Neighbourhood Plan Business Questionnaire
Dear business owner,
Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council are currently developing a Neighbourhood Plan. This is a community-led planning document which will guide future development, regeneration and conservation in Ingatestone and Fryerning.
Why we need to hear your views
Your input as a local business is key to the development of this plan. It will help us share your vision and shape the future and growth of our villages and your business. It will give you a greater say in the development of our local area.
Why is a Neighbourhood plan important to you?
Having a Neighbourhood Plan allows a community to get the development needed for their area. It deals with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues, such as housing, employment, heritage and transport; which are key for the success and growth of businesses in Ingatestone and Fryerning.
This plan will give us the opportunity to choose where new homes, offices and shops are built, have a say on the design of new buildings and support the granting of planning permission for new buildings and infrastructure. This is likely to have some relevance to your business, now or in the future.
We're conducting a survey and your input would be appreciated. Click the button below to start the survey. Thank you for your participation!
We need your help
Please access and complete our simple online questionnaire by 10th May 2018.
Please tell us as much as possible about your business, the challenges you face and the changes you need to see to develop and improve our villages and your business.
Thank you for your participation!
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.”
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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.
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
I would like to thank you for your patience while we deliver these essential works.
Project Manager, Jacobs
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 www.librariesconsultation.essex.gov.uk
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.