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Gardening Club December meeting - report
Last updated 11 December 2018

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's December meeting is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Gardening Club November meeting - report
Last updated 21 November 2018

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's November meeting is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Community Litter Pick - results
Last updated 19 November 2018

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for the Community Litter Pick on Saturday.

More than 10 large sacks of litter were collected, helping to keep our village looking tidier.
 
Litter Pick

Rural Crime Advice Day
Last updated 9 November 2018

Essex Police are holding a Rural Crime Advice Day on Wednesday 14 November at Slamseys Farm, Great Notley, CM77 7QW. This free event will have many exhibitors showcasing crime prevention products, and there'll be advice and information from Essex Police.

The event is open from 10.00am to 3.00pm, and there's free entry and free parking.
 
Rural Crime

Chelmer Valley Park&Ride Christmas timetable
Last updated 9 November 2018

The Christmas and New Year timetable for the Chelmer Valley Park&Ride service has been published. Click here to see it.

Open Gardens 2019
Last updated 9 November 2018

Little Waltham Open Gardens will be on Sunday 23 June 2019, with proceeds in aid of Farleigh Hospice.

A wide variety of gardens is ideal for this event, both big and small. Could you help by opening your garden? Please contact David Blainey on 07900 493544 or dblainey@aol.com
 
Open Gardens

Litter Pick
Last updated 19 October 2018

Help keep our village tidy! Join us on our Community Litter Pick on Saturday 17 November. We'll have morning and afternoon sessions. We'll meet outside the Doctor's Surgery at 10.00am for the morning session, and on the pavement outside St Martin's Church at 1.30pm for the afternoon session. Equipment will be provided - all you have to bring is an hour or two's enthusiasm! Children are welcome to join in, but must be supervised by an adult - and there'll be a certificate for each child who attends.

Remembrance Sunday...
Last updated 11 October 2018

Remembrance Sunday is on 11 November this year. The Parish Council will be laying wreaths at the War Memorials in The Street and at Boreham Airfield.

We've seen a tribute to service personnel on the internet - click here to read it.

 
Remembrance Sunday

Swap Until You Drop
Last updated 8 October 2018

The Love Essex team are excited to announce their third "Swap Until You Drop" clothes swap event. The event will be held at High Chelmer Shopping Centre in Chelmsford from 3.00pm until 6.30pm on Thursday 25 October. Clothes can be dropped off before the event between 1.00pm and 2.30pm.

A third of the clothes in the average wardrobe are never worn, so the swap shop is a perfect opportunity to clear out your unwanted clothes and accessories and swap them for some must-have outfits.

If you want to join this guilt-free shopping experience, simply bring your good quality items of unwanted clothing, which can be swapped for tokens and exchanged for any other item for free.

Adults' and children's clothes are all welcome, as are shoes and accessories. But you must ensure that the items you bring to swap are in a condition others would be happy to receive.


 
Swap

Gardening Club October meeting - report
Last updated 7 October 2018

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's October meeting is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Local restaurant gains coveted Michelin award
Last updated 4 October 2018

The 2019 Michelin Guide for UK & Ireland has just been published, and they have awarded the coveted "Bib Gourmand" to The Windmill Chatham Green. Bib Gourmand awards recognise pubs and restaurants offering exceptionally good food at moderate prices, and hold a coveted place for many high quality restaurants with affordable offerings.

There are only 143 Bib Gourmand holders in the UK & Ireland, so it's a privilege to be awarded it. Rebecca Burr, director of the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland, said: "Prices and value for money are important, but the Bib Gourmand is about much more; it's about the ethos and philosophy of a restaurant."

The award is a significant achievement for Mick & Lydia Binnington, who only opened The Windmill just over a year ago. They've created a unique restaurant with the focus on fine dining, but in a relaxed country pub atmosphere where locals can still just pop in for a drink. The seasonal menu offers elegant, simple food sourced from the best produce from around the local area, paired with a friendly and efficient service.

Check their website for menu details and more information. You can phone for bookings on 01245 910910.


 
Bib Gourmand

Proposed new Gypsy Site - Public Meeting
Last updated 12 September 2018

Chelmsford City Council is currently considering a planning application for a new Gypsy & Traveller Site at the junction of Drakes Lane and Boreham Road. This would be in addition to the existing Gypsy Site on Cranham Road. Many local residents are concerned that the proposed location is inappropriate, and they have arranged a Public Meeting to discuss the application. The meeting is on Thursday 20 September at 7.15pm in Boreham Village Hall, Main Road, Boreham CM3 3JD. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in the discussion.

