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Marrable House - new planning application

We have been notified by the City Council that previous plans for development of sheltered elderly (extra care) accommodation at the Vineyards have been unable to be brought forward. A new planning application has been received, which is to demolish Marrable House and construct a replacement block of slightly lower height but greater ground area in its place. This would provide 57 general needs one and two bedroom flats along with car parking. No new building is proposed along the Maldon Road frontage apart from a small cycle store.

The case number is 14/01232/FUL and plans can be viewed from the Planning section of the City Council's website. Please note that we do not have any paper copies in the Parish Council office.

There will be a special Planning meeting of the Parish Council on Wednesday September 3rd to consider this application. It will be held in the main Parish Hall and will start at 7.30 pm. As always, members of the public are welcome and will be able to address the meeting.

Commonwealth Games Gold for Great Baddow!

We would like to congratulate Rebecca Gallantree and Alex Dowsett on winning gold medals in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Rebecca won her medal in the synchronised 3m springboard diving and Alex won his in the men's individual cycling time trial. Alex is a Great Baddow resident and Rebecca attended Great Baddow High School before studying at Leeds University.

Great Baddow can claim to have won more gold medals than some countries in the Commonwealth!

Baddow Hall Infant School Wins Competition

We would like to congratulate children from Baddow Hall Infant School, who were this year's winners in an Easter egg packaging art competition run by Chelmsford City Council. They won a colourful recycled plastic bench for their playground by building a 'recycle bot' and were presented with their award by Cllr Janette Potter, Cabinet Member for Waste Management and Recycling.

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Noakes Place Ponds

Chelmsford City Council are undertaking work to clear the ponds, and are beginning by arranging to have some of the surface debris removed. This work is being undertaken by TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) and is scheduled for Wednesdays 23rd and 30th July, Thursday 31st July and Sunday 3rd August.

Do not be alarmed if you see the debris stacked in heaps, as this will be necessary for a few days to allow them to drain down and to allow any pond creatures to escape. The debris will then be collected up and removed.

'A Sense of Place' - Great Baddow Community Photography Exhibition
Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd August, 10am to 4pm
Great Baddow Parish Hall


This exhibition is the result of a creative art project exploring the local environment and heritage in Great Baddow through the use of photography, involving different community groups in Great Baddow.

It is stimulated by the development of former industrial land on West Hanningfield Road, through which funds were provided for public art. The project has been undertaken in collaboration with the Parish Council and led by two Chelmsford based artists, Tracy Vine and Liz Sterry, who have studied Masters in Art Research at Writtle College, and Furtherfield, a not-for-profit arts company.

There will be an official opening on the Friday at 11am by Tony Appleton, the Great Baddow Village Crier.

Parish Play in the Park 2014

Chelmsford City Council's Community Sport & Wellbeing Team are running a Play in the Park scheme at the Recreation Ground again in 2014, offering two hour multi-activity sessions during the Easter and Summer school holidays.

These are FREE to all children aged from 6 to 11, as the Parish Council subsidises the cost. There will be sports, arts, crafts, games and free play and sessions will be supervised by trained and experienced staff.

Dates and times will be as follows:
Monday 14th April, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Thursday 17th April, 10 am to 12 noon
Monday 11th August, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Friday 15th August, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Monday 18th August, 10 am to 12 noon
Friday 22nd August, 10 am to 12 noon
Tuesday 26th August, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm
Friday 29th August, 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm

The two Easter holiday sessions were well attended and we look forward to plenty of children attending the summer holiday sessions.

Village Conference 2014

The 2014 annual Village Conference was held on Thursday 10th April. There were reports from the Parish Council and from the police, and other local organisations, including question and answer sessions.

Click here to view the Parish Council report for 2013-14.
Click here to view the minutes of the 2013 Conference.

Centenary Award 2013

The winner of the 2013 Parish Council Centenary Award was Mrs Barbara Locker, who was presented with her award by the Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Trevor Miller, at the Council's Community Celebration in January 2014. The award was made in recognition of her organisation of the Community Care Luncheon Club. This is run by volunteers every Tuesday at the United Reform Church and provides a cooked meal for up to 35 people who have been recommended to the club by local doctors.

