Road Closure In Pebmarsh

Pebmarsh Parish Council has been liaising closely with County Broadband regarding the lack of warning before the road closure on The Street in the village today.

After investigation, it has been identified that the contractors working on behalf of County Broadband failed to notice the closure correctly locally, this was an administration error for which County Broadband has apologised.

Signs have now been put up to enable residents to know the duration of the works and to highlight the business within the closure is open.  Access for emergency services will be provided at all times and the teams on the ground will work with residents to maintain access to home and business owners.

This has been taken very seriously within County Broadband and has been escalated to director level with their Contractors.

County Broadband apologises for any inconvenience caused today.

Planning Permission for Phone Mast

Many of you will have heard that the planning permission for the mast at Oak farm, has been rejected by Braintree District Council. This decision is very welcomed by the Parish Council, but unfortunately this is not the end of this matter.

The Parish Council has been in contact with the telecoms company to discuss their next steps and they confirm that at present they are still evaluating the refusal; however, either an appeal or a new application for a different site are both equally likely.

In order to prepare for either eventuality, the Parish Council need to put forward an alternative site (or sites) for the phone mast. We understand that the perfect site does not exist, but would like to find a location that has a minimal effect on the village.

To help with this, the Parish Council would like to kindly ask any resident who might have a suitable site to come forward; we will then collate a list of options for the telecoms company. If we do not find a suitable alternative site an alternative will be forced upon us in a location that will more than likely not be suitable.

If you feel that you might have a suitable site please contact one of the Parish Councillors or the Parish Council at pebmarshparishclerk@gmail.com (contact details and names of councillors can be found the contact page of our website on or on the Parish Council notice board).

FRAUD EMAIL ALERT!

There is a fraud email circulating and using the names of email contacts.

An email comes from what appears to be a contact of yours saying “are you free right now?”

you respond and get this reply…

“I am in a conference meeting right now as I would be working
till late midnight but need you to get me some gift cards.Could you
pick a few iTunes gift cards for me, i tried purchasing online but no
luck. When I’m done with the meeting I will reimburse you.

Kind Regards,
*your contact name here*

I have just received this email and I knew straight away this was a scam as I have seen it before – I am not sure how it works but I checked the email that it came from and it wasn’t even my contact’s email, It was executivecommittees171@gmail.com
Please ignore any emails asking for vouchers – I know people who have been unfortunately not realised it was fake and therefore lost a lot of money with this scam.

Coronavirus Update

PM announces easing of some lockdown restrictions

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today (Tuesday 23 June) set out further changes to lockdown measures in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs.

From Saturday 4th July, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.

From the same date, two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures, and people can enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites.

In order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres.

Following a review, the Prime Minister has set out that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.

“Close proximity” venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, water parks, bowling alleys and spas will need to remain closed for now. The Government is continuing to work with these sectors to establish taskforces to help them to become COVID Secure and reopen as soon as possible.

While the infection rate continues to fall, the Prime Minister has been clear that the public must continue to follow social distancing guidelines to keep coronavirus under control. The Government will keep all measures under constant review and “will not hesitate to apply the handbrake, or reverse measures, should the virus begin to run out of control”.

► Central Government will publish Covid-secure guidelines for every sector that is re-opening so keep an eye on gov.uk for more details and we will cover these in our next e-newsletter too.

It is important to keep following these key points:

1. Keep washing your hands.

2. Stay 2 metres apart wherever feasible, and mitigate the risks at 1 metre where not.

3. Avoid public transport when possible, and wear a mask when not.

4. Get tested immediately if you have symptoms. More here

5. Self-isolate if instructed by NHS Test and Trace.

Follow social distancing advisory signs

Essex County Council and Braintree District Council have worked together to plan the installation of several social distancing signs while High Street and nearby improvement works are carried out by Braintree District Council.

Called ‘Safer, Greener, Healthier’, these schemes aim to provide bigger, safer spaces for  shoppers, residents, workers and visitors to maintain social distance.

Measures will be installed in Braintree from tomorrow Wednesday 24th June and will be constantly reviewed and altered if required.

The measures in Braintree are designed to help allow people to social distance while also encouraging more people to walk and cycle.

