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16 November 2018



Welcome to the e-newsletter for members, supporters and friends of Witham & Braintree Green Party

If there is an event or news you would like us to include, please get in touch


2019 Local elections Adoption meeting

Our first meeting to Adopt candidates for the May 2019 Local Elections will be held on Thursday 22nd November.
We will be Adopting our target ward candidates at this first meeting.

The Essex and Witham & Braintree GP AGMs were held on Saturday 29th September at Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End. It was agreed to keep the same officers for 2018/19. Financial reports were given and plans discussed for the important local elections in May 2019.


Green Drinks

We next meet on Thursday 20th December at 7.30pm at Fowlers Farm (just off the A120 at Galley's Corner roundabout Cressing, near Braintree).

We meet every 3rd Thursday of the month – the following month Green Drinks will be on Thursday 20th December.

Contact Karin for more information at


Newsletters to residents now being delivered

A big thank you to all who have helped deliver 5000 newsletters to residents in Witham.
We have now started on newsletters for Silver End & Rivenhall and Cressing.
If you can help with deliveries, please get in touch.


Big turnout for People's March for the Future

An estimated 700,000 people supported the People's March for the Future in London on 20th October.

The march supported calls for a vote on the final Brexit proposals – at a time when momentum for such a vote is increasing. A strong contingent of Greens attended including from local parties in Essex and a member of Maldon GP took the attached image which includes Caroline Lucas MP and Co-Leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley.


Local News

Braintree District Council's Planning Committee to be held on 20th November has been recommended to grant consent to Redrow homes to destroy over 350 metres of mature rural hedgerow at its development site on the outskirts of Silver End. This is despite the hedge being a local landscape feature, a bat habitat and containing numerous native hedge species. Repeated calls to Redrow to amend their plans to keep at least parts of the hedge were rejected by the company. The development is a housing estate of 350 houses with no on-site services or facilities.

Bellway have submitted an application to build on the Gimsons site, next to Witham's River Walk. If the plans are approved then most of the trees on the site will be destroyed, including all the trees fronting the Town Park.

Gent Fairhead are submitting yet more applications for their proposed waste incinerator at Rivenhall Airfield. These include a proposal to lower the height of the chimney stack to 35 metres from the 58 metres they have permission for. Yet in December 2016, a 35 metre high chimney stack was refused a license by the Environment Agency ! At a recent site liaison meeting it was pointed out to Gent Fairhead that it is now over 25 years since they first tried to build a waste facility on the old WW2 airfield and despite so many applications and consents that we have lost count, they have built exactly nothing !


Diary Dates

Saturday 17th November Eastern Region Green Party AGM
Wensum Sports Centre, Kings Street, Norwich NR1 1QW, starting at 10.30am
The venue is about a 10 minute walk from the railway station.


Printed and published by Local Party Contact Cllr. James Abbott

1 Waterfall Cottages Rivenhall Witham Essex CM8 3PR

Tel 01376 584576 e-mail

Local Party Agent Cllr. Phil Hughes Tel 01376 515518 e-mail

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