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Traffic Announcements

Church Road, Ramsden Heath

Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Church Road, due to commence on 17th January 2019 for 7 days (beyond the junction with Short Lane in the direction of Ramsden Bellhouse).The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while BT undertakes provision of service- spine sub duct and cabling.

Paying for Policing – We need your opinion

Do you want to see an improved Police Service in Essex? And are you willing to pay more Council Tax to provide it? Those are the questions being asked by Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

Essex residents are being asked to fill in a survey so Mr Hirst can see what the county’s opinion is on increasing resources for Essex Police.
He also wants to know what they think about the policing priorities for Essex.
Funding for Essex Police comes from two sources – central Government and local Council Tax. Taking these two funding sources into account, Essex Police receives the second lowest funding per resident of any police force in the country and has one of the lowest Council Tax precepts for policing. Next year we are also expecting significant additional costs from increases in police officer pay, higher insurance costs and changes to police officer pensions. There will also be costs as a result of extending the police’s Airwave radio system due to delays in the roll out of the National Emergency Services Communication Programme.
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “I want to provide the best possible policing service, which is what the people of Essex rightly deserve. Increasing investment will help the Chief Constable deliver this. I am working hard to lobby the Government but we cannot yet know the scale of any increase in central Government funding. I can of course raise the policing precept. Before I do that I want to know what people think.”
Last year, Mr Hirst carried out a similar survey which received more than 5,000 responses. Approximately two thirds of the people who answered (65 per cent) said they would be prepared to see the police element of local Council Tax increased by more than two per cent so more money could be made available for policing in Essex. More than half were prepared to pay up to £20 more per year.
Mr Hirst said: “In light of the results from last year’s survey, I raised the policing element of the Council Tax by up to £12, or £1 a month, for a Band D property. This increase, as part of the £450 million in police funding secured nationally from the Government last year, allowed Essex Police to recruit 150 more frontline officers, bringing the total amount of Essex Police officers to at least 3,000. These additional officers are being recruited and trained and will be arriving in local communities by February 2019.”

He added: “Whilst filling the survey I would also like people to give their views on the policing priorities for Essex. I want to make sure that they reflect the needs of the communities that Essex Police serves.”
People can fill in the survey online via this link

Hard copies are also available on request. Please contact the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner on 01245 291600 if you would like a copy or you can email You can also write to PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB.

The survey will be live from 1am on Tuesday, November 6 and will close at midnight on Tuesday, November 27.
The Band D Council Tax for policing in Essex for 2018/19 is £169.02 per year.
This is not a referendum, it is an opportunity to gauge opinions so those views can be taken into account as part of the decision making process. The survey only reflects the policing element of the Council Tax precept and not the precept relating to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Bus Services

Chelmsford – Sandon Park & Ride Christmas Timetable 

Chelmsford Xmas P & R openings

Service 10 and Services 13,13a and 14 operated by First Essex Buses

Please be advised that from 03 September 2018 the following changes will take place.

·         Service 10 will operate around Church End Lane instead of Guernsey Gardens.

·         Services 13/13a/14 will operate in both directions along Alderney Gardens instead of Swan Lane, (Wantz Corner will no longer be served).

Poster Service 10 Basildon - Wickford 3 Sep 18
Poster Service 13 13a 14 Chelmsford - Wickford

Chelmsford Recycling

You may have seen some references to Chelmsford in the latest Sky News features on plastic pollution attempting to implicate Chelmsford, and its waste collection services, directly in this national and global issue. Whilst this is a really important issue, it is unfortunate that Sky has chosen to report the presence of a few CCC marked bags found in Hong Kong in isolation, without providing any background and context. Of course the risk, locally, is that this publicity may undermine public confidence in these services and as a consequence reduce their effectiveness. So just to set the record straight:


  • Chelmsford City Council has always been an advocate of kerbside separated recycling collections, since the concept of recycling of household waste really came to prominence in 2003, believing that this approach ensures that the vast majority of material collected can then be properly recycled


