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Have you been following the latest on Local Plans?

The three district/borough councils working on the North Essex Garden Communities project (Braintree / Colchester / Tendring) have now concluded the final stages of their Local Plan consultation, with the plans due to be examined by the Planning Inspectorate in the New Year.

These aligned plans are split into two with ‘Section One’ setting out the ambition for three new communities built to Garden Community Principles as a way of managing long-term growth, whilst ‘Section Two’ have been individually written for each council and setting out other planned development.

It is the view of the councils that the three garden communities, led through their newly formed company NEGC Ltd rather than through a traditional developer, are a better way of managing housing needs, allowing them to deliver infrastructure ahead of or alongside development, and helping restrict predatory developers.

The Local Plans are about setting out the nature of future development and where it will be. At this stage each Garden Community is simply identified by a red circle, and these sites will become more defined as we progress. It is important to stress the red lines are not the edge of development, but simply the broad areas in which the Garden Communities will sit.

The next step of this process is to create a more detailed plan for each site, and work will start on this in the coming weeks with a first stage of public consultation commencing on the 13 November 2017, looking at some of the issues and options around each site.  For more information on this, visit or individual council websites to have your say.

Essex County Council Transport and Travel Update – October 2017

A day in the life of community transport
[Community transport video]<>

We followed Colchester Community 360 earlier this year to show what a typical day out is for our committed community transport teams<> across Essex.

These schemes offer a unique service for those who are rurally isolated, have restricted mobility or cannot easily access conventional public transport<>.
A new way to plan your journey

Have you ever wished there was one website with every timetable for buses in Essex?

We did too and that is why we have set up

The simple to use map allows you to click on more than 9,500 bus stops including individual timetables and more than 500 routes across the county. It even includes a journey planner with train times to help link up your journey.
Stay in the know with Twitter updates

Several operators across the county operate their own twitter account, with details of delays, route changes, new services and more…

Arriva Essex – @ArrivaEssex<>

Chambers – @ChambersBus<>

Ensign Bus – @EnsignBusCo<>

First Essex – @FirstEssex<>

Hedingham – @HedinghamBuses<>

Nibs – @NibsBuses<>

Keep up to date by following each account on Twitter.

Scan QR code for the latest Bus Passenger News update


Click HERE for the latest edition of Bus Passenger News<>
Public Transport Information


Visit Traveline<> or for public transport information and journey planning advice.


Follow @Essex_PT<> on Twitter for Essex public transport information from the Travel Information Team at Essex County Council.

Essex Bus & Train Map

View the latest online version of the Essex Bus & Train map<>, which is being updated monthly.

[Gritting updates]<>

Essex County Council, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford


Tel: 0345 743 0430 Contact us<>

Get involved with Essex County Council’s Art of the Possible this October

Get involved with the Art of the Possible this October

The Art of the Possible festival wants to celebrate the good things that happen in communities across Essex. If you have an idea for an event that would inspire, educate and connect people, the festival team would love to hear from you.

Running from the 14th to the 31st October the festival will showcase the people, places and passion that make Essex a great place to live. Now in its third year, the festival promotes the inspirational things going on across our county, shares ideas and experiences and shows how we can all create the communities we want to see by bringing people together and building connections.

Whether it is friendship or fitness, healthy living or heritage, cooking or community, social enterprise or skills sharing, or something else entirely, there will be interesting events happening across the county. Visit to find out more and become part of the Art of the Possible.

Below are links to the events taking place in Braintree:


Kind regards

Angela Balcombe

Parish & Community Initiatives Fund Grant Co-ordinator

Corporate & Customer Services


Essex County Council

Tel: 033301 38008 | Mobile: 07939 536286 | E-mail:

Wethersfield Music Festival 2017

The Wethersfield music festival is back for it’s fourth year with the event taking place on Saturday 3rd June 2017 throughout the afternoon at the Wethersfield playing field.

Things are already starting to take shape with many attractions available for everyone to enjoy from inflatables, fun zone, Slush stall & Donuts, Catering units, Licensed bar, Side stalls and much more still to be announced. The main attraction will of course be the Live music with a selection of Artists/Bands set to take to the main stage across the course of the day with a mix of different genre’s which will cater for all.

Once again this year the festival will continue to raise money for charity and on this occasion we have decided to collect for the Make-a-wish foundation which is a wonderful charity, we hope you can join us on festival day to enjoy all the activities in Wethersfield as we’ll be rocking the village once again. Further details about the Festival can be found on our Facebook page ‘Wethersfield Music Festival‘ which has all the latest news.

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