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There will be disruption to train services over the Christmas period while Network Rail undertakes work for the Elizabeth line and other railway upgrade work. Please check before you travel or or


In addition, from Tuesday 3 January until late May 2017, there will be no TfL Rail service between Brentwood and Shenfield. This is while Network Rail continues major work at Shenfield to remodel the track and provide an extra platform for future Elizabeth line services. A frequent rail replacement bus service will run between Brentwood and Shenfield stations. Greater Anglia services will not be affected on weekdays.


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Brentwood Borough Council welcomes Family Mosaic

Family Mosaic has moved into the Brentwood Borough Council Town Hall Hub to offer residents help with housing matters, finding work, money issues, and budgeting advice.

Family Mosaic's Charlie West, who will be on hand every Wednesday from 2pm-5pm in the foyer of the Town Hall to support Brentwood residents, said: "We are delighted to be here as it means we can be easily available to those who need our help. Being right in the heart of the council makes it easier to liaise directly with all the services we like to tap into for our clients."

Councillor Louise McKinlay, Leader of the Council added, "We are delighted to host Family Mosaic in our new Town Hall Hub, where this valuable service is most welcome. It's a great step forward with our plans to reinvigorate the Town Hall as an active and accessible space that works for everyone. This is exactly what this building should be used for, and with groups like Family Mosaic moving in, more residents are able to access more services."

Family Mosaic supports and directly helps families and individuals through tough times which reduces the stress for everyone and gives them the breathing space to address the problems they have. Charlie West said: "I have clients from all walks of life and they know I am there for as long as it takes for them to get back on their feet. The earlier people come to us the quicker we can get on board with the authorities, get something sorted out and cut the cost for everyone. So I am really looking forward to meeting people on Wednesday and hope people will pop in to see what we have to offer."







M25 J28 Consultation (Highways Agency)

We want your views about plans to improve junction 28 on the M25.

You can find out more in our scheme brochure, which sets out each option, and its benefits and effects. You can also attend one of our public consultation events to meet the team and ask questions.

You can pick up a hard copy of the questionnaire from one of the events and send it back to us via Freepost, or you can give us your views on the options by filling in the questionnaire on our online consultation platform.

The public consultation starts on 14 November 2016 and finishes on 6 January 2017.

What next?

Details of public consultation exhibitions

You can also find out more about the options by attending one of our public consultation exhibitions. Our team of experts will be on hand to answer your questions and you can view 3D visualisations of each option.

The events are as follows:

Date Location Time Address
Thursday 17 November Harold Hill Community Centre 2:30pm to 6:00pm Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill, Romford, RM3 9LB
Friday 18 November Harold Hill Community Centre 10:00am to 4:00pm Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill, Romford, RM3 9LB
Friday 9 December South Weald Parish Hall 2:00pm to 8:00pm 85 London Road, Brentwood, CM14 4NP
Thursday 15 December Harold Wood Neighbourhood Centre 10:00am to 4:00pm The Old School, Gubbins Lane, Harold Wood, Romford, RM3 0QA
Wednesday 4 January Holiday Inn 6:30am to 10:00pm Brook Street, Brentwood, CM14 5NF
Thursday 5 January Holiday Inn 11:00am to 9:00pm Brook Street, Brentwood, CM14 5NF






Survey of the Park and Ride Cross - City Pilot

You may be aware, Essex County Council introduced a cross-city pilot on the Park and Ride service in Chelmsford during August .

The survey on this pilot has now been re-launched after making some service improvements early in November following receipt of feedback from customers.

The survey may be found using this link until the end of November.

We welcome feedback from users of the service, so that we may decide on the success of the pilot. We are aware that  the running of the service has been affected recently by some problems on the roads in the city.

We’d be extremely grateful if transport representatives would circulate it widely.

We will consider feedback from the survey and other sources, then take recommendations on the pilot to the Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport. The pilot will continue until such times as the decision is made on its future.







Parish Questionnaire results published

Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council have published the results of the Parish Questionnaire.

Residents were invited to answer either online or in paper form during the summer with the closing date of the 31st August 2016.

In total 224 responses were received and this input will help the Parish Council shape its future plans and spending.

A display of the results has been put up in Ingatestone Library and will be available until the beginning of December.

An online copy can be reached by clicking the link below and opening the Parish Questionnaire document







Stay Well This Winter

Winter can be seriously bad for our health and a challenging time for the NHS, particularly urgent and emergency care services.

A joint national initiative from NHS England and Public Health England called Stay Well This Winter is now underway.

Basildon and Brentwood CCG is supporting the Stay Well this Winter campaign to help those people in our local communities who are most vulnerable to falling seriously ill with winter ailments.

We don't want to prevent those who need urgent care from going to hospital but we hope that by providing simple advice for people considered most at risk during the winter months, our residents can avoid the need for hospital treatment.

Our  2016 campaign will offer advice and information about the precautions people can take against winter.

One of the best protections for people who are at increased risk of flu this coming winter is to make sure they have their free flu vaccination, the sooner the better as the weather chills down.

People who are recommended to have the flu vaccine are:

  • everyone aged 65 and over
  • all pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
  • all two, three and four-year-old children
  • all children in school years 1,2 and 3
  • everyone living in a residential or nursing home
  • everyone who cares for an older or disabled person
  • household contacts or anyone who is immunosuppressed
  • all frontline health and social care workers

Flu can affect anyone but if for anyone with a long term health condition the effects of flu can make it worse even if the condition is well managed.  You should have the free flu vaccine if you have any of the following medical conditions (this includes children and babies over six months of age):

  • a heart problem
  • a chest complaint or breathing difficulties including emphysema or severe asthma
  • a kidney disease
  • lowered immunity due to diease or treatment (such as sterold medication or cancer treatment)
  • liver disease
  • had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • diabetes
  • a neurological condition eg muliple schlerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or a learning disability
  • a problem with your spleen eg sickle cell disease or you have your spleen removed
  • are seriously overweight

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children. This year all two, three and four-year-olds and children in school years 1,2 and 3 are being offered the free flu vaccination. As well as protecting chilkdren, the infection is then less able to spread to other family members and friends including their parents and grant parents. For most children the vaccine is given as a nasal spray so it is painless and easy to have.

