Have a look at our Noticeboard page for latest information on roadworks and other news

e.g. road closures in Cressing

A120 to Millennium Way Slip Road works


Consultation: Braintree District Council Statement of Community Involvement

From:  Planning Policy, Braintree District Council, Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, CM7 9HB  'planningpolicy' <planningpolicy@braintree.gov.uk>

Braintree District Council is publishing its revised Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) for public consultation. The document explains how we will involve local people in planning - setting out who and how we will engage residents and stakeholders. This includes public consultation of the Local Plan, Neighbourhood Plan and Supplementary Planning Documents, making comments on planning applications and how we will assist Neighbourhood Planning areas or forums.

The current SCI was adopted in 2013. We have updated sections on how we intend to carry out Local Plan and Planning Applications consultations and the level of support we give Neighbourhood Planning. This takes into account changes in Government regulations and communications technology.

The document can be found on the Council’s website at www.braintree.gov.uk/ConsultLP and is also available to view at the Council’s offices at Causeway House in Braintree.

The consultation period is now open and runs until Monday 11th March at 5pm.

Consultation responses are strongly encouraged directly to the Councils online consultation system available alongside the online document above.  You have received this email as you do have an account on our consultation system which we would request that you use. If you have forgotten your username or password please let us know and we can resend it to you.

Alternatively consultation responses can be submitted on a response form and submitted electronically or if necessary, in hard copy, to the contact details below. A pdf response form is available to download from the Braintree Council website at www.braintree.gov.uk/PlanningPolicyNews.  



At a recent meeting Bradwell with Pattiswick Parish Council requested Gent Fairhead and Indaver to hold an information session for Bradwell residents in order that we may be better informed as to the future of this proposal. You may have seen elsewhere that this has been arranged for Monday 14th January 2019 between 4.00 and 7.00pm at Bradwell Village Hall, Church Road, Bradwell.

Residents from Bradwell, Pattiswick, Stisted and Cressing are invited to attend this exhibition.

We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to get up to date on what is being proposed and to ask questions about the development.

Councillors will be asking a few questions of visitors as they leave in order that the Parish Council can accurately reflect the views of parishioners going forward. This will only take a few minutes.

Since this session was arranged, Indaver have organised another two sessions, one at Silver End Village Hall on 22nd January and one at Coggeshall Village Hall on 24th January. Hopefully you will be able to get along to one of the events.

If you have any queries related to this session, please contact the Parish Clerk to Bradwell with Pattiswick on clerktobppc@outlook.com


Next dust cart visit

Saturday 26th January 2019

9.00-10.00 - The Willows Car Park

10.15 - 11.30 - Cressing Sports & Social Club car park

11.45 - 13.00 - St Barnabas Hall car park

These items cannot be put into the cart: paint, hardcore, oil, patio doors, tyres, large tubed televisions, refrigerators or freezers.


Issued by Integrated Passenger Transport Unit, Essex County Council 

Notification of Local Bus Consultation December 2018

Essex County Council (ECC) is reviewing the way it supports local bus services which operate on evenings and Sundays and is carrying out a public consultation. The consultation also includes proposals regarding delivering ECC services differently and devolving ECC funded local bus services to communities.

The consultation commences from 19 December and will run until March 22nd 2019.  The questionnaire will be  available from ECC libraries (from January onwards), and will be online today at: www.essex.gov.uk/local-bus-consultation or by phoning: 03457 430430.

Posters will be displayed ‘on bus’ and at  Essex libraries, please find a copy of the poster attached, we would appreciate it if you promote the consultation in your area via your website and/or newsletters. A copy of the consultation is also attached for your information.


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


Public consultation on Essex Future Library Services Strategy 2019-2024

An update from Cllr Susan Barker, Cabinet Member for Customer Services

Based on feedback and experience so far, we are changing our approach to the information drop ins at libraries about the future library services consultation.


