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Crackdown on illegal waste at recycling centres

Waste from Essex businesses which has been illegally left at recycling centres has left taxpayers with a disposal bill running to hundreds of thousands of pounds. 

‘Man with a van’ operators offering cheap rubbish clearance, property developers and independent building and home improvement trades have swamped many sites. Local facilities have seen the amount of DIY and construction waste alone leap by over 50% in the last two years.

To tackle the problem, Essex County Council is set to announce changes to the way sites will operate in the future, to prevent taxpayers footing the bill for business waste, reduce queues for genuine customers and prevent daytime closures. 

The rule of thumb of how the law works, is that household waste covers items which a householder would normally take with them when they move house. If the waste is something you would leave behind, like doors, a fitted kitchen or bathroom, or soil and hardcore from a garden, it is construction waste. And business waste of any kind is strictly excluded.

The current plan to improve recycling centres means that from the 31st October, about half of the county’s sites will also no longer allow vans or multi-axle trailers in and will no longer offer any disposal facilities for DIY and construction waste. 

The remaining sites will still offer access to residents who only have access to a commercial vehicle, but will place strict limits on how much DIY waste can be disposed of.  Vans and pick-ups will be under greater scrutiny though, and those identified as bringing in waste from any kind of business activity will be refused entry and owners may be liable to prosecution.

Councillor Simon Walsh Cabinet Member for Waste and Environment said: “The taxpayer cannot continue to pick up the bill for businesses which don’t dispose of their waste properly. These operational changes will stop people unlawfully disposing of business and trade waste at recycling centres at the expense of the taxpayer, whilst still providing the facility for residents to dispose of their legitimate DIY waste when carrying out ad-hoc work at home themselves.”

Residents who are unsure about whether to take waste to a recycling centre or whether they will need to rent a skip for larger home improvement projects after 31 October should check the Recycle for Essex website before heading to their local site.



Twelve of the 21 sites across Essex will no longer accept DIY and construction waste. This includes:

  • Soil and hardcore;
  • Ceramics, including tiles, toilets, basins etc;
  • Gypsum-based products, including plasterboard and dry wall lining;
  • uPVC and wooden window frames;
  • uPVC and wooden internal and external doors; and
  • Fitted kitchens.

These sites will also prohibit access to all commercial type vehicles, including small vans and pick-up trucks and any towed trailers with more than one axle.

The sites in this category are:

  • Burnham-on-Crouch
  • Canvey Island
  • Chigwell
  • Dovercourt
  • Kirby-le-Soken
  • Lawford
  • Mountnessing
  • Rayleigh (At Rayleigh, commercial-type vehicles will be prohibited but limited DIY and construction waste will be accepted as per point 2 below)
  • South Woodham Ferrers
  • Waltham Abbey
  • West Mersea
  • Witham

The remaining nine recycling centres will still take these DIY and construction waste materials, subject to the following per household limits:


In any 28-day period

  • three wheelbarrow loads (one car boot full) of soil and hardcore; and
  • one wheelbarrow load of tiles

and, in any six-month period.

  • three large ceramic items, e.g. toilet or wash basin;
  • one uPVC or wooden window frame;
  • one uPVC or wooden external door;
  • three wooden internal doors; and
  • any elements of a built-in kitchen

The sites in this category are:

  • Braintree
  • Brentwood
  • Chelmsford
  • Clacton
  • Colchester
  • Harlow
  • Maldon
  • Pitsea
  • Saffron Walden

DIY and construction waste is any material that has arisen as a result of construction and demolition to a home or garden. There is no duty on local authorities to accept or dispose of DIY and construction waste from residential properties. Although the RCHWs are required to accept all household waste. this is a defined term under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Controlled Waste Regulations 2012 and does not include all waste types generated by a household.  


Passenger Transport Customer Satisfaction Survey

Essex County Council provides home to school, social care and some local bus services for the people of Essex. Throughout July 2016, Essex County Council is seeking feedback from customers about the transport services it provides.

