgeries, Age UK and libraries. It can be downloaded from and is also available in spoken word.

Robert Chamberlain, Managing Director of the Directory’s publisher, Care Choices, commented: “This is an invaluable source of information for anyone considering short- or long-term care in Essex, and contains vital information to help people decide what type of care and support is best for them.

“With the current crisis in social care, finding a care service for yourself or a loved one that meets their needs and is affordable can be a daunting and unfamiliar task. This new independent Directory has been compiled to help people understand the process and offer them reassurance at every step of their journey.”

Care Choices is the UK’s largest independent publisher for social care and adults with additional needs. It is also the largest publisher of care directories for local authorities in England.

Free Debt Advice from Citizens Advice Tendring

Free debt advice from Citizens Advice Tendring

Since April 1st last year, Citizens Advice Tendring have helped 340 clients with 1,186 debt issues.  The main issue has been credit card debt, closely followed by council tax arrears.  We want to remind people in Tendring that we have a specialist debt adviser in Clacton, funded by the Money Advice Service, who can provide free expert help.

Our specialist debt adviser is Stephen Andrews.  He says: “It’s quite common for people in debt to become overwhelmed and find it difficult to cope.  Often, their physical and mental health deteriorates, causing their situation to worsen.  Consequently, they are even less able to deal with final demand letters, the threat of prosecution or bailiffs on the doorstep.  Sadly, they don’t know that free face-to-face help is available to them locally at Citizens Advice.  If they come to us, we can offer a range of debt solutions, such as negotiating with creditors or advising on personal insolvency matters, such as Debt Relief Orders or bankruptcy.”

People in the Tendring area who have serious debt problems and would like Stephen’s help should first come to one of our drop-in advice sessions for an initial assessment.  They should bring to their interview as much information as possible about their debts and income or benefits. 

Our opening times and locations are:

18 Carnarvon Road Clacton on Sea CO15 6QF 

Drop in Advice:    Monday, Wednesday & Thursday from10:00 until 12:30;

                          Tuesday from 10:00 until 14:30

                          (Doors open at 9:45 for registration)

Mental Health Hub 148/150 Old Road Clacton on Sea CO15 3BA

Mental Health Support Drop-in:

                          Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 until 12:00

Job Centre 164/168 High Street Harwich CO12 3AT

Drop in Advice:    Monday and Tuesday from 09:30 until 12:30

14 January 2020