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Brentwood Borough Council is to offer a new Residents’ discount on car parking charges

Brentwood Borough Council is to offer its residents a reduction on the car park charge for a two hour period taking the cost from £2 to £1.40.

The new scheme will see residents awarded a Council certified car park disc which will be displayed alongside the discounted ticket inside the vehicle. The decision to offer the reduction comes after a review into the car park charges across the Borough.

Leader, Cllr Louise McKinlay said: “The new car park disc provides residents with a great opportunity to minimize the cost of parking, but this needs to be balanced against the cost of maintaining the car parks. For the last seven years, not only has there been no increase to the car parking charges, but we have actually reduced the cost of parking, whilst also introducing a free 30 minute period, which is set to remain. However, we have to be realistic and the cost of maintaining the car parks and running the parking service, has increased. We also want to invest more on better signage, new surfaces and improved lighting together with updated CCTV and this all costs. To ensure best value and address these rising expenses a range of new tariffs have been considered and following comparisons with neighbouring authorities including Epping, Romford, Chelmsford and Basildon, these are set to be introduced in the Autumn. 

 “It is all about balance. We need to encourage visitors to the area of course, whilst protecting our own residents’ and businesses’ needs and requirements. As a result some car parking tariffs are remaining whilst others will increase marginally, with the 1 hour fee of £1 remaining and £2.90 ticket for 3 hours rising to just £3. The 6 hour and all day price remains unchanged at £8 which is highly competitive and still offers very good value for money." 

The new charges will be introduced following a 21 day consultation period at which point residents will be given more details on how to apply for their Car Park Disc.


*** There are more than 1,500 off street car parking spaces within the Council operated car parks

*** A full car parking strategy is taking place which will be presented to Council in September

*** The average length of stay in the car parks is up to 2 hours

*** Free parking provision in Shenfield (Hunter Avenue and Friars Avenue) will continue during the Crossrail works

*** Resident parking overnight and Saturday and Sunday is to be launched in Westbury Road

*** Visitors permits are to be introduced at Gibraltar House and Mayflower House






















Doctors and health care leaders today announced a new development in the options for future hospital services in mid and south Essex

In recent months, two main options for change have been discussed with patients, staff and stakeholders. Both options would have seen significant changes to the way the three A&E departments at Broomfield, Basildon and Southend hospitals operate.



Having studied the available evidence and listened carefully to the views of local people, patients and stakeholders, clinicians and health leaders have now decided to develop a revised model that would enable all three current A&E departments to continue to treat people who need emergency hospital care, including continuing to receive ‘blue light’ emergency patients with serious conditions. It would rule out the blanket redirection of all ‘blue light’ ambulances to Basildon, as in previous options.


Under this plan, patients would be assessed, stabilised and treated in their local hospital, with the most unwell patients transferred to a specialist team, if that’s what they need. The ‘norm’ would be for people to go to their local hospital in an emergency. As before, all three A&E departments would continue to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and run by consultants.


As now, a small number of people who are very seriously ill would go straight to a specialist centre to get the best treatment (for example, people suffering severe burns already go to Broomfield in Chelmsford).


Senior doctors are currently looking in detail at the clinical evidence to see if there are other severe conditions that may require this approach – for example for people suffering from burst blood vessels in the brain or heart, or people with very severe abdominal bleeding requiring urgent emergency surgery. This work is not yet complete but doctors are focusing on it over the next few months.


Clare Panniker, Chief Executive of Basildon, Broomfield and Southend Hospitals, explained:


"We have been looking at how we could organise services across our three main hospital sites, working together and using our people and resources as effectively as possible for the


greatest benefit for patients. One of the improvements we want to make is to separate out emergency care from planned operations and treatments needing an overnight stay, to reduce the number of times we have to cancel planned operations. We know when this happens it is frustrating and difficult for those patients and their families. We also want our three hospitals to work together, offering different specialist services at each of our sites. We know specialising in this way for those with the most serious conditions and illnesses gives better chances of recovery to our patients.


"In considering our options, we have discussed with staff and local people the benefits of one hospital, possibly Basildon, providing the most serious emergency treatment. But, in the feedback from over 100 local discussion events, we have heard very clearly that some people have significant concerns about all ‘blue light’ ambulances going straight to Basildon. We have been thinking how we could address these concerns, and still improve patient care with different specialist teams across our three hospital sites and the separation of planned and emergency care."


Dr Anita Donley OBE, Independent Chair of the Mid and South Essex Success Regime, said:


"The aim still stands to develop specialist centres across our three hospital sites and to separate planned operations and treatments from emergency care. We know from national evidence that this can improve the quality of care and patients’ chances of survival - particularly with very serious cases. But we are working with our clinicians and local people to make sure we develop the right proposals for mid and south Essex. We are developing an option where the majority of patients could get the specialist emergency care they need via their local A&E.


