Following the alert sent out this morning, please see the official government response to messages such as the one shown below:


“The Government has only sent one text message to the public regarding new rules about staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any others claiming to be from UK Government are false.

Criminals are able to use spoofing technology to send texts and emails impersonating organisations that you know and trust. We would remind anyone who receives an unexpected text or email asking for personal or financial details not click on the links or attachments, and don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial details.”

If you receive any such messages, report them to Action Fraud –

Footpath Closure

The Essex County Council (Footpath 16, Colne Engaine and Footpath 22, Pebmarsh) (Temporary Prohibition of Use) Order 2020


Notice is hereby given that the Essex County Council intends, not less than seven days from the date of this notice, to make the above Order under section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.


Effect of the order:  To temporarily close Footpath 16, Colne Engaine and Footpath 22, Pebmarsh in the District of Braintree, from its junction with Brickhouse Road to its junction with Footpath 15, Pebmarsh, (entire lengths).


The closures are scheduled to commence on 20/04/2020 to 30/04/2020 or where appropriate signs are showing and weather permitting. The closures are required for the safety of the public and workforce while works to install an effluent outflow from a domestic sewage treatment plant are undertaken.


The alternative route will be via Brickhouse Road, Pebmarsh Road and Footpath 15, Pebmarsh and vice versa.


The Order will come into effect on 20/04/2020 and may continue in force for 6 months or until the works have been completed, whichever is the earlier.


Dated: 10/04/2020


Essex County Council

Network Assurance

A2 Annexe, Seax House,

Victoria Road South,

Chelmsford, Essex



Telephone: 0345 603 7631



Please find the link below to a PDF of the plan:


Pebmarsh Parish Council Meeting

Good afternoon,

Due to the current worldwide pandemic, Pebmarsh Parish Council will not be calling the upcoming meeting for next week.

The Parish Council will instead discuss any urgent matters over email / phone and non urgent matters will be postponed to the next meeting at such time as it is safe to meet.

Please the agenda on the website in the relevant section, indicating the subjects that were initially going to be discussed; each item will either be discussed between councillors and the clerk remotely or agreed to be postponed. I imagine this process will take a considerable amount of time due to the time delay with emails, but once it is complete I will compile minutes to reflect all that is discussed and any decisions that are made and post them on the website in the usual manner.

At this time of uncertainty please take care, look after each other and stay postive – we will get through this together.

All the very best,

Shelley Boydell
Clerk to Pebmarsh Parish Council
07801 492312

Guidelines for Volunteers

Thank you for volunteering to look out for those in your village that are self isolating or socially distancing themselves in the face of COVID19 – Coronavirus 19.
Here are a few key guidelines to try and keep you as safe as possible
1.  Please ensure you are fit and healthy without a cold or underlying chest infection or immune condition
2. Try to keep your distance from anyone that you see face to face – a minimum of 3ft or 1m.  6ft or 2m is better however, an elderly person may not be able to hear you.
3. If you are collecting medication, make sure the person has told their pharmacy you will be collecting it for them.
4. If you receive a call from a neighbour try and put their minds at rest that they are doing the right thing and that if they fall ill you will help.
5. If you have a neighbour that falls ill – get them to call 111 immediately – call them back to find out what 111 said.
6. If you are picking up shopping get the neighbour to pay the shop if possible.  Otherwise, you may need to pay for it and collect the cash when you deliver.
7. If you deliver shopping – put it on the doorstep for the neighbour to pick up.  Payment should be put on doorstep in envelope.
8.Wash your hands (singing Happy birthday twice) regularly and more often when handling anything.
Keep safe – your efforts are appreciated.

The Great British Spring Clean & Keep Britain Tidy


GB Spring Clean & Keep Britain Tidy logos

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Great British Spring Clean guidance

The aim of the Great British Spring Clean is for communities to come together, clean up their local environment and have fun, which of course means staying safe at all times.

Given the UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the coronavirus (COVID-19) risk to the UK from moderate to high, its only sensible that volunteers engaging in the Great British Spring Clean take extra hygiene precautions to prevent the spread of this, or any other, preventable illness.

Do not attend a clean-up if you feel unwell or are showing cold or flu like symptoms, stay home to protect yourself and others. 

Keep Britain Tidy asks that you undertake your clean-up events in line with the advice being issued by Public Health England (PHE). In particular, participants are asked to use the following guidelines:

  • Wear gloves during the clean-up at all times
  • Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds before and after your event
  • Event organisers are advised to provide hand sanitiser for participants where possible or sign post to accessible hand washing facilities
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects, such as litter pickers, using your regular cleaning products
  • Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people whenever possible

Being part of the Great British Spring Clean is a wonderful way to show you care about your local environment but to have fun, as well as to make a difference, it is important to stay safe and take these simple precautions to make your event a success.

We will continue to monitor Government announcements and update our advice on this page as the situation evolves.

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Road Traffic Meeting – Cover Letter and Meeting Findings Report

Please find below a PDF of the cover letter and meeting findings report sent to Highways and County / District Councillors: