News and Notices

AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER FOR BERDEN

We have been given 15 young silver birch trees that are too tender to plant out in small groves in various Berden locations whilst this dry weather continues. We would like to plant them in their new homes very late in the autumn or in the early winter.

In the meantime it would be great if somebody with moderately green fingers and a very small bit of space could volunteer to look after them through what remains of the spring, the summer and autumn. They have a very simple diet – water and love!

Please call John Burton – 777674.   BERDEN PARISH COUNCIL


NEW / OLD BERDEN FOOTPATHS

Please be aware that the ‘new’ footpaths in the vicinity of the Priory Farm, which in the majority of cases are the unofficial paths that many of us have enjoyed for decades, became legally protected 9 May and the old, very rarely used, routes ceased being protected 16 May. In due course the official maps will be revised and new wooden finger posts will be installed.

If you need further clarification please contact John Burton – 777674.

Berden Parish Council


Roadworks

Stay up to date with local roadworks on the roadworks.org site


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Too good to throw away?

Give your unwanted items a new home in your community.

Do you have items which are too good to throw away? It’s quick, easy and free to pass on your items and you may not even need to leave home.

In Essex we’re lucky to have many reuse organisations to choose from.

If you are having a clear out, there are lots of easy ways to pass items on to other people.

More and more of us are donating and purchasing items from reuse organisations meaning you are supporting local people and great local community causes while passing on your unwanted items. Many reuse organisations will even collect from your own home – no need to leave the house!

Local charity shops are always happy to accept good quality donations as this helps raise money for good causes.

Freegle is an online platform to help people give items for free in your local community. The types of items you can give and get on Freegle ranges from furniture, clothing and children’s toys to soil, rubble or even pre-loved garden ornaments. You can pass almost anything on using Freegle!

You can even sell good quality items through popular selling websites, or jumble sales and car boots. This is a great way to clear out the house and make a bit of money while doing so.

Passing on your old items is a hassle-free way of doing good in your community. Visit http://www.loveessex.org to find out more.


Overhanging Branches: a reminder from Essex County Council!

After a summer of exuberant plant growth there are trees, shrubs and even low growing plants that need cutting back if they are forcing people to walk in the road (or if they could damage passing vehicles). We have had a reminder from Essex County Council of the legal position:

“Landowners have responsibility for any trees near the road….These should be regularly checked and cut to prevent large branches or the whole tree blowing down and blocking the road. People walking along the pavement or verge shouldn’t have to avoid overgrown trees or hedges. 

The Council has the power to issue enforcement notices to landowners….with

branches and vegetation found to be obstructing the highway, compelling the owner to carry out any necessary work.

Pavements should be entirely free of plant growth up to a height of 8ft (2.5m). The

road should be clear to a height of 17ft (5.1m) and 1.8ft (0.5m) from the edge of the

road towards your land.”

We appreciate this is difficult to achieve in a rural area, but please do your best to comply with the legislation.

Sue Griffiths, Clerk, Berden Parish Council


DOGS AND FOOTPATHS

We have been receiving more complaints about dogs out of control and their owners not clearing up after them on public footpaths and, astonishingly, on other people’s private property. In recent weeks we have had a report of a young Berdenite, and that means a friend or neighbour of all of us, coming indoors from the families own property ‘covered’ in dog waste.

 Please enjoy walking your dog but do make sure that you stick to the legal public paths, or those routes where you know for sure that the owner is happy for you to use them. In the eyes of the law you are trespassing if you step off a public right of way. We are very lucky in Berden: We have a relatively large network of enjoyable legal and permissive paths and, with just a few exceptions, they are all clearly defined through use, so – please – stick to them and keep your dogs under control at all times

There are dog waste bags, provided by your parish council, available by the bus shelter. Please use them and help everybody to enjoy their time out and about in our beautiful countryside.

If you wish to consult the definitive rights of way path, please contact John Burton on 777674.

THANK YOU – BERDEN PARISH COUNCIL

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BERDEN NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Berden Parish is part of the Uttlesford Neighbourhood Watch (NhW) scheme. Its aims are to keep parishes up to date on the latest crimes in the area and offer advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of crime. As we know, police resources are in decline and it is becoming more and more important to raise awareness in our community about the possibility of crimes and frauds. By being watchful and alert we can help the police with vital information.

