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




As part of their communications for the Voter ID pilot, Braintree District Council  have shared a video on social media to help spread the message. 


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/braintreedistrictcouncil/videos/705213039893482/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bMkfSlq7kQ

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BraintreeDC/status/1116278257773621251



  • Don’t forget that you need to show ID to vote in local elections at polling stations on 2nd May 2019
  • You need to take the correct form of ID – check the full list at www.braintree.gov.uk/voterid
  • You can take either one piece of photo ID such as a driving licence (including provisional licence), passport or bus pass, OR two pieces on non-photo ID such as a poll card, debit/credit card or Council Tax bill. One piece on non-photo ID must have the voter’s current address – check the list
  • Don’t worry if you haven’t got any ID or any of the ID listed – you can apply for a free Electoral Identity Document - just call BDC Elections team who will be able to help you. You need to do this by 5pm on Wednesday 1st May 2019.
  • All ID documents must be originals or a certified copy.
  • All the information residents need can be found at www.braintree.gov.uk/voterid



Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Mill Lane, Cressing and Bulford Mill Lane, Cressing

Please click on the following link https://roadworks.org?tm=112386024 to find amended details of the intended closure of Mill Lane and Bulford Mill Lane, due to commence on 8th April 2019 for 19 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes new ducts for new street lighting columns works



Advice from UK Power Networks

You may have seen the ongoing forecast of high winds and rain (Storm Gareth) expected to arrive (Wednesday 13th March), affecting parts of the South East and the East of England.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but high winds and rain can damage overhead power lines resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.  We have organised for additional staff in our contact centre to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the predicted weather, and we have called-up additional engineers to carry out repairs to our electricity network.

You will be able to find regular updates on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.

Anyone experiencing a power cut can: 

  • Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
  • Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk for the latest updates
  • Visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
  • Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report power cuts or to receive updates


We urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to us immediately by calling 105 from a landline or mobile phone. 

If you see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority  . 

UK Power Networks has extra staff on hand to deal with the impact of Storm Gareth. Call 105 to report a power cut and visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/storm-centre-prepare or message @UKPowerNetworks on Twitter. #stormgareth #ukpnnews

Do you, or someone you know, need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. Visit https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/power-cut/priority-services-register for more information.  #stormgareth #ukpnnews

From: Julie Seal, Community Affairs Officer  UK Power Networks, Fore Hamlet, Ipswich, IP3 8AA



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.  




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




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