Councillor Surgeries



As there have been no questions submitted to the Parish Council, tomorrow’s event has been cancelled. The date for the next surgery will be advertised in due course.



Residents are invited to attend our councillor surgeries on Saturday.

Sessions will offer a chance for you to raise any issue about community life you may have.

The meetings will be held in our offices at the Mountfitchet Exchange on Chapel Hill on Saturdays, with the public entering our offices via the library entrance.

To attend a surgery, email detailing the issue you wish the councillor to address.

Note that councillors reserve the right to cancel a session if there is insufficient demand for the service.

Councillors will be making themselves available on a rota basis, with surgeries to be held on a quarterly.

M11 Roadworks Update

M11 Bridge Repairs – Junctions 8 – 10

Due to some unforeseen issues on site, National Highways say an earlier timetabled set of roadworks (including the 24/7 lane closures) between the above junctions have had to be rescheduled. National Highways will provide a full update once this work has been re-programmed.

Importantly, they now have some planned closures for this week which they need to implement:

  • M11 junction 8 to 10 northbound full closure on Wednesday 29 September between 10pm and 5am.
    Northbound traffic will be diverted off the M11 at junction 8 onto the A120, A10 and the A505 and re-join the M11 at junction 10.
  • M11 junction 8 to 10 northbound hard shoulder closure 24/7 from 29 September to 14 October.
  • M11 junction 8 to 10 northbound lane 1 closure – 8pm to 6am from 4 October to 14 October.

National Highways would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

How to find out more

To find out more about roadworks we’re carrying out across the East of England, please visit to register for the latest alerts. If you have any enquiries please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, or by email to


Street Beats

There’s a chance to catch up with PSCO Nikki Morris on Thursday, Sep 30 to talk through any crime matters you may wish to raise.
Nikki and her Uttlesford Community Policing team will be at the Recreation Ground from 11am.
NB Events can be cancelled at short notice if the team are called on to fulfil more pressing police duties. See their facebook page for updates:

Crime Prevention

Rungis Quiz Success

Brilliant turn out at the Day Centre on Saturday.

Well over 50 attended with eight teams entering the quiz. Teams from Rungis and Stansted tackled questions on each other’s towns as well as their own.

At Crafton Green, The Wizards emerged victorious and claimed the hamper of French-themed goodies.

A lively, fun-filled night saw more than £400 raised for the Stansted & Rungis Twinning Association.

We would like thank all those who attended, and especially Richard Hayword and Geraldine Allars, who hosted the quiz so fabulously.

Honourable mentions also to the twinning committee members for running the bar, and our chairman qui a donnée un bref discours en Français, bien joué!

Stansted in Bloom – Response



We wish to correct some mis-information quoted in the post by Ali Browne on behalf of Stansted in Bloom.

1 At no time did the Parish Clerk request that the money be returned to the Parish Council. Cllr Barnes (Chairman of the Open Spaces Committee) had suggested that this might be the right thing to do as:

a) The three officers of the committee had resigned and the group was therefore unconstitutional, and

b) This left the SiB group without adequate authorised signatories and therefore it could not legitimately operate its bank account.

The group was asked by Cllr Barnes not to write an article in the Link until the new committee was established and had a working name.

The Stansted in Bloom name has been associated with the Parish Council for in excess of 20 years so it is considered that a fresh group should have a fresh name to meet its wish to stand alone from the Council.

The Parish Council is pleased that the competition was a success this year and hopes it will continue to grow.



14 October 2021 – Stansted Mountfitchet

– the Returning Officer:



Bloor Homes has LOST its appeal to build 166 houses near to Pennington Lane.

The planning inspector announced his decision today.

The Council would like to thank the community’s support in opposing this development and backing the Save Stansted Village campaign.

“The main issue in this appeal is the effect of the development proposed on the character and appearance of the site and surrounding landscape.

The benefits of the scheme are significant. I am particularly mindful in this regard, of the market, affordable and self-build housing that would be provided at this time of undoubtedly pressing need. However, those benefits do not, even collectively, overcome the very substantial weight I attach to the harms identified as being consequential on the development proposed. In my view, the adverse impacts in this case significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits when assessed against the Framework taken as a whole.” (Point 61 page 11)

Jonathan Price, Inspector

You can read the inspector’s statement here:

Election Result

We are delighted that George Braeckman will be joining us as a parish councillor.

George stood as a Conservative Party candidate in the North Ward of the village and has been elected unopposed.

At 18, he will be our youngest member and was also re-elected onto the Young Essex Assembly in May.

We would also like to remind residents that an election in the south ward is to be held on October 14 between two candidates standing as independents — Peter Jones and Lois Prior.

Registration deadline: If you would like to vote in this election and have not already registered to vote, you have until midnight on Tuesday 28 September to do so – register to vote on GOV.UK

Postal Vote deadline: anyone who wishes to vote by post must submit a valid postal vote application by 5pm on Wednesday 29 September.

More info available here


Saffron Waldon is hosting a festival of events to promote the cause of preserving our natural world ahead of next month’s UN Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow.

Local events as part of The Great Green Week, which runs from September 18-24, include eco-markets, climate Sunday services, pub-meet-ups,  eco chats and even a hedgehog hospital.

The goals is not just to educate about the perils of climate change, but also promote ways the public can play their part to tackle the problem.

All of the events of are FREE to attend.

Further details of a timetable for local events is provided in the leaflet below:

Visit for other events to be held nationally.