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ALLOTMENTS- 26 March 2020

Oxney Green and The Chase allotments will remain open for people to use for their daily exercise. Please ensure you following the government advice on social distancing. The link below has full guidance on social distancing.





Due to the currentCoronavirus situation, the parish council has had to take the decision to close the public toilets on the Green until further notice.



Please see the following advice from Essex County Council



Essex Coronavirus Action

A new Facebook page has been launched to help Essex residents during the Coronavirus outbreak.

To access the Facebook page click here or paste the following into your browser https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=104370547862769&id=104361277863696


Essex Coronavirus Action is a collaboration between Essex County Council, The Essex Public Health Team, and local Facebook group administrators. It will offer;

  • A service toASSIST vulnerable members of your local community who may need help if they are self-isolating through putting them and their carers/families in touch with individuals or agencies who can assist.
  • Advice to help PREVENT people from undertaking activities which may put them at risk.
  • Content to INFORM people on updates to the official advice and counter any misinformation.

Registration is now OPEN for any residents or businesses who want to volunteer in their local area. Via the forms below, details will be passed directly to the group or groups that are operating near to you:

INDIVIDUALS - http://bit.ly/ecaformvolunteers

The key aim is to rapidly build a large database of volunteers to support those in Essex who will need the support of their wider community.

The page has been 'Blue Ticked' by Facebook which indicates its official status.


Information from Kemi Badenoch, MP for the Saffron Walden constituency regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)


This is a worrying and challenging time for us all and the advice on Coronavirus is changing day by day because of the fast-moving environment. I understand it is difficult to know what advice to follow when there is so much information out there.


Furthermore, I am receiving messages from constituents who are offering to help and others who want to know how they can help. It is good to see the community coming together in a desire to support one another, especially the elderly and vulnerable.


For both these reasons, I have put together a page on my website that includes the links to the most up to date information from all the various bodies I am in touch with. These include the Government, local authorities such as Essex County Council, Uttlesford District Council and Chelmsford City Council, as well as information from local organisations and charities across the constituency. Please follow this link to access it: www.kemibadenoch.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-and-guidance

 For constituents who do not have access to the internet, as advised by Public Health England, if you think you have might have coronavirus don’t go to your doctor’s surgery or hospital. If you need to speak to someone, call 111 and they will make arrangements directly for testing and treatment or 999 if you require urgent medical treatment. Carers are also advised to call 111 or doctor surgeries for specific advice. 

The Government will be holding daily televised briefings on Coronavirus and I would encourage constituents to tune in for the most up to date information and advice. 

If you do have any individual concerns, please do contact me via email at kemi.badenoch.mp@parliament.uk or call my office on 0207 219 1934 and we will endeavour to sign post you to the relevant organisation for information. 


Writtle Parish Council Office

Please note that the parish office will close from Tuesday 17th March until further notice. There will be no parish council or committee meetings until further notice.

This decision has been made as a precautionary measure in light of the COVID 19 pandemic.

The Clerk and administrative team will be working from home and can be contacted on clerk@writtle-pc.gov.uk or 01245420066.


Writtle has a population of around 5,500 and has retained its character with many beautiful walks and places of interest.  Writtle holds a number of events on its village green, details of these can be found in our village diary.  


Annual Parish Meeting - Now Monday, 4 May 2020 - 8pm - Village Hall - POSTPONED

Please note that the Annual Parish Meeting has been postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Forthcoming Writtle Parish Council Meetings 

Please note all forthcoming meetings have been cancelled until further notice, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Writtle Community Speedwatch is back in the village.  You might have noticed groups of volunteers on the Ongar Road operating the newly calibrated speed devices. If you are interested in joining the speedwatch group, please contact the Parish Clerk.  




