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Parish Council Meetings
The next Full Council meeting is on Thursday 19th January 2019 at 20.00 in the Parish Room.
For a copy of the January agenda click here.
For a copy of the calendar of all Parish Council 2019 meetings click here
Essex County Council are changing their approach to the information drop ins at libraries about the future library services consultation. They are now 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.
Please note that the purpose of the drop-ins is to provide information, not to gather feedback. They 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/
Senior's Coffee Morning
Brentwood County Council are holding drop in coffee and information sessions for Seniors. Advice on all sorts of areas including technology, heating benefits and health checks. Drop in for a chat, a coffee and a cake or two. For more information click here.
Do you live or work in Doddinghurst? Would you like to get more involved and make a difference. Then why not join the Parish Council? We have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor. Contact the Parish Clerk for more information on 01277 824245 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Parish Clerk
On the 9th April 2018, we welcomed our new Parish Clerk to the role. Her name is Ann-Marie Smith, and will be available in the Parish Office, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am until 12.30pm. Feel free to come along and say hello. Roger Blake will still support the Parish Council in the role of Responsible Financial Officer (RFO).
Allotment Plots Available to Lease.
With Spring around the corner are you interested in getting out into the fresh air and growing your own vegetables. We have some Full and Half Plots available. Full pots are £60 per year and Half £30 per year. Please contact Clarrie Tremain in the office or email email@example.com for more information.
Essex Energy Switch - Save money on your fuel bills.
Essex County Council are inviting the residents of Doddinghurst to register their interest in using the energy switching scheme, with NO obligation to take up the offer after signing up. A one day auction is held and energy companies compete against each other to offer their best tariffs. Every resident registered will receive a personalised offer, detailing how much they could save.
Essex residents have already saved over £2 million on their energy bills by switching! There is a real possibility you could make significant savings particularly if you have been with the same energy supplier for a few years.
Visit www.essex.gov.uk/energyswitch and complete the online form. Alternatively you can call the iChoosr Switching helpline on 0800 048 8285. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am - 5.30pm, or go to the iChoosr website: www.ichoosr.co.uk
Footpaths / Public Rights of Way in the VIllage .
Regular walkers will have observed a CA 17 notice posted by ECC relating to a number of fields in and around the village. These notices advise you that the landowner has regiserted a CA16 applications for deposits under section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 with Essex County Council that will result in ancient footpath rights (not footpaths on the ECC definitive map) being extinguished on the land areas detailed in the notice.. If you are (or were, as som pathways have been closed already) a regular user and believe the footpaths should be retained you need to contact the Parish Council without delay.
Essex County Council is holding a consultation on the future of the mobile library service in the County. The existing fleet is aging and in need of replacement and the County is considering alternative ways of providing a service to the community. The statistics for the service that visits Doddinghurst do no look too bad in terms of the numbers of users and Doddinghurst meet the servive criteria for the distance of the village from a conventional library. The consultation period has now closed, but for more information see: http://libraries.essex.gov.uk/media/537371/ds17_5812_mobile_library_consultation_a4_12pp_booklet.pdf
This is a crime that is on the increase. A hotline has been set up to report fly tipping and if it is witnessed make a note of the date and time and if possible the registration number of the vehicle plus, if it can be done safely, a photo. These are all a real help in getting the perpetrators prosecuted. The Environment Agency hotline is 0800 807060 and is 24/7
Village Bus Trips (AKA Bus Club).
The 2018 timetable is now available to view on notice boards in the village as well as on this website under the "Village Bus" menu tab. These outings use a Brentwood Community Transport 14 seater bus for day trips from Doddinghurst to go locations such as Bluewater, Cambridge, The Company Shed West Mersea and many other venues. Seats are limited and the cost is kept low - see timetable for per person price - as the organisation is run on a not for profit basis and the drivers are fully trained but unpaid volunteers. The vehicles are disabled traveller friendly. The service starts and ends in the Doddinghurst Village Hall car park in Church Lane. Please contat the driver directly to book your trip(s).
Parish Council email address list
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