NHS England has decided against a second dispensing pharmacy in Stansted

PHARMACY DECISION

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.

EYS will work in partnership with Uttlesford District Council and the Parish Council to deliver activities for 13-19 year olds in the village.

There’s a chance for local teens to meet EYS youth workers on Tuesday 27th September 6.30pm at the Youth Centre on Lower Street. At the meet-and-greet there will be free pizza, and it will be a great chance for young residents to share their ideas of the kind of activities they would like to see the club put on.

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Linda Barnes for running the youth club prior to announcing her retirement this summer. Linda is a former youth worker for Essex County Council and for the last 10 years has done an excellent job providing activities and services for Stansted’s youngsters.

To find out more about the club’s future plans email louse.stirling@essex.gov.uk or call Louise on 075841410507.

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

We are asking people who would like to do so to stand on their doorsteps at 8pm for a minute’s silence, and at 8.01pm to clap for a minute in honour of the Queen’s life and service.

There is also a service of Holy Communion and Remembrance in Memory of Queen Elizabeth II will be held at St John’s Church, Chapel Hill, on Sunday, 18th September at 9.30am.

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

UDC LOCAL PLAN DELAY

Update on local plan timetable

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

Cllr Petrina Lees, Leader of the council, said: “It cannot be overstressed how essential it is that our district’s next local plan succeeds in delivering what local people need in way of new and appropriate housing, as well as necessary infrastructure, while at the same time meeting the government’s requirement for housing numbers. The new plan needs to not only positively shape the future growth of our area, but also protect the unique local character of our beautiful and historic district.

“It was hoped that the council would be ready to publish the next local plan draft for review over the next month. I am sorry to have to share that there is more work to be done before that can happen.

“A draft local plan is far too important to rush, and I will settle for publishing nothing less than a document which demonstrates that the district’s draft policies will live up to the standards that our residents deserve, addresses the real infrastructure requirements, and will also meet the technical requirements of the government’s Planning Inspectors.

“Residents are aware that since 2019 UDC has been undertaking a significant improvement programme in its planning capability. To create better outcomes, we have already put in place a number of process and recent team changes, and it will take time for these to bear fruit. We will continue our work on it and will bring forward a new local plan timetable over the coming weeks.

“Notwithstanding the frustration a delay may bring – and I wish to thank everyone who is working so hard on it – we have to get this right. To push forward with an incomplete or incompletely evidenced plan would be reckless. We have a committed team of professional officers and a passionate group of councillors from all parties providing input, oversight and any necessary challenge to the process and who continue to be dedicated to delivering the best for our area.”

Meetings and governance

The next major stage of the local plan is the publication of a detailed draft, and the beginning of a major round of public consultation and engagement. This is known as the ‘Regulation 18’ stage and it will include a clear statement of strategic approach, many chapters detailing specific policies, and options on site allocations to meet the target set by the government of identifying land on which 14,000 new homes can be built in the district over the next 20 years.

For some months, the council has been intending to begin the major round of Regulation 18 public consultation and engagement on 3 November, preceded by a round of formal meetings within the authority. These meetings are now being cancelled and will be replaced by a joint meeting of Local Plan Leadership Group and Local Plan Scrutiny.

At that meeting, councillors will be briefed on the matters in more detail and presented with a new proposed timetable and action plan.

Once agreed, the new timetable will be delivered upon, and progress against it will be overseen and scrutinised regularly by councillors until the new round of meetings is arranged and a new draft local plan is published and considered.

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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I seem to have to write to Parish and Town Council colleagues rather more often with disappointing news than any of us enjoy – but hope you appreciate at least being kept in the loop, as I do genuinely value the role of your councils and the active interest you and your residents have in planning matters in particular.  I am sorry to have to share that we are today announcing a pause to our current published local plan timetable.

This means that we are cancelling next week’s Local Plan Leadership Group [LPLG], and also cancelling the upcoming Local Plan Scrutiny Meeting (6 October), Cabinet (25 October), and Full Council (1 and 2 November).  Having consulted with the Chairs of LPLG and Scrutiny, we will be arranging a joint meeting of those two for the last week of September/first week of October, so that we can take a paper to Councillors explaining the situation, setting out a proposed new timetable and process, and allowing proper scrutiny of the situation.

We have shared this announcement today with the public, and the Council Leader has said: “It cannot be overstressed how essential it is that our district’s next local plan succeeds in delivering what local people need in way of new and appropriate housing, as well as necessary infrastructure, while at the same time meeting the government’s requirement for housing numbers. The new plan needs to not only positively shape the future growth of our area, but also protect the unique local character of our beautiful and historic district.

