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Uttlesford District Council has been accused by residents living near a proposed gypsy and traveller site of “trying to fit a square peg in a round hole”.

Mikki and Jacky Rom with their plans to extend The Arts Centre, in Great Dunmow.

Ambitious plans to plough £225,000 into transforming Great Dunmow’s arts centre have been revealed.

Cllr Julie Redfern said she could not support the loss of developers' contributions for ten and less dwellings.

A further fall in funding for affordable housing has triggered dismay among councillors, following a far-reaching change in government policy.

The High Sheriff of Essex, Nicholas Charrington (front, centre) is joined by Insp Mick Couldridge of Essex Police, Uttlesford District Council chairman, Cllr Keith Artus, and representatives from the community safety partnership and participating Keep Safe venues at the official launch of the scheme.

An innovative scheme has been launched to help vulnerable people feel safe when they are in Saffron Walden town centre.

High-end supermarket chain Waitrose has been strongly linked to a site in Great Dunmow – with the new store expected to be open by the end of next year.

Sport

In their first match of 2015, Takeley suffered a 5-2 Essex Senior League Premier Division defeat against Newham.

Nancy Hebron playing for Felsted

Felsted School has been recognised as an Inspirational School for Girls’ Cricket by Essex County Cricket Club.

Ad hoc football, but no organised games, are allowed on Saffron Walden Common.

Dunmow United Pythons U12s put on a battling display, but fell to a 2-1 Blackwater and Dengie Youth League Division One League Cup loss to Broomfield Fire.

Alex Lynn

GP2 will have a new face on the grid this year in the shape of Dunmow’s 2014 GP3 champion Alex Lynn.

Dunmow Atlantis Swimming Club at Brentwood Open meet

A medal haul, club records, personal bests and county qualifying times at the Braintree & Bocking Swimming Club Open Meet left Dunmow Atlantis Swimming Club joyfully skipping into the New Year.

What's On

Cue the screaming teenage girls as the next best thing to the world’s biggest boy band will be performing live in Chelmsford.

Stephanie Boddy with her second book It Found Me.

It has been a busy year for a paranormal activity writer – after releasing her first book she has since been snapped up by an agent and is hosting her own supernatural show.

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