A diversion will be in play this weekend due to the late closure of northbound traffic on the M11 between J7 to J8


National Highways have an additional closure of the M11 to add to the series of ones they have already announced.

M11 northbound junction 7 to 8: drainage renewal

They were unable to carry out all the work required over the weekends they had originally planned. So this weekend from Friday 25 March, 8pm to Monday 28 March, 6am the M11 will be closed northbound between Junctions 7 to 8 to complete the work.

There will also be some overnight closures required from Sunday 3 April to Thursday 7 April between 8pm and 6am. This will be to remove all traffic management.

Whilst these closures are in place, traffic will be diverted as below:

A diversion will be in play this weekend due to the late closure of northbound traffic on the M11 between J7 to J8

Whilst these closures are in place, northbound traffic will be diverted off at junction 7 onto the A414, A10 and A120 to re-join the M11 at junction 8.

Emergency access during the weekend closures

As part of the weekend closure listed above, National Highways will be carrying out full depth reconstruction work across the entire northbound carriageway. Due to the nature of this work, they will not be in a position to accommodate escorts for any emergency service vehicles and they kindly ask that on this occasion you follow the signed diversion route. They understand this may come as an inconvenience to your crews but we believe this is the safest option.

How to find out more

To find out more about road improvements we’re carrying out across the East of England, please visit our website at https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/east/.

If you would like more information, please contact us on 0300 123 5000, or by email at  info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

Mountfitchet Green Play Equipment Imrovements


The zipwire on Mountfitchet Green has gone down a storm with young users since it was given the green light last week. 

Its success is in no small part down to the efforts of one of the younger members of our village who is actively involved with the Parish Council — Maisie Capp. 

Two years ago Maisie felt the play equipment for older children at the Green was sadly wanting, and contacted us: “Had we thought about a zipwire?” 

Since then, the Year 7 pupil has stayed interested in the Parish Council’s plans to improve facilities in her area, even being motivated to join our Youth Council to do so. 

“It took us time to source funding for the zipwire,” says Laila Azure-Marxen, the Council’s projects officer. “But we’d like to thank Maisie not just for her idea, but also for her passion in advocating for better facilities for young people in her community.” 



If your birthday falls between June 2-5, how’d you fancy lighting a beacon as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this summer?

We’d like to hear from either parishioners lucky to have a birthday over the 4-day holiday period or from people who would like to nominate someone who does.

All the names submitted to us will be put in a hat, then once we have checked the winner fits the criteria, we’ll be in touch with them ahead of the event to make arrangements.

The closing date for entries is Sunday, May 15. Good luck.

Please note, If you are under under 16 and win the competition, you will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult to light the beacon.

Causeway closure


Watch out for three days of roadworks along Bentfield Causeway for 3 days, starting on April 4.


Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Bentfield Road & Bentfield End Causeway, Stansted

Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=126946727 to find details of the intended closure of Bentfield Road & Bentfield End Causeway, due to commence on 4th April 2022 for 16 days.

The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Openreach undertakes spine cabling.

Community Grants


We’ve set aside £6000 to support organisations deliver services and activities for our community.
 If you’d like to bid for a grant for your organisation in 2022, all you need do is email us before the application window closes on Wednesday, March 30 letting us know:
  • How much you would like to apply for
  • What you will spend the grant on
  • How your organisation will help the people of Stansted
  • The number of people you will help in the village
  • And send over a copy of your most recent accounts
The grants are available to sports clubs, community groups, and any organisation that meets a need for our residents.
The Parish Council will announce the names of organisations that have been successful in their bid for a grant.
All organisations need to be properly constituted to apply.
How to Help Ukraine


We are all distressed and concerned by the events in Ukraine. It is truly appalling. As a district we offer our full support to the people of Ukraine, both here and across the world, and our thoughts and sympathies are with the refugees from the conflict.

The situation regarding the support needed for Ukrainians is rapidly developing and we are waiting for more details on the pathways that will be made available for evacuees.

This will require a coordinated response. We are working with councils across Essex, including the County Council, and housing associations and are ready to gear up to help individual residents and businesses take part in the sponsored entry refugee scheme which has been announced. Further details on the scheme are expected to be set out by the government later today.

Much like in previous refugee crises over Syria and Afghanistan, local councils will need to rely on national schemes to provide a feed of nominations. We have written to the government urging them to set up a national scheme at the earliest opportunity. Again, we expect an announcement shortly.

