Lockdown Half Term Support

This February Half Term don’t let the lockdown get you down! Read on to learn how you and your families can still get active, enjoy healthy nutritious meals and take part in lots of fun activities together.

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Roadworks Warning

Essex County Council have announced that two bits of road in and around Stansted Mountfitchet will be closed in February and March. Read on to find out more details. Read more

Lockdown Support Fund

Grants of up to £2000 are now available to charities and community groups providing food support to vulnerable individuals and families with children impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. Read more

Covid – Skatepark Shuts

The skatepark is shut with immediate effect.

This is to comply with restrictions needed to limit the spread of Covid-19 within the community– Essex Police

Potholes & Broken Lights

The council urges residents to report broken lights, pot holes and problems with rights of way at beta.essexhighways.org/tell-us or by calling 0345 603 7631 Read more

Asymptomatic Tests Offered

From today Stansted Mountfitchet residents can test to see if they have Covid19 without having any symptoms. 

Pick up the free test from Turpin’s Indoor Bowling Club in Saffron Walden or the Rowena Davey Centre in Great Dunmow.  Read more

Roadworks – Church Road

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(1)

Church Road will be closed for 7 days from 27th January for the safety of the public and workforce while BT undertakes spine cabling works.

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Uttlesford closes venues as part of Covid-19 precautions

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Covid-19 precautions on Monday (16 March), Uttlesford District Council has taken the decision to close a number of its public venues.

The government is now recommending increased social distancing and has advised people to reduce social contacts in general and avoid confined public spaces. By this weekend, those with the most serious health conditions will be told to stay at home and avoid any contact for the next 12 weeks. The focus will be on the most vulnerable including the over-70s, pregnant women and those with pre-existing health conditions.

The council has moved into an emergency planning mode of working and has set up coordinated command structure arrangements to respond to this fast-moving situation.

In line with the guidance, and as a precautionary measure, the council will close the following from tomorrow (18 March) until further notice:

  • its Customer Information Centre in Thaxted
  • its UDC Customer Service Desk at Great Dunmow Library
  • the day centres at Dunmow, Thaxted, Saffron Walden and Stansted
  • Saffron Walden Museum

Customer service facilities will remain in operation at the council’s main offices in Saffron Walden by phone as well as online at www.uttlesford.gov.uk. Revised arrangements will be put in place for face-to-face visits at the main offices shortly. Further advice will be made available on the dedicated webpage at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/coronavirus and via the council’s social media channels (follow UttlesfordDC on Facebook and Twitter).

All Saffron Walden Museum events and activities are postponed, however people can still follow the museum’s work behind closed doors via social media or the website, at www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org.

Meanwhile, the council has postponed the Planning Committee which was due to take place tomorrow (18 March). The Extraordinary Council Meeting on 31 March will still be going ahead subject to any further changes, but all other council meetings have been cancelled until further notice. The council continues to monitor the situation and will advise on the dates of all future meetings in due course.

Finally, the council is urging all residents to continue to follow the public health messages around what they can do to prevent catching or spreading the virus, as well as what to do if they are concerned about health symptoms. More information can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.

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NOTES

The Mountfitchet Exchange

We are very pleased that the protracted Mountfitchet Exchange project is coming to fruition and at last we are able to prepare the Exchange to open to the public on Monday 13 January. This date fits with the Library Service and their arrangements to install fixtures and fittings, move in stock and ensure that all the information technology associated with a modern library is fully functional.

There are still issues relating to the long term future of the library service that need to be resolved, but they won’t prevent the library opening to the public on 13 January.

As well as housing the library, the new building will be the base for The Parish Council and act as a “hub” where residents can access District and County Council services, the Citizens Advice Bureau and our PCSO.

There are two meeting rooms which can be hired bylocal organisations and businesses. The rooms have all the IT and hospitality facilities you would expect in a modern meeting room. Full details of charges can be found on our website.