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Mobile Customer Information Service

This is a reminder that the Mobile Customer Information Service will be returning to Writtle United Reformed Churchon Tuesday 4th December between 10.30am and 11.30am, in conjunction with the Coffee Morning.  Please pop along if you get the chance and feel free to pass this message on. 

The service is free and offers help and advice to some of the most isolated and vulnerable communities within the area to make our services more accessible.  The Mobile Customer Information Service (MCIS) provides residents with access to all relevant information on their doorstep.

 

Remembrance Service - Sunday 11 November 2018

Writtle Green - War Memorial

A selection of photographs from the well attended Remembrance Service at the War Memorial.

 

Fibre Broadband In Writtle

There has been fibre broadband available in Writtle for some time but during the summer more of the cabinets have been upgraded which means that fibre broadband is available to most of the village. If you are experiencing speeds below 20mb then upgrading can give you speeds near 40mb. Please be aware the speed depends on several factors including the distance you are away from the cabinet.

The process for upgrading is not automatic you will need to contact your internet service provider (ISP such as BT, Sky etc) and subscribe to a package. Unfortunately, there will still be some properties where faster speeds will not be available but there are good chances that these will be addressed in future upgrades. You can check the position on http://www.superfastessex.org (use the interactive map) or www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband/when-can-i-get-fibre and use the postcode checker to see exactly what the position is for your address.

Please feel free to contact me (Writtle Broadband Champion) Rosalind Coleridge on coleridgehouse@msn.com I will do what I can to answer questions but also make use of the websites above for more information. The technology is moving very fast and the speeds we have today will probably be exceeded in a few years so watch this space!

 

 

 

Travellers Site –junction of Ongar Road and Highwood Road - 31 October 2018

As Chair of Writtle Parish Council I am informing you of the current position regarding the events at this site in the last week.

Last month the owner of this site sought planning permission to build on this Green Belt land. Your Parish Council objected to this and the Chelmsford City Council refused this application.

Early on Saturday morning a fleet of caravans and a digger arrived at the site and during the morning a convoy of lorries arrived delivering building material.

On Monday morning the City Council’s Planning Enforcement team visited the site to assess the work and interview the occupants.

On Tuesday, the City Council obtained an Injunction Order, which was served on the occupants. This prohibits the bringing on of any further caravans, mobile homes or other structures, or carrying out any further development in connection with the preparation of land as a residential caravan site. However this will not address the works that have already been done on the land. An Enforcement notice will be issued but there is a right for appeal to the Secretary of State and based on other appeals this could take many months, into next year, before the site can be restored to its pre-development condition.

I am very frustrated and annoyed that this has occurred. We, as your Parish Council have been totally powerless to stop this unlawful act.

For those of us who were at the site early on Saturday morning it was depressing to see a well organised operation like this occurring in our village and not being able to do anything. I would like to acknowledge all the work done by our two local councillors, John Aldridge and Tim Roper, as we informed all relevant people including the Police. Unfortunately, as in other similar events, the travellers selected a time which gave them two days to establish the site before the City Council offices opened on Monday morning. The door was shut after the horse had bolted!

Local residents warned that this would happen yet nothing was done. After Dale Farm it appears that this will happen again and again and we in Writtle are the latest to suffer from this type of unlawful behaviour. As local council tax payers we would not be allowed to ignore planning regulations so why does this continue?

Chris Hibbitt

Chair, Writtle Parish Council

 

 

 

Police Meetings

 

Coffee with Cops

Tuesday 4th December - The Bakery, Homefield House, Witham Road, Little Braxted CM8 3ET - 10am - 11am

Wednesday 12th December - Costa in Tesco, Princes Road, Chelmsford, CM2 9XW - 10am - 11am

 

Local community meeting

Tuesday 27th November - Burnham Town Council Chamber, Chapel Road, Burnham, CM0 8JA –
7pm – 8pm

 

 

Community Leadership Award

At the Annual General Meeting of the Essex Association of Local Councils (EALC) on Thursday September 20th 2018, Writtle Parish Council was awarded the Community Leadership Award and presented with a cheque for £200.

This is the first time that your Parish Council has received an award from the EALC.

We are very pleased and proud to receive this award in recognition of all the community work undertaken by the Council this year.

Chris Hibbitt, Chair Writtle Parish Council  

 

Security patrols in the village

The minutes from the meeting on 19 July with S Type Security and Writtle Parish Council can be seen here.

Press release issued 18 September 2018

Minutes of meeting held with Essex Police - 12 September 2018

 

Changes to the administrative team at Writtle Parish Council

Please note that as from 1st September 2018, there will be the following changes to the administrative team at Writtle Parish Council.  Lauretta Fox will become the Parish Clerk, David Walker will become the Responsible Financial Officer and Kelly Sitara will be joining the team as the new Clerical Officer.

 

Writtle Village Country Fair and Allotment Society Summer Show

What a fantastic day the village had on the 14th July.  The weather continued to be very kind to us and we had a very hot day with plenty of people attending. Many thanks go to all the volunteer helpers we had on the day, without them we could not put this Fair on.  A special thank you to all the stall holders and the exceptional entertainment we had throughout the afternoon.  Plus the two pubs who provided the well supported beer tents. In addition to the Green, Writtle All Saints Church, The Village Hall,  The Christian Centre and The URC were also very busy throughout the day.
All in all a very good day with plenty of happy people.  Also grateful thanks go to those who provided the large number of raffle prizes.
Writtle Village Country Fair Committee 
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