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Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council (IFPC) announces precept for coming financial year (2018-19)

Every year parish councils are required to review their budget and set a precept for the following financial year.  The precept is the element of council tax that parish councils request to pay for the important work they undertake.

IFPC carefully budgets its precept to maintain our villages. It pays for the upkeep of Fryerning Cemetery and Fairfield recreation ground, the closed churchyards in Ingatestone and Fryerning and our playground facilities. We pay for parish council owned bins and dog waste bins to be emptied and for planting and watering flowerbeds and planters.  IFPC subsidises the two-hour free parking at Bell Mead and Market Place along with many other individual projects, including this year’s High Street Christmas trees.

At the full council meeting on the 11 January, it was resolved that the parish precept be increased by 6% or £9,366 from £156,100 to £165,466 which is equivalent to a year’s increase of £3.92 for a Band D property for the coming financial year (2018-19). This decision was not taken lightly and was discussed at length.

The primary reason behind the increase in the precept is because of the removal of the discretionary grant that all parish councils had previously received from Brentwood Borough Council.  For IFPC this equated to a loss of £9,969.

All parish councils are also faced with the threat of central government precept capping, which would effectively result in a reduction of funding in real terms.  Therefore, it was prudent that IFPC increased the precept to include the grant loss before capping came into force.

Parish councils must also prove that they are financially secure and able to cover all short-term liabilities.  With this increase in the precept and the parish council’s reserves policy, IFPC can demonstrate that this requirement is in place.

IFPC chair, Cllr Paul Jeater comments “The parish council were very conscious of the need to be prudent in the current economic climate, however, an announcement from Brentwood Borough Council advised us that we would not be receiving any additional grants from now on.  This substantial loss of money has regrettably meant that we have had little alternative but to raise the precept this coming financial year.  We have a number of exciting projects planned for 2018 – 2019 including the renovation of Seymour Field and Pavilion and the creation of an apprenticeship.  As ever, we will be striving to obtain grants from as many sources as possible to assist in these ventures.”






















Save money with the Essex Energy Switch

Save over £250 on your gas and electric bills by joining the Essex Energy Switch. With the costs of heating our homes over winter appearing to rise every year, the Essex Energy Switch is a free, easy and secure way to cut energy bills. The county’s collective switching initiative has already saved thousands of us £2,297,539 over the past five switches. 

energy switch

Registration opens on Tuesday 5 December, and closes on Tuesday 13 February 2018, before the one-day auction. One email address can be used up to five times to register for the scheme to help out those who don't have access to the internet. Everyone who registers will receive a personalised offer on 23 February 2018, which details how much they could save by switching to the winning provider, or cheaper tariff.

Register for the next auction online or call 0800 0488285.





















Gritting updates


GrittingWith temperatures dropping again at the end of this week, find out how, why and where we grit the roads with this short video. Find out even more online where salting routes are shown on the Salting Routes map or by following @EssexHighways on Twitter.























Christmas trees on Ingatestone High Street

Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council (IFPC) has announced that it will be funding Christmas trees on Ingatestone High Street this year.
In a pilot scheme, IFPC will pay for Christmas trees for High Street businesses that have existing electric sockets and brackets to position them. The cost will include a safety check for each tree.
The Christmas trees have been mounted along the length of the High Street above the shops and businesses for the last 20 years.
Funds for the trees will come from a previously allocated precept budget of £1,000, which was originally earmarked for Victorian Evening road closures. In the absence of a Victorian Evening in 2017, IFPC felt that it was important to maintain this festive tradition.
IFPC chair, Cllr Paul Jeater comments: “Our Ingatestone and Fryerning residents have told us that the High Street Christmas trees are one of the things that make us unique at this special time of year. This is an important part of our heritage that we don’t want to lose.”
Ingatestone High Street businesses who have already paid for their own trees for 2017 will be refunded the costs by the parish council.
Businesses wishing to participate in the Christmas tree scheme, or receive a refund, should contact the IFPC office.
For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / tel: 01277 353315.






















A12 junction 13 Ingatestone

A message from Highways England

A12 junction 13 Ingatestone

I am writing to provide you with details about maintenance work we will soon be carrying out to the A12 junction 13 southbound exit slip road at Ingatestone, to the south west of Chelmsford. This scheme forms part of a wider package of works to deliver essential maintenance and improvements on A12, A11, A14 and A120 in Essex and Suffolk.

This work involves the renewal of road markings and signage.

We will start this work on 20 November and plan to be finished on 24 November.

We will be working overnight between Monday to Friday 8pm to 6am.

Traffic restrictions

To complete this work safely and minimise disruption to the travelling public there will be overnight closures in place on junction 13 southbound slip road.

Road users wishing to leave the A12 at junction 13 will be diverted to junction 12 where they can return to junction 13 and leave the A12 via the junction 13 northbound exit slip road.

We have written to local residents to inform them of these improvements and we would be grateful if you would publicise the details to your parishioners through newsletters and other communications where appropriate.

Find out more and contact us

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing. Our programme of works is weather dependant and subject to change. For the latest information please sign up to our weekly information bulletin by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ‘subscribe’ in the subject field.

If you have any enquiries please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I would like to thank you for your patience while we deliver these essential works.

Yours sincerely

Steve Hollinworth

Project Manager, Jacobs






















Public consultation on proposed changes to the Mobile Library Service

Consultation period - 19 September - 6 November

I would like to invite you to help us make decisions on the future of the mobile library service.

At Essex County Council, we know how much people value their mobile libraries. But we also know that in recent years, fewer and fewer people have been taking advantage of them.

Combined with other factors, such as vehicles which are coming to the end of their working lives, we have reached a point where the right thing to do is look again at how we provide these services.

This is why we are consulting you about how we create a new library service which is a better fit with people’s lives across Essex.

