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The Essex Crowd: a new funding initiative from Essex County Council

Letter from Essex County Council:

With a funding round deadline coming up in September I wanted to make sure you know about the two pots of funding that we have available on the Essex Crowd.

 The Essex Crowd is a new funding initiative which gives residents, communities groups, charities and businesses the opportunity to run crowdfunding campaigns for local projects across the county.

 The Essex Crowd gives you the opportunity to ask neighbours, friends, family and the local community to back your project with a pledge. If you can demonstrate community backing for your project through your campaign you might also receive a pledge of up to £11,000 from two pots of funding available from Essex County Council.

 The Community Reuse Fund can add up to £1000 to projects taking place in Essex that will help reduce household waste. Examples of projects we are interested in include (but are not limited to) community repair cafes, cloth nappy libraries, packaging-free shops and library of things, upcycling workshops, and composting projects.

 The Local Connections Fund is interested in supporting projects that will make a difference to your local area, whether it is a community tea time, a local gardening project, a new outdoor activity space, or a music gig. As long as you can demonstrate a demand for your project from the community by gaining support through pledges, we want to hear from you.

 The Essex Crowd is hosted by Spacehive who are also offering tailored support and clinics to organisations that register and begin fundraising by 29th September.

If you have a project idea that you would like to access funding for, please either complete the Expression of Interest form, or email Tom on as soon as possible.


If you have any questions about the funding on offer, please let me know.


Many thanks,




Carla Johnson

Senior Sustainability and Resilience Officer

Please note, my current working hours are: Monday to Wednesday 9am – 5pm, Thursday 6pm – 10pm.

A120 Millennium Way: Work Update



A120 to Millennium Way Slip Roads – work updates


We will be contacting local residents and businesses next week to let them know about upcoming construction works on the A120 to add two new slip roads to Millennium Way (B1018). This scheme will help to relieve congestion at Galleys Corner and stimulate future commercial investment and job creation along the A120. It will also provide more direct routes for residents, businesses, and visitors to nearby amenities.


Preliminary work on the scheme is due to start in September, when Essex County Council’s contractors will begin a series of ground investigation and drainage surveys on the site. This initial phase of work will include minor excavations, samples and monitoring, and is expected to take up to six weeks to complete.


We plan to minimise disruption to residents by undertaking works during the daytime where possible, however some night work may be required. Minor vegetation clearance will be required to allow access to the site and it may also be necessary, on occasion, to introduce temporary lane restrictions on the A120. Disruption to users of the A120 will also be minimised.


Residents and businesses close to the site will be sent a letter in the next week to inform them of the scheme. We understand that this scheme will be of interest to many in the Braintree area, and so we plan to update the dedicated webpage on Essex County Council’s website with more information as it becomes available.


Further information about this scheme will also be featured, along with the Braintree Integrated Transport Package (ITP), at a number of public information events in October. The details of these events are provided in the letter, on the website, and are given in full below.


The latest updates on the scheme, including a visualisation of the completed slip roads and more information on the plans, will be available at from Friday, 24 August.


Braintree Integrated Transport Package (ITP)


The Braintree Integrated Transport Package (ITP) is a package of schemes with the aim of improving access to Braintree Town Centre. In addition to a number of traffic management measures for Braintree Town Centre, it comprises two main priority schemes on which Essex County Council will be engaging with the public next month (September 2018):


Springwood Drive Junction (Springwood Drive / Rayne Road / Pods Brook Road): Junction improvements to address traffic congestion and accommodate future growth


Station Access (Station Approach / Rose Hill & South Street Junctions): Improvements to Station Approach to enhance accessibility and amenity for various users of Braintree Station and local residents


Public consultation on the Braintree ITP is scheduled to launch on Monday, 10 September 2018 and will be open for 7 weeks, closing 29 October 2018.


Two consultation events will be held in Braintree during the consultation period in October. These will provide interested parties with details of the proposals and members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions.


o   Saturday, 6 October (10am-4pm) – Council Chamber, Braintree Town Hall 


o   Friday, 12 October (11am to 7pm) – Alec Hunter Academy


The latest updates on the Braintree ITP schemes, and more information on the plans, including details on how consultees can provide feedback on the proposed schemes will shortly be available at




Cllr. Kevin Bentley

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Infrastructure

Member for Stanway and Pyefleet

Essex County Council



WAP 2019 Production ‘Secondary Cause of Death’ A Murder Mystery Comedy

Hello there WAPers!


2019 Production News

Hope you have had a great summer particularly enjoying the weather! The Committee has had a proposal for the 2019 production which was adopted and the details are below.

The next event will be a murder mystery comedy play “Secondary Cause of Death” by Peter Gordon. This is part of the triology which ‘Murdered to Death’ was the first,  performed in 2009.

Brief Outline:-

The Colonel has engaged the formidable Cynthia Maple to run a murder mystery evening.  She has engaged the services of Cardew Longfellow (the thesbian) because he looks like the Colonel.  Inspector Pratt arrives on the scene.  He is the ultimate incompetent (he would refer to himself as incontinent) detective who consistently muddles his words to highly amusing effect.  There is a back reference to Murdered to Death, when the colonels wife was confined to an asylum.  She has escaped and as bodies pile up Pratt draws all the wrong conclusions around several double roles of characters.

There are 3 maybe 4 Male roles and 6 Female roles.


John Wollard will be returning as the Director and John Pearce is the Producer.

The Play will be introduced to members and non-members on the 5th September at 8pm  with a presentation at the Village Hall and auditions held on the 19th/20th September (Times to be confirmed)

Production Dates are the 28th February 1st and 2nd of March 2019.  There will be no Matinee.


WAP 2019 Production

Local Community Meetings held by Essex Police

Please find information about upcoming community events held by local officers at Essex Police.

Events can be found here under the meeting and events tab:

Events include Local Community Meetings, ‘Coffee with a Cop’ or ‘Drinks with Community Links’ events.

The next two Local Community Meeting for the Braintree District will be:

Monday 24 September 2018 (7pm-9pm)

Halstead Town Council
Queen’s Hall, Chipping Hill
Halstead, Essex CO9 2BY


Monday 12 November 2018 (7pm-9pm)

Witham Community Hub,
Unit 17, Newlands Shopping Centre,
Witham, CM8 2AP

Local Community Meetings are regular, scheduled meetings held in spaces that can accommodate a greater number of participants than the more informal ‘Coffee with a Cop’ or ‘Drinks with Community Links’ events. They generally include an overview on current issues and then an opportunity for a Q&A with a local police officer. They are open to all.

Hope this information is useful.

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