Church Road Shut


Church Road will be closed for 3 days from May 25 to allow drainage work to be safely carried out by Essex County Council.

The closure will see Church Road closed from its junction with Lower Street to its junction with Walson Way.

An alternative route is available along Walson Way, Forest Hall Road, Stansted Road, Pines Hill, Silver Street, Chapel Hill and vice versa (see map).

Diversion on Church Road

Access for emergency service vehicles and pedestrians will be maintained at all times during the closure.

Please click on the following link to find details of the closure, and you can download and read the ECC Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2022 below.

Bus Route 301 Update


Bus service provider, Stephensons, have made changes to the route of their 301 service in light of the current closure of Cambridge Road. Below is the notice posted on the bus shelter of Cambridge Road.

Please note Essex Highways confirm, and contrary to the statement by Stephensons, the date for the end of road works is May 20. That is, the road is shut from the morning of Monday, May 9 and will not reopen until 5pm on Friday, May 20.

Bus Route Update — 301 service

“Please be aware that the Cambridge Road in both directions will be closed to all traffic from the 9th to the 27th May 2022 [sic] from 08:00hrs until 17:00hrs Daily [sic]. The service 301 will not he able to serve this bus stop during the time of the closure. Please make your way to the nearest bus stop on the B1051 Chapel Hill. The diversion will be via High Lane, Lower Street & Chapel Hill. You are welcome to board the bus at any of the bus stops along this route. Thames Water & Stephensons apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.” – Stephensons of Essex

Signs to go up warning against rogue parking


Good news on efforts to clamp down on rogue airport parking in the village.

Stansted has been given the green light to install No Airport Parking signs on the Mountfitchet Green and Foresthall Park estates.

The residents of Mountfitchet Green have been increasingly concerned at the practice of airport users parking on pavements, curbs and occupying spaces in the area to avoid paying fees.

District Councillors – Ayub Khan and Melvin Caton among them – took on these concerns and met with a team from Stansted Airport, providing them with a first-hand view of the problems caused by airport fly parking.

The Airport have since agreed to install No Airport Parking signs on the estate with installation getting under way from the week beginning May 18.

No Airport Parking signage will also be placed on the following roads of Foresthall Park:

· Walson Way

· Reeve Road

· Livings Way

· Palmer Close

· Forest Hall Road

Community Reassurance

Calming Words

Some words of appreciation are in order for our local policing team, who have been busy calming waters at the Youth Centre.

The centre on Lower Street has been disrupted by youths from Bishop Stortford and Harlow in recent weeks. 

In a textbook operation of community policing, Special Constable Steve Dale and Police Community Support Officer Alex Stewart regularly visited the spot to build up a rapport with youngsters, playing pool and offering a friendly ear, while offering advice to the centre’s staff. 

The Youth Centre has reported the police officers’ reassuring presence has been enough to discourage troublemakers from outside Stansted returning.

Such incidents not only remind us of the need to fund local police services – Steve and Alex are both parish-funded we might add – but once again underline the importance of forging good relations with our younger residents.

So forgive us for taking this chance to encourage anyone under the age of 18 living in Stansted (or attending a local school or college) to consider joining either the Youth Club or our Youth Council.