JOIN US!

Have you thought about representing the thoughts and feelings of your community about the issues that matter to them?

  • Are you concerned about your community?
  • Do you want to help to make a difference to Stansted Mountfitchet?
  • Do you want to represent the views of local people?
  • Do you have time or expertise which could benefit the wider community?

If you have answered yes to any of the above, why not step forward and apply to become a Parish Councillor?

We currently have one vacancy to be filled by co-option.

The Parish Council is the first tier of local government and plays an important part in maintaining and improving local services and facilities for the benefit of our community. We aim to achieve the best possible outcomes for residents by:

  • Providing efficient and cost-effective services within our areas of responsibility
  • Working together with partners to deliver the best for our community
  • Being open and transparent in our working

The Full Council meets on average every three weeks and the two main committees every six weeks (usually on Wednesday evenings). Attendance is expected to be consistent, with apologies given if unable to attend. Councillors may serve on one of the two main committees (subject to places being available) but are also expected to join sub-committees and working groups for specific projects and undertake research/preparation. Much of our communication takes place via emails – to which councillors are expected to respond!

In order to apply you must be 18 years of age or older and a qualifying citizen.

Details of eligibility and the application form are available on our website at www.stansted.net. Alternatively, these can be requested from the Council Offices on 01279 813214 or by email to parishcouncil@stansted.net. The closing date for applications is 4pm on Friday 11th February 2022:

Application Form and Eligibility Criteria

SURVEY EXTENSION

You now have more time to fill out the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment Survey. The deadline for completion has been extended until Monday, January 31.

Complete the survey and you could help push for a second dispensing chemist in the village.

Stansted’s community has grown in recent years. The latest estimates suggest that more than 8,873 people live in the village, up from 6,669 as detailed in the 2011 census.

While the population has grown, provision of services has struggled to match the extra demand. It’s telling the village still has only one dispensing chemist, Boots, on Cambridge Road.

Compounding the problem is Stansted’s geography. More than 30 percent of the population is over the age of 50 and the steepness of Chapel Hill, which links the north and the south of the village, can present a formidable obstacle for many of our elderly residents who lack transport but need get to the existing pharmacy at the top of the hill.

The survey is used by Essex County Council to assess pharmacy provision in communities across the county. By completing it you could improve access to a dispensing chemists for many of our residents.

The deadline to complete the survey has been extended until next Monday.

 

 

ROAD CLOSURE

Watch out for a 16-day road closure of Burton End Rd/Belmer Rd at the end of January.

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(1)

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Burton End Road/Belmer Road, Stansted & Belmer Road/Claypit Hill, Elsenham

Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=126925743 to find details of the intended closure.

The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Openreach undertakes tree cutting.

SAVE CASH ON FUEL BILLS

You could get help with your energy bills by signing up to an County Council-backed scheme.

The Big Community Switch has teamed up with Essex County Council to offer households a cheaper way to heat their homes.

The scheme involves collective energy switching.

This uses the bargaining power of your community to get a competitive offer for you.

By grouping together with others who have signed up to the Big Community Switch, the scheme aims to get you a cheaper rate than those based on the Standard Variable Tariff, typically used by suppliers.

Pre-vetted energy suppliers are invited to underbid each other to ensure you get a competitive offer. The service is free, and there is no obligation to switch to the winning supplier once you receive your personal offer.

You can sign up to the scheme here:

https://bigcommunityswitch.co.uk/uttlesford/register

The deadline for registration is Sunday, February 19.

TREE & SHRUB GIVEAWAY

Pop to Newsman’s Plantation on Saturday and pick yourself a free tree or shrub to do your bit to fight the climate crisis.

There up to 200 saplings and shrubs — all native species — being given away on a first-come, first-served basis. Parish Council volunteers will be at the plantation between 10am-1pm to oversee the giveaway.

