Making Local Woods Work

Making Local Woods Work is an exciting pilot project working to help support and grow woodland-based social enterprises,

Plunkett wants to work with 50 groups who are looking to undertake new activity that will help them to:

  • bring woodlands into active management
  • increase access to and the range and use of woodlands
  • create jobs and training opportunities
  • begin new activities with the aim of generating trading income
  • help those most in need to access woodlands, and benefit from activities in woodlands.

Deadlines to apply to be a pilot project on this scheme are 25th January and 23rd February 2016

Community Safety Newsletter

Follow the link to read the January 2016 edition of the community safety newsletter WatchOut: Community Safety January newsletter

(Photo credit: Pippa Drew)

Superfast Essex Parish Engagement Event

Dear Parish Councils,

Further to the Parish Event on 9 December, please follow the link to view the presentation slides Superfast Essex Parish Presentation 09.12.15 from the event. To view the video played by Avonline at the event please follow the link:

Other items of interest:

UK Government Satellite Broadband Scheme

The Satellite Broadband Scheme is now live and open for applications. It has been introduced to help those with the slowest speeds access a basic broadband service of at least 2Mbps, and is the technology which has been identified to help those areas indicated on the Superfast Essex interactive map as due for ‘Non-fibre upgrade (minimum 2Mbps) by 2016’. Full details and the link to apply is available from this page on our website: A press release has been issued and can be viewed on the Superfast Essex website here.

Fibre rollout halfway milestone – 60,000

The main fibre rollout has now reached 60,000 homes and businesses, which means the halfway milestone for the overall fibre rollout programme (120,000 to be reached in Phase 1, 2a and 2b – Rural Challenge Project) has been reached. Our website now includes interactive map and indicates the annual timescales for the Phase 2 rollout. Take a look at:

Online enquiry form

We have introduced a online form to help us handle enquiries on our website. By having the form, it will help us to ensure we have all the information necessary to investigate all the enquiries we receive and enable us to respond more quickly. The enquiry form is available from the ‘contact us’ link at the bottom of any page on our website, or from the main link available at this page:


Lucy Dickinson
Senior Communications Officer (Place) – Superfast Essex
Communications & Marketing
Essex County Council

Environmental and Charity Success

The annual tree shredding took place on the Green on Saturday 9th January. Thank you to everyone who brought their Christmas trees along to be shredded and gave so generously to charity. Forty two trees were shredded. £195 was donated to charity, (a 36% increase on the amount raised last year). The donations were equally divided between Essex Air Ambulance and Brain Tumour UK. A special thanks to John Glover and Brett Scott who gave their time free of charge.

(Photo credit: Parish Magazine)

Great Bentley Good Neighbours committee wins Pride of Tendring award 2015

The Great Bentley Good Neighbours Committee has been in existence for nearly 33 years. It has been led by Robert Taylor as its Chairman over this period of time. The Committee small in number but it works efficiently to provide a range of services

These include transport through a telephone contact for villagers who cannot manage on public transport to get to doctors, hospital and clinics, even for emergency shopping and more. All drivers are volunteers.

An annual booklet is publicised containing details of all organisations in the village; it organises a named Road Steward to assist residents in each road should they require help or need local information; provides a selection of medical aids; a pets to vets service for those who cannot manage on their own; local support for and liaison with Neighbourhood Watch.

Photo: (“Crossing to Life” monument by Frank Meisler erected at the Hook van Holland in 2011. One of a series of kindertransport memorials)

Food Caddy Liners

Tendring District Council has received funding to provide you with 52 degradable food caddy liners in 2016. See link for information, Food Caddy Liner Town&Parish poster


(Photo credit Cllr P. Drew)

Essex Devolution Newsletter

Read the latest news on Greater Essex devolution and focus on how the County Council would work should it be successful. Follow the link to the Devolution Newsletter 

Essex Energy Switch

Would you like to spend less on your energy bills? Essex County Council’s ‘Essex Energy Switch’ initiative aims to assist residents to save money on their energy bills. For more information and to register for the service follow the link, Essex Energy Switch

TDC Refuses Admiral’s Farm Housing Development Application

The following is an extract from TDC Planning Committee minutes on 15 December 2015.


Councillor McWilliams had earlier declared an interest in relation to Planning Application 15/00682/OUT by virtue of the fact she was the local Ward Member and also by virtue of the fact that she was pre-determined.

Councillor Fairley had earlier declared an interest in relation to Planning Application 15/00682/OUT by virtue of the fact she was pre-determined. Councillor Fairley therefore withdrew from the meeting, whilst the Committee considered the application and reached its decision.

The Committee had before it the published Officer report containing the key planning issues, relevant planning policies, planning history, any response from consultees, written representations received and a recommendation of approval.

At the meeting, an oral presentation was made by the Council’s Acting Planning Development Manager (Gary Guiver) in respect of the application.
Councillor McWilliams, in her capacity as a local Ward Member, spoke on the application. She then withdrew from the meeting, on the grounds of pre-determination, whilst the Committee considered the application and reached its decision.

George Wright, the landowner, spoke in support of the application.

Pippa Drew, representing Protect Great Bentley, spoke against the application.

Parish Councillor Robert Taylor, representing Great Bentley Parish Council, spoke on the application.

David Rose, the applicant’s agent, spoke in support of the application.

Following discussion by the Committee, it was moved by Councillor Hughes, seconded by Councillor Raby and RESOLVED that, contrary to the Officer’s recommendation of approval, the Head of Planning (or equivalent authorised officer) be authorised to refuse planning permission for the development for the following reasons:

• Urbanisation of the rural area;
• Scale in excess of 50 dwelling limit in emerging local plan;
• Impact on character of the conservation area;
• Impact on uncontained rural landscape characterised by linear development fronting the large open vista across the green; and
• No Section 106 agreement to mitigate infrastructure impact.

The England Coast Path

Natural England has recently started to look at how access to the Essex coast can be improved, as part of the England Coast Path Project. The following link provides a brief summary of the

The stretch of coast from Salcott to Jaywickis now being investigated and Natural England is in the process of writing to all landowners and residents that may be directly affected to advise them of the project and to invite them to a “drop-in” session in the New Year.

Details of the sessions in your local area are listed below. Anyone with an interest in the project is welcome to join us at any time during one of the sessions.

Clacton Library, Station Rd, Clacton, CO15 1SF Thursday 28/01/2016 13:00 – 16:00
Brightlingsea Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea, CO7 0BP Saturday 30/01/2016 9.30 – 13:00
Wivenhoe Library, 104/6 High Street, Wivenhoe, CO7 9AB Thursday 11/02/2016 15:00 – 19:00