Instead of just one two- or four-hour slot, we are offering a week at each library during which people can drop in any time it is open to ask questions and find out what the strategy is about.  Once they’ve done so, if they want help to access the survey, library staff can provide it

We’re making the change because feedback so far has shown that people want to be able to drop in at times convenient to them, including weekends and evenings. In some locations lots of people want to find out about the consultation. In smaller libraries, this could pose a serious risk to health and safety if a lot of people arrive at once and mean that some people leave frustrated that their expectations haven’t been met. The drop in sessions will be at the times when those libraries are normally open.   

We also want to ensure that people who might need help to access the information or the survey, have the time and space to do so; with a large number of people at once, this is difficult to do.

Please note that the purpose of the drop-ins is to provide information, not to gather feedback.  We are asking everybody to respond to the consultation via the survey, preferably online, as this is the most efficient and accurate way to ensure their views are recorded and heard.

The new drop-in times are now available at http://libraries.essex.gov.uk/libraries-consultation/information-drop-ins/ .

At Essex County Council, we recognise library services play a unique and valued role in our society. But in the last five years use has slumped: loans have almost halved and fewer than one in five Essex residents use libraries. The current service needs to change to fit the way we live now and in the future.

Earlier this year we asked for people’s views on library services. We have listened to what Essex people have told us and come up with a set of proposals which are set out in a draft strategy. Our five-year plan in that draft strategy is for a service that:

• Keeps books and reading at the heart of our library service offer
• Embraces digital technology and e-library services
• Has a smaller number of libraries which better meet community needs
• Works in partnership with communities to run library services.

It is vital we operate a service that is viable to run and is relevant to people’s lives. The proposals therefore include some significant changes to the current service. We want to get your views on these proposals.

You can find more information about our proposals and complete the survey at www.essex.gov.uk/libraries-consultation. You can complete the survey as an individual or on behalf of an organisation.

If you need help to complete the survey, would like it in large print, or would like a printed copy of the EasyRead versions, please ask at your local library or call 0345 603 7639.  During the consultation, we will also be holding information drop-ins at every library providing a further opportunity to ask questions, complete the consultation and find out more.

If you are from a community group or organisation we would also welcome your help to publicise the consultation to your members or service users. If you would like copies of publicity material please email:  libraries@essex.gov.uk

The deadline for completing the consultation survey is 20 February 2019.

All the responses from the consultation will be analysed and findings published on the consultation website. These will be available on request for those without internet access.  Any changes proposed will be considered when the strategy is finalised in summer 2019.



2019 PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS – 2nd Wednesday monthly

January      9th
February    13th
March         13th
April           10th
May            15th (NB: Local Elections 2nd May) – Annual meetings
June           12th
July            10th
August       14th
September 11th
October      9th
November   13th
December     11th

A letter from Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Today, I have launched a survey to ask the people of Essex for their views on the priorities to be included in the county’s first ever Fire and Rescue Plan.

A safe and secure county is what we all need to live our lives in peace and prosperity. We need a plan for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service which ensures we can help people to stay safe, reduce the number who are killed or seriously injured and minimise the damage to property and businesses.


I am developing this plan with input from all of those groups and individuals who work in, alongside and with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. I now want to make sure the priorities being proposed reflect what the people of Essex expect from their fire and rescue service.

The Plan will run from 2019 to 2024 and will be the basis on which I hold Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to account for its performance. The document mirrors the Police and Crime Plan which sets the priorities for policing in Essex. 

People can fill in the survey online via this link http://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/fire-rescue-plan-2019-2024-public-survey/ . Hard copies are also available on request.  Please contact my office on 01245 291600 if you would like a copy or email pfcc@essex.pnn.police.uk

They can also write to PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB.

The survey will close at midnight on Tuesday January 15th, 2019.

I know I can rely on your assistance in sharing this survey and encouraging people who live and/or work in our county to complete it.



Countryside Developments presented an overview of their plans for the site known as Land between Braintree Road and Mill Lane at the Parish Council meeting on the 12th September   

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.


Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 14 draft document


Follow this link NP




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