You can pick from either four native species of tree:

  • Common Oak
  • Silver Birch
  • Alder
  • Green Beech

There are also six kinds of shrub to choose from:

  • Hornbeam
  • Hazel
  • Hawthorn
  • Dog Rose
  • Dogwood
  • Grey Willow

You can select trees, or shrubs, or a combination of both. But each individual or household will be limited to a maximum of three plants/trees in total. Please note the exact choice may vary, as stock will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

You are requested to plant your green gifts on property you either own or have permission to plant on. Any unauthorised planting on Council grounds or private land will be removed.

The total number of trees offered to residents is dependent on the quantity of saplings left over from efforts to repopulate Newman’s Planation. Several trees have been felled at the site after being affected by Ash dieback.

Where to plant a tree:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/advice/where/

How to plant a tree:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/advice/how-to-plant/

How to care for a tree:

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/advice/care/

Essex Forest Initiative

This tree giveaway event is part of the Essex Forest Initiative that aims to plant more than 375,000 trees across the county over the next 5 years as part of efforts to address climate change.

Read more about the  Essex Forest Initiative at www.essex.gov.uk/the-essex-forest-initiative

WHEN & WHERE

Saplings and shrubs are being given way on Saturday at Newman’s Plantation between 10am-1pm

  • Newman’s Plantation, Walson Way, off Church Road
  • Saturday, Jan 22 10am-1pm (or until plant stock lasts)

NEW TREES FOR STANSTED

Newman’s Plantation is benefiting from a replanting drive over the next couple of weekends when the Parish Council takes delivery of hundreds of trees from the Essex Forest Initiative.

Trees in the Plantation have been struck by Ash dieback and had to be felled. More than 100 saplings, all native species, will be bedded to take their place.

So this can happen on Saturday volunteers will be at Newman’s Plantation preparing the site, clearing undergrowth of weeds and brambles. Next weekend they will be back planting the saplings.

The volunteers’ hard work will ensure Newman’s Plantation remain in a healthy, vibrant natural environment for wildlife that residents can enjoy in the future.

The work at Newmans is part of a wider effort across the county to plant more than 375,000 trees under the Essex Forest Initiative over the next five years to fight climate change.

Also on January 22 at the Plantation, the Parish Council offers residents a chance to play their part in tackling the environmental crisis, when it gives away up to 200 trees and shrubs — for free!

You can bed your free tree (or shrub) on your own property, or at a site where you have permission to plant. Volunteers from the Parish Council will oversee the tree-giveaway between 11am to 1pm. You will be able to take up to 3 shrubs/trees per individual or household.

You can find out more about the Essex Forest Initiative at www.essex.gov.uk/the-essex-forest-initiative

PRESSURING FOR A PHARMACY

Now Essex County Council has started its review of its Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA), we thought it may be helpful to give some background into the work that has been undertaken in the past by the Parish Council and in conjunction with Ray Woodcock, a local resident, to promote the need for a second licensed dispensing pharmacy in the south of Stansted.

We have communicated with and had meetings with all relevant stake holders. Mr Woodcock has also undertaken getting signatures for a petition.

We have prepared various reports based on the profile of need. For example we completed a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment for Uttlesford District Council.

We have presented these reports to the previous Essex Health and Wellbeing Group and PNA group.

We have also taken it further than just involving and consulting service providers, and have also lobbied to get more public involvement and consultation. Our MP has also co-ordinated a meeting with the Essex PNA leads at the House of Commons – but we were unsuccessful in gaining their support.

How we researched Stansted’s pharmacy needs

  • Compared and aligned Stansted’s needs with the other larger localities in Uttlesford and Essex
  • We have looked at the rising population numbers and access to services, including transport
  • We have used the fact that the village is cut into two halves by a very steep hill and many of our rural neighbours find access difficult

Questionable timing

The review of the PNA in 2020 was put on hold due to the pandemic.

We now have a public consultation that started on Christmas Eve and ends on January 24th 2022, a ridiculous time to start a public consultation. It almost seems like our responses are not wanted.

