BDC Heroes Campaign

Our heroes campaign

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Since we launched our heroes campaign, it’s received a great response on our social media channels by highlight individuals and groups across our district doing amazing things for others during the coronavirus outbreak.

Since we launched on 20th April to 4th May 2020, we shared over 40 individual stories, resulting in 24,000 engagements and have been seen by over 279,420 people across our channels.

We are still keen to highlight those doing fantastic things, so if you know of anyone, please do get in touch with us by:

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.

BDC Garden Waste Collection Service Update

Garden waste collection service update

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The Garden Waste Collection Service has restarted initially on a four-weekly cycle.

We are encouraging residents to keep their postcard safe if they have received it.

If they have not received their postcard by Royal Mail by Monday 1st June, residents can email our Customer Service Centre their details as listed below, so we can advise them of their start date and Reference Code so they can look up your future four-weekly cycle dates online at www.braintree.gov.uk/coronavirus under the ‘Service Changes and Updates, Bins and Recycling’ section.

Update to Parish Council Contacts Following Annual Election

Further to the Parish Council Meeting / Annual General Meeting last night and the election of a new Chairman and Vice-Chairman, the contact page of this website has been updated – to confirm the current contact details are as follows:

The first point of contact is the Parish Clerk who will do her very best to help with your enquiry.

If you contact the clerk or a Parish Councillor, please limit this to weekdays before 9pm, unless it is an emergency.

Chairman: Cllr David Ballard
davidballard379@gmail.com
07710 464840
Oak Lodge, Mill Lane, Pebmarsh, CO9 2NW

Councillors: 
Cllr David Ballard (Chairman)
Cllr Jackie Tufnell (Vice-Chairman)
Cllr Michael Sharp
Cllr Sharon Smith

Clerk: Mrs Shelley Boydell pebmarshparishclerk@gmail.com or 07801 492312

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


Business News Update: Adoption of new planning framework, an update on grants, online training courses and business support

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Business news

Where are we with the business grants?

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Business grants have now been issued to just over 70% of eligible businesses – with about another 200 applications in the pipeline being processed and paid this week.

This means that we have now paid out £21.1 million (so far) in small business grants and cash grants for the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

This places us in the top 15% of Local Authorities in the country making grant payments to eligible businesses.

Our aim next week will be to make direct contact for a second time with those businesses that we’ve identified as eligible, but who have not yet returned their application forms.

Application forms were sent out to the trading addresses of eligible businesses at the end of March.

If you run a business which is eligible, but haven’t yet returned your form, please email it back to busrates@braintree.gov.uk as soon as you can.

If you’re unsure of your eligibility, you can email economicd@braintree.gov.uk for advice, help and support.

New tool to help businesses identify suitable grants

A new ‘support finder‘ tool has been launched to help businesses and self-employed people quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.

The new online platform asks business owners and the self-employed to fill out a quick and simple online questionnaire. They will then be directed to a list of all the financial support they may be eligible for.

► Read more here.

Horizon 120 takes another step forward

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The planning framework (Local Development Order) for the Horizon 120 Business and Innovation Park planned for Great Notley has been approved.

The zonal plan for the site will allow for the development of high quality office, manufacturing and industrial space. It will also allow for the creation of a central hub which could be home to a hotel and other facilities which will add to the experience of employees working on the site.

We are pressing ahead with plans, despite the current lockdown, in readiness for when businesses start moving again as and when the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are changed or lifted by central government.

The exciting thing for businesses about the use of a Local Development Order is that it automatically grants planning permission for certain forms of development and land uses within particular zones on a site, making it easier and quicker for businesses to build the premises they need without the need to apply for separate planning permission (as long as they meet certain conditions).

The Marshgate Group will take the lead on the delivery of this business park. The commercial property developer plans to deliver, for its business clients, a mix of commercial units compliant with the conditions of the new planning framework.

If you want to find out more: www.horizon120.com


Billion pound support package for innovative firms hit by coronavirus

Businesses driving innovation and development will be helped through the coronavirus outbreak with a £1.25 billion government support package. The comprehensive package includes a new £500 million loan scheme for high-growth firms, called the Future Fund, and £750 million of targeted support for small and medium sized businesses focusing on research and development.

The Future Fund will issue convertible loans to innovative companies which are facing financing difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Future Fund will provide government loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.

These convertible loans may be a suitable option for businesses that rely on equity investment and are unable to access the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. The scheme will be delivered in partnership with the British Business Bank and will launch in May 2020. Find out how to apply here.


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Cybersecurity virtual workshop amid COVID-19

A growing number of cybercriminals are exploiting the COVID-19 outbreak and security agencies across the world are issuing COVID-19 cybersecurity threat updates as more organisations are falling victim.

Dr. Audrey Guinchard, a leading expert working at the intersection between cybercrime, data protection, and cybersecurity, is hosting an online workshop on how to protect your organisation from cybercrime on Wednesday, 13th May at 10am.

Register for this webinar here.


Urgent need for more Personal Protective Equipment

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Essex companies have been donating unopened and unwanted stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Essex County Council to support those who work in social care across Essex, and while the council is incredibly grateful for any stock, much more is needed.

The council still needs masks, disposable gloves, aprons, eye goggles and also any sanitising gel. This will be provided to front line staff who are caring for the most vulnerable residents in Essex over the coming days and weeks.

The council recognises there may be a variety of reasons why companies have ended up with some PPE that they cannot currently reuse or distribute and would particularly appreciate hearing from those with larger volumes.