Essex County Council purchases transport for over 20,000 children to travel to mainstream and special need schools each day, transport for looked after children, older people and people with learning disabilities and physical and sensory impairments. Essex County Council also funds approximately 15% of bus services in the County that include many evening, rural and Sunday buses that cannot be sustained commercially but are deemed socially necessary. 

We ask you to complete a short survey,  so that we can assess and improve the services delivered by our transport suppliers.

Thank you for your feedback, which is important to us. - mobile app for bus timetables


NextBuses is a useful service available on your smartphone which helps to find bus times in your local area.

Visit from your smartphone, then simply enter your postcode, street name or town for all the latest departure information from any stop around Essex.

NextBuses is a free service provided by Traveline, however, usual operator mobile data charges apply.

Keep Safe launches in Ingatestone

A community scheme to help people feel more safe is now being extended to Ingatestone. 

Keep Safe is a free scheme to help vulnerable people feel more safe when they are out in towns across Essex and in the Borough. Brentwood were the first to extend the scheme to the elderly, those with learning difficulties and mental ill health. 

As part of the scheme specified venues display the Keep Safe sticker and offer the use of a telephone or will make a phone call for members of the scheme if they are in need. For example, if they lose their keys, telephone or wallet, or are distressed in any way. 

Keep Safe Brentwood launched in October 2014 with 16 venues supporting the scheme and more than 1000 members signed up. In June 2015 the scheme was extended to include Shenfield too, which has saw a further 8 venues sign up and the number of members rising to over 4000. 

And on Saturday June 25 the scheme will be expanded to include Ingatestone too, which has 7 venues lined up. The launch event will take place in Ingatestone High Street from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Attending the event are representatives from Essex Police, Neighbourhood Watch, Essex Fire and Rescue and Brentwood Borough Council

The businesses taking part are:

  • Patrick Greens
  • Abigail's Delicatessen
  • Abigail's Lifestyle
  • 66
  • Kennadys
  • Pieros
  • The Lounge

Brentwood Borough Council's Chair of the Community, Health and Leisure Committee, Councillor Keith Parker, said: "The Keep Safe scheme has been successful in Brentwood and Shenfield so it makes sense to extend it to include Ingatestone. 

We hope it reassures those that are feeling vulnerable that there is somewhere to go to if they feel they need help.

If you or someone you know would like more information about the scheme, join us at the event in Ingatestone where you can talk to those involved."

To find our more about the scheme contact our Keep Safe Team by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can call 01277 312500.


Can you help Anglian Water find Private Pumping Stations in our Parish?

There may be good news coming for some parishioners if you have a private pumping station on your property.

Currently, homeowners have to spend hundreds of pounds every year for electricity running costs, maintenance and repairs to look after these private pumping stations. They may even have been flooded if it’s broken down in the past.  

From October 2016, many of these private pumping stations will transfer over to Anglian Water and become our responsibility. We will take over all of the maintenance and the running costs too, saving customers hassle, worry and money.

We’d like to ask for your support in letting local residents know about this, and asking them to get in touch with us if they think they have a private pumping station. 

To help customers identify and report the pumping stations easily, we have launched a specialist website:

If you have any questions about this campaign, please reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For any other queries, please contact our Public Affairs Team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Council Leader to hold Twitter Chat next month

The Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, Cllr Louise McKinlay will be holding her next live Twitter Chat on Thursday 9th June between 7.30pm-8pm and is inviting Brentwood Tweeters to get their questions in early.

The Draft Local Development Plan consultation, parking, speed watch training and the Town Centre Action Plan were just some of the questions put to the Leader when the last Twitter chat took place in January.

Cllr McKinlay said: “I held my first Twitter chats last year and got some positive feedback from residents who found social media a more convenient way of sharing their views or asking questions about the Council, especially in the evening when people are usually home from work. Obviously social media is not the only way you can contact me or the Council but I’m pleased to be able to use it as another way of talking to residents and hearing about the local Council services and issues, which matter to them.”

