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 ANNOUNCEMENTS 


Sandon Brook Solar Farm Proposal 10 Nov 2020

Corona Virus Information – Update 29 Nov 2020

Chelmsford Business e- Bulletin

Essex Fraud Alert – Covid 19 related scams

Free Walks in Essex

Recent planning applications

Traffic Announcements

Bus Services


Sandon Brook Solar Farm Proposal – 10 Nov 2020

There is a proposal to build a solar farm to the east of South Hanningfield reservoir. Please click on links below to see attached documents for details.

https://www.shpc.org.uk/sandon-brook-solar-park-community-information-and-plan-combined-30-10-20/

https://www.shpc.org.uk/sandon_brook_solar_farm_feedback_form_final/


CORONA VIRUS MEASURES


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2nd December 2020

Government & Essex County Council announcements

The national lockdown ended and the local restrictions came into force 00.01 on Wednesday 2nd December 2020. Some businesses must remain closed by law, like nightclubs.  All businesses must follow the new Government guidance on tiers– please note the tiers have been strengthened due to clinical and epidemiological advice.  Essex (including Chelmsford) is in the new Tier 2.  The Government have produced a Covid-19 Winter Plan.  There is a full list of local restriction tiers by area and apostcode checker. The tiers will be reviewed by Government on 16th December 2020.  Everyone who can work from home must work from home- this applies to all tiers. The Chelmsford City Council e-bulletin explains the Council services now available.

Government have produced Working safely during Coronavirus guidanceThe Government guidance on Coronavirus is regularly updated. The Government has produced guidance on making a Christmas bubble with family and friends, urging caution and personal responsibility to limit the spread of the virus, and protect our loved ones, particularly if they are vulnerable.

Essex County Council has produced a press release on Essex moving into Tier 2.  The latest coronavirus news and data for Essex is available.

Spending Review 2020

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak presented his ‘Spending Review 2020’to Parliament on Wednesday 25th November 2020.

Grants for businesses affected by coronavirus

Applications are open to apply for the National lockdown business grant.

Businesses that were under Tier 2 restrictions in Essex from 17th October to 4th November 2020 can now apply for a discretionary grant.  This is for businesses in the following sectors: leisure, hospitality, accommodation, events, and supply chain businesses.

Some businesses that could stay open during the national lockdown, can now apply for an additional restrictions grant.  This is for businesses in the following sectors: retail, leisure, hospitality, accommodation, events, supply chain businesses, taxi drivers with a current, valid taxi licence (issued by us).

Please visit this page to check your eligibility and apply.  You can apply for all the schemes (including the Business Adaptation Grant) using the same form.

Business Adaptation Grant

Essex County Council will be giving Chelmsford City Council £286,000 to distribute to businesses who have spent, or intend to spend, money on adaptations to help their businesses adapt to the Covid-19 situation.  These grants are only available in respect of spending or anticipated spending after 15th October 2020.  Once the agreement has been signed, we will publish full details of the eligibility criteria here.  However, we have already added the questions that we need to ask to our current grant application form.  You will need to upload proof of any quotations for work or expenditure after 15th October, so please have that ready.  Please note that we will not be making any decisions or payments regarding business adaptations grant until the grant process has been finalised. Any update from Rob?

If you do not want to apply for a business adaptation grant, you do not need to complete any of the questions on the form which relate to it.  They are not compulsory and you will be able to submit the form if you leave them unanswered.

We will be updating this page as soon as we have any further information.  You can also sign up to the Chelmsford Business mailing list and our Chelmsford For Business Facebook Group to be the first to hear.

We appreciate how important these grants are to businesses and are working as quickly as we can to consider all the applications we have received.    All businesses receive an auto-response e-mail to acknowledge receipt of their application.  You will receive an e-mail as soon as we have made a decision on your application.  We have no additional staff resource.

UK Transition- are you ready?

The transition period comes to an end on 31st December 2020.  Register and watch sector-specific webinars on preparing your business for the end of the transition period.  For the latest transition information straight to your inbox, sign up to the Transition Readiness Business Bulletin.  Stay up to date with Government adviceFind out more and register for Barclays Brexit webinar clinics.  Barclays is hosting regional ‘Brexit and Beyond’ webinar clinics to support businesses during these uncertain times.  BEST Growth Hub UK Transition resources provide detailed information on UK Transition.

