Archieved News Items

January 2019

Planning Appeal Notice -  Hygro Farm, Kennel Lane 

The Village Council has received a planning appeal in relation to Hygro Farm, Kennel Lane. A copy of the appeal notification letter is available for you to view here.

Should you wish to wish to make comments, or withdraw / modify your earlier comments in any way, you can do so online at .

If you do not have access to the internet, you should write to The Planning Inspectorate, 3F Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol. BS1 6PN.

All representations must be received by no later than 15 February 2019, quoting the appeal reference number APP/V1505/W/18/3216123. Any representations submitted after the deadline will not usually be considered and will be returned.

The planning appeal will be being discussed at the next Village Council meeting on 6 February 2019.

Consultation on Future Library Services across Essex

Essex County Council are consulting on a draft five-year strategy for future library services across Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock, which run their own library services). Residents are are invited to complete the survey, which runs from 29 November 2018 to 20 February 2019 to ensure that their views are fed-back.

Residents can view and complete the survey by clicking the survey link.

December 2018

Local Plan - Regulation 19 Consultation Response

The Village Councillor's spent a number of hours over the past few months considering and preparing a suitable response to the Regulation 19 Consultation of the Local Plan. The response was finalised at the December meeting and was sent to the Planning Administration ahead of the their deadline. Residents are able to view the response here.

September 2018

Completion of the 2017/18 external Audit

The Village Council's external Auditors have completed the Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) for the Great Burstead & South Green Village Council for the year ended 31 March 2018. The following documents are published for your information and in line with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 201/234) :

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

1) The audit of accounts for Great Burstead & South Green Village Council for the year ended 31 March 2018 has been completed and the accounts have been published.

2) The Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Great Burstead & South Green Village Council on application to:

a) Mrs N A Watkins, Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer
Great Burstead & South Green Village Council
P O Box 12648
Essex CM12 2FB

b) 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday - Wednesday

3) Copies will be provided to any person on payment of £5.00 (c) for each copy of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR)

Announcement made by: (d) Nicki Watkins, Clerk & RFO

Date of announcement: (e) Thursday 27 September 2018


This notice and Sections 1, 2 & 3 of the AGAR must be published by 30 September. This must include publication on the smaller authority’s website.

(a) Name, position and address of the person to whom local government electors should apply to inspect the AGAR.

(b) Hours during which inspection rights may be exercised.

(c) Reasonable sum for copying costs.

(d) Name and position of person placing the notice.

(e) Date of placing the notice

Section 1 Annual Governance Statement 2017/18

Section 2 Accounting Statements 2017/18

Section 3 External Auditor Report and Certificate 2017/18

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance & Accountability Return for Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018.

July 2018

Community Governance Review

A Community Governance Review is being undertaken by Basildon Borough Council in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007.

The review will consider the electoral arrangements of existing Local (town, parish and village) Councils in the Basildon Borough and whether these arrangements remain appropriate and fit for purpose. This includes:

  • Ordinary year of election – the year in which ordinary elections of local councillors are held
  • Council size – the number of councillors to be elected to each council
  • Parish warding – whether local councils should be divided into wards for the purpose of electing councillors. This includes considering the number and boundaries of any such wards, the number of councillors to be elected for any such ward and the name of any such ward.

All other matters that may be considered as part of a Community Governance Review are out of the scope of this review.

The review commenced on 1 June 2018 with the publication of the terms of reference and the Council is now inviting representations from interested parties. Any representation should be sent as detailed in the terms of reference by the deadline for which is 31 July.

May 2018 

Great Burstead and South Green Village Council Installs New Village Sign in Great Burstead

On 13th May 2018 Village Councillors and residents gathered for the unveiling event of the new village sign.

Councillors and Residents around the new sign

The sign is set in the most historic part of the village, a few yards from the Grade 1 listed building of St Mary Magdalene. The area has a long tradition of being a farming community, even now it is surrounded by fields, much of them used for agriculture. In the early 1600s Christopher Martin was Church Warden of St Mary Magdalene, he disagreed with the Church authorities and joined the pilgrims. In 1620 with his wife and stepson he set sail as Passenger Governor on the Mayflower landing at Cape Cod America. These historic facts were pulled together in the sign. The Chairman, Cllr Marie Dear, was delighted to invite Mr Bert Cottle, who created the initial drawings for the sign while he was a Village Councillor, to unveil the sign.

Great Burstead and South Green Village Council acknowledges with thanks the assistance of Essex County Council in siting the sign and granting a licence, Basildon Borough Council for permissions and for storing the sign, Alpha Signs for the high quality of its manufacture, the contractors for its installation and Village Councillors for their work on the sign over the years.

The sign is designed to be a focal point in the community of Great Burstead.