News and Notices


Proposed Pelham Spring Solar Farm and Energy Storage

There is a proposal by a company called Low Carbon Investment Management Ltd, a renewable energy developer, concerning a proposed solar farm co-located with energy storage to the southern area of the Parish and looks to extend into Manuden Parish towards Maggotts End and close to (but not within) Furneux Pelham boundary. The area referred to extends to 72 hectares (180 acres).

We should stress that this proposal is at an early design consultation stage and and a planning application has not yet been made The area Low Carbon have referenced is edged in red below.


Low Carbon are initially consulting with nearby residents, then with the Parish Councils and then will carry out a community consultation event for 3 weeks. This is all a pre-cursor to a formal planning application and further opportunities to make representations.

The Parish Council are in contact with Low Carbon with the intent to better understand the nature of the proposal and will publish what we can here.


First and foremost a huge vote of thanks to the ninety seven households that completed the yellow survey sheets that were delivered to every home in Berden, Brick House End, Park Green, Little London, Pot Ash Lane and Dewes Green.  Most returns were delivered to Wheelwrights Cottage and others came through as email attachments.

Originally we were not sure how the village would vote on this subject, but we have a clear and undisputable result. Eighty six respondents were against the proposed solar farm whilst only eleven were in favour. Of the eleven only four gave unconditional support and the other seven wanted the site to be reduced, particularly on the Brick House End side, and/or considerable thought and effort put in to screen planting. Likewise additional planting and protection of the ancient Blakings Lane were also requested. Many of those who were against the proposal also supported these measures if this unpopular project comes in to being.

We, your Parish Council, believe that this very positive result gives us the mandate to fight against this excessively large solar farm which, at one hundred and eighty acres, would be a vast blot on our countryside. From a view point in Blakings Lane it would stretch from a few yards in front of the observer as far as the eye could see to Maggots End in Manuden and fill the space, left to right, between the ancient Battles Wood to a line running close and parallel to the entire length of Brick House End Lane and other residential properties.

At present this is only going through the pre-planning stage but it will almost certainly be submitted to Uttlesford Council as a firm proposal within the next few weeks. Hopefully with the assistance of Manuden and Stocking Pelham Parish Councils along with the very active Stop Battles Farm pressure group we will be doing our best to protect our natural environment.  We must convince Uttlesford Council  Planning Committee that whilst we understand the need for renewable energy, our three closely linked parishes already have more than enough electrical hardware with both the existing grid station (that has the space for further development), and the recently installed and unsightly battery unit as well as our many pylons and associated cables. Uttlesford lacks a policy on renewable energy planning and this has to be resolved before they agree to further such development in their rapidly changing district council area. An area that Uttlesford Council are duty bound to protect for future generations.

We will need to keep the pressure on and will probably be looking for additional support, when the time comes, from many sources including resident individuals who have the knowledge to help with this major campaign to protect our valuable agricultural and wildlife rich local environment.

John Burton. On behalf of all of Berden Parish Council.

My Parish Council colleagues are -John Riddell, Amanda Coomber, Duncan Murdoch, Pete Hewitt, Diane Holt and Ian Stumpf.


If you want to help please do not hesitate to ring or email me-

01279 777674, 07860 343324 or

Large format solar brochure – Pelham Spring – draft 23.02.21 digital


You may also wish to look at which express the views of many residents who are opposed to the development

Essex Energy Efficiency Grant Funding Leaflet

Essex Energy Efficiency Grant Funding Leaflet

Parish News - April 2021


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Berden Playground has re opened

We are delighted to say the playground will be open from today, Friday 10th July. The Parish Council has undertaken the mandatory risk assessment, so please read the notices in the playground.

The important issues are:

Observe the 2m social distancing wherever possible.
There is hand sanitiser in the hut.
We have cleaned the equipment, but cannot do so on a daily basis, so bring your own sterile wipes.
Do not bring food and drink into the playground.
If practical, have only one adult per family group of children.
If the playground looks too busy, come back later.
The playground will be locked overnight, from dusk to 9am approx.
We will monitor the playground daily, but if you see any problems let one of the parish councillors know.
Berden Parish Council.



We have been sent information relating to the use of our defibrillators during the on-going virus situation by AJS First Aid Training Services and the Resuscitation Council.

This is for anyone who finds themselves having to perform CPR/Defibrillation in an home/family setting during this difficult time.

Please take the time to look at the following site and IMPORTANTLY please also look at the video contained within it.

We also request that you adhere to the following guide lines:-

  • Wear gloves
  • A towel or similar should be placed over the victim’s nose and mouth !

When we carry out chest compressions air is released through the nose and                mouth in droplet form, thus causing the possible spread of a viral infection.

  • Check Danger, make sure area is safe to proceed
  • Do NOT check air way or breathing
  • Shake shoulders in normal manner
  • Ask ‘Are you all right?’
  • No response: Call 999 and inform the service of what is taking place.
  • Follow instructions.

For full Defibrillator instructions refer to the Useful Information page here



First and foremost I want to thank all the amazing people that have volunteered to be Berden Buddies during the difficult times we might be facing: over thirty seven individuals have stepped in to the breach. As of today, Friday 20/3, over eighty Berden households have let me know that they want to be registered on our developing Buddy Scheme. Yes, Berden is a real community.

It will never be too late to register your involvement, whether as a Buddy or a possible recipient of assistance. Just let me have your name, address, email details and telephone numbers.

Whether we live on our own or as part of a family unit, if we catch the virus we will need to isolate ourselves, and may require help with essential shopping, collecting prescriptions or anything else without direct contact being involved. We must consider that our usual friends and family network of support might also become infected, and thus be unable to help each of us in extremis. Do not forget that if just one person in a household contracts this virus everyone in that house will need to be isolated, and that we might have to isolate individuals within the home too.

John Burton, Chair Berden Parish Council

01279 777674 or 07860 343324 or JOHNBURTON@BERDEN.ORG.UK

Wheelwrights Cottage. The Street, Berden, CM23 1AS

Further information relating to the local situation can be found on…


It is completely brilliant that over 40 people/households/families have volunteered to be

BERDEN BUDDIES! Thank you one and all.

How is this scheme going to work? The answer is simple.

Should you be in a position to seek community help please call either myself, Bron, Sue, John or Jenny and we will put you in touch with an appropriate volunteer who is living as close to you as possible.

JOHN AND BRON BURTON -777465, 07860 343324

SUE GRIFFITHS – 777465, 07484  619761

JOHN & JENNY ARNELL – 777239, 07803 150037.

It will never be too late to add yourselves to the list.


Useful information regarding support available for those who cannot leave their homes due to current COVID – 19 situation


Parish Council Meetings During Emergency

To comply with the latest restrictions, the Parish Council has agreed there will be no physical Parish Council meetings during the current emergency.
If there are urgent matters that you wish to bring to the attention of the Council, please contact Sue Griffiths (Clerk) or any of the Councillors.

Stay safe, stay well, stay indoors!

Sue Griffiths  777465
John Burton  777674
Amanda Coomber  777046                                Duncan Murdoch  778098
John Riddell  777852                                           Pete Hewitt  777332
Ian Stumpf  777659                                             Diane Holt 777779

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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.


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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: 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.

DaRT website 

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

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 or email or ring 01376 576237.

Ancell Book

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