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 project.www.greatbentleyparishcouncil.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Salcott-to-Jaywick-Coast-Path-Leaflet.pdf

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



Temporary Road Closures (inc. Plough Rd, Colles Brook Rd, South Heath Rd and Dead Lane)

Please follow the link below to view the above temporary order showing dates of the closures. www.greatbentleyparishcouncil.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Road-Closure-Notice-211215-1of1.jpg

Planning Application for the erection of 50 dwellings

A planning application (15/011820/OUT) has been submitted to Tendring DC by Welbeck Strategic Land LLP to erect 50 dwellings together with open space, landscaping, sustainable drainage and vehicular/pedestrian accesses from Heckfords Road on the land west of Heckford’s Road, Great Bentley.


Great Bentley Parish Council has a limited budget for grant funding and wishes to invite local charities and not for profit organisations in need of financial aid to complete and submit an application for grant in 2016/17.

The contribution made by many organisations and individuals to the well-being of the local community is recognised by the Council as vitally important to the wellbeing of the village.

The purpose of the grants is to support initiatives in the local community and to help create opportunities for the residents of Great Bentley and Aingers Green and Flag Hill.

Applications in recent years have increased and exceeded the available budget. In these circumstances, the Parish Council will no longer just make a donation to a local group. Applicants must identify a specific project or initiative. It is important that applications include the justification for and benefits of the project, together with the associated costs. It is unlikely that the amount of any individual award would exceed a maximum of £500.

A copy of the Council’s Grants Policy can be viewed on the Parish Council website www.greatbentleyparishcouncil.co.uk

Please follow the link to view and download a copy of the grants application form Grant Application Form 2016-17

Any enquiries should be directed to the Parish Clerk [email protected] or tel. 01206 256410. The deadline for completed applications is 17 January 2016.



Photo credit: Bentley in Bloom display from the Parish Magazine