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Mrs Locker receiving her presentation from the Mayor, Cllr Trevor Miller


A New Parish Councillor

We are pleased to welcome Jonathan Fuller to the Parish Council. Jonathan was coopted to the Council at the meeting on 6th January 2014, to fill the vacancy created when Cllr Peter Charman resigned after taking up new employment in Brussels.

Allotment Competition 2013

The prizes for this year's allotment competition were presented at a joint Christmas event with the Horticultural Society in December. We would like to offer our congratulations to all the prize winners and indeed to all the allotment holders who put so much hard work into cultivating their allotments. We had joint first prize winners at Vicarage Lane, Mrs Bagshaw and Mrs Fernando, and Mr Kilvington took the first prize at Towerfield.

Visit Chelmsford app

The City Council (in partnership with the Essex Chronicle) has recently released the 'Visit Chelmsford app'. It can be installed on any iPhone or Android mobile phone and is a useful tool for residents and visitors alike. You can find bus and train timetables, your nearest bus stop, local businesses and attractions, information about what's on at local theatres and venues and navigate your way around the city. There is also a guided audio walking tour of Chelmsford taking you on a historical journey around the city centre and telling the story of key landmarks.

For more information and to download the app, click here to go the City Council website.

The Mayor's Tree!

The Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford for 2013-14, Cllr Trevor Miller and Maureen Miller, both Great Baddow parish councillors, planted an oak tree in the grounds of Baddow Hall Junior School on Saturday November 30th 2013 to commemorate Trevor's year as Mayor. Trevor has been a long-standing governor of the school and so it is highly appropriate that the tree should be planted there.

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Essex Playing Fields Association Awards 2013

We are delighted to have been awarded two silver certificates of merit from the EPFA in the 2013 competition. One was for the recreation ground, in the category of playing fields serving a population of 2,500 or more and the other was for our children's play equipment. Congratulations go to our grounds staff for their hard work in maintaining these facilities to such a high standard.

Winter Weather Policy

Parishioners may like to be aware of the Parish Council's policy for maintaining access to Councoil facilities in the event of severe winter weather. Click here to view the Council's Winter Weather Policy, which was adopted in 2011.

New Cricket Practice Area

The Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Trevor Miller, officially opened Great Baddow Cricket Club's new three-bay synthetic practice area at the Recreation Ground on Saturday 28th September. As a member of Great Baddow Parish Council who has been involved in the setting up of this facility on one of the Parish Council's all-weather sports courts, it is highly appropriate that he should be invited to open the facility. The cricket club have had financial support from several sources to pay for the installation of the facility, including a grant for half the cost from the Essex County Cricket Board.

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The Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Trevor Miller, with the Mayoress, Maureen Miller and Great Baddow Cricket Club president, Peter Tuxill


Essex Book Festival 2014

After the disappointment of not being able to host an event last year due to the last minute delay in publication of the scheduled author's new book, we are delighted to say that we hosted a very successful event for the 2014 Essex Book Festival in the Parish Hall. It was a highly topical illustrated talk for 2014, "It'll All Be Over By Christmas! A History of the First World War in Pictures and Poetry", by Nick Dobson. We hope to be able to host another Book Festival event in 2015.

New Village Sign

The Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Trevor Miller, inaugurated our new village sign on Sunday 8th September. As Trevor is also a Great Baddow Parish Councillor, it was highly appropriate that he was able to preside over the opening of the new sign. The sign was designed and constructed by local resident Dan Rawlings and we are extremely grateful to him for the splendid result and for giving his time as a contribution to the village.

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Left: Mayor Cllr Trevor Miller with Dan Rawlings Right: The Mayor and Mayoress, councillors and residents

Parish Council Chairman

Cllr Chris Shaw stepped down as Chairman of the council at the annual meeting in May 2013, after serving as chairman for twenty years. Cllr Jannetta Sosin was elected as Chairman and Chris is now Vice Chairman of the council.

New Interactive Public Rights of Way Map

Essex County Council have developed an interactive map of Public Rights of Way for the Essex Highways website. It is easy to use and has been developed for use by residents and visitors who want to find a footpath, bridleway or byway in a specific area of the county. There is a search facility via postcode, place name or address, so why not look up some local information?