If you would like to view the planning application, you can find it on the City Council's website by visiting https://publicaccess.chelmsford.gov.uk/online-applications/search.do and entering application number 18/01476/FUL in the search box.

Little Waltham Parish Council has not yet discussed this application, and so has yet to comment on it, but it will be on the agenda for discussion at our next meeting on Tuesday 2 October. Members of the public are welcome to attend our meeting and make their views heard.

Gardening Club September meeting - report
Last updated 11 September 2018

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's September meeting is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Gardening Club - August update
Last updated 17 August 2018

The reports of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's June, July and August meetings are now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read them.

Best Kept Street 2018
Last updated 30 July 2018

Chelmsford City Council is looking for nominations for the best kept street in Chelmsford. To qualify, the street should show visual attractiveness, smart front gardens, buildings which are well cared for, proper recycling on collection day, no dog fouling, and no litter.

To enter, just send up to 4 photos of your street and a short summary of why you think it should win, to lyc@chelmsford.gov.uk

Nominations need to be received by Friday 17 August. The winning street will receive a brand new road sign and a plaque to mark the achievement.
 
Love Your Chelmsford

Play in the Park - 2 and 8 August
Last updated 27 July 2018

Once again, we've arranged for free 2-hour multi-activity sessions in the playing field during the Summer holiday, for children aged 3-11. There'll be sports, arts, crafts, games and free-play, all coordinated by Chelmsford City Sports.

The dates are Thursday 2 August, from 10.00am to 12.00noon, and Wednesday 8 August, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Supervised activities will be available for children aged 6-11 who can attend without parents. Under 6s must be supervised at all times by a parent/guardian. Children aged from 6 to 8 must be dropped off and picked up by an adult and a password will be required. Children over 8 can come and go as they please, but must bring an emergency contact number and any relevant medical information. Just come along on the day and visit the registration desk. Please wear suitable clothing for playing games, bring a drink, and remember the sunscreen!
 
Play in the Park

Tesco shoppers - vote for us!
Last updated 16 July 2018

Little Waltham Parish Council is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco "Bags of Help" initiative.

Tesco's community funding scheme sees grants of 4,000, 2,000 and 1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. Little Waltham Parish Council is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Voting is open in Chelmsford Tesco stores in July and August 2018 and customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. Be sure to ask for your token!

The Parish Council has applied for funding to refurbish and improve the allotment site at the rear of the playing field to provide allotments for individuals and community groups. The Parish Council recognises the benefits to both the general environment and also to the health and wellbeing of individuals for residents to have the opportunity to cultivate an allotment. The Parish Council sees this as an exciting opportunity to provide allotment plots not just for individuals but for community groups as well.

 
Tesco

Little Waltham Parish Council gains award
Last updated 3 July 2018

Little Waltham Parish Council has been awarded Foundation status in the Local Council Award Scheme.

The Local Council Award Scheme has been designed to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils, and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential. The scheme offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed by their peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement.

The Foundation award demonstrates that the council meets a set of minimum standards to deliver effectively for its community. The award confirms that the council has the required documentation and information in place for operating lawfully and according to standard practice. The council also has policies for training for its councillors and officers and so has the foundations for continued improvement and development.

 
Foundation Award

Gypsy Site - Open Meeting 11 July
Last updated 3 July 2018

Chelmsford City Council has provisionally allocated a second Gypsy Site in Little Waltham, this time in Drakes Lane. The Parish Council has learned today that Hastoe Housing Association is preparing a planning application for this site. The housing association has arranged an open meeting on Wednesday 11 July, from 4.00pm until 7.00pm in the Memorial Hall, where the plans will be available for inspection.

Park & Ride survey
Last updated 27 June 2018

Essex County Council wants your views on the Chelmsford Park & Ride service, and is undertaking a paper survey of Chelmsford Park & Ride users on 28 June. Additionally, there's an online survey which you can complete between 28 June and 24 July. To add your comments and suggestions on the Park & Ride service, see http://bit.ly/chelmsfordParkandRide

Accounts 2017-2018
Last updated 31 May 2018

The Annual Return of the Parish Council's accounts is now on the website - click here to read it.

