Environment and Resources Committee - 24 August 2017 -

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Personnel Committee Meeting - 21 August 2017 -

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Parish Council Meeting - 17 August 2017 -

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new Police office in Maldon -

A NEW local policing office, which will house local policing teams in Maldon, will open to the public from next week (Monday July 31st).


The new location in Maldon District Council’s offices in Princes Road, will allow Essex Police to keep its officers local, visible and at the heart of the community they serve.
Essex Police will use the new location as a base to respond to incidents and calls for help. It will house the local policing team.


The new base will offer a front counter service, staffed by Essex Police employees, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays.


As of Monday July 31st the former police station in West Square, Maldon will close. The building will be put up for sale in the coming months.


Maldon and Chelmsford District Commander Chief Insp Ronnie Egan said: “Essex Police is committed to maintaining a police presence in Maldon and I’m delighted that our new base has now opened for business.


“The new location demonstrates the shared commitment of both Essex Police and Maldon District Council to keep our communities safe, protect people from harm and to prevent and detect crime.


“We know people are attached to their police stations, but what is important is my officers’ ongoing ability to operate from Maldon, catch criminals and protect people from harm.


“We know maintaining a local and visible presence is at the heart of how we keep people safe and this new policing base will allow us to do just that.


“I would like to thank Maldon District Council for allowing us to share their accommodation and for their continued support of Essex Police.”


Maldon police station is one of several being sold as the estate is reduced from 80 to approximately 30 buildings to help modernise the force. The resources this frees up will enable officers to stay visible in communities for longer, be more accessible, build our specialist capabilities and so help keep the people of Essex safe.


The current police estate in Essex costs £10million a year in running costs but the buildings would require £30million of maintenance work to bring them up to standard. This money can be better invested in preventing and fighting crime by recruiting officers and investing in technology to help them do their job.


People can also report crime by phoning 101 or via the Essex Police website www.essex.police.uk


Drawing Short Course -

CREATIVITY FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND MINDFULNESS

MAST (Maldon Active Support Team) is launching another group in its Small Groups for Wellbeing Initiative – Art Interest Groups.

This series of FREE Art interest sessions is for people in the local area who would like to use their own creativity to help with mental health and mindfulness.

These short courses and therapeutic groups will take place locally and are an opportunity to explore your own creativity with others, make friends, get support and learn more from experienced volunteers. The sessions are intended to be flexible and responsive to need and will take the form of short courses that will be themed. The introductory theme will be ‘basic drawing’.

LEARN TO DRAW- "The Absolute Basics"

We start with a four week "Learn to Draw" short course at the Maldon & District CVS offices in Heybridge.

This will take place on Thursday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm on 3rd, 10th 17th and 24th August.

The group will be only up to 6 people so it will be very small and friendly, and your tutor and guide will be Mani Koenig-Roach. Mani will help you to explore basic drawing skills, starting at the correct way to hold a pencil, through to observing and drawing shapes free hand, highlighting, and shading and sketching and moving to Perspective for those who wish.

This course can give you the confidence and equip you to progress to further Art methods. All materials are free and you will have your own sketch pad to keep.Tea/ coffee and biscuits provided.

To find out more contact Linda Allen on 01621 851891 for a chat or email harbour@maldoncvs.org.uk


LDP has been approved -

Council announce approval of the Maldon District Local Development Plan

This morning Cllr Mark Durham, Leader of Maldon District Council received a much anticipated letter from the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government regarding the Maldon District Local Development Plan.

In his letter Sajid Javid MP said "I have carefully considered the report of the Inspector" and "Having done so, I have decided to approve the Plan, incorporating the main modifications recommended by the Inspector, as I agree that it meets the relevant statutory requirements" and "the Plan, as modified, now forms part of the development plan for the area".

Cllr Mark Durham, Leader of Maldon District Council said "We are very pleased to confirm that the Maldon District Local Development Plan (LDP) with modifications, has been approved by the Secretary of State. This is fantastic news for the District, this plan will help protect and shape the future of the District for years to come".

Cllr Durham added "I am grateful to the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP for his decision and for the hard work of Council Officers and Members".


Community Satefy Partnership -

Community Safety Partnership to prioritise rural crime and strengthening communities.

The Maldon District Community Safety Partnership (CSP) has announced their five strategic priorities for 2017.

·         Tackling crime, the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour

·         Protecting and supporting vulnerable people and victims of crime

·         Reduction in harm caused by alcohol and substance misuse

·         Promoting road safety and challenging irresponsible driving

·         Tackling rural crime and strengthening communities

These priorities have been identified by analysing overall recorded crime, public health data and evaluating public consultations. The Community Safety Team will now work with its partner agencies to deliver these priorities and to keep the Maldon District one of the safest places to live in Essex.

Richard Holmes, Director of Customers & Community, said “The Maldon District enjoys comparatively low levels of crime however, we must not be complacent. We are working with our partners to make sure everyone feels safe from crime.”

Mr Holmes added “Public consultation is always vital to identifying the correct priorities for the people of Maldon District and tackling rural crime is clearly very important.”

The Community Safety Partnership is made up from representatives from Maldon District Council, Essex Police, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Essex Probation service and voluntary organisations.


Grape and Grain Trail -

Grape and Grain Trail takes visitors on a tour of the finest local producers

Thousands of people turned up to discover wines, beers and spirits from the finest local producers at the Essex Festival of Food and Drink 2017 last weekend.

