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Announcements – Contents
Commemorating the achievement of a local Councillor (posted July 2016)
Phone scams (posted July 2016)
Crackdown on illegal waste at recycling centres (posted August 2016)
Want to become a County Councillor? Essex County Council Elections May 2017 – how to become a councillor (posted August 2016)
1. Commemorating the achievement of a local Councillor
At the 2016 Annual Parish Council Meeting, Chairman Michael Thomason was presented with a plaque by Vice Chairman Gillian Bonnett in recognition of his 40 years’ service on South Hanningfield Parish Council
From Parish Life July 2016
1976 was a year to remember for many. There was the chance to travel on Concorde, book a seat on the first intercity 125 train or save up for the new Ford Fiesta that was launched that year costing around £1,950. Computers were still in the future but this was the year that Apple started in the US. Only half of us had phones – landlines!
However, if you mention 1976 to anyone of a certain age the one thing they will certainly remember is the long hot summer where temperatures topped 28 degrees C for a record breaking 22 days. People had to use standpipes and in August the government had to introduce an emergency drought bill to stop unnecessary waste of water.
Over in the Parish of South Hanningfield a local farmer had just joined the Parish Council representing the Downham Ward. Councillor Michael Thomason was recently surprised at the Annual Parish Meeting to be presented with a plaque to commemorate this achievement and to thank him for all his hard work over the years.
Local residents heard how his farming knowledge had been used countless times advising on the building and maintenance of their award winning sports field and other areas of land the Parish owns. The allotments had been greatly improved due to his input on the drainage system. Councillor Thomason has also seen the Village Halls in Ramsden Heath & Downham rebuilt and vast improvements made to the one in South Hanningfield. The playgrounds in the Parish have been renewed and maintained to a high quality and for older residents Christmas Cheer was introduced. In more recent years there has been the annual Christmas Tree Light up celebrations which have been a great success and bought the whole community together. These are just a few as the list that spans 40 years is very long and it is easy to forget the involvement Cllr Thomason has had in many things that are now taken for granted within the Parish. The residents, clerk and councillors of the Parish thanked him for all his service and work over the past 40 years and don’t forget….. he runs a farm in his spare time!
2. Phone scams
Fraudsters are cunning in their phone scam tactics and it’s not always easy or obvious to tell straight away if it’s a scam.
What is a vishing phone scam?
These cold call scams typically involve fraudsters deceiving people into believing they are speaking to a police officer, a member of bank staff or a representative of another trusted company or agency such as a government department.
Usually the fraudster will convince an individual that they have been a victim of fraud and will ask for personal and financial information in order to gain access to their account.
Beware giving bank details
Never disclose the following details:
• four digit card PIN to anyone, including the bank or police
• full password or online banking codes
• personal details unless you are sure who you are talking to
Top tactics to watch for
Another variation of a phone scam involves the fraudster persuading people to transfer money to other accounts or to hand over cash directly to a courier.
The fraudsters are known to encourage people to hang up and call their bank to verify the legitimacy of the call.
However, a phone line can stay open for up to two minutes so the fraudsters remain on the line and play a dialling tone to trick the individual into thinking they’re calling their bank.
In fact, the fraudsters are still connected and the individual is not speaking to their bank but is still connected to the scammers.
To ensure you don’t fall prey to this type of phone scam, remember that in no circumstances would your bank or the police ask you to take such actions.
These types of requests will only come from a fraudster.
What to do if you’re scammed
Fraudsters are very cunning in their tactics so it’s not always obvious to tell straight away if you’ve been scammed, or who to report it to.
But there are ways to identify different types of scams, and organisations that can help you if you are scammed.
For more information go to
3. Crackdown on business and illegal waste at recycling centres
Waste from Essex businesses which has been illegally left at recycling centres has left taxpayers with a disposal bill running to hundreds of thousands of pounds.
‘Man with a van’ operators offering cheap rubbish clearance, property developers and independent building and home improvement trades have swamped many sites. Local facilities have seen the amount of DIY and construction waste alone leap by over 50% in the last two years.
To tackle the problem, Essex County Council is set to announce changes to the way sites will operate in the future, to prevent taxpayers footing the bill for business waste, reduce queues for genuine customers and prevent daytime closures.
The rule of thumb of how the law works, is that household waste covers items which a householder would normally take with them when they move house. If the waste is something you would leave behind, like doors, a fitted kitchen or bathroom, or soil and hardcore from a garden, it is construction waste. And business waste of any kind is strictly excluded.
The current plan to improve recycling centres means that from the 31st October, about half of the county’s sites will also no longer allow vans or multi-axle trailers in and will no longer offer any disposal facilities for DIY and construction waste.
The remaining sites will still offer access to residents who only have access to a commercial vehicle, but will place strict limits on how much DIY waste can be disposed of. Vans and pick-ups will be under greater scrutiny though, and those identified as bringing in waste from any kind of business activity will be refused entry and owners may be liable to prosecution.
Councillor Simon Walsh Cabinet Member for Waste and Environment said: “The taxpayer cannot continue to pick up the bill for businesses which don’t dispose of their waste properly. These operational changes will stop people unlawfully disposing of business and trade waste at recycling centres at the expense of the taxpayer, whilst still providing the facility for residents to dispose of their legitimate DIY waste when carrying out ad-hoc work at home themselves.”
Residents who are unsure about whether to take waste to a recycling centre or whether they will need to rent a skip for larger home improvement projects after 31 October should check the Recycle for Essex website before heading to their local site.
For more information, please contact Carla Johnson – Carla.firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 03330 131891.
- Twelve of the 21 sites across Essex will no longer accept DIY and construction waste. This includes:
- Soil and hardcore;
- Ceramics, including tiles, toilets, basins etc;
- Gypsum-based products, including plasterboard and dry wall lining;
- uPVC and wooden window frames;
- uPVC and wooden internal and external doors; and
- Fitted kitchens.
These sites will also prohibit access to all commercial type vehicles, including small vans and pick-up trucks and any towed trailers with more than one axle.
The sites in this category are:
- Canvey Island
- Rayleigh (At Rayleigh, commercial-type vehicles will be prohibited but limited DIY and construction waste will be accepted as per point 2 below)
- South Woodham Ferrers
- Waltham Abbey
- West Mersea
- The remaining nine recycling centres will still take these DIY and construction waste materials, subject to the following per household limits:
In any 28-day period
- three wheelbarrow loads (one car boot full) of soil and hardcore; and
- one wheelbarrow load of tiles
and, in any six-month period.
- three large ceramic items, e.g. toilet or wash basin;
- one uPVC or wooden window frame;
- one uPVC or wooden external door;
- three wooden internal doors; and
- any elements of a built-in kitchen
The sites in this category are:
- Saffron Walden
- DIY and construction waste is any material that has arisen as a result of construction and demolition to a home or garden. There is no duty on local authorities to accept or dispose of DIY and construction waste from residential properties. Although the RCHWs are required to accept all household waste. this is a defined term under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Controlled Waste Regulations 2012 and does not include all waste types generated by a household.
4. Essex County Council Elections May 2017
There are Essex County Council Elections in May 2017 and in preparation the County Council are holding “How to become a councillor” events.
An information event for prospective candidates has been scheduled for Saturday 17 September (am) and Wednesday 28 September (evening). The programme with timings is attached and it is advertised on the Council’s website