"No decision on the future pattern of services has yet been taken. We will only decide what changes to make after a full public consultation.


"We are determined to find the very best solution for delivering excellent, safe, high quality hospital care, within our available funding, into the long-term for people in mid and south Essex."






















Brentwood Borough Council launches its “Beautiful Brentwood” photo competition

Brentwood Borough Council and the Brentwood Gazette newspaper are running a “Beautiful Brentwood” photography competition). There are two age groups – under 16 and Adult (i.e. over 16). The winner in each group will receive £100 with a further £100 donated, on their behalf,  to the Mayor of Brentwood’s charity of the year.

Chief Executive Philip Ruck said: “We are looking for pictures that capture what Brentwood means to you. Whatever inspires you to take a photograph, we want to see it. Carol’s photo of Shenfield Common is so evocative, capturing what is a familiar location but the reflections in the water give the photograph a completely unique almost haunting quality. With so many wonderful areas in the borough I thought this was an ideal photograph with which to launch a competition and get all our residents across the generations involved.”

The competition will run through the school holidays until the Bank Holiday Monday August 28 with selected photographs published weekly in the Brentwood Gazette, Brentwood Borough Council Facebook and Twitter pages.

The winners will be selected by the Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Will Russell and announced on September 6th online and in the Brentwood Gazette newspaper.

Photos should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – please include your name, age, address, contact number and a few words on why you were inspired to take the photo.

Please note that by entering the competition you are allowing Brentwood Borough Council copyright for its use of the image.

Photo credit: Carol Chambers



















Beware of bogus Council Workers


We have recently had a couple of incidents in different areas of Essex where Bogus Callers have made out they were from the local council and had come to investigate and remove rats nests in the loft. These bogus callers have then proceeded to take a deposit of cash (or in at least one case with a card reader) and said they would return to remove the nest and then disappeared.

If you do get a visitor along these lines, they are likely to be fraudulent. Please ring your local council direct to confirm that any caller is bonafide. Fraudsters can produce fake ID badges.

If an unknown trader knocks on your door at any time , don’t open it unless you use a door chain . Preferably, open a small window either upstairs or downstairs and speak through the window.

To verify someone’s identity please ring the organisation they claim to be from. Use a number from a bill or telephone directory that you have looked up yourself – never use a telephone number provided by the caller. A bona fide caller will wait outside whilst you verify their validity – a bogus caller is also likely to disappear as soon as they know you are telephoning to check identity.

Please do not let anyone into your home if you are not expecting them. REMEMBER – Your door - Your House - Your choice. Not sure? Don’t Open the Door Display a ‘No Cold Calling’ sticker on your front door. These are available from Trading Standards free of charge. Call them on 03454 040506.

If you do need work undertaken on your property, Trading Standards operate a ‘Buy With Confidence’ scheme, which enables residents to identify approved local traders who have readily demonstrated a commitment to high working standards, high levels of customer care and a fair trading policy.

The ’Buy with Confidence’ scheme is available via the internet or by telephone 03454 040506.




















Proposed new council housing development consultation next week

Brentwood Borough Council has started its first new council housing developments for 25 years, at Magdalen Gardens and Fawters Close, to provide much needed homes for families and the elderly.

Whilst this building work continues, other sites which may provide similar opportunities for new homes, are to undergo a feasibility study with residents being asked for their input and views.

The sites being considered are council-owned garage sites within Hutton North and have the potential to be turned into much-needed affordable housing.

Community, Health and Housing Committee Deputy Chair councillor Cliff Poppy explained: “Letters have been sent to residents asking them to come and have a chat about the sites under consideration at two events we are holding.”

“The need for homes people can afford is growing all the time across the country and here in Brentwood we are determined to tackle the problem for all those needing somewhere to live across the generations.”

“These garage sites offer potentially a prime opportunity for us to reuse the areas and build for the future. That is why these events are important and we look forward to meeting residents and hearing their views.”

Five sites have been selected to move forward with the planning application process. Three of these sites have been allocated for new housing and two for the creation of extra parking in the area.

The first event is being held at Hutton Community Centre on Tuesday June 13 from 6pm-7.30pm with a weekend drop-in session on Saturday June 17 will be held at the proposed site from 10am-2pm.

The proposed plans and council officers will be on hand. Residents are invited to view the drawings and ask any questions they may have ahead of any planning application.



















Victim Support are looking for volunteers

Make a difference in your local community

Victim Support helps people affected by crime feel stronger, understood and able to move forward with their lives. Last year in Essex,
our team of trained volunteers and staff supported over 3,000 people affected by crime across the county.

We are looking for reliable volunteers with great listening skills, who have 4 hours or more to spare a week, to join our team in Essex.
We will train you to offer practical and emotional support to people affected by crime.

