NHS England has decided against a second dispensing pharmacy in Stansted

PHARMACY DECISION

The Parish Council has for some time been working hard with members of our community to advocate for a second dispensing pharmacy in our village.

There is a new service provider for the Stansted Youth Club

STANSTED YOUTH CLUB

We are delighted to announce that Essex Youth Services is our new service provider for the Stansted Youth Club. EYS was one of three parties that bid to run the Youth Club, after the existing contract ends this month.

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Residents are invited to honour the Queen's life on Sunday

A TIME TO REFLECT

Communities across the nation are invited to participate in a National Moment of Reflection on Sunday ahead of the Queen’s funeral on September 19.

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Here is a statement by UDC chief executive Peter Holt on the Local Plan for the district

UDC LOCAL PLAN DELAY

Uttlesford District Council has announced a pause to its current published local plan timetable.

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Here is a statement by UDC chief executive Peter Holt on the Local Plan for the district

UDC LOCAL PLAN UPDATE

Below is a statement by Peter Holt, chief executive of Uttlesford District Council, on the local authority’s efforts to draw up a Local Plan for our area.

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Roadworks to the M11 will be postponed while ceremonies are held in relation to the death of Queen Elizabeth II

MOTORWAY ROADWORKS PAUSED

Planned closures of major routes in and out of London will be postponed to reduce congestion as large numbers of people travel to the capital for ceremonial and commemorative events to mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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Anglia in Bloom competition winners announced

Anglia in Bloom 2022

The Awards Ceremony for Anglia in Bloom 2022 took place at a luncheon at Orsett Hall in Grays, Essex. There were representatives and entries from cities, towns and villages throughout the whole of East Anglia, and Stansted Mountfitchet entered this event for the 2nd time, led by Trevor Lloyd. The judging covered a wide range of categories, and we were delighted to receive 4 awards:

  • Churchyard category – Award of Merit, St Mary’s Church
  • Care Home category – Silver Award, Mountfitchet House
  • Small Town category – Silver Award, Stansted Mountfitchet
  • Special awards – “Best Grow Your Own” projects; Award Winner, Human Roots

Many congratulations to all those who contributed to this year’s entry, and we look forward to achieving even greater success in 2023.

The Anglia in Bloom region forms part of the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society’s) Britain in Bloom competition and covers the six eastern counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex,  Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Campaign to Help Communities

It is a campaign set up to help communities get the best out of their village, town or city both environmentally and florally.

The aim of the competition is to encourage the improvement of our surroundings through the imaginative use of trees, shrubs, flowers and landscaping. It also aims to achieve a litter free and sustainable environment.

The Core Pillars of Anglia in Bloom are Horticultural Achievement, Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation.

 Judges visited in July and toured the village visiting sites we had nominated.

An award is given ranging from Bronze to Gold but Bloom should not be seen as a competition rather it is a campaign aimed at encouraging communities to take pride in their area.

M11 Roadworks to restart around the Birchanger Roundabout, M11 Junction 8

M11 Roadworks

The postponed schedule of roadworks that had been planned for the summer, are now to get under way from this weekend.

M11 junction 8 Birchanger Green Roundabout, north and south bridges

National Highways report the are set to resume work to complete essential repairs and resurfacing on the M11 junction 8, Birchanger Green Roundabout bridges. This work will ensure the bridges continue to remain in a safe and serviceable condition.

The work is to restart on Friday 9 September and expect to complete it on Tuesday 11 Octoberweather permitting.

Closures and diversions

To carry out the work safely, National Highways will need to close the bridges. Only one bridge will be closed at a time to reduce the impact on local road users and those needing access to Stansted Airport and Birchanger Green Services.

Details of our closures and diversion routes are detailed below:

Closure

Dates & Time

Diversion route

M11 junction 8, Birchanger Roundabout. North Bridge closure Friday 9 September, 8pm to Monday 12 September, 6am (full weekend closure)

 

Friday 16 September, 8pm to Monday 19 September, 6am (full weekend closure)

 

Friday 23 September, 8pm to Monday 26 September, 6am (full weekend closure)

 

Monday 26 September to Wednesday 28 September (weeknights only)

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. 