The Approved Accounts are also on the website - click here to read them. In accordance with legal requirements, the accounts are available for inspection. The official notice of this is here, and an explanation of your rights as an elector can be found here.

Gardening Club May meeting - report
Last updated 5 May 2018

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's May meeting is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Little Waltham Open Gardens
Last updated 2 May 2018

Little Waltham Open Gardens day is on Sunday 24 June this year. As well as a number of open gardens, there'll be crafts, plants and refreshments, plus a display of classic cars. Proceeds are in aid of Farleigh Hospice.

Click here to see the poster with full details.

 
Open Gardens

Victim Support needs volunteers
Last updated 2 May 2018

Victim Support is a charity supporting victims of crime. They need more volunteers in Essex and are looking to recruit new volunteers to attend a 4-day training course at the end of June.

If you'd be interested in helping, there's more information at www.victimsupport.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer

 
Victim Support

Proud of your garden?
Last updated 12 April 2018

Chelmsford City Council is once again running a competition to find the nicest front gardens. There are three prize categories - Sustainable, Planter/hanging basket and Best Kept. And there are 50 Abercorn Garden Centre vouchers to be won.

The closing date is Friday 27 July. To enter, please submit up to four photos of your garden or planter, with a description. You can do this via Facebook @LoveYourChelmsford, by emailing lyc@chelmsford.gov.uk or by post to Love Your Chelmsford, Freighter House, Drovers Way, Chelmsford CM2 5PH.
 
Garden competition

Play in the Park - 10 and 12 April
Last updated 7 March 2018

Once again, we've arranged for free 2-hour multi-activity sessions in the playing field during the Easter holiday, for children aged 3-11. There'll be sports, arts, crafts, games and free-play, all coordinated by Chelmsford City Sports.

The dates are Tuesday 10 April, from 10.00am to 12.00noon, and Thursday 12 April, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Supervised activities will be available for children aged 6-11 who can attend without parents. Under 6s must be supervised at all times by a parent/guardian. Children aged from 6 to 8 must be dropped off and picked up by an adult and a password will be required. Children over 8 can come and go as they please, but must bring an emergency contact number and any relevant medical information. Just come along on the day and visit the registration desk. Please wear suitable clothing for playing games, bring a drink, and be prepared for any weather!
 
Play in the Park

Chelmsford Litter Pick cancelled
Last updated 1 March 2018

The Litter Pick session scheduled for 3 March, from 9.00am to 1.00pm, meeting at Baddow Road Car Park, CM2 7PJ, has been cancelled due to the weather conditions.


Changes to the Service 70 bus timetable
Last updated 14 February 2018

From 15 February, the Service 70 buses will have a revised daytime timetable, with buses every 30 minutes. Also, a number of Service 42 journeys will be extended every 30 minutes beyond Broomfield Hospital to Braintree, increasing the service level to every 15 minutes on this section when combined with the Service 70 buses.

Local Plan - have your say!
Last updated 12 February 2018

The latest Chelmsford Local Plan includes proposals to build over 3450 new homes in our parish. You have until 14 March to give your views on these proposals. Further details on the proposals, and on how to have your say, are contained in the Local Plan Newsletter.

Click here to read the Local Plan Newsletter.

There will be a Public Exhibition of the proposals in the Memorial Hall on Tuesday 27 February from 4.00-8.00pm. This is an informal drop-in exhibition, so please pop in and have a look. Members of the City Council's planning team will be on hand to answer your questions.

The following evening, we will hold a Special Parish Council Meeting to discuss our response to the proposals. This meeting will be in the Tufnell Hall on Wednesday 28 February at 7.30pm, and everyone is welcome to come along and have their say.

 
Local Plan

Gardening Club February meeting - report
Last updated 10 February 2018

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's February meeting is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Community Speed Watch. Want to help?
Last updated 29 January 2018

The Parish Council has arranged to set up a Community Speed Watch group in our village.

Community Speed Watch is a traffic monitoring scheme coordinated by Essex Police but run by unpaid volunteers. Volunteers working in pairs monitor traffic and log any speeding vehicles. Essex Police then write to the offenders, first with a warning letter and, in the event of re-offending, with a stronger letter and further checks.

