Chairman’s Annual Report 2016

At the Annual Parish Council meeting on meeting 5 May 2016 as is traditional, the Chairman Cllr Jonathan Hills presented his annual report. Follow the link to view the report.

(photo credit; Kolin Toney, flickr)

National Plant Monitoring Scheme

The second season of the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS) is underway with volunteers up and down the country going out to visit their squares.

Results from 2015: Follow the link to see the 2015 results the projects plans for the year ahead

More help please: There are still lots of squares available for surveying. Follow the link to the newsletter to see how you can become involved or visit the NPMS website

We particularly need to promote the scheme in remote areas as well as areas containing coastal and upland habitats.

(photo credit; Richard Walker, flickr)

Spotlight on Rural Health

The Rural Health Network is part of the Rural Services Network. Follow the link to view its recently published newsletter including a roundup of rural health news, research, learning and best practice.

Temporary Road Closures

Temporary road closure orders have been requested for Plough Road, Gt Bentley for the dates and times shown below.

Event Date Times
Gt Bentley Carnival and Fete Sat. 25 June 2016 12:30 – 13:30 hrs
Gt Bentley Running Club 5 Mile Fri. 1st July 2016 19:20 – 19:45 hrs
Gt Bentley Junior Race Fri. 1st July 2016 18:25 – 18:45 hrs

Thank you in advance for your patience.

Anglia Level Crossing Reduction Strategy

Network Rail has completed an initial feasibility study to close 140 of its 800 level crossings on the Anglia route. This has identifies 3 level crossings in the vicinity of Great Bentley. Follow links for details of the crossings, the consultation exercise and Network Rail contacts page 1, page 2.

(photo credit; Matt Buck, flickr)

EU Referendum

The statutory Notice of Referendum was recently published follow link to view a copy. You will see that this sets out the key dates in the referendum timetable for residents to register and for amendments to voting arrangements.

A TDC webpage has been dedicated to the EU Referendum and provides lots of information on who is eligable to vote and how to vote etc.

(photo credit; Epping Forest District Council, flickr)

Beat the Street Tendring –  8th June to 20th July 2016



Beat the Street is a fun free real-life walking and cycling challenge. Beat the Street is an Essex County Council initiative with support from Tendring District Council and delivered by Intelligent Health.

Designed to get kids and communities moving

Beat the Street is designed to inspire people to make small changes, such as walking or cycling to the shops, or to school or work every day, to improve their health. In 2015 more than 175,000 people took part.

How does it work?

‘Beat Boxes’ will be positioned throughout Tendring. Players receive a card which they tap on the Beat Boxes as they walk, cye, or scoot around town, earning points for themselves and their team. Players can view their progress online on There will be prizes for the top teams – at the end of the competition.

Find out more about how the competition works by visiting:

Meet Parish Councillor – Roger Adams

RAdamsContinuing the ongoing ‘getting to know your council’ feature in the parish Magazine, I have been’ volunteered’ to be the second contributor.

I am fortunate enough to have lived in Great Bentley for the last 45 years; where I met and married my wife Beverley and brought up our two children Ben and Jo. They also live in the village along with their partners and now our grandson. I also run a long established manufacturing business on the Plough Road Centre.

Over the many years I have been actively involved in village life.

  • After being nominated Chairman of the original steering committee for the Village Hall and together with an amazingly hard working and forward thinking committee, we oversaw the completion of the Hall in 1987. I then went on to become Chairman of the Management Committee for over 20 years and still act as a Trustee and am currently the Joint Vice Chairman of the Management Committee.
  • Was privileged to have served as a Parish Councillor several years ago, including a period as Parish Council Chairman.
  • Have served as a School Governor of our village school
  • More recently, along with two other residents , and with the fantastic support from the village, we managed to stop the siting of a wind turbine in our village
  • A supporter of the Village Show, Carnival and Bentley Green Players

On the 29th October 2015 I was pleased and privileged to have been elected once again onto the Parish Council and am now also on the Finance, Green and Planning committees.

This village is unique; a small rural community with good facilities and our wonderful village green which is the centre of village life and events, something that I care about passionately and hope that future generations will also be able to do.

We are in changing times and I recognise, as with many things, the village needs to evolve. I will strive to represent all aspects of village life to ensure that Great Bentley continues to be the thriving rural community that it currently is.

However, evolution needs to take place in a controlled and sustainable way; housing should be available for first time buyers and for those older members of the community who wish to downsize. Any development in the village must occur in proportion to the community’s facilities. I believe that in-fill and brownfield sites should be used in preference to green field sites wherever possible

Parking problems and road safety issues are regular topics of concern within our community

I am available and contactable to listen to people’s thoughts regarding village issues and most importantly represent your views.

I listen and I do care.


‘Community’ – The voice of the Tendring voluntary sector

Community Voluntary Services Tendring (CVST) has issued its Summer 2016 Community Newsletter.


  • Friday 3 June – Big Lunch Family Fun Day
  • Wednesday 22 June – Tendring Trustee Network
  • Wednesday 13 July – CVST Annual General Meeting

(photo credit; Karen Roe, flickr)

Great Bentley Slimmers take advantage of new mobile Fish Bar

The Slimmers World group that meets at the Village Hall every Wednesday (3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm) has welcomed the introduction of the new mobile Fish Bar located in the Village Hall Car Park on Wednesday evenings. The photograph shows slimmers enjoying their fish and chips and staying on-plan as you can with Slimming World. Tracey Wright, Slimming World Consultant says “it’s a life changing plan and not a quick fix diet”.