We hope you enjoy your visit to www.writtlepc.co.uk
Writtle has a population of around 4,200 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
Please note that there is a change of date for the Annual Parish Meeting. This will now take place on Monday, 4 May instead of Monday, 20 April 2020.
Forthcoming Writtle Parish Council Meetings
Planning and Development Committee Meeting - Monday, 16 March 2020 - 7.30pm
Environment Committee Meeting - Monday, 16 March 2020 - 8.15pm
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.
Army and Navy Roundabout - Update from Highways Essex County Council
Please be advised that arrangements are in place to begin works to dismantle and remove the Army and Navy flyover from Monday 10 February 2020. During the first week the site will be set up during the daytime and preparatory works undertaken with no carriageway restrictions anticipated.
The majority of the works will take place overnight, Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.30pm and 5.30am to minimise travel disruption however some Sunday daytime working will be required later in the programme. A limited number of full road closures will be needed during overnight works for the safety of the public and the workforce. Roads affected will depend on the activity being carried out and diversions will be in place during planned road closures.
Proposed carriageway restrictions during February 2020:
- Week commencing 10 February :
Daytime working with no carriageway restrictions anticipated
- From 18 February onwards as required (Monday to Friday):
Overnight lane restrictions reducing carriageway to one lane on roundabout and approaches/exits.
- Nights of 24 and 25 February:
Full closure of A1114 Essex Yeomanry Way in both directions
Baddow Road closed outbound - travelling away from roundabout
A138 Chelmer Road closed inbound - travelling towards roundabout/city
- Nights of 26, 27, 28 February and 2, 3 March:
Full closure of A1114 Essex Yeomanry Way in both directions
Pedestrian access through the area will be maintained throughout. Drivers are advised to allow extra travelling time and always check local signs and observe traffic management in place as details may change at short notice.
Further information is available on our webpage A1060/A1114 Army and Navy Flyover and will continue to be updated with traffic management updates until April 2020 when the works are due to complete.
We are mindful that the works are taking place very close to homes and businesses and our plans have been designed to limit noisy operations where possible. Letters are being sent to homes and businesses in the immediate vicinity (example attached) to keep residents informed of our plans.
Could you kindly share this information with parish councillors as well as residents and businesses? We invite you to share our dedicated webpage, where all the latest information will be available, on your parish website: The full link is: https://www.essexhighways.org/transport-and-roads/highway-schemes-and-developments/highway-schemes/a1060-a1114-army-and-navy-flyover-chelmsford.aspx We will also post updates on the @essexhighway twitter feed.
We would like to apologise in advance for any disruption that may be caused during the dismantling and removal process.
If you receive enquiries relating to the works which cannot be answered from the information provided on our website or our frequently asked questions, then please direct them through to the Essex County Council Customer service team on the contact details provided below.
Service Information Centre, Essex Highways
0345 603 7631 or by completing the online form: https://www.essex.gov.uk/enquiries
COULD YOU BE A SPECIAL CONSTABLE FOR WRITTLE?
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.
MASTERPLAN SUBMISSION FOR STRATEGIC GROWTH SITE 2 (WARREN FARM) - 18/00001/MAS
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.
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 roadworks, Essex 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 .