Small Business Saturday- 5th December 2020

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.

On Small Business Saturday, customers across the U.K. go out and support all types of small businesses, online, in offices and in stores. Many small businesses take part in the day by hosting events and offering discounts.

The next Small Business Saturday takes place on December 5th, 2020.  Found a great small business?  Tell your friends and help them reach even more customers!  Why not make a pact to shop small and local this Christmas?  Lots of small businesses have extended their delivery options- why not check if your favourites will deliver?  Leave a online review for your favourite small local businesses.  How could you get involved?

Chelmsford City Council supporting businesses

We want to do all we can to support local businesses through these challenging times. Please e-mail the Economic Development Team if you have any business support queries and we will be happy to help.  For queries about operating in a Covid-secure way pleasecontact our Business Compliance team.  Our Business Compliance team will be carrying out monitoring and advice visits during evenings and weekends to support businesses to be Covid-secure. Our website offers help and guidance for businesses.  Follow @ChelmsBusiness on Twitter.

We have listened to feedback from businesses and have set up a Facebook Group ‘Chelmsford For Business‘ to provide timely information to support them through this challenging period and to enable Chelmsford businesses to develop a support network and share best practice with one another.  Join the Group here.

Chelmsford City Council works with a number of partners including the BEST Growth Hub to offer business support.  Find out more.

Business News

To join our Chelmsford Business e-bulletin mailing list please visit our website where you can also access the latest business news and advice.

 


Coronavirus update – 29 Nov 2020

Essex moving to Tier 2: High alert on Wednesday 2 December

Dear Resident

The government has announced that the majority of the country, including Essex, is to be placed under new Tier 2 (High) restrictions when the current national restrictions lift on Wednesday 2 December.

The following key changes apply under the updated Tier 2 restrictions:

  • social mixing outside of individual households will not be allowed indoors and the rule of six will still apply outdoors
  • pubs and bars and restaurants can open but only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • businesses including shops can open, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs.

It’s clear the decision to place Essex into High Covid alert level prior to national restrictions had a positive impact. In the weeks following entry to Tier 2 there was a significant flattening of the upward curve and regionally, Essex’s case rate reduced, from being in the top three council areas to the bottom two. We have seen a subsequent increase in the past two weeks, but Essex case rates have now stabilised. Hospital occupancy has also stabilised.

We recognise that there is still work to be done. We understand that going back into Tier 2 will be hard for many, but we must all work together, follow the restrictions in order to save further lives and continue to protect our NHS.

Our aim is to bring the rate of transmission and Covid hospital occupancy down so that Essex can be placed in the lowest tier of restrictions as quickly as possible. With the help of everyone who lives and works here we can achieve this.

Now more than ever, we need people to follow the rules of hands, face, space, work from home if possible, and always socially distance.

Cllr John Spence

Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care

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Support for residents

£6.2m protective blanket of support for the most vulnerable

This winter a £6.2m protective blanket of support for the most vulnerable will provide warmth, food, emergency grants and other help to residents hit by the pandemic​.

It includes:

  • Christmas food and gift hampers for care leavers
  • free school meals through the holidays for all eligible children
  • emergency grants for food, heating, energy and water bills
  • essential household goods for people struggling to pay bills
  • winter warmth packs for vulnerable people leaving hospital.

Emergency grants are available from Essex Essential Living Fund.

Other support for residents is available on our website.

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Essex Wellbeing Service

The Essex Wellbeing Service offers free support with practical tasks, mental health, feelings of loneliness, debt, housing, employment, caring responsibilities and more.

Visit the Essex Wellbeing Service website or call 0300 303 9988.

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Support for businesses

Funding confirmed for businesses affected by Covid restrictions

We know that businesses, particularly the hospitality sector, will continue to be impacted by the restrictions.

This week, Essex County Council and district, borough and city council colleagues, have launched grant funding to support businesses and enable them to adapt their premises. Businesses can apply through their local district, borough or city council website.

For other support, visit our business support pages.

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The latest data in Essex

See the latest Covid data for Essex on our website, including cases by age band, cases by district and hospital beds occupied by Covid patients.