Our first group of volunteers will receive their training on 13 February 2018 at 3.30pm in the Tufnell Hall. It's not too late for you to volunteer to join the group. Volunteers must be over 18, but there's no upper age limit. You must be prepared to monitor traffic for at least one hour a week, logging vehicle details as appropriate. Monitoring only takes place in daylight hours, but obviously may involve inclement weather. Full training will be given by Essex Police. There's more information at https://saferessexroads.org/policecommunity/community-speed-watch/

If you would like to volunteer, please contact our Clerk, Suzanne Walker, on 01376 331251, or email her at littlewaltham@gmail.com
 
Speed Watch

Chelmsford Litter Picks
Last updated 29 January 2018

Chelmsford City Council has arranged 2 Litter Pick sessions. The first is on 14 February, from 10.00am to 11.30am at West Park Pitch and Putt, CM1 1RY. The second is on 3 March, from 9.00am to 1.00pm, is a River Clean-up, meeting at Baddow Road Car Park, CM2 7PJ.

There's free parking and refreshments for all volunteers. All ages are welcome, but anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

For further details, see www.facebook.com/ChelmsCouncil

 
Litter Pick
Litter Pick

New Bus Service 10 starts on 2 January
Last updated 19 December 2017

Essex County Council has advised us that a new operator has been found for Bus Service 10 and that the service will resume from 2 January.

Click here to see the new timetable.

Bus service 10(52) is being discontinued
Last updated 12 December 2017

Essex County Council has advised us that bus service 10 (previously service 52) will be discontinued from 27 December 2017. This is because Regal Busways is ceasing to trade. Essex County Council is currently looking for a replacement operator.

Gardening Club December meeting - report
Last updated 12 December 2017

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's December meeting is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Essex Energy Switch
Last updated 6 December 2017

Essex County Council's "Energy Switch" scheme is based on asking energy suppliers to bid for a collective switching scheme. Many people who have used the scheme have saved money on their energy bills. To participate, simply register for free. After the next energy auction, you'll receive an email offering you energy prices based on the auction. It's up to you whether to accept or reject the offer. For further details, see www.essex.gov.uk/energyswitch

Remembrance Sunday...
Last updated 8 November 2017

Remembrance Sunday is on 12 November this year. The Parish Council will be laying wreaths at the War Memorials in The Street and at Boreham Airfield.

We've seen a tribute to service personnel on the internet - click here to read it.

 
Remembrance Sunday

Gardening Club November meeting - report
Last updated 8 November 2017

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's November meeting is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Essex Prose and Poetry Competition
Last updated 7 November 2017

Age UK Essex is once again running its annual Prose and Poetry Competition. As well as cash prizes for the winners, a copy of every entry is sent to the Essex Records Office, so that future generations can learn from your story and experiences. The closing date for entries is 28 February 2018. Click here for more details and an entry form.
 
Prose and Poetry

A130/A131 improvements
Last updated 23 September 2017

Essex County Council has secured 7.3 million of funding to make improvements to the A130 and A131 around Little Waltham. A series of roundabout and bus lane improvements are proposed. The work will be phased over a 3 year period, and will start later this year.

The proposed work includes:-
* Essex Regiment Way bus lane extension
* Deres Bridge roundabout improvements
* Nabbotts roundabout improvements
* Sheepcotes roundabout improvements
* General resurfacing and lining improvements.

Click here to see a map giving more details of all the proposed improvements.

Flower Festival
Last updated 23 September 2017

Here's a photo of the Parish Council's entry in the Flower Festival at St Martin's Church. The display, entitled "Frog Prince", was kindly created by Rosemary Weir. Click here to see a larger picture.
 
Frog Prince

Little Waltham Surgery - open meeting
Last updated 23 September 2017

The Patient Participation Group of the Little Waltham and Great Notley Surgeries is holding an Open Meeting at the Notley Green Surgery on Wednesday 1 November at 7.30pm. It's an opportunity for you to find out about what's happening in your medical practice, to see how it's adapting to NHS financial cuts, and to raise any questions about the surgeries and how they are run.

Two GP partners will be at the meeting, and you'll also be able to meet the Patient Participation Group committee and find out more about what it does and how you can help.