To join in the Twitter Chat just tweet your questions to @LouiseMcKinlay and use the hashtag #VisionForBrentwood

And if you can’t join her live, you can send your comments or questions in advance to @LouiseMcKinlay #VisionForBrentwood and she will answer them during the live Twitter Chats.


New Mayor of Brentwood

Brentwood Borough Council has elected Councillor Noelle Hones as the Mayor of Brentwood for 2016/17 to take over the role of ambassador and first citizen of the borough for the coming year.

Councillor Hones replaces Councillor Mark Reed who held the role last year.

Her appointment was made at Annual Council on Wednesday night (18 May 2016), where members of the Council were joined in the Council Chamber by residents, family members and friends to witness the traditional Mayoral ceremony. Her husband, Councillor Jon Cloke, will be her consort.

Councillor Hones, who is Brentwood's 25th Mayor, was born and brought up in Basildon. The youngest of five children, she was educated at St Anne Line Primary School in Basildon and La Sainte Union Convent School for Girls in Grays.

She left school aged 16 and went to work in the City for JP Morgan Bank. After 12 years at the firm she rose to the position of Assistant Vice President heading the Administrative Support Team for the Interest Rate Swap Traders. She loved every minute of it, and met some wonderful people, many of whom are still her friends today.

She stayed at the bank until leaving to start a family and decided that being a full time mum was the best career move she ever made.

Her eldest son Matthew was born in New York in February 1990 while they were living in America. Before he was born, Noelle was working temporarily for the New York Cooking School in Greenwich Village as a receptionist. They then returned to live in Fryerning in 1992 and Noelle had two more sons, George and Oliver, who were born in 1993 and 1995 respectively.

Noelle now lives in Ingatestone with her husband Jon and their two yellow Labradors, Sonny and Lucy.

She was elected to Brentwood Borough Council to represent Ingatestone, Fryerning and Mountnessing in 2007.

During her time as a Councillor for the rural ward Councillor Hones has worked with Parish Councils, Community groups and volunteers for the good of the villages. 

On her appointment, Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Hones said: "It is a great honour to have been elected as the Mayor of Brentwood for 2016/17.

There is a wonderful sense of community in Brentwood and both myself and my husband Jon are particularly looking forward to meeting the unsung heroes of the voluntary sector and those that represent the Armed Services.

"My chosen charities reflect two things that are dear to my heart - children and animals, and so I am delighted to be supporting the following three charities:

Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary, Georgia's Teenage Cancer Appeal and Christy Hall Charitable Trust, the headquarters of the local Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Beavers and Brownies.

I very much look forward to raising funds and awareness of these worthy causes"

Leader of the Council, Councillor Louise McKinlay, said: "I would like to welcome Councillor Noelle Hones as the new Mayor of Brentwood. She has been a passionate advocate of her ward Ingatestone, Fryerning and Mountnessing and I know she will bring that same enthusiasm to her role. I know she will be an excellent ambassador for Brentwood."

The outgoing Mayor, Councillor Mark Reed, has raised £9,700 for his mayoral charities SNAP, Special Needs and Parents and Brentwood Philharmonic Orchestra with a donation also going to Brentwood Skatepark Association.

Councillor Will Russell, ward member for Brentwood West, was appointed as Deputy Mayor for 2016/17. His wife Naomi will be his consort. 

Strawberries and Queen

This year's Strawberry Fair will be a right royal affair to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday!

Come and enjoy the festivities at Strawberries and Queen on Saturday 11 June from 12pm-6pm on Shenfield Common. 

Youngsters can get creative with some regal arts and crafts and make crowns, colour and knit with Brentwood Baptist Church. You can also dress up like royalty and have a selfie with the 'Queen' and enjoy majestic entertainment throughout the day. 

There will be a Big Top, hosted by Phoenix FM, with a variety of royal-themed performances for visitors to enjoy, including folk music, ukulele players, local dance and music groups and even a karate demonstration.