An update has been posted on the Army and Navy website(summarised below).   Could you kindly share this information with the parish council and local residents and businesses.     The full link to our webpage should you need it is: https://www.essexhighways.org/highway-schemes/a1060-a1114-army-and-navy-flyover-chelmsford.aspx

From Monday 30 March 2020 through until 17 April temporary lane restrictions are expected overnight and on the Army and Navy roundabout and its approaches.  Restrictions will be in place between the hours of 7.30pm and 6.30am.

Tuesday 7 April 2020 – Essex Yeomanry Way will be fully closed to outbound traffic (i.e. closed to vehicles travelling in an eastward direction, away from roundabout/city centre) between the hours of 12.30am and 5am. 

Thursday 16 April and Friday 17 April 2020 – Parkway to be closed for two nights to inbound traffic (i.e. closed to vehicles travelling west towards the city centre) between the hours of 12.30am and 5am. 

A separate diversion route will be in place during this temporary road closure to access the Travelodge.

These arrangements may be subject to change at short notice.  Please always check onsite signage and traffic management in place.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these overnight works.


Kind regards


Service Information Centre







If you want to make a real difference in your village then volunteer as a Community Special Constable and play a part in keeping your neighbourhood safe. Writtle Parish Council is supporting Essex Police to increase local and visible policing in their area:  Visit https://www.essex.police.uk/join-the-police/special-constabulary/ to find out more.  Writtle Parish Council will be funding the initiative.  Under the scheme the parish council will fund the expenses of volunteer police officers who will be designated to Writtle.  The Special Constables will be volunteering 16 hours each month and will have the same full policing powers and uniform as regular police officers. 



TRAVELLERS SITE – Junction of Ongar Road and Highwood Road

For an up to date outcome summary please click on our news section. 





Following the meeting of the Writtle Parish Council's Planning & Development Committee on Monday, 17 December, the committee had the following objections to the masterplan.  The comments have been submitted to the Planning Department at Chelmsford City Council and can be viewed here.


History of Writtle

Writtle is one of the prettiest villages in the county with many Grade I listed houses. It dates back to the Romans who were present in the village shortly after the Roman conquest and two Roman burial urns were found buried in the gardens of the old vicarage.

Writtle was a royal manor and was mentioned in the Domesday Book when its population was about 900 making it bigger than Chelmsford at the time. The manor was situated on the main route between London and East Anglia and part of this route can be seen at Lawford Lane, which is now a bridle path.

King John is one of the most famous people to be associated with Writtle. He built a hunting lodge in the village in 1211, which is now situated within the grounds of Writtle College. It is also believed that Robert the Bruce, who was once the King of Scotland, was born in the village on July 11, 1274.

Today, little remains of Writtles royal connections, but it is only a matter of time before more of the villages past is discovered with Iron Age, Bronze Age and Roman ruins currently being dug up by amateur archaeologists.

In March 1990 the parish council asked for volunteers to start a collection of photographs of the village and Writtle Archives was created. Writtle Archives is currently located in the Christian Centre and is open on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 - 5.00pm.  There is a proposal to build an extension at the Parish Office to rehouse the Archives.


Local Authorities 

For information and services provided by other authorities visit the following websites:  Essex County Council (including Highways to report potholes and other highways issues or flooding),  Chelmsford City Council (including planning, public health, refuse collection), current and future roadworksEssex Police (to report an non-emergency incident. Always call 999 in an emergency)


Village Design Statement

The Writtle Village Design Statement (VDS) was developed by a residents steering group, which sought views of the entire community in order to identify the local design character of the Parish.

The VDS was Launched and adopted as Planning Guidance by Chelmsford City Council in 2004. Its aim is not to prevent development but to manage change and design within the Parish of Writtle and is a statement of how local people want the built environment to look in the years and decades ahead.   A PDF copy of the VDS can be found here .


Writtle Parish Plan 

The Parish Plan was developed by a residents steering group after a Parish wide consultation to seek the views and aspirations of Parishioners on the many elements that contribute to Writtle as a thriving community.   It was launched in 2011 (updated 11th February 2019) and copies of the Parish Plan and Youth Plan together with the Business Plan can be found here .