Gardening Club September meeting - report
Last updated 8 September 2017

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's September meeting is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Welcome to our new Councillors
Last updated 5 September 2017

Your Parish Council is pleased to welcome 3 new members, bringing us back to a full complement of 9 Councillors. Teresa Dando joined in July; Barbara Denny and Antony Kingham joined in September. Their contact details are on the "Your Councillors" page, click here to see it.

Accounts 2016-2017
Last updated 7 August 2017

The Annual Return of the Parish Council's accounts is now on the website - click here to read it.

In accordance with legal requirements, the accounts are available for inspection. The official notice of this is here.

Bus service 52 is changing
Last updated 12 July 2017

Users of bus service 52 should note that it will be changing on 29 August, when it will be replaced by bus service 10.

Essex County Council has been reviewing service 52 for some time. The number of passengers using the service has dropped over the last 5 years, and the cost per passenger had risen to 9.97 - around double the maximum subsidy the County Council will pay. On average, the service only carries 25 passengers a day, and only 2 passengers a day on Saturdays.

Following Parish Council appeals, the County Council has agreed to introduce a replacement service (bus service 10) from 29 August this year. The new service will have a reduced frequency, and will not run on Saturdays. It's hoped that the new service will minimise inconvenience to passengers.

You can see the new timetable for Service 10 here.

Gardening Club July meeting - report
Last updated 12 July 2017

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's July meeting is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Results of the latest speed surveys
Last updated 10 July 2017

Following residents' concerns about speeding in the village, and requests for a 20mph limit, the Local Highways Panel has carried out further speed surveys in The Street. These took place over a 7 day period towards the end of June.

One survey was placed just north of the White Hart car park, 65 metres north of the junction with Brook Hill. The average daily speed recorded was 20.5mph, with an average daily count of 1257 vehicles.

The second survey was placed outside 64 The Street, 70 metres north of the junction with Winckford Close. Here, the average daily speed was 27.4 mph, with an average daily count of 2768 vehicles.

At both survey locations, there was virtually no difference in speed between northbound and southbound traffic.

Nuisance doorstep callers
Last updated 7 July 2017

We have had reports of nuisance doorstep callers in the area. Typically, they prey on the elderly. They may often claim that they can do work on the house, the drive, the garden, etc. Often, after doing any agreed work, they will demand more money and can be aggressive.

The best way of dealing with these nuisance callers is simply to say "No". Don't get into any conversation, just say "No".

If nuisance callers won't go away, or if they start doing things to your home without your permission, call 999 and ask for Police assistance.

Age UK has published a booklet on avoiding nuisance callers and other scams, see here to read it.

If you have elderly neighbours, please help them to avoid problems by sharing this information with them.
 
Just Say No

Play in the Park - 2 and 23 August
Last updated 3 July 2017

Once again, we've arranged for free 2-hour multi-activity sessions in the playing field during the summer holiday, for children aged 3-11. There'll be sports, arts, crafts, games and free-play, all coordinated by Chelmsford City Sports.

The dates are Wednesday 2 August, from 10.00am to 12.00noon, and Wednesday 23 August, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Supervised activities will be available for children aged 6-11 who can attend without parents. Under 6s must be supervised at all times by a parent/guardian. Children aged under 8 must be dropped off and picked up by an adult and a password will be required. Just come along on the day and visit the registration desk, or you can pre-register online at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/play Pre-registration is essential for children arriving alone. Please wear suitable clothing for playing games, bring a drink, and be prepared for any weather!
 
Play in the Park

Would you like to join the Parish Council?
Last updated 19 June 2017

There are currently 3 vacant seats on the Parish Council. Rather than hold an election, we are authorised to co-opt suitable applicants. If you would like to be considered for a place on the Parish Council, please complete this form and return it to our Clerk.

Gardening Club June meeting - report
Last updated 19 June 2017

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's June meeting is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Michelin award-winning chef opens new local restaurant
Last updated 12 June 2017

The Windmill in Chatham Green re-opens on 1 July under the care of Mick and Lydia Binnington. Michelin award-winning chef Mick has spent his career working in some of the country's top Michelin starred restaurants, including Midsummer House in Cambridge, Chapter One in Kent and The Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge, most recently working as Head Chef at The Narrow, Gordon Ramsay's Thameside restaurant in London. Lydia has a passion for hospitality, and has worked in some highly regarded restaurants including Baumann's Brasserie and Smiths of Ongar.