Man using mobile phone - a breakdown of this week's changes

Going into Tier 2

You’ll have heard the news by now that Essex, along with much of England, will be going into Tier 2 restrictions once lockdown comes to an end in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Here is a reminder of some of the key features of this tier:

  • Indoors: no mixing outside of your own household or support bubble in any private or public setting
  • Outdoors: rule of six applies
  • Non-essential shops can re-open from Wednesday morning, but pubs and bars must stay closed unless operating as restaurants
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the numbers of attendees
  • Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events, such as performances and shows, is permitted with restricted numbers
  • Public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume subject to social contact rules and with restrictions on capacities

Your Council services

All key Chelmsford City Council services are operating normally as we enter Tier 2 on Wednesday 2 December. For the latest information on all of our services, go to www.chelmsford.gov.uk/coronavirus, but here are some details that may be useful:

Business grants

Our business team is working hard to process applications for grants available for businesses affected by the pandemic. If you think you may be eligible for any of the different types of  funding, please check online here before getting in touch. If you run a Chelmsford business, please sign up to our e-newsletter and join our ‘Chelmsford for business’ Facebook group; these channels, along with our website, are regularly updated with all the latest information about business support.

Leisure centres

All Chelmsford City Council Leisure Centres, including Riverside Leisure Centre, will be open again on Wednesday 2 December. Timetables and services will be largely unchanged from before the start of lockdown, but please keep an eye on the Chelmsford City Sports website for the latest information on the activities and sports you’re interested in. Monthly members and Plus account holders can start booking sessions from today, and Lite account holders will be able to book from Monday.

Panto 2020

Panto comes to Chelmsford City Theatres next week as performances of Sleeping Beauty get underway. Although it will all be a little different this year, the annual pantomime will bring some much-needed magic to our city as the Civic Theatre is transformed into the kingdom of Tiddlington. The theatre team has been working hard to create a COVID-secure production and more tickets will be released soon; to be the first to hear about this, sign up to the Chelmsford City Theatres mailing list and follow their social media pages.

Enlightened at Hylands Estate

This December, Hylands Estate plays host to a winter light trail by Enlightened Moments. The historic Victorian Pleasure Gardens will be seen in a brand-new light as they’re transformed after hours. Food and drink will be available as you follow the trail and there’s even a chance to fit in some Christmas shopping at The Stables, where some of the Hylands Artists will be selling festive gifts. Visit www.enlightenedmoments.co.uk/ for tickets.


Coronavirus update – 5 Nov 2020

Dear resident,

As we enter the second national lockdown, our focus is on supporting Essex’s businesses and the most vulnerable members of our communities through the next month, and on planning for Essex to come out of lockdown as strongly as possible.

In order to come out of lockdown at the earliest opportunity, I need to remind everyone that we all need to play our part and follow the guidance. If we do, we believe that the infection rate will have fallen sufficiently for us to exit lockdown.

Because Essex entered Tier 2 (High) restrictions earlier, we are confident that we will be well placed to recommend to Government that we leave lockdown at the lowest level of restrictions (Tier 1: Medium).

We will be announcing further support for families, vulnerable people and businesses in the coming days.

Cllr David Finch,

Leader, Essex County Council

Read more of Cllr Finch’s letter to residents on our website.

Changes to our services

Libraries

Essex Libraries is closed for book borrowing from today (Thursday 5 November). Some libraries are continuing to offer public computer use by appointment only.

The mobile library service is temporarily paused. A new click-and-collect service will be put in place. The home library service will continue and the e-library service is still fully accessible.

Essex Registration Service and Blue Badge Assessments that take place from libraries will continue to operate.

Visit Essex Libraries for more information.

Essex Record Office

The Essex Record Office (ERO) is closed from today (Thursday 5 November). No weddings will take place but online services are still available. For more information, visit the ERO website.

Essex Outdoors

All Essex Outdoor Centres and The Lock Climbing Wall are closed from today (Thursday 5 November). Find out more on the Essex Outdoors website.

Registrations

Ceremonies of marriage or civil partnership are unable to take place from today (Thursday 5 November). Registration services continue as usual on the online booking system.

For more information, go to our Births, ceremonies and deaths section.

Recycling centres

Recycling centres remain open with current restrictions. Go to the Love Essex website to find out about the current restrictions.

Country Parks

All Essex County Parks remain open, including car parks, children’s play equipment and toilets. Some cafés are also continuing to offer a takeaway service.

All visitors are required to follow government guidelines. More details can be found on the Explore Essex website.

