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.

(photo credit; Pippa Drew)

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.

(photo credit: Jim Werner, flickr)

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.

(photo credit:  jpodgorski1)

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.

(photo credit; essers, flickr)


Essex County Council – Budget Speech

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

(photo credit; thomas tolkien, flickr)

Planning Committee and Parish Council Meetings this Thursday

There is lots on the monthly meeting agenda’s this Thursday 3 March. To view follow the links; Planning Committee Agenda and Parish Council Agenda.

(photo credit; Flickr, Tejvan Pettinger)

Home Makeover

October Films produce a range of programming, from factual entertainment shows to high-quality history and science programming The company is producing a 90 minute special for a major UK channel about decluttering and spring cleaning. The programme will focus on transforming messy cluttered homes and giving them the ultimate spring clean. The show will focus on the latest in cleaning technology, cutting edge decluttering techniques and ingenious storage solutions.

Do you need/deserve a free life changing home makeover? Contact, Tel. 0207 284 6868.

Planning Appeal – Station Field, Plough Road, Gt Bentley

Further to the refusal by TDC of the outline application for a mixed use scheme comprising of 150 dwellings, a class B1 employment area and structural landscaping at Station Field, Plough Road, Gt Bentley CO7 8LG, an appeal (APP/P1560/W/15/3141016) has been made. View page 1 and page 2

Architect’s outstanding design gets green light to build house in open countryside

‘Butterfly House’ is to become the new home of Karen Beale, a client of MatchBox Architects Ltd (MBA). Karen is delighted she put her faith in MBA after being inspired at the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show 2015. This new ecologically focused dwelling will be situated in the open countryside outside Alresford, and is landscaped to encourage bees and butterflies back into an area previously used as a commercial orchard. Planning permission was granted by Tendring District Council.
“Our district needs more buildings like this!” insists Matthew Lang, Planning Officer “I am all for promoting high quality, contemporary architecture, and am looking forward to seeing this project take shape.”
The scheme aims to have a minimal impact on the site so that it can be removed as easily as it can be constructed. A simple pallet of gabion construction, exposed concrete, glass and timber help to ground the scheme in its surroundings. Glimpses through the tree lined boundaries allow the building to be viewed from the roadside ensuring that the project is not hidden from scrutiny.
Karen is now excited to be able to start the construction process and looks forward to living in her new home in 2017.

(the photo shows an artists impression of the development)

Essex County Fire & Rescue Service – Leading the way to a safer Essex consultation

In June 2016 Essex Fire Authority will have to make decisions to ensure that the Service it provides remains fit for purpose and reflects the risks that the communities of Essex face.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is keen to hear your views on its proposals, so please consider taking part in the consultation and complete the questionnaire.

(photo credit; Christophe Maximin)