Update on local footpaths



In response to the comments made regarding the one-way footpaths, we provide the following clarifications:

  • Decisions were made in response to the Government’s Covid-Secure guidelines and in discussion with Uttlesford District Council which had requested all parishes to review safety guidance and local access pinch-points in their own communities.  Many of you will have seen new measures being adopted in Bishop’s Stortford and Saffron Walden.
  • These measures are guidance and not mandatory.
  • We are in an Emergency Planning situation with advice constantly changing which means there is not the opportunity to undertake public consultation.  As this situation is likely to last for many months, all decisions will be kept under review as advice continues to change.
  • Our Crisis Management Team has now reviewed the situation in light of the new 1m+ social distancing rules and other guidance coming from the Government.  The one-way advice for the Black Bridge to The Spinney footpath is rescinded, but advice on the other paths currently remains the same.  This is due to the Burnell’s Way to Lower Street and the Chapel Hill to St John’s Lane paths being dog-legged so that sight-lines are not clear and they are very narrow, as is the long path from Norman’s Way to High Lane with few opportunities to pass safely.
  • It is important to remember that footfall around the centre of the village will increase with the opening of our schools, pubs, restaurants, hair-dressers etc in the next week.
  • Whilst most people are behaving appropriately and considerately, it is the Parish Council’s duty to review guidance and implement the measures within its remit, particularly as the rules are relaxed and the perception of risk reduces. Covid-19 has not gone away.

Closure of Gall End Lane – 30th July for 5 days

Dear Sir/Madam,


Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Lower Street, Gall End Lane, Stansted Mountfitchet 

Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=117092208 to find details of the intended closure of Lower Street, Gall End Lane, due to commence on 30th July 2020 for 5 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes Surface Dressing in Spring/Summer 2020. (09.30-15.30).




Essex Streetworks Team

Changes afoot around the village


The Parish Council has been working with Uttlesford District Council to review safety around the village as more of our local businesses prepare to re-open and footfall increases.  We ask everyone to remember the need for social distancing.  We have identified four very well-walked routes where it is not possible to achieve social-distancing and we are therefore making them one-way for the foreseeable future.

The path from Norman’s Way to High Lane and the one from Burnell’s Way to Lower Street will both be one-way DOWNHILL.  Your return journey should be made via Brewery Lane or Chapel Hill.  The path from Chapel Hill to St John’s Lane will be one-way FROM the hill TO St John’s Lane with the return journey being along St John’s Road.  Finally, the path linking West Road and the “black bridge” with The Spinney and Stoneyfield Drive will be one-way UPHILL.  Alternative route via Church Road.  Signs will be placed at each end of these paths as a reminder.  There will be other areas around the village where distancing is difficult – please continue to be considerate of others.  Thank you.

Volunteer Ambassadors Needed

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER AMBASSADORS to support the re-opening of our town and village centres


As lockdown is eased, Volunteer ‘Town Centre Ambassadors’ are needed to support the re-opening of town and village centres. Their role will be to: provide reassurance, advice and guidance to visitors to the town/village centres help manage the flow of visitors around the town / village centres promote community safety. Ambassadors will liaise with PCSOs and shop keepers if required, and give feedback to Uttlesford District on matters of concern. They will be expected to adapt to changing circumstances and therefore the outline of duties may change from time to time. Ambassadors will be provided with hi-visibility jackets and hand-held two way radios to assist them in carrying out their duties. They are not expected to take on a policing role or engage in any activity that could risk their own safety. The role is purely to offer advice and assistance to visitors and shop-keepers in the town/village centre, whilst maintaining social distancing measures at all times.


For further information contact volunteer@volunteeruttlesford.org.uk or call 01799 510525/510524.

To apply, go online at https://volunteeruttlesford.org.uk/opportunity/volunteer-town-centre-ambassador



Easing of restrictions

Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council welcomes the continuing easing of the restrictions that have been imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Consequently, we would like to remind all Stansted residents that, whilst we encourage them to enjoy our village open spaces, people must be sensitive to the needs and concerns of others and must ensure that their activities do not negatively impact others. Please be courteous and thoughtful when using these spaces so that we can all enjoy this summer and the gradual return to a more normal way of life.

Covid-19 and the BAME community – Cllr Khan’s statement on behalf of the Liberal Democrat and Green Parties read to Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council on 10 June 2020.

Please see attached


District Councillor Report – 10th June 2020

Notice of Vacancy

Please see attached notice of vacancy


Notice of Vacancy- Bowman

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order – Blythwood Gardens – 30th June 2020

Please see below which we have received

Dear Sir/Madam,


Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Blythwood Gardens, Stansted Mountfitchet

Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=117183499 to find details of the intended closure of Blythwood Gardens, due to commence on 30th June 2020 for 3 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes Carriageway Joint Sealing 2020 – 21 (08.00-17.00).