There is real energy and enthusiasm in the community in response to the request for aid to the citizens of Ukraine. The people of Uttlesford are showing their support by making donations and helping in so many ways. We know many residents and businesses wish to help and are asking what they can do to support.

A dedicated page has been set up on the UDC website which includes links to national and international aid organisations that have set up appeals to support and protect people caught up in this conflict – this can be found at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/ukraine-support. The webpage also includes links to the latest government information on refugee schemes and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Residents may also wish to visit the new Essex is United for Ukraine Facebook page which provides details for the organisations across the county that are supporting the humanitarian efforts through donations and fundraising. It can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/eiuforukraine.

— Statement by Uttlesford District Councillor Petrina Lees

Deadline to apply for a Green Homes Grant


If you apply before the end of March, you could get £10k to put towards reducing your household energy bills.

Under the Green Home Grant scheme, homeowners with an income of below £30k a year can apply for funding to improve the energy efficiency of their home.

Funding is also available for private landlords, local authority-owned properties and social housing. However, a 33% contribution from the landlord is required and the maximum funding per property is £5,000.

The scheme covers improvements costs for:

  • insulation
  • heating, excluding gas and oil boilers
  • heating controls
  • hot water systems
  • ventilation
  • solar thermal
  • solar PV
  • lighting

To qualify, you need to live in Essex and your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating will need to be D, E, F or G. You can check your EPC rating

To apply and find out more information about the Green Homes Grant can be found at the Essex County Council website.

Deadline to apply for a Green Homes Grant

Annual Parish Litter Pick will be held on April 2

Parish Litter Pick

There’s a chance to help us keep the village looking its best by joining us for next month’s Annual Parish Litter Pick.

Councillors will be setting off from the Day Centre on Saturday, April 2 across the village for a two-hour tidy up of places in need of a bit of litter picking TLC.

The event is a great way to meet other people, do something for the village, and bolster the efforts of the kind, committed regulars that do this thing year-round — like the MountPickers.

It is easy to get involved in our pick. Just turn up on the day in question at 10am at 72 Chapel Hill. You will be met by event organisers who will issue you with a bag and a picker as well as a patch to beautify.

For more info contact:

Newman's Plantation Volunteers


We’ll be back at Newman’s Plantation this Saturday (March 12) to repair damage from Storm Eunice.
If you’d like to lend a hand wheeling mulch and putting up tree guards, meet at the Plantation at 10am with your gardening gloves, and ideally a wheelbarrow and spade.
Email alanbarnes@stansted.net if you’d like more information.
The plantation can be found off Walson Way on Forest Hall Park.
Roadclosure on M11 junctions 6-7


M11 junctions 6 to 7 northbound – resurfacing

Essential resurfacing work is being carried out on the M11 northbound between junctions 6 and 7 over the next 2 weeks

The work is required to refresh faded road markings and replace missing road studs. Once complete, drivers will benefit from a smoother, better defined road surface.

Closures and diversions will be in operation between 8pm and 6am, on weeknights only until the work is completed on Thursday, March 17 – weather permitting.

Closures and diversions

To carry out the work safely, we will need to close the M11 northbound between junctions 6 and 7 and the entry slip roads at junctions 6 and 7, traffic will be diverted via a clearly signed diversion route as detailed below:

M11 northbound junction 7 entry slip road closed – diversion


M11 Road Diversion

While the M11 carriageway and junction 7 entry slip is closed, northbound traffic will be diverted off the M11 at junction 6 onto the M25, A10 and A120 before re-joining the M11 at junction 8, Birchanger Roundabout.

M11 northbound junction 7 entry slip open – diversion

The second diversion sees traffic diverted around Harlow

A diversion around Harlow is also to be in operation

While the M11 carriageway is closed and the junction 7 entry slip is open, northbound traffic will be diverted off the M11 at junction 6 onto the M25, A10 and A414 before re-joining the M11 at junction 7, Hastingwood Interchange.

M25 link closure

M11 Eastbound Diversion

Traffic will also be affected eastbound along the M25

M25 eastbound traffic wanting to join the M11 northbound will stay on the M25 until junction 28, turn around and return towards the M11 before joining the M11 northbound at junction 6.


You can keep abreast of road improvements on the M11 at the National Highways agency’s website