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Active Travel Fund – posted June 2, 2021

Corona Virus Information – Update June 22, 2021

Free Training for Essex Residents – mental health, domestic abuse, living with dementia posted 27/05/21

Essex Fraud Alert – Covid 19 related scams

Free Walks in Essex

Recent planning applications

Traffic Announcements

Bus Services – Service 13A (Chelmsford – Wickford) – new route in Ramsden heath


Active Travel Fund

Essex County Council has been working with district, borough and city councils and local community and accessibility groups to create a partnership known as Active Travel Essex. Our plan is to re-allocate road space to make more room for everybody to safely and efficiently walk and cycle in five Essex towns – Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Colchester and Wickford. As more people take up walking and cycling and avoid using their cars for short trips, it will mean fewer vehicles on the road and ease congestion for those who have no alternative but to drive, making their journeys more reliable and efficient. 

With your support, we can help transform these town centres and neighbourhoods into thriving, healthier areas, with fewer cars but more people cycling and walking, allowing us all to breathe cleaner air and enjoy a better way of life. 

We’re now ready to share our plans with residents, businesses and other key stakeholders.   

To find out more, please visit You can also follow us on Twitter for up-to-date information: @SGH_Essex 


Covid-19 update 19 July 2021

Changes to the restrictions in Step 4

Monday 19 July marked the end of most legal restrictions for Covid-19 in England as we entered Step 4, but there is still guidance to help all of us act responsibly and make sensible choices. Let’s do what we can to keep Covid in check.

Key guidance and restrictions

You are still encouraged to:

  • wash your hands regularly
  • wear a face covering in enclosed or crowded space
  • keep your distance where you can
  • self-test twice a week
  • reduce the number of people you meet and for how long you meet them

You don’t legally have to socially distance and there are no legal limits on how many people you can meet indoors or outdoors.

You no longer have to work from home.

There are no limits on attendance or social distancing at large events or life events. Read more about changes to marriages and ceremonies and faith, worship and religious ceremonies on our website.

There are currently no restrictions on nightclubs or other venues where large crowds gather. By the end of September, everyone aged 18 and over will have had the chance to receive full vaccination and the additional two weeks for protection to take hold. At this time, the government plans to make full vaccination a condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather.

You must self-isolate if you travel from a red list country. You must self-isolate if you travel from an amber list country and you are not double vaccinated. France is on the amber list but you must self-isolate if you travel from France, even if you are double vaccinated.

You must socially distance at ports of entry between disembarkation and border control.

You must self-isolate for 10 days if you test positive or if you are identified as a contact of a positive case. Anyone who is self-isolating must not go to a workplace.

Read the full rules and guidance for Step 4 on

Guidance and restrictions for businesses

You are still encouraged to:

  • ask staff and customers to sanitise their hands regularly
  • regularly clean surfaces that people touch
  • display QR codes for customers to check in with the NHS Covid-19 app
  • use outdoor space where practical
  • ensure a supply of fresh air

All settings can open, including nightclubs. By the end of September, full vaccination will be a condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather.

There is no legal requirement for social distancing. However, you should still try to limit contact between employees, for example by staggering start and finish times.

You are encouraged to plan a phased return to the workplace.

Table service is not essential and tables don’t have to be distanced.

Self-isolating employees must not go to work. Businesses should not let anyone enter their setting if they feel unwell.

You do not need to ask customers for proof of Covid-status from customers. Customers can show their Covid-status on the NHS app.

Health and care settings will keep some safety measures. In care homes, there are no limits on how many visitors you can have.

Read the Working Safely guidance on for sector-specific information.

Guidance for schools, colleges and early years settings

The government plans to change the rules in schools, colleges, early years and higher education settings from the autumn term. The aim is to maintain some protection while maximising attendance and minimising disruption.

From the autumn term, children will no longer need to be in bubbles.

Settings will not need to contact trace except in response to a local outbreak.

Secondary schools and colleges will do on-site testing in the autumn term.

