Greenstead Centre – time to speak up

Colchester Borough Council want our feedback on the future of ‘The Centre’ at Greenstead, which currently holds the Co-op, Library, medical centre, Greenstead Fish and Chip Shop, Elim church, community centre, other shops, the Social Club, pharmacy, the Housing Office, Signpost and Colchester Credit Union.

The consultation will go on until February 2018 with various meetings before then. Find out more about where and when and make sure you contribute your thoughts here:

The Centre in Greenstead

Interactive Family Dance Colchester – starting September 2017

The Dance Network Assocation would like to invite you to come and join us your 0-5yr old for their award winning Family Interactive Dance sessions! Running in Colchester and Chelmsford from September. Fun for all the family with the opportunity to dance and socialise whilst offering you to speak with health care providers, share new food and recipes.

Book your place now to avoid disappointment:

Respond to Colchester Borough Council to protect Salary Brook Valley

As part of our campaign to protect Salary Brook Valley, we have worked with Colchester East Action Group (CHEAG) to provide some advice on how to respond to Colchester Borough Council’s current Local Plan consultation. The consultation ends on Friday 16th September at 5PM.

As well as signing our petition, please read the blog post on CHEAG’s site and use the information to respond to the consultation. This will be your last chance to respond before the consultation closes! The more responses we get, the more powerful our voices are.

Colchester Council Draft Local Plan Consultation 2016

Back to School!


Back to School

The school holidays are almost over, and at Greenstead online we have checked the dates that local schools start again in September – all gathered together in one place to save you time and effort!

We hope to do this on a regular basis, so if your child’s school is not included on the list below, please e-mail and let us know… and we will make a note of it!

All information has been taken from the school’s own websites.

Primary Schools

Hazelmere Infant School and Nursery – Tuesday 6th September

Hazelmere Junior School – Tuesday 6th September

Unity Primary Academy – Monday 5th September

Roach Vale Primary School – Monday 5th September

Parsons Heath C of E Primary School – Monday 5th September

Willow Brook Primary School and Nursery – Monday 5th September

Friar’s Grove Primary School – Friday 2nd September

Secondary Schools

Colchester Academy – Year 7: Friday 2nd September, All other years: Monday 5th September

The Gilberd School – Monday 5th September

We would like to wish all the children a fantastic start to the school year!

Respond to Tendring District Council’s on Salary Brook Slopes

The Colchester East Action Group (CHEAG) have provided some useful advice on contacting Tendring District Council about the new Local Plan which may involve building on the Salary Brook Slopes.

Tendring District Council and Colchester Borough Council will be working together to finalise the Local Plan from mid-September onwards. The Tendring District Council consultation ends on Thursday 8 September 2016 at 5pm.

Please read CHEAG’s blog post below and use the information to respond to Tendring’s consultation. We will be providing information on responding to Colchester’s consultation shortly. Petition Proposing Country Park

We have posted a petition requesting that Colchester Borough Council and Tendring District Council work together to protect the Salary Brook Valley area opposite Greenstead and Longridge from development as part of the Emerging Local Plan 2017-2032.

As part of the petition, we are requesting:

  1. The designation of the whole of Salary Brook Valley and the eastern slopes of Clinghoe Hill (from the area surrounding Salary Brook to Slough Lane and following the path of this road until it meets Wivenhoe Road and subsequently meets Bromley Road) as a Country Park, or a similar development designation with necessary restrictions on any development within that area.
  2. That any housing development approved to the east of the above is made conditional on the planning, implementation and completion of the infrastructure required to support that development (roads, public transport, schools, healthcare, community facilities, sports and recreational facilities) before the new residential areas are opened.
  3. A full assessment being made of the potential flood risk of any new development making the existing flooding problems in the Salary Brook area any worse, and binding guarantees being obtained from water companies and the developers that specific measures that will be implemented to prevent the new development from increasing the flood risk, and to mitigate the existing level of flooding in the area.
  4. A commitment that any new development will include at least 30% affordable housing, will include new social housing for those currently unable to afford a home, and housing suitable for students, low income families, and single parents, who may currently struggle to afford suitable housing for their needs.

Below is an image which outlines the area we have requested to be protected from development, which we believe will prevent any increase in the existing flood risk within the area, and preserve the existing character of Greenstead and Longridge as semi-rural suburban communities. This will provide an ample ‘buffer zone’ between the existing developments and any new development. We also include an indication of the area behind which we believe development must not take place in order to protect the new development from being seen from the existing estates (which we consider to represent a ‘tree line’).

If you wish to sign the petition, please go to the petition site. Proposed Country Park, Visible from Area

Trees for Colchester (Greenstead Pilot)

Colchester Borough Council is looking for volunteers to join the new Trees for Colchester pilot project in Greenstead, Colchester.

Volunteering is an essential part of this project, so whether you’re a resident or community group in Greenstead, they’d love you to get involved. No experience is necessary and all training will be provided. Continue reading Trees for Colchester (Greenstead Pilot)

Colchester Minecraft

Minecraft is a 3d building game where you have an avatar in a world and you can edit and change that world. It is now the third highest selling computer game title ever and is a giant hit with children. It’s digital Lego! What kid doesn’t love Lego? Microsoft has recently paid $2bn to own this title and created a specific educational version of it intended for use in schools. Using data taken from a NASA shuttle mission I’ve shoehorned an accurate map of Colchester into the game and built a quick version of Camulodunum on the map. Schools will be able to use this map in class to study local history safely, again and again for less money than it costs to take them all up town on the bus once! Instead of looking at where the chariot track used to be they can get on a horse and race each other around a replica of the track.


Salary Brook Country Park

In the recent local plan there is a written outline of a new country park to be created as a buffer between Greenstead and the new garden community. The park will cover the Salary Brook corridor and Churn Wood. It is written in the plan the park will be a minimum size of 70 hectares (700,000m2). A quick estimate of the area of Churn Wood gives 25 hectares (250,000m2). Subtracting Churn Wood from the total leaves an area of 45 hectares (450,000m2). The length of the Salary Brook corridor is roughly 1.5km. Divide the remaining area by the length and you’ve got a strip 300m wide (450,000/1,500 = 300).

The local plan hasn’t been formally accepted, there’s no actual evidence to suggest where this park is going but a rough outline of the figures above is shown below.

Salary Brook Country Park Dimensions


There’s still no formal plans but here’s another image I’ve been passed from the Wivenhoe Independents.



Please sign and share the petition to say we want whole of the Salary Brook valley made in to a country park.