Learn more here

BDC Virtual Street Market

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As our way of supporting our local traders and businesses during these difficult times, we have decided to host our very first virtual street market this Saturday 30th May to connect residents and visitors with local businesses and to keep our street market community spirit alive.

We want to recreate a market-like atmosphere, to support our local businesses and makers – an online quarter to promote the best of our traders.

Anyone can join in via our Facebook event page on the day to keep updated with what our traders are up to at the moment, what they’re selling and how they can support them. Some traders will also be offering exclusive discounts especially for this event.

We’re encouraging people to spread the word, take part on the day by posting positive feedback and interacting with our traders, getting friends & family involved and having a bit of fun.

We would really appreciate your support by sharing on your channels. You can also share our posts on Facebook and Twitter.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Bin collection changes coming soon and latest coronavirus service updates

Braintree District Council Local news header

Latest update from Braintree District Council

Hey everyone.

We hope you are keeping safe and well. This newsletter will update you on our latest service updates, some reminders and other important messages about bin collection changes.

Please continue to check our dedicated coronavirus hub at www.braintree.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest updates and information.

Heroes campaign – stories so far

Earlier this week we launched our heroes campaign which shines a light, celebrates and says thank you to these heroes who are doing incredible and heartfelt things in the battle against COVID-19.

Here’s just some we have shared this week…

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Caroline Rudd, a local Braintree resident and arts and crafts business owner, made 307 scrubs bags so far for NHS nurses using her own fabric stash! She is a true hero!

Read the full story here. 

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John and Sophie Kent, owners of Holts of Witham butchers, decided to donate a whole pallet of meat from their shop to feed the animals at Colchester Zoo – what an amazing gesture that is!

Read the full story here. 

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Another great example of a community coming together where residents in Silver End have transformed a phone box into a community larder.

Read the full story here. 

We are absolutely loving receiving the stories so please do continue to share yours with us by emailing us at marketing@braintree.gov.uk


Thank you to our key workers from Braintree Town Hall

town hall comp

To celebrate all the incredible work our local key workers are doing to keep the country safe during COVID-19, the team at Braintree Town Hall are asking children (or adults) to draw a picture of a key worker that they know from the District.

Portraits will be displayed in the windows of the Town Hall for all to view. Upon the Town Hall re-opening, two pictures will be chosen and by a way of saying thanks, each chosen key worker will receive a £25 Amazon voucher.

They ask that all entries are A4 in size and portrait, so they can fit in the Town Hall Georgian Windows, any entries not this size might not be displayed.

> Visit their website on how to submit your drawing and terms and conditions


How to help safely

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Across the district there are many people playing their part and providing essential support to their friends and family who are in isolation.

But it’s still really important to stay safe as a volunteer.

The government has put together lots of useful advice and information on how you can help others safely via their website. 


VE DAY 75 anniversary 8th May Bank Holiday – Collection dates have CHANGED

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Since your collection calendar was delivered in August 2019, there have been changes made to the collection dates that were originally published.

As the usual early May bank holiday Monday has been changed to Friday 8th May and includes the weekend in order to commemorate VE Day 75, (the 75th anniversary of the formal end of World War II,) revisions have been made to the waste and recycling collection dates, to reflect this change.

Please see the table below for your revised collection date:

Usual collection day

Revised VE DAY 75 collection day

Friday 8 May (VE DAY)

Monday 11 May 2020

Monday 11 May 2020

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Thursday 14 May 2020

Thursday 14 May 2020

Friday 15 May 2020

Friday 15 May 2020

Saturday 16 May 2020

Please remember, the Garden Waste collection service remains suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Find out more and download your REVISED collection calendar.


Online education materials for parents

We’re supporting a government campaign to help families access online educational materials. The Department for Education recently announced further support for schools, families and young people during the current school closures.

This includes the launch of the Oak National Academy, a new, government-backed online learning resource. It provides 180 video lessons each week for every year group – from Reception through to Year 10 – across a range of subjects, including maths, art and languages.

The BBC has also launched its own education package, BBC Bitesize Daily. This will deliver a tailored day of learning across TV and online, with curriculum-relevant offers for Years 1 to 10.

These resources are alongside new Government guidance for parents on how to best support their child’s education and development.


Road maintenance during COVID-19

Road maintenance has been ruled as a necessity during the current lockdown due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Essex Highways has been playing its part.

