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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 online on Thursday 3rd September 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.


New Bus Operator - Number 61

Change of Operator Service 61 BRENTWOOD - BLACKMORE From Tuesday 1st September 2020 Please note that from the above date, this service will be operated by Vectare Ltd, with a slightly revised timetable and some journeys have been renumbered 61 / 61A and 61C For a copy of the timetable please visit  For more information contact: Essex County Council – 0345 603 7631


Doddinghurst Children's Play Area Re-opens

Doddinghurst Parish Council have carried out a Risk Assessment and all the necessary equipment inspections and the play area will be re -opening from 23rd July 2020.

Covid 19 Playground Risk Assessment

Play Area Re-opening

Brentwood Opening




Brentwood Borough Council Recycling Changes


Brentwood Borough Council is making changes to household recycling collections from Monday 3rd August.

More and more people are doing their bit for the planet and Brentwood Borough Council is keen to do its bit by helping residents reduce their single use plastic waste and recycle more. Together we can make a difference.

The new scheme will see the end of the traditional orange recycling bags and remove 3.5 million single use orange plastic sacks from the waste stream per year.  

Each household will be allocated two new reusable recycling sacks which are being delivered to the door together with a collection calendar explaining the changes.

Residents are being asked to use a large blue sack for paper and cardboard and a white sack for cans and plastics. Both sacks will be emptied and returned to the property so they can be re-used again and again.

Please click here for FAQ’s

Additional Notes:

  • Brentwood Borough Council’s current recycle rate is 45% for the year 2019-20
  • The changes will make the recycling service more cost effective and efficient, generating a potential saving of £100,000
  • There are no changes to garden waste, food waste, glass or black sack collections.
  • The introduction of the scheme had previously been postponed due to COVID-19. 
  • Deliveries are taking place in line with Government guidelines including the use of gloves and maintaining social distancing.  When received, residents may wish to wipe the sacks and their handles and wash their hands for 20 seconds afterwards. 


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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