LAND & DELIVER

News of repairs to the village knight sign, this year’s Stansted in Bloom and land at Elms Farm and Walpole Meadows from Open Spaces Chairman Alan Barnes Read more

Open hours trial

Reception Times

We have changed the hours our reception desk is open. From Monday to Friday, on a 6-month trial basis, you will be able to see us in person from 10am to 2pm.

It is hoped the revised hours will make it more convenient for people who wish to visit us at our offices at the Mountfitchet Exchange.

The decision was announced when the Finance & General Purposes committee last met at the end of last month.

Please note the hours of the office remain unchanged: you can still contact us via phone or email 9am to 4pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 9pm to 1pm on Wednesdays.

Palliative Care Survey

PALLIATIVE CARE SURVEY

If you – or someone you know – has been personally affected by palliative care, Healthwatch Essex wants to hear from you.

Palliative care is treatment, care and support for someone with a complex or incurable condition, and those at the end of their life.

It focuses on the quality of someone’s life, managing physical symptoms, offering emotional and practical support to the patient, their family and friends. Palliative care can take place in the home, hospital, care home or a hospice.

Healthwatch Essex are  working with Havens Hospices, St. Luke’s Hospice Basildon and District, Saint Francis Hospice and Farleigh Hospice, so your experiences will help shape the future of palliative care services for local people of all ages in mid and south Essex.

Whether cared for by a hospital, hospice or community service, they would like to know what you most wanted and needed during this time, and if there were any barriers to accessing these.

The survey will take five minutes and will be completely anonymous, unless you have more to say and would like to leave your details.

You can also contact Healthwatch Essex on 0300 500 1895 if you need to access the survey in a different way.

The meeting was the first in two years due to the pandemic

Annual Parish Meeting

A chilly March night was not enough to put off residents, councillors, representatives from the local police and our County and District Councillors from joining us at the Day Centre for our first Annual Parish meeting in two years.

The easing of pandemic measures allowed Maureen Clayton to speak on matters other than Covid-19 before the Parish Council Chairman handed over to Peter Holt, chief executive of Uttlesford District Council.

Mr Holt talked on bringing services and staff closer people in south Uttlesford and took the chance to apologise for the authority’s planning department being placed in special measures. He also explained how the district was rising to the challenge of welcoming refugees from Ukraine.

After Mr Holt answered questions from the floor, representatives from our local policing team spoke on crime reduction efforts in the village.

Paul Chambers of TouchPoint rounded off the presentations spotlighting how the charity is supporting the community with the Touch Point Cafe, Bereavement Cafe, and Forget Me Not Cafe. The last of these is devoted to dementia sufferers and carers.

The Annual Council concluded with a Q&A. This allowed people to raise issues of concern. A representative of the Air Training Corps took the chance to highlight the threat of eviction faced by the Corps from Columbia Threadneedle’s plan to develop land near the airport. Others, meanwhile, called for signs to be updated around the village, and pressed the case for more volunteers to come forward to keep SpeedWatch going.

Full minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on March 16, 2022 can be accessed from the minutes menu drop down

Take-aways:

  • UDC budget to be cut by 25% over the next 5 years
  • 17000 houses planned for Uttlesford over the next 20 years
  • Population in Uttlesford will grow by 50% as a result
  • UDC accounts cannot be signed off until Police investigation into the authority is complete
  • Decision on a 2nd Dispensing Pharmacy will be taken by NHS England
  • Lack of facilities meant Walpole Meadows deemed unsuitable to house refugees from Ukraine

STANSTED IN BLOOM

We are excited to announce the launch of this year’s Stansted in Bloom garden competition.

You can enter seven competition categories:

  • Front Garden
  • Main Garden (large)
  • Main Garden (small)
  • Hanging Baskets, Tubs, Containers
  • Fruit & Vegetable Plots (gardens or allotments)
  • Communal Areas (care homes and schools)
  • Commercial establishments (pubs, clubs, shops etc).

Entry forms can be downloaded:

Or you can visit our offices to pick up a paper copy from our reception at the Mountfitchet Exchange (72 Chapel Hill). Or you can get a form from Folies of Stansted, & Paris Legore florist.

Return completed forms by Friday, June 10 to stanstedinbloom@gmail.com or drop them off at the Mountfitchet Exchange.

Judging will take place on Sunday, June 26.

We would like to thank Trevor Lloyd and his fellow organisers for stepping forward to run this year’s competition on behalf of the Parish Council.

 

Stansted Windmill

WINDMILL NEWS

The Stansted Millers who look after the village landmark are exploring several avenues to keep repairs to the mill on track.

An estimate to fix the mill’s stock clamp has gone up from £8,500 to £12,200. The extra money will cover the cost of a cherry picker and the fees of an engineer. The Parish Council has been asked to use the Windmill Capital Account to pay for the work carried out so far. This amounts to £1,059.22. Money left in the capital account could also be put towards the rest of the work needed.

Maintenance

Meanwhile an application by the Millers will be put in to the Lottery Heritage Fund for the £40-£50k. This money is needed to cover the cost of repointing the mill’s brickwork.

Quotes have come in to replace the Mill’s errant fire alarm. A new system is needed as the existing fire alarm is sounding frequent false alarms. A quote received for £1500 for a replacement cable system does not include installation costs. But the Millers wish to keep costs down by installing a new system themselves.

The Millers are also going to trial 3 or 4 sensors before purchasing a new alarm. The sensitivity of the sensor has been a source of false alarms with the old alarm.

Accounts

It was a tale of two halves for the Miller’s own fundraising events and activities in 2021.

