Essex news: 5 big stories you may have missed, including petrol station queues and Stanstead Airport chaos

The biggest news stories in Essex on Friday have included long queues for petrol as filling stations reported a shortage of fuel.

Also today, we reported on problems at Stanstead Airport as passport e-gates crashed.

Elsewhere in Essex, bin collections in Basildon are set to change “significantly” from next year, as councillors agreed to separate food and garden waste collections.

And there were problems on the roads, with a collision causing over eight miles of traffic on the M11 on Friday afternoon.

Here is a round-up of five big Essex stories you may have missed on Friday, September 24:

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Industrial estate landlord’s blunt warning sign to residents causing stir online

The owner of an industrial unit next to a new housing estate has put up a sign warning residents: “We are industrial. We are noisy. We are smelly. We were here first.”

The missive was hung from the wall of the unit, which backs onto a new development, and warns people not to move there if they have a problem with noise.

The sign was spotted on the Taylor Wimpey Staunton Gate development at Alresford near Colchester, Essex.

Read more here.

Councillors agree bin collection changes and final vote set for later this year

Bin collections in Basildon will change “significantly” from next year, as councillors agree to separate food and garden waste collections.

Residents currently have their garden and food waste collected together every week, but Basildon Borough Council proposals would see a new, weekly food waste service introduced, while garden waste would become fortnightly.

The new strategy also includes provision for a 23 litre outdoor caddy, 5 litre indoor kitchen caddy and 50 free caddy liners a year per household.

Read more here.

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Stansted Airport chaos as passport e-gates crash

Electronic gates at Stansted Airport crashed, causing chaos and long delays for travellers.

According to the Mirror, all e-gates at airports across the country were not working on Friday afternoon, leading to long queues as travellers were processed more slowly than normal.

The airport confirmed it was affected by the national outage of UK Border Force e-gates.

Read more here.

M11 crash caused “severe delays” and eight miles of traffic

A collision caused over eight miles of traffic on the M11 on Friday afternoon.

The incident happened on the northbound carriageway just past Birchanger Green Roundabout near Stansted Mountfitchet.

It led to delays on the M11 northbound from Junction 8 A120 (Bishops Stortford) to Junction 9 (Saffron Walden).

Read more here.

Essex petrol shortages as BP stations ‘run out of fuel’ with long queues building

Petrol stations across Essex have run out of fuel following a widespread shortage of HGV drivers.

Fuel giant BP, which has around 1200 sites across the UK, has already closed a number of petrol stations because of the impact on their fuel supply.

And in Essex, a large number of garages are understood to be affected by the shortage, leading to queues forming outside other forecourts.

Read more here.

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