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February 2024 


Residents will be aware that there were a number of abnormal loads that went through the village during February.  Cllr. Ross Playle and a number of residents raised concerns about this, and which had been due to a number of international contractors who had followed their sat navs and not appreciated the importance of following the designated zone.  As as result, John Tatton, Managing Director at Invader Rivenhall Ltd, has written to Cllr. Tony Dunn to pass on his apologies to both the Parish Council and its residents.  A copy of his letter can be found here.


January 2024
Reminder: garden waste collections start from 4 March

If you have subscribed to Braintree District Council's new garden waste collection service, your collections will start from next week. Please remember to attach your sticker and check your online collections calendar for the exact collection date.

Please also ensure that you put your garden waste bin out for collection no later than 7am on your collection day. This is especially important with the new service, as the crews' routes may change as they receive new subscriptions.  


Garden waste subscription service update - Permit Required

More than 30,000 households subscribed to the Braintree District Council's garden waste collections from March this year. 

If you have subscribed to the service, you should have received an envelope in the post with a sticker which is intended to be attached to your green garden waste bin. Please write your house number inside the square on the sticker, preferably using a permanent marker pen.

Garden waste collections will be starting again from week commencing 4 March 2024 – check your collections calendar online for your exact date.

If you have subscribed and have not received your sticker by Friday 16 February, please get in touch at recycling@braintree.gov.uk


If you have not subscribed and would like to, or if you want to know more, please click here.


December 2023

Biodiversity Policy Statement & Action Plan 

The UK Government has introduced a biodiversity duty that requires public authorities in England to consider what they can do to conserve and enhance biodiversity by 2024.  At the December 2023 meeting, the Parish Council agreed to adopt their Biodiversity Policy Statement and Action Plan which can be viewed here.  


A120 Panners Interchange to Marks Farm Roundabout - Phase 2

National Highways will be undertaking essential improvement work on the A120 between Panners Interchange and Galleys Corner Roundabout.  

Work will involve replacing the safety barrier on the A120 across the railway bridge. This will ensure the A120 remains in a safe and serviceable condition.  They plan to complete this work over approx. 4 weeks between Monday 5 February 2024 and 6 March 2024. We will be working weeknights only between 8pm and 6am, weather permitting, please see map below: 

Closures and diversions

To carry out the work safely, we will need to close the A120, one direction at a time, and divert traffic as detailed below: 

Closure  Date/Time  Diversion 
A120 Galleys Corner Roundabout to Panners Interchange – westbound only. Monday 5 to Tuesday 6 February. Friday 16 February to Monday 4 March. A120 westbound traffic will be diverted via the A12 southbound at junction 25 to exit at junction 19 and follow the A130 and A131 before re-joining the A120 at Panners Interchange to continue their journey.
A120 Panners Interchange to Galleys Corner Roundabout – eastbound only. Tuesday 6 to Thursday 15 February. Tuesday 7 to Wednesday 7 March   A120 eastbound traffic will be diverted via Panners Interchange onto the A131 and A130 before joining the A12 at junction 19 and exit at junction 25 before rejoining the A120.


Please note: Properties and businesses located in the vicinity of the A120 between Panners Interchange and Galleys Corner Roundabout may experience construction noise during the work from Monday 5 February. Additionally, layby’s will be closed from 4 February.  National Highways will ensure that measures are taken to keep noise levels to a minimum and aim to complete the noisier tasks earlier in the night, where possible. 

How to find out more

To find out more about road improvements National Highways are undertaking across the East of England, please visit their website at https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/east/.  or contact them on 0300 123 5000, or by e-mail at info@nationalhighways.co.uk  


November 2023

Rivenhall Low Carbon Greenhouse Proposal 

Ed Moorhouse, Business Development Manager at Oasthouse Ventures gave a presentation to the Parish Council and a number of residents at the 13 November 2023 Parish Council meeting.  At the meeting he introduced their plans to develop a low-carbon greenhouse at Bradwell Quarry.  A copy of the brochure is available here for those residents unable to attend the meeting or the subsequent presentations at Coggeshall and Silver End.


October 2023

Links Solar Farm

At the 1 October 2023 Parish Council meeting, Zac Reid (Community & Stakeholder Liaisons Manager) from Low Carbon gave a presentation on the proposals for Links Solar Farm.   A copy of the presentation is available for you to view here

Details of the Braintree diversion footpath for the solar farm can be seen on the following map: