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Essex County Council has decided to go ahead with an 18-month trial scheme for a westbound bus lane down Baddow Road to the Army & Navy roundabout.
ECC have been accused of largely ignoring a 1500-strong petition and numerous individual letters from local residents who believe that the scheme will lead to greater congestion in the village. The County Council claim to have listened to complaints and have at least relented on their crazy plan to have the restrictions in place 24 hours a day. The revised plan will be in operation between 7a.m. - 10a.m. and then again between 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The effect of the bus lane will be to prevent vehicles travelling down Baddow Road into Chelmsford at these peak times. How long before we see Maldon Road, Meadgate Avenue and Longmead Avenue become the new congestion points?
[30th November 2017. MC]
By now, many of our readers will have seen the dramatic CCTV footage on local TV of the lorry crash on Maldon Road yesterday morning at around 8.30.
Just in case you haven't, a low-loader lorry, bound for the nearby Heron Gate development, having just passed Pennacks then clipped a stationary car sitting at the bottom end of the parking area outside the row of shops and ploughed into the wall of the Parish Hall just beside the convenience store.
Emergency services, including the Essex Air Ambulance, were quickly on the scene and managed to release the driver, who may have collapsed just prior to the crash. Thankfully there were no pedestrians on the footpath outside the shops and the driver survived the frightening experience.
The photo shows the scene earlier today.
[4th August 2017. MC]
Essex County Council has revealed its latest proposals for easing traffic flow around Chelmsford. The proposal most likely to impact on Baddow village residents is to ban cars and lorries entering the Army & Navy roundabout from Baddow Road, with it being controlled 24/7 by a bus gate, so that only buses could enter the roundabout in the city-bound direction. Traffic leaving the roundabout would still be allowed to leave via Baddow Road.
If you would like to read further details and let the ECC know what you think, then visit their site here.
A public consultation will take place in the Parish Hall on Monday August 7th from 1-4pm.
[23rd July 2017. MC]
Just a few photos taken at this year's Baddow Charity Races, sponsored by Edmund Carr, on 14th May. A hot morning made it hard work for some of the fun runners and road racers, but around 1300 finished the course - even on crutches.
[23rd May 2017. MC]
We have had a request from one of our site visitors as shown below. If you can help with any information, please let us know (email Info@ingreatbaddow.co.uk) and we will pass on details to the enquirer. :-
" I have been searching for details of an old friend I knew in the 70's who worked at Marconi Research Centre in West Hanningfield road by the name of Hugh Cutmore. I see from your website that he was a contributor to a book published in 2003 about life in Great Baddow. When I knew him I was an engineer working at the same site and he worked in the workshop engineering planning office. As a sideline he also drew cartoons and they were published by one of the tabloid papers at the time, i think under the name of Cutty but I am not certain. In 1975 he produced some cartoons for a story that was going to be part of an insert to an album of mine called Marsh Gas finally released on the Bead label in 2007. Unfortunately the cartoons never got incorporated into the insert. I lost touch with him after being made redundant in 1981 when I moved to Portsmouth. "
[9th May 2017. MC]
After lying vacant for many months, the former Barclays' Bank premises in the Vineyards is finally coming back to life. Plastic sheeting has been erected and there are signs of changes taking place behind them. We'll bring you updates as we get them.
[3rd May 2017. MC]
Eloise Durrant from Great Baddow is making quite a name for herself in the world of cakes. Eloise is one of the main stars of the Channel 4 series Extreme Cake Makers. Amongst the cakes featured are a guitar cake that can actually be played, a chandelier cake that hangs upside down and a Hawaiian cake with working waterfall and smoke machine. Eloise is pictured with a large pink and black castle made for Essex Pooch Palace. Eloise runs the Gourmet Cupcake Company in Eckersley Road, Chelmsford.
[27th April 2017. Essex Chronicle]
The Chelmsford City Local Plan includes proposals (3a, 3b and 3c) to build up to 250 homes to the north of Maldon Road, between the Sandon Park and Ride and the by-pass, in the area owned by Manor Farm. The proposals also include the provision of a Country Park, a high-tech Business park and a further 150 homes on Molrams Lane between Maldon Road and Sandon School. Sandon Parish council are meeting at The Sandon School, 7.30pm on 25th April, to discuss the plans that affect Sandon and Great Baddow. All residents are welcome to attend to learn more and meet others that are affected by the plans.
The land between the new housing development and Sandon Park and Ride will be the site for a new high-tech business park. Main road access to the site will be from a new junction at Sandford Mill Lane/Maldon Road, with additional pedestrian/cycle access along Maldon Road. Delivery is expected between 2021/22 and 2025/26
If you would like to see more details about these proposals and provide your on-line feedback (before 16.45 on 11th May, N.B registration on the site is required ), please link to the City Consultation Portal . If you would prefer to simply(31 Megabytes!!!???) download the consultation document then try here instead and begin reading at page 129 .
[13th April 2017. GBCW]
Local MP, Simon Burns, joined customers and staff at The Blue Lion pub on Tabors Hill to celebrate its £275,000 refurbishment by national pub operator, Punch. New publican, Sally Smith, said: “This is an exciting time for the Blue Lion and I’m thrilled to be taking over and looking forward to getting to know the regulars and becoming part of the local community. The pub is already a popular community pub and I want to build on that by making it the most vibrant and welcoming venue locally for all the family to enjoy a coffee, a drink or meal. I plan to host lots of events during the year and make the most of the outdoor space, especially during the warmer months.”
Commenting on his visit, Simon Burns MP, said: “It’s great to see Punch investing in community pubs and enhancing the facilities for the local neighbourhood. The warm welcome I received and the enthusiasm of the new team alongside the improvements made at the Blue Lion, can only boost the pub’s business. I wish everyone involved all the best for the future.”
Customers can now look forward to a regular programme of entertainment including Bar Billiards and darts, bingo and quiz nights, comedy acts, live music and karaoke. The extended food menu offers all the favourite pub classics and tasty Sunday roast with plenty of food and drink offers throughout the week including; a Cask Ale Club (Monday-Thursday), Burger and free pint on Mondays, Wednesday curry night, Fish Fryday and Friday night Fizz offers.
[20th March 2017. Limegreen Communications]
Although the popular New Oriental House Restaurant has just recently closed, work is nearly completed on the £275,000 refurbishment of the Blue Lion pub in Chelmsford by national pub operator, Punch. Located on Tabors Hill in Great Baddow, The Blue Lion will reopen at 6pm on Thursday 16 February with a new look, new publican and new menu.
The significant investment included altering the pub’s layout from a two-room venue into one open-plan area creating more space for customers to relax, dine and socialise. In addition, the Blue Lion has been redecorated throughout, furniture, fixtures and fittings will be changed and the ladies and gents’ facilities refreshed. The kitchen equipment has been replaced and upgraded to serve a great new menu.
Outside, the pub has modern signage and lighting and the beer garden is to be transformed into an attractive alfresco space to enjoy food, drinks and watch TV. Improvements will include outdoor heaters, a smoking shelter, planters and comfortable furniture.
One person looking forward to showing off the new-look Blue Lion is experienced publican, Sally Smith, who is moving from Southend to take over the helm. She said: “This is an exciting time for the Blue Lion and I’m thrilled to be taking over and looking forward to getting to know the regulars and becoming part of the local community. The pub is already a popular community pub and I want to build on that by making it the most vibrant and welcoming venue locally for all the family to enjoy a coffee, a drink or meal. I plan to host lots of events during the year and make the most of the outdoor space, especially during the warmer months. I can’t wait to get the doors open on 16 February and get on with my new challenge.”
Customers can look forward to a regular programme of entertainment including Bar Billiards and darts, bingo and quiz nights, comedy acts, live music and karaoke. The extended food menu will offer all the favourite pub classics and tasty Sunday roast with plenty of food and drink offers throughout the week including; a Cask Ale Club (Monday-Thursday, 20p per pint off on Mondays) , Burger and free pint on Mondays, Wednesday curry night, Fish Fryday and Friday night Fizz offers.
Commenting on the investment, Punch senior openings manager, Craig Taylor, said: “The Blue Lion is located in a busy location and is popular with visitors to the town and locals alike. The refurbishment and the introduction of a great new menu will give Sally the opportunity to broaden the pub’s appeal to families and locals looking for a relaxed place to enjoy a meal and socialise without breaking the bank. Sally is full of enthusiasm and I’m confident that she will be welcomed by the regulars and make the Blue Lion a ‘roaring’ success.”
[12th Feb 2017. Limegreen Communications]
We are sorry to learn that the New Oriental House Restaurant in the Vineyards will be closing on 29th January, with Peter and Jenny taking their well-earned retirement after 40 years. The good news is that the takeaway section next door will continue to operate under Steve's direction.
[21st Jan 2017. MC]
Motorists will be pleased to find a newly re-surfaced and re-marked car park at the Vineyards. They weren't quite so pleased yesterday when the work was being done and parking spaces were at a premium. Be warned, however, that the Horizon parking warden patrols regularly, taking photos of all cars and parking fines are being issued if you park for longer than the permitted two hours.
[18th Jan 2017. MC]
Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2017