Crews have been out every day to mend potholes and repair other defects including mending streetlamps, traffic signals, white lines and signs. All this has been done while ensuring engineers follow the current self-distancing rules. Urgent response crews have been working at night and weekends.

Crews will soon be starting the resurfacing and redressing work to hundreds of miles of the county’s road network and preparing carriageways for next winter.

Essex Highways still needs your help so please carry on reporting potholes or other problems online at www.essex.gov.uk/highways


Scams during COVID-19

scam

There have been reports of a scam email purporting to be from HM Government asking for donations to the NHS during the coronavirus outbreak. This is a fake email and your money will only end up in the hands of a criminal.

The NHS will never ask you to send money directly to a bank account. If you would like to donate to the NHS you can do so via their official channels or your local NHS Trust.

Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

Council Tax scam

We have also been made aware of customers in our district receiving calls stating their Council Tax banding have changed. This is a SCAM.

For more advice on how to keep safe visit www.actionfraud.police.uk


Parks, play areas and outdoor gyms

play area

Remember all our parks are open to give people space to walk, exercise once a day, and to help their mental wellbeing, but any play areas and outdoor gyms continue to be closed.

Please continue to respect government social distancing guidelines.

Full information available here.


Hand washing – it’s still so important

handwash

It’s still really important to wash your hands. This will help reduce the risk of you or anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • wash your hands as soon as you get home


Remember, we are still here to help and support you

support

Even though our council offices are currently closed to visitors, our service hours remain unchanged and we are still here to help and support you during this time.

There are a number of ways in which you can access our services or get in touch with us:


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BIN COLLECTION UPDATE: Changes to bin collections coming soon and latest coronavirus updates

Braintree District Council bin crew

This is a regular newsletter to keep you updated on our services, including some important reminders and helpful online links.

Please do continue to keep eye on our dedicated coronavirus ‘hub’ web page for the latest updates and information on our services: www.braintree.gov.uk/coronavirus.

VE DAY 75 anniversary 8th May Bank Holiday – Collection dates have CHANGED

Since your collection calendar was delivered in August 2019, there have been changes made to the collection dates that were originally published.

As the usual early May bank holiday Monday has been changed to Friday 8th May and includes the weekend in order to commemorate VE Day 75, (the 75th anniversary of the formal end of World War II,) revisions have been made to the waste and recycling collection dates, to reflect this change.

Please see the table below for your revised collection date:

Usual collection day

Revised VE DAY 75 collection day

Friday 8 May (VE DAY)

Monday 11 May 2020

Monday 11 May 2020

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Tuesday 12 May 2020

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Thursday 14 May 2020

Thursday 14 May 2020

Friday 15 May 2020

Friday 15 May 2020

Saturday 16 May 2020

Please remember, the Garden Waste collection service remains suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Find out more and download your REVISED collection calendar.


Dog walking and owner’s advice

dog

The government’s priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home.

However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so the government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day and you should combine this with walking your dog.

Please use the following guidelines in order to stay safe:

  • stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
  • when you are walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should keep your dog on a lead to ensure you can safely remain 2 metres away from anyone outside of your household, in keeping with the social distancing measures
  • In doing so, it is important that you minimise the time spent outside of the home.

You can find further guidance for pet owners via the GOV.UK website.

There’s also guidance on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others.


Thank you for supporting our refuse crews

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Our bin crews continue to do a fantastic job in difficult circumstances and we want to say thank you to everyone for your messages of thanks, support and your fantastic drawings.

Their hard work is keeping our town clean and safe during the coronavirus outbreak, but they need your help too.

There are things you can do to make collections safer for them, their families & you:

  • Leaving your bin or recycling sacks out by 7am on your collection day
  • Parking responsibly so the crew can access your street
  • When you put your bin out and take it back in, please remember to wipe the handles & wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each time
  • If you or anyone in your household are self-isolating because you have symptoms of coronavirus, please ensure personal waste like tissues & cleaning cloths are double bagged in plastic bags or bin liners

More here: braintree.gov.uk/coronavirus


Bonfires and the burning of garden waste

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At this time we would also urge residents to not have bonfires and burning of garden waste.

The smoke or smell from a bonfire might affect neighbours or aggravate any health conditions.

Read the full advice here