Coronavirus At the time of writing, 18th March, the government has announced the closure of all schools and asked people that are aged over 70 or vulnerable to infection to avoid contact as much as possible. It has also been asked that people do not go out to Bars, Restaurants, and other social gatherings. The restrictions are likely to get even tighter over the coming days and weeks and may have changed by the time you read this.
Because of the above, it was decided at the March Council meeting to cancel the April Council meeting on 22nd April. It was also decided with great regret, that the VE Day celebrations planned by the Parish Council should not go ahead. It was felt that the safety of Councillors, volunteers and those residents attending were of the utmost importance. It was also thought that by May large gatherings may have been banned.
Annual Parish Meeting (May 20th) Again, due to the Coronavirus, it was decided at the March meeting to postpone this and rearrange it for later in the year.
Playgrounds The Parish Council has CLOSED the Playground on the Abridge Village Field until further notice. The Pancroft Playground is owned by EFDC so we are unable to close it but strongly recommend that it is not used.
Play In The Park. The EFDC has decided that due to the Coronavirus outbreak they have cancelled all Easter Holiday activities including the Play In The Park session due to take place at the Abridge Village Hall.
MESSAGE FROM DISTRICT COUNCILLOR BRIAN ROLFE
CORONAVIRUS AND EFDC
For those of you who do not already know, the district council is now operating in emergency mode in order to preserve services whilst also protecting their own staff.
The main changes are that wherever possible, personnel are working from home linked to the office by telephone. Senior management has been divided into three teams, with equal responsibilities, and are operating from different sites.
The object of the exercise is to reduce the risk of the infection spreading.
If residents know the name or telephone extension they require, then just dial as usual and in most cases, you should be connected straight through regardless of where they are working.
If you are unable to contact the person you require and the matter is urgent, I am available on 01992 576654. This number is always in Link Up. I do ask you to be patient as it is never easy to resolve all problems and in the current situation, things are likely to take longer.
Best wishes to you all.
Lamboune Parish Council
Lambourne Parish Council serving the communities of Abridge and Lambourne End. The above is the motto of Lambourne Parish Council reflecting the fact that the villages of Abridge and Lambourne End belong to the same Parish. Think of Lambourne School which is situated in Hoe Lane, Abridge and Lambourne Church, Church Lane, Abridge, which geographically stands right in the middle of the parish. Lambourne Parish is divided into two wards and is represented by 9 councillors, 6 of whom serve the Abridge ward and 3 who serve the Lambourne ward.
The council holds 10 meetings a year in the Abridge Village Hall and 2 meetings a year in the Lambourne Parish Rooms. Details of these meetings can be found on the link above or notice-board below. The council holds monthly meetings with the first 15 minutes open to the public as a forum to express their views in relation to any community issues and concerns including Planning, Planning Enforcement, Parking, Transport, Highways, Playgrounds and Anti-Social Behaviour etc. Everybody from both villages is welcome to attend any of our meetings and details of these are displayed on the notice boards of both village halls, in Linkup and on this website.
New Speed Limit on Ongar Road (A113)
As of 13th November 2019, there is a new speed limit of 40mph that starts just before Church Lane coming from the Airfield on Ongar Road. This runs the whole distance through to where the 30mph limit starts on the bend before the Village Hall.
This has always been a dangerous stretch of road and a local resident has worked tirelessly to get the speed limit lowered along this stretch after seeing a number of accidents and near misses. Please drive carefully throughout the Parish and adhere to this and all speed limits.
We would like to hear from all residents of the Parish. If you could take the time to fill in our survey it would be much appreciated. This will help us plan the future of the Parish. Please go to our Survey Page.
Lambourne Neighbourhood Watch
Find out more about the Lambourne Neighbourhood Watch HERE
There will be no Parish Council Meeting in April.
Clerk to the Council
418 Bus Service
There have been discussions between Galleon Travel (Trusty Buses) and ECC regards this service and we can confirm that the service is safe at least until the end of March 2018.
The timetable below will come into effect as of 2nd January 2018.
(Some of the links on this Website will direct you away from this site. Whilst we are careful to direct you to appropriate sites the Parish Council can take no responsibility for information and opinions found on these sites.)