On the plus side the Miller’s Fete in September and the Christmas Santa fundraisers proved a welcome boost to their coffers – better publicity saw over 104 children visiting Father Christmas, with parents, grandparents and carers dipping into pockets to pay for festive treats! 

But last year’s pandemic lockdown affected visitor numbers as the Mill was shut for Easter and the May bank holidays. This is in turn impacted on a traditional revenue stream for the Millers.

This year the Parish Council will be underwriting the Summer Fete should it make a loss or have to be cancelled.

The Millers are also hopeful district councillors will step forward to match the £450 grant provided by fellow District Councillor Geoffrey Sell. 

Jubilee Opening

The Millers are looking into whether they can muster enough volunteers to open the Mill for the Queen’s community picnic on June 4, as well as run their usual Sunday opening.

Head to the Meetings menu to read the full minutes of the WINDMILL SUB-COMMITTEE (30-3-22).

MONEY ADVICE

MONEY SAVING TIPS

Too many bills, not enough cash is an increasingly familiar situation for many households amid the on-going cost of living crisis. Which is why Citizens Advice Uttlesford are making it easier for those needing money advice to get in touch.

You can contact them by calling 01799 618840 or by emailing help@uttlesfordca.org.uk. Meanwhile at the Day Centre (72 Chapel Hill) TouchPoint Stansted can help you reach Citizens Advice by using an easy video link.

Download a copy of the organisation’s “Making the Most of your Money” for over 30 tips and links to online sites that could help you save vital pennies in these hard times.

Road Closure 12 Days

CAMBRIDGE ROAD CLOSURE

Twelve days of roadworks will see Cambridge Road closed from May, 9

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Cambridge Road, Stansted

Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=127726173 to find details of the intended closure of Cambridge Road, due to commence on 9th May 2022 for 12 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Thames Water undertakes sewer repair works.

Because of the closure a diversion will be in operation as detailed here:

  1. Head northeast on Cambridge Rd/B1383 to St John’s Rd (4.1km)
  2. Turn left onto Belcham’s Lane (0.7km)
  3. Continue onto Brick Kiln ln (4.5km)
  4. Turn left onto Manuden Rd (3.2km)
  5. Continue onto The St (1.3km)
  6. Continue onto Carters Hill (0.4km)
  7. Continue onto Hazel End (2.6km)
  8. Turn left onto Gipsy Lane (0.9km)
  9. Turn left onto Pines Hill/B1383, continue to follow the B1383 (1.3km)
Food Share Produce

FOOD SHARE

It happens like this. Food retailers find at times the best way to manage unsold produce is to turn it into land fill. For one local town store this is the fate for a thousand pound’s worth of produce everyday. Amidst a cost of living and environmental crisis this is an unwelcome reality.

A solution to the problem can be found at 72 Chapel Hill on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays every week. From the Day Centre, TouchPoint Stansted now run a food share scheme where produce provided by major food retailers is put out for people to pick up and take away with them.

Not only does this limit the dumping of food waste, but it allows people to fill up on food items and save money on the weekly shop. The organisers are keen to stress, however, this is not a food bank nor is it solely about feeding the needy.

PLENTY FOR EVERYONE

Though people in food poverty are more than welcome to take advantage of the initiative and a food bank is already offered to the community, the project’s aim is to mainly to tackle the needless food dumping.

Anyone from Stansted or beyond can make use of the service. All that TouchPoint ask is that users are mindful of how much they put in the basket – no more than a few day’s worth of food items, please.

Produce available at the Food Share is dependent on what the likes of Waitrose and Tesco Express (Stansted) have surplus on any given time. But a typical day will see a table at the entrance of the Day Centre stocked with bread loaves, pastries, buns, fruit and vegetables.

Make use of the Food Share on Wednesdays (10am-12.30pm), Thursdays (10am-4pm) and Fridays (10am-4pm) at the Day Centre, 72 Chapel Hill.

 

Win a digital camera

Enter Discover Uttlesford’s photo competition – free to enter and open to all ages – and you could win a new digital camera.

Our village nestles among some of the most picturesque countryside in Essex and Discover Uttlesford would like to see photographic images that you have taken, that reflect the true beauty of our area.  Your subjects might include landscapes, buildings, plants and animals.

If you’ve taken a great photo in Uttlesford, then they want to see it!

The prize is a Canon IXUS 185 20MP 8x Zoom Compact Digital Camera Bundle or equivalent.

The winning entry will be printed as a postcard, which will be distributed across the district.

TO ENTER

To enter the competition, please complete the entry form below and return it to us, together with your image, by email to discover@uttlesford.gov.uk no later than 5pm on 23 April 2022.

RULES

  • The image must be of a subject in Uttlesford it should help to promote what a great place Uttlesford is to visit.
  • It can be a landscape or portrait layout.
  • It can be taken on a mobile phone, camera or smart device.
  • It can be in colour or black and white and can feature landscapes, buildings, plants, animals, aerial and action.
  • If it features people or other persons property, you should seek their permission to use the image.
  • The image must have been taken by you (and not be stock photography from the internet).
  • The competition is free to enter and open to all ages of residents of Uttlesford as well as visitors.

One entry submission per person.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on 23 April 2022.
The winner will be announced on the Discover Uttlesford website and their social media channels* on 23 May 2022.
The judges’ decision is final.

The prize is a Canon IXUS 185 20MP 8x Zoom Compact Digital Camera Bundle or equivalent.

There is no cash alternative.

By entering the Discover Uttlesford photo competition, you give us the right to use your image for marketing purposes e.g. on our website, in print format (as a postcard) and on our social media channels*.
You also give your permission for the image to be used for follow-up publicity.

Entries that are not accompanied by a completed entry form will be deemed invalid.