Chairman’s Report

Serving the communities of Abridge & Lambourne End
December 2018

Hello to you all. By the time you will be reading this two big events on the local calendar will have taken place.

The Abridge Fireworks Display was considered by all to have been the best evening yet. The committee employed security and parking staff which, along with a layout change on the field, meant the roads were less congested and the whole event was fantastic. Along with many other good causes and charities, money raised from this event goes towards the Abridge Christmas Lights.

The Christmas ‘Light Up’ will have taken place on 2nd December with some replacement decorations and an appearance from Father Christmas. The small committee work very hard on making sure that the village looks so good throughout the Christmas period and a big thank you goes out to all that help.

Parking on the Pavements Looking at the parking in the village and the complaints that have been received from residents on Alderwood Drive, it does not seem that people have taken any notice of the article placed in last month’s report.

To reiterate, the roads around the village estate are wide enough for cars to park ON THE ROAD. Parking on the pavement does not mean that two vehicles can pass and all this causes is broken kerbs. It also means that people have to squeeze past and buggies etc. have to be taken on to the road.  We understand that in some areas pavement parking is the norm but it is not around our Parish. PLEASE STOP.

418 Bus This service is now running again following the road closure in Theydon Bois that stopped the service for a number of days.

Dog Mess The amount of dog mess on our footpaths and pavements seems to have increased again. The Council has six dog waste bins around the Parish that are emptied regularly for people to use, and there is no excuse for not using them. Clean up after your dog and take it home or use the bins provided. If anybody sees someone not clearing this up, please contact the Clerk with details so further action can be taken.

Shopper BusAs most of you will be aware, there is a Shopper Bus that picks up around the Abridge estate before going to Epping on a Monday and Wednesday. This service is run by the Epping Forest Community Transport and will only carry on if sufficient numbers use it. Bus Passes are valid so take a trip when you can.

Remembrance Service It was lovely to see local residents attend the service at the War Memorial in Abridge on 9th November. As with other years, the children and staff of Lambourne Primary School attended which makes this such a nice event.

To report a Potholes, Broken Kerbs, road signs etc. – If you see any of these around the Parish they can be reported via 03456 037631 or at
Our Clerk can be contacted on 07973 863820 during “office hours” or Please let us know of any problems you see within the Parish, and any ideas you have for improving the Parish.

The next Parish Meeting will be on Wednesday 12th December at 7.45pm.
This meeting will be in the Abridge Village Hall and all are welcome to attend, with a 15 minute Public Consultation where residents can talk with the Councillors.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Lambourne  Parish  Council