Welcome to the West Horndon Parish Website
Here you can find information about our village, local activities and events, and the Parish Council. To find out more, please navigate through this website using the page links above.
From Maria Pearson -
Thank you! Cat Tierney and I would like to thank all who helped us deliver near on 2000 Brentwood Borough Council information leaflets to every house in Herongate, Ingrave and West Horndon Ward over the past 2 days. In total 30000+ information leaflets will be delivered in the Borough by the end of today. That is a huge achievement by all in such a short time frame - so thank you!
To Herongate and Ingrave Parish Council, it's chairman Alan Kingsford - who organised the delivery with military precision and all the Parish Councillors - our thanks. To Pat, Judi and Brian who came to the Town Hall and offered help - thank you.
To Beverly Petty and her band of Merry Men and Women in West Horndon - you are amazing and our thanks!!! To the West Horndon Parish Council and Councillors - thank you. Jeanette, you and Glenn are in our prayers xx
The Borough Council have had over 5 tonnes of Food donated to the Food Bank from residents over the past 2 days. That is amazing - thank you. From now on as we enter isolation, donations can be made at the Town Hall. Please remember our elderly and needy while you shop. All donations will be greatly appreciated.
These are unprecedented times. Scary times and uncertain times. However, our community spirit and the acts of kindness we are hearing about are outstanding. Please take care of yourselves, keep your distance from each other, wash your hands throughly when you get home and keep an eye out for each other.
Cat Tierney and I will keep you as updated as possible. Our thanks again.
A message from Cllr David Finch, Leader, Essex County Council - A matter of life and death
I have never written to anyone on a more important subject. I would ask that you please take a moment to read this message.
We are facing the biggest challenge of our times. Coronavirus is a killer. If we do nothing, 500,000 people across our great country will die.
But that horrendous outcome will not happen, provided we act.
The Government has issued good advice. But not all of us are following it.
This is not good enough. We MUST heed the advice from Government.
It is simple. And it is in our hands.
Across Essex this weekend, we have seen people behaving in a way which was very much like going about their usual business.
I will be blunt. This is not acceptable.
We MUST socially distance.
Even though some schools across Essex will stay open, you should ONLY take your children to them, if you have been notified that you are a critical worker AND if you absolutely have NO other option.
If the epidemic peaks, as it has in Italy, which has a world-class health system, the NHS will be overwhelmed.
We must not allow the ‘peak’ of the epidemic to outstrip the NHS’s capacity to care.
Every single one of us can ensure that this nightmare scenario does not happen.
In China, and South Korea, the spread of the virus has been kept in check because Governments have acted quickly enough, and people have followed advice. We must follow suit. Our great County of Essex has always risen to the challenges over the decades. This is the greatest one of our times.
Please, follow the advice. Stay Home. Save Lives. #StayHomeSaveLives
Cllr David Finch, Leader, Essex County Council
Dr Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health, Essex County Council
The latest advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on the Public Health England (PHE) and NHS websites.
You can find out about impacts on our services on the Essex County Council website.
In light of the Government advice about social distancing it has been decided to cancel the Parish Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, 26th March.
If there are any issues residents wish to bring to the attention of the Parish Council please contact either Kim Harding at email@example.com or Dan McNicol at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please stay safe and look out for those around you.
Advance warning of the intended closure of the eastbound slip road from the A128 to A127. This will begin on 26th February between the overnight hours of 21.00 and 5.00 only and will last for 9 days. Further information can be found here - https://one.network/?tm=116516211
In an attempt to minimise heavy good vehicles using Thorndon Avenue as a short-cut to/from the Industrial Park, the Parish Council has written to Glenny & Co. see below.
THORNDON AVENUE, WEST HORNDON
A number of local residents have contacted West Horndon Parish Council regarding the large number of articulated and multi-axled vehicles presently using Thorndon Avenue, West Horndon to gain access to or from West Horndon Industrial Estate. As you are probably aware, Thorndon Avenue is subject to a vehicle weight limit restriction of 7.5 tonnes and also contains the entrance to the local primary school.
It is unclear whether satellite navigation devices are incorrectly sending the lorries down Thorndon Avenue or drivers are deliberately driving down the road to avoid having to use the A128 trunk road.
West Horndon Parish Council would be grateful if you could liaise with the all companies currently renting premises on West Industrial Industrial Estate and request that they remind drivers of all articulated and multi-axled vehicles operating from, or visiting, their units of the weight limit in force on Thorndon Avenue. The residents of West Horndon Village would be most appreciative, especially those living on Thorndon Avenue.
Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation.