I have written to the lead Essex Pharmacist to request a lengthening of the consultation. I am updating all previous reports and have requested to speak to the UDC Health and Wellbeing Board.

The board should promote the needs of the local areas via their consultation and based on their knowledge of our requirements. However, UDC were also unaware the consultation had commenced and have now got in touch with Essex to clarify their role and responsibilities.

The issue will also be raised when we meet Peter Holt the new Interim Chief Executive for UDC.

I hope this background is useful and I hope you will support this strategy going forward.

I urge residents to back our calls for improved access to pharmacy services by taking the Pharmacy Needs Assessment survey:

www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/LocalPharmaceuticalServicesSurvey

 

— Maureen Caton,  Stansted Parish Council Chairman

LIBRARY SERVICE DRAFT PLAN

Want to share your views and thoughts on the Everyone’s Library Service 2022-2026 draft plan directly with Cllr McKinlay?
Now’s your chance – she’ll be hosting two webinars on 10 January and residents are invited to attend.
You can hear all about the draft plan, share your views and hear from others in the county.
Sign up here: http://ow.ly/7FaW50HnB6u (12 noon session), http://ow.ly/Iool50HnB6t (6pm session).
Promote a survey on pharmacy provision

PHARMACY SURVEY

You may be aware that the Parish Council would like to see a second dispensing chemist in the village to serve those living in the south and east who find Chapel Hill difficult to negotiate.  As part of the process, we are encouraging residents to complete a short survey by Essex County Council about pharmaceutical services in the county.

Your comments and answers will influence future decisions about which pharmaceutical services best match our community’s needs.

Take the Survey

You can complete the survey by clicking this link

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/LocalPharmaceuticalServicesSurvey/  

Future service provision

This consultation is being carried out by the County Council as part of a wider partnership of organisations planning for future pharmaceutical services.

The survey will be seeking your views on pharmaceutical services provided by pharmacies, dispensing doctors, internet pharmacies and dispensing appliance contractors in our area.

The results from this survey will help Essex County Council understand how local people use the services, how they rate their experience, and what they would like in the future.

These views will contribute towards the production of a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for Essex and assist in determining what services are required to meet the needs of the local population.

Give your answers in Confidence

Completion of the survey is voluntary and if you choose not to take part it will not affect the care you receive from the NHS or your pharmacy/GP in any way.

The survey is confidential, and you will not be asked for any personal identifying information.

Your answers will only be used to tell Essex County Council about your experience of pharmaceutical services, and to help them to improve these services.

Your views are important so please spare a few minutes to complete the survey; it should take no longer than 5-7 minutes to finish.

The results of this survey will be available on Essex Open Data where the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment will be published in October 2022.

Find our more

If you would like more information about the survey, alternative formats or have questions on how to complete the questionnaire, you can contact dipti.patel@essex.gov.uk

The deadline for completing the survey is midnight on 24th January 2022.  

To fill application of councillor vacancy

COUNCILLOR VACANCY

Notice of vacancy of Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council. FILLING OF CASUAL VACANCY ON STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET PARISH COUNCIL (North ward)

Notice is hereby given that a vacancy has occurred in the office of Parish Councillor for the above Parish arising from the resignation of Paul Davies.

An election to fill the vacancy will be held if notice in writing of a request for such an election is made by ten Local Government electors for the electoral area* and received by the Proper Officer, C/o Electoral Services, Uttlesford District Council, Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4ER, by not later than Tuesday 25 January 2022.

If an election is not requested by ten Local Government electors, the vacancy will be filled by the Parish Council as soon as practicable after the expiry of the date referred to above.

*if the parish is warded, the 10 signatories all need to be from the parish ward where the vacancy has arisen.

Dated: 5 January 2022 Clerk to Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council The Mountfitchet Exchange Crafton Green 72 Chapel Hill Stansted Mountfitchet Essex CM24 8AQ