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.
Village Design Statement
Drafted from feedback on the Parish Plan Questionnaire
and the Neighbourhood Plan Policy Direction Questionnaire
The Village Design Statement is now available for consultation/comment
If you wish to make comment on this document,
please send them to the
Parish Clerk on email@example.com
or by letter to
Bradwell Parish Council, Mill Cottage, CHurch Road, Bradwell, CM77 8EP
Draft Neighbourhood Plan -
now open for consultation
5th April to 18th May 2018
Rogue traders calling at your home
Essex Police have noted an increase in Rogue Traders and offer the following advice.
Rogue traders are people who call at your door pretending to be qualified tradespeople and offering to do work on your home. They may call and state that you could need one of the following services:
Driveways power washed
Driveway repairs or replaced
Garden services, tree lopping
They may seem friendly and persuasive but too often they target vulnerable elderly people and local residents are encouraged to actively try to prevent rogue trader incidents occurring in their area. The rogue traders may claim to know your neighbours and have done work for them but often the work they promise to complete didn't need doing in the first place. You decide whether you need any work done to our house, not them.
If you think you've been taken in by a rogue trader, please let Essex Police know by calling 101, orcontact Trading Standards - https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/get-more-help/report-to-trading-standards/
Take a look at their advice to make sure you don't fall victim to a rogue trader. A genuine trader won't:
Call without an appointment
Ask you to go to the bank to withdraw cash or make a money transfer
Offer to take you to the bank to withdraw cash for payment
Ask you to pay in full before the work is complete
Insist that you make a decision about the work they're offering to do on the spot
Bully or scare you into doing the work
If you do think you need some work doing:
Contact a Buy With Confidence accredited trader
Get a number of quotes
Get a written estimate detailing exactly what work will be carried out, how much it will cost and what the terms of payment are
Take your time to make sure you’re happy with what you’re undertaking – ask a trusted friend/relative for advice or ring the Buy with Confidence number 08454 040506.
Doorstep sellers, as well as calling at your door and offering to carry out work on your home, and other rogue traders try to sell poor quality goods for highly inflated prices. It can be difficult to refuse some sales people on your doorstep and you can be pressured into buying something you do not want or that is not good value for money.
1. Check the trader’s identity: were you expecting them? If not, but you are interested in what they are selling, ask them to come back at a more convenient time and try to have another person with you.
2. Take control: you ask the questions and try to remember that it is a business situation.
3. Be aware that doorstep sellers are not your friends: watch out for clever sales techniques where you may be made to feel like you have lots in common.
4. Don’t sign on the spot: even if it means that you could lose a ‘special discount’. Take time to reflect, think about your purchase and shop around.
5. You have a right to cancel: If you do purchase something for more than £35 from doorstep sales people you have 7 days to change your mind. This information should be given to you in writing by the sales person.
6. If in doubt, ask the person to leave: phone Consumer Direct or Essex County Council Trading Standards on 08454 040506 for further advice. You can also contact Essex Police using the non-emergency number 101.
If you feel threatened by a sales person in your own home call 999.
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.
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.