As you'd expect, the focus will be on fine dining, but in a relaxed country pub atmosphere where locals can still just pop in for a drink. The seasonal menu offers elegant, simple food sourced from the best produce from around the local area, paired with a friendly and efficient service.

Check their website for menu details and more information. You can phone for bookings on 01245 910910.

 
Windmill

Windmill

Water mains renewal - The Street
Last updated 2 June 2017

Essex & Suffolk Water have advised that they will be renewing the water mains in The Street soon. The work will start within the next couple of weeks and will last for approximately 4 weeks.

Inevitably, there will be some disruption to residents' water supplies, but those affected will be given at least 48 hours' notice.

All affected residents will receive a letter explaining the work. You can also read this letter here.

Please remember that BOGUS CALLERS (people who claim to be employed by Essex & Suffolk Water or "the water board", but who are only interested in stealing from your property) are known to operate in our area. If you are in any doubt about the validity of a caller claiming to be from Essex & Suffolk Water, DO NOT let them into your property, call your local police station immediately or Essex & Suffolk Water's Customer Centre on 0845 782 0999. Essex & Suffolk Water employees WILL NOT object to you carrying out these checks.

Accounts 2016-2017
Last updated 2 June 2017

The Annual Return of the Parish Council's accounts is now on the website - click here to read it.

In accordance with legal requirements, the accounts are available for inspection between 6 June and 14 July 2017. The official notice of this is here, and explanatory notes can be seen here.

Austin Weir's funeral
Last updated 27 May 2017

Austin Weir's funeral will take place at 11.00am on Monday 19 June at St Martin's Church in Little Waltham.


Speed surveys in the village
Last updated 26 May 2017

Following continued complaints from residents that traffic is speeding through parts of the village, the Parish Council arranged for speed surveys to be carried out in Brook Hill and in Chatham Green earlier this month. The results show that the mean average speed in Brook Hill was just under 28mph, whereas the mean average speed in Chatham Green was just over 20mph.

The Parish Council has also, in response to residents' requests, asked the Local Highways Panel to introduce a 20mph speed limit through the village. We await their decision on whether this is possible, and further speed surveys will be required before a decision is made. If a 20mph speed limit is introduced, it will most likely involve some traffic calming measures in The Street, which would result in on-street parking restrictions. Residents will obviously be consulted before a final decision is taken.

Austin Weir - In Memoriam
Last updated 17 May 2017

Little Waltham Parish Council was very sad to learn of the death of Austin Weir. Austin was a Parish Councillor for many years, and was an active campaigner against some of the more damaging developments in our area. He was never afraid to speak his mind, but his honest and forthright nature was matched by a kindly manner and a great sense of fun.

Born in 1933 in Belfast, Austin worked as a joiner in the Belfast shipyard before, at age 22, setting off to London to seek new opportunities. In London, he met and married Sheila, a lovely girl from Co Wicklow. After working as a skilled joiner for some time, he joined the Bank of England and was rapidly promoted within the Premises Division, finally becoming the Technical Manager.

Austin and Sheila had 3 sons, and lived in the Chelmsford area for many years. Austin retired from the Bank in 1991 after 27 years, but sadly Sheila died early the following year, after 33 years of happy marriage. With support from his friends and family, Austin overcame his sadness and started doing some work again. He also travelled repeatedly to Belfast to research his family history. At the Ulster Historical Society he met Rosemary, who subsequently became his second wife and who survives him.

Over the years, Austin was involved in many aspects of the local community, including the Springfield Cub & Scout group, the Little Waltham Sports & Social Club, St Martin's Church, and of course the Parish Council.

We shall greatly miss him.


Gardening Club May meeting - report
Last updated 17 May 2017

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's May meeting is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Charity Fun Day - Sunday 7 May!
Last updated 2 May 2017

There's a great Charity Fun Day being held at the Tufnell Hall, Little Waltham, CM3 3NY, on Sunday 7 May. Proceeds will be split between Macmillan Cancer, Fairleigh Hospice, the PDSA, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Fun Day starts with a sponsored football match between the Charity Belles and the Little Waltham Vets. Kick-off is at 12.30pm, and it'll just be 20 minutes each way.

After the football match, there'll be a whole host of fun events for you to experience, including a barbecue, "The Stocks", tombola, mini makeovers, hair dos, "Splat the Rat", a book stall, a cake stall, faceprinting, bracelets, a boat race, "Name the Ted", "White Elephant" and the "Crossbar Challenge".

