The Womens Cycling Tour Stage 1 – Grand Depart

Just when we thought it was safe ! Monday 6th June 2022 brings more temporary road closures ! as, we now find ourselves on the route of The Women’s Tour Stage 1 – Grand Départ with the same international women’s cyclists that will be coming through the village on Friday 27th May but this time they will be racing from Colchester to Bury St Edmunds, 142 Kilometres (88.2miles)

Road closures will start from 10.45am with the event beginning at 11am with as it is termed a neutralised start (roads not suitable for race conditions) setting off from Colchester Sports Park, off junction 28 of the A12. This will then run via North Station, North Hill, High Street, Queens Street, Southway, Maldon Road then onto Boadicea Way. The race officially starts when they turn right out of Boadicea Way onto Layer Road in the direction of Layer de la Haye.

I have attached a sheet below showing full timings together with route map(s) but to summarise the impact to the village :-

Just before 11am, from the junction with Boadicea Way & Layer Road the following roads and all adjoining side roads will be closed to traffic. The arrival time of cyclists at check points on the route are shown in the brackets.

Junction Boadicea Way & Layer Road (11.20am) double mini roundabouts by Kent Blaxhill B1026 (11.22am) heading towards Layer de la Haye passing along Layer Road, High Road to the Cross Roads by the Fox Pub (11.26am) Cyclists turn left into Malting Green Road, then onto Abberton Road (11.28am) leaving the village via Abberton Road towards Abberton where the route will turn right at the crossroads onto B0125 Colchester Road(11.33am) towards Mersea. It is anticipated that the roads will start re-opening again on a rolling basis from 11.30am.

It will cause disruption to travel including public transport so now is the time to check schedules for appointments etc that might need to be rearranged.

Come & Join Us from 11am – Friday 27th May 2022

Women’s World Tour Road Race – The Classique

Please come and join us and the children from the primary school this coming Friday 27th May 2022 from 11am on the greensward at The Cross where we will have a spectator area set up for watching & cheering through the Women’s World Tour Cycling Race – The Classique. It will take approximately 60 minutes for both laps to pass through the village (arriving at the Cross – Circuit 1 at 11.45am and Circuit 2 at 12.45pm) so light refreshments will be available between the two circuits. Please bring a light weight chair or blanket should you wish to sit down and with the weather looking good whilst we will have a large gazebo providing shelter, a sun hat and sun cream may also be needed. National TV together with most local radios are reporting on this event so lets make a noise Layer de la Haye and show our support for these world class athletes. If you cant make it to The Cross show your support from the kerbside as they pass along Abberton Road, Malting Green Road & Church Road.

Details of Road Closures

The following roads from the direction of Abberton into and out of Layer de la Haye will be closed to all traffic through the use of a rolling road block controlled by the Police; Peldon Road – Layer Road – Oxley Hill – Abberton Road – Malting Green – Malting Green Road – Church Road – Wigborough Road. This also means there will be no access into or out of Bounstead Road, Lower End, Fields Farm Road, The Folley, Hawfinch Road & Old Forge Road (all estate roads) Birch Road at the junction with The High Road.

1st Rolling Road Block will be approximately 11.30am to 12midday with riders due at the cross around 11.45am. 2nd Rolling Road Block will be approximately 12.30am to 1pm with riders due at the cross at around 12.45pm. Should any emergency situation occur during these times contingency plans are in place between the blue light services.

Road Closure – New Cut on Sat 4th June 2022

Please be advised that a partial closure of the New Cut will be in force on Saturday 4th June 2022 from 8am & 11pm between the School & Village Hall. This notification is shown below and will be publicised further via social media and the display of physical copies on the Parish Council Notice Boards and within the immediate location of this closure. This closure has been granted for pedestrian safety with the Platinum Jubilee Fete, Children’s Tea Party & Evening Family Music being held between the recreation ground, village hall and school playground. For further information please contact the Parish Clerk by email on or Tel 07368306995.

Plant a Tree for the Platinum Jubilee Ceremony

Tuesday 3rd May 22 at 7pm on Malting Green

Our Cubs & Scouts would like to extend an open invitation for parishioners to join them on the evening of Tuesday 3rd May 2022 at 7pm on Malting Green as they plant an Oak Tree as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC).

The QGC is a unique, UK-wide tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, inviting people to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” creating a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation. Once planted our tree will be pinned onto the Queens Green Canopy Map together with details of our planting ceremony for future generations to see.

Please come and support our cubs and scouts who are thrilled to be part of this event.

New Cut – Saturday 4th June 2022 / Temporary Road Closure Application

The Parish Council wishes to provide notification that an application has been submitted to Colchester Borough Council to close part of the New Cut on Saturday 4th June 2022.

If granted the road will be closed between 8am and 11pm between the Primary School and Village Hall and this partial closure will not restrict residential access to any property within the New Cut. The application has been made on the grounds of safety as numbers attending the Platinum Jubilee Village Show, Children’s Tea Party, Fun Dog Show and evening music are anticipated to be high.

If you require any further details please contact the Parish Clerk by email on or tel 07368306995

Ride London / Essex

Ride London coming to Essex – Major Travel Disruption

Over the weekend of 27th to 29th May 2022 there will be significant road closures and travel disruption when Ride London returns after a 2 year break and the inclusion of new routes will see the event coming to Essex.

Friday 27th May – Stage One is RideLondon Classique. Part of the Women’s World Tour race, 120 of the worlds best female professional cyclists will be coming through Layer de la Haye and surrounding villages . We are looking at organising a couple of spectator areas to cheer the riders through but residents are also encourage to come out onto the pavements. Temporary road closures and a rolling road block will be put in place by the police and as this is a double lap circuit means these closures will happen twice.

For the part of the ride that directly affects the village this will be coming from the direction of Peldon. Having travelled up the Peldon Road they will turn left onto Layer Road/Oxley Hill , passing Abberton Manor then bearing left onto Abberton Road, passing Malting Green onto Malting Green Road and then turning left onto Church Road, passing St John the Baptist Church then heading over Abberton Reservoir. This part of the race will occur firstly between 11.33am & 11.49am and again 12.29pm & 12.51pm but the road closure/rolling road block will be in force just before these times and will also be subject to no hold ups elsewhere on the route.

Leaftlets have started to drop through doors to ensure awareness of the event and especially the disruption and this will continue for the next 3 weeks for maximum exposure. However please find attached the route diagrams for all 3 days, table of major road closures on Sunday 29th May together with the entire race route for Friday 27th May to further aid residents to plan their journeys/appointments on these days.

Platinum Jubilee Grand Raffle

To be drawn at the Village Fete on Saturday 4th June 2022. A book of raffle tickets is currently being delivered to every house along with the annual newsletter. If you wish to buy the raffle tickets please return completed stubs & money to Layer Village Stores. Additional books of raffle tickets are available to purchase from Layer Village Stores, The Fox PH and The Donkey & Buskins.