A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency.


Flood Alert in force: The Rivers Pant, Blackwater and Brain.




Flooding is possible for: The Rivers Pant and Blackwater from, Great Bardfield to Langford including Braintree, and the River Brain from, Black Notley to Witham.   


Be prepared. 


To check the latest information for your area


* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/051WAFEF5

Floodline 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 213618




Please note that the office will not be open on

Wednesday/Thursday 25th & 26th December and

Wednesday/Thursday 1st & 2nd January 2020

e-mail and mobile phone messages will be monitored during this time



07933 306927


2020 Parish Council Meetings - 2nd Wednesday monthly in St Barnabas Hall

All residents invited to attend.

January 8th 7.30pm 
February 11th 7.30pm
March 11th 7.30pm
April 8th 7.30pm
May 13th 7.00pm – Annual Parish Meetings from 7.00pm
June 10th 7.30pm
July 8th 7.30pm
August 12th 7.30pm
September 9th 7.30pm
October 14th 7.30pm
November 11th 7.30pm
December 11th 7.30pm


Approved at Braintree District Council Cabinet meeting held 2nd December for public referendum.  This is anticipated for early February 2020 so keep an eye out for posters, exhibition and voting details.

There is now a dedicated website for the Neighburhood Plan.  This is: www.cressingneighbourhoodplan.net


The Plan can also be viewed on Braintree District Council's website. View the documents online 





At the August 2019 meeting, the Parish Council adopted a new approach to the regular Public Participation item on the monthly Agenda.  This will make meetings more efficient and the Parish Council will be better prepared to answer any queries that are to be raised.  The new procedure is:

Public Participation Session with respect to items on the Agenda and other matters that are of mutual interest.

•       Members of the public wishing to speak are required to register their intention by contacting the Clerk before 5.00pm on the day before the meeting, to include a note of the topic/s to enable any relevant information to be gathered prior to the meeting.

•       A member of the public shall not speak for more than 3 minutes unless previously requested and agreed by the Chairman of the meeting.

•       The maximum length of the public session shall not exceed 15 minutes unless otherwise agreed by the Chairman of the meeting.

•       A question shall not require a response at the meeting nor start a debate on the question. The Chairman of the meeting may direct that a written or oral response be given.

•       The Council reserves the right to decline any requests to speak if they are not received in time, unless the matter is urgent when the speaker should indicate their intention to the Clerk by 5.00pm on the day of the meeting. The Chairman of the meeting will direct whether or not the item may be included.

Members of the public can remain to observe the remainder of the meeting with the exception of any closed items.










Please see below for your information.


The Environment Agency are currently conducting an investigation into the large scale and wide spread illegal dumping of waste.  

So far Buckinghamshire, Surrey and West London have been the most impacted areas but our enquiries show the offending is likely to have impacted South East London, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Kent. 

Over 800 tons of shredded waste has been dumped in rural locations in Surrey in April

 A white cab HINO tipper lorry registration AE11ERX has been identified for the tipping, travelling out of West London.

The vehicle this individual is using in unregistered, untaxed and uninsured so there are a number of traffic offences being committed in addition to the environmental offences.  

The tipper lorry runs with TWO other vehicles, used as spotter vehicles and assist with the offending:

  • EO08RJY white FORD Transit  
  • T58CBD Red Nissan patrol vehicle

 If seen please DO NOT APPROACH the vehicles or drivers, contact Essex Police on 101.

If you see fly-tipping at any other time, this can be reported directly to Braintree District Council on 01376 552525 or on-line at www.braintree.gov.uk




Did you know that the Parish Council keeps a supply of recycling bags in the office?  If you need some, just pop along on a Wednesday to pick some up.

The built environment - Lead

Whilst there have been no recent reports of thefts of lead in Cressing, you should be aware that over the last month or two there has been a sharp increase generally in the theft of lead from buildings.  In just the last week, there have been NINE reported thefts in the Braintree district of lead being taken from the roof of bay windows, the roof of a shed, flashing to windows, etc.  Please be aware and if you see something suspicious, contact the Police.



Rescue SAM Semi-Automatic AED Defibrillator - Packages For Indoors & Outdoors

Cressing Parish Council have recently provided two defibrillators; one at the Evangelical Church and one at St Barnabas.  These are easy to use as the equipment guides you through all necessary actions, but the Parish Council will be arranging for training on the equipment shortly, so please refer back to this website for further information on dates.

In the meantime, any queries should be directed to the Parish Clerk.



A120 - Essex County Council have announced their preferred route as Option D.

At the announcement they explained their decision process and advised that Option D provides best value for money, stating that for every £1m spent on upgrading the A120; residents, road users and business will see £3.750m in benefits.  It is the route that provides for least impact on residential properties along the route and the environment. this link will take you to full details together with a video showing the route.  www.a120essex.co.uk



Don't forget to look at the Noticeboard page where the latest notices regarding traffic regulations and roadworks are posted, as well an interesting report on the incinerator at Rivenhall that will affect everyone in the Braintree District.

Welcome to the website of Cressing in the Braintree District of Essex

On this website you can find:

  • details of your councillors
  • ways to contact the parish council
  • minutes of recent council meetings
  • information about future events.

Interested in attending a meeting? They are normally held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at St Barnabas Church in Claud Ince Avenue at 7:30pm 

You can find the agenda in our files section of the website

The quickest way to contact the clerk is via email at cressingparishcouncil@gmail.com

Please note that the telephone 01376 329288 is only manned during office hours.

The Parish Office is OPEN:  Wednesdays between 9.30am and 4.30pm (closed for lunch between 12.30 and 1pm)

The Clerk will continue to check emails and social media when not in the office and will respond to urgent matters where possible.

Dates of Parish Council meetings: 

October 10  
November 14  
December 12  





Contact Information

Clerk to Cressing Parish,
St Barnabas,
Claud Ince Avenue,
CM77 8HG


01376 329288