NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY STATEMENT
Following the Parish Council Meeting on June 5th 2018 this Notice has been Published on the Finance Information Page
View the Stisted Village Diary to see what's happening in Stisted over the coming months.
Essex County Council have announced their preferred option for the A120 as Option D. To see a video of this route please go to www.a120essex.co.uk
Next Parish Council meeting: Tuesday 12th June 7.30pm at the Montefiore Institute
Rogue traders calling at your home
Essex Police have noted an increase in Rogue Traders and offer the following advice.
Rogue traders are people who call at your door pretending to be qualified tradespeople and offering to do work on your home. They may call and state that you could need one of the following services:
Driveways power washed
Driveway repairs or replaced
Garden services, tree lopping
They may seem friendly and persuasive but too often they target vulnerable elderly people and local residents are encouraged to actively try to prevent rogue trader incidents occurring in their area. The rogue traders may claim to know your neighbours and have done work for them but often the work they promise to complete didn't need doing in the first place. You decide whether you need any work done to our house, not them.
If you think you've been taken in by a rogue trader, please let Essex Police know by calling 101, orcontact Trading Standards - https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/get-more-help/report-to-trading-standards/
Take a look at their advice to make sure you don't fall victim to a rogue trader. A genuine trader won't:
Call without an appointment
Ask you to go to the bank to withdraw cash or make a money transfer
Offer to take you to the bank to withdraw cash for payment
Ask you to pay in full before the work is complete
Insist that you make a decision about the work they're offering to do on the spot
Bully or scare you into doing the work
If you do think you need some work doing:
Contact a Buy With Confidence accredited trader
Get a number of quotes
Get a written estimate detailing exactly what work will be carried out, how much it will cost and what the terms of payment are
Take your time to make sure you’re happy with what you’re undertaking – ask a trusted friend/relative for advice or ring the Buy with Confidence number 08454 040506.
Doorstep sellers, as well as calling at your door and offering to carry out work on your home, and other rogue traders try to sell poor quality goods for highly inflated prices. It can be difficult to refuse some sales people on your doorstep and you can be pressured into buying something you do not want or that is not good value for money.
1. Check the trader’s identity: were you expecting them? If not, but you are interested in what they are selling, ask them to come back at a more convenient time and try to have another person with you.
2. Take control: you ask the questions and try to remember that it is a business situation.
3. Be aware that doorstep sellers are not your friends: watch out for clever sales techniques where you may be made to feel like you have lots in common.
4. Don’t sign on the spot: even if it means that you could lose a ‘special discount’. Take time to reflect, think about your purchase and shop around.
5. You have a right to cancel: If you do purchase something for more than £35 from doorstep sales people you have 7 days to change your mind. This information should be given to you in writing by the sales person.
6. If in doubt, ask the person to leave: phone Consumer Direct or Essex County Council Trading Standards on 08454 040506 for further advice. You can also contact Essex Police using the non-emergency number 101.
If you feel threatened by a sales person in your own home call 999.
Please be aware that there are groups of thieves turning up in villages and attempting to remove telephone kiosks. They claim to be from BT, but are not! The Parish Council has adopted the kiosk in Stisted and any work being carried out will be done by Councillors or a properly appointed organisation.
If men arrive with pneumatic drills and start excavating the phone box to remove it, they are doing so illegally.
If you see or hear anything going on at our precious telephone kiosk please contact the Police immediately and then let the Parish Council know. If you are able to photograph or make a note of the vehicle registration number, this will be invaluable to the Police in their response, but do not put yourself at risk in doing so.
Remember - if someone is trying to kidnap our kiosk, call 999
- Youth Club dates
- A120 updates
A120 Route A discounted for future A120
Press release from Essex County Council 23/11/2017
Route options agreed to help deliver upgraded A120 'without delay'
An upgrade to the A120 between Braintree and the A12 has taken a big step forward after Essex County Council's Cabinet supported four viable route options.
Cabinet met today (Thursday) and agreed to push forward with four route options which form two route alignments and approaches to connect with the A12, with alternative starting points around the Braintree Bypass. Further technical studies will continue with the final decision on if and what route to fund being taken by the Government.
