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ANNOUNCEMENTS 


Army and Navy Roundabout Sustainable Transport Package public consultation – posted 09 August 2021

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


Army and Navy Sustainable Transport Package

The Army and Navy Sustainable Transport Package is an unmissable opportunity to re-design the Army and Navy junction – a crucial gateway to Chelmsford – while also providing better options for people to travel and encouraging safer, greener, and healthier ways of getting around the city. By delivering a comprehensive package of measures that encourage increased walking, cycling and Park and Ride travel, alongside an improved Army and Navy junction, we can provide a long-term and sustainable solution, improving journeys for everyone.

Public consultation

The eight-week public consultation is open until Sunday, 3 October. We have not made any final decisions, and the consultation is a chance for people to help us choose a preferred junction option and refine our final proposals.

The best way to find out more about the proposals is by visiting our virtual exhibition, which is available 24/7 throughout the consultation period via our website (www.essex.gov.uk/armyandnavy), so people can visit at a time to best suit them.

In addition, we have produced a public consultation brochure and easy read consultation brochure, which can be found on our website and via the virtual exhibition. Two printed copies of our public consultation brochure have been sent to you by post, while printed copies of both brochures are also available in all Chelmsford libraries, at County Hall and the Civic Centre.

To enable people to find out more about the proposals and ask any questions, we are hosting a series of online and face-to-face consultation events during the consultation period. These include live web chat sessions within the virtual exhibition space, video call-style live webcasts via Microsoft Teams and two drop-in face-to-face events in Chelmsford High Street. Dates and further details are available on our website.

How can you help?

We will be promoting the consultation through a variety of both digital and traditional communication channels, however we would also appreciate you sharing details via your own communication channels. To support you in doing this, we have sent you posters which can be displayed on parish noticeboards or at your offices. We have also attached a selection of images to this email which can be used on social media or other channels. If using the junction option images, please use both to avoid any potential suggestions of a favoured option. We would recommend that any communications signpost people to the project website:www.essex.gov.uk/armyandnavy. Thank you in advance for your support.

More information

 If you have any questions, please email us at: armyandnavy@essexhighways.org.


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 www.essexhighways.org/active-travel-essex. You can also follow us on Twitter for up-to-date information: @SGH_Essex 


CORONA VIRUS MEASURES

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 gov.uk.

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 gov.uk 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


 


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.


 


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: booking.confirmation@nhs.net 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.

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: https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster

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: https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/
FAQs about the QR posters can be found here: https://faq.covid19.nhs.uk/category/?id=CAT-01043&parentid=CAT-01027


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


HELP AVAILABLE FOR ELDERLY / VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

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 (https://www.walkinginengland.co.uk/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=https://www.walkinginengland.co.uk/essex>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

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of South Hanningfield Road, South Hanningfield

Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=122145350 to find details of the intended closure of South Hanningfield Road, due to commence on27th July 2021 for 7 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Openreach undertakes new fibre overhead cable.

 


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 https://www.firstbus.co.uk/essex/plan-journey/timetables – 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 passenger.transport@essex.gov.uk or call 0345 603 7631.


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

https://www.shpc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/First-Bus-Services-10-13-14-94-Timetables-from-5th-January-2021.pdf


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