Publication of Annual Accountability and Governance Return 2018
Details of the Return can be found on the Finance Pages
A120 to Millennium Way Slip Roads - work updates
We will be contacting local residents and businesses next week to let them know about upcoming construction works on the A120 to add two new slip roads to Millennium Way (B1018). This scheme will help to relieve congestion at Galleys Corner and stimulate future commercial investment and job creation along the A120. It will also provide more direct routes for residents, businesses, and visitors to nearby amenities.
Preliminary work on the scheme is due to start in September, when Essex County Council’s contractors will begin a series of ground investigation and drainage surveys on the site. This initial phase of work will include minor excavations, samples and monitoring, and is expected to take up to six weeks to complete.
We plan to minimise disruption to residents by undertaking works during the daytime where possible, however some night work may be required. Minor vegetation clearance will be required to allow access to the site and it may also be necessary, on occasion, to introduce temporary lane restrictions on the A120. Disruption to users of the A120 will also be minimised.
Residents and businesses close to the site will be sent a letter in the next week to inform them of the scheme. We understand that this scheme will be of interest to many in the Braintree area, and so we plan to update the dedicated webpage on Essex County Council’s website with more information as it becomes available.
Further information about this scheme will also be featured, along with the Braintree Integrated Transport Package (ITP), at a number of public information events in October. The details of these events are provided in the letter, on the website, and are given in full below.
The latest updates on the scheme, including a visualisation of the completed slip roads and more information on the plans, will be available at http://www.essex.gov.uk/A120millenniumway from Friday, 24 August.
Braintree Integrated Transport Package (ITP)
The Braintree Integrated Transport Package (ITP) is a package of schemes with the aim of improving access to Braintree Town Centre. In addition to a number of traffic management measures for Braintree Town Centre, it comprises two main priority schemes on which Essex County Council will be engaging with the public next month (September 2018):
Springwood Drive Junction (Springwood Drive / Rayne Road / Pods Brook Road): Junction improvements to address traffic congestion and accommodate future growth
Station Access (Station Approach / Rose Hill & South Street Junctions): Improvements to Station Approach to enhance accessibility and amenity for various users of Braintree Station and local residents
Public consultation on the Braintree ITP is scheduled to launch on Monday, 10 September 2018 and will be open for 7 weeks, closing 29 October 2018.
Two consultation events will be held in Braintree during the consultation period in October. These will provide interested parties with details of the proposals and members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions.
- Saturday, 6 October (10am-4pm) - Council Chamber, Braintree Town Hall
- Friday, 12 October (11am to 7pm) - Alec Hunter Academy
The latest updates on the Braintree ITP schemes, and more information on the plans, including details on how consultees can provide feedback on the proposed schemes will shortly be available at http://www.essex.gov.uk/braintreeitp
Issued by Derek Bentley, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for infrastructure, Essex County Council, 24th August 2018
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
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.