“It was hoped that the council would be ready to publish the next local plan draft for review over the next month. I am sorry to have to share that there is more work to be done before that can happen.

“A draft local plan is far too important to rush, and I will settle for publishing nothing less than a document which demonstrates that the district’s draft policies will live up to the standards that our residents deserve, addresses the real infrastructure requirements, and will also meet the technical requirements of the government’s Planning Inspectors.

“Residents are aware that since 2019 UDC has been undertaking a significant improvement programme in its planning capability. To create better outcomes, we have already put in place a number of process and recent team changes, and it will take time for these to bear fruit. We will continue our work on it and will bring forward a new local plan timetable over the coming weeks.

“Notwithstanding the frustration a delay may bring – and I wish to thank everyone who is working so hard on it – we have to get this right. To push forward with an incomplete or incompletely evidenced plan would be reckless. We have a committed team of professional officers and a passionate group of councillors from all parties providing input, oversight and any necessary challenge to the process and who continue to be dedicated to delivering the best for our area.”

Having a local plan is vital for a district, as it provides the strategic framework for determining sensible growth in housing and employment land in our area over the long term, and taking into account all relevant factors such as our unique local character, geography, demographics, heritage, environment and infrastructure. Without a local plan in place providing this strategic oversight, each local authority in considering individual planning applications faces a ‘tilted balance’ in favour of the applicant.

Uttlesford District Council has been working on a new 20-year local plan since 2020, when the previous attempt was withdrawn following critical feedback from the Planning Inspectors. This process has included extensive public engagement, for which the council won an award from the Royal Town Planning Institute.

The next major stage of the local plan is the publication of a detailed draft, and the beginning of a major round of public consultation and engagement. This ‘Regulation 18’ stage will see the detailed draft include both a clear statement of strategic approach, many chapters detailing specific policies (such as on climate change, transport, flooding and so on), and options on site allocations to meet the binding target set by the government of identifying land on which 14,000 new homes can be built in the district over the next 20 years, as required by the government.

Some nine to 12 months after this upcoming Regulation 18 stage will see the publication and consultation of the final proposed local plan (the Regulation 19 stage) before, in due course, the local plan is submitted to government for consideration by an Inspector, including a fresh round of public hearings.

Each of these stages involves extensive public engagement and consultation, all designed to help improve the drafts through to adoption of a final local plan. It also involves a huge amount of work from planning professionals and alongside that, oversight and scrutiny from elected councillors. This democratic accountability includes Uttlesford’s full council of 39 elected members voting whether to proceed at each key stage, including the upcoming Regulation 18.

For some months, the council has been intending to begin the major round of Regulation 18 public consultation and engagement on 3 November 2022, preceded by a round of formal meetings within the authority, all open to the public and streamed live, including the Local Plan Leadership Group (21 September), Local Plan Scrutiny Committee (6 October), Cabinet (25 October), and Full Council (1 and 2 November). These meetings are now being cancelled and will be replaced by a joint meeting of Local Plan Leadership Group and Local Plan Scrutiny. At that meeting, councillors will be briefed on the matters in more detail and presented with a new proposed timetable and action plan. Once agreed, the new timetable will be delivered upon, and progress against it will be overseen and scrutinised regularly by councillors until the new round of meetings is arranged and a new draft local plan is published and considered.

I should like to profusely and profoundly apologise for this situation.  Please be assured of our full and active commitment to remedy the matter at the earliest opportunity, and get this hugely important process back on track.

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.

All closures for roadworks on motorways in and out of London will be paused from now until after the State Funeral on Monday 19 September. This includes on motorways such as the M25, M11, M3, M4, and M23.

Additionally, all other closures on the motorway network nationally will be postponed for the duration of the extended bank holiday weekend. Existing roadworks will also be removed where possible, with cones and temporary signals withdrawn from 6am on Friday 16 September and not put back in place until Tuesday 20 September.

Regarding the roadworks to junctions on the M11 work will be reprogrammed as follows:

M11 junction 8 Birchanger Green Roundabout, north and south bridges

  • Work cancelled Friday 16 September 9pm to Monday 19 September 5am, work to resume Friday 23 September, 9pm.

M11 junction 8 to 7a

  • Work cancelled Monday 19 September 8pm, work to resume Tuesday 20 September, 8pm.

M11 junction 8 to 9

  • Work cancelled Monday 19 September 8pm, work to resume Tuesday 20 September 8pm.

For more information, please visit Travel advice during the period of national mourning – National Highways

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.