The government recommends that face coverings are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where people come into contact with others that they don’t normally meet. They will no longer be required by law.

There will be no restrictions in universities.

Read more detailed guidance for education and early years settings from the Department for Education.

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Be safe to socialise this summer

Covid-19 is still with us, and it’s up to all of us to keep ourselves and others safe. Sticking with several safety measures is the best way to keep Covid in check. What might be mild symptoms for you could be a serious infection for someone else.

Self-test regularly

Check you and your family are safe during the summer holidays. Self-tests are free, fast, and easy, and a negative result means you can do more of what you love.

You can collect self-test kits from a library or pharmacy near you or order self-tests online. It takes just 30 minutes to know you’re negative – it’s worth it to keep your loved ones safe.

Get the vaccine

Every vaccine people have had so far has got us safely to this point. Let’s keep going – bring your second jab forward to 8 weeks or book in for your first.

You can book or manage your Covid-19 vaccination on the NHS website.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.

Cover your face

Wear a face covering in enclosed or crowded spaces. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

Keep your space

Keep your distance from other people as much as you can.

Increase fresh air

Meet other people in well-ventilated areas where possible, such as outdoors or indoors with windows open.

Stay at home if you’re unwell

Stay at home if you’re unwell to reduce the risk of passing illnesses onto friends, family, colleagues, and others in your community.

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Grab a jab at a walk-in clinic

Lots of vaccination clinics around Essex are offering walk-in appointments for both first and second doses.

You can find a walk-in clinic from:

Make sure to check which vaccine each clinic is offering and whether first or second doses are available.

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Find the facts about the vaccine

If you’re worried about getting the vaccine, check out these frequently asked questions from the NHS. They cover the safety of the vaccine, explain the side effects and debunk some of the myths you might have heard.

If you’re pregnant, you’ll be offered the vaccine based on your age and clinical risk group. Discuss the vaccination with your clinician to make the right decision for you and your baby.

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Keep up with the latest from the council

Now we are in Step 4, you may not hear from us unless our services are impacted.

Sign up to our monthly newsletter Your Essex to keep up with the latest news, initiatives and programmes of work across the council. From improving your mental health and staying active to our climate work and infrastructure news, there’s something for everyone in Your Essex.


Easing of restrictions delayed until Monday 19 July

The government announced yesterday it will be another 4 weeks until we move to the fourth and final step of the roadmap out of lockdown.

There’s been a fast increase in the number of Covid-19 cases and the Delta variant is now the dominant strain in the UK.

Step 4 of the roadmap would have removed all limits on social contact. The delay will allow more time to gather data, plus thousands more people will get vaccinated before the easing.

“As a country, we absolutely need to tread a fine line when it comes to the further easing of restrictions, balancing the need to contain the spread of the virus with the wider impact on local businesses and the wider economy,” said Cllr Kevin Bentley, Leader of the Council.

“I know the announcement will cause concern amongst residents and businesses alike, particularly those within the hospitality sector. However, I would like to reassure them that we have prepared for such an eventuality and we are here to support them.

“It is vital that the decision to proceed with any further unlocking is based on facts and insight so that we can take the necessary action to keep people safe and well.”

Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “The data is very clearly telling us that we need to proceed with caution. I am sure lots of people will be disappointed by the news today. However, the delay is a reminder to us all that the Covid-19 pandemic is not yet over, although the ending of restrictions is on the horizon.”

Dr Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health, reiterated the importance of Covid-safe behaviours.

“I cannot emphasise enough the importance of following the rules and getting vaccinated when it is your turn,” said Dr Gogarty.

“Everyone’s behaviour is crucial to us managing the spread of the virus. I am urging everyone to follow the guidance, test regularly and get both doses of the vaccine when it’s your turn.”

Read more of the reaction to the government announcement on our website.

Capacity limits removed from weddings and wakes

From 21 June, there will be no capacity limits at weddings. You must still socially distance.

There will also be no capacity limits at wakes. Like funerals, the capacity will be determined by how many people can be in the venue while socially distancing.

Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will still have a limit of 30 people.

A further £5 million to support businesses

The delay to the unlocking means that many businesses will continue to operate at a reduced capacity.

In preparation of a potential delay, we have already committed another £5 million to the Essex County Council Business Adaptation Grant. It can be used by businesses to make changes to their operations or premises, such as becoming Covid-secure, creating outdoor spaces or moving operations online. The grant will be available throughout the summer months.

Discretionary grants are also still available.

Cllr Lesley Wagland, Cabinet Member for Economic Renewal, Planning and Regeneration, said: “For so many Essex businesses, the difficulties will continue for a month longer, but the end of restrictions is still in sight and above all, we must make sure this is a one-way ticket, not a temporary relaxation before a return to restrictions.

“Grants to help with adaptations and other funding is still available via district, borough and city councils and I would urge businesses to please take advantage of the available support.”

Apply for a grant through your city, district or borough council.

A reminder of the rules

You can meet in groups of 6 or 2 households indoors, or groups of 30 outdoors.

You can make your own choices on close contact, such as hugging your friends and family.

You can stay overnight with people outside of your household. Accommodation businesses are open.

Retail and indoor entertainment venues such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas are all open with Covid-safe measures.

Hospitality venues are open indoors and outdoors, with rules on social contact.

If you live in a care home, you can have up to 5 named visitors.

You can take part in organised indoor and outdoor adult sport.

Read more about the Step 3 restrictions on GOV.UK.

Keep testing at home

Let’s not give Covid-19 another chance. If you’re seeing friends and relatives, make sure you’ve tested negative. Regular self-testing is an easy way to protect ourselves, each other and the life we love.

Find a local library or pharmacy to collect self-test kits for your family or order self-test kitsto your home on GOV.UK.

Get your jab when you can

Thank you to everyone who has had or booked their Covid-19 vaccine.

If you’re worried about getting the vaccine, check out these frequently asked questions from the NHS. They cover the safety of the vaccine, explain the side effects and debunk some of the myths you might have heard.

Find more vaccine information on our website.

Play it safe with hands, face and space

We’re all relying on each other to stay safe. The more of us that do the right things, the better chance we have of keeping Covid-19 away.

So, when you’re hanging out with mates, give them a little space. If you’re heading to your high street, sanitise as you shop. And whenever you’re out and about this summer, try and keep your face covered.

Get mental health support

If you or someone you know is struggling, please get help. Find services and resources to support your mental health on our website.


What You Need to Know About Step 3 – May 19 2021


Covid-19 update: What you need to know about Step 3

Unpaid carers urged to come forward for Covid-19 vaccinations 

Unpaid carers in Essex, aged 16 and over, are now eligible to receive the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination. In a joint appeal, Essex County Council (ECC) and the charity Carers First, are urging all unpaid carers who have not yet been invited for an appointment by the NHS, to visit the National Booking Service or call 119 to see if they are eligible.

The appeal follows the recent announcement by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), stating that unpaid carers are now included in the vaccination roll-out within priority cohort 6 and are being called forward for their first dose.

ECC has contacted the 14,000 unpaid carers registered with their GP and local authority to notify them of their eligibility.

However, according to the census, there may be as many as 150,000 unpaid carers in Essex, who are unregistered and still meet the criteria. They are encouraged to visit the National Booking Service where they can complete a self-assessment, or call 119.

Those who qualify will be directed to a booking page to book their vaccination.

Qualification will be in line with the priority criteria outlined by the JCVI. Eligibility includes those who are:

  • The parents or primary carers of children and young people who are disabled and are clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19 or have underlying health conditions
  • Young carers aged 16+ of people who are elderly or clinically extremely vulnerable or have underlying health conditions
  • Caring for someone with severe mental illness

Unpaid carers aged 16-17 who have not yet been contacted by their GP practice, should contact them now and they will arrange a vaccination for you.

Social Care, Health Care and Care Providers have already been offered a vaccination under JCVI Priority 2 of the rollout.

