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Parish Council Email System back in Service

The email service has been restored.

Emails to sent between 9th and 27th April may not have been received by the Clerk. If you have not received a reply to your email please resend.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
The Clerk
Great Bentley Parish Council

Parish Council Email System Unserviceable

27th April 2021

The Parish Council email system has been unreliable since 9th April and is currently being assessed by Outlook 365. It is expected to be resolved soon.

If you have emailed the clerk since 9th April and not received a reply please resend your message after there is notification on this website that the email system is up and running correctly.

With apologies for any inconvenience caused,
The Clerk

Vacancy for Parish Clerk

Vacancy for Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Do you thrive in a busy and varied environment?
Are you seeking a role which really makes a difference?
Do you enjoy being the go-to person and expert in your field?

Great Bentley is in the heart of Tendring District, South East of Colchester, with a Parish Council of 9 elected members, all of whom are passionate about the Parish and all it has to offer.

Great Bentley Parish Council is looking to appoint a stellar administrator who is able to spin a number of plates in the air and enjoys working independently to take on the role of Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO) including the administration of its finances.

You will act as the Proper Officer and ensure that the Council conducts its business properly and in line with its statutory obligations. You will be the key figure in working closely with Parish Councillors with the aim of fulfilling their vision. This in the context of an expanding community to provide facilities and services fit for discerning Parish residents.

You will ideally have experience of Local Government and/or committee work (e.g., agenda preparation, minute taking), implementation of Council policies, the provision of advice and guidance on statutory and legislative matters and providing financial support, including the adherence to the Parish Council’s Financial Regulations.  You will either hold the CiLCA or a CertHE (Local Policy) or be willing to work towards one of these qualifications. Training will be provided.

 35+ hours per week, flexible working pattern to be agreed, some homeworking available.
Pay:  NALC SPC 19 £25481 – SPC 24 £28672 pro-rata depending on experience
Access to Local Government Pension Scheme

Closing date: 5.00 p.m. Tuesday 11th May 2021. Interview Date: w/c 17 May 2021

For further details including an application form contact Karen Paradise To discuss the post please contact Pippa Dennitts, Chairman, Great Bentley Parish Council,




Those standing for election to Tendring District Council (TDC) and Essex County Council (ECC) in the area have been revealed after the nominations deadline passed Thursday, 8 April.

There are two by-elections for TDC, with the Eastcliff ward and one seat in the West Clacton and Jaywick Sands ward being contested, while all eight divisions of ECC within Tendring are being contested come polling day on Thursday, 6 May.

A full list of those standing for the two district ward, and ECC divisions in Tendring, can be found online at

Voting will also take place on polling day for the Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC). Candidates for this election can be found on the following website later this month: or by calling the national helpline on 0808 196 2170.

Almost 120,000 local residents have the chance to select their choice of candidates in the elections across the district. If you have recently moved home or have not had a poll card for the elections then there is not long left to register to vote, if you have not already done so, in order to be able to vote on 6 May.

The deadline for voter registration for the upcoming elections is Monday, 19 April, and you can register at or call the TDC Electoral Services team on 01255 686575.

Ian Davidson, Returning Officer, said this was people’s opportunity to have their say.

“Voters across the district can select their choice for who represents them at Essex County Council, and as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, but only if you are registered to vote,” Mr Davidson said.

“In addition two parts of our district can vote for their councillor on Tendring District Council. So make sure you are registered to vote, if you want to have your say.”


Census Field Officer Doorstep Visits

Census field officers are now working in the community to remind everyone to complete their census and to signpost support.
All census officers:

  • carry official identification cards with their photograph and name
  • wear PPE, use hand sanitizer and socially distance
  • can show a critical worker letter permitting them to be out and about doing their job

Any resident can call 0800 085 8239 to confirm the identity of a census officer and the area they are working in.
Census officers NEVER ask for money, bank details or any other financial information. They will NEVER ask to enter a home.
They work the following hours:
Monday – Saturday 09h00-20h00
Sundays and Bank Holidays 10h00-16h00
If any doubt, always close the door. 
If a resident feels threatened or in danger, then they should call 999.

A133 A120 Link Road Update

Latest news on the scheme
  EH logo A120 – A133 Link Road update Virtual exhibition Following the consultation held in late 2019 and the subsequent Essex County Council Cabinet approval to take forward the variant of ‘Option 1C’ as the preferred route option in May 2020, Essex Highways have been developing the design of the proposed new Link Road.
This has now reached a stage in which we will be submitting the proposals to Essex County Council (as the County Planning Authority). The planning process will last a minimum of 16 weeks and will include a planning consultation period, which will allow interested parties to have their say on the scheme. Once submitted and validated, all of the documents relating to the submission will be available to view via Essex County Council’s planning application website and we will be provide more information on this once available.
Ahead of the planning application, we are running a virtual exhibition to provide an overview of the scheme. This can be seen at The exhibition provides information such as the background to the scheme, design layout, environmental mitigation and walking, cycling and horse-riding provision. If you have any questions in relation to the virtual exhibition please do not hesitate to contact the project team at:
The planned route will leave the A133 via a roundabout east of the University of Essex, joining the A120 via a junction east of Bromley Road. 
The proposals have now reached a stage in which they are being submitted to planning. If approved, works will begin in 2022 with the road due to be completed in 2024.Link Road still Major Projects Facebook Page Facebook logo   Interested in keeping up to date with all the latest major project information? Follow our new page on Facebook for regular updates on projects happening across the county.   Essex County Council, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford  CM1 1QH

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