Personnel Committee Meeting - 29 June 2017 -

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Advice on business rates -

Check your business rates bills

 

Local businesses are being advised by Maldon District Council to check their new rateable values from 1 April 2017 by visiting the Valuation Office Agency website.

A property’s rateable value along with the correct ‘multiplier’ (an amount set by central government) is used to calculate business rates bills.

 

Following the national revaluation of all rateable values many rate payers will see no change or will have a reduction in the rateable value. However around 15% of those that do pay business rates will see an increase, some of which could be very significant.

 

Councillor David Sismey, Chairman of the Finance and Corporate Services Committee said, “Whilst we are responsible for collection of business rates on behalf of Central Government, we do not set either the rateable value or the multiplier used to calculate the rates payable. These are set by the Valuation Office Agency and central government respectively. We would recommend that any Business ratepayers who think their rateable value may be wrong visit the Valuation Office Agency website and use the appeals process to check and challenge the rateable value for their premises. Businesses should also ensure that they are claiming any reductions they are entitled to, particularly small businesses. More details can be found on the back of the bills, and also on the Council’s website. We recognise that a number of local businesses, particularly High Street retailers, and Public Houses are facing significant increases which has been recognised and discussed nationally.”

 

More than 100 local businesses, including pubs and small businesses could be assisted by the additional help announced by the Chancellor in the Budget speech on 8 March.  Businesses should continue to pay their current bills until the Council receives information about the new schemes and revised bills are issued.  They are also encouraged to sign up for the Council’s online Connect service at www.maldon.gov.uk/connect so that they may be contacted quickly about these changes.

 

Businesses are reminded that bills must also be paid whilst an appeal is being dealt with by the Valuation Office. 


Community Health Hub -

A co-ordinated approach to Maldon’s new Community Health Hub is taking shape.

 

 

A project Board comprising Maldon District Council and health partners, including Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), local GP’s and patient groups are working closely together to bring forward an affordable solution to meet both community and primary health (GP) needs for the  Maldon District. 

 

Work is underway to assess requirements for the Schedule of Accommodation against current activity predictions and the proposed model of care. This work takes account of the CCG’s Home First Strategy which seeks to provide homecare packages providing the right level of support to enable patients to be treated and cared for in their own homes, freeing up acute hospital beds for those with the greatest need.

 

The project, which takes account of both existing primary care needs and growth arising from new housing developments in Maldon and Heybridge, is planning for a new GP surgery in the new North Heybridge Garden Suburb and a new Health Hub situated in or around Maldon which will include both community and primary care facilities. Options to provide an independent living (extra care) housing scheme and possibly a nursing home alongside the new Health Hub are also being looked at.

 

Mid Essex Hospitals Trust (MEHT) who own the current St Peter’s Hospital site, are part of the discussions looking at the provision of services for a new Health Hub on alternative site. 

 

Maldon District Council’s Chief Executive, Fiona Marshall, said; “I am pleased that the discussions about health provision and a new Community Health Hub for the District are really starting to take shape. The Council has been instrumental in ensuring that a co-ordinated and joined up approach is taken which is critical to the success of delivering a Health Hub. I am confident that we have the commitment from all of our partners to deliver a package of first class health services to the residents of the District and I look forward to seeing this progress.”

Dr Caroline Dollery, Chair of Mid Essex CCG, said: “We look forward to continuing the collaboration with patient representatives and others involved in the project board to ensure that we can shape plans for services that support people to receive care at home wherever possible.”

A spokesperson for the Blackwater and Longfield Patient Reference Group, added; “We are enthused by the process that is actually starting to make positive ground in planning the new Maldon Community Health Hub. The resources of those who deliver primary health care have never been so stretched and the demands so high. However, the multi-agency Board which is tasked with providing the new Health Hub is working well together. From a patient perspective, it is vital that representatives convey the fears and hopes of patients. But we must additionally be mindful of the extreme pressures which health providers have been placed under. Patient representatives will continue to capture the broader engagement of Patient Group members who themselves represent the wider patient cohort. Our role, alongside that of District Councillors and officers is to strive to obtain the best possible outcomes in challenging times.  We have a duty not to allow the dilution of services to patients in the Maldon area.

The role of health providers is to meet health demand within tight budget constraints. No-one has the authority to irresponsibly squander public money.
To date, hours of discussion has resulted in a project structure, an outline of the ongoing programme and what we need to take to a potential developer.
What we must attempt is to get the best possible provision with the money available. We will also work to keep the general public better informed.
Some people have spoken of continuing to use St. Peter's Hospital to deliver services from. However, one major infrastructure problem is it could close due to the expense of operating from an ageing building.
The project is moving forward. But there are a number of crucial inputs and stages which, if not sensitively managed, can cause delay or even cancellation. The NHS agencies and Maldon District Council have committed to give more regular updates for the benefit of the community.”


Residents Safety Survey - Maldon District Council -

How safe do you feel?

 

Maldon District Council and the Community Safety Partnership invite you to complete the resident’s safety questionnaire and tell them what concerns you and your family.

 

The aim of the survey is to identify causes of concern for residents allowing the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) to establish their main areas of focus and priorities for the District in terms of crime and disorder. The results form part of the CSPs Strategic Assessment and Partnership Plan and inform the actions of partner agencies including Essex Police and the Crime Commissioner.

 

Cllr Ron Pratt, Chairman of Community Services said “The Maldon District is a fantastic and comparatively safe place to live; however, we all have some concerns about crime and disorder. I encourage all residents to take the time to complete the Maldon District Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Residents Questionnaire as this helps us understand what worries residents and makes sure we focus our efforts to address this.”

 

The Maldon District Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Residents Questionnaire is available on line at https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=141898628577

 

Paper copies are available from the Maldon District Council Offices, Tourist Information Centres in Maldon and Burnham and have been made available to all parish and town councils in the District.


Recruitment of on-call firefighters -

Fire service appeal for more firefighters in Maldon District

Maldon District Council is working in partnership to support our local fire stations to recruit new on-call firefighters. Burnham-on-Crouch, Tollesbury, Tillingham and Maldon fire stations are looking to boost their numbers by hiring more on-call firefighters, who are a vital part of today's fire and rescue service.

 

The call comes as part of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s countywide on-call firefighter recruitment campaign.

Cllr Miriam Lewis, Leader of Maldon District Council, said: “On-call firefighters are of critical importance to the fire and rescue service in our District, and play an essential role in keeping our residents safe. The District Council fully supports the drive for new recruits.”

 

Cllr Ron Pratt, Chairman of Community Services at Maldon District Council, added “Being an on-call firefighter gives residents the chance to serve their local community and make a difference to everyone’s lives. If you live or work within five minutes of the fire stations in Burnham-on-Crouch, Tollesbury, Tillingham or Maldon, are over 18 and are physically fit, I would encourage you to consider a role as an on-call firefighter.”

 

An on-call firefighter is ‘on call’ to respond to a range of emergencies and engages with their community. They have everyday lives and jobs, until the pager sounds - then they become professional firefighters, on the front line, saving lives. On-call firefighters are paid for their services and they receive thorough training and learn all they need to know about emergency situations.

 

To become an on-call firefighter you must live or work within five minutes of the on-call fire station, be over 18 and be physically fit, though support will be given to help you meet fitness requirements.

 

Simon Dedman, Station Manager at Burnham, Tillingham and Maldon, said: “On-call recruitment can be difficult in small towns and rural areas, because nowadays there are fewer people who both live and work in small communities. This has put local services under threat. On-call firefighters are a crucial part of local services and communities and the role is unpredictable, exciting and rewarding. I encourage anyone interested to apply.”

