Closure of Abbotsford Bridge

Abbotsford Bridge, Hall Road, will be closed for gully works. Due to an existing low spot, there is an issue with excessive water pooling on the carriageway. A new double gully will be installed and the kerbing will also be extended.

Works are planned to commence on Monday 27 January 2020 to resolve this issue and are expected to take approximately five days to complete. The road will be closed from 8am-5pm.

Passengers using the 7 and 7a bus service please be advised there will be no change in service as buses will be guided through the closure during working hours.

Advance signage will be on site and the following diversion will be in place during the road closure:
Hall Road, B1051 (Henham Road, Mill Road, Thaxted Road), Church End, Brick End, Woodgates End, Chapel End, Molehill Green, Waltham Hall Road, Elsenham Road and vice versa.

For up to date information please visit Essex Highways

Christmas Tree Recycling

Once you have packed the decorations away for another year, make sure
you recycle your real Christmas tree.

Uttlesford District Council is providing skips and refuse vehicles at locations around the district – simply take along your Christmas tree, and other green waste, for disposal. The recycled trees can be turned into good quality compost or soil conditioner, or into chippings.

Christmas Tree Collection Dates

The Cinnamon Trust – Can you help?

The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet care.  Many elderly or ill pet owners worry about their ability to provide proper care for their animals and start looking to rehome what may be their only companion, this is where our national network of dedicated volunteers step in to offer support enabling them to stay together.  We’ll walk the dog for a housebound owner, we’ll foster pets when owners need hospital care, we’ll fetch the cat food, even clean out the bird cage or litter trays. If you would like our help with your pet or are interested in becoming a volunteer please call during office hours 01736 757900 or email or you can check out our website for more details

If you would like to have a more in-depth chat about how we could help you or you are interested in becoming a volunteer please call us on 01736 757900 or you can download our volunteer registration form from our web site or email us at

The Cinnamon Trust is a Registered Charity No: 1134680. The Cinnamon Trust is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered Office: 10 Market Square, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HE. Company Number 07004861

Uttlesford Planning Committee – Decision Time

Uttlesford Planning Committee will make their decision on the following planning applications ‪at 2:00 pm on Wednesday 6 November‬ in the Council Chamber. As a member of the public you can attend this meeting.

UTT/19/0462/FUL – Land West of Hall Road, Elsenham -To consider application UTT/19/0462/FUL.

UTT/19/0437/OP – Land South of Rush Lane, Elsenham -To consider application UTT/19/0437/OP.

Anyone who wants to speak needs to apply in advance, as given below from UDC’s website:

The Planning Committee is a committee of the Council. It has the power to make decisions on planning applications. This committee is open to the public. To register to speak at a Planning Committee meeting, please contact the Democratic Services team by ‪2pm‬ the day before the meeting. Contact details for Democratic Services are as follows:, or call ‪01799 510369‬/548.

99 Homes on the border of Alsa Woods


Wallace Land Investments are attending a meeting of the Parish Council’s Planning Committee on Wednesday 30 Oct in order to explain their proposals for 61 homes off Isabel Drive and 38 homes adjacent to the M11 off Stansted Road.  The meeting is arranged during the daytime because of the difficulties of booking a hall in the evening and because of the availability of some members of the Committee.
The Parish Council will probably ask questions about some aspects of the application in order to better understand how we might object to it.  The meeting is open to the public.  It is unfortunate that many people will not be able to attend, but the meeting will not have any bearing on the outcome of the application.  That will be a matter for Uttlesford District Council’s Planning Committee in due course.

There is the opportunity to make representations before the application is decided.  You can object by sending an e-mail to:  giving the reference UTT/19/2470/OP as the subject, and including your name and address.  This is actually a much more effective means of having your say than attending the meeting.
Personal experience of difficulties on the route via Grove Hill through Stansted are particularly useful – so too are details if you ever use other routes as an alternative.



The deadline for representations is 29 November.

Once again the area is under threat from a large-scale development, this time off Bedwell Road, which is the continuation of New Road from Elsenham Station.

The application is for up to 220 new homes between the M11 and the railway line, with road access just before the bridge carrying the M11.

Elsenham, Henham and Ugly Parish Councils will rigorously oppose this application. The traffic from this development would either travel along the twisty road across Ugley Green to the B1383 north of Stansted or go down New Road into Elsenham and add to the congestion in Station Road and beyond.

As before the major issues are the large amount of recent new housing, the difficulty of road access, pressure on the school and surgery, and loss of landscape and agricultural land.

You can object by sending an e-mail to with the reference UTT/19/2266/OP as the subject.

You need to include your name and address and give your own views on why the application should be rejected.

M11 southbound between junction 7 and junction 6: carriageway repairs

Kier will be carrying out carriageway repairs on the M11 southbound between junction 7and 6, on behalf of Highways England. Previous surveys have identified the need for maintenance works in this location, for road safety reasons.

They plan to complete this work for one night from Friday 20 September,with working hours of 9pm to 5am,weather permitting. A full closure of the M11 southbound between junction 7 and junction 6 will be in place during this work.

Please note that details of this works are correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to change.

A map showing the road closure and diversion route can be found below.

Diversion route

A clearly signed diversion route will be in place directing traffic via, the A414, A10, M25, before re-joining the M11 at junction 6.

Diversion Map:

Find out more To stay informed about all the latest major roadworks happening near you, visit Highways to register for the latest alerts. If you have any enquiries please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, or by e-mail to

Renewed application by Fairfield for up to 350 houses between Elsenham and Henham.

Deadline: 23rd September

Here are some thoughts from the Parish Council concerning how to respond to the renewed application .

You could mention the large amount of recent housing in the village. Road access is key. It would be helpful if you were to include experience of long delays and difficulties on the route through Grove Hill, Lower Street and Chapel Hill in Stansted, in particular examples of gridlock on Grove Hill (when traffic in both directions is immobilised), or running down the pavement at Chapel Hill. Also, it would be helpful if you were to mention whether you use an alternative route to Grove Hill, which route and how often and why.

It’s important to give your personal views – you can be short or as long as you like.

There are a couple of things which will be ignored if you include them. One is that development would devalue your property; the other is that it will spoil your view – although you can say that it will have an impact on the countryside. Loss of open space is a possible objection, and so too is the loss of a large area of agricultural land. Be selective.

E-mail your representation to quoting Ref UTT/17/3573/OP or comment on the link above