LGA warns starter homes are unaffordable

A new analysis has suggested the government’s discounted starter homes scheme is not affordable for the majority of first-time buyers. Read more

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Clearing Snow and Ice from Pavements

We are easing towards winters end and in general, it has been a mild one thus-far. However, it is sensible to be prepared for a cold snap at any time. There is lots of advice on the internet about how to deal with ice and snow. These links will lead you to three sources of advice Directgov, HSE and Essex County Council (ECC)

In Great Bentley, we are part of the ECC Salt Partnership scheme. As such there are salt bins located at strategic positions around the village.

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New Foodbank Service in Brightlingsea


Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals going hungry every day for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.

A new Foodbank was set up in Brightlingsea in December 2015 and is open at Brightlingsea Parish Hall on Wednesdays between 10.30-12.30pm. The service is aimed at anyone who finds themselves in crisis and unable to afford to buy sufficient food for their needs. The Foodbank will also assist clients to contact any agencies/organisations that may be able to help them to overcome their present crisis. Clients require a voucher from recognised voucher holders, usually a charity organisation e.g. Citizens Advice Bureau . The Foodbank can however, issue a voucher at the Foodbank session if necessary.

The Brightlinsea Foodbank is looking to spread the area it serves to cover Thorrington, Alresford and Great Bentley. This will assist clients to avoid the expense of travelling to Colchester or Clacton Foodbanks.

For more information contact, Win Pomroy, Coordinator, Brightlingsea Foodbank on 07970 480968.

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Rural Planning Review

The Government has announced details of a new Rural Planning Review.  The review will seek to reduce “regulatory burdens” in support of new homes, jobs and innovation. It will also review the rules for converting agricultural buildings to residential use, which have seen more than 2,000 agricultural buildings being allowed to be converted to homes since 2014.

Click here for further details about the review on the Government website.

Best and worst GP surgeries in Colchester and Tendring

More than 4,000 residents have had their say about their local GP’s in terms of experience, waiting times and confidence in staff . The results rate all 42 surgeries in the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group area.

Read the article in the Clacton Gazette

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Frinton Golf Club Open Day

Saturday 2 April, 11:30am – 4:30pm

Golfers and those thinking of learning how to play golf are very welcome. Discounts on membership and coaching programmes available. Come and play golf or join one of our “Get into Golf” clinics.  Go to www.frintonfolfclub.com  or Tel. 01255 674618 to find out more.

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Colchester town centre is ‘the stuff of dreams’

Ed Cooke, director of policy at the British Council of Shopping Centre’s (BCSC), said the Essex town is one of a handful of shining examples of a shopping destination, bringing together retail, leisure and culture all in one place. Read Will Lodge’s article in the East Anglian Daily Times

the dangers of ‘social engineering’

Essex Police Community Messaging

A major new awareness campaign highlighting the dangers of ‘social engineering’ – deception used to manipulate people into a position where they can be defrauded has been launched. The campaign is being run by Get Safe Online in partnership with several high street banks, City of London Police, CIFAS (UK fraud prevention service) and Financial Fraud Action UK (FFAUK). The campaign urges people to think twice before they act to stop more falling victim to engineering scams such as fake emails, phone calls, texts or posts. The link below provide further information on the campaign. https://www.getsafeonline.org/news/warning-after-20-rise-in-online-phone-scams

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Circus Tyanna to visit Great Bentley

Circus Tyanna is returning to Great Bentley again this year from 24 – 31 July 2016.

Weather – Occasional rain or showers. Very windy with gales.


A day of sunny intervals and occasional blustery showers, these locally heavy. Very windy with gales likely, perhaps severe, especially across the south of the region. Maximum Temperature 8°C.


Remaining windy with further showers through the evening and first half of the night. Winds easing later in the night, with showers dying away and clear spells developing. Minimum Temperature 1°C.


A dry and bright start, but cloud thickening through the morning with outbreaks of rain spreading from the north through the afternoon. Maximum Temperature 8°C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Sunny spells Wednesday and Thursday after some overnight frost. The odd shower likely on Thursday. Cloudier on Friday, perhaps windier with more general rain possible, wintry on hills.

Updated by the Met Office at: 0657 on Mon 8 Feb 2016.

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