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Parish Council Meetings

The next full Parish Council meeting is the Annual Parish Council Meeting and is on Thursday 6th September 2018 at 20.00 in the Parish Room.

For a copy of the September agenda click here (Note that the agenda is only published a week before the date of the meeting).

For a copy of the calendar of all Parish Council 2018 meetings click here

Police Meeting

Come and meet your local beat officer who is visiting Doddinghurst to find out what the issues are that are most affecting residents.

The meeting will take place in the Parish Room adjacent to the Village Hall on Monday 10th September 2018 from 19:00-20.00.

Come along and have your say!

Doddinghurst Art Society

Doddinghurst Art Society are holding a Art Exhibition of original art work including framed watercolours and canvases in Barn and Garden at 2 Days Cottages, Days Lane, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, CM15 9SL on Monday 27th August (Bank Holiday) 11am to 5pm. Feel free to pop along and have a look at their wonderful work.

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 clarrie-tremain@outlook.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.

Mobile Library.

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

Fly Tipping.

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

 If you would like us to add you to a Parish Council email address list so that we can inform you of the latest village news - see the April 2015 edition of the Link Newsletter for full details, please email us your home address and email address to: clerk@doddinghurst-pc.gov.uk

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