Important Changes to the Local Bus Service Network in Essex

From the 10th April 2016 there will be important changes to many of the routes, timetables and service numbers of bus services in Essex.

Passengers, particularly those using the bus to go to school or work, are strongly recommended to check for the revisions using the National Traveline Service, available at: shortly before undertaking their journey, so that they are aware of any changes that have been made.

The majority of dedicated school contract services, which are not open for use by the general public will not be affected.

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Bags of Help grant funding

Tesco Bags of Help programme will support thousands of projects each year. It will fund capital projects that provide community benefit that do not charge for access.

The grants programme will be open to organisations such as: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, schools, hospices, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations.  Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible. Read more.

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TDC Local Plan Newsletter Number 6, March 2016

TDC Planning Services has published its Local Plan Newsletter Number 6, March 2016. Read more.

The Local Plan Committee scheduled to be held on 10th March has been cancelled. The next meeting will now be held on Tuesday 12th April 2016 at Weeley Council Offices. Please see the TDC website for further information

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The importance of rural volunteers

From providing services in your local community to doing whatever is required to help out, understanding the social value of volunteering is now finding its way onto the policy agenda. What traditional and newer measurement approaches are emerging and what do they mean for rural communities? Jessica Sellick investigates for the Rural Services Network. Read more

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Work to repair the A120 between Braintree and Coggeshall

Highways England is organising work to repair the road surface of the A120 at two sites – at the junction with Colne Road/B1024 (north of Coggeshall) overnight on Monday 21 March, and at the junction with Hollies Road/Bridge Hall Road between Bradwell and the A131 at Braintree overnight on Tuesday 22 March. Works will take place between 20:00 and 06:00 and may result in delays for local road users and through traffic.

To stay informed about all the latest major roadworks happening near you, visit to register for the latest alerts. If you have any enquiries please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, or by e-mail to
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TDC Planning Committee – Site Visit

The TDC Planning Committee has arranged a formal site visit on Tuesday 22 March 2016 to access planning application 15/01820/OUT at the site known as ‘land west of Heckford’s Road’, Great Bentley

The estimated arrival time is 10.15 am and departure time is 10.30 am. This time is approximate and may vary by as much as 30 minutes either way.

Public attendance is allowed. This is not, however, a public meeting and there is no opportunity to speak with the Committee or individual members but it’s sometimes interesting to listen to the points raised by the committee members.

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Health and Wellbeing Day on 12 March 2016

Follow the link for information on the CVST Health & Wellbeing Day being held  between 10am-3pm on Saturday 12 March at Walton Community Centre, Standley Road, Walton on the Naze, CO14 8PT.

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Bus Service 77 – Change of Operator

Panter Travel the current operator of bus route 77 issued a notice its customers notifying that from 11th April, the company will no longer operate the Essex County Council supported 77 Bus Route. The contract has been won by Network Colchester.

It is assumed that the route and the times will remain unchanged but for further information please contact Tel. 01206 877620.

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Help reduce pollution in your parish!

Anglian Water is looking to launch a new campaign called “Pollution Watch”.  It is all about ensuring we Spot, Report and Stop sewage pollution incidents as quickly as possible and minimise the impact to the environment. Read more.

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Essex County Council – Budget Speech

Read Cllr David Finch, Leader, Essex County Council’s February 2016 budget speech (warning: political perspective)

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