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 map.


Diversion Roadworks Bentfield


A diversion will be in operation while roadworks are carried out at Bentfield Green. See details below.


Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Bentfield Green, Stansted

Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Bentfield Green, due to commence on 9th August 2022 for 4 days.

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



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.


Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Church Road, Stansted

Please click on the following link 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.




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.


You are advised to contact Affinity Water, who will able to assist with the scope of these works. — Essex Streetworks Team,

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

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 


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. 


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?


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


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 


A120 Roundabout Roadworks


Changes being made to the traffic system at the A120 roundabout near junction 8 of the M11 will impact on the flow of vehicles running through this area over the coming months. Details are provided in the update by Essex Highways below

M11 Junction 8 Improvements – A120 Birchanger Roundabout Update

What is happening:

  • The project will be implementing a traffic management layout to facilitate civil works on the A120 roundabout.
  • The revised road layout will consist of reduced lane running on the western approach to the A120 Roundabout from Birchanger Green Roundabout.
  • There will be a full ring management system around the roundabout which has been designed to ensure through traffic in both directions is maintained and the impact to traffic flow is reduced.

The works:

  • The work will commence early July 2022.
  • The duration of the work is approximately 17 weeks.

A120 Roundabout Traffic Management

Sisk, working on behalf of Essex County Council, endeavour to ensure that all communications are issued in a timely manner and normally we would like to give more advanced notice. In this instance the delay is due to advanced talks between Essex County Council, National Highways and Sisk to ensure the proposal is the most efficient traffic management possible and to minimise the impact to road users and the general public.


Please note these roadworks will coincide with National Highways’ programme of planned closures and diversions in and around the M11 junction 8 bridges, as reported in an earlier post on this website, details of which can be found at



National Highways is carrying out essential surveys to assess the condition of the road on the M11 between junctions 6 and 9.

They plan to complete this work over 5 weeks between Monday 20 June and Friday 22 July.

They will work between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only, weather conditions permitting.

Closures and diversions

To carry out the work safely, they will need to close the M11 and divert traffic as detailed below:

  • M11 junction 7 to 6 southbound – Monday 20 June to Friday 25 June

M11 southbound traffic (M25 anti-clockwise) will be diverted off at junction 7 onto the A414 westbound and A1(M)


M11 southbound (M25 clockwise traffic) will be diverted off at junction 7 onto the A414 eastbound and A12.


  • M11 junction 9 to 8 southbound – Monday 27 June to Friday 8 July

Southbound traffic will be diverted off the M11 at junction 10 onto the A505, A10 and A120 to re-join the M11 at junction 8.


  • M11 junction 8 to 9 northbound – Monday 11 July to Friday 22 July

Northbound traffic will be diverted off the M11 at junction 8 onto the A120, A10 and A505 to re-join the M11 at junction 10. (Diagram 3)

How to find out more

To find out more about road improvements, visit

If you would like more information, please call 0300 123 5000 or email at

Birchanger Roadworks


Essential repair and resurfacing work is to start today on the M11 junction 8, Birchanger Green Roundabout bridges.

This will involve full weekend closures, weather conditions permitting.

Closures and diversions

To carry out the work safely, National Highways will need to close the M11 junction 8 bridges. Only one of the bridges will be shut at a time to reduce the impact on local road users and those needing access to Stansted Airport and Birchanger Green Services.

Details of the closures and diversion routes are detailed below:



Dates & Time

Diversion route

South bridge closure
  • Friday 1 July, 9pm to Monday 4 July, 5am
  • Friday 8 July, 9pm to Monday 11 July, 5am
  • Friday 9 September, 9pm to Monday 12 September, 5am



(Full weekend closures)

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. (Diagram 1)


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. (Diagram 1)


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. (Diagram 3)


North bridge closure ·         Friday 10 June, 9pm to Monday 13 June, 5am


·         Friday 17 June, 9pm to Monday 20 June, 5am

·         Friday 24 June, 9pm to Monday 27 June, 5am


(Full weekend closures)

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. (Diagram 2)


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. (Diagram 2)


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. (Diagram 3)



Maps of the diversions





How to find out more

You can keep up to date with this project by visiting

If you would like more information, please contact NATIONAL HIGHWAYS on 0300 123 5000, or by email at

Parking Scheme


We are seeking your opinion on whether a Residents’ Permit Scheme should be introduced on the Mountfitchet Estate. This type of scheme on the Mountfitchet Estate can be used to free up parking for residents and their visitors by preventing non-residential parking, in this case from those that commute from the station or park and use the Airport. 