Cressing Temple Barns

Weddings cannot go ahead at Cressing Temple Barns. Its outdoor spaces, including the grounds and Tudor Walled Garden, remain open.

Visit Explore Essex for more information.

Update on shielding for vulnerable people

If you are over 60 or clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You should be especially careful to follow the rules, minimise your contact with others and wash your hands more frequently than usual. Find more guidance for clinically vulnerable people on GOV.UK.

If you are over 70 or clinically extremely vulnerable, you should stay at home as much as possible and not go to your place of work, even if you can’t work from home.

This week, the government is sending letters to people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. These will provide further guidance and support. Read the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people on GOV.UK.

Support for residents

New funding to support vulnerable people

We are investing £3.7 million of Covid-related funding from the government and £200,000 of our own funds to support the most vulnerable people in our communities through winter and beyond.

We plan to spend the funding on:

  • helping families and individuals in financial crisis or hardship
  • providing food for children and their families during school holidays, supporting foodbanks and targeting further food support for those who need it
  • supporting people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable due to Covid-19
  • providing safe long-term homes for rough sleepers
  • running mental health, domestic violence, alcohol and substance misuse services
  • grassroots clubs and activities for children and young people
  • helping vital support agencies and voluntary organisations.

Read more about our extra support for the vulnerable this winter on our website.

Essex Wellbeing Service

The Essex Wellbeing Service offers free support with practical tasks, mental health, feelings of loneliness, debt, housing, employment, caring responsibilities and more.

Visit the Essex Wellbeing Service website or call 0300 303 9988.

Support for businesses

There is support available to help businesses during the pandemic.

The government recently announced that they are extending some business support schemes. This includes the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), also known as the furlough scheme, which will now run to the end of March 2021.

You can visit our business support pages to find:

  • support for self-employed people
  • government business support packages
  • local advice and support for your business
  • advice and support for hospitality businesses
  • advice and support for care providers
  • advice for security businesses.

The latest data in Essex

See the latest Covid-19 data for Essex on our website, including cases by age band, cases by district and hospital beds occupied by Covid-19 patients.


Coronavirus update 03 Nov 2020

New restrictions from Thursday 5 Nov

Over the weekend, the Prime Minister announced that a new lockdown will begin on Thursday 5 November and last until 2 December.

We wanted to give Chelmsford residents a quick summary of what will happen if MPs vote the new measures in on Wednesday – and how it affects your local area.

We will update you again once the vote has taken place in Parliament.

The rules at a glance

You have to stay at home, except for specific purposes.

You can’t gather with people you don’t live with, except in these exceptional circumstances.

Certain businesses and venues in the non-essential retail, leisure, entertainment and personal care industries will have to close.

Pubs, bars and restaurants must close too, but can provide non-alcoholic takeaways.

People are strongly encouraged to work from home if their job allows it – this is crucial to bringing down the ‘R’ number in our area.

What’s happening about my Council services?

Leisure centres such as Riverside, Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre, Dovedale Sports Centre and South Woodham Ferrers LC will have to close from Thursday onwards, like other gyms and leisure centres around the country.

This year’s Remembrance service will also be virtual. The Mayor of Chelmsford will record an act of remembrance in advance, which you can watch on the@ChelmsCouncil Facebook page at 11am on Sunday 8 November.

However, as in the first lockdown, Chelmsford City Council intends to keep all its essential services running to help residents and businesses through this difficult time. We plan to keep children’s play areas and parks open in line with Government guidance and important services like bin collections will not be affected by the new restrictions.

The front desk in our Customer Service Centre will remain open in case of urgent need, although if at all possible we ask you to visit our website or call instead.

What is there to support local businesses?

This afternoon, it was announced that the next SEISS grant for self-employed people has been increased to 55% of trading profits for November to January. Deadlines for applications to Government-backed loans have also been extended. This is part of a package of support for businesses from the Government, which you can read more about here.

We want to do all we can to help local businesses get through this period and are currently gathering more information. If you run a business in Chelmsford, please join the Chelmsford Business mailing list and we will update you as soon as we know more.


Coronavirus update 21 Oct 2020

Essex is at High local Covid alert level

Dear resident,

Essex has moved to the High local Covid alert level. This does not include the Southend and Thurrock Council areas.

This is because cases are rapidly rising across our county.