Essex County Council may be willing to purchase any stocks if needed.

To donate or advise of stock please email PPESupplies@essex.gov.uk with your PPE supply details including quantity and postcode, plus a contact name and phone number.

Any items offered and suitable will be collected safely with collectors observing social distancing and hand hygiene rules.

Celebrating our heroes: We are looking to celebrate and say thank you to the heroes in the Braintree district who are doing incredible work in the battle against Coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you want to share your story on how you’re donating PPE stock to help vulnerable residents, please email us on marketing@braintree.gov.uk.  

We will publish your stories in our newsletters and on our social media channels as a thank you for helping in the fight against coronavirus.


TALE Webinars: online briefings offering help and practical advice for company managers

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TALE Webinars focus on advice and action plans that can be implemented by company managers, with the emphasis on practical methods and examples.

The topics covered include:

  • How to write (rewrite) your business plan?
  • Practical tips to get your website in order post COVID-19
  • Enhancing your operations and processes
  • How can you start planning for your post COVID-19 strategy?

The FREE briefings will be held using Zoom Meetings. The webinars will not last longer than an hour with the presentation element lasting for 30-40 minutes.

For more information on the topics and the dates of the sessions.


Best Growth Hub business support

The BEST Growth Hub offers a completely free and impartial service, signposting businesses to areas which may benefit them.

During these unprecedented times, the hub would like to make business owners aware of all the COVID-19 financial and business support facilities available to them.

Business navigators are available for free discussions via phone or email to answer questions and concerns, as well as point you in the right direction for external or government advice.

If your business would like to receive direct support from your local business navigator please complete our Business Support form and indicate what support you are interested in and how COVID-19 has affected you so far.

Once we have this information a member of the Growth Hub Team will be in contact with you to discuss your individual case.


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Latest government information for businesses which details:

  • Access to funding and support
  • Responsibilities as an employer
  • Advice and guidance for managing your business
  • How you can help

We will continue to bring you the most up-to-date advice via these emails, our website and on social media.

You can also join our closed Braintree District Businesses Facebook group to find support from other businesses in our district.

Planning news: Braintree District Council adopts its first Local Development Order

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Braintree District Council adopts its first Local Development Order

Horizon 120

Braintree District Council has adopted its first Local Development Order to encourage businesses onto the new Horizon 120 Business and Innovation Park planned for Great Notley in Braintree.

The planning framework, endorsed at a meeting of Braintree District Council’s Planning Committee at the beginning of March was approved last week (Thursday, 16 April 2020) by the Chief Executive Officer in accordance with urgency powers under the council’s Constitution.

We are adopting this type of planning framework for this site to encourage new businesses into the district and to create up to 2,000 jobs. We are pressing ahead with plans, despite the current lockdown, in readiness for when businesses start moving again as and when the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions are changed or lifted by Central Government.

The exciting thing for businesses about the use of a Local Development Order is that it automatically grants planning permission for certain forms of development and land uses within particular zones on a site, making it easier and quicker for businesses to build the premises they need without the need to apply for separate planning permission (as long as they meet certain conditions).

The zonal plan (see image below) for Horizon 120 comprises of four separate zones with a mix of different land uses and the design code details acceptable standards in terms of landscaping, building design, quality and environmental ratings.

The Local Development Order will allow for the development of high quality office, manufacturing and industrial space. It will also allow for the creation of a central hub which could be home to a hotel and other facilities which will add to the experience of employees working on the site.

Proposals also include the creation of a high quality landscaped environment where roads and paths are tree-lined with green buffers and wildlife corridors. Close to the central hub will be a habitat with ponds, tussock grassland, hedgerows and trees.

This Local Development Order will last for 10 years after adoption.

The Marshgate Group will take the lead on the delivery of the business park having entered into an option contract with us last year. The commercial property developer plans to deliver, for its business clients, a mix of commercial units compliant with the conditions of the new planning framework.

Cllr Gabrielle Spray, Cabinet Member for Planning at Braintree District Council, said: “The approval of this planning regime is a significant achievement. The Design Code is the key factor here, it is really high quality and sets a high bar for applicants. It gives us a measure of control because proposals must comply with the criteria set. The centralised facilities, landscaping and the location next to the Great Notley Park will make this park a really pleasant place to work.”

Cllr John McKee, Cabinet Member for Corporate Transformation at Braintree District Council, said: “This decision is a major step forward for the Horizon 120 project. A framework which gives certainty and clarity and simplifies the planning process makes it less risky for developers to invest and easier for businesses to relocate from elsewhere. This is very good news for our district because it will bring more jobs and opportunities for residents.”

Businesses interested in being part of Horizon 120 can email Joscelyne Chase on property@joscelynechase.co.uk or Coke Gearing on richard@cokegearing.co.uk

Find out more: www.horizon120.com

Horizon 120 zones

►Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the social distancing measures announced by the government on 23rd March, we have had to make a number of changes to our planning service.

Take a look at the changes here.

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Essex companies have been donating unopened and unwanted stocks of Personal Protective Equipment to the council to support those who work in adult and children social care across Essex, and while Essex County Council is incredibly grateful for any stock, much more is needed.

Essex County Council may be willing to purchase any stocks if needed. To donate or advise us of stock please email PPESupplies@essex.gov.uk with your PPE supply details including quantity and postcode, plus a contact name and phone number, and someone will be in touch.

Any items offered and suitable will be collected safely with collectors observing social distancing and hand hygiene.