We want a service which is available at a place and time which suits users; a service which is flexible enough to help volunteers set up a community library in a village hall, pub, sports club or shop.  We want a service where volunteers deliver books directly to the door, and can stop to chat with the residents so that we contribute to ending social isolation. These services already work well in villages across Essex and we want to extend that provision. We want a service which is able to respond to different local needs and settings and to have books available to more people more of the time.

We don’t want a service which wastes money by having mobile library buses parked in locations at times when no one visits, which is unfortunately what happens on some occasions now.

Most of all, we want everyone in Essex to get involved, have their say on our ideas and share their own.

You can find more information about our proposals and complete the survey at  

Separate surveys are also available online for children and young people under 16 and in EasyRead. If they would rather complete the survey on paper, they can pick up a copy of the consultation pack at any library or mobile library and return it using the business reply envelope in the pack (no stamp needed).

For help to complete the survey, or if someone would like it in large print or would like a printed copy of the children’s or EasyRead versions, please call 0345 603 7628. 

The deadline for replies is 6 November 2017.

All the responses from the consultation will be analysed and a formal report produced. This will be published on the consultation website and available on request for those without internet access. The analysis will be used to help us decide what changes will be implemented.






















2017 Village Litter Pick Day Poster Competition

Ingatestone & Fryerning Parish Council (IFPC) are organising another Village Litter Pick Day with the help of Ingatestone & Fryerning Community Centre and if you are 11 and under, we need YOU to promote the event!
We need a bright and colourful poster, A4 in size to advertise the day and must include the following information:
  • The date which is Saturday 14th October 2017,
  • the time which is 9am - 12pm,
  • the meet up location at the Community Centre,
  • and that equipment will be provided.
The closing date for the receipt of entries is Tuesday 26th September. Please bring your entries to the Parish Office, Suite 1, 4 The Limes, Ingatestone, CM4 0BE. There is a post box, please address the envelope to the Parish Council.
First prize - £10 Waterstones voucher and your poster will be used to publicise the event and will be on the front cover of our Parish Newsletter in December.
Second prize - £10 Waterstones voucher and publication in our Parish Newsletter in December
Third prize - £10 Waterstones voucher and publication in our Parish Newsletter in December
So get creating and we look forward to receiving your artwork! Any questions please contact the Clerk on 01277 353315






















Deadline approaching for grant schemes – less than three weeks left!

There’s less than three weeks left to get your applications in to get funding for two grant schemes in Brentwood.

They are the Brentwood Community Fund (deadline is September 29) and the Brentwood Mental Health and Wellbeing Small Grant Scheme (you have until October 1 to get your applications in).

The Brentwood Community Fund

The Council is inviting bids from individuals, groups and organisations for a share of the cash on offer for local causes and projects that will support and improve the quality of life for local people and tackle the issues that they think are important. All applications must benefit Brentwood's communities. Projects must be delivered in the Borough and take place between 1st January 2018 and 31st December 2018. The fund has £16,300 available in total in the current financial year, and grants of up to £2,000 are available for applicants.

You have until September 29 to get your applications in.

Brentwood Mental Health and Wellbeing Small Grant Scheme

The new grant has been set up to give communities the opportunity to promote local initiatives to support the mental health and wellbeing of the people living within the Borough. All applications must benefit Brentwood's communities. Projects must be delivered in the Borough and take place between 1st November 2017 and 1st November 2018. There is £10,000 available as part of the fund and community groups, individuals and organisations can apply for grants for up to £1,200 for local causes and projects that will support and improve mental health and wellbeing for local people.

You have until October 1 to get your applications in.

Brentwood Borough Council’s Chair of the Community, Health and Housing Committee, Councillor Chris Hossack, said: “Local residents, groups or organisations can get a bit of extra financial help with their projects with the Brentwood Community Fund.

There are grants of up to £2,000 available for causes and projects that will improve the quality of life for local people and tackle the issues that they think are important.”

Brentwood Health and Wellbeing Board Chair Councillor Olivia Sanders added: “The Brentwood Mental Health and Wellbeing Small Grant Scheme aims to help encourage opportunities for projects to support the mental wellbeing of others and to work together to promote good mental health.

The deadline is not far away, so I would encourage anyone who would like to apply for a grant of up to £1,200 to get their applications in soon.”

Please note both funding streams have criteria that the Council would expect to see links to one or more of in your application.


For more information and to apply, please visit





















Residents in Brentwood urged to look out for their voter registration details

Residents living in Brentwood are receiving a form asking them to check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address.

Brentwood Borough Council is asking residents in the Borough to look out for the form and to make sure that they respond as soon as possible.

The form ensures that the Council can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

With Brentwood Borough Council elections taking place in May 2018, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they will be able to take part.

Phil Ruck, Electoral Registration Officer at Brentwood Borough Council: said: “It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Brentwood. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this. In any case, you will still need to complete the form and send it back to us.”

People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details. Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 96% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 27% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said: “It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so; checking the form that will arrive through the post is one of the easiest ways to find out if you are already registered. There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website”

Any residents who have any questions can contact the local registration team by calling 01277 312500.




















Anti-social behaviour in Ingatestone

The parish council is aware of the recent spate of anti-social and threatening behaviour occuring in Ingatestone and both the police and Brentwood Borough Counils’ ASB unit have been informed.
The parish council have spoken to the police today following an attempted break-in in The Limes and descriptions of the culprits given.
The parish council urges everyone who is experiencing this anti-social behaviour to report it to the police because statistics really do count in these instances and it will allow the police to redeploy resources to the village.
If you see a crime happening, please call the police immediately on 999 and provide as much information as you can.
Otherwise you can contact the non-emergency number 101 or report it on-line
You do not need to give your details, you can report it anonymously.