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No Garden Waste (green bin) Collection Next Week

Message from Braintree District Council:

The garden waste service has been suspended next week to enable our resources to focus on collecting black bin waste and recycling sacks that we have not been able to collect this week.  The message we are giving our customers is to leave their bins and sacks out and we will get to them next week.  Garden waste collections will resume from week commencing 12th March 2018. We apologise for any inconvenience.

2nd March 2018


Severe Weather Update on Services from Braintree District Council: 1st March 2018

Following a review of all services this morning, Braintree District Council have the following update:

Refuse and recycling – Collections have resumed today with caution and crews are reporting back that some areas are inaccessible. Thursday’s work is being undertaken today. Weather permitting, Friday’s collections will be on the scheduled day. Wednesday collections will now be undertaken on Saturday 3rd March. The garden waste service has been suspended for the rest of the week to enable our resources to focus on collecting black bin waste and recycling sacks. Garden waste will not be collected until the next scheduled collection day. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Street Scene and Grounds Maintenance – The street scene team continue to divert resources to where it is needed.  This morning they are focussing on trying to empty litter and dog bins, catching up from yesterday whilst gritting as required in town centres and they spent yesterday clearing snow.  We have received a number of compliments from members of the public, including the following from a Braintree resident “A Big Thank You to the crew that are clearing the snow and gritting the town this morning, they have done a great job”

Community Transport – In the interests of passenger and volunteer safety all services have been cancelled for today and customers have been contacted by the team to let them know.  The team will review the situation each morning.

All other services are functioning but some are operating on reduced staffing.  The customer service centre and reception at Causeway House are open and taking calls and visits.

Help for Rough Sleepers – Our Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) Procedure  is in place to assist anyone who is sleeping rough. SWEP arrangements are triggered when the night time temperature is predicted to be zero degrees or below for three consecutive nights. The SWEP may also apply in the event of other exceptional adverse weather conditions.

We work closely with a wide range of other agencies, including the Police and the Salvation Army. Please note the earlier in the day we know of someone, the easier it is for us to make contact with them and offer shelter.

If you are aware of someone who is possibly rough sleeping please contact  01376 552525 and ask for the Housing Options Team, an officer is on call out of normal office hours.

We will be updating the website, phone service and social media throughout the day to keep customers updated on services.

If there is any further update on the situation, I will contact you.  In the meantime, if you have any concerns from residents, please refer them to the website<> or ask them to contact customer services on 01376 552525.

Bovingdon Road, Bocking has reopened!

Message from Essex County Council:

Courtaulds Culvert, Bovingdon Road, Bocking

Progress Update – 20 February 2018: Courtaulds Culvert


Works are now substantially complete and Bovingdon Road was reopened to vehicles on 19 February 2018.  

The site team are now focused on returning the compound and temporary parking areas to its former state and undertaking remaining drainage works within Bovingdon Road.

Thank you for your continued patience while we work to complete these works.




Rummage Sale this Saturday

Please note this Saturday 10th Feb at 2pm we will be holding a jumble sale in aid of church funds; in the village hall.

If you have items for sale they can be taken to the Hall from midday. If you would like us to collect please phone Sarah 850781 or Eve 850957

Refreshments & a raffle. Please bring yourself, a smile and some money.

Essex Big Weekend – 24th and 25th March

Are you ready to get your tickets to the biggest celebration of the year?

Registration for the 2nd Visit Essex Big Weekend opens on 8th February, where hundreds of FREE pairs of tickets for a host of attractions and fun-filled activities across the county, will be up for grabs via an on-line ballot.

A huge variety of Essex tourist attractions and related businesses will be opening their doors free of charge, or offering special gifts to lucky ticket holders on 24th and 25th March, as part of Visit Essex’s second celebration of the county’s tourism industry.

Some of the county’s biggest attractions have already signed up to this year’s event, including Barleylands, Chelmsford City Racecourse, Lifehouse Spa Hotel, Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum,  Redwings Horse Sanctuary and Hedingham Castle, to name a few.

Experiences on offer include entrance to stunning stately homes, gardens and thrilling white water or high wire experiences.  Don’t miss out, register your interest here NOW:  Essex residents can apply for as many tickets as they like, but there will be a limit of two winning tickets per household.

There’s still time for more tourism attractions or related business to get involved in the celebrations too by offering extra tickets – make sure you contact the Visit Essex team by 12th January to be included. Contact  Or register here:

Essex Big Weekend was set up to promote Essex’s incredible attractions and sights, and to encourage residents to discover how much there is to see and do on their doorstep. The event is also part of English Tourism Week (, which highlights the importance of tourism as one of the fastest growing sectors in the national economy.

The Ballot opens on 8th February – 12th March. Two tickets per household will then be allocated at random by ballot (some family tickets are available).

Car Parking Charges at Country Parks

A message from Essex County Council:

Give us your views on car parking charges at Country Parks

A six week consultation begins today (Monday 5 February 2018) on proposed changes to car parking charges at a number of Essex Country Parks.

Car parking charges at the Country Parks have not been increased for three years, since March 2015, with the exception of Weald which were reviewed in 2016. In line with ECC’s fees and charges policy, a review of charges has taken place and an increase is proposed.

In most cases, the proposed increases have been pegged to 50p, with a larger increase of up to £1.50 for Great Notley, Belhus and Cudmore Grove for longer stays of up to three hours.

Country Parks provide valuable outdoor spaces for people to enjoy and Essex County Council is proud of the excellent reputation the parks have – reinforced by the prestigious Green Flag awards we have received for many of our parks.

The Country Parks Service aims to improve the experience of our 850,000 customers a year and increase the number of visitors enjoying the parks, while keeping operating costs as low as possible.

The range of events throughout the year at the parks will be maintained, with many activities provided free of charge such as the play trail at Great Notley, the Gruffalo trail at Thorndon, Stickman at Weald, Wild Wednesdays at Danbury and the new coastal themed adventure play equipment at Cudmore Grove.

Councillor Simon Walsh, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste said: “Over the last couple of years we have invested more than £1 million in the country parks for the benefit of our visitors with improvements to footpaths and accessibility, car parking, facilities, signage and play equipment and there are plans for further investment. We need to ensure we are able to continue to maintain, develop and invest in the country parks and car parking charges are one of the ways we can bring in funds to help do this.”

The proposed changes are subject to public consultation with any changes to be implemented by the end of April 2018. Visitors are encouraged to feedback their thoughts during the consultation by emailing<>.

Visitors to Essex Country Parks can still enjoy access to unlimited parking at all of our country parks with the purchase of an annual season ticket at £65 or six-months at £40, with the full annual season ticket fee reduced to £45 and £30 respectively for Blue Badge Holders and over-60s; offering excellent value for money for frequent visitors.

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