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Parish Council Meetings - Update

The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 that came into force on 4 April 2020 removed the requirement for Parish Councils to hold an Annual Meeting this year and allows for Council meetings to take place remotely via teleconference or video conference and provided Councils with the flexibility to cancel meetings, alter frequency of meetings and hold meetings at any time and on any day. Members of the public can attend remotely. 

Meetings for the remainder of the year will be rescheduled. Agendas and Minutes will be published on the website as usual.   Notice for the meeting will be published on the website at least 3 full working days before the meeting and Members of the Public can request to join the meeting by emailing the Clerk on 

A Full Parish Council Meeting will be held on 2nd July 2020 at 19:00hrs.

For a copy of the agenda click here. (Agenda will only be available one week before the meeting.)

For a copy of the calendar of all Parish Council 2020 meetings click here.

Public Notice of Meeting May 2020


Covid 19

Please find information from Brentwood Council that they have asked us to circulate with helpful information on what the Community Support Network is currently doing to assist communities.

Following the government guidelines, the Parish Council officers are working from home as much as possible, and therefore the office will not be opened during the normal times.

For information on who to contact if you need any help or support during this time, please click here


61 Bus 

The 61 bus is operating again as a Dart service on a reduced tiemtable.  For details of the timetable please click here.


Superfast Broadband

Did you know Superfast Essex, the broadband improvement programme, are currently upgrading the broadband in the area to enable thousands of properties across Essex to access superfast broadband speeds of 30 Mbps.

For more information visit:

Superfast Broadband

Annual Audit

The Parish Council's annual audit has been signed off by the Parish Council, Internal Auditor, and by the External Auditor.  This data has been published in the Financial Reports section of the website.

Doddinghurst Village Hall

Doddinghurst Village Hall has its own newly designed web page to make booking easier.  Please find the web address listed under our links section above.

Councillor Vacancy

Do you live or work in Doddinghurst?  Would you like to get more involved and make a difference.  Then why not join the Parish Council?  We have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor.  Contact the Parish Clerk for more information on 01277 824245 or email  

New Parish Clerk

On the 9th April 2018, we welcomed our new Parish Clerk to the role.  Her name is Ann-Marie Smith, and will be available in the Parish Office, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am until 12.30pm.  Feel free to come along and say hello.  Roger Blake will still support the Parish Council in the role of Responsible Financial Officer (RFO).

Allotment Plots Available to Lease.

With Spring around the corner are you interested in getting out into the fresh air and growing your own vegetables.  We have some Full and Half Plots available.  Full pots are £60 per year and Half £30 per year.  Please contact Clarrie Tremain in the office or email for more information.

Footpaths / Public Rights of Way in the VIllage .

Regular walkers will have observed a CA 17 notice posted by ECC relating to a number of fields in and around the village. These notices advise you that the landowner has regiserted a CA16 applications for deposits under section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 with Essex County Council that will result in ancient footpath rights (not footpaths on the ECC definitive map) being extinguished on the land areas detailed in the notice.. If you are (or were, as som pathways have been closed already) a regular user and believe the footpaths should be retained you need to contact the Parish Council without delay.

Fly Tipping.

This is a crime that is on the increase. A hotline has been set up to report fly tipping and if it is witnessed make a note of the date and time and if possible the registration number of the vehicle plus, if it can be done safely, a photo. These are all a real help in getting the perpetrators prosecuted. The Environment Agency hotline is 0800 807060 and is 24/7

Village Bus Trips (AKA Bus Club).

The 2019 timetable is now available to view on notice boards in the village as well as on this website under the "Village Bus" menu tab. These outings use a Brentwood Community Transport 14 seater bus for day trips from Doddinghurst to go locations such as Bluewater, Cambridge, The Company Shed West Mersea and many other venues. Seats are limited and the cost is kept low - see timetable for per person price - as the organisation is run on a not for profit basis and the drivers are fully trained but unpaid volunteers. The vehicles are disabled traveller friendly. The service starts and ends in the Doddinghurst Village Hall car park in Church Lane. Please contat the driver directly to book your trip(s).

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