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A12 Widening -December 2021 Update

A12 Widening -December 2021 Update

National Highways have published (November 2021) supplementary proposals for the A12 widening which contains their response to the earlier Public Consultation of June 2021. Comments must be received before mid-night, next Sunday the 19th of December.  Given the timing, the practical way to view the proposals now, is on-line  at: www.nationalhighways.co.uk/A12

Regrettably, our responses to the earlier consultation exercise have been rejected other than a proposed new speed limit for Main Road / B1137; we assume “new” means “reduced”.

The strategic aim of A12 widening is to take “long distance traffic off the local roads and put it back on the A12 where it belongs”. We totally support this aim. However, National Highways have not explained how achieving this aim results in estimated, massive increases in traffic for Boreham:

The am peak traffic on Main Road is estimated to increase by 34% but this is now shown as  with a the qualification of “Main Road, west of Boreham”.  An explanation for the introduction of this qualification would have been useful.   

National Highways’ did not publish that the June 2021 proposals would increase am peak traffic on Plantation Road by 50%.  No data is available for November proposals.

Our response to the November proposals will:

Welcome the new speed limits, assuming these are reductions.

State keeping Junction 20a open would certainly reduce the huge increases in traffic in Boreham.

State the traffic increases are totally unacceptable.

Only someone who has never turned into or from Plantation Road could propose a scheme that increases Main Road traffic by 34% and Plantation Road by 50%. Neither can they have envisaged the impact on Church Road when Plantation Road is jammed.

Record that once again, neither drop-in events nor explanatory booklets have been provided in Boreham. By contrast drop-in events have been held in Hatfield Peverel, Messing and Witham; Booklets are available from such diverse locations as Hatfield Peverel library, The Old Crown in Messing, Oak Stores in Rivenhall and St Mary’s Church in Easthorpe. It is easy to communicate good news. Bad news, as is the case for Boreham, seems to be difficult to communicate. Accordingly, we will request National Highways to organise a public meeting in Boreham and invite our elected representatives, from Parish Councillor to Member of Parliament. Given their estimated impact upon Boreham, frankly, it’s the least they should do.

We ask that you support our objections and reiterate your own concerns – no later than Sunday 19th December 2021 – by responding using one of the following methods:

On-line via the Response Form at nationalhighways.co.uk/A12 https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a12chelmsford-to-a120-widening-consultation-nov21/consultation/intro/

E-mail – A12chelmsfordA120wide@highwaysengland.co.uk.


Climate Crisis – Volunteers wanted to help plant trees and hedgerows in Boreham

The Environmental Working Party (EWP) is delivering projects to  improve biodiversity in Boreham, mitigate impacts of climate change & improve our natural environment.  This year we are planting 200m of hedgerow (1,000 trees) and starting a Seabrook Heritage Orchard in the village.

The tree whips for the hedgerow have been very kindly donated by the Essex Forest Initiative and apple trees are being purchased using a grant from the Essex Locality Fund.

Plants will be delivered on 6th December and we will have a number of hedgerow planting days in that week, including 11th/12th December and at least one weekday.  There are a variety of tasks involved: planning, ground preparation, planting, tree protection, spreading mulch,administration and managing distribution of plants.

If you can help, please phone 07890638104 or email admin@boreham-pc.gov.uk



Community Governance Review

“Please find below a further update in relation to the Community Governance Review.

The proposed draft recommendations were approved by Full Council on 22nd September for further consultation.  The further consultation period is open until Tuesday 30th November 2021 and responses can be provided through the Council’s website in the community governance review area or using the link below:-


Of course, the draft recommendations are not final decisions and the Council welcomes and encourages as many residents, interested parties and public bodies as possible to provide their views and feedback through the consultation process.

The website has details of all draft recommendations and online forms by area. Each online form is tailored to the draft recommendations for each particular area. However, all the website forms also have a final question where anyone who wishes to respond to draft recommendations in further areas can provide details rather than completing a further separate form.   They will simply need to specify the area to which their comments relate.

It would be helpful if every parish/town council or parish meeting provides its formal view in relation to the draft recommendations through the  consultation process. Whilst we recognise this will not always be the case,  it would be helpful to do so even if this is to confirm that a parish agrees with the draft recommendation. Individual councillors (as well as residents and other organisations) can also provide their views if they wish.

