Chelmsford's New Local Plan

800 houses planned for Warren Farm, Roxwell Road (renamed Strategic Growth Area 2, West Chelmsford, Writtle)

Your Parish Council will continue to oppose this site which it believes will encourage urban spread with our village becoming the western edge of Chelmsford City.  Whatever happens, this topic will affect everyone in our village and the first thing you should do is to visit the above 'drop in' and find out how it will affect you including healthcare and schooling.  You should then complete the consultation at as this will be your last chance to contribute to the debate. Responses need to be sent to Chelmsford City Council before 4.45pm on 14 March 2018.

The Parish Council will also be holding a drop in session from 10.00am - 12.00 on Saturday 3 March at the Parish Office with paper copies available and help with completing the forms.

Later in the month the Parish Council will be delivering a special copy of the Writtle Flyer, so please look out for this when it drops through your letterbox.

If you completed an earlier consultation document don't sit back in the belief you have done all that you can do.  The City Council has decided that only responses from this final consultation will go forward for further consideration.  We believe this is most unfair and have told them so but it should make us all even more determined to express our views.


Forthcoming Meetings

Planning & Development Committee Meeting - Monday, 19  February 2018 - 7.30pm

Highways & Transport Committee Meeting - Monday, 19 February 2018 - 8.15pm


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.



Bench Refurbishment Programme

Please note that we have started a refurbishment programme on benches around the village.  This will involve some of the benches being removed for refurbishment.  Please note that all benches will be returned w/c 29 January 2018.


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