Friday Catch Up – 27th May 2022

Afternoon All

Here is your Friday catch up, it’s a busy one-so settle in…


Essex Book Festival comes to Essex libraries  Throughout the month of June, we will be hosting thirteen author events for the Essex Book Festival at our libraries. We’re very excited to welcome a mixture of new and familiar authors, such as Lindsey Davis, Julia Jones and Samuel Fisher.

We are also bringing back our ever-popular Essex Authors Day. This is a great opportunity for aspiring and established writers to learn, improve their skills, share knowledge and experiences – and discover something new! Pick up writing tips and inspiration from a wide range of workshops led by experienced authors, editors and publishers; join in with or listen to our popular Writers’ Slam or wander the Book Fair for networking opportunities. Entry to the event, Book Fair and Writers’ Slam is free. Microphone slots at the Writers’ Slam and workshop places must be booked in advance. There’s no charge to participate in the Writers’ Slam but tickets for the workshops cost £6 per person.  As well as events for adults, this year we have an amazing programme of events for our Family Fun Day on Saturday 18 June.  For more information and to book, please visit the full list of our author events, or visit the Essex Book Festival website. Library News

  • Ferry Fare Increase
    Heads up for you all – from June 2nd the cost of a trip will increase to £1.50 each way.
    The huge increases in fuel costs affecting us all at the moment are making it increasingly hard to keep the boat out.
    Bikes remain at £2 each way and under 5s and dogs still get a free ride.
    The ferry is run exclusively by volunteers and we rely entirely on passenger fees to fuel the engine.
    This is the first time it’s increased for many years (probably decades!) – we’re still much, much cheaper than getting a taxi and a lot drier than swimming😀  Thanks for all your continued support.

Ride London info for you all…the following information which you can download from a WeTransfer link here. Items include:

  • Community Access Plans
  • Vehicle Crossing Points
  • Essex Road Closure Leaflet
  • RideLondon Classique Map
  • RideLondon Essex Map

Please find also, the following useful links

For more information on road closures and access, please visit the RideLondon: Essex road closures webpage here. We understand that bespoke letters have been issued to residents in Melbourne Park (Chelmsford), Great Dunmow, Writtle, Ongar and Maldon.

For information about bus routes, we are recommending that residents check with their local operators. Residents could also download the ‘Travel Essex’ app here. Essex County Council are also posting the following content on their corporate social channels:

  • From 27th to 29th May there will be disruptions to bus timetables in parts of Essex due to road closures for the RideLondon: Essex cycling festival. Plan ahead, and contact your local bus operator for information on your local bus routes.
  • For information on the road closures near you, visit the RideLondon: Essex road closures page here.

RideLondon: Essex have also provided a number for their contact centre but recommend that residents follow the following details for information:

  1. RideLondon: Essex – Road Closures (for interactive maps, info on road closures and community access plans)
  2. RideLondon: Essex – Contact Information (to get in touch with the RL team and for FAQs)
  3. If your question can’t be answered by online information, call 0345 894 9773
  • Community Updates
  • Pottery Open Studio in Parkfield Street, Rowhedge.  2nd & 3rd June 10am-2pm
  • Household Drop off is on June 11th at the village hall car park from 8-9.15am
  • Recycling bags are being delivered in JULY to every household according to CBC

Notice of the Publication of the Inspector’s Report on the Examination of the Colchester Local Plan Section 2 – 2017 – 2033

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended)

The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended)

 The Colchester Local Plan Section 2 – 2017-2033 Publication Draft Plan was submitted to the now Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, for examination on the 9 October 2017.  The Secretary of State appointed Inspectors Jameson Bridgwater PGDip TP MRTPI and Anne Jordan BA(Hons) MRTPI to conduct an independent Examination of the Local Plan.

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Regulation 25 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, that on the 19 May 2022, Colchester Borough Council received the Inspectors’ Final Report on the Examination of the Colchester Local Plan Section 2 – 2017-2033. The Report sets out the Inspectors’ recommendations and the reasons for them and completes the examination process. The Inspectors’ Report concludes that subject to a number of main modifications, set out in the Appendix to the report, the Colchester Local Plan Section 2 – 2017-2033 is sound, legally compliant and capable of adoption.

Inspection of the Inspector’s Report

The Inspectors’ Report is available for public inspection of the Council’s website: Inspector’s Report  · Colchester Borough Council

It will also be available from Friday 26 May 2022 at Colchester Town Hall, High Street Colchester CO1 1PJ, during normal opening hours and at Colchester Main Library- 21 Trinity Square, Colchester CO1 1JB.

Please note that the Inspector’s Report is available for information only, and comments or views are not invited.

Next Steps

The Council will now need to consider the Inspectors’ Report and the adoption of the Local Plan by reporting to Local Plan Committee and then at a Full Council meeting for a final decision in due course. Further details will be placed on the following webpages:

Inspector’s Report  · Colchester Borough Council


That’s it from us today.


Thanks all, enjoy the sunshine



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