As part of a new specialised trail produced by Braintree District Council and Maldon District Council, visitors were able to sample drinks from local Grape and Grain producers, including English wines from Bardfield Vineyard and beers from Silks Brewery, Maldon Brewing Company and Wibblers Brewery.

The trail launched at the weekend, highlighting some of the area’s finest local producers, including our award winning independent breweries, vineyards and distilleries. The trail will encourage visitors to the districts by showcasing the wealth of local artisan drinks and much loved local tipples produced across Mid Essex.

A map plotting the area’s attractions is available: View here

Some of the venues offer tours, tastings and talks; others have onsite restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy a meal while you sample their wares.

Councillor Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Braintree District Council, said: "The Grape and Grain Trail is a multi-stop destination tour highlighting the wealth of local independent producers of ales, spirits and wines, each offering something unique in taste and experience. Our aim with our tourism offer is to contribute to economic well-being as well as celebrating the area we live in."

Councillor Henry Bass, Chairman of Maldon District Council said "The Maldon and Braintree districts boast some of the oldest and best independent breweries, vineyards and distilleries in England. Boasting award winning wines, ales and spirits. We are very fortunate to have such a variety of producers on our door step and I encourage everyone to discover more about them. We are pleased to be working with Braintree District Council and we are committed to creating a vibrant economy and promoting the Maldon District as a destination of choice for business and visitors. "

For more details about our Grape and Grain participants, please visit www.grapeandgraintrail.co.uk

If you are a local producer that wants to be part of the trail, please contact Braintree District Council or Maldon District Tourist Information Centre for more details.


Tackling Homelessness -

Countywide project to tackle homelessness

Further to the recent news release from Essex County Council

Members and Officers from Maldon District Council are pleased to announce the launch of the Homelessness Trailblazer project which will be delivered throughout the Maldon District and across the rest of Essex.

The Council’s Strategic Housing Manager, Paul Gayler was one of the guest speakers at the launch event earlier this month and played a leading role as the Chair of Essex Housing Officers’ Group in developing the project with colleagues at Essex County Council and other districts. Speaking at the event, Mr Gayler highlighted how important it was to prevent homelessness wherever possible so that the risk of becoming roofless does not become a reality. He also referred to a recent study that showed how rough sleeping in rural areas was increasing and likely to be higher than recorded in some areas because of the difficulty identifying people across large rural areas compared to towns and cities.

Councillor Bob Boyce MBE, chairman of Community Services said “The Council has always worked hard to support people at risk of becoming homeless. This project gives the Council an opportunity to pilot new ways of working to prevent people becoming homeless and supports the Council’s goal to strengthen communities to be safe.

The project is in preparation for changes which the government will be making to the law and the way that local housing authorities will be required to work later this year.

PressRelease

Communications PO Box 11, Chelmsford CM1 1LX

13 July 2017

PR 6242

 

Countywide project to tackle homelessness

 

People faced with the terrifying prospect of becoming homeless will get specialist help after the launch of a countywide project.

The Homelessness Trailblazer project – one of just 28 pilot schemes nationwide - is funded by an £890,000 grant from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which pledged £50m towards tackling homelessness in the UK.

Essex County Council’s housing growth team worked with the Essex Housing Officers Group – a collaboration of district, borough and city councils, and housing providers – to secure the cash, which will pay for 10 specialist mentors to identify at risk people and intervene before they lose their homes.

The team has already saved 29people from becoming homeless.

More than 80 people from a variety of public, private and voluntary sector organisations attended Wednesday’s launch event at the Essex Record Office in Chelmsford.

BBC Essex presenter Dave Monk, who helped showcase some of the real-life success stories, told the audience of one woman who fell into debt after her partner left her.

“Sarah turned to drink and became so depressed it affected her children, one of whom has a disability, and their behaviour deteriorated,” he said.

“Soon her landlord launched legal action over her rent arrears and having been brought up in the care system, her situation brought up some difficult memories and emotions.

“Her mentor encouraged her to seek medical help for her depression and also organised her finances, negotiating a payment plan with the landlord who stopped the eviction and agreed to let her stay.”

Although direct responsibility for homelessness falls to district councils, Essex County Council, local districts and unitary authorities bid for the money to show real day-to-day collaboration for Essex residents, with a focus on prevention, rather than dealing with the problem afterwards.

Cllr Sue Lissimore, Cabinet member responsible for housing, said: “Many people are only two months’ salary away from losing their home, so a combination of mounting debt, losing a job or the breakdown of a relationship can be all it takes for someone to lose their home.

“This project could have a drastic impact on the way we tackle homelessness in Essex. It is the first collaborative effort of its kind and will ensure everyone is working together to prevent people from losing their homes in the first place, rather than trying to pick up the pieces afterwards.”


Report a Highway or Footpath Problem -

Do you have a highway / Public rights of way issue that needs reporting:-

Essex County Council have recently updated their Website / on-line service for reporting issues

Below is the link that will take you to the beginning, after which it will guide you through step by step which will enable you to report your issue, alternately type www://essex.gov.uk and navigate your way to the report it page.

http://www.essexhighways.org/transport-and-roads/tell-us/problem-check.aspx

After you have reported your issue, you will be given a case No – Please forward this case No to clerk@heybridgeparichcouncil.gov.uk – we can then keep track on it and do what we can to help rectify the issue.

If you are unable or do not have access to the internet then please contact on 01621 855652 giving full details of the issue including location and issue, we will be happy to report this on your behalf


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