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Highways England – A12 Chelmsford to A120 Widening Statutory Consultation – 22 June to 16 August 2021

Highways England are holding a public consultation on the proposals to widen the existing A12 between junctions 19 and 25 to three lanes in each direction (where it is not already) and create a three-lane bypass in each direction at Rivenhall End. The proposals also include a bypass between junctions 24 (Feering) and 2 (A120 Marks Tey interchange). For more information visit the online exhibition at http://www.highwaysengland.co.uk/A12

Details on how to respond, including information on local public information events, webinars and where to view hard copies of the consultation brochure can be found here:

Land Around Felix Hall and Park Farm

Contrary to information which has been circulating, the paths around Park Farm and Felix Hall which it has been said have been ‘closed’ to the public, are not Public Rights of Way.  This is private land and is not open for anyone to walk on.  The landowner has tried to be tolerant, but as misinformation is being put out on Facebook, and by word of mouth, they have rightly asked the Parish Council to make the situation clear.  Unfortunately there have been people walking on their land – not on the public footpaths – who have been extremely rude and disrespectful to their family.

Please note that the only public rights of way around this area are those marked on the Essex County Council Public Rights of Way map – the link to this is:  https://www.essexhighways.org/getting-around/public-rights-of-way/prow-interactive-map  on which you can search for Kelvedon and see where the public paths are clearly marked.  Please keep to these public paths only, and be respectful of the land and countryside.  Crops are the landowner’s livelihood, so when these are damaged by people or dogs, this is lost income.  We also need to remind that farm buildings and equipment are not public areas and can be dangerous places to be wandering around.  Please could parents ensure that their children also know they are private property and not areas to be using or running around in, to ensure that accident or injury is prevented. 

Link to the Countryside Code: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/985422/Summary-Countryside-Code-A5.pdf.pdf

We hope that this has clarified the issue.

Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation

The Kelvedon Neighbourhood Plan is now out for public consultation.

We are seeking views before it is considered by a Planning Inspector and then proceed towards a village referendum. Comments can be submitted to Braintree District Council between 9am on Friday 4th June and 5pm on Friday 16th July 2021.

Where can I view and comment on the Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents?

  • To view and comment on the Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents, visit:

www.braintree.gov.uk/ConsultNP

  • The documents and paper response forms are also available at Kelvedon Parish Offices, Suite 1, The Old Bank, 63 High Street, Kelvedon CO5 9AE and Kelvedon Library, Aylett’s Foundation School, Maldon Road, Kelvedon CO5 9BA

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a way for communities – in this case Kelvedon Parish Council, to take a proactive approach to deciding the future of the places where they live and work. Once ‘made’ (adopted) a Neighbourhood Plan has the same legal status as the district wide Local Plan, and will be used alongside the Local Plan in deciding planning applications that fall within its area. For more information please see www.braintree.gov.uk/consultNP

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The village is bounded to the north by the River Blackwater where the adjacent village of Feering starts.

Kelvedon railway station has direct links to London Liverpool Street Station with trains approximately every 20 minutes and a journey time of 55 minutes.

Bus services are provided to Chelmsford, Colchester, Tollesbury and Witham.

The A12 dual carriageway runs alongside the village linking Kelvedon with the rest of East Anglia, south through Essex or north through Suffolk and Norfolk.