 

For more details call 01376 576698, email general.recruitment@essex-fire.gov.uk or visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/oncall


Local Health Care - East of England Clinical Senate Reports -

Mid and South Essex Success Regime - Changes could be “bolder” say external experts

The Mid and South Essex Success Regime is today (Monday 23 January) publishing two independent clinical reviews of the emerging plans to reconfigure the three main hospitals in Basildon, Chelmsford and Southend.

The reports were prepared by the East of England Clinical Senate following detailed reviews which took place in June and October 2016. The role of the Clinical Senate is to provide independent, strategic advice and guidance to healthcare planning. The reviews made constructive recommendations to help the Success Regime continue to develop its plans. The panels that undertook the reviews involved senior clinicians from outside Essex and patient representatives.

Said Dr Ronan Fenton, joint medical director for the Mid and South Essex Success Regime;

“We are delighted that the Clinical Senate supports our proposed direction of travel for health and care services in mid and south Essex, and we accept the panel’s recommendations about further work to make sure that we explore fully the implications of service change for local people. We will continue to do this over the next few months as we narrow down the potential options for change.

“The independent advice of the Clinical Senate is one of many inputs that will be considered in reaching preferred options. It is by no means a decision, but an important part of the evidence that will inform decisions.”

The Clinical Senate’s final report of October 2016 supports the principle of having a designated specialist emergency hospital for more challenging and complex emergency work. It also supports the principle of having a centre of excellence for planned care. The report states that;

“This opportunity could be fully exploited to develop a centre for Essex that provides at scale, high quality services and care, first class training posts, developing expertise and a sense of pride among its workforce. This should create a centre that staff and patients would want to come to.”

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The review panel also felt that the potential hospital changes could be “bolder with greater

potential benefits if there was less focus on continuing to provide virtually all current services

on all three sites.”

However, the review panel urged caution around the pace of change recommending that

quality and safety of services is paramount and the need for long-term sustainable services

should take priority over speed.

Next steps in February and March will narrow down the hospital reconfiguration possibilities

to one or two preferred options that will then be the basis for a detailed business case to be

reviewed by national bodies before public consultation later in 2017.

Further information on the emerging plans for health and care in mid and south Essex is

available from the Success Regime website www.successregimeessex.co.uk

The plans are summarised in a public document, 10 things you should know about your

local health and care plan.

The full reports from the East of England Clinical Senate are available from

http://www.successregimeessex.co.uk/latest-plans/supporting-evidence/


District Councillor and Parish Councillor Surgeries -

Heybridge District Councillors and Parish Councillors will be holding monthly surgeries in the Claydon Room, Plantation  Hall between 10am and noon.  Residents are welcome to come along and ask or discuss any issues within the Parish with the Councillors.

25 February 2017

25 March 2017  

29 April 2017

27 May 2017

24 June 2017

22 July 2017

 


Dengie Gateway update -

Update on the Dengie Gateway Project

 

Over the last year Maldon District Council has been very busy delivering the progressive Dengie Gateway Project. The project has already delivered an exciting and dynamic new visitor website VisitMaldonDistrict.co.uk and integrated social media. @MaldonTIC on twitter and Visit Maldon District on Facebook. Local people and visitors are encouraged to make regular use of this website and the events listings which are sure to have plenty on to keep everyone entertained. Local tourism and leisure businesses should also check out their listing as thousands of visitors already use VisitMaldonDistrict to find where to stay and what to do in the Maldon District every month.

 

Also make sure you follow @MaldonTIC on twitter and Visit Maldon District on Facebook to get the latest event news and advice, including from ‘Tic’ the Tourist Information Canine (the Maldon District TIC’s mascot). Residents and visitors have also been making great use of the new Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in Burnham High Street as well as the Maldon District TIC in Maldon High Street.

 

More information on the services provide by the Tourist Information Centre as well as contact information can be found here. http://www.visitmaldondistrict.co.uk/Tourist-Information-Centre.aspx

 

You may also have seen the new Maldon District branding, part of the Sense of Place project which has made a range of local photography and branding assets available to local groups and businesses. You can expect to see more of this as the branding is rolled out by the Place Board and adopted District wide.