Why not drop in and enjoy the event?
 
Fun Day

Proud of your garden?
Last updated 2 May 2017

Chelmsford City Council is running a competition to find the nicest front gardens. There are three prize categories - Sustainable, Planter/hanging basket and Best Kept. And there are 50 Abercorn Garden Centre vouchers to be won.

For further details of how to enter, go to www.chelmsford.gov.uk/communities/nice/nice-competitions/
 
Garden competition

Local Plan - be sure to respond!
Last updated 19 April 2017

Many thanks to so many of you for attending the Public Exhibition of the proposals in the Memorial Hall yesterday, and for coming along to our Special Parish Council meeting tonight to let us know your thoughts.

As we said at the meeting tonight, it really is vital that as many people as possible respond to the City Council's consultation. There's strength in numbers, and the more people who respond, the better! Remember, the closing date for comments is 11 May, so don't delay.

To respond online, go to the City Council's Consultation Portal at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/planningpolicyconsult

Alternatively, if you'd rather respond on paper (or if you know someone who doesn't have online access), paper copies of the consultation can be obtained from the City Council or from our Clerk, Suzanne Walker, on 01376 331251, or email her at littlewaltham@gmail.com

We'll be talking about the Parish Council's response to the consultation at our next Parish Council meeting, on 2 May.
 
Local Plan

Gardening Club Spring Show - report
Last updated 16 April 2017

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's Spring Show is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Local Plan - have your say!
Last updated 8 April 2017

The latest Chelmsford Local Plan includes proposals to build over 3000 new homes in our parish. You have until 11 May to give your views on these proposals. Further details on the proposals, and on how to have your say, are contained in the Local Plan Newsletter.

Click here to read the Local Plan Newsletter.

There will be a Public Exhibition of the proposals in the Memorial Hall on Tuesday 18 April from 5.30-8.00pm. This is an informal drop-in exhibition, so please pop in and have a look. Members of the City Council's planning team will be on hand to answer your questions.

The following evening, we will hold a Special Parish Council Meeting to discuss our response to the proposals. This meeting will be in the Tufnell Hall on Wednesday 19 April at 7.30pm, and everyone is welcome to come along and have their say.

 
Twin Peaks

New feature in the playground
Last updated 26 March 2017

The Parish Council has recently installed a fascinating new piece of play equipment in the children's playground. The "Twin Peaks" feature, built by playground specialists Sutcliffe Play, has two low platforms connected by a rope bridge. The sturdy wooden posts create a mountainous feel. Both platforms have a selection of different ways for children to climb up or get down, including a metal slide. For added play value, music pipes are fitted to one platform. The area around the equipment has been surfaced with cushioned rubber for safety. The cost of the new equipment was partially funded by a grant from Essex County Council.

 
Twin Peaks

Council Tax 2017/18
Last updated 10 March 2017

You'll see from your Council Tax Bill that our precept (the part of your Council Tax which goes directly to the costs of running your parish) has increased for 2017/18. For a Band D property, the Little Waltham precept increases from 32.46 to 46.08 - an increase of just 26p a week. The 46.08 amount is less than is charged in the nearby parishes of Great Waltham, Pleshey, Broomfield and Springfield.

In recent years, we have generally requested either no increase or a very minimal increase.

Unfortunately, this year the Parish Council will see a decline in income, because Chelmsford City Council has removed its grant funding to Parish Councils. In 2015/16, Little Waltham Parish Council received a grant of 2326 from the City Council. This was reduced to 1673 last year and has now been removed completely. Thus, to simply maintain existing services provided by the Parish Council, it is necessary for that amount to be added to our precept.

Also, many of the general administration and running costs of the Parish Council have increased this year in excess of the amount anticipated and the shortfall of some 3500 is thus met from reserves. It is important in conjunction with good financial planning for the Parish Council to retain an adequate reserve going forward.

Our strategy statement on this website details the various tasks that are carried out by the Parish Council on your behalf and what the Parish Council is looking to achieve in the coming financial year. Click here to read the Strategy Statement.

We hope that by increasing the precept more substantially for 2017/18 it will mean that the Parish Council will be in a more secure and sustainable financial position to meet our future commitments.

