Gritting arrangements for Fri 8 Jan, Sat 9 and Sun 10 Jan 2010

Please see press release below from Essex Highways regarding Gritting for today Fri 8 Jan, tomorrow and Sunday 10th Jan 10.

7 January 2010


Essex County Council is revising its gritting programme this weekend to ensure that the county is kept moving in light of prolonged winter conditions.


In order to ensure that all major routes can be kept clear during the working week, Essex’s fleet of 65 winter gritters will be operating on a reduced precautionary network on Friday (8th) and Saturday (9th) evening.


The reduced network includes all ‘A’ roads, some ‘B’ roads and other additional roads serving larger towns and villages, as well as access roads to major hospitals, fire and ambulance stations.


Gritters will return to treating the full precautionary network on Sunday evening (10th), so that all major routes are cleared in time for the start of a new working week.


The decision has been taken following latest forecasts which predict that the cold weather will continue over the weekend and into next week. The government has announced steps to control the national distribution of salt, so it is imperative that Essex manages remaining supplies carefully.


County Councillor Norman Hume, Cabinet Member for Highways & Transportation said: “Revising our gritting programme is a decision that I have taken extremely seriously. We appreciate that residents still need to get around the county during the weekend, but we must prioritise our service to keep Essex moving while the icy conditions remain.


“We started this winter from our strongest ever position in terms of readiness for these severe conditions with the highest ever levels of winter salt in stock. Our gritters and crews have been out night and day for three weeks treating 1800 miles of Essex’s primary network plus hundreds more miles of high footfall areas.


“We have been receiving fresh supplies of salt and will continue to take operational decisions to maximise the benefits of winter gritting on our roads and footpaths for our residents. I would like to ask the public to take special care on untreated roads, and continue to travel with extreme caution at this time.”


Essex County Council is constantly monitoring weather forecasts and supplies of salt, with further operational decisions being taken as required.




Michael Page 

Press Desk Officer



Essex County Council | telephone: 01245 438418 | extension: 22418 | email:




Mid Area Highways

Environment, Sustainability & HIghways


Essex County Council | telephone: 01245 240068 | extension: 50068 | email:

Please also see additional message below from Cllr David Finch 

Dear Colleague


Below is a link to the ECC website giving the revised list of roads to be gritted.  As you are aware, due to the severity and long duration of the current conditions the Government has announced that steps are being taken to control the national distribution of salt and this will obviously have an effect on salt levels in Essex.


David M Finch

Member for Hedingham


Posted by:

Joe Burlo


01787 269999




There have been a spate of Burglaries and Break ins this August 09 in nearby villages of Lamarsh and Alphamstone and it looks like the Burglars are heading this way. A Local Pebmarsh house was broken into on Sunday night ( 16th Aug 09). 

Please be on the look out and lock all your doors and windows at night or when you go out.  Do not forget to lock your garden sheds. Please also look out for our elderly residents.

No cause for alarm….just be extra vigilant and if you see anything suspicious, please call the Police.




Suffolk Housing Society 


Information and Invitation

A new development of affordable homes will shortly be available to rent in Pebmarsh and this is to tell you how you can rent one and invite you to an openevent to view the new properties.

The affordable housing scheme at Water Lane has been developed by Suffolk  Housing Society in partnership with Pebmarsh Parish Council and Braintree District Council for people with a local connection who have a housing need. There are ten properties which are a mix of flats, houses and bungalows, ranging in size from two to four bedrooms and will be available to rent for between £305 and £368 per calendar month.

 See below for details of what you need to do now if youwish to be considered for one of these properties.

 The properties will be allocated by Suffolk Housing Society through the Gateway to Homechoice choice based lettings system. In order for to you to be considered you must first be registered on the scheme and show you have a housing need.   Contact Braintree District Council on 01376 552525 now to register. 

When allocating the properties priority will be given to those people with a local connection who have a residential, work or close family connection to the village of Pebmarsh. If necessary the selection criteria will also allow us to consider people from neighbouring parishes of:

Alphamstone     Bures Hamlet      White Colne     Colne Engaine    Greenstead Green          Halstead Rural     Little Maplestead          Great Maplestead Gestingthorpe     Wickham St Paul   Twinstead       Lamarsh    Great Henny

 We will be holding an Open Event at the scheme on: 

Monday 24th August 2009 between 3pm and 7pm 

to which you are invited. There will be representatives available from Suffolk Housing Society, Braintree District Council, Pebmarsh Parish Council and Iceni Homes to show you around and answer any questions you may have about the development. 

We will advertise the properties so you will be able to register your bid for a property type on the Gateway to Homechoice system from 25 Aug ,  but only if you have previously registered with the scheme.

If you are a single person, this does not exclude you from bidding for a property type, especially if you have a local connection and housing need. 