 

Interested businesses and groups will find more information here http://www.visitmaldondistrict.co.uk/Business.aspx

For anyone who took part in last month’s Saltmarsh75, two day 75 mile ultra-marathon, you would have also notice some new features including a smart competitor tracking system and the new start/finishing arch. You may have also seen or even been interviewed by our camera crew, there to document the event and capture our stunning saltmarsh coastline. The first of these films is now available on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FppSFsKz4o&feature=youtu.be. As well as promoting next year’s Saltmarsh75 these films will form part of our new multi-platform marketing strategy and promotional activity.

 

To support us in getting the most out of our exciting new assets (website, social media, place branding, photography and filming) and as part of the Dengie Gateway Project the Council’s Tourism Team are working in partnership with local and experienced brand and marketing specialists to produce a marketing strategy and range of user friendly assets which will support the work of the team for several years.

 

The Tourism Team have also been working closely with local businesses and attractions, earlier this year an event was held to introduce the different parts of the Dengie Gateway Project and the members of Tourism Team. Since this time the team have been working to make sure the new website provides the local market with the service it deserves by providing an up to date listing of the huge range of things to do, places to eat and drink, stay and see in the District. Next year key market providers will again be meeting to discuss how they can best work together and in partnership with the Council’s Tourism Team to make the Maldon District a great place to visit and enjoy.

 

But there is so much more to come. Stakeholders, such as local parish councils, tourism industry operators and Coastal Community Teams will be aware that the Dengie Gateway Project will also promote and develop the District’s wonderful coast line. (Capitalising on the work currently underway by Natural England and the England Coast Path.) Our 75 miles of coast line will be known as the Saltmarsh Coast and walkers will soon notice new signage and way-marking throughout the coast. More exciting still five locations have been identified as Saltmarsh Hubs, which will provide increased visitor information. The locations identified are:

•           Tollesbury, at the Woodrolfe Road Car park

•           Heybridge Basin at the Daisy Meadow Car Park

•           Maldon’s Promenade Park

•           Bradwell-on-Sea at the car park for St Peters Chapel and

•           Burnham-on-Crouch Riverside Park and train station /town centre

 

Additionally, in Burnham-on-Crouch, we are working with the Burnham Town Council to improve connectivity between the train station and the town centre by updating some pedestrian finger posts. As well as making improvements to the existing town quay and Riverside Car Park. This will also support visitors coming to RSPB’s Wild Coast Project on Wallasea Island through Burnham.

 

The signage, and other elements of the project, were due to be completed by the end of 2016. However owing to savings in some areas of the project, the Council and the Tourism Team was keen to explore other options, take advantage of other opportunities and maximise the delivered value to the community. With the approval of the Department of Communities and Local Government some elements of the project will now continue into 2017. As such the final look and design of the Saltmarsh Hubs is being worked on to ensure it provides enticing and useful information and shows the best of the Saltmarsh Coast.

 

Cllr Ron Pratt Chairman of Community Services said “These works are great for the visitor offer in Burnham, supporting people to get the most out of their visit. We are pleased to be working with the Burnham Town Council and the River Crouch and Blackwater Coastal Community Teams in the delivery of the project. Coupled with the new Tourist Information Centre, new website (VisitMaldonDistrict.co.uk) and these planned improvements, we are very much looking forward to 2017.”

 

Cllr Miriam Lewis, Leader of Maldon District Council said “The delivery of the Dengie Gateway Project is a key activity in our 2015/19 Corporate Plan and supports our objective to make the Maldon District a better place to live, work and enjoy. We have great natural and manmade assets and attractions in our area for residents and visitors to enjoy.  We want to promote these widely and show how fantastic time spent in the Maldon District can be, at any age and for all interests.”

 

The Tourism Team will continue to consult with local stakeholders and we welcome the input of the local community through their parish councils and community groups like the Coastal Community Teams. The improvements to the Burnham-on-Crouch town pontoon, will also now happen in 2017 in time for next year’s season.

