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.
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You will also find here links to other newsworthy items, such as the Braintree District Local Plan.
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A120 roadworks 5 to 9 February
Integrated Waste Management Facility
From Alex Stevenson of PAIN
If you missed the PAIN meeting chaired by Priti Patel we have a drop in event next Saturday the 3rd of Feb. Please come and find out more, ask questions, listen to our speakers. Chocolate Brownies complementary!
Below is an account is of our last public meeting held in Witham.
Priti Patel chairs packed public meeting on Essex incinerator
On Friday 12 January, Witham MP Priti Patel chaired a public meeting for the community to find out more about the incinerator being built in the heart of Essex. The plant was originally approved in 2010 for a chimney height of 35m and to burn 360,000 tonnes of waste, but since then there has been planning creep, increasing the incineration levels to 595,000 tonnes a year. The latest planning applications would increase the chimney height to 58m, taller than an electricity pylon. Professional planner, Tony Collins, said the applicant had taken an approach of incrementalism.
More than 140 people turned out for the meeting and expressed concerns that a facility would be approved by Essex County Council that was only agreed in 2010 on a number of conditions that no longer exist. Many of the people who attended included parents who are concerned about the health impact and how it will affect the communities.
The Chair of Parishes Against Incinerator (PAIN), Nick Unsworth, presented projections on how the plume would affect all of the local communities including Colchester, Braintree, Marks Tey, Witham and Kelvedon - it won’t just impact the villages within a couple of miles.
A local school governor expressed concern that there will be a huge number of lorries on the roads, bringing in the waste to supply the facility. These lorries could be coming and going from the whole of the south of England, meaning it will even affect areas outside of Essex. A retired chemical engineer said he believed “it is the wrong facility in the wrong place” and the infrastructure is not in place to support the incinerator.
Members of the audience called for a new approach to the way in which we process waste, that would future proof long-term waste policy and can respond to changes as required - this is something that the incinerator would not do.
An award winning local honey producer supplied in every East of England Co-op store, Great Tilkey Honey, provided a statement that was read saying they have an apiary within a mile of the proposed facility and can store 20-25 hives on this land - they are very concerned the incinerator will “have an adverse affect on the health of their bees”.
Frustration was expressed that other local MPs including James Cleverly and Will Quince have not been involved in the campaign, despite constituents contacting them asking for their support.
The campaign so far has helped to organise thousands of objections to the consultations on the Environment Agency permit and the latest planning applications and it is gathering momentum, particularly as the applicants are refusing to engage with the community. Whether Essex County Council decide to listen to the people they represent is something many were sceptical of, so many members of the audience committed to putting more pressure on the committee that will be making the decision.
Bradwell with Pattiswick Neighbourhood Plan 2018-2033
An outline document has been published and will be discussion further by the Parish Council and residents at the Parish Council meeting on 12th February (7.30pm in the Village Hall, Church Road, Bradwell). Planning Consultation David Coleman will also be in attendance.
All residents of the Parish are invited to raise questions, make suggestions and ask for more information, but it would be appreciated if the document could be read by all attendees prior to the meeting in order that best use can be made of the limited time available at the meeting.
Click on this link for a .pdf version of the dccument.
A120 Route A discounted for future A120
Press release from Essex County Council 23/11/2017
Route options agreed to help deliver upgraded A120 'without delay'
An upgrade to the A120 between Braintree and the A12 has taken a big step forward after Essex County Council's Cabinet supported four viable route options.
Cabinet met today (Thursday) and agreed to push forward with four route options which form two route alignments and approaches to connect with the A12, with alternative starting points around the Braintree Bypass. Further technical studies will continue with the final decision on if and what route to fund being taken by the Government.
Options B, C, D and E remain viable and can be supported at this stage by Essex County Council. Option A, which closely followed the route of the old A120 but was chosen as last choice by more than 60% of consultees, has been confirmed as not viable and will not be recommended.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader at Essex County Council, said: "We are currently on track to deliver a vital upgrade to the A120.
"An improved A120 would create a gateway to north Essex and beyond - allowing our local businesses, ports and airports to continue to grow by moving staff and freight quickly and efficiently across the country.
"This would support economic growth not only in East Anglia but also across the rest of Britain. It would also reduce congestion and give more reliable journey times for our residents and businesses.
“Without heavy investment now we risk choking the supply chain to large and small businesses across the country, killing our economy and clogging up our road network for decades to come."
He continued: "Some may have expected one single route to emerge at this stage, but the consultation and our work around it has been clear.
"Four routes offer standout cases and it is only right that we keep these on the table for further consideration for funding by the Government.
"We should be very proud of the work we have done so far to build a strong case for improvements to the A120 thanks to feedback from nearly 3,000 residents and businesses; but this is not the end of the line and we will continue technical studies into each of the four remaining route options.
"We have heard the public loud and clear - improvements to the A120 are long overdue.
"Now we need that voice to be directed to Government so we can secure the funding to make upgrades to the A120 a reality as soon as possible without delay."
Technical studies will now continue throughout the winter and spring to help inform a favoured route option for the A120.
Essex County Council aims to get the A120 Braintree to A12 upgrade into the Government’s Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2), a pot of Government money specifically set aside for investing in strategic roads across the country between 2020 and 2025. This is expected to be announced in 2019.
For more information on the A120 Braintree to the A12 consultation and the next stages, please visit www.A120essex.co.uk.
Garden waste collections stop during the winter months
Refer to Braintree District Council website to download your calendar and get more tips about recycling
Bradwell Playing Field
The Parish Council has taken steps to secure the playing field from unauthorised vehicle access. The keys are held by the Parish Clerk, so if you need vehicular access, please contact the Clerk with the reasons for requiring access. (07933 306927 or firstname.lastname@example.org)Please note that requests will be dealt with on merit and access may not necessarily be granted.