Gardening Club AGM - report
Last updated 6 March 2017

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's AGM is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Play in the Park - 10 April
Last updated 3 March 2017

The Parish Council has again arranged to participate in Chelmsford's "Play in the Park" programme, and there'll be a free two-hour multi-activity session for children aged 3-11 years at our playing field on 10 April, starting at 1.30pm. The session is packed full of sports, games, arts and crafts. The Memorial Hall toilets will be available during the session.

There are some sensible conditions for taking part, to ensure children's safety:-
* Under 6s must be supervised by an adult parent/guardian throughout the whole session. (Maximum 3 children per adult).
* Under 8s must be dropped off and collected by an adult (a password will be required).
* Please ensure that your child wears suitable clothing for playing games, that they bring a drink, and that they are prepared for any weather.

 
Play in the Park

Easter Sunday Bunny Hunt
Last updated 10 February 2017

For the 15th year, Chelmsford Ladies Circle invites families to hop along Chelmsford's annual Easter Bunny Hunt on Sunday 16 April in Central Park. Bunny Hunters search for the 15-year-old wooden bunnies, each named after a different famous rabbit, to earn their chocolatey prize.

The event starts at 11.00am and entry closes at 1.00pm, although prize collection will continue until 2.00pm. Tickets cost 3.50 in advance from the website (www.chelmsfordladiescircle.co.uk) or 4.50 on the day.

The event is in aid of the club's charity of the year The Ark Centre in Springfield, Chelmsford, a therapy centre for children with Autism and social and communication difficulties.
 
Bunny Hunt

Have your say on policing
Last updated 10 February 2017

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Roger Hirst, is holding a public meeting on 2 March. If you care about the way your community is policed, and want to know the facts about crime in your area, why not go along to the meeting and have your say?

The meeting is from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 2 March, in the Woodham Ferrers Village Hall, Main Road, Woodham Ferrers, CM3 8RW. It's an open meeting, all members of the public are welcome, and you can arrive or leave at any time.
 
PCC Meeting

Gardening Club February meeting - report
Last updated 9 February 2017

The report of the Little Waltham Gardening Club's February meeting is now on the Gardening Club page, click here to read it.

Proud of your front garden?
Last updated 9 February 2017

Do you have a front garden to be proud of? If so, you may like to enter Chelmsford's Front Garden Competition, which this year includes more types of garden than ever before!

The competition has been growing in popularity since it was first run three years ago. Now, the City Council is opening it up to gardens of all types and sizes, with prizes in three categories:

* Best Kept Front Garden
* Best Planter or Hanging Basket
* Most Sustainable Front Garden

If you're proud of your delightful daffodils, colourful crocuses or blooming borders, then enter for the chance to win a 50 voucher to spend at Abercorn Plant & Garden Centre!

Entry is free: all you need to do is submit up to four photos of your garden or planter, online or by post, and tell judges about its best features.

Entries must reach us by Friday 26 May 2017. Finalists will be invited to a presentation evening in July, where the winners of the First, Second and Third Place prizes will be announced.

For more information, please call the Council's Neighbourhood Improvement & Community Engagement Team on 01245 615800.
 
Front Garden Competition

Community Infrastructure Levy
Last updated 13 January 2017

Little Waltham Parish Council received 1350 of Community Infrastructure Levy money in April 2016, and this money was put towards the purchase of two new Parish Council noticeboards.

Worried about speeding? Want to help?
Last updated 9 January 2017

If you believe that there's a speeding problem in Little Waltham, and are prepared to volunteer some of your time, the Parish Council may be able to set up a Community Speed Watch group.

Community Speed Watch is a traffic monitoring scheme coordinated by Essex Police but run by unpaid volunteers. Volunteers working in pairs monitor traffic and log any speeding vehicles. Essex Police then write to the offenders, first with a warning letter and, in the event of re-offending, with a stronger letter and further checks.

Volunteers must be over 18, but there's no upper age limit. You must be prepared to monitor traffic for at least one hour a week, logging vehicle details as appropriate. Monitoring only takes place in daylight hours, but obviously may involve inclement weather. Full training will be given by Essex Police. There's more information at https://saferessexroads.org/policecommunity/community-speed-watch/

If you would like to volunteer, please contact our Clerk, Suzanne Walker, on 01376 331251, or email her at littlewaltham@gmail.com
 
Speed Watch



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