Welcome to Felsted

Located in north-west Essex and with a population of around 3,000, the Parish of Felsted has at its heart the historic village of Felsted, surrounded by Greens and Hamlets, in a beautiful rural setting. You can see pictures taken around the parish here.

Felsted retains the underlying charm and attraction of a rural parish, with the community and village at its heart. This is what attracts people to the area and what we as the Parish Council see as our historic duty to protect. Preservation of our heritage is balanced with a duty to ensure that the Parish thrives and meets the future needs of our community.

  • Winner of RCCE Village of the Year 2015
  • “One of the best places to live in the East of England” – The Sunday Times (2013)


We are holding our next little pick this Saturday 21st October. 


If you this can come along and spend a little time helping keep our Parish clean, then meet in the Playing Field Car Park (off Jollyboys Lane North – CM6 3DU) anytime between 10am and 2pm.

You can choose which area you ‘pick’ and high viz vests will be provided, along with grabbers and refuse bags.

Any queries please ring Diane Smith (Clerk) on  01371 823071.


We had a record number of volunteers come along to the last litter pick, on 1 April.

Between them they collected 34 bags of rubbish (plus assorted larger items) and covered all the main areas of the village, including Station Road and Braintree Road, where the problem was at its worst. There were also additional groups who couldn’t make the day but headed out independently to clean up their area of the Parish.


Dog owners – Please use dog poo bags and dispose of them in the bins provided

In the last few months the PC has provided additional dog waste bins on Footpath 7 (past Whippersnappers Nursery near the Flitch Way), Footpath 55 (north east of Bury Farm) and at the Ravens Crescent Play Area. Dog walkers not picking up their pets poo is becoming an increasing problem in Felsted, as is the practise of leaving full dog poo bags hanging in hedgerows or on the ground. There is an extensive network of over 15 dog waste bins around the village and the PC would ask all dog owners to be considerate and ‘Pick up’ after their pets and dispose of the bags  responsibly.

The Parish Council has installed 2 new Automatic external defibrillators in the Parish.

They are located outside the surgery and the primary School.

There is also a defribrillator in the village shop, which is available during normal opening hours.

The new defribrillators are on the outside of the buildings and so are available for use 24 hours a day.

If you suspect someone is suffering from a heart attack then always call 999 first. You can then give first aid through compressions to the beat of ‘Staying Alive’ by the Bee Gees.

Tell someone to go to the defribrillator, where they will call 999 and the operator will give the person the code to open the box.


The defribillators are designed for use by someone who has NOT received any training.

There are very simple instructions (given verbally, you don’t have to read instructions) to attach the pads to the patient and then the defribillator does its own test to decide whether or not to shock the patient. If a shock is not needed then the defribillator will not deliver it.

If you suspect someone has suffered a heart attack then, as the British Heart Foundation says, the worst thing you could do is nothing:

How to do Hands-only CPR

When somebody collapses in front of you, what do you do?

  1. Check the person over. If they are not responsive and not breathing, then their heart has stopped working and they are having a cardiac arrest.
  2. Now, call 999. Then you do Hands-only CPR.
  3. Lock your fingers together, knuckles up. Then push down, right between the nipples. Push down five or six centimetres. That’s about two inches. Push hard and fast about two times a second, like to the beat of Stayin’ Alive. Don’t worry about hurting someone. A cracked rib can be mended – just concentrate on saving a life.
  4. Keep this up until the ambulance arrives.
  5. If someone else is available, then get them to collect the closest defribillator. Switch it on and follow the verbal instructions.

So don’t forget. Check them over. Call 999. Push hard and fast to Stayin’ Alive. It works.

Hands-only CPR. It’s not as hard as it looks.


Further to our original news item below, published in July, this is just a reminder that the closing date for comment to the Uttlesford Local Plan is 4th September.


Original News item

Uttlesford District Council has now launched its consultation to seek feedback on the Draft Local Plan.

The Plan identifies a New Town of 10,000 houses to be built, with Braintree District Council, to the north of Felsted, alongside Stebbing. Remembering also the plans by Chelmsford Council to build 1,000 houses in Gt Leighs, with 750 of these adjoining Willows Green.

 It is vitally important that you have your say about this if we are to avoid Felsted being swamped with traffic and our services exhausted by the demands of new residents looking for doctors and school places, whilst waiting for the eventual building of services in any New Town.

The announcement from Uttlesford District Council, with the drop in sessions, is repeated below:

Councillors approved the draft plan for public consultation at a meeting of Full Council on 11 July.

The consultation seeks views on the proposed site allocations and the associated policies which will guide future development within the district up to 2033.

The quickest and easiest way to read the draft local plan and to provide feedback is via the website www.uttlesford.gov.uk/draftplan2017.

The deadline for responses is 5pm on Monday 4 September.

Drop-in exhibitions

A number of drop-in exhibitions have been organised so that residents and businesses can find out more about the proposals within the Uttlesford Draft Local Plan.

These exhibitions will he held on:

  • Monday 17 July, 5-8.30pm – Chesterfords Community Centre, Newmarket Road, Great Chesterford CB10 1NU
  • Monday 24 July, 5-8.30pm – Stebbing Village Hall, Mill Lane, Stebbing CM6 3SL
  • Wednesday 26 July, 5-8.30pm – Memorial Hall, Manor Road, Little Easton CM6 2JR

These exhibitions are open to all, and have been tailored to specifically give more information about the individual proposed garden communities.

The purpose of the exhibitions is to provide members of the public with information about the proposals so that they can make informed comments on the draft plan during the consultation.

Anticipated Local Plan timetable

12 July – 4 September 2017

  • Public consultation on the draft local plan

Winter 2017/2018

  • Consideration of consultation feedback and revisions to the plan as appropriate
  • Putting together the final version of the Draft Local Plan including modifications

Winter 2017/2018

  • Public consultation on the final version of the Draft Local Plan

Spring 2018

  • Submission of Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration

Summer 2018

  • Start of hearing sessions for the public examination

Winter 2018/2019

  • Receipt of Planning Inspector’s Report

Spring 2019

  • Adoption of Local Plan by Full Council