 

Please keep an eye on @MaldonTIC on twitter and Visit Maldon District on Facebook to see how this project develops.


"If I can - you can" campaign -


    13 December 2016

 

Maldon District Council launches – #IfIcan ‘you can’ campaign!

 

The #IfIcan ‘you can’ campaign will launch on Monday 9th January to encourage residents to be more active, supporting each other and challenging the barriers of inactivity. 

 

The campaign will launch across mid Essex, with Maldon District residents encouraged to challenge each other and themselves, to become more active and inspire others by: sharing their stories @ActiveMaldon on twitter using #IfICan #Maldon.

 

We are looking for people in the District to show and shout about how they have increased their physical activity levels and what results they have achieved through being more active more often.

 

Sponsored prizes will be on offer from our partners at Places for People @BlackwaterLC for participants who receive the most retweets and likes. As well as residents who can demonstrate the biggest physical activity impact and changes within their lives as a result.

 

We will also contact some participants through twitter to ask them to share their inspirational story with us as examples for others can follow.

 

With nearly 7 in 10 adults in our District either overweight or obese Maldon District Council is taking action to tackle obesity by encouraging residents to be more active and challenging the perceived barriers to inactivity.

 

Councillor Ron Pratt, Chairman of the Council’s Community Services Committee, said; “Being obese or overweight can increase the risk of developing a range of serious diseases and that’s why the ‘If I Can, you can’ campaign is so important. We can all overcome a range of perceived obstacles that prevent us from becoming physically active – from age, to lack of time and limited finances. We are very lucky in this district to have so many fantastic facilities, clubs and open spaces. So take up the challenge and get active.”

 

David Burnham from Maldon District Council added; “We all have a responsibility to improve our own health and wellbeing. It not only helps your physical and mental health, it can also improve your self-esteem and confidence.”

 

The competition will be promoted using the social networks above and directing people to the LiveWell website and competition terms and conditions.



Harbour at Maldon Coffee Mornings -

                       HARBOUR AT MALDON

“A Coffee Morning with a Difference”

Every Monday (Except Bank Holidays)

between 10 am to 12 in the Octagon at St. Mary’s Church, Church Street, Maldon CM9 5HP.

 

RELAX: We offer a friendly, supportive environment, with welcoming volunteer Hosts, a ‘bottomless’ coffee and teapot and a variety of biscuits (and sometimes cakes). There are newspapers and magazines, cards, dominoes, scrabble etc

 …Or just pop in for a chat.

GET HELP: Our resources include information about local services and we can ‘signpost’ you. Our trained Volunteers can offer a listening ear when you need it.

TRY A CRAFT:  Most weeks, for those who wish to participate, we have a Craft Table, and often have themed activities.

HELP WITH COMPUTERS: We have a good laptop Computer with internet link and a Computer Buddy to help you find what you need. Come and learn the basics?

Find an Interest: We have regular visiting speakers, a monthly FitSteps walk in the summer, and popular quizzes and activity taster sessions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

YOU’RE WELCOME: Harbour is open to everyone over 16 years of age

HARBOUR HAPPENINGS

DECEMBER 2016

 

5th DEC  A Quiet Day All the usual games and googling. A GENTLE EXERCISE session for those who wish to join in!   Craft is personalised cards for special people

12th  DEC   A Christmas Quiz for all. We continue our Christmas Crafts with decorations and decorate our Tree

19th DEC The Harbour Christmas Party.  Party Hats may be worn!  Join in the party games and our songs and carols.  (Bring nibbles to share if you would like)

 

26th DEC and 2nd JAN CLOSED FOR BANK HOLIDAYS

 

***MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR***

 

THE FIRST HARBOUR OF 2017 will be 9th January

Events may be subject to change at short notice.

Please call Linda Allen on 01621 851891 for more information. MAST (Maldon Active Support Team) is a Project of Maldon and District CVS- A Registered Charity 


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