Great Bentley Parish Magazine August Issue

The August edition of the Parish Magazine is now available. Please click here.

Fresh Vegetables, Fruit & Flowers

A fresh produce stall will be on the Village Green during the morning of Saturday 29th July from 9.30 am. Vegetables, fruit and flowers grown on Great Bentley allotments will be on sale to raise money for the Hospice. The organiser hopes this will continue on Saturday mornings throughout August subject to supply of produce from the allotment growers!

Planning Committee and Parish Council Meetings Thursday 3rd August 2017

Two representatives on behalf of Strutt & Parker and City & Country will be attending the Michael Wright room at the Village Hall, Plough Road on Thursday 3rd August 2017 at at 6.30 pm in relation to three outline planning applications that have been submitted – 17/1096/OUT, 17/1097/OUT and 17/1098/OUT. Members of the public are invited to observe.

The Planning Committee and the Parish Council meetings will be held in the Michael Wright room at the Village Hall, Plough Road on Thursday 3rd August 2017 at 7.00 pm and 7.30 pm respectively.  Please click on the links to view agendas.


Unapproved Minutes of Annual Parish Meeting held on 15th June 2017

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Unapproved Minutes of Annual Parish Council Meeting held on 15th June 2017

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Great Bentley Carnival 24th June 2017 “Village Fun for Everyone”

We will be hosting our 42nd Annual Carnival on Saturday 24th June. This years theme is “When I grow up, I want to be…..? The procession will start from the Village Hall at 12.30 pm and ends on the Green in the Arena at approximately 1.30 pm. Road closures will be in place. Please click here for more information.

Annual Parish Meeting 2017

The meeting will take place in the Michael Wright Room at the New Village Hall on Thursday 15th June 2017.  Refreshments will be provided  from 6.10 pm.

The Annual Parish Meeting will follow the Annual Parish Council Meeting which is scheduled to start at 6.30 pm  The meetings are open to the public. Electors in the Parish of Great Bentley are entitled to participate in the Annual Parish meeting and are cordially invited to do so.

Annual Parish Council Meeting 2017

The meeting will take place at the New Village Hall on Thursday 15th June 2017. Refreshments from 6.10 pm. The meeting will start promptly at 6.30 pm followed by the Annual Parish Meeting. All are welcome

Great Bentley Parish Council Accounts for Year Ended 31st March 2017

MOT Fraud Advice from Essex Community Messaging

Following DVSA clarification used car buyers are urged to check MOT details online – the paper certificate is too susceptible to forgery.

Following a clarification by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), we are urging used car buyers to check MOT details online, rather than relying on the paper certificate.

In response to a Freedom of Information request the DVSA’s MOT Scheme Management Team confirmed: “…the view of DVSA is that the test certificate is a receipt style certificate and it is the database holds the authorative record

VSA advice is that if a customer has concerns to the validity of the certificate or wishes to, they can confirm the details via the website.”

“This important clarification should signal a change in consumer best practice. Most car buyers accept the paper MOT at face value, but 25 years of investigating cloned and clocked vehicles has taught us not to be so trusting. The first thing we do with any claim is

check the MOT on the primary source, the government website. It is a great free service and you can see at a glance the recorded mileages going back years and any advisory notes on the condition of the vehicle. Any discrepancy between this data and the paper

certificate should set alarm bells ringing. Vehicle crime has become highly sophisticated but when it comes to paper MOTs a lot of the tactics are rudimentary, commonly simple photocopies with the mileage altered. In one recent case, someone had downloaded

the sample certificate from the government website, filled it in and passed it off as genuine. They should at least put a watermark on that because they’ve inadvertently provided a handy resource for fraudsters.”

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