Councillor John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care said, “The NHS, the Government and those administering the Covid-19 vaccines have made excellent progress so far in the vaccination programme with over 511,000 people in Essex having now received their first dose of the vaccination.

“The prioritisation of unpaid carers for the vaccine is extremely welcome news and will bring a huge sense of relief to many thousands of people across Essex. These people have been under great pressure to carefully manage the risk of the virus to themselves but also to older and vulnerable relatives for the last year.

“By asking them to come forward, we hope to help them access their vaccination as soon as possible. as well as provide them with access to local support systems in the future if they should need it.”

Fiona Langridge from Carers First Essex says: “Carers First delivers the Carers Service on behalf of Essex County Council. We know it has been particularly hard for carers during the pandemic, with the extra stress and anxiety that comes with looking after someone; frightened of bringing the virus into the home. Taking the vaccine is the fastest way to save lives and to eventually get our society back to normal.”

For those who don’t have access to the internet, or are seeking further advice or assistance, please contact the Carers First Helpline on: 0300 303 1555.

As you will be aware, HM Government has announced the easing of some national lockdown restrictions, and published new guidance on what you can and cannot do during this time. You can find this information here. A summary of this information is detailed below.


12 April 2021: What’s changed

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot changed on 12 April. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ (the roadmap) for more information on how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in England. It is underpinned by law.

From 12 April:

  • non-essential retail can reopen
  • personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
  • you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible

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Coronavirus testing Centres in Chelmsford

New Covid-19 testing centres are opening in Chelmsford for people who feel well and have no coronavirus symptoms. These centres are trying to find hidden cases in the Chelmsford area to help stop the spread of the virus in our city.

What: A new rapid testing centre in the city centre for people with no symptoms. These tests give results in around 30 minutes but if you test positive, you’ll likely to be asked to take PCR test which is sent off to a lab to confirm your result.

Who: These are for people who DO NOT have symptoms of Covid-19, with a particular focus on  those in the Chelmsford area who cannot work from home and their families.

Where: At the Central Baptist Church, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, CM1 1LN. Details of how to access the site and nearby parking will be available upon booking.

How to book: Tests are by appointment only and are best booked online here. If you’re not able to book online, you can call 0333 772 6144 to arrange an appointment. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm every day, including weekends. You can also email: and a member of staff will contact you to arrange an appointment.

What: A new take-home testing site is also opening in Chelmsford with test kits available to be collected and then done at home. Swabs are sent to a lab and you’ll be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace team with your result. Once again, this centre is also ONLY for people with no symptoms.

Who: These tests are also aimed at symptomless people in the Chelmsford area who can’t work from home but nobody who arrives for a test and is asymptomatic will be turned away while stocks are available.

Where: The Cramphorn Studio entrance of Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford,  CM1 1JG. This site will be open between 11am and 3pm, Monday to Friday and parking is available close by at the Fairfield Road car park.

How: You don’t need to book –simply turn up while this centre is open and collect a kit for yourself and any immediate family members who may need them. These tests are particularly useful if you can’t work from home and find it difficult to make a specific appointment. Just pick up your kit, do the test at home and drop it back to the collection point in the theatre.

  • If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 then you must use the NHS testing system to book a test in the usual way.
  • If you are required to self-isolate because of contact with someone with the virus, but you receive a negative test, you should still self-isolate for the entire period that you have been asked to do so.

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Track and trace App Launch

As you may have heard, the Government’s new contract tracing app is launching in the fight against Covid-19 on Thursday this week.

The app, once downloaded and activated on your smartphone, will log when you are in close proximity to other people and, in the event that they test positive for Covid-19, will alert you. It can also inform you of the current risk level in your neighbourhood.

You can check in to public locations, such as restaurants, by scanning a QR code which businesses can display close to the entrance.

It’s important to note that the app doesn’t collect personal data, and it doesn’t publish where you’ve been or what you’ve been up to. You can switch it on and off by using Bluetooth on your phone.