Fair-goers are also invited to take part in the Best Dressed Kings and Queens Competition. It is open to all ages, especially younger children. We would love to see some fantastic outfits and there will be a prize for the most majestic costume - just turn up in your fancy dress! Competition entrants should meet at the purple Big Top tent at 3.30pm to be judged by the Mayor of Brentwood.

In our display arena, there will be a special maypole performance from Doddinghurst Infants School and some amazing birds of prey displays from Eden Falconry. 

There will also be a traditional big wheel and funfair rides for children, Punch and Judy shows and activities in the little Princes and Princesses area. 

Visitors can relax in the banqueting area and enjoy a spot of croquet and boules, whilst sampling some tasty food and enjoying a tipple - and it wouldn't be a Strawberry Fair without trying some strawberries and cream. 

There is free entry to the event and there will be public parking available at Brentwood County High School for £2 with all proceeds going to conserving Shenfield Common. 

Brentwood Borough Council's Chair of the Community, Health and Leisure Committee, Councillor Keith Parker, said: "This year's event is particularly special because it is a royal year and we are celebrating the Queen's birthday. It is always a good family day out and this year there's plenty to see and do, all with a royal-theme. And remember, there is a prize for the best dressed King or Queen. 

Thanks must go to our sponsors the Baytree Centre, The Beeches Care Home, and Beresfords, who make it possible to keep the event free entry for the community enjoy."


Crossrail Programme - Bushcade Lorry Holding Area

The Parish Council received this letter, this morning from Network Rail:
"I am writing to you... to make you aware of a lorry holding facility that Network Rail will be using at Bushcade to facilitate upgrade works on the railway for the next 18 months.
The site (at the end of Roman Road, on the southbound slip onto the A12) will be used to check all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes for complance with required safety standards and then dispatched to the various station sites between Shenfield and Goodmayes.  The site will oerate between the hours of 0900 - 1500 and 1800 - 0600. Night time deliveries will be kept to a minimum.  At the peak of our works, there could be up to 50 lorries per day using the lorry holding facility though for the majority of the time, we expect this to be less.
While we do not expect any adverse impact from using the site and lorry routes, I would encourage you to contact me if you have any concerns about the information provided in this letter.
Please telephone our 24 hour National Helpline on 03457 114141 and for more information about the Crossrail Programme please visit"
Lorry Route Bushcade to Shenfield:  joins the A12 immedately and proceeds southbound and leaves the A12 at the McDonalds roundabout
Lorry Route Shenfield to Bushcade:  Takes the Roman Road through Mountnessing and up towards Ingatestone, crossing the A12 and turning down Roman Road slip road to Bushcade.

Be part of Brentwood's summer events!

Would you like to be involved in our summer events? Then get in touch!

The Council is appealing for stallholders, entertainers and sponsors to apply to take part in this year's Strawberry Fair and Family Fun Days.

We want to hear from those who have what it takes to entertain thousands of children and families at our events and provide fun activities, arts and crafts or catering.

Our first event is the Strawberry Fair, which returns on June 11 with a royal twist  'Strawberries and Queen' as we celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday this year. We are looking for stalls and entertainment with a royal theme and performers who can sing songs 'through the ages' or that fit the Queen theme.

We have opportunities for those who want to get involved in our five Family Fun Days on Fridays throughout the Summer holidays. Brentwood Borough Council is also looking for sponsors for the events. Please visit for affordable sponsorship packages and up-to-date information about the events.

Brentwood Borough Council's Chair of the Community and Health Committee, Councillor Will Russell, said: "We want your help to make our Strawberry Fair and Family Fun Days more memorable than ever, especially since it is a royal year.

They are always popular community events with lots for the family to see. They are also an opportunity for local businesses to come forward who want to run a stall, provide entertainment or activities or who would like to sponsor the events. Please get in touch if you want to be part of it."


Applications are open for pitches at Strawberry Fair as well as attractions and activities at Family Fun Days. The deadline for stallholders and entertainers to apply for the Strawberry Fair is  Sunday 1st May and for sponsors is 29 April. For more information about the events, please visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01277 312500 and speak to the Community Service Team.