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Channel Sweeping will take place in Wethersfield on the following dates:

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

The sweeper has a programmed route concentrating on main highways where there are kerbs. It would be appreciated if residents could park elsewhere on the dates shown so that the sweepers can have clear access to the road channels.


Three steps to take that will reduce the risk of you being a burglary victim.

Is there clear unobstructed access to the rear?
Burglars will prefer to gain access out of sight at the rear. Where possible fence and gate access to rear gardens with 1.8m close boarded wooden fencing, top this with some trellis and/or spiky toppings (spiky toppings require a warning notice). Ensure the gate is securely locked. How about some defensive planting, what’s this you ask …………….. something like Berberus, Pyracantha or Hawthorn around perimeter fencing and in trellis.

In wooden doors in addition to the “Rim Lock” fit and use a five lever mortice lock. Most PVC doors as with windows use a multi locking system, make sure you know how to use it, when inside pulling the handle up will engage all the locks but in some cases will only lock the centre lock, to lock all the mechanism in place you must use the key (if in doubt try it before the burglar does).

Become an illusionist
Make your home appear occupied even when you are out, a burglar is more than likely to only see your home in one moment in time. Simple things like lights on timers and “FakeTV” for the evenings, you can now even get a timer that fits over your light switches (search on the internet for light switch timer). During the day leave a radio on, boots outside the back door, vacuum cleaner out with the lead going out of sight (not plugged in though), newspaper over the arm of the chair with a drink on the table and a pair of spectacles, the list goes on.

Naturally these are but a few measures you can take that will reduce your risk and depending on the property there may be others that also reduce the risk of being a burglary victim.


Since the plan has been published your Parish Council, with others, has been working towards addressing the issues raised. This has met with a mixed success rate mainly due to a lack of co-operation from outside bodies.

Traffic and parking

ECC carried out speed surveys in Wethersfield and Blackmore End and have advised us that the average speeds are not sufficiently high for them to take any action. Worse still, they are not even willing to let us erect more speeding signs at our own expense. Similarly the idea of a 20mph limit through the village fell on deaf ears as they feel that the parking situation is effective in controlling speeding. As to improving car parking, there is no obvious solution to this problem since no suitable sites exist in a location which would be likely to ease the problem which is mainly along the High Street and Silver Street.

Street Lighting

The Council has decided to upgrade all parish owned street lights in Wethersfield and Blackmore End to modern LED units. These provide a better white light and, most importantly, are virtally maintenance free and use very little electricity which will drastically reduce the annual expenditure on lighting. Such are the gains that the capital cost will probably be recovered within three/four years. Although crime rates within the villages is very low it is believed that better lighting will prove a deterrent and ensure that the situation remains good.

Parish Newsletter

Efforts are being made to find a volunteer willing to be editor. No progress can be made until we have a suitable person and a flyer is to be circulated shortly seeking interested parties.

Village Halls

Following successful grant applications Blackmore End Hall is currently having its toilets and kitchen facilities upgraded. This work should be completed by the Autumn.

The Wethersfield Hall Management Committee is also seeking funding for major improvements to Wethersfield Hall. If successful these will lead to upgraded toilets plus a store room and a major facelift for the hall involving insulating and dry lining the walls and upgrading the lighting to greatly improve the appearance, cleanliness and efficiency of the hall. If we are lucky in getting funding this will take place next year but even if we fail at this attempt many other possibilities exist and we will continue seeking the money. The committee feel that they lack expertise in this direction and if anybody feels they have suitable experience or skills to offer please contact the secretary, Mair Godley on 01371 850620.

Litter and Refuse

Braintree District Council has agreed to provide better, larger bottle banks and we are currently investigating the best location for them. Hopefully the bins will be installed shortly and this should stop the overflowing problems which are dangerous and unsightly. We would remind people that it is not acceptable to leave empty bags and boxes around the bins. A minority of users do this and we ask them to stop.

Clubs and Societies

There are two new users of Wethersfield Hall, a pilates class and airsoft target shooting both of which we hope will prove to be a success.

Village Website

The Parish Council is reviewing the situation with the website and there should be more news shortly.

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