It is recommended that everyone in the country who owns a smartphone should download the app. This will help to keep yourselves and others safe in the event that you are exposed to Covid-19. The quicker you know, the quicker you can self-isolate and protect other people – and the quickest way to know is by using the app.

As elected Members of the Council, we ask that you please help us to encourage residents to download the app from Thursday onwards, when it becomes available. The information collected will enable us and our partners to respond more quickly to potential outbreaks, reducing the likelihood of wider lockdowns. The app will be downloadable from the Google Play or Apple stores by searching ‘NHS COVID-19 app’.

The Government has also said that certain businesses in tourism, leisure, hospitality or close contact industries such as hairdressing must display QR code posters from Thursday onwards. This also applies to village halls and the Council’s own public facilities. It does not apply to staff. Please help local businesses in your wards by letting them know about this through any social media channels or newsletters that you have. The QR code posters can be generated using this link:

Please note that for those who don’t have a smartphone, alternative contact tracing methods such as pen-and-paper logbooks will be in place in every venue. However, use of the app is encouraged.

FAQs about the app can be found on the NHS website here:
FAQs about the QR posters can be found here:

Free Training for Essex Residents – May 27,2021

As the recovery continues there is increased concern that our residents will need more  and more support. These training sessions are open to everyone


Click to access flyer-for-free-training.pdf


19 March 2020

Dear Resident,

I am writing to advise that in conjunction with the Parish Council, a group of residents have kindly offered their services to deliver food parcels and collect medication from pharmacies for anyone who needs help within the Parish during these worrying times.

We are working with local stores to deliver essential grocery packs, such as bread, milk, tea, toilet roll, tissues, eggs, soup, biscuits etc…..  These packs will cost £20 and £30.  We will also try to cater for food allergies. 

All initial communication will be made via myself, and if you require any assistance, I will filter this through to the volunteer who resides nearer to your home.  We have a total of 30 volunteers covering all three wards, Ramsden Heath, Downham and South Hanningfield.

The volunteers will also be available via telephone, should you wish to contact them directly.  We are currently seeing if we can purchase some I.D for the volunteers, if this is not possible within the time frame, they will be supplied with my business card.

If this is a service you feel you would like to use, please contact me on 07985-430365, as I may be working from home and not from the Parish Office.

I would also advise that Hall & Co, Hemming Stores Too and the Fox & Hounds are currently offering a delivery service.

If the above is not a service you would use, but you need help or assistance of another nature, please do not hesitate to contact me and we will try to help.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Julie Moule

Clerk to the Council

South Hanningfield Parish Council


Essex Fraud Alert – Covid Related Scams

Essex Fraud Alert


Free Walks in Essex

Have a look at Walking in Essex (  which has hundreds of FREE walks to download and print plus details of all the walking clubs in the country and loads more information.

<a href=>Walking in Essex</a> Hundreds of FREE walks to download, details of all the books, maps and walking groups in the county

Recent Planning Applications



Traffic Announcements


Bus Services

 Passenger Information 

Service 13A 

(Chelmsford – Wickford) 

The long awaited changes to the route of the 13A Bus started on Monday, 19th April.  The new timetable can be found at – look for 13/13A/14.  The new route along Hawkswood Road and Dowsetts Lane is  ‘Hail & Ride’ which means that if you want the bus to stop you just wave down the driver.  However, he will only stop if he feels it is safe to do so.

The nearest stop for residents of Park Lane and Short Lane will be Dovedale Close on Downham Road. 

If you have any concerns regarding this revised route or need more information then please contact or call 0345 603 7631.

First Bus Services: 10 – 13 – 14 – 94 from Jan 2020

NIBS Service 552 Restart

This service will be re-instated to the pre-covid timetable from Monday 10th August 2020.

From Ramsden Heath at 0619, 0647 & 0717 .

From Billericay Station at 1805, 1830, 1900 & 1935.

Services 256 / 257 Effective September 2020

Click to access Service-256-257-changes-01-09-2020.pdf