We need you to please do two things. Both are critical if we are to reverse the increases in cases in Essex and minimise the impact on businesses, who we are working with to support.

First, please work from home if you can.

Second, please follow the High alert level restrictions These are mainly about not mixing with other households.

If we all play our part, we can reduce the number of people who die or become seriously ill from Covid-19. By acting now, we hope to exit High alert level restrictions sooner rather than later.

What this means for you

The main difference between the Medium and the High alert level is socialising with other households.

You must follow these rules all the time, even if you are seeing friends or family who live in a Medium alert level area. The restrictions apply to you as an Essex resident.

What’s changed

You can no longer socialise indoors with people from a different household unless they are in your support or childcare bubble.

The Rule of Six (up to six people from different households meeting) applies outdoors, in both private and public spaces.

Work from home if you can. Take extra precautions if you work in other people’s homes.

Aim to only make essential journeys.

Do not visit a care home except in exceptional circumstances, for example to visit someone at the end of their life.

What’s stayed the same

Covid-secure businesses can keep operating and hospitality venues can stay open until 10pm.

You can still go to school, university and places of worship.

Weddings and funerals can go ahead in the same way as before.

You can still use registered childcare settings, including childminders, after-school clubs and nannies.

Where to find more details

View the government guidance on High alert level restrictions.

We’ve also produce a helpful guide, what the High Covid alert level means for you. We’ll be regularly updating this guide with any local information which will help you understand how the restrictions apply in Essex.

Guidance for businesses

Business must work in a Covid-secure manner. Guidance is available for businesses and venues.

Tradespeople

Official or registered tradespeople can continue to go to other people’s homes for work purposes. Follow the guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people’s homes.

Hospitality

If you work in hospitality, use the guidance for your type of workplace to keep your employees and customers safe.

Funding and support

We are working to do everything we can to support our people and businesses in Essex.

Use GOV.UK’s business support finder tool to see what support is available for you and your business.

Help and support for residents

Looking after yourself and others

Confusion, anger, anxiety, despair – these feelings are common reactions to the ongoing pandemic and changing restrictions.You might be worried about your job, your business, juggling work and home life, loneliness or being unable to see friends and loved ones.

Whether you need support or need help to support someone else, you can get help and support from a range of local organisations.

Support from the Essex Wellbeing Service

Set up in response to the pandemic, the Essex Wellbeing Service is here to help all residents, providing a single point of access to practical, emotional and specialist support.

Whatever you need support with, there is help available. If you or anyone you know needs support, visit the Essex Wellbeing Service or call 0300 303 9988.

Request support online from the Essex Wellbeing Service


23rd September 2020

Government announcements

The Prime Minister has made a Commons Statementand a Prime Minister’s Statement to the nation on Coronavirus which includes important updates for businesses. These include:

  • Staff and customers in retail and indoor hospitality must wear masks (except when seated at a table to eat or drink). Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings. Guidance stating that face covering and visors should be worn in close contact services will now become law (from 24th September)
  • People have been asked to work from home if they can. Anyone who cannot work from home should continue to go to their place of work
  • Businesses selling food and drink (including cafes, bar, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, bowling alleys, bingo halls and other indoor leisure centres or facilities must close between 10pm and 5am. This is to include takeaways – but delivery services can continue after 10pm. Customers must eat and drink at a table in any premises selling food and drink to consume indoors
  • The COVID-secure workplace guidance will become a legal obligation. Fines of up to £10,000 for repeated breaches
  • Indoor organised sport for over 18’s will no longer be exempt from the rule of six
  • The number of people able to attend a wedding is being reduced to 15 from the previous 30. Although 30 may continue to attend funerals
  • The planned reopening of conferences, exhibitions, and events on 1stOctober has been suspended
  • Businesses can be fined.  The penalty for failing to wear a face mask or breaking the rule of six will double to £200

A useful summary on what’s changed has been produced.  The government’s expectation is that the measures described above will need to remain in place until March 2021.

This is in response to the increase of the R number and growth rate in the UK, thedata briefing on Coronavirus by the Chief Scientific Advisor and Chief Medical Officer, and the update from the UK Chief Medical Officers on the Covid-19 alert level increasing from level 3 (COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation) to level 4 (COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation, transmission is high or rising exponentially).

