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Notification of Local Bus Consultation 31 May 2017 – 03 July 2017 Service 9 Braintree, Panfield, Shalford, Wethersfield, Finchingfield to Great Bardfield

Dear Stakeholder 

Notification of Local Bus Consultation 31 May 2017  –  03 July 2017 Service 9 Braintree, Panfield, Shalford, Wethersfield, Finchingfield to Great Bardfield

Essex County Council carried out a review of its contracted services and consulted on changes to these services during August and September 2016.  The consultation  included options for some services to operate at reduced levels of service in an effort to obtain a sustainable bid that met the maximum level the council will support.  This is set at £5:00 for each passenger being carried after all fares are taken into account.  (The policy can be found at: ).

However, in the subsequent tender, the cost of providing a number of these services rose to the point where the tax payer would be paying more than £5.00 for each passenger carried, even allowing for the reduced level of service options.

Therefore in the case of the services outlined above, the County Council is carrying out public consultation on their future. The consultation will run until 03 July 2017.   The questionnaire will be  available from ECC libraries, or online: or by phoning: 03457 430 430. Essex has also asked bus operators to display posters on the buses concerned.

Please see attached copy of the posters for your information and details of the consultation attached.

Thank you in advance for publicising this and if you have any further queries, please contact .

Yours sincerely

Passenger Transport

Essex County Council




Over the coming months considerable road resurfacing is being undertaken in this area.

The B1053 will be closed between Wethersfield and Finchingfield 25th-31st May and near Boydells Farm 5th-8th June. Diversions will be signposted.

The latest information can be found on the link below: is the largest single source of local roadworks information in the UK


From The Planning Team at Braintree District Council:

The agenda for the Local Plan sub-committee on the 16th May has been published and is available at The papers include officer recommendations in relation to garden communities as well as a full Publication Draft Local Plan. The Local Plan sub-committee will be making recommendations to Council which will consider this at a meeting on the 5th June.

If the Local Plan is approved at Council it will be subject to a final round of public consultation starting on the 16th June. For more information on the next steps and the dates of the public consultation events taking place across the District in June and July please see

If you wish to register your interest to speak at either Local Plan Sub Committee or Council please email .

If you have any questions please get in touch with us in Planning Policy.

Kind regards

The Plannng Policy Team
Braintree District Council | Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, CM7 9HB
Tel: 01376 552525 Ext.2576 |



Three Fields Ward

All Parish Councils

Please find below details of some funding that may be of interest to your Community.

Further details can also be found at:-


Braintree & Bocking Community Centre, 19-21 Bocking End, Braintree CM7 AH

Tel 01376 550507 Email: <mailto: >
Registered Charity No. 1092567 Registered Company No. 4426567
Community, Maintenance and Repair Grants – National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust currently has a number of grant programmes open including:

Community Grants programme. This offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £20,000 towards the cost of projects introducing facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. Projects that include toilets and catering facilities are prioritised. The closing date for applications is 3 July 2017.

Repair Grants programme. This offers grants usually of between £5,000 and £40,000 towards the cost of urgent and essential structural repair projects. The closing date for applications is 3 July 2017.
Community Support Grants – Masonic Charitable Foundation

Grants are available for charities that help people experiencing poverty and disadvantage, sickness and disability or barriers to education and employment.

Charities delivering community support or research can apply for either a Large Grant (over £5,000) or a Small Grant (under £5,000). Charities that have an annual income under £500,000 are encouraged to apply for a Small Grant of £5,000 or less.

Deadline for Small Grant applications is 16th June and a Large Grant is 3rd July.

Charity Grants

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