Click
here for a link to the map on the Essex Highways website.

New Code of Conduct

The Parish Council adopted a new Code of Conduct on 6th August 2012 in response to new laws governing the conduct of elected members in local government that came into effect on 1st July.

Click here to view a copy of the Code of Conduct.

Jubilee Celebrations

The Parish Council had a stall at the Meadgate Festival on the Sunday of the Jubilee weekend in 2012. The Festival was very successful, despite the apalling weather that drove everything inside, and thanks to Mones Farah and Meadgate Church for doing a magnificent job in organising the event.

As the event had a 1950s theme, part of the Parish Council's display was some extracts from minutes of the annual village assemblies in the 1950s – some concerns appear not to have changed over the years (bus shelters, state of the roads etc), but others seem to definitely belong in the past!

Click
here to read the extracts.

Village Design Statement

The Great Baddow Village Design Statement (VDS) was formally adopted by Chelmsford Borough Council on 8th March 2011. It now forms part of the Borough Council's Local Development Framework and is a material consideration when determining planning applications.

Please see the Village Design Statement page on this website.

The VDS Association has now fulfilled its function and held an Extraordinary General Meeting on 14th June 2012 in order to agree the disposal of remaining funds to charity and wind up the Association.

Chelmsford Recycling Centre Changes

We have been notified that the following changes to opening times will take place from 9 January 2012:
Winter opening times (9.1.12 - 29.2.12) 9 am to 4 pm
Summer opening times (1.3.12 - 15.10.12) 9 am to 5 pm

The centre will continue to operate 7 days a week, but late night opening on Tuesdays for part of the summer will no longer take place.


Police

Local neighbourhood police can be contacted on the following phone number:

Mobile contact number: 07817 454525

Chelmsford Police Station can be contacted on 101, for less urgent calls than 999 calls.

No beat surgeries are being held at present.

Marrable House

The latest application to redevelop the Marrable House site with 58 units of extra care housing, comprising two buildings linked by a bridge, was approved at Chelmsford Borough Council's Planning Committee meeting on November 15th 2011. The Parish Council, local borough councillors and many residents spoke against the application, but the committee followed the officers' advice and approved the application. As yet, nothing has been heard about when redevelopment might begin.


New BMX track in Baddow Hall Park open!

The Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Robert Sheperd MBE, formally opened the new BMX track in Baddow Hall Park on Saturday October 15th 2011. It was a gloriously sunny afternoon and there was a long queue of young people waiting to try out the track. Congratulations to the mayor for having a go too! The Parish Council is delighted to have been one of the funding partners for this facility and hope it will provide much enjoyment for local people.

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Honorary Burgesses

Mr Sidney Bass was made the fifth Honorary Burgess of Great Baddow at the Parish Council community celebration in January 2010. This was particularly in recognition of his long service to the Scouting movement, including a period as Assistant District Commissioner for the Venture Scouts. All the names of
Honorary Burgesses are shown on a specially designed board in the Parish Hall.

Nominations can be made at any time for this award, which is intended to be in recognition of valuable contributions to a wider area than Great Baddow. Nominees must be residents of Great Baddow. Please contact the Parish Council office for more details.


Trees in Great Baddow

As part of the National Tree Warden Scheme, Chelmsford Borough Council introduced a Parish Tree Warden scheme in 2004. Tree wardens are volunteers who are interested in working with the Council to encourage more tree planting, improve the management of trees, raise public awareness of the importance of trees, and celebrate trees.

We were fortunate to have a tree warden in Great Baddow, who started to describe some of the trees which are easily visible in the village.

To read his first article about one of our trees, click
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For the second article, click
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Unfortunately he was unable to continue, but we appointed a new tree warden, Mr David Croney, in April 2013 and are looking forward to benefiting from his expertise.

Don't forget our Tree Trail leaflet, which is available to help you enjoy a walk through the Recreation Ground. Copies are available free of charge from the Parish Council Office, the Community Association or Great Baddow Library.
Click here to download a copy