Since our village is sprawling in various directions, we have contact persons in the different parts who will be your first port of call for anything unusual, an incident or a crime. The names and phone numbers of these volunteers are published below and will also be published on the Berden Website. Although we live in a safe and generally trouble-free area with little crime, we would all be advised to consider the following:

  • Home security
  • Garden, outbuildings and vehicle security
  • Bogus callers/doorstep crimes
  • Telephone and online security
  • Identity fraud

Nowadays, the largest surge in fraud is on the telephone or on-line. Everybody is no doubt aware of this or may have experienced scams. NhW publishes a very useful guide to safety and to crime prevention and their website is: www.ourwatch.org.uk. Weekly, Uttlesford NhW emails me an online Bulletin with updates of the latest crimes in the area and also with very useful advice on crime prevention. I will forward these to John Barber who will regularly put them on Berden Facebook.

If you see something suspicious or want to report information about a crime that has taken place, call the police non-emergency number 101. At the same time, alert your local coordinator. If you see a crime in progress, always use the emergency number   999.

Local coordinators:

Potash, Highlands, Mill Hill, Peyton Hall        John Barber 145

Little London                                                   John Arnell 239

Dewes Green, Priory, the Knoll                      Andrew Nelson 784

St. Nicholas Field                                             John Walker 470

The Street                                                       John Burton

Brickhouse End, Park Green                           Deborah Patrick

Village Hall, Pelham rd. Vicarage Lane, Bonnetting Lane       Ulla 994

We would welcome a volunteer for Benskins, Gawlers and upper Pelham Road.

Ideas and suggestion regarding the NhW scheme are always welcome.

Email here for more information

 Demand Responsive Transport

An Demand Responsive Transport (DaRT) has been introduced in parishes in the North of Essex.

This service allows residents to travel between 0600 and 2000 Monday to Saturday.  It increases the opportunities to travel and improve access to shopping, health appointments, work, school or college.  It can also be used to visit friends and family.

Passengers can travel alone or as a group.  Concessionary Bus pass holders can use the service for free after 0900 Monday to Friday and all day on a Saturday.

 Instead of using fixed routes with fixed stops and times, customers book journeys with the operator in advance and are picked up from an agreed point – often their own home, a bus stop or local place of interest.  To book the DaRT service contact Arrow Taxis on: 01621 874411.

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For more details click here Rural Transport publication May 16



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Doorstep/Rogue traders are operating in your area trying to obtain work related to block paved driveways, garden work or tree cutting, roofing or any other household repair or maintenance.

Never agree to have work carried out by traders who knock on your door offering these services and always thoroughly check out leaflets as addresses provided can be false with telephone numbers that stop working if you have a problem with the work. You can also be provided with guarantees that are worthless.

We would always advise residents to consider using one of our Buy With Confidence businesses who have been audited and approved by Trading Standards. The nearest three to your postcode can be found by calling the national consumer helpline on 03454 040506 or
www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk

We would ask all residents to look out for household repair and maintenance activity at the homes of elderly neighbours, friends or family members.

Residents who do get caught out by doorstep/rogue traders are often too embarrassed to
report it. If you are concerned call the helpline with the information.

Sue Bunney
Trading Standards


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The Parish Safety Volunteer Programme is a new community safety initiative, delivered in partnership by Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and volunteers from local communities. Could you volunteer?

Parish Safety Volunteers are trained by experts from our organisations to deliver bespoke fire and crime safety advice and fit smoke detectors in homes. Parish Safety Volunteers will work in pairs, in a smart but comfortable uniform and visit people in their own homes to offer this bespoke service. A diverse range of people will benefit from the Parish Safety Volunteer programme from young families, to the elderly and those vulnerable to the risk of fire or fear of crime. You must be over 18, know your local area well and be able to commit to an average of 10 hours each month. Everyone who volunteers as a Parish Safety Volunteer will be interviewed, provide two references, complete standard Police security checks and a confidential health questionnaire. Good all-round communication skills are also a must. Reasonable expenses will be paid. If you are interested in finding out more about what is involved in becoming a Parish Safety Volunteer, please visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/volunteering or email PSV@essex-fire.gov.uk or ring 01376 576237.


Ancell Book

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