A letter from your Chairman
I hope you are aware that Chelmsford City Council is currently consulting on their Local Plan for the period up to 2036. Your chance to comment ends on Thursday May 11th.
Your Parish Council supports much of the Plan but objects strongly to the large housing development proposed at Warren Farm at the top of Lordship Road.
Although this site is clearly in the Parish of Writtle it is one of three classified as “Central and Urban Chelmsford” so although the Plan claims to safeguard the villages around Chelmsford we believe if this site goes ahead it will be the first stage of Writtle becoming the Western suburb of Chelmsford.
Many of you have already expressed great concern at the potential traffic problems for our village. The Plan is for 800 houses with one entrance/exit direct onto the A1060 (Roxwell Road), so although buses will have access to Avon Road, from the new development all the other vehicles from the new development will come out onto an already congested Roxwell Road. Add to this 800 new houses planned for Broomfield and 3,000 close to Little Waltham and Regiment Way and we believe there will be a major traffic issue for our residents.
The North West Bypass has been abandoned and the only apparent proposals in the Plan to stop congestion are to improve the Chignal Road roundabout and encourage people to walk into Chelmsford, create new cycle lanes and encourage car sharing.
We all have up to May 11th to make our views known to the City Council. If you support your Parish Council please help us and don’t leave it to everyone else. Every submission is important. If you need any advice or help please contact our Clerk or any Parish Councillor.
The City Council would like it submitted online but we have paper copies and once completed we can deliver them for you to the City Council providing we get them before May 11th.
The document contains several questions but you can decide how much you want to complete. You can object or comment on one specific site and justify your view in the box below. I have focused on traffic and urbanisation but you may be worried about other issues such as flooding and the doctors’ surgery.
There is a drop in exhibition in our Village Hall on Friday May 5 from 4-8pm. This is your chance to talk to City Council Representatives and the following morning, Saturday May 6 from 10-1pm we will open the Parish Office to help you if you have problems with your submissions and discuss the implications of the Plan.
Please help us to make sure we don’t miss this opportunity to have our say on the future of our wonderful village.
Council Tax Bills 2017/18
Following the issue of the Council Tax Bills for 2017/18 there has been concern over the percentage change of the Writtle Parish Council content shown as 8.4%. The actual amount requested by the Parish Council for 2017/18 is £118,320 compared with the amount received for 2016/17 of £116,000 an actual increase of £2,320 or 2.0%.
In 2016/17 Chelmsford City Council received a Grant from Central Government of £6,508 and therefore, paid the remaining £109,492 from their funds. In 2017/18 they will not receive any Central Government Grant and will have to pay the whole £118,320 from their funds. This difference of £6,508 plus £2,320 and a further small adjustment has been used to reach the 8.4% change from the previous year.
In summary this means that in 2017/18 Writtle Parish Council will receive from Chelmsford City Council 2% more that in 2016/17 not the 8.4% implied in the Council Tax Bill.
In cash terms for every £1 paid by a householder approximately 3p is allocated to the Parish Council.
David Walker, Clerk to Writtle Parish Council