Reminder on NHS Covid-19 app and NHS QR code posters

The Government has announced the launch of the NHS Covid-19 app on 24th September. From 24th September it is a legal requirement to display the official NHS QR code posters.

The Covid-19 app and the use of the NHS QR code posters are a key part of the Covid 19 response and by supporting the official NHS QR code poster system, you’ll be protecting your visitors and your business. You will help to slow the spread of the virus, reduce the impact of any second wave, and help normal life to resume more quickly.

To prepare for this you must use the online tool to create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue or business. Use this service to create a QR code for display in your venue. Get visitors to scan the QR code when they arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app.

If you have more than one location, you need to create a different QR code for each location. You can add multiple locations.

You can also find further resources including tips on how to generate a QR code, where to display posters and further information on the app on the NHS Covid App support pages.

It is important to emphasise that use of the App and QR codes is a legal requirement and does not increase the chances of you being ‘shut down’ in the event of an outbreak. App users, if they receive an alert, will not be told which venue they were at. The data will enable public health teams to swiftly identify any potential hotspots and work with businesses to make changes if needed and provide them with support and guidance.  Businesses which operate in a COVID safe way are less likely to be closed down.

Please note that although you are required to display the QR code poster you still need to ensure that people who cannot or will not use the app give the legally required details and in the case of food or drink premises you must refuse entry unless people either scan the QR code or give you their details.  Find out more about maintaining records of staff, customers, and visitors to support NHS Test & Trace.

Please also note that even if you have your own QR code system you must still display the NHS QR code.  You should move over to the NHS one.

We appreciate the substantial requirements of businesses to ensure they are COVID safe, and want to thank you for all your efforts to date, as you know it is crucial we continue to all work together to keep the community safe and reduce the spread of the virus and the App will assist us all in being able to do this.

Chelmsford City Council business support

Please visit our website Coronavirus help and guidance for business and employers for business support. If you have any queries on workplace Health and Safety please contact us for guidance and we’ll be happy to help.

 

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


Coronavirus update – May 15,2020

A message from Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr David Finch

Dear resident,

Following on from the government’s announcement of the gradual easing of some of the restrictions of lockdown, Essex County Council has begun its own work to gradually reintroduce some services.

The new #StayAlert guidance is by its nature more complex than what it replaced. Necessarily so, because we are entering a more complex phase of the national response to COVID-19. Advice and guidance to businesses and individuals must guide individual choices and actions.

In Essex, from Monday, 15 recycling centres will open, but with a reduced service because of social distancing. Further details are in this newsletter and on our website.

We are also working with primary schools and early years settings to help them plan how they will return. This will be phased, gradual and small-scale, from 1 June.

In our town and city centres, where there is less motor traffic and the safest way to get to and from work is walking or by bicycle, we are beginning work to put temporary cycle lanes in place, and expand footpaths so that people have more room to socially-distance. We will be talking to local councils and cycling groups about the potential locations for such lanes in the coming days and weeks.

Cllr David Finch

Leader, Essex County Council

Changes to our services

Our website includes information on what you should do, the latest changes to our services and how you can get help in your community.

Recycling centres opening

15 recycling centres in Essex will be open from Monday 18 May. Only waste and recycling which cannot be stored at home without causing a health or safety risk will be accepted.

You should only visit a recycling centre if absolutely necessary. The safest way to get rid of your waste and recycling is using your kerbside collection.

New restrictions and social distancing measures will be in place to ensure the safety of all residents and site staff. Please check for up to date information before travelling.

Preparing for phased school reopening

The government has announced that schools, colleges and early years settings could begin to reopen to more pupils from 1 June, subject to set conditions being met, such as the infection rate continuing to fall. This will initially apply to reception, year one, year six, and year 12 pupils.

We are supporting education settings with their preparations for this phased reopening. In line with guidance, any return will take place on a small-scale basis, with a focus on the health and safety of pupils, families and staff.

Schools and other settings will be contacting parents and carers with details of their arrangements in the coming weeks.

To find out more you can view our news article or read the government guidance for parents and carers.

Support now available for people who are feeling isolated or vulnerable

Are you feeling isolated or vulnerable?

Don’t have help from family, friends, neighbours or your local community?

The Essex Welfare Service (EWS) is ready to support you, regardless of age, health or circumstance.

