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Affordable rural housing: the views of our friends at RCCE

Affordable rural housing: the views of our friends at RCCE

Tuesday 23 July 2024

The Rural Community Council of Essex is “an independent charity helping people and communities throughout rural Essex build a sustainable future”. CPRE Essex shares many of the same aims and objectives as RCCE and is happy to highlight some of that organisation’s work across our county’s countryside, so here is a link to an article […] Read more >

Walking in Canvey? Then you need to know this…

Walking in Canvey? Then you need to know this…

Friday 19 July 2024

Many of us love a walk on the beautiful shoreline of Canvey Island, but things will be just a little different for a while in the Concord Beach area. The Environment Agency is carrying out preparatory and repair works to the revetment there and needs to make changes to the coastal path and riverside walkways. […] Read more >

Bird of Pray?

Bird of Pray?

Wednesday 17 July 2024

Those of us who went to last year’s CPRE Essex AGM at Thaxted will have enjoyed the splendour of this extraordinary town. After the formalities of the meeting, most joined Richard Haynes’s tour, which took in the Church of Saint John the Baptist with Our Lady and Saint Laurence, also known as ‘The ‘Cathedral of […] Read more >

Your chance to help South Epping forge its future

Your chance to help South Epping forge its future

Friday 12 July 2024

You can help shape the way South Epping will look in the future. Consultation on the South Epping Masterplan and Design Code ends this month and residents are being asked to give their views. Epping Forest District Council’s Local Plan requires a masterplan to guide development in South Epping – that masterplan is being drafted […] Read more >

What future now for London Resort after company is put up for sale?

What future now for London Resort after company is put up for sale?

Monday 8 July 2024

Is it the end for the London Resort theme park? The company that owns much of the land lined up for the environmentally destructive project on the Swanscombe peninsula has been put up for sale. Swanscombe Development LLP, which owns more than 370 acres of the peninsula between Dartford and Gravesend, together with 39 acres […] Read more >

CPRE welcomes the new Labour government

CPRE welcomes the new Labour government

Friday 5 July 2024

With Labour securing a landslide victory in the 2024 general election, CPRE, the countryside charity, stands ready to work with the incoming government to deliver our vision of a thriving and beautiful countryside for everyone. In its manifesto, Labour committed to doing things we have long campaigned for: protecting the Green Belt, making homes more […] Read more >

A priory engagement…

A priory engagement…

Friday 5 July 2024

Star photographer Gordon Ridgewell has been out and about… “Berden village held an Open Gardens event and I was able to visit the priory. It is about five miles to the Cambridgeshire border and five miles to the Hertfordshire border.” Just make sure you don’t leave glorious Essex, Gordon! Read more >

Mary-Ann Ochota is elected president of CPRE, the countryside charity

Mary-Ann Ochota is elected president of CPRE, the countryside charity

Friday 5 July 2024

Mary-Ann Ochota has been elected president of CPRE, the countryside charity, with immediate effect. Mary-Ann is a broadcaster, author and anthropologist whose passionate expertise has engaged people worldwide with landscapes, heritage and the natural world. She has presented factual programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic, including Time Team, Mystic Britain and Ancient […] Read more >

Yes, this is Essex!

Yes, this is Essex!

Tuesday 2 July 2024

The good folk of Essex know they live in probably the most beautiful county in the land, but for some reason its wider reputation doesn’t reflect that… so here’s a little reminder. Lensman Gordon Ridgewell tells us he had “just been for a ride round now that the bright object is back in the sky […] Read more >

Stumped for a caption

Stumped for a caption

Monday 1 July 2024

Photographer Gordon Ridgewell generally matches his delightful images with a snappy observation. However, on this occasion, having captured some of the action from “The Big House” and the match between Audley End & Littlebury against Madingley, he was struggling. “You would have a job to beat this lawn to play on,” he tells us. “But […] Read more >