A consultation document has been issued seeking comment on a proposal to redirect flights currently routed South from Stansted, onto easterly routes. This will move all of these outgoing flights onto routes which will fly over, or along the edge of, the Parish.
The council are extremely concerned about the resulting noise and air pollution and believe that key aspects of the resulting impact have been ignored, including those on the schools in our Parish and the added impact of increased noise and air pollution over largely rural areas.
The benefits claimed for the changes are also proving to be questionable. The consultation highlights savings on CO2 as their main benefit, but analysis by the council, backed by calculations from the ‘Stop Stansted Expansion’ campaign shows that the saving is actually less than 1%.
Felsted Parish Council are planning to object in the strongest terms and will share that response here. In the meantime we would encourage everyone to review the proposal and make your own submissions, the more people who make their voices heard the more the consultation process will listen.
View the online response form or search ‘NATS Stansted consultation’
Please note that the consultation closes on 8th September, so there is limited time to respond.
View The Parish Council’s Response
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Felsted School on 6th May 2014, as part of the celebrations to mark the school’s 450th Anniversary. Villagers had put up bunting and were waving flags as they lined Braintree Road to welcome the royal visitors and they later watched as the royal couple departed by helicopter from the School playing fields.
Having produced the Parish Plan the next step is to go on and undertake a Neighbourhood Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan is a formal document which has to be consulted when UDC are making decisions on planning matters and so it gives the opportunity for the views of residents to be taken into account. If you would like to help with this project, and protect the character of Felsted for the future please come along to this informal meeting. The meeting will be held in the URC Hall, Stebbing Road, Felsted CM6 3JD on 13th March 2014 and starts at 7.30pm. Hope to see you there!
This year, 2014, marks the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War 1. The Parish Council therefore feel that this is an appropriate time to arrange for the War Memorial to be refurbished. If anyone knows of any additional names which should be added to the Memorial, please contact the Council.
Following discussions between the Police and the Parish Council, it has been agreed that a monthly Beat Surgery will once more be held in Felsted. A local officer will be available in Linsell Stores (Station Road, Felsted CM6 3DG) on the following dates:
- Thursday 27th February, 10-11am
- Monday 31st March, 6–7pm
- Thursday 24th April, 10-11am
- Thursday 22nd May, 6–7pm
- Tuesday 24th June, 10-11am
- Thursday 24th July, 6–7pm
Please take this opportunity to go along and meet your local officers and discuss any neighbourhood issues with them.
To contact Essex Police, ring 101 (or in an emergency always call 999).
The final Parish Plan document has now been produced and adopted by the Parish Council. The Plan reflects the views expressed by villagers in the survey which was undertaken at the beginning of last year and in the subsequent Exhibition. The Council intend to carry forward all the recommendations in the coming months. Over the next couple of weeks a copy of the Plan will be delivered to every house in the village. The full detailed survey results will shortly be uploaded to this website for anyone who wants to look at all the data.
The first meeting of Felsted Parish Council took place on 4th December 1894 in the then Board School. The Council has met regularly ever since and the 1000th meeting will take place (by co-incidence on the same date), Wednesday 4th December 2013 at the Primary School, Watch House Green. The same premises where it all began 109 years ago. The meeting will commence at 8pm and all members of the public are welcome.