 

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.

 

M11 junction 8, Birchanger Roundabout

South Bridge closure

Friday 30 September, 9pm to Monday 3 October, 5am (full weekend closure)

 

Friday 7 October, 9pm to Monday 10 October, 5am (full weekend closure)

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.

 

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.

 

As well as the bridge repair work, National Highways will also be carrying out further work on the M11 between junctions 7 and 10 in both directions. Details of closures are as follows:

 

Closure Dates & Time Diversion route
M11 junction 8 to junction 10, northbound closure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 19 September to Thursday 22 September

 

Wednesday 28 September to Thursday 29 September

 

Wednesday 5 October to Thursday 6 October

 

Monday 10 October to Friday 28 October

 

(Weeknights only)

 

Traffic will be diverted off the M11 at junction 8 towards the A120, A10 and A505 before re-joining the M11 at junction 10.

 

 

M11 junction 10 to junction 8, southbound closure

 

 

 

Monday 31 October to Friday 2 December

 

(Weeknights only)

 

Traffic will be diverted off the M11 junction 10 towards the A505, A10 and A120 before re-joining the M11 at junction 8.
M11 junction 8 to 7, southbound closure Monday 5 September to Thursday 8 September

 

Monday 12 September to Thursday 15 September

 

Monday 19 September to Thursday 22 September

 

Wednesday 28 September to Thursday 29 September

 

Wednesday 5 October to Thursday 6 October

 

Monday 10 October to Friday 14 October

 

(Weeknights only)

 

Traffic will be diverted off the M11 junction 8 onto the A120 westbound to the A10, A414 and then re-join the M11 at junction 7.

How to find out more

For maps detailing the diversions in the table above and to keep up to date with this project, please visit the website – https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/east/m11-birchanger-green-roundabout-north-and-south-bridges/

Football at the Rec on Sunday, September 11 from 10am-noon in support of Suicide Prevention Day

FOOTIE AT THE REC

Let’s Play. Let’s Talk. That’s the message from Let’s Talk, Stansted who are once again teaming up with the Unfit Kick-about team to tackle mental health in our community.

In a repeat fixture of last year’s event, the mental health support group have arranged a kick-about with local footballing outfit the Unfit kick-about team at the Recreation Ground from 10am to noon this Sunday, to coincide with National Suicide Prevention Day.

So bring your boots and have a game, and if you don’t fancy that why not grab a coffee and come for a chat and some support? Kids are welcome and there is an ice-cream van to keep them happy.

If you can’t make it to the pitch this weekend, not to worry. The ‘unfit kick about’ football team play on the Rec every Sunday at 10am and welcome players of all abilities. The team are very open about mental health and how they support each other.
For more information about Let’s Talk, Stansted head to http://www.stanstedmentalhealth.org/
Join our Climate Change Community Group on 19 September 2022 at the Mountfitchet Exchange

Climate Change Group Meet Up

The Parish Council is inviting all residents* to an introduction meeting to present our new community group set up to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.

The group is for anyone over the age of 11* who is interested in the environment and sustainability and wants to work on projects that will inspire the community to take climate action.

Find out more about the group by coming along to this introduction meeting on Monday 19th September 2022, at 7pm at Mountfitchet Exchange (Crafton Green House, 72 Chapel Hill, CM24 8AQ). Entry to the meeting room is through the library where you can grab a tea and a biscuit and chat to fellow attendees.

You will meet Parish Cllr Peter Jones and Project Officer Laila Azure-Marxen who will give a short presentation of the group and the Parish Council’s involvement.

You will also have the chance to meet members of Bishop’s Stortford’s Climate Group. They will speak about their experience running a community group.

After presentations there will be a Q&A session.

You will be able to officially sign up for the group at the end of the meeting.

If you are not able to attend the meeting, you can get more information and sign up by contacting our communications officer at laila.azure-marxen@stansted.net.