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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

Essex Residents – Summary of Tier 2 Rules

This information was updated on 15 October at 12:30 BST.

Essex County

From Saturday 17 October, your area is under local restrictions, in the Tier 2 (high alert) category for England. Your local authority website has full details of the restrictions which apply to you.

 Meeting friends and family

  • You must not meet people you don’t live with in any indoor setting – whether at home or, for example, a pub or restaurant – unless they are part of your support or childcare bubble.
  • You may continue to mix with people outdoors (including in a garden or a park) but you must not meet in a group more than six, and you must follow social distancing rules.
  • Meeting in larger groups is against the law, and you can be fined up to £6,400.

 Going to work

You should work at home if possible. If you cannot do this, you can return to your workplace but your employer must make arrangements for you to work safely.

 Schools and nurseries

Schools and nurseries remain open. In schools and colleges that teach Year 7 and above, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises, but not usually in a classroom.

 Leisure time

  • Pubs, bars and restaurants are restricted to table service only and must close at 22:00 BST.
  • Customers should not mix indoors with anyone from outside their own household or support bubble. Outdoors, you can meet in groups of up to six people.
  • At least one member of any group should give their contact details to the venue or check in using the NHS Covid app.
  • Face coverings must be worn, except when seated to eat or drink.


You must wear a face covering in shops, supermarkets and shopping centres.


  • If you need to travel, you should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible and you are encouraged to walk or cycle, rather than use public transport.
  • You should avoid travelling in a car with someone outside your household or support bubble unless you can practise social distancing.
  • You can stay at hotels or guest accommodation, inside or outside your area, but only with people in your household or support bubble.
  • Travel from your area to Wales will not be allowed from 18:00 BST on Friday 16 October, except for a limited set of reasons such as going to school or work.
  • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions are restricted to 15 people (the reception must be a sit-down meal).
  • Up to 30 people can attend a funeral. Wakes and other related events are restricted to 15 people.
  • You should not visit a care home except in exceptional circumstances, for example to visit an individual who is at the end of their life.

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