On these pages you will find information about the villages, events that are taking place, Parish Councillor details and news about what's happening in the parish.
If you have any suggestions for other information that might be of interest, please contact the Parish Clerk who will be happy to help if possible.
You will also find here links to other newsworthy items, such as the Braintree District Local Plan.
Check the Noticeboard pages where you will find some useful information.
ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(2)
Temporary closure of Links Road, Bradwell
Please click on the following link https://roadworks.org?tm=83580 to find details of the closure of Links Road, Bradwell, due to commence on 20th September 2016 for 3 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public due to a burst water main.
- Parish Council Action List
- Active Citizen Recruitment - Essex Police Click here to find out more
New power cut phone line - 105
You may have seen today’s launch of the new national power cut phone line – 105 – to help people contact the company that looks after their electricity network. This would be UK Power Networks for London, the East and South East of England. See the attached presentation for more information.
The number will enable people to report or get information about power cuts as well as report damage to electricity power lines and substations. 105 is funded and delivered by the electricity network operators, and more information on the website: http://www.powercut105.com/
If you have a power cut, call 105
You can find more information on the Energy Networks Association’s website: http://www.energynetworks.org/info/powercut105.html.
- UK Power Networks runs a Priority Services Register for thioe who may be more vulnerable in a power cut e.g. older people, those dependent on medical equipment, parents of young children etc. To join, call 0800 169 9970, email email@example.com or apply online at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.
- Rental Fraud in Student Accommodation - Seasonal rental fraud is an emerging trend with students looking for suitable accommodation around August, before the start of the new term. Fraudsters use a variety of websites to advertise available properties to rent, often at attractive rates and convenient locations. Adverts will seem genuine, accompanied by a number of photos and contact information to discuss your interest.
Due to demand, students will often agree to pay upfront fees to secure the property quickly, without viewing the property, only to discover that the fraudster posing as the landlord does not have ownership of the property, or often there are already tenants living there.
- Only use reputable letting companies.
- Do some online research such as using Google maps to check the property does exist.
- Make an appointment to view the property in person.
- Always view the property prior to paying any advance fees.
- Look out for warning signs, such as landlords requesting a ‘holding deposit’ due to the property being in high demand.
- A landlord will usually conduct some due diligence on any successful applicant. Be wary of handing over cash without the landlord requesting employment or character references.
If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
OUTBUILDING, SHED & BARN SECURITY - At rural locations, farming, heritage venues and residential properties there are thefts being committed where tools, pressure washers and other property are being stolen from barns, sheds, garages and outbuildings. The attached document gives some crime prevention advice to help protect these buildings. County wide circulation following incidents in the rural Maldon district. Article from Stephen Armson-Smith Tel: 101 - ext 407110.
- WEEE Repair Cafe Essex County Council have intrduced a campaign to encourage recycling, repairing and reusing of small electrical and electronic equipment. With the support of Essex Libraries they have set up a number of free events for residents offering a service for the above. Braintree Library also have green wheeled containers where residents can recycle their unwanted small electronics for free.
See the poster for details.
- High Garrett road closure notice - see Noticeboard
- Litter pick - thank you to everyone who took part in the litter pick in Bradwell and Pattiswick on Saturday 16th July. Your efforts were much appreciated in helping to make the parish a pleasant place to live. A lot of rubbish was collected and those items that could not be removed have been advised to Braintree District Council for attention. It was a hot morning - but at least it wasn't raining!
- Braintree District Draft Local Plan - A Local Plan is the basis for the future development of homes, employment and business sites while protecting the countryside. Planning applications, whatever their size and proposed use, are assessed for approval against the policies contained in the Local Plan.
- Village Life Actions - an update on the pledges given for the election in May 2015