Clerk to West Horndon Parish Council "
The Parish Council has sent a letter, see below, to Gates, Parish & Co, regarding the state of the courtyard at the rear of the shops in Chafford Gardens
COURTYARD OF PARADE OF SHOPS, CHAFFORD GARDENS, WEST HORNDON
A number of local residents have contacted West Horndon Parish Council regarding the untidy state of the courtyard at the rear of the parade of shops in Chafford Gardens, West Horndon. It has been observed that a large amount of cardboard and packing materials are strewn around the area. Also, holding trolleys are not tidied away and are left haphazardly within the courtyard. While it is recognised that some disruption will occur when unpacking of delivered goods is taking place, it is clear that matters are often left for long periods before some attempt at clearing up occurs. This is proving very frustrating for the residents of the flats above the shops, as well as other residents who visit West Horndon Tennis Club, which is accessed via the same courtyard.
It is assumed that it is a condition of the leases held by the respective shops that the courtyard is left in a clean and tidy condition at all times. Therefore, West Horndon Parish Council would be grateful if you could liaise with the managers of the shops in Chafford Gardens and request that the courtyard be kept in a tidy state.
Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation.
Clerk to West Horndon Parish Council "
The Essex Coast RAMS Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)
The Essex Coast Recreational disturbance Avoidance & Mitigation Strategy (RAMS) is an initiative to raise awareness of the birds that feed and breed on the Essex coast, so that people can enjoy the coast and its wildlife without disturbing the birds. It is a partnership of 12 Essex Local Planning Authorities. They are undertaking a consultation between 10th January and 21st February 2020. Further information on RAMS and the survey can be found here - https://consultations.essex.gov.uk/place-services/the-essex-coast-rams-spd/
Waste and Recycling Collection - Holiday Period
The collection days are changing for the next few weeks and are as follows -
Monday, 30th December (Orange Sacks, Food Waste & Refuse)
Monday, 6th January (Orange Sacks, Food Waste, Refuse, Glass & Textiles, no Garden Waste)
Saturday, 11th January (Orange Sacks, Food Waste & Refuse)
Friday, 17th January (Orange Sacks, Food Waste, Refuse, Glass & Textiles & Garden Waste)
Please note real Christmas trees can be put out for recycling on Friday, 17th January and should not be bigger than 6 feet otherwise please cut the tree to suit
FOOTPATH AND GRASS VERGE WORKS - THORNDON AVENUE
Residents will be aware that footpath and grass verge works in Thorndon Avenue were undertaken during the summer of 2019. It was intended that the asphalt patchwork carried out was to be covered by a slurry seal during the October half term. Regrettably this did not take place. The Parish Council understands the reason for the delay was because of the electricity works presently taking place in Thorndon Avenue. Essex Highways thought it better to delay the slurry seal and re-seeding of the grass verges until the digging up of the footpath resulting from the new electricity poles being installed would be sensible. It is understood that the slurry seal of the footpath and seeding of the grass verges has been re-scheduled to take place in April 2020.
PLEASE MAKE ALL RESIDENTS AWARE
Last night at Brentwood Town Hall an outline planning application was discussed regarding the potential building of an industrial estate on green belt land opposite the Halfway House. West Horndon Parish Council has always objected strongly to this as firstly it is on green belt and secondly we believe will substantially increase the flood risk to the village.
The Parish Council were therefore appalled last night when both our ward councillors acted against our objections. Cat Tierney openly proposed to approve the application and thus overturn the officers recommendation to refuse and Maria Pearson acting as our ward councillor openly supported Cat’s proposal.
The application has been deferred to the January meeting as Cat could not provide a valid planning reason for the proposal. Essentially she needed to say what exceptional benefits the development would provide and she could not.
Please be aware the the Parish Council will continue to object to this development and we feel it is in the interests of the village that you should be aware of your ward councillors actions in this very important development
Come and enjoy this year’s Christmas Event at West Horndon Village Hall.
There will be singing around the Christmas tree from 4.00 pm onwards
with The Salvation Army Band and children from West Horndon Primary School.
The Christmas tree lights will be switched on at 4.45 pm.
Afterwards there will be complementary mulled wine, warm mince pies and sausage rolls in the Village Hall with further entertainment from The Salvation Army Band and children from West Horndon Primary School.
A raffle will be run, raising money for charity. A number of the prizes have been donated by local shops and businesses.
Entry is free and this is a great opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with the rest of our community.
WEST HORNDON PARISH COUNCIL
WEST HORNDON VILLAGE HALL
1st DECEMBER 2019
Many people have commented on the state of Thorndon Avenue after the recent work to patch the pavements. The Parish Council have been informed by Essex Highways the work carried out to date is only the prep work, with the completed repairs due to take place during the October half-term.
Below are photos from the B17 Commemoration Service held in the West Horndon Park on Saturday, 21st September