Uttlesford District Council Multi Agency Visit

Uttlesford District Council are hosting a drop in event on Thursday 7 September at Chaffix, Felsted CM6 3EG from 11am until approximately 2pm.

There will be a number of agencies attending to give advice including Uttlesford District Council, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, United In Kind, Spangles Family Hub – Uttlesford District, Peabody, Essex Police – Uttlesford District, Uttlesford Citizens Advice Bureau, UCAN, Uttlesford Foodbank, Community Agents, Uttlesford and Find Your Active – West Essex.

Residents are encouraged to attend, no appointment necessary.

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Rural Crime Survey

A message from Kemi Badenoch, MP for the Saffron Walden Constituency:

“I understand that rural crime can have a huge impact on our communities, and I want to know if you have been affected. Too often rural crime goes unreported and we need accurate information to help reduce it across our constituency. Please take a few moments of your time to complete my survey and share your concerns.”

Click here to complete the survey.

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Linsell’s Shop and Post Office Update

Linsell’s Shop and Post Office will be closing on Sunday 20th August at 12-00pm for major refurbishment and will re-open on Saturday 26th at 9-00am.

Newspapers will be available to purchase from under the Archway leading to the Church from 8-00am to 11-00am each day that they are closed.

The main purpose of the work is to replace outdated refrigeration with modern, more energy efficient units.

During the week commencing 21st August all the old equipment will be removed and the new equipment will be delivered.

In order to reduce the amount of disruption this may cause to the village centre, the Parish Council have authorised Linsell’s to use Woodley’s Car Park to temporarily store this equipment.

Therefore, the six spaces in Woodley’s Car Park will be unavailable for parking from Monday 21st to Friday 25th August inclusive.

Linsells apologises for any inconvenience these works will cause and would like to thank residents for their understanding and customers for their continued support.

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Help Plan Felsted’s Future

We know that sometimes it seems like Felsted has become one big building site. The truth is that much of the development around us is outside the parish boundary or had already received approval before our Neighbourhood Plan was formally “Made” and we have been tremendously successful in preventing unwanted development within the parish of Felsted by having our neighbourhood plan.

In February 2020, following five years of hard work by the Steering Group, Felsted had its Neighbourhood Plan approved by Uttlesford District Council. In addition to preventing the proliferation of unwanted development the plan secured a new Community Health Centre (to be owned by the Felsted Community Trust), currently being developed by Mulberry Homes in Station Road. And coming soon, a badly needed safe and secure car park for our primary school!

After three years the advice is that we should refresh our plan to strengthen and secure further protection for our parish. Neighbourhood Plans that are older than 2 years old carry reduced weight during planning considerations especially where the Local Planning Authority do not have an “up to date” Local Plan or the required 5 Year Housing Land Supply which is the case for Uttlesford District Council.

We are seeking interested residents of Felsted to join the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. No planning or other professional qualifications are required. We just want Felsted folk who can give a little time to help us refresh the plan.

If you would be interested in joining the Felsted Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, please contact the Parish Clerk.

Phone: 07719 552174
Email: clerk@felsted-pc.gov.uk

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Bus Network Consultation

Essex County Council is reviewing its bus services and bus route 16 (Wethersfield – Felsted – Chelmsford) is amongst the services under review.

During the next 2 years consideration may be given to re-designing it, for example, by reducing the frequency of days or times of operation, changing the route, replacing it with an alternative service, or withdrawing it altogether.

A consultation is now live until 5th October and any users, or potential users of the service are encouraged to complete the short questionnaire to register their views.

Please click here to find out more information and respond to the consultation: https://consultations.essex.gov.uk/iptu/2023

The relevant bus route can be found on the second page of the online survey under Chelmsford District.

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London Stansted Airport Draft Noise Action Plan Consultation 

Stansted Airport is consulting on its 5-year Noise Action Plan and need your views to help shape the plan. It is committed to minimising the impact of airport operations on neighbouring communities and is considering a range of options to help reduce and minimise the impact of aircraft noise.

The Draft Noise Action Plan will cover the years from 2024 to 2028 and build on the previous Noise Action Plans, which set out how the effects and impact of aircraft noise are currently managed.

The Noise Action Plan consultation closes on Monday 28th August 2023.

You can find out more about the Noise Action Plan here: https://www.stanstedairport.com/community/noise/noise-action-plan/

The Feedback Form can be found here: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=doKYwHh5Kk-9j5GKN6XJV2JZFMsv4TJKkPnTwcAiWeFURDZHRE1aUjlTTTlFOElEVlNHTERUVzI0VC4u

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Essex Electric Vehicle Charge Point Strategy

Essex County Council are currently consulting on the Essex Electric Vehicle Charge Point Strategy and would welcome your views.  The consultation closes on the 30th July 2023.

A switch to electric vehicles can contribute to improving air quality and achieving its net zero goals. Although only part of the solution, electric vehicles have a key role to play, alongside its work to encourage sustainable transport options, such as walking, cycling and bus travel.

To support the shift to electric vehicles, Essex County Council need to ensure residents, businesses and visitors to Essex can access a reliable, convenient, accessible and fairly priced network of charging points.

Read more about the Essex Electric Vehicle Charge Point Strategy here: The Right Charger in the Right Place (essexhighways.org)
Have your say by completing the short consultation survey here: Essex Electric Vehicle Charge Point Strategy – Essex County Council – Citizen Space
Email: ElectricVehicleStrategy@essexhighways.org

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New ‘Midlife MOT’ website

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new online Midlife MOT to help workers aged 45 to 65 with financial planning, health guidance, and to assess what their skills mean for their careers and futures.

The website signposts key organisations and charities, including the NHS, Mind, MoneyHelper, Citizens Advice and DWP’s find a job portal.

Click here for more information: https://jobhelp.campaign.gov.uk/midlifemot/home-page/

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Volunteering in Essex

Essex County Council have recently launched the summer of volunteering campaign across Essex which will run until the end of September 2023.

This is aimed at encouraging residents across the County to volunteer this summer and a chance to highlight and celebrate some of the fantastic work that takes place across Essex.
Volunteering for just a few hours can make a huge difference to communities across Essex.

The benefits of volunteering include a sense of pride, an opportunity to make new friends and the chance to learn new skills and gain work experience.

For more information visit the volunteering webpage: www.essex.gov.uk/volunteer

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