Whether you want to help people in your local community, give something back, or learn new skills, this could be the rewarding role you are looking for.
Successful applicants could be on our next four day fully accredited training course in Chelmsford this September (21st, 22nd, 29th & 30th).


Find out more by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling the Essex Service Delivery team on 01277 357557
Victim Support is an independent charity. Our services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless
of when it happened. If you have been affected by crime, call us on 0300 30 30 165.



















Wasted GP Appointments

Did you know that more than 12,000 GP appointments are wasted every month across mid and south Essex?

An estimated 450 hours of GP appointment time per month are going to waste in Basildon and Brentwood alone.

The knock on effect of someone missing their appointment is that some patients who cannot see their GP choose to go to A&E instead and this puts pressure on our hospitals.

There are now many ways of cancelling an appointment, via online services,
telephone and even by text in some areas.


  • Make sure you make a note of your appointment either in a diary, calendar or on your smart phone and ideally set yourself a reminder
  • Register for online services, speak to your GP practice about how to do this –
    appointments can be easily cancelled at the touch of a button 24/7
  • Ask your GP practice if they have a text message reminder service













Playground Working Party first meeting invitation

Calling all parents and interested individuals!

Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council want to create a working group to discuss the future provision of play equipment for young children in the village. We want to work with the people of the village to create solutions that will increase the activities available to those with young children.

So if you would like to contribute and help decide the future provision of playgrounds in the parish, please come to the library at 7.30pm on Thursday 27th April to take part in discussion.

In order to gauge numbers, it would be appreciated if you could let the Clerk know if you are planning to attend on 01277 353315 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.









Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council coordinates major improvements to Fairfield Pond

Press release March 2017 
Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council (IFPC) is pleased to announce key developments to Fairfield Pond, which will be completed this spring.
Fairfield is an area of recreational green space, located in the heart of Ingatestone village, which is leased and maintained by IFPC. It is a hub of local activity, enjoyed by children of all ages, families and dog walkers and has been home to Ingatestone and Fryerning Cricket Club for over 150 years.
Fairfield is an important part of the village’s heritage. The area dates back to the 16th century when it was owned by Barking Abbey and used for grazing livestock. The land was sold to the Petre family during the Dissolution of the Monasteries and remains in their ownership today. The developments to Fairfield Pond are led by the IFPC’s Churchyards and Environment Committee and have been made possible with funding from Essex County Council’s Community Initiatives Fund (CIF). Work includes flattening the pond’s silt, removing fencing, seeding and introducing native pond plants to encourage wildlife. Finishing touches to the area includes three new benches, bins, a colourful new picnic table built from recycled plastic and an illustrated information board charting Fairfield’s natural history. These are funded with grants from Essex Heritage Trust.
IFPC chairperson, Cllr Paul Jeater comments: “In 2016 Fairfield Pond was in poor shape. It was silted up, prone to flooding in winter and there was a nettle bed which was growing out of control. The parish council sought grant aid from the Essex County Council CIF and set about the major task of restoring it. “By this summer, the pond will once again be an enjoyable feature of village life. An information board, new benches and bins will be in place courtesy of the Essex Heritage Fund and, for the first time in many years, it will be possible to walk right around the pond.”
For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./01277 353315.








Fitness in Mind initiative

Fitness In Mind™ Does Brentwood

Our Fitness In Mind™ Brentwood course supports individuals into physical activity, helping them to establish and maintain a healthier lifestyle for both body and mind.

"Coming together with like-minded people really helped my anxiety. It got me through a difficult time in my life" - Brentwood Member

Over a period of twelve weeks, you will receive access to our exclusive classes run by our professional and supportive team of experts. We will greet you at the door to help relieve any anxiety. We will support you physically and emotionally throughout the class. We will be there to talk to you and take one small step at a time. It's completely free to take part, and we will be there to support you and help in whatever way we can.

Fitness In Mind™ Brentwood provides a unique environment where physical activity and peer support work together to improve your wellbeing through fun and social activity.

Sign up for your fully funded 12 week course - worth £360!

Who can attend?

The course is for everyone aged 16 and upwards, and you don’t need any level of fitness to take part. Why not check out what our members have said about the course by clicking here

What classes are available?

The course has something for everyone, and you can choose to attend as many of the classes as you like. Why not check out what classes are currently available by clicking here

Where are classes held?

The classes are held at The Brentwood Centre on Doddinghurst Road, where our team are ready to support you. Why not check out the Centre's facilities and accessibility by clicking here

Want to know more about the course?

Simply email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a ring on 01277 246057 where one of us will be more than happy to give you further Information.

The course is fully funded by Fitness In Mind™ Brentwood and Sport England. The course is valued at £360 per person, although with funding we are able to offer this course for free. We reserve the right to ask participants to seek medical advice before starting a course.