We will be looking to start tenancies from week beginning 7thSeptember 2009. 

We have made arrangements with the contractor for them to allow access on this day, please do not try to gain access to the scheme at any other time.  

Suffolk Housing Society  

Old Mission HouseSt Botolph’s LaneBury St Edmunds    Suffolk IP33 2AX 

Phone: 01284 767224         E-mail:  

Beware – Telephone Credit Card Scam – This is a clever one

This one is pretty slick since they provide Y O U with all the information, except the one piece they want. Note, the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have it. This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam works, you’ll be better prepared to protect yourself.
Someone I know was called on Wednesday from VISA, and one of their friends was called on Friday from MasterCard. The scam works like this: Person calling says, “This is (name), and I’m calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My badge number is 12460. Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I’m calling to verify. This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank) did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for £497.99 from a Marketing company based in London ?” When you say “No”, the caller continues with, “Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from £297 to £497, just under the £500 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be applied to your account. I just need to confirm your address (gives you your address), is that correct?”

You say ‘yes’. The caller continues – “I will be starting a fraud investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the number listed on the back of your card and ask for the Security & Fraud Department. You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. “Do you need me to read it again?”

Here’s the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works the caller then says, “I need to verify you are in possession of your card.” He’ll ask you to ‘turn your card over and look for some numbers’. There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the next 3 are the security numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him. After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he’ll say, “That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?” After you say, ‘No’, the caller then thanks you and states, “Don’t hesitate to call back if you do”, and hangs up. You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the card number. But after my friend  was called, he called his credit card company back within 20 minutes to ask a question. Was he glad he did! The REAL VISA Security Department told him it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of  £497.99 was charged to his card.

Long story  short, he made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is re-issuing him a new number. What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card. Don’t give it to them. Instead, tell them you’ll call VISA or Master Card directly for verification of their conversation. The real VISA told him that they will never ask for anything on the card as they already know the information since they issued the card! If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN number, you think you’re receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your statement you’ll see charges for purchases you didn’t make, and by then it’s almost too late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud report.

What makes this more remarkable is that last Friday, he got a call from a ‘Jason Richardson of MasterCard’ with a word-for-word repeat of the VISA scam. This time he didn’t let him finish and hung up! He filed a police report, as instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking several of these reports daily! They also urged him to tell everybody he knows that this scam is happening .

Please pass this on to all your family and friends. By informing each other, we protect each other.

Joe Burlo

Chairman PPC.

Road Closure in January – Oak Road

Essex County Council has been notified that BT will be carrying out repair works on BT poles and cables.

 Oak Road will be closed between 9.30 am – 3.30 pm from  7 January-18 January 2008, but the road will re-open fully at the weekend.   Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles, resisdents and visitors during the road closure.

Alternative route will be via Maplestead Road, Dagworth Road and vice versa.

Affordable Housing-Water Lane- Planning Application

The Water Lane Affordable Housing Scheme was granted planning permission at the BDC planning meeting held on Wednesday evening 7th November 2007 at Causeway House Council Offices, Braintree.  16 councillors voted.  12 votes for and 2 abstentions.  No members of the public chose to speak at the planning meeting.

Permission was granted for the new designs subject to several terms and conditions being met some of which were:

  1. Affordable Rented housing that is available to rent at an affordable rent only by an eligible person via the medium of a Registered Social Landlord and which housing remains permanently accessible for those purposes to people who for any reason can not afford to rent or purchase suitable accommodation at prevailing market prices.
  2. Eligible person means a person in a housing need with a Local connection.

The  approved planning application now provides:

  1. Reduced light Pollution – No street lighting but front door lighting instead
  2. On site parking up from the original 17 spaces to 23 spaces.
  3. Play Equipment donation/contribution to the Parish/Village.
  4.  The contractor/sub contractors to comply with the ‘Considerate Contractor Code of practice’ on construction activities within or adjoining the site.
  5. Maintain open spaces on the site at their expense.

Joe Burlo


Information has been received from NW Southend that a company is
offerring free structural surveys for your home and may cold call in your
area. Their surveyor will tell you that your house is unsound and the
remedy is to have their special exterior wall coating applied. This firm is
known to Trading Standards and is currently under investtigation by DTI
Scambuster Squad. You are advised to refuse such solicited offers and NOT
sign any documentation and NOT allow salespeople in your home.
If you have any concerns about structural soundness of your home you should
contact a reputable surveyor.

Pebmarsh Parish Council – Regular updates and news

Tom Newman is our Parish Council’s  new comunications officer and will be publishing Parish news and updates on a regular basis including dates of forthcoming Parish meetings and minutes of past meetings. We hope you will find this new service usefull. You may e mail us at:

We hope to introduce more features to this site as the year progresses.

Joe Burlo – Chairman