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Invitation to Quote for Phase 2 of the refurbishment of the Parish Room
The Parish Council have agreed to start Phase 2 of the refurbishment of the Parish Room. Full details of the scope of the project are attached.
Bus 61 - Recent Issues
Bus Route 61 has recently experienced a few problems with its service, caused by vehicle breakdowns and driver sickness. Vectare, who run the service, have contacted the Parish Council to apologies and to inform customers that they offer alternative transport in the form of a taxi in the event of a cancellation. If customers require this service they should telephone 0115 777 3187 to verify with Vectare that their bus is cancelled, and then email their taxi/UBER receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org for reimbursement.
Vectare are currently exploring options for the purchase of newer buses for the route, albeit this is subject to agreement by Essex County Council.
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 email@example.com
Parish Council Meetings - Update
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 Clerk@Doddinghurst-pc.gov.uk
The next meeting is the Full Parish Council Meeting which will be held on Monday 5th July 2021, at 8pm in the Village Hall, so social distancing restrictions can be adhered too. If you plan to attend the meeting, you are asked to wear a mask, and use the hand sanitiser provided.
- Agenda. (Agenda will only be available one week before the meeting.)
- Calendar of all Parish Council 2021 (Revised April 2021)
Still Not Completed the Census?
There has been a fantastic response to Census 2021. Nine out of ten households across England and Wales have completed their questionnaire – but everyone must take part.Every household is required by law to complete the census. Even though Census Day – 21 March 2021 – has been and gone, it is not too late to fill out your form and avoid a fine. Most people have already completed their census online to make sure public services like GP surgeries, hospital beds, school places and public transport, are based on the most up to date information. Iain Bell, the deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics in charge of the census, urged everyone to look out for reminder letters and fill out their census now. “We’ve had an amazing response to the census so far,” Iain said. “I’d like to thank everyone who has helped us exceed all expectations. “But we want to make sure everyone counts and we won’t rest until every household has responded.
Field officers are out and about knocking on doors where records show we have had no response. If you don’t want to get a visit, please complete your census now. “Your response is vital. The information you give means all the services we rely on, like school places and emergency services, are planned on accurate information. It is even used to plan where to build new supermarkets, what food to put on the shelves and how many parent and toddler spaces to put in the car park.” The census questionnaire is simple, straightforward, and safe to complete online. It only takes 10 minutes per person in a home. All households were sent a letter in the post in early March with instructions for taking part. If you have lost the letter or have a second address - including a caravan - you have not visited, go to www.census.gov.uk to request an online completion code for your address via SMS text message.
If you know someone who doesn't have the skills or confidence to do the census online, help is at hand. We have local census support centres across England and Wales, offering phone and face to face support. Go to https://census.gov.uk/help/find-a-census-support-centre to find a centre near you. You can also call our freephone contact centre. Call 0800 141 2021 in England and 0800 169 2021 in Wales for help or to order a paper questionnaire. The role of field officers is to give help and encouragement to those who have not yet filled in their census questionnaire online or on paper and direct them to the support services they need.Field staff will never need to enter people’s houses; they will always be socially distanced, be equipped with PPE and work in line with all government guidance. They will be operating in the same way as a postal or food delivery visit. They also carry ID to show they are genuinely working on the census.
Essex County Council Broadband Survey Summary
It’s time to have your say in Essex County Council’s Broadband Survey, which gives you the chance to register your demand for faster broadband. By taking part, you’ll help Superfast Essex identify whether your address is eligible to be included in future state-funded broadband rollouts. To date, the Superfast Essex programme has reached almost 140,000 homes and businesses across the county with superfast and ultrafast broadband connectivity – but they don’t want to stop there! You can find the survey and further information here: www.superfastessex.org/broadbandsurvey.
Letter from the Chair of Doddinghurst Parish Council
What a dreadful year we have all experienced, but with the beginning of 2021 some light has appeared with the advent of the vaccine. The Brentwood Centre is doing a wonderful job getting the people of Brentwood and villages vaccinated and we thank the volunteers for their help.
We have been extremely fortunate in our village to have wonderful people who have volunteered their services to help those in need, taking shopping, medicine, and just phoning and having a chat. This help has been co-ordinated by our wonderful Rev Ann and her many volunteers. If you need help then please contact the telephone numbers on the leaflet which has been delivered to your door recently. You can of course ring me or the parish council office for information.
The parish council is supporting these efforts all be it in the background as most councillors are of the age that need to isolate.
We started the first stage of our office refurbishment, mainly the ladies toilets and we look forward to their completion. Other refurbishments will take place as the year progresses. The office etc has not been brought up to date for many years and needs to be of a better standard than it is at the moment.
Even though we are in lockdown, the work of the parish council still goes on. We are still keeping the burial ground in good order, our groundsman is still keeping the village clean and tidy, and the general welfare of the village carries on.
The government has decided that elections will take place this May, and Doddinghurst will be up for election. The members of our parish council have all been on the council for some years giving their time and energy on behalf of the village.
If you would be interested in becoming a parish councillor, please contact the parish office. Perhaps some of our volunteers would be interested. We look forward to hearing from you.
When we know that we are able to get together again. the parish council will be organising some events that had to be cancelled last year, so look out for these dates.
I am pleased to inform you that The Link magazine will be back once again when lockdown is over. It has been missed and we look forward to seeing it once again.
You are always welcome to contact me if I can be of help.
I hope you all keep well.
Debbie Dicker, Chair, Doddinghurst Parish Council
Doddinghurst Well-Being Hub
Doddinghurst Support Group are keen to remind villagers that they are there to help residents They have also launched a Brand New Doddinghurst Wellbeing Hub on Facebook. They hope it will "let us continue to develop our sense of community whilst looking after the well-being of us all, by us supporting one another and working together. It will be for anyone in the village who needs help with wellbeing for any reason. For example, you may need advice about children struggling to understand this pandemic, you may be struggling with loneliness and would like to make contact with someone, or your family may be struggling financially and you don’t know where to turn. Our aim is to help you either with our own resources or by pointing you to someone who can."
The Hub can be located at facebook.com/groups/doddinghurstwellbeinghub.
However, if you are not online (or Facebook), do not despair! They will make sure they giving information out to individuals, on village notice boards, through community volunteers, via the schools and church, and in The Link as well.
And you can also call too. Contact numbers for the team are:
- Lisa 07725 648164
- Hayley 07970 519042
- Jane 07813 216952
- Rev’d Ann 01277 821366
Brentwood CVS want to make people aware of an individual hardship fund which is actively seeking applications from people who are experiencing financial difficulties.
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 www.traveline.info/se. 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 was opened on the 23rd July 2020.
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.
- 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.
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.
- Brentwood Community News Update July 2020, https://cdn.website-editor.net/0124bbcb92324016a2666f065357cc8d/files/uploaded/Brentwood%2520CVS%2520July%25202%25202020.pdf
- Brentwood Community News Volume 3 - Covid 19
- Brentwood Community Support Information
- Community Support Network Meeting Minutes 21/04/2020
- Community Support Network Meeting Minutes 14/04/2020
- Community Booklet Covid 19
- Community Support Dashboard
- Brentwood Covid 19 Referral Process Map
- Safety - Planning guide for victims of domestic abuse
- Caring for someone with dementia
- Beware of Scammers for Community Groups
- Beware of Scammers Individuals
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.
The 61 bus is operating again as a Dart service on a reduced timetable.
Annual Audit 2019-20
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.
Allotment Plots Available to Lease
Are you interested in getting out into the fresh air and growing your own vegetables. We have 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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
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