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Details of the new Local Services Fund funded by Essex County Council

This project will be funded by Essex County Council but administered by the Essex Association of Local Councils.

The new Local Services Fund is a unique fund that will allow communities through Local Parish and Town Councils and other formally constituted groups the opportunity to directly prioritise, enhance, develop and grow local capability thereby making a real difference in the villages, towns and communities across Essex.  This is a revenue fund and unique as it is able to pay salaries related to delivering a new service.

The grants available are £10,000 per bid or £15,000 over 3 years.  There is an expectation of matched funding.

The types of projects that may be funded (please note this list is not exhaustive)

  • Handyman Schemes
  • Business Apprenticeships
  • Hedge Maintenance
  • Community Volunteers
  • A Community Café
  • Preventing Antisocial Parking, Litter Picking etc

How to apply

Complete the pre-application checklist and email to

Louise will check this prior to you completing the application form.  Once the checklist is approved, you will be notified to complete the application.

Communities are invited to submit pre application checklists no later than Friday 27th October, application forms must be received by Friday 17th November in order to qualify for the first funding panel in December 2017.

The panel will assess the project, based on the information given in your application form.  Your project may be rejected for funding.

Link to pre application check list

Link to application form

Link to leaflet

Crowdfunding Information

The Essex Crowd is a new crowdfunding platform where you can share your community idea and offer neighbours, local businesses and other interested parties the opportunity to pledge their support to make your idea a reality.  This fund will be managed by Essex County Council only.

Link to Leaflet

The Essex Association wish to formally thank Essex County Council, for the support provided to the EALC, Parish and Town Councils, Village and Community across Essex.

Christmas Events taking place in Braintree District over Christmas

Message from Braintree District Council:

We are pleased to say there are many events taking place in the three towns in the lead up to Christmas, which have been organised by Braintree District Council, Halstead Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Witham Chamber of Commerce as well as other local organisations. These include light switch-on events, Christmas markets, fayres, a magical reindeer trail and more.

Full details of events taking place can be found at

We hope you will be able to come along to the events and help us spread the word to communities about what’s happening in their local town this Christmas.

West of Braintree Garden Community: Issues & Options Consultation

As you may already be aware there are proposals for three new garden communities across North Essex, one of which is known as West of Braintree and straddles the Braintree and Uttlesford district borders.

The ‘Issues and Options Consultation’ starts on Monday 13th November 2017 and runs until Monday 8th January 2018.  If you would like to find out more about the proposals for the West of Braintree Garden Community some exhibition events have been organised as follows:

·         Saturday 25th November, 10.00-14.00 at The Salings Millennium Village Hall, Piccotts Lane, Great Saling CM7 5DW

·         Monday 27th November, 16.00-20.00 at Old Friend’s Meeting House, Stebbing CM6 3SH

·         Wednesday 6th December, 16.00-20.00 at Braintree Town Hall, Market Square, CM7 3YG

·         Tuesday 12th December, 10.00-14.00 at Rayne Village Hall, 3 Gore Road, Rayne CM77 6TX


Comments on the proposals can be made using forms available at the events, or online.

The link to the online consultation document will be published on when the consultation opens.

Information from Braintree District Council’s Funding Fayre

Cllr Barry Vincent attended Braintree District Council’s Funding Fayre on 19th October on behalf of Wethersfield Parish Council. A number of organisations made presentations about funding opportunities, and below is a short summary.

Community Initiatives Fund – Essex County Council grant scheme up to a maximum of £15000 for any single project. Designed to support creation, procurement or development of new community assets or to enhance existing assets or initiatives that strengthen a community. We have already benefitted from some of its funding in the Parish. The present deadline for Expressions of Interest is end of January 2018 and full applications by the end of February. Application process on

Councillors Community Grants – Ward Councillors grants of £100 – £1500 available for a variety of projects including building improvements, playground equipment and recreation facilities etc. Both Peter Schwier and Peter Tattersley have access to these funds and can approve the grants. More information on

Essex Crowd Funding – The Essex Crowd is a funding opportunity which has a fund of £500K for community projects and initiatives e.g. community gardens and street murals, festivals and sports facilities. Details and application process on

Essex Community Foundation –  work with independent bodies and charitable organisations and makes grants ranging from £250 to £10K available to support a variety of ‘quality of life’ projects and activities. Their average grant is around £4000. More information on

Paying for Policing in Essex: Survey which closes on 19th November

The funding of Essex Police is an important topic both in the media and through public comments and correspondence. While the demand for greater police visibility is very strong, there is also a clear pressure to manage the impact of any potential rise in funding provided through the police precept.


Prior to the setting of the policing precept for 2018-2019, I intend to carry out a public survey to help inform my approach. The survey will seek to identify the general appetite for investing more in Essex Police, what would be a reasonable level of additional investment and the areas where the public would like to see extra investment.


Members of the Police, Fire and Crime Panel have been advised of the survey and have fed in their views to the questions being posed.

The survey will run from 1am on Monday, November 6 for two weeks until midnight on Sunday, November 19 and is available online via this link

I would ask you to encourage as many people as possible to fill in this survey.



Roger Hirst

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex

Stansted Airport: Latest Update October 2017

London Stansted Airport targets growth within current environmental and aircraft movement limits
By Ken O’Toole, Managing Director, Stansted Airport
When I joined London Stansted Airport as its new Chief Executive in early September, I was already aware of a number of key issues that were important to our passengers, airline partners and, just as vital, our local community.
With around 26 million passengers using the airport each year – an increase of nearly 10 million passengers compared with five years ago – it was no surprise that future growth was at the top of the agenda and, importantly, how we plan for it.

Since then, I’ve spent much of my time listening to the views of all those with an interest in our future plans. I’ve been able to take a fresh look at our proposed planning application to grow beyond our 35 million passenger limit and use this as an opportunity to reflect on the feedback we received from across the local community at our events in July.

Our neighbours told us that they support growth and investment in the airport facilities and welcome a further increase in destinations and choice. They also told us that they were concerned about the proposal to increase in the number of flights that the airport is permitted to operate each year.

We’ve listened to those concerns and decided to adapt our proposals so growth can be met within the current flights limits. 

That means we will now apply to Uttlesford District Council to raise the cap to 43mppa (million passengers a year) – a smaller increase in passenger numbers than originally proposed (44.5mppa). Most importantly this will be achieved without increasing the existing noise limits.

This is an example of community consultation in action – we talked about our plans, we listened and we have amended our proposals accordingly.

We have advised the Council of these changes as we believe these plans provide a better balance between ensuring our future growth and support for the regional economy and the impact on our community. This clarity will also ensure that airlines and business partners have the confidence to continue to invest and grow at Stansted.

We will be holding a series of feedback sessions in key areas in November 2017 to provide further information on our proposals before we submit a final planning application to amend the cap on passenger numbers, most likely in early 2018.

We hope this application will establish the way forward for the airport for the next 10 years.  It will enable us to continue to work to make best use of our existing runway, provide more choice and new destinations, more jobs, help us further improve the airport’s facilities and passenger experience and, most importantly, contain our growth within our current environmental limits.

If you wish to sign up to further information on our plans go to

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.

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