Councillor Vaccancy - please see attached notice

Notice is hereby given that a vacancy has occurred in the office of Parish Councillor for the above Parish arising from the failure of William Brazier to attend meetings of the Parish Council for a period of six consecutive months.
An election to fill the vacancy will be held if notice in writing of a request for such an election is made by ten Local Government electors for the electoral area and received by the Returning Officer, Uttlesford District Council, Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4ER, by not later than 29 July 2020.
However, the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 delay an election to fill the vacancy until 6 May 2021 or such other day as is fixed by the Secretary of State by order.
If an election is not requested by ten Local Government electors as aforesaid the vacancy will be filled by the Parish Council as soon as practicable after the expiry of the date referred to above.
Dated this 9th day of July 2020
 Ms D Ludford  Clerk to Thaxted Parish Council  Community Information Centre  7 Town Street  Thaxted  CM6 2LD

**ALWAYS be SCAM ALERT *** Real Track & Trace calls & how they work....




With the development of Track and Trace, many people have been asking for advice around how this works.


Please find below the official advice from the GOV.UK websiteon how the system works and advice on how to avoid being the victim of any possible scams as a result of the implementation of this system.





When we contact you



If the NHS test and trace service contacts you, the service will use text messages, email or phone.


All texts or emails will ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website.


If NHS test and trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number: 0300 013 5000.


All information you provide to the NHS test and trace service is held in strict confidence and will only be kept and used in line with the Data Protection Act 2018.


Contact tracers will:


  • call you from 0300 013 5000
  • send you text messages from ‘NHS’
  • ask for your full name and date of birth to confirm your identity, and postcode to offer support while self-isolating
  • ask if you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms
  • provide advice on what you must do as you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus


Contact tracers will never:


  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product of any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
  • provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS


For the full guidance/information please check the GOV.UK website -


Remember our advice


If in doubt use the A, B, C of scam awareness:


A- Never Assume a caller, email or text is genuine.


B- Never Believe a caller, email or text is genuine.


C- Always Confirm by contacting a trusted number, family member, friend, your bank’s fraud department or the police to check if it’s genuine.

Green Waste Skip returnes to Margaret Street Gardens Car Park This Sunday 31st May 2020


I am pleased to announce that following the latest guidance from central government UDC are going to be remobilising the parish weekend garden waste skip service from this weekend Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st May.

There will be 2 meter strict social distancing rules in place which must be adhered to by residents and operators will only allow one vehicle to unload at any time. Operators will not assist any residents with unloading the vehicles to reduce the risk of transferring COVID-19.  

Residents using the service will need to be mindful that there will inevitably be delays when they are visiting the site and to be patient.









Parish Council hosts its first ZOOM meeting - 23rd April 2020 at 8pm -




In accordance with the Coronavirus Act 2020, c. 7, Part 1, Local authority meetings, Section 78 – Members are permitted to be present and attend a meeting without being present in the Council Chamber or together in the same place - extract from this Act reads:  “The provision which may be made by virtue of subsection (1)(d) includes in particular provision for persons to attend, speak at, vote in, or otherwise participate in, local authority meetings without all of the persons, or without any of the persons, being together in the same place.”


Meetings and the Public

During the period of meetings being conducted remotely and in compliance with the Coronavirus Act 2020, members of the public will still be able to access and participate (during public speaking time) in Parish Council meetings. 


Parish Council meetings will be hosted on the Zoom Platform. Details enabling members of the public to view the meeting and ask questions (under the public speaking time) will be given for each meeting within the body of the Agenda.


Members of the public and press are welcome to attend any of the Council’s Full Council or Committee meetings and listen to the debate. All agendas, reports, background papers and minutes can be viewed on the Council’s website

The agenda may be split into two parts. Most of the business will be dealt with in Part I which is open to the public. Part II (if applicable) includes items which may be discussed in the absence of the press or public, as they deal with information which is personal or sensitive for some other reason. The press and public will be asked to leave the meeting before Part II items are discussed. 


Members of the public are permitted to ask questions at any of these meetings, with each meeting including an agenda item for questions from the public. Members of the public are not required to register in advance of the meeting, but it may be useful if you notify your intention to speak either in advance of, or at the meeting by emailing:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you wish to register at the meeting, please indicate your desire to speak at the allocated Public Speaking Time clearly by raising your hand. Your assistance is greatly appreciated in this coordinated approach.






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