Project Mercury

Project Mercury is designed to increase public confidence in Essex Police and Partners. At the same time as reducing crime over the long term particularly with respect of Dwelling Burglary by educating the public in basic crime prevention.Continue reading

Village Hall Questionnaire

The village hall is entering a very exciting and controversial period. The old annexe building next to the hall has to be removed by the end of 2020; we were so lucky to get the use for a further 5 years.Continue reading

Broadband in Colne Engaine (9th May 2017)

Yesterday I attended a Superfast Essex broadband update meeting (

The project is funded in a number of stages, our main cabinet outside the Old School House was fibre-enabled about a year ago as part of Phase 2. Most of the village now has decent broadband coverage but there are a few houses (5-10%) which are too far from the cabinet (>1km approx) or are fed by other rural cabinets which are not yet enabled.
The project plan is to achieve 97% fast broadband access (>30MPS) in Essex by 2019/20.
Phase 3 of the project is designed to achieve this. The contracts for Phase 3 are currently being negotiated and will be announced in June 2017. The detailed rollout plans should be available by late summer. I cannot get confirmation that our outlying residences and business premises will be covered by phase 3 at this stage.
There is a ‘better broadband’ subsidy available ( to locations without decent planned coverage to help install Wireless or Satellite broadband but the general consensus at the meeting was that these services were unreliable and/or expensive.
I would advise residents and businesses in the hard-to-reach areas of the village to wait until the Phase 3 rollout plans are available in late summer before making a decision to take up this offer, which would probably involve a long-term commitment to a supplier.
PS our neighbours in Pebmarsh have a very poor broadband service and are the 10th highest Parish/Area in Essex in terms of registering interest in fibre broadband.
Best Regards
Ian Messenger (

A120 & A12 overnight closures

This table provides comprehensive details of all the work that will be carried out on the A120 and A12. Please note all dates are provisional and subject to change, based on weather and other unforeseen circumstances.Continue reading