Stansted Community Special Constable Steve Dale provides a report on patrols carried out in the village during the months of April and May involving problem parking, abandoned cars and support to SpeedWatch.

Ayub Khan


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Alan Dean


It may take the District Council’s planning department two years to get back on track, says District Councillor Alan Dean in his April column. The last time I wrote in The Link was in October, when we were still awaiting the result of the planning appeal about development west of Pennington Lane. It was a […]

District Councillor Geoffrey Sell


Geoffrey Sell’s first column for 2002 sees the district councillor update residents of efforts to rid the village of HGVs and brings news of the district council’s Local Plan


RideLondon 2022

Be careful traveling around the county this weekend.
The RideLondon route doesn’t directly pass through the village, but many roads around Essex will be closed for the event to allow thousands of cyclists to ride the course safely.


It’s not all cakes, teas, eats and tipples at the Community Picnic on Saturday 4th June, though there’s plenty of all that good stuff of course. 

Next Saturday there’s also loads of stuff for kids to enjoy too. 

Alongside face-painting and crown decorating, one of the village Fire Engines and Police cars will be on-site for children to clamber on; they can enjoy a bouncy castle and a steam-driven traction engine.

And the Pop-Up Play Village will be making an appearance at the Rec too. 

The Village is free to explore and offers a host of role play settings for youngsters aged 0-8yrs old. They can don a hard hat and act out life on a construction site, or play running a cafe, hospital or veterinary centre; or try life as an outdoor explorer or artist. 


At the community picnic being held to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee you are invited to – drum roll, please! – a picnic. But if you’d prefer, there are tea and cakes from the W.I, and eats served up by Bear & Eden and the award-winning Brohmon.  There are ice-creams to cool sun-parched palates (if the Met office forecast are to be believed we are predicted a scorcher!), and a bar run by the folk of the Cork House will be on site.


The Queen may have Brian May and Diana Ross to help celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, but we have bagged an array of local talent for our Community Picnic. We have a live jazz band, Jay Williams, Shakila K and Delusions of Grandeur all set to take to the stage to entertain you.

Community Picnic: June 4 – 2-7pm.  Recreation Ground (Chapel Hill).  Kids’ activities and entertainment, live Music, eats, cakes, ice-creams & beverages (or bring your own picnic) 


Uttlesford District Council want your views on parking issues in our local area!

Residents, visitors, and businesses are invited to have their say on parking issues across the district.

Parking is an important part of supporting the vitality of our towns and villages but can be a source of frustration. Building on work already carried out by the District and by our Town and Parish Councils, the UDC are bringing this together, along with your views, in a district-wide Parking Review to identify where issues are and how to deal with them more strategically.

As part of this we want to hear your opinions on specific parking issues. We want to focus on specific locations, such as car parks and streets to build a picture of where parking is working well, and where there may be problems.

Using the Council’s map based ‘Let’s Talk’ platform, it couldn’t be easier to let UDC know your views, simply drop a pin on the map and let them know what you want to say about it.

This information will be used to inform the review which will be taking place over the summer, and report on its findings in the autumn. Have your say at letstalk.uttlesford.gov.uk/parking-review which is open until Sunday, June 12.


Throughout the month of June, Essex County Council will be hosting thirteen author events for the Essex Book Festival at their libraries. They’re very excited to welcome a mixture of new and familiar authors, such as Lindsey Davis, Julia Jones and Samuel Fisher.

They are also bringing back our ever-popular Essex Authors Day. This is a great opportunity for aspiring and established writers to learn, improve their skills, share knowledge and experiences – and discover something new! Pick up writing tips and inspiration from a wide range of workshops led by experienced authors, editors and publishers; join in with or listen to our popular Writers’ Slam or wander the Book Fair for networking opportunities.

Entry to the event, Book Fair and Writers’ Slam is free. Microphone slots at the Writers’ Slam and workshop places must be booked in advance. There’s no charge to participate in the Writers’ Slam but tickets for the workshops cost £6 per person.