Options B, C, D and E remain viable and can be supported at this stage by Essex County Council. Option A, which closely followed the route of the old A120 but was chosen as last choice by more than 60% of consultees, has been confirmed as not viable and will not be recommended.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader at Essex County Council, said: "We are currently on track to deliver a vital upgrade to the A120.
"An improved A120 would create a gateway to north Essex and beyond - allowing our local businesses, ports and airports to continue to grow by moving staff and freight quickly and efficiently across the country.
"This would support economic growth not only in East Anglia but also across the rest of Britain. It would also reduce congestion and give more reliable journey times for our residents and businesses.
“Without heavy investment now we risk choking the supply chain to large and small businesses across the country, killing our economy and clogging up our road network for decades to come."
He continued: "Some may have expected one single route to emerge at this stage, but the consultation and our work around it has been clear.
"Four routes offer standout cases and it is only right that we keep these on the table for further consideration for funding by the Government.
"We should be very proud of the work we have done so far to build a strong case for improvements to the A120 thanks to feedback from nearly 3,000 residents and businesses; but this is not the end of the line and we will continue technical studies into each of the four remaining route options.
"We have heard the public loud and clear - improvements to the A120 are long overdue.
"Now we need that voice to be directed to Government so we can secure the funding to make upgrades to the A120 a reality as soon as possible without delay."
Technical studies will now continue throughout the winter and spring to help inform a favoured route option for the A120.
Essex County Council aims to get the A120 Braintree to A12 upgrade into the Government’s Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2), a pot of Government money specifically set aside for investing in strategic roads across the country between 2020 and 2025. This is expected to be announced in 2019.
For more information on the A120 Braintree to the A12 consultation and the next stages, please visit www.A120essex.co.uk.
Garden waste collections stop during the winter months
Refer to Braintree District Council website to download your calendar and get more tips about recycling
NOTICE of Completion of the Annual Audit has been posted on the Notice Board and on the Finance Information Page of the Website
Also Here are Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Return as required by the regulations
ESSEX VILLAGE OF THE YEAR
Sadly, Stisted didn't get placed in the Essex Village of the Year competition. The judges were impressed with the presentations and displays, but there were tough competitors. It won't deter us from trying again in 2018 wth renewed vigour.
Operation Galileo - Hare Coursing
Essex Police have joined other police forces in Operation Galileo. This is an operation to tackle Hare Coursing across the county. In order for this to succeed Essex Police need to know about every Hare Coursing incident, even if it has finished. Only if you tell them about these coursing incidents can they try to tackle this problem. Call 101 if you witness anything.
Follow updates for operation Galileo and other Rural crime operations on Twitter @PcAndyLong or @EssexPoliceUK
The village sign is situated on the Village Green which can be found opposite the school upon entering the village from the direction of Braintree.
Mr Patrick Bones kindly erected this. The base is comprised of brick and stone. Mr Darren Woodley who lived in the village and attended the village school carved the top from a piece of teak. The sign was designed in consultation with the Parish Council by Ian Sillitoe who at one time was a member of the Braintree Youth Theatre and went on to work in the West End designing sets for London stage.
The carved top depicts China Bridge as it was originally; China Bridge crosses the river below the church. The corn represents the village links with the farming community. The name Stisted is derived from the Saxon words meaning 'a bed of nettles', hence the nettles. The water wheel is the oldest recorded article in the village, first mentioned in 1373 when Mr Robert Seioalle of Coggeshall purchased a water mill. The late Mr William McMillan first introduced the Friesian cow to this area and this sign has been donated to the village by his family as a memorial to him for his many years of service to the local community and particular to the village. Mr McMillan was a founder trustee of the village hall and a Parish Councillor for 46 years, 16 of which in the role of Chairman. He also represented the Parish on the district Council and was a trustee of the Montefiore Institute. The whole sign is supported on an oak post cut from a tree grown on Gowers Farm and blown down during the storm in October 1987.
NEW: See Guide to Stisted for a link to a list of walks around the village