Councillor Vaccancy - please see attached notice

NOTICE OF VACANCY TO BE FILLED BY CO-OPTION Thaxted Parish Council has a vacancy for the post of councillor. The Council is legally obliged to advertise this vacancy under the Representation of the People Act 1985. You can apply to be a parish councillor if:- • You are over 18 and are an elector in or have lived in or within three miles of Thaxted for the preceding 12 months; • Your principal place of work for the preceding 12 months is in the Parish. If you would like to be considered for the post of councillor, please write a short letter of introduction explaining why you are interested and what you would bring to the role. All applications will be considered by the current parish councillors and it is anticipated that the co-opted councillor will be appointed on 1st October 2020. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 30th September 2020. Please address letters of introduction to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

**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.

** COVID-19 Emergency measures** - Latest Updates

In line with precautionary measures released by the government the Public Office for the Parish council will not be accessible for face to face visits. The Parish Council remains open and business as usual continues, all Councillors together with the Clerk and Guildhall Custodian are contactable vie email. The Office phone is setup with message divert and all incoming calls will be actioned appropriately.

Please also Note the closure of the Guildhall until further notice.

UDC Changes to our services 

Our website includes information on what you should do, the latest changes to our services and how you can get help in your community. 

Update: 15/05/20 - 15 recycling centres in Essex will be open from Monday 18 May. Only waste and recycling which cannot be stored at home without causing a health or safety risk will be accepted. You should only visit a recycling centre if absolutely necessary. The safest way to get rid of your waste and recycling is using your kerbside collection.

New restrictions and social distancing measures will be in place to ensure the safety of all residents and site staff. Please check for up to date information before travelling.

Update: 01/5/20 -  The Friday Street Market remains open with some new stalls for your enjoyment, Olives and Game and indian spices and food. Official government advice to deter public gatherings to prevent the spread of Covid-19 applies, however given that we sell only FOOD we are exempt. The Parish Council are NOT however responsible for policing social distancing, please take appropriate and responsible actions to protect yourself and others.

update: 01/05/20 - The Public Toilets at Margaret street car park are RE-OPEN from 1st May.

update: 24/3/20 - The Play Park at the Recreation Ground has also been closed upon official government advice to deter public gatherings to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

update: 24/3/20 - Parish Green Waste at Margaret street car park. this service has been suspended until further notice.

Update: 16/04/20: Garden waste collection service set to resume Uttlesford District Council is pleased to announce that its garden waste service will restart from next week (beginning 20 April).  

All scheduled meetings are also now cancelled: (this includes the APA 2nd April & the Full Council 9th April) further info will follow in time.

please find a link from Essex County Council:

From UDC:

Uttlesford District Council, Council for Voluntary Service and Volunteer Centre have put together a database with a call number of 03333408218.


From the Citizen Advice Bureau: For online advice - including advice relating to COVID-19 - please go to For urgent matters relating to housing, speak to Uttlesford District Council on 01799 510510. If you are worried about debt - speak to your creditors and tell them that you are seeking advice. For urgent court matters call or email the Court. For urgent advice on employment issues, ACAS can help, or call 0800 123 1100.

Link to Up to date NHS advise:

Please stay safe, stay protected and stay emotianolly strong. Isolation is incredibly challenging, lets help protect each other in this time of crisis.

The Clerk