As well as events for adults, this year they have an amazing programme of events for their Family Fun Day on Saturday 18 June.

For more information and to book, please visit the full list of our author events, or visit the Essex Book Festival website.

M11 J8 Delayed Work


Contrary to correspondence from National Highways sent to residents earlier this month, the agency now say the planned partial closure of the Birchanger Green Roundabout bridge (southbound) will no longer be going ahead this weekend:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to start work as originally planned. We will now start work on Friday 10 June.”

Upcoming M11/A120 Closures

National Highways plan to complete this work over 6 weekends from Friday 10 June into July, working between 9pm and 5am on weekends only, weather conditions permitting. No work will be carried out on Friday 3 June (Platinum Jubilee bank holiday).

Closures and diversions

To carry out the work safely, they will need to close the M11 junction 8 bridges. Only one of the bridges will be shut at a time to reduce the impact on local road users and those needing access to Stansted Airport and Birchanger Green Services.

South bridge closure (Full weekend closures)


  • Friday 1 July, 9pm to Monday July, 5am


M11 southbound traffic wishing to travel west towards Bishop’s Stortford will continue on the M11 to junction 7 before re-joining the M11 northbound to exit at junction 8, Birchanger Green Roundabout. (Diagram 1)

A120 westbound traffic will be diverted southbound on the M11 towards junction 7 before re-joining the M11 northbound to exit at junction 8, Birchanger Green Roundabout and continue west.

Non-motorway users only

Westbound traffic will be diverted from Priory Wood Roundabout, along Round Coppice Road, onto Bury Lodge Lane, turn left to follow Church Road and Forest Hall Road to join the B1383 south to the A120 at Bishops Stortford. (Diagram 3)

North Bridge Closure


  • Friday 10 June, 9pm to Monday 13 June, 5am
  • Friday 17 June, 9pm to Monday 20 June, 5am
  • Friday 24 June, 9pm to Monday 27 June, 5am


M11 northbound traffic wishing to travel east will continue on the M11 to junction 9a before re-joining the M11 southbound to exit at junction 8, Birchanger Green Roundabout. (Diagram 2)

A120 eastbound traffic will be diverted northbound on the M11 towards junction 9a before re-joining the M11 southbound to exit at junction 8, Birchanger Green Roundabout and continue east.

Non-motorway users Only

Eastbound traffic will be diverted from the A120 along the B1383, then turn right to follow Forest Hall Road and Church Road, before travelling south along Bury Lodge Lane and Round Coppice Road to join the A120 at Priory Wood Roundabout (Diagram 3)


Beacon Comp Extended


We are extending the deadline for you to put people’s names forward to light the village’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon.

If you, or someone you know, celebrates their birthday between Thursday, June 2 and Sunday, June 5, then get your/their name over us so they can be considered for the honour of lighting our beacon.

Email us at parishcouncil@stansted.net, or message us via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Alternatively pop into our offices at the Mountfitchet Exchange, 72 Chapel Hill with the name and details of the person you wish to be considered.

The names of those in our community whose birthday falls over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend that are submitted to us before Friday, May 20 will be put into a hat.

We have asked Touchpoint’s Paul Chambers then to pick the name of the individual to be given the honour of lighting the Jubilee beacon.

We will announce the person chosen here on our website and on our social media channels. Please note that if the person chosen is under the age of 16 they will need to be accompanied by an adult to light the beacon.


Our Platinum Jubilee beacon will be lit at the Recreation Ground on Thursday, June 4 at 9.45pm. However we would ask people to gather at the Rec at 9.30m to ensure the beacon ceremony begins on time.

The U3A choir will sing Jerusalem and the National Anthem to make the event even more memorable.

Our beacon is one of over 2000 planned to be lit across the British Isles and the Commonwealth to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth – her Platinum Jubilee.