The area being considered for the Residents’ Permit Parking scheme includes the roads listed below:  

  • Maitland Road 
  • Mountfitchet Road 
  • St Mary’s Drive 
  • Priory Drive 
  • Mount Drive 
  • Stoneyfield Drive 
  • Manor Road 

The scheme would be run by the North Essex Parking Partnership and operational for 5 days per week, (Mon to Fri) 10am – 2pm, excluding bank and public holidays.

Irrespective of the outcome of this consultation, and as recommended by the Parking Partnership, we are requesting the installation of red lines where parking is dangerous and obstructive, especially to the buses, refuse lorries and emergency vehicles. The proposals are shown on the map enclosed. 

To participate in the survey, please either email with your views or post or deliver by hand to The Parish Council, The Mountfitchet Exchange, Crafton Green, 72 Chapel Hill, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8AQ.

Please ensure that you provide your full property address in the box below (any responses received back without this information will not be considered). Please also note that only one reply per property will be considered. The closing date for responses to be received is Friday 17th June 2022 

The Parking Partnership has advised us that this scheme will only proceed with 75% support from households (1 vote per house). If the scheme does not go ahead they will not be able to offer any other options before 2026 at the earliest.

For further details about the consultation:


The North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) are responsible for the approval, implementation and enforcement of any schemes requested. We held a meeting with the Parking Project Engineer from NEPP and advised him of the issues raised by residents and asked him what options were available to solve them. In conclusion, the only scheme they felt would address residents’ issues by excluding commuters and airport parkers altogether was the Residents’ Permit Parking Scheme we are consulting on.

We discussed a 1 hour waiting restriction and below are the reasons given as to why they would not consider such a scheme:

“With the increase in home working, single yellow lines will only benefit those who are not reliant on the Highway for parking, penalising those who are unable to remove vehicles during any applicable hour(s) of operation.

We also have to consider the enforcement expectations once a scheme has been installed and we are simply not able to keep introducing restrictions and schemes which place unrealistic and unachievable expectations on the beneficiaries of intervention or our own enforcement staff.

Expecting enforcing officers to visit roads subject to one hour or similarly timed single yellow line restrictions, with other responsibilities to address, is no longer feasible or acceptable, given the other remedies available.

Permit schemes, with a minimum duration of at least 4 hours (10am-2pm), timed to inconvenience as few residents as possible and relieving the pressure on enforcing officers,  are a much more appropriate measure than a single yellow line timed to disrupt the same driver behaviour (am and pm timed restriction)

Working habits have changed and there are many examples elsewhere where the presence of timed commuter single yellow lines are not effective, a further illustration that many workplaces are no longer operating 9-5, with workers embracing flexible hours which has placed pressures on current measures in place”.

The Parish Council would also like to add that the charges stated in the consultation letter are the standard charges from the NEPP for any Residents’ Parking Scheme and they are not the decision of the Parish Council and neither does the Parish Council receive any of this money. The time scale for introducing any scheme is also set by the NEPP as they are responsible for all schemes in Uttlesford, Braintree, Epping Forest, Colchester, Tendring and Harlow. From the very beginning of discussions about formal parking restrictions, District Cllrs have advised residents that should a scheme be introduced they would need to purchase a permit and that given the current cost of living crisis where household budgets are under pressure, this needs to be considered carefully as part of their decision-making process.


RideLondon 2022

Be careful traveling around the county this weekend.
The RideLondon route doesn’t directly pass through the village, but many roads around Essex will be closed for the event to allow thousands of cyclists to ride the course safely.


Uttlesford District Council want your views on parking issues in our local area!

Residents, visitors, and businesses are invited to have their say on parking issues across the district.

Parking is an important part of supporting the vitality of our towns and villages but can be a source of frustration. Building on work already carried out by the District and by our Town and Parish Councils, the UDC are bringing this together, along with your views, in a district-wide Parking Review to identify where issues are and how to deal with them more strategically.

As part of this we want to hear your opinions on specific parking issues. We want to focus on specific locations, such as car parks and streets to build a picture of where parking is working well, and where there may be problems.

Using the Council’s map based ‘Let’s Talk’ platform, it couldn’t be easier to let UDC know your views, simply drop a pin on the map and let them know what you want to say about it.

This information will be used to inform the review which will be taking place over the summer, and report on its findings in the autumn. Have your say at which is open until Sunday, June 12.