All parish & town councils in Braintree, Uttlesford and Colchester districts

Good morning,

Gt Notley Parish Council is kindly hosting a virtual completion event for its residents.

The council has kindly offered to welcome any resident of Braintree, Uttlesford or Colchester to this meeting.

I would be very grateful if you could publicise this event through your channels (website, enewsletter, engagement groups, outreach etc) so that anyone who needs support can join the event.

Please feel free to share this invitation with any of your local networks (Royal British Legion, WI, U3A, food banks, church groups etc).

Details of the event are as follows:

Census 2021 information event

A virtual event for you to learn more about the census, get help with the questionnaire and have your questions answered.

Wednesday 24th March 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 883 7379 0282

Passcode: 978521

Valerie Newell

Census Engagement Manager, North Essex
Office for National Statistics
+44 (0)7452 939018
Follow me on Twitter: #CensusNorthEssx

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REPORT FOR PEBMARSH – COVID-19 UPDATE – 19 th February 2021

Hello everyone. A fairly short, but mostly positive, update from me on the Covid19 situation.

Numbers are down overall. As of 11 th February the Essex case rate is 112.7 per 100,000. The District with the highest case rate is Tendring with 182.8. Braintree District’s case rate is 143.5 which is down from 214.3 the previous week. So, all going in the right direction although Braintree still has one of the highest rates in the County. Witham is a ‘hot spot’ at the moment; the cause is not yet identified.
Hospital bed occupancy, as of the 11 th , has fallen to 579 Covid patients which is down 28% from the previous week. This is good news although it has been pointed out this is still high compared to Wave One last year.

As you are probably aware, a new shielding group has been identified. Essex Wellbeing Service will be contacting all this group and giving advice. We estimate there are around 30,000 Essex residents affected, roughly half of those are in the under 70 age group.

Finally, a message from Dr Mike Gogarty, Essex Director of Public Health and John Spence, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care: They recognise the influence of family, friends and community acquaintances is really important in encouraging residents to come forward for their vaccination when invited to do so. If you can, please give out a positive message about the vaccinations; it’s the best way out of the pandemic and getting life back to normal.

I had my first jab last Monday. So easy and it felt like a really positive thing to do!

Take careand stay safe.

Best wishes. Gabrielle

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of The Street, Cross End, Pebmarsh CP


Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of The Street, Cross End, Pebmarsh CP

Please click on the following link https://one.network/?tm=120626568 to find details of the intended closure of The Street, Cross End, due to commence on 9th March 2021 for 3 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while UK Power Networks undertakes new connection.


Essex Streetworks Team


Ringway Jacobs | Essex County Council

3rd Floor, Seax House, Market Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1QH

Website: http://www.essex.gov.uk/highways


Good afternoon everyone. Some encouraging figures to report.
As of 14th January, case numbers per 100,000 population are down for every Essex region. The two highest Districts are Harlow and Tendring with 907 and 890 respectively. Braintree is 608.8 Obviously, this is still a very high case ratio but it’s a big improvement on the previous week.
The number of new COVID-19 cases is also continuing to decrease in all age groups which is good to see.
Our hospitals remain under significant pressure but are managing thanks to the wonderful efforts of all the staff.
Vaccinations: It has been widely reported that the East of England has managed less vaccinations than the rest of the country apart from London. This appears to be issues around supplies and sites. Essex County Council and District Council Leaders continue to take this up with NHS authorities and government ministers who are responsible for the vaccinations roll out.
In the meantime, the staff at the Pump House Surgery in Earls Colne continue to do a fantastic job with covering the Colne Valley are (and beyond!).
The numbers are reducing gradually but are still high with doctors predicting some difficult weeks ahead for the NHS following the New Year break and households mixing. So let’s keep sticking to the rules, tough though they may be.
Best wishes

Update from District Councillor Gabrielle Spray 15th Jan 2021

Good morning all. A slightly more upbeat COVID 19 update this week.
The case rate for Essex County for the week to 7th Jan (the last date for which figures are available) is 1,020 per 100,000 population. This is a fall from 1,039 the previous week. It’s only a small drop but it’s going in the right direction.
Age Groups: There has been a sharp drop in the 20-49 age group numbers which is really good. The under 20s and 50-49 age group numbers are also down. Unfortunately, the +70s cases are not going down as fast but let’s hope that improves.
Districts: All Districts are showing a drop in cases apart from two. Tendring has a huge spike to 1,218 per 100k and Colchester 880. We don’t know why this is. Braintree District is down to 994.80 from 1,074 the previous week. Again, only a slight reduction but it’s a hopeful sign.
Tests: 47,642 were carried out in Essex week commencing 1st January with a positivity rate of 19% for Braintree which is also a reduction on previous weeks. All good.
Hospitals: All Essex hospitals continue to be under extreme pressure but are coping. At 12th January there were 1,422 confirmed Covid patients which is 40% of hospital trust capacity and 39% higher than one week previously. Amazing work being done by all hospital and care staff who must be exhausted.
Sadly, there were 214 Covid related deaths over the last week which is 40% up on the week before.
There has been an outbreak at Chelmsford prison with seven members of staff and 40+ inmates testing positive.
Finally, the vaccination roll out started at the Pump House Surgery in Earls Colne yesterday (Thursday). Thanks to the organisational abilities of a number of people and to the many volunteers who came forward, it all went smoothly.
Stay safe and well everyone and have as good a weekend as you can manage.
Best wishes. Gabrielle