NHS England has decided against a second dispensing pharmacy in Stansted


There is a new service provider for the 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


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


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.

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


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

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:


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/

The zipwire on the Rec has been taken out of action as a precaution following a routine safety check


Following this week’s safety checks, we have some concerns about the zip-wire on the Recreation Ground off Chapel Hill.

We are awaiting a site visit from the manufacturers, and it will be back in action as soon as possible, but until then PLEASE DO NOT USE THE ZIP-WIRE. 

Roadworks will close Church Road from August 27 for 3 days


Three days of roadworks from August 27 will see the temporary closure of Church Road.

The closure is needed for UK Power Networks to carry out a new service connection in the area.

Church Road will be shut from its junction with Station Road to its junction with Park Road.


An alternative route will be available via Chapel Hill, Silver Street, Pines Hill, Stansted Road, Birchanger Roundabout, Bishops Stortford Bypass, M11 Flyover, M11 J8 Roundabout, Thremhall Avenue, A120 From M11 J8 Roundabout To A120 M11 J8 Spur Roundabout E, Priory Wood Roundabout, A120 M11 J8 Spur Roundabout, Round Coppice Road, Bury Lodge Lane, Church Road and vice versa.

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

You can find out more about this road closure by reading the Essex County Council’s Intention to Shut Church Road Closure Notice (PDF)

Or head to the one.network map.


The Village Knight has been mended after suffering damage from Storm Eunice


It is great to welcome back the Knight sign at the north end of the village. 

The sign near the B1383 – High Lane roundabout was blown down by Storm Eunice earlier this year. 

The Parish Council would like to thank Stansted-based building repairer M P Gerber for fixing and reinstating the sign. 

The Knight’s old pine wood support has been replaced with a sturdier oak one. 

Both of Stansted’s Knight signs underwent extensive repair in 2021, partly funded by the Parish Council as well as contributions from Sworders Auctioneers, and District and County Councillor grants. 


£3,320 were raised for the community from the Parish Council's jubilee events


We are delighted to announce that the Platinum Jubilee Community Picnic held on the Rec on June 4 was a resounding success.

Thanks to the support of our District Councillors and local businesses, after all costs had been met, we had a surplus of £3,320.78 which we said would be passed to a local charity.

The funds have now been donated to the Stansted Trust Funds, a charity which specifically supports Stansted residents through referrals from organisations such as TouchPoint and Citizens Advice.