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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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/

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

ZIP WIRE – THE REC

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

CHURCH ROAD CLOSURE

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.

DIVERSION ROUTE

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

KNIGHT SIGN REPAIRED

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

JUBILEE CHARITY FUNDS

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.

Join our Climate Change Community Group and help fight climate change

CLIMATE COMMUNITY GROUP

We are starting to see the effects of climate change and declining biodiversity.

Because of this the Parish Council has joined others in declaring a climate change and biodiversity emergency.

As part of the Council’s initiatives to take action on this front, we are setting up a Climate Change Community Group.

We believe as a community we can act and make a difference at a local level by taking small actions together to bring about significant overall change.

What will the group do?

The focus of the Community Group is to work on events, campaigns and workshops that will more reduce our carbon footprint and improve biodiversity locally.

The group will work independently, but with the support of the Parish Council.

Who can join?

Any resident* over the age of 11* is welcome who:

• Has the passion and drive for the Climate cause

• Wants to inspire and engage with the local community

• can plan and execute projects focused on climate change and biodiversity

Interesting in signing up?

If you have any questions or wish to join please email our Project Officer: laila.azure-marxen@stansted.net

We will hold an introduction meeting for interested residents soon.

 

  • *Any resident or representative from businesses or organisations in Stansted or the surrounding area. The age restriction is based on the minimum age for members of our Youth Council.
Download the Worrying About Money leaflet for help in coping with the cost of living crisis.

Worrying About Money?

Hit by money trouble from all angles? Then you may be interested in new a leaflet put together by Uttlesford Foodbank and the District Council.

Uttlesford Foodbank has been working in collaboration with Uttlesford District Council and other local partners to develop a leaflet entitled ‘Worrying About Money’. The aim of this leaflet is to sign-post local and national routes to help.

Worrying About Money?’ cash first referral leaflets are co-designed as straightforward resources for people facing money worries or financial crises – and support workers – to quickly see which local agencies are best placed to help with available cash first options.

The Worrying About Money leaflet is published online, and printed copies disseminated as widely as possible and translated and produced:

For an interactive version of the leaflet see: www.worryingaboutmoney.co.uk/uttlesford

To request hard copies, please email: desashton@uttlesford.foodbank.org.uk

You can also discover more about accessing information and services at worryingaboutmoney.co.uk/uttlesford

The aim of this work is to reduce the need for charitable food aid by helping people access any existing financial entitlements and advice on income maximisation as a cash first response to food insecurity.

 

 

 

CHURCH ROAD CLOSES FOR 3 DAYS

CHURCH ROAD 3-DAY CLOSURE

Church Road is to be closed for 3 days from Monday, July 25 while Affinity Water carries out connection works in the area. A diversion will be in operation during the closure.

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 – SECTION 14(1)

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Church Road, Stansted

Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=128601805 to find details of the intended closure of Church Road, due to commence on 25th July 2022 for 3 days.

The route of the diversion in operation during the closure passes along parts of Church Road, Chapel Hill, Silver Street, Pines Hill, Stansted Road, Forest Hall Road, Walson Way, and vice versa.

 

ROUTE OF DIVERSION

 

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

The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Affinity Water undertakes new connection work.

Please note the scheduled dates may vary.

FURTHER INFORMATION

You are advised to contact Affinity Water, who will able to assist with the scope of these works. — Essex Streetworks Team, www.essex.gov.uk/highways

Consultation Outcome

PERMIT CONSULTATION OUTCOME

Below is news of the outcome of our recent consultation on the proposed Residents’s Parking Scheme on the Mountfitchet Estate

First, we would like to thank the residents who took the time to respond to the consultation. We distributed letters to 225 households and received 89 replies. Eighty-five households objected to the introduction of the permit scheme (37.8%). The scheme, therefore, will not be going ahead as it could not achieve 75% support – the level required for the North Essex Parking Partnership to proceed with a scheme. The Parish Council’s Highways Sub-Committee is expected to ratify the outcome at its meeting later this month. Below is a summary of residents on the estate’s reasons for their objection:

TABLE: Consultation Summary

REASONS GIVEN FOR OBJECTION NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS OBJECTING DUE TO THIS REASON 
Financial – Do not agree with the high charges and cannot afford them  34 
Principle – Do not agree should pay to park where they live  20 
Scheme will not have a positive outcome to parking issues  2 
Not enough space for all cars  1 
Too many cars in household  4 
Manchester Airport should pay as its their high charges causing the issues  6 
No parking issues on the Mountfitchet Estate  5 
The new signage is already working  1 
Would like to see if the new signs work before implementing another scheme  2 

A SNAPSHOT OF RESIDENTS’ COMMENTS

Many of your comments were detailed and gave a clear insight into why you felt this was not appropriate. Below is a snapshot of some of those comments:

