Planning Appeal Decision

Please click here to view the appeal decision for applications  17/01096/OUT, 17/01097/OUT, and 17/01098/OUT – Land to The West of Plough Road Great Bentley, Land to The North of Thorrington Road Great Bentley, and Land to The South of Thorrington Road Great Bentley.

The appeals are dismissed. Permission to carryout these developments has not been granted.

Police and Fire Cadet Games

Police and Fire cadets from across the county will put their skills together in an attempt to win the first ever Essex Police and Fire Cadet Challenge.

The games will see 16 teams, made up of cadets from both services, tackling a specially designed course at Basildon Sporting Village to win the coveted trophy.
Different zones will include a road traffic collision, a home safety scene and a rural crime zone and give the groups the opportunity to share their learning while working as one team.
The challenge has been created by the Office of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex as a way of demonstrating how both services’ cadets work together.
Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “These games are going to be hugely exciting. One of the most rewarding things about being PFCC is having the chance to meet our wonderful police and fire cadets who do so much in their communities.
“They really are fantastic young people and we are hugely proud of them. This event really will showcase their talents and will be a lot of fun too!”
As well as the games, there will be safety demonstrations, information stalls and the chance to talk to community safety experts.
The event is open to everyone and free to attend, with the opening ceremony and heats taking place between 10am – 6pm on Saturday 9 June and the finals taking place between 10am – 3pm on Sunday 10 June.

Follow the hashtag #PFCCGames across social media on the day to see images from the event.

Great Bentley Parish Council Meetings 7th June 2018

Great Bentley Parish Council Planning Committee will meet at the Village Hall on Thursday 7th June 2018 at 7 pm To read the Agenda click here

Great Bentley Parish Council meeting follows after the Planning Committee meeting. To read the Agenda click here

A133 Colchester to Clacton Route Improvements

About the scheme

The A133 is the key route providing access from Colchester to the seaside resort of Clacton–on–Sea, and allowing access from the district of Tendring into Colchester.

Essex County Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership have made £5.43m available to fund improvements.  These are designed to support economic growth as well as providing safety improvements to the route, increasing journey time reliability through highway capacity improvements for motorists and improved passenger transport facilities, as well as improving signage and reviewing the cycling provision along the route.

Proposals include:

  • Bromley Road Junction Improvements – Widen to two lane approach from Colchester and providing a pedestrian crossing phase at this junction.
  • 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.
  • Signage – Various improvements along the route.
  • Cycling – review existing cycling provision and consider plans for improvement.

When will the work take place?

Some advance, preparatory works will be necessary from June 2018.  These works are likely to require lane restrictions which will temporarily reduce traffic flows.

Overnight works are planned at the following locations to support drainage surveys:

B1033/A133 Weeley Roundabout: Tuesday 12 June to Friday 15 June, 4 nights (7pm to 6.30am)

A133 Frating Roundabout: Monday 18 June to Friday 22 June, 5 nights (7pm to 6.30am)

Main construction is anticipated to begin winter 2018 and will be undertaken in a phased approach over a period of approximately 2 years.

Please note that we are at an early stage of planning the work and therefore dates are indicative and may be subject to change.   This web page will be updated as the programme progresses and details become available.

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 this webpage including details regarding traffic arrangements such as temporary closures, displaying local signage and updating our twitter feed @essexhighways.

2018 National Rural Crime Survey

It’s three years since the last National Rural Crime Survey revealed the huge cost of crime to rural communities – both financial, at £800 million per year, and fear, with chronic under-reporting, anger and frustration at the police and government.

The National Rural Crime Network produced a series of recommendations and, in many areas, the police took steps to improve matters. So, now, we want to know what’s changed.

Do you think crime has gone up or down? Do you feel safer? What’s your view of the police in your community?

In short, we want to know the true picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural communities across England and Wales – and the impact it has where you live or work.

The survey is open for submissions until Sunday 10 June.

To complete the survey click here


Brightlingsea LLoyds Bank Closes on 18th October 2018

To read the notice from LLoyds Bank about the reasons for closure and how customers can access banking services in the future please click here

Great Bentley Parish News June 2018







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Keyless car theft: Crime prevention advice from Essex Police

Keyless car theft: Crime prevention advice from Essex Police

1. Store your keys away from household entry points. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal. Faraday Bags can be purchased online and in stores, these will prevent your signal being intercepted and your vehicle stolen.

2. Despite social media or public opinion, DO NOT leave keys in the fridge, microwave or a tin as this may do more damage to the key and is unlikely to be effective.

3. Review your car security. Check for after-market security devices such as steering locks or trackers, which are proven to deter thieves. If your vehicle has a manufacturer’s installed tracker, check with your insurers before you alter it as it may invalidate your insurance.

4. Contact your dealer and talk about the digital features in your car. Have there been any software updates you can take advantage of?

5. If you have a garage, use it!

Allotment Holders Vegetable and Plant Stall

A vegetable and plant stall will be on the Village Green near the war memorial on  Saturday 26th May 10 am till 12 noon

Homemade cakes, jam etc welcome.

Donations for the produce in aid of St Helena Hospice

Annual Parish Council Meeting & Annual Parish Meeting

To read the agenda for the Annual Parish Council Meeting click here

To read the agenda for the Annual Parish Meeting click here