Please ask at your GP practice or local pharmacy about having your flu vaccination.

You can find more information to help you and your loved ones Stay Well this Winter on the Basildon and Brentwood CCG website  at where you can download flu vaccination and winter information leaflets. We also have some new Easy Read and accessible information, including an audio version.  You can also listen to the audio version on

YouTube at


Consultation on Borough Council car parks starts this week

Whether you live, visit or work in the Brentwood Borough – we want to hear your views on Council-owned off street car parks in Brentwood, Shenfield and Ingatestone as part our parking review.

The Council are carrying out the review to update our strategy for managing Council-owned off-street car parking in Brentwood, Shenfield and Ingatestone. We need to plan now for changes in future parking demand that will come from new development across the borough. The consultation will run from Wednesday 28th September until Monday 31st October 2016.

As well as the public consultation, the Council are seeking the views of key stakeholders like Essex Council, Ingatestone Parish Council, Brentwood Access Group, Brentwood Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, Brentwood Renaissance Group, South Essex Parking Partnership and the Shenfield Traders Group.

The Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, Councillor Louise McKinlay, said: “We are gathering as much information as we can to help us establish current levels of supply and demand for off-street parking in each of the three areas. We also want to engage with as many people as possible in order to build an accurate picture of the issues and opportunities for improving town centre car parking and ensuring they deliver the greatest positive impact for Brentwood. 

“The aim is to produce a parking strategy and action plan with clearly defined objectives for improving the management of car parking and to identify a range of measures and policies for achieving those objectives. 

“We’re keen to hear your views about council-owned parking provision within each of the three areas”.

To take part in the consultations, just visit our website from Wednesday at and have your say on car parks in:

  • Brentwood
  • Shenfield
  • Ingatestone


Latest Local Development Plan consultation responses online

Brentwood Borough Council would like to thank the 1,280 people and organisations who responded to the Draft Local Development Plan consultation earlier this year and let them know that their comments are now available to view online. The public consultation ran for a period of six weeks from 10 February until 23 March 2016.

In the next few days, the Council will be sending either an email or letter to everyone who commented and this will be confirmation that your comments have been registered as duly made and are available online. For those who made more than one comment and provided an email address, you will receive a separate response for each one – this is because a representation record was created for each individual issue identified within responses to the consultation. Although this may seem excessive, it is how the system works and it lets residents know that none of their comments have been missed and all have been recorded. For those receiving confirmation by letter, only one letter per household will be sent.

When residents receive their email(s) or letter, it will give them all the details they need to view their comments online.

What happens next?

All comments are now being considered and a feedback Consultation Statement summarising these will be presented at committee later this year. The Consultation Statement will provide a summary of the main issues arising from the comments received to the Draft Local Plan and its associated Sustainability Appraisal.  The comments received will be used to assist the Council in the preparation of the next version of the Local Plan. There will be a further round of consultation for this next version of the Plan. 

Brentwood Borough Council’s Chair of the Planning and Licensing Committee, Councillor Roger McCheyne, said: “We would like to thank everyone for the time they have taken to make their comments. We received over 3,900 individual comments  which will all play a vital part in shaping the final version of the Local Plan, each milestone we pass is another step towards securing the future of our Borough.”

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Work begins to upgrade 9,000 street lights to LEDs


Energy-saving LED lamps are set to be installed on all-night street lights across the county to save taxpayers thousands on electricity costs.

The new longer-lasting lamps require less maintenance and use less electricity. 

Essex County Council is starting a programme to replace 9,000 existing lamps later this month (August). The work is part of a two-year project to replace 19,000 street lights with LED units.

Taxpayers can enjoy predicted savings of £600,000-a-year on energy and maintenance costs, as well as carbon taxes, once the programme is completed.

 Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We are focusing this rollout on street lighting that currently remains on throughout the night to ensure the largest and quickest financial return for the taxpayer.

 “LED street lights cost less to run, require less maintenance and create a brighter light on the highway.

 “A significant proportion of this scheme has been forward-funded through an interest-free Government loan as recognition of the environmental and financial benefits of this project.”

The first phase will start in Castle Point and Rochford followed by Basildon. Later this year crews will start replacement work in Chelmsford and Uttlesford.

Each new LED lighting unit is installed with a remote-monitoring “telecell” which connects the street light electronically to the Essex Central Management System.

Engineers can then see if any of the LEDs are faulty, as well as control the timings and brightness to suit each road.

Dial 105 - New phone number for power cuts

You may have seen today’s launch of the new national power cut phone line – 105 – to help people contact the company that looks after their electricity network. This would be UK Power Networks for London, the East and South East of England. 

The number, which is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales, will enable people to report or get information about power cuts as well as report damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves, or someone else, in danger. 105 is funded and delivered by the electricity network operators, and is a first for the UK’s energy industry. As well as calling 105, people can find more information on the website: 

If you have a power cut, call 105 – a new, free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.

Find out more at

You can find more information on the Energy Networks Association’s website: Or if you would like posters or leaflets then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

UK Power Networks still runs a Priority Services Register for your constituents who may be more vulnerable in a power cut e.g. older people, those dependent on medical equipment, parents of young children etc. To join, they can call 0800 169 9970, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or apply online at