Thursday, 18 March 2021

District News: Let's keep going, vaccines latest, DevelopMe Hub goes live + more


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Let's keep going!

HFSIt's important to keep following the government guidance and restrictions as we follow the Covid-19 roadmap out of lockdown.

One in three people with coronavirus do not display any symptoms and could be spreading it without realising.

If you meet one other person alone from outside your household in an outdoor public space for a coffee, chat or picnic, please remember:

Help to keep your friends, family and community safe by following these measures at all times. Please continue to follow the stay at home rules which remain in place until Monday 29 March.

More information about the government guidelines can be found on

Covid data for Essex

The latest Covid data for Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock) is published on the Essex County Council website.

Vaccines latest

vaccineOver 25 million people in the UK have now received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

If you are 50 or over, are clinically extremely vulnerable, are an eligible frontline health or social care worker, are eligible for carer's allowance or have a learning disability, and have not yet had or been booked for your first vaccination, you can book online or call 119.

If you have had the vaccine there is still a chance you could spread coronavirus. This means it is important that you continue to follow government guidance, including social distancing rules

Find out more about the vaccination programme in Essex

Get a test

testingIf you're unable to work from home, you can get tested for Covid-19 at a local testing centre. Getting tested regularly gives you peace of mind that you are not unknowingly passing it on to others. 

People without symptoms, who live and work in Essex, can get a walk-in appointment or book via the Essex County Council website or by calling 0333 772 6144. 

Anyone with symptoms should book a test via

How will you vote at the elections in May?

electionsAre you a first time voter? Don't miss the chance to have your voice heard. You have until midnight on 19 April to register to vote.

Registering for a postal vote is quick and easy and can be done online. The closing date for applying for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April.

You can also request a proxy vote if you want someone else to vote on your behalf because you can't get to your polling station on polling day. The closing date for applying for a proxy vote is 5pm on 27 April.

► Further information about the elections on 6 May are available on the Uttlesford District Council website.

New interactive job site for Uttlesford residents

DMThe DevelopMe Hub has been set up to support those looking for a new job, training opportunities or simply want to develop their skills further.

The hub is personal to each user and packed with interactive tools, e-learning content and the latest job opportunities, all designed to help you navigate today's job market and grow in confidence.

Click it Local: Your high street delivered


Residents anywhere in the district can use Click It Local Uttlesford, allowing them to buy from any independent shop and have it delivered to their doorstep.

From weekly food essentials, gifts and treats to last minute basics, customers can buy everything they need from as many different shops as they like with one payment and one delivery. 

Delivery costs are now capped at £6 meaning customers can shop from more of their favourite shops.

Fraud aware

fraud bookletEssex Police, in partnership with Uttlesford Community Safety Partnership, have created a guide to the most common scams seen during the pandemic, along with advice on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim in the future.

The booklet, which has been sent out to households across the district, includes information about fake emails, texts and phishing, suspicious phone calls, online shopping fraud.

Fraud or attempted fraud can be reported to Action Fraud.

If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, please call Essex Police on 101.

Census Day is 21 March

census2Census 2021 day is this Sunday, 21 March.

By filling in your census, you will help shape Uttlesford for the next 10 years. 

The census is collecting information about us and where we live on Sunday 21 March, but that is not a deadline that you have to meet for returning forms.

The vast majority of people will be completing the census online, but if you are using a paper copy you can put that in the post after 21 March. If you'd prefer to complete your questionnaire on paper you can request one to be sent to you.

Census information events

Local information event

Great Notley Parish Council is hosting a virtual event for you to learn more about the census, get help with the questionnaire and have your questions answered. The event is on Wednesday 24 March, 7pm to 9pm.

Virtual support session

The Office for National Statistics is putting on a series of safe space virtual workshops where they will walk you through the online and paper census forms and answer any questions you may have. The workshops run until 24 March.

Visit the Uttlesford District Council website for further information and joining instructions for both events

Survey to help shape future broadband plans

bb surveyEssex County Council has launched a new survey to establish the future broadband needs of residents and businesses.

By taking part in the Broadband Survey, you'll help Superfast Essex identify whether your address is eligible to be included in future state-funded broadband rollouts.

The survey runs until 19 April.

Find out more and take part in the survey

Nominate someone now for 'Making a Difference'

MAD awardsWe are aware of hundreds of people who have been actively supporting the community and individuals throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The Uttlesford Making a Difference Awards aim to recognise those people who have made a difference to others.

The closing date for nominations is 14 April.

Details are available on the Uttlesford District Council website.

Celebrating Diversity Across Uttlesford

cd eventThe first in a series of virtual 'listening events' has been held to celebrate diversity across Uttlesford and delve deeper into the challenges faced in creating a diverse and inclusive community.

Hayley Bennett, a multi-award-winning diversity and inclusion consultant, led the event which included presentations given by Victim Support and campaign project, Snapping the Stiletto.

Local people from the Black and ethnic minority community also spoke of their experiences, whilst discussions were centred on identity, impressions of Uttlesford and experiences of living in the district.

The event is available to watch on You Tube.

Affinity Water debt help

affinity waterAffinity Water has a range of measures in place to help customers who may be struggling to pay their bill.

Households on low incomes or who receive certain benefits or have a medical condition that requires the extra use of water, may be eligible for a range of different tariffs.

