Uttlesford District Council are permitting you to park for free at Lower Street and Crafton Green over Christmas and New Year from Saturday, 25 December 2021 through to Monday, 3 January 2022.


The Full Council Meeting will go head tomorrow with a much truncated agenda and limited participation from council members.

The change from the usual format is in response to guidance from the National Association of Local Councils not to meet in person due to the current Covid threat.

A quorum of 5 councillors will meet to approve item 10A on the agenda — list of payments.  This is because authorisation of payments must take place in person under the current rules

The shortened format means there will be no Zoom access and no public participation for the meeting.



A Special Full Council meeting has been called in the new year to discuss possible sites for future development in and around the village.

In January 2021 Uttlesford District Council launched its Call for Sites, inviting land owners and developers to submit areas in the district with potential for housing and employment development.

The Special Full Council meeting on January 5, 2021 at 7.30pm will consider proposals relevant to the village, stemming from this Call for Sites. These sites are mapped and can be viewed on Uttlesford’s website.

You can attend either in-person or by requesting a zoom invite by emailing the Parish Council by 5m Tuesday, January 4. The agenda for the meeting will be posted on our website soon.


Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Snakes Lane, Ugley. Snakes Lane is to be affected by a road closure on January 4, 2022 for 3 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes carriageway patching.

Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure.



Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Church Road, Stansted Mountfitchet. Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Church Road, due to commence on 11th January 2022 for 1 day.

The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Cadent undertakes reinstatement.



Young ones get the chance to tell Santa what they’d like in their stocking this Christmas when the Stansted Millers play host to Mr Claus next Saturday at the village windmill.
It is £4 for children to meet Santa, who will be at the mill from 1-5pm handing out presents.
The Millers are laying on refreshments and there is a raffle, too.
Father Christmas is generously donating all proceeds from the event to the upkeep of the windmill.
— Saturday 1-5pm, December 11 – Stansted Windmill, Mill Lane
*Santa image courtesy of


A temporary traffic management system is being set up while Essex County Council remove the structural columns supporting two street lights on Church Road.
The columns both at the bottom end of Church Road, close to the Lower Street roundabout, failed a structural safety test.
ECC apologise for the inconvenience caused.
They say the columns are unlikely to be replaced before Christmas.

Christmas Quiz

There’s no better way to spend this Saturday night than by signing up for the Twinning Committee’s Christmas Quiz.

There a prize for the winning team (up to 8 per team). Tickets cost £10 and come with mulled wine, a mince pie and jacket potato with chilli.

The Day Centre at Crafton Green plays host to the quiz, and tickets can be bought either on the door or in advance from

There’s a licensed bar, or you can bring your own bottle of festive joy to imbibe.

Doors open at 6.30pm. Quiz starts at 7pm.


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Northbound M11 Roadworks

Tis the season for M11 roadworks it seems, after yesterday’s update that repairs to a bridge over the motorway would stretch into January, the National Highways have announced that essential drainage renewal work lasting until April now needs to be carried out to the M11 northbound between junctions 7 and 8.

National Highways plan to complete this work over 17 weeks between Thursday 9 December and Thursday 31 March, weather conditions permitting and excluding the Christmas period, 21 December to 4 January 2022. Once completed this section of the motorway should be able to better disperse surface water and less prone to flooding.

Closures and diversions

To carry out the work safely, we will need to close the M11, and divert traffic as detailed below:

  • Sunday 5 December to Friday 17 December (overnight closures excluding Saturdays, between 11pm and 5am)
  • Friday 17 December to Monday 20 December  (full weekend closure from 11 pm Friday to 5am Monday)
  • Friday 14 January to Monday 17 January 2022 (full weekend closure from 11pm Friday to 5am Monday )

Diversion will be in play while roadworks to the M11 Northbound are completed.

Whilst the M11 is closed, northbound traffic will be diverted off at junction 7 onto the A414, A10 and A120 to re-join the M11 at junction 8.

Between Tuesday 4 January and Thursday 31 March, a lane 1 and 2 closure will be in place between junctions 7 and 8, but one lane will remain open to traffic.

For safety reasons, a 50mph speed restriction will also be in place for the duration of this work.

How to find out more

To find out more about road improvements we’re carrying out across the East of England, please visit our roads project page.

If you would like more information, please contact us on 0300 123 5000, or by email at



Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice of  Burton End, Stansted. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce whilst Affinity Water installs new water connections.

Please click on the following link to find details of the closure, due to commence on 1st December 2021 for 3 days.