Happy 90th Birthday Your Majesty!

Read about the celebrations that took place in Great Bentley and view photographs 1, 2, 3, of the event

Great Bentley Parish Council Grants Programme 2016/17

Great Bentley Parish Council at its meeting on 7 April 2016 approved its annual grants programme for 2016/17. Set out in the table below are the local clubs that will be  grant funded and the sums awarded

Youth Club £300.00
Lunch Club   £300.00
Bentley Players £250.00
Bentley in Bloom £250.00
Churchyard £350.00
Cricket Club £350.00
Parish Magazine £400.00
Great Bentley Pre School £295.00
Total  £2495.00
In addition the Parish Council funds the mobile toilets at both the Village Show and the Carnival to a total value of approximately £500.

(photo credit; stanze, Flickr)

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Beacon Celebrations in Great Bentley

Her Majesty the Queen will be celebrating her 90th Birthday on 21st April 2016.

There is a long standing tradition in our country of celebrating royal occasions with the lighting of beacons and the Queen’s 90th Birthday this year is another opportunity for local community groups and organisations to celebrate this important milestone in the Queen’s life.

In Great Bentley we have organised an event on the Village Green at 7pm on Thursday 21 April 2016. Click here to view the promotional leaflet.

ECC Councillor Surgeries

ECC Cllr Alan Goggin holds regular surgeries, to which he invites parishioners from the five local parishes (including Great Bentley) that he represents, to pop-in to speak with him and raise issues with him

The dates of the next few scheduled surgeries are set out in the table below. Meetings are usually held on a Tuesday between 4pm and 6pm

Date  Time Venue
19 April 2016 16:00 – 18:00 Clerks Office, The Pavilion, Alresford
31 May 2016 16:00 – 18:00 The Library, Brightlingsea
26 July 2016 16:00 – 18:00 The Library, Brightlingsea
27 September 2016 16:00 – 18:00 The Library, Brightlingsea
22 November 2016 16:00 – 18:00 The Library, Brightlingsea

Alan says “I am especially interested in speaking to any groups or residents that believe there may be opportunities to save or charge money.  Boring budget stuff but necessary.  Always interested in other issues as well”. He says he is “open to suggestion about other venues”

Essex County Council is responsible for many of the most important public services that impact directly on all of us e.g. highways, transport, education, social care, planning, libraries, waste management and trading standards.

Essex Air Ambulance

Read about Essex Air Ambulance’s summer fund raising initiatives  click here

(photo credit; Andy Wilkes and Steve Lynes, Flickr)20264883755_7041328afe_n

Great Bentley – Housing Needs Survey

You may be aware that the Parish Council is organising a Housing Needs Survey for the Parish, which will help to guide us on what new housing is actually needed by local residents. The survey questionnaire will be delivered to every household and it would be very helpful if you could complete and return it promptly when it arrives.

Cllr Pippa Drew is coordinating the delivery of the survey questionnaires and would welcome any volunteers to assist with this task. It is anticipated surveys forms will be ready this weekend (9 and 10 April) for delivery over the following week or so. If you are able to join in the delivery effort, please contact Pippa directly or the Community Resource Centre Tel. 01206 256410 or email [email protected]

(photo credit: Pippa Drew)

Roads Surface Dressing Information/Programme

It’s that time of year again when the Essex County Council (ECC) Capital Maintenance Programme for roads surface dressing commences.

Works will be starting on Saturday 9 April 2016 and usually the programme runs right through to September, weather permitting.  It involves spraying the existing road surface with a coating of hot bitumen and covering it with stone chippings.  For more information on Surface Dressing please visit the ECC website – http://www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Roads-and-Pavements/Renewing-surfaces.aspx

To view the first quarter schedule for this year and to see what works are being undertaken in your area please visit – http://www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Roads-and-Pavements/Capital-maintenance-works-2016-17.aspx

The ECC website will be updated accordingly with future schedules throughout the year.

(photo credit: Jeremy Segrott, Flickr)


UKPN Energy Efficiency Advice

UKPN has produced a leaflet that provides advice on energy efficiency. It also contains useful contact details of other organisations who are able to offer advice for residents on keeping warm and reducing energy bills. This can be found on this website: http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/internet/en/help-and-advice/documents/EE_leaflet.pdf.

Funding Opportunity – Princes Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund provides more than £1m in grants each year to projects across the UK. There are grants of up to £50,000 available for innovative projects that will provide a lasting legacy to the individuals and communities they seek to benefit.

It recognises that rural communities face a range of challenges. One way in which we help grassroots organisations overcome these is through our grant programme.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund seek applications to support activity that results in a long-term positive impact on rural communities by helping the people that live and work in the countryside. The grant programme currently aims to tackle the following key rural issues:

  1. Developing thriving rural communities by improving service provision in rural areas.
  2. Transforming rural livelihoods by supporting rural enterprise and farming businesses.
  3. Creating the farmers of the future by providing training opportunities for young people and unemployed people.

Open for applications until midnight on 13th April 2016. http://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grant-giving-programme/grant-programme

(photo credit: The Princes Countryside Fund)

Consultation on review of Essex Parking Standards, Design and Good Practice 2016

Essex County Council is seeking your views on the proposed changes to the Essex Parking Standards, Design and Good Practice.  This review of the Essex Parking Standards is to update it in light of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (2012) and at the same time take the opportunity to address some issues which have come to light as the policies and standards have been applied over the last few years.  It is however an interim review, as to make any fundamental changes requires a robust evidence base and this is not yet available as only a few developments have been built to the new standards and are operational.

A Strategic Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal of the reviewed Parking Standards has also been undertaken and this is also out to consultation.

How do I comment?

The draft documents are available for consultation for six weeks until Friday 13th May 2016 through the Essex Insight portal which can be accessed via the link below

Consultation on review of Essex Parking Standards, Design and Good Practice 2016

The website includes copies of both documents, a summary of the key changes and a short questionnaire asking for your views on the changes.  You can respond directly online at our website by using the link above.

If you are not able to access the questionnaire please call Customer Services on 0345 7430430 who will be able to provide a mediated service.  The documents are also available in alternative formats, if required please email – [email protected].

ECC Strategic Development Team

(photo credit: Peter Miller Flickr)