Mobile Customer Information Service

This is a reminder that the Mobile Customer Information Service will now be at the Writtle Village Hall on Thursday, 15th August between 9.15am and 10.30am, in conjunction with the Writtle Home Fayre.  Please pop along if you get the chance and feel free to pass this message on. 

This is a free service and offers a range of help and advice to make Chelmsford City Council services more accessible.  The Mobile Customer Information Service (MCIS) provides residents with access to all relevant information on their doorstep.

The team continues to visit 17 communities around the City every month.  The service is usually targeted where public transport is perhaps less frequent, to make sure that residents with the greatest need for advice and support, such as the elderly, young families and those with mobility requirements, can access information and advice about Council services locally.

A range of enquiries are covered, including: 

  • advice on how to seek help with housing benefit or Council Tax
  • reporting environmental problems
  • FREE replacement recycling sacks and dog waste bags
  • providing information on leisure, tourism, local issues and much more


Where possible, partner organisations attend sessions to promote services and to be available for enquiries.  These include Essex Police, Essex Fire & Rescue Service, Citizens Advice Bureau and other Council ServicesConsequent visits will be on the third Thursday of each month at the Home Fayre.

 

Highways Update

Please be aware that re-waterproofing works are planned to take place this month on Widford Old Bridge (Southbound Carriageway only) which is situated between Widford Roundabout on A414 London Road/Three Mile Hill and the Three Mill Hill/A12 Roundabout.

These works begin with a complete closure of the southbound carriageway for 2 nights, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 August, with 1 lane open southbound and a 40mph speed limit at other times until the works are due to complete on  6 September.  The northbound carriageway will not be affected by the restrictions.  

A webpage ‘Widford Old Bridge (Southbound) A414 London Road, Three Mile Hill, Chelmsford’  has been created where updates about the works will be posted along with diversion information.  Information will also be available on @EssexHighways twitter feed and www.roadworks.org is a good source of information about other works in the area.

 

Community Speed Watch - Writtle Group

Writtle is setting up a Community Speed Watch group.  We now have a good number of volunteers in order to set up the group.  In preparation, we will be holding two training sessions at Writtle Parish Office on Wednesday, 24 July (7.30pm) and Thursday, 25 July (noon).  If you haven't been in touch and would like to get involved with speed watch, please contact Andy Russell, the Co-ordinator on email andy@digressltd.co.uk to express your interest and indicate which session you would like to attend.  Please note that places do need to be booked beforehand.

 

Longmeads House – new Community Centre

Writtle Parish Council is pleased to confirm that contracts on Longmeads House, the new Community Centre, were exchanged 3.08pm Wednesday 26th June 2019.

 

Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) the Essex County Council Managing Agent, is awaiting the formality of receiving the building contract from Essex Legal department, after which they will arrange a pre-start meeting between the contractor Marden, LSH and WPC when commencement and completion dates will be agreed.

 

Marden is currently carrying out pre commencement works on site and discharging planning conditions pending a full start on site.

 

We anticipate work will have started before the next edition of Writtle News, when we hope to be able to update you on progress.

 

Ralph Bray, Vice Chair, Writtle Parish Council

 

 

 

 

Latest Roadworks information

Warren Bridge - Lordship Road, Writtle, Essex

Essex Highways would like to kindly notify you that preparations are being made to carry out works to Warren Bridge, this is organised for Monday 22nd July to 16th  August 19.

In order to support the works and in the interest of public safety, the length of the bridge span on Lordship Road, will operate two light traffic lights for the duration and will be in operation 24 hours a day.

Pedestrian and emergency services access will be maintained throughout the works.

We apologies in advance for any inconvenience caused or any delays experienced in journey times, however the works are a very necessary part of making sure our highways remain up to the current standards. If you have any queries regarding this scheme please do not hesitate to contact our customer service on 0345 603 7631 or email us at structure.enquiries@essex.gov.uk  

 

Notification of Consultation on changes to the use of Concessionary Bus Passes on Essex County Council run Park and Ride services May 2019

Essex County Council is consulting on:

- Reducing the charge for people using the disability-based bus pass before 9am on Park and Ride service. Currently holders of the disability-based bus pass must pay full fare before 9am, we are proposing to cut this to £1.50p and after 9.00 for the fare to continue to be free.

- Currently all older-person’s bus pass holders travel for free after 9am. We are consulting on charging older-person’s bus pass holders a £1.50 day fare at all times on all Park and Ride services in Essex. 

If you have any queries please contact: passenger.transport@essex.gov.uk

 

Essex County Council Supported Service 32 Chelmsford – Ongar operated by First Essex Buses

Please be advised that from 4 February 2019, the above service times will be adjusted in order to improve punctuality, please see details of the changes on the attached timetable taken from Traveline.

If you have any queries please contact passenger.transport@essex.gov.uk

 

Mobile Customer Information Service

This is a reminder that the Mobile Customer Information Service will now be at the Writtle Village Hall on the following dates in 2019 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. 

Thursday, 20 July

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!

 

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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