  • We have lived on the estate for around six and a half years and have not noticed any discernible issue with commuter and airport parking (the occasional case, but nothing of significant note). 
  • We would support the scheme if not for the ridiculously high cost of residents permits
  • In practice due to the airport/railway parkers we often have to park on the verge, taking care not to block the pavement, in order to unload equipment such as lawnmowers and gardening equipment and weekly shopping. 
  •  I do agree that there should be the installation of red lines where parking is often dangerous 
  • We appreciate the airport signs that have gone up around the estate and surely first we should be seeing if this is deterrent enough before adding lines and permits. Priority should be cutting the hedges as we are in a blind corner and already had one car written off there, closing the gap on our corner ot the park so children aren’t using a dangerous ‘run out’ from the green 
  • I am all for the red lines being introduced. I think it is needed as a matter of urgency. People leaving vehicles on grass verges or two wheels up on the kerb restricts the motorists view of oncoming traffic. 
  • I do not support this scheme at all as I would be unable to afford the fees for such permit. I need to park my car as close to my home as possible as a foster carer to babies and young children but my income is not enough to cover permit fees. 
  • Due to the amount of cars that we need to have, we’re strongly of the opinion that the residents’ parking permits should be scrapped. While we understand that airport parking has become a big issue on the surrounding street, Manor Road is generally so full of cars that we do not see many people use the road who do not already live here, or who are not visiting residents. 
  • As a pensioner I would not be able to afford the cost of permits. Since introduction of the No Parking Airport Parking Signs, there seem to be an improvement in the situation. 
  • In this road we are not bothered by commuter parking, and I feel permit parking would cause undue stress. 
  • I would be concerned that residents who could not afford the on-road permits would end up parking in the cul-de-sacs along Manor Road, potentially clogging up those zones for cul-de-sac residents. 
  • We are against introducing Residents’ Parking. We currently don’t have a problem with commuters or airport parking outside our house. In other areas of the estate, they have had notices put up saying no commuter parking.  
  • Many residents already take parking into their own hands – leaving bins and other items in the road to stop other people from parking there. If they have to pay to park, I worry this will increase the sense of entitlement to park directly outside your own house, causing issues for others. This is already a problem with certain houses on the estate and I can only see this getting worse if people have to start paying. 

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

We also received a number of questions to put to the North Essex Parking Partnership and below is their response to these which we publish for your information:

1 Is there a discount for senior citizens?

No 

2 Can the first permit to each household be given for free and they pay for any additional vehicles?

There are no free permits in circulation 

3 Why are the charges so high compared to Harlow for instance?

When NEPP assumed responsibility for permits across the North of Essex there were various levels of charges which have been adjusted over time to be more comparable. 

4 Why will no other options be available until 2026 if the residents don’t support this scheme?

We have limited resources, and our Board/partners will not keep entertaining requests for schemes/restrictions to be considered. It is worth noting that we have no legal responsibility to make changes on the Highway and we receive no independent funding. 

5 Is there any discount or allowance for those registered disabled especially if more than one member of the household is disabled?

A national exemption exists enabling any disabled badge holder to park in any permit zone or bay in England & Wales. 

6 Will car owners get a ticket if they park on the grass verge where there are red lines?

Already responded to in a previous reply arranged separately. Whilst this scenario does appear to suggest that the verge could be enforced, the footway would need to run parallel with the road edge, so in this case a separate restriction may be needed. 

7 If a household owns 3 cars of which only one of these will be parked on the road at any time as they have a driveway for 2 cars, can they buy a permit based on the house so that any one of the cars can use it or would they need to obtain a permit for each car? It is not always the same car out of the 3 which parks on the road.

The answer is ‘almost’. A resident permit can have a maximum of two vehicles on a permit, so in this case, it would be any of two vehicles that could be on the road whilst the others are on the drive. The resident would need to decide on a vehicle that is always on the drive. The alternative is to purchase a first and a second resident permit and put two vehicles on one permit and one vehicle on the other, this way all 3 are covered regardless of which one is on the road. We hope that made sense? It can get a little confusing the whole ‘two vehicles on one permit’ scenario. 

8 The NEPP are in Stansted daily so why can they not pay more visits to the estate?

NEPP will attend areas as often as practicable and when resources allow. 

9 NEPP is owned by Colchester Council so shouldn’t they be a non-profitable organisation?

NEPP is not “owned” by Colchester Borough Council. A lead Authority is required in terms of the Governance and our Political procedures in place. The NEPP do not make profits but must ensure that our operations are self-funding as we do not receive any funding from any partner authority member/ECC or Central Government. Any surplus made above and beyond NEPP operating costs is re-invested in Highway-based works and projects

RED LINES

Finally, the proposals for implementation of the red lines on parts of the Mountfitchet Estate will go to the Highways Sub-Committee for ratification.

The main aim of these is to protect the bus route around the estate and to encourage those who have parking to the rear of their properties to use it rather than parking on the street