  • The City has one of the most comprehensive kerbside collection services of materials for recycling and composting in the country. As well as the more traditional glass, paper and cans, this collection includes cardboard, all type of plastic containers and food and drink cartons, plastic film, foil, aerosols, textiles and small waste electrical items, as well as separate food waste and garden waste collections


  • The kerbside separated collections carried out by the City Council are very effective in producing high quality materials for recycling, free from contamination, which are generally attractive to merchants and re-processors in the recycling sector


  • In 2011 the City Council had the foresight to recognise the potential adverse impact that discarded waste plastics could have on the environment, so extended the kerbside household collection, which was then limited to plastic bottles, to include all plastic food packaging, including pots, trays and film, as well as composite food and drink cartons, such as Tetrapak. This has been very successful; removing large amounts of plastic from the general waste stream, giving the opportunity for these to be recycled


  • At that time, the City Council also invested over £600,000 in a new material sorting facility at Freighter House – specially designed to help sort plastics collected from kerbside into different types of polymers, as well as separating steel from aluminium, to try to ensure the majority of these materials could go direct to recycling merchants and re-processors


  • The majority of HDPE and PET [plastic bottles] collected in Chelmsford are pre-sorted locally and sent to Viridor where it they are cleaned, graded and flaked at a plant in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, before being sent to a re-processor to be re-made into bottles and food containers


  • Other plastics are sent to a plant in Rochester, also operated by Viridor, for sorting and onward transfer to a variety of re-processors. Due to current market conditions only some of this mixed plastic will be recycled into similar products, some will be used as ‘energy from waste’ feedstock


Chelmsford City Council is justifiably proud of the recycling and waste collection services that it offers and the investment made to ensure that these services are well used, reliable and appreciated by local residents. The kerbside separated collection system used in Chelmsford ensures that materials collected for recycling are of high quality and free from contamination, which in turn means that wherever possible they can be used for ‘closed loop’ recycling processes. The City Council remains confident that the approach adopted in Chelmsford has the least environmental impact and most value in preserving scarce natural resources, of all recycling practices


Given that many of you are Chelmsford residents or will know people who live in the City, we need to continue to play our part and, where necessary, counter inaccurate reporting to ensure that our recycling services remain as effective and successful as they can be.

Chelmsford City Council



The Parish Council are seeking to fund a Volunteer Community Special Constable within the Parish.

You would hold the same office and the same powers as regular officers. You would wear the same uniform, carry the same equipment and will be deployed to the same incidents. You will not be paid, but you can claim mileage and duty allowances.

You will need to volunteer at least 16 hours per calendar month, plus time for training. On average a Special Constable in Essex volunteers 24 hours a month.

Special Constables are bound by the policing Code of Ethics and the Standards of Professional Behaviour. These apply whether the officer is on or off duty.

Roger Hirst, the Police and Crime Commissioner has made the commitment to double the size of the Special Constabulary by 2020. This means the force is looking to achieve a headcount of 700 officers. The PCC has also committed to having a Special in every community.

If you are interested in this position you can apply via the police website: or please contact Julie Moule on or phone 01268-710820.

The recruitment process involves a fitness test, a test to check basic literacy and numeracy skills and a structured interview. Subject to success in this process applicants undergo a medical and extensive vetting.

Successful applicants will then undertake initial training at Essex Police Headquarters. They have the option to take part in an intensive 3 week course or to undertake their training on 7 weekends spread over a 14 week period.


We may have some good news for those of your parishioners who have a private pumping station on their property, and have not yet registered it with Anglian Water.

Currently, homeowners spend hundreds of pounds every year for electricity running costs, maintenance and repairs to look after these private pumping stations. They may even have been flooded if it’s broken down in the past.  

As of 1 October 2016, many of these private pumping stations automatically transferred over to Anglian Water and became our responsibility. We have taken over all of the maintenance and the running costs too, saving customers hassle, worry and money.

We’d like to ask for your support in letting local residents know about this, and asking them to get in touch with us if they think they have a private pumping station. 

To help customers identify and report the pumping stations, further information can be found:

If you have any questions about this campaign, please reply to

For any other queries, please contact our Public Affairs Team on

Thank you in advance for your support.

Anglian Water Private Pumping Stations Campaign Team