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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.













Police and Crime Commissioner's public consultation launched today

The people of Essex are being urged to have their say, in the potential change in the way Essex Police and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service is governed, through a 12 week consultation that starts today (Thursday 16th February) and ends on Wednesday 10th May.

The new Policing and Crime Act 2017 offers the opportunity to transform local fire and rescue governance, enabling police and crime commissioners to become the fire and rescue authority where a strong local case is made. The Government has also created a statutory duty to collaborate.

Police and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst said: “Together we have developed a local case for Essex to strengthen our emergency services, improve joint working and deliver significant savings. We have an opportunity to share knowledge; back office services; make better use of estates, and help protect vulnerable people in joined-up ways. The resources freed up by this would be reinvested in front line services and enable both emergency services to better protect the people of Essex.”

This new duty requires emergency services to keep collaboration opportunities under review and to take on collaboration opportunities where it would be in the interests of efficiency and effectiveness to do so.

To give your views, please visit or contact the Office of Police Crime Commissioner by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .











Brentwood Borough Council Housing Strategy Consultation

Residents have the chance to influence the new proposed Housing Strategy by telling the council what it would like to see happen in the borough. Countrywide there is a shortage of housing stock in the private, rented, and public sector and Brentwood is affected with the need to built 233 new homes per year to meet the growing need for accommodation.

The consultation is open until February 28 and covers:

The Housing Strategy 2017-2020 which incorporates;

*** Homelessness Prevention Strategy

*** Tenancy Strategy

These core documents outline the broad approach to how the Council and Registered Providers (of social housing) will be seeking to provide housing and housing related services.

Chair of the Environment and Housing Management Committee, Cllr Chris Hossack said: "The council is not looking to produce a ‘one size fits all’ service but rather to offer a full range of community solutions. This is the opportunity for our residents to say how they want housing to be developed, what type of sheltered housing should be considered and what options for homeless should be pursued – the online form is straightforward and easy to complete in a matter of minutes and I would appeal to everyone to make the most of this by filling in their preferences. We take your views seriously and they will all be put forward to the Council Committees before the final draft strategy can be signed off."

Did you know:

** Some 73,500 live in the borough

** 80% of residents own their own home but 20% need other options.

** New council properties are being built at Fawsters Close, which will provide sheltered housing,  and Magdalen Gardens where family homes will be constructed.

** Leasehold charges are being reviewed by a Councillor-led working group

** A new housing portal is being planned that will allow everyone to access rent management and repairs services 24/7

** Over the next three years the concept of Sheltered Accommodation will also be rebranded and remodelled as a

Community Living scheme.

** Consideration is being given to Special Unit Projects cover mixed developments where those working and those seeking work will be able to live on subsidised rents offering a potential route for younger residents to start achieving their goals in life.

** The Fielding Way Depot in Hutton could be redeveloped or leased out commercially and the remit for so-called "affordable housing" needs to be widened out to include shared ownership, shared equity, new builds and possible options outside the borough.

** Proposals include an "Affordable Housing Register" with a separate allocation policy and application process through to eco-home modular housing. In short – all options are being considered.

The Housing Strategy will go before the Environment and Housing Committee on March 8.