We will shortly be providing bespoke leaflets or letters to households in particular areas where more substantial changes are being consulted upon (for example where changes to the parish boundary are proposed). Whilst not all households will receive a leaflet or letter they will be able to respond through the website in any event.

Whilst some responses will be fairly simple to complete we know this will not always be the case. Should you wish to respond in relation to boundary or other more complicated proposals it would be helpful if you provide as much detail as possible, including a map where necessary.  If this is the case for your parish response please feel free to email Electoral.Register@chelmsford.gov.uk with any maps or supplementary detail (making it clear if this links with an online response already provided). All consultation responses through the website or otherwise must be received on or before 30th November 2021 if those representations are to be considered in the review.

Next stages of the review are also set out on the website. This includes reporting to the Governance Committee which is scheduled to meet on 2/2/22 to consider final review recommendations and Full Council on 23/2/22 when a final decision will be made. All parishes are provided with agendas for these meetings and this will include publication of any consultation responses.


One Boreham – Help is available


One Boreham is a collaboration between Boreham Parish Council, St. Andrews Church and Boreham Primary school.  It is for Boreham residents and aims to put volunteers who are able to assist in touch with those who need extra help.

Copies of the leaflet will be posted to all Boreham residents shortly.

Volunteer Offers of Help

Volunteer Help

With the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Parish Council appreciate that there are members of the community who will need some additional help, particularly those in the most vulnerable groups that the Government have recommended introducing social distancing measures to reduce social interaction between people.

These include people aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)

And those under 70 with an underlying health condition set out on the Government website (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds) and those who are pregnant.

We have had a number of volunteers who have kindly come forward and offered to help.

Below is a list of the volunteers, contact numbers and their location in Boreham. If you are vulnerable and need help with shopping etc you can contact your local volunteers direct.

Please note, we have not carried out any checks on the volunteers although some have informed us that they are DBS checked. You should bear this in mind before contacting anyone and make sure that you ask for identification. Unless the volunteer is known to you do not hand over any money until after the goods have been delivered to you and ask for a receipt. Volunteers will not come into your home.


The latest version of this list will be available at the Boreham Parish Council website www.borehamparishcouncil.co.uk or the Facebook page.

Name                                    Location                                               Contact Number             

N Long                                  Hulton Close                                      07906 052401

Fran and Tim Luke           Plantation Rd (Church Rd end)   07785750294 / 01245 460405

Sophie                                  Plantation Rd                                     07989 599462

Corinna Donn                    Orchard Way                                      07771 868860

Sarah Goodwin                 Church road (next to queens head)          07540 993448

Christine Baynes-King    Butterfield Rd                                    07747 613416

Kathryn Metcalf                                Butterfield Rd                                    01245 467090 / 07958 943509

Liz Riding                             Butterfield Rd                                    01245 467455 / 07940 328816

Debbie Davidson              Butterfield Rd                                    07843 526513

Jeanette Hooper              The Willows                                        07775 965081

Charlotte Garnham         Fitzwalter Rd                                      07849 155329

Nina Marston                    Fitzwalter Rd                                      07590 753798

Anthony Leach                  Claypits Rd                                          01245 468541

Sandra Reeve                    St Andrews Rd                                   07484 380286

Marion Freeman              Falkland Close                                   07449 856013 / 01245 467408

(Marion is a Pastoral Assistant with St Andrews church and is offering telephone support)

Sharon Hills                         Boons Close                                        01245 451411 / 07771 370706

Dawn Whittle                    The Chase                                           07725 553848

Rosie Waspe (Avail AM) Brick House Lane                              07772 014298

Gini Hay                               Oak Cottages, Main Road              07801 277781

Wendy Lackenby              Main Road (Near Lion Inn)           07388 928807                                    PTO

Amy Bryant                         Paynes Lane                                       amy.bryant@hotmail.co.uk

Katy Saunders                   Lodge Crescent                                 07896 853482

Karen West.                     Haselfoot Close.                           07841 387646
Annie Scales                       Russell Green (Waltham Rd)        07725 481113 / 01245 362032

Connor Thompson           Sussex Close                                                      07544 923800

The Parish Council are extremely thankful for those who have come forward to help in these difficult times.













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