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)

Superfast Essex Update – February 2016

The rollout of superfast broadband in Essex has now reached a further 10,000 homes and businesses across the county since the last Programme Update was issued in November and work remains on schedule. It means around 85% of the county now has access to speeds of 24Mbps and above, with it set to increase to 87% by this summer. 

The Superfast Essex interactive map to show the latest rollout progress is in the process of being updated and it is hoped to have the latest version live by the end of this month. 

You can also check if your cabinet has been fibre-enabled by checking our live cabinet list on our website which is updated every Friday. The same page also provides a link for you to be able to check which cabinet serves your address if you do not already know.

Don’t forget – nobody is automatically connected to superfast broadband when fibre becomes available, you need to ask your provider to switch to fibre, or buy a fibre service!

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

(photo credit; meghilly)

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.

(photo credit; Lee Hayward)