Forthcoming Meetings

Parish Council Meeting - Monday, 4 June 2018 - 7.30pm - Parish Office


Job Advertisement - Assistant Clerk - Writtle Parish Council

Scale Point LC1 15 (£17,972 full time equivalent for 37 hour week)

Pro Rata for 20 hours. Local Government Pension Scheme available.

Hours of work initially 10-12 hours per week and increasing to suit the applicant, up to 20 hours. The hours will include evening meetings, usually held on 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. The position is office based but some work could be carried out at home.

You will provide administrative support to the Parish Council under the guidance of the Clerk and be required to liaise with Councillors, members of staff, local authority officers, outside organisations and members of the public. You will also be required to minute all meetings of the Council and its committees.

The position would suit a local resident with a keen interest in local affairs. The applicant must be computer literate and have own transport.

The staff of the Parish Council is small and this calls for a flexible attitude by all employees in order to ensure the smooth running of the Council’s business.

A job description can be downloaded here.  Applications will be by CV and a covering letter explaining what you have to offer Writtle Parish Council. Please provide two referees one of which should preferably be your current/most recent employer and mark your application as private and confidential to:

Lauretta Fox, Asst Clerk, Writtle Parish Council, Parish Office, The Green, Writtle, CM1 3DT

Closing Date for applications: Thursday, 14 June 2018



Siltex Treatment of Wear Pond

Writtle Parish Council will be treating the Wear Pond with Siltex to help reduce organic silt build up in the pond. It is harmless to plants and animals. There will be 2 or 3 treatments over the next 3 months.

Siltex is a natural and inexpensive way to reduce organic silt in ponds, lakes and rivers. It is a highly porous form of Calcium Carbonate, or chalk, made up of minute particles. Being Calcium Carbonate it is completely harmless to plants and wildlife.

What are the main benefits of using Siltex?

  • It decreases organic and oxidisable matter which is displayed as
  • a reduction in silt levels
  • It increases oxygenation and stimulates aerobic micro-organisms
  • It improves water clarity by settling suspended waterborne solids
  • It reduces methane production by silt body
  • It counteracts acidity in the water and the silt
  • It provides essential Calcium for plants and wildlife
  • It increases biodiversity within the water bodies

SILTEX can be used in freshwater environments such as ponds, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, canals and fisheries where organic silt accumulation is a problem. It can also be used to raise the pH value of water bodies suffering form acidification.

Silt is organic matter, plus sand and clay, combined with water, which forms a spongy mass. Organic silt accumulates when the micro-organisms that normally feed on the organic matter are no longer present, due to low oxygen levels and increased acidity. The microscopic SILTEX particles are able to penetrate right in to the silt layer and create the right environment for the micro-organisms to re-establish themselves and start to digest the organic matter, thus reducing the silt volume. SILTEX works best when the silt has a high organic content, combined with acidity.



Chase and Oxney Allotment Plots

If you are interested in an allotment plot, please contact the Assistant Clerk on or telephone 01245 420066

The rents for the plots are £25.00 for a full plot, £12.50 for a half plot and the usual concessions for allotment year 2017/18.

Please note that allotment rent for the year commencing 1 October 2018 will be increasing to £30.00 per full plot, £15 per half plot and £18.00 concessions on a full plot and £9.00 on a half plot.

If you have any queries please email