We are working with partners including Carers First, ECL Sensory, Royal Mencap and Community Agents Essex to provide information and advice on:

  • mental wellbeing
  • caring responsibilities
  • learning disability/autism
  • dementia care
  • sensory impairment
  • keeping physically active

If you or someone you know needs support you can request supportrefer someone for support or phone 0300 303 9988.

Don’t call, click!

The coronavirus situation has caused a lot of uncertainty, but we’re here to help.

Our website is the quickest and easiest way to find the information you need. It’s regularly updated with changes to our services. From the latest information about registrations to guidance on marriage and civil partnership ceremonies, you’ll find details on our website.

Save time and check online for updates. You can also help family and friends who don’t have access to the internet by checking for them too.

Key workers carrying out essential work

Key workers are currently undertaking essential work on our telecommunications network. We ask that you please help support these engineers by respecting the important work they are doing on both network installation and maintenance. Any instances of abuse will be reported to network operators.

A revolution for footways and cycle paths

Cycling and walking will be at the forefront of getting the county moving again. We are planning to expand the cycle path and footway network in town and city centres across the county. This will allow people to cycle or walk to work or shops more easily and help with social distancing.

Plans are being developed for a number of areas in Essex. More details will made available over the coming weeks.


 


Chelmsford Business e-Bulletin 

14th September 2020

Government updates

Prime Minister’s announcement

The Government has announced new measures to suppress Coronavirus and keep the number of infections down.  There is a new campaign to prevent the spread of coronavirus indoors this winter.

From today (Monday 14th September) you must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6.  This applies indoors and outdoors, including in private homes  There are a number of exemptions as detailed on the Government website including Covid-19 Secure workplaces.  In hospitality venues and restaurants groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups.  This is enforceable in law. A useful guide to what you can and can’t do has been provided by Government to keep everyone safe.

Businesses will have  a clear duty to support NHS Test and Trace.  From 18th September it will be mandatory by law for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days.  The Government has also published simplified Covid-19 Secure guidance.

Further information on maintaining records of staff, customers, and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace , including General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) guidance is available on the Government website.

The Government will review plans to pilot larger audiences in venues this month.

Support for businesses affected by local lockdowns

Ministers have announced new grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns.

Coronavirus (Covid-19): testing guidance for employers

The Government has produced guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers on the regulations and legal obligations of running testing programmes.

Transition period

The UK has left the EU- Transition period informationBEST Growth Hub have produced resources to support your business through this time.

Chelmsford online Jobs & Skills Fair 2020

The first online Chelmsford Jobs and Skills Fair takes place this week on Wednesday 16th September 10am-2pm using the virtual platform Remo.  This is a Celsius (Chelmsford, Education, Learning, Skills, and Staffing group) partnership event with Networking Essex.  There will be job opportunities in a range of sectors, training options offering you the chance to upskill, and a wellbeing area.  Register now- online registration is also possible during the event.  We look forward to seeing you.

Thinking about starting your own business?  Colbea will be exhibiting- come and talk to their advisors and sign up for their Advance Into Business programme.

Advance Into Business programme

Colbea are taking bookings for their fully funded Advance Into Buisness programme starting 22nd September in Chelmsford.  The course is for over 40’s who want to start their own business.  Register now for the last remaining places.

Sustainable travel planning

Covid-19 has provided an opportunity to consider sustainable transport options.  Essex County Council can provide support on developing your Business Travel Plan.  Please contact their Travel Plan team.

Find out more about Sustrans and the National Cycle Network. Park & Ride offer a Park & Pedal scheme which is only £3 per day inclusive of parking.  Alternatively hire a cycle locker for £20 per month.

Training, funding, and wellbeing update

TALE funding and webinars

TALE offers funding for transport and logistics SME businesses.  The following free logistics webinars are available.

Free online Adult Community Learning Resources

Adult Community Learning offer a great range of online learning on Mental Health and Wellbeing with a mixture of online and distance learning options many of which are free.  Examples include a free mini mindfulness course, an introduction to building resilience, and goal setting for wellbeing.

Chelmsford business support partners

Chelmsford City Council works closely with a number of partners to offer business support.


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

11 Nov 2020

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Downham Road, Ramsden Heath

Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=118596069 to find details of the intended closure of Downham Road, due to commence on 30th November 2020 for 5 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Cadent undertakes new gas connection.

 


Bus Services

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