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Age Concern Support for Residents of Great Bentley

We at Age Concern Colchester & North East Essex have successfully received funding through Tendring District Council’s Community Champions fund to provide advice services to residents living in rural areas of Tendring district to help members of the community through the impacts of Covid-19.
Whether there are needs around accessing particular benefits such as Attendance Allowance or Pensions Credits through to assistance with blue badge parking permits, housing and care options or assistance with scamming and counter fraud advice, the team is available to help.
See attached leaflet and residents can access our service by calling 01206 368420.
Also attached is a leaflet outlining our wider organisational services all of which are available to residents of Tendring District too.

See Age Concern – Services

See Age Concern – Advice

Great Bentley Parish Council Meetings 1st October 2020

See Planning Committee Meeting Agenda

See Parish Council Meeting Agenda

If you wish to join the meeting please email to request an invitation which will be sent on the day of the meeting. You will not be able to access the meeting before 6.50pm and on entry you will be placed in the ‘waiting room’. You will then be moved into the ‘meeting room’ when all the Councillors have arrived.

Public Consultation: North Essex Local Plan. Section 1 Proposed Main Modifications

Section 1 of the Draft Local Plan for the 3 North Essex Authorities – Colchester, Braintree and Tendring, or as a registered consultee on Tendring District Council’s Local Plan database.
Having jointly submitted a Draft Local Plan for examination in 2017 and following recommendations from the Inspector, a focused 6 week consultation of 47 Proposed Main Modifications to the Draft Section 1 Plan is now taking place in accordance with section 20 (7C) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.
Available for consultation are:
•           Schedule of the 47 Proposed Main Modifications
•           Associated Sustainability Appraisal
•           Associated Habitats Regulation Assessment
The consultation relates specifically to the Proposed Main Modifications and associated documents. This consultation is not an opportunity to repeat or raise further representations about the published plan or to seek further changes to the plan.
The documents are available at
The consultation is being held between 27th August and 5pm on 9th October 2020.
Responses can be made online via the link above.
Where possible, hard copy documents will be available from the following Braintree/Colchester/Tendring libraries for the duration of the consultation;
•           Braintree Library – Fairfield Road, Braintree CM7 3YL
•           Colchester Library – Trinity Square, Colchester. CO1 1JB
•           Clacton Library – Station Road, Clacton-On-Sea. CO15 1SF
However, if these libraries are subject to closure, then the consultation documents will continue to be available online.
You can view our updated Statement of Community Involvement on our website.
Yours faithfully,
Gary Guiver BSc(Hons) PGDipTP MRTPI MBA
Assistant Director of Strategic Planning and Place
Tendring District Council

Local Bus Transport Information

Please be advised of the following information:

If local bus services in your area have reduced as a result of the current situation, please contact your local Community Transport scheme to find out if there are additional dial a ride services which may make your journey possible.

Check Operator’s websites for details of the running of services in your area as they will be subject to change during this time.

Integrated Passenger Transport Unit | Essex County Council

Independent Guide to Care & Support in Essex

Independent guide to care and support in Essex – a crucial time for information

A new, updated, independent Care Services Directory has been published recently. it gives readers crucial information on how to access, and pay for, care services throughout Essex.

You may have seen there’s a huge amount in the media at the moment about the crisis in social care. If you’re growing concerned about your care options, or just want some more information on what your choices may be, this Directory can help. With information to help you understand your options, where to go for advice and how the paying for care system works, the Essex Care Services Directory can support you to make informed decisions.

The new edition of the independent publication and accompanying website give information on all aspects of arranging care and support in Essex. It includes how to stay independent for as long as possible, the different care and support options available and what to look for when choosing a care provider. It also offers guidance on important issues such as paying for care and what financial assistance may be available from the local authority. There are comprehensive listings of all registered care services throughout Essex, plus checklists to help you ask the right questions when visiting services.

For a free copy of the Essex Care Services Directory contact Care Choices on 01223 207770. The Directory will be available throughout the region from outlets including hospitals, GP surgeries, Age UK and libraries. It can be downloaded from and is also available in spoken word.

Robert Chamberlain, Managing Director of the Directory’s publisher, Care Choices, commented: “This is an invaluable source of information for anyone considering short- or long-term care in Essex, and contains vital information to help people decide what type of care and support is best for them.

“With the current crisis in social care, finding a care service for yourself or a loved one that meets their needs and is affordable can be a daunting and unfamiliar task. This new independent Directory has been compiled to help people understand the process and offer them reassurance at every step of their journey.”

Care Choices is the UK’s largest independent publisher for social care and adults with additional needs. It is also the largest publisher of care directories for local authorities in England.