Anyone who has been affected financially by coronavirus may also be eligible for payment breaks, different tariffs or spreading the cost of their bill.

Customers are urged to get in touch to see what support is available. Visit the Affinity Water website or watch this video for more information.



Friday, 18 December 2020

District News: Latest Covid information, vaccination programme, holiday opening times + more



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Uttlesford remains in Tier 2

The government has confirmed that Uttlesford will remain a Tier 2 area (High Alert) as part of the Covid-19 restrictions.

Under current guidance, anyone living in a Tier 2 area must:

  • Not mix with other households indoors
  • Only meet people outdoors in groups of six or less
  • Work from home if possible
  • Reduce the number of journeys they make 

This is in addition to washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces and staying at least two metres apart from other people – or one metre with a face covering or other precautions.

See full details of what you can and cannot do in a Tier 2 area

From 23 to 27 December, there are different Christmas rules for meeting friends and family.

See message from Cllr John Lodge, Leader of Uttlesford District Council

Latest Covid data for Essex

Essex residents are being residents to continue following Covid guidelines as the latest rate for the county has risen to 305.3 per 100,000 – a 79 per cent increase over the last seven days.

Nearly every area of Essex has seen a significant increase in the rate of Covid, with the total number of cases rising to 4,547 in the seven days up to 10 December.

Cases are very high in specific age groups, with the rates for people over 60 now standing at 140 per 100,000 – an increase of 37% in the past week. The 11-18 age group has also seen an especially steep and rapid rise, with the rate now standing at 457 per 100,000.

Read the latest Covid press release from Essex County Council

See the week's Covid data for Essex

Vaccination programme

vaccinationsGP-led local vaccination centres are beginning to open their doors in the district, with Stansted Surgery being one of the first to administer the vaccination. 

To protect those who are the most at risk first, the vaccine is initially being offered in the community to people aged over 80. Getting the vaccine to all those in the priority groups will take a number of months.

We can all play our part to assist the vaccination programme by:

  • waiting to be contacted by the NHS – you will be invited to an appointment when it is your turn. Remember the NHS will never ask you to pay for a Covid-19 vaccination
  • attending both of your booked appointments
  • continuing to follow all the guidance to control the spread of the virus and save lives – this means hand-washing thoroughly and regularly, wearing a face covering in line with guidance and maintaining social distancing

Find out more about the vaccine and how it works from Public Health England

Holiday opening times and out of hours

UDC► Check Uttlesford District Council opening and closing times over the Christmas and New Year period. This includes details of the out of hours service which is for repairs to council properties and emergencies only.

Changes to Christmas bin collections in Uttlesford

xmas binsResidents are advised that Uttlesford District Council will not be collecting any bins next week (w/c 21 December).

For the week following Christmas (w/c 28 December), we will be collecting the green-lidded recycling bin and food caddy.

Collections on 29, 30 and 31 December will take place as normal. But collections which would have normally taken place on New Year's Day will take place a day later (Saturday 2 January 2021).

Collections of the black-lidded bin will resume from 5 January.

Find out when to put your bins out over Christmas and what to recycle

The revised schedule has the benefit of enabling our hard-working collection crews to take a well-deserved break for Christmas.

Read our press release

New funding to cut fuel bills and help tackle climate change

A government grant has been awarded to Essex County Council and seven of the county's city, district and borough councils – including Uttlesford District Council – to install insulation and energy efficient heating in Essex homes.

The new funding will see even more people who are unable to heat their homes properly get help to keep their homes warm this winter.

Find out more including how to check if you are eligible for the grant

Your local high street delivered


Click it Local continues to go from strength to strength with 60 independent retailers now on board, including some of our best-loved stores in Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow. Delivery is available across the whole of Uttlesford, Cambridge, Ely and Haverhill.

Click it Local gift vouchers are also available – so if you are stuck for a last minute present idea this could be the perfect way to continue supporting our local shops in January!



Thursday, 15 October 2020

District News: IMPORTANT Essex coronavirus update



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IMPORTANT Essex coronavirus update

ECC latest newsIn a move to slow the current rates of infection across our county, from Saturday, Essex will be placed into the high level of restrictions (tier 2 on the new COVID system).

What does this mean?

  • No household mixing indoors – this includes at home or in hospitality venues
  • Different households can meet outdoors in public spaces but must stick to the 'Rule of six'
  • 10pm curfews will remain in place for all pubs and restaurants
  • Remember hands, face and space
  • Reduce travel where you can

If we act now, we can stop the spread and protect our loved ones as we head into the winter months.

Get detailed information on the new guidelines

► Read about the request to move to the high COVID alert level and the data that informed the decision

► You can also read 20 questions about moving to the high COVID alert level

Community Response Hub

hubThe Uttlesford Community Response Hub continues to help people in the community who need it, particularly those who are finding themselves having to return to self-isolation.

The number 03333 408 218 is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Alternatively, email:



Downloading the NHS COVID-19 App is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from the virus. 

Based on an Apple/Google privacy framework, the app has a number of tools designed to help protect those we love, like contact tracing, checking into venues through an in-built QR code scanner, risk alerts by postcode, a symptom checker and test booking.

The more people use the app, the more we can keep each other safe and stop infection rates rising. 


There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

  • HANDS – keep washing your hands regularly
  • FACE – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • SPACE – stay at least 2 metres apart, or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.

Get latest NHS advice