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ANNOUNCEMENTS – CONTENTS
1. Emergency Temporary Closure of Dowsett Lane
Please click on the following link https://roadworks.org?tm=102774 to find details of the closure of Dowsett Lane, due to commence on 1st February 2017 for 185 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Essex County Council undertakes road collapse into culvert.
Following representations to Essex County Council over the length of the road closure, they have responded that ” a closure for this length of time is necessary in the interest of public safety, due to the road collapsing into the culvert below. Unfortunately, due to the extensive nature of the repairs required, it is not possible to implement any repairs immediately due to the time needed to design a new culvert and secure any funding, hence the six month closure. Highways felt it better to secure a six month closure rather than a six week closure which would then have to keep being extended.”
Update from Essex County Council April 13, 2017
Click on the link below to see the letter from Cllr Eddie Johnson, Cabinet Member Highways and Transport, Essex County Council
This message regarding residential burglaries is specific to your area.
In the last week and in particular the last few days there has been a spate of burglaries targeting more rural areas – including: Purleigh, Stock, The Hanningfields, Bickacre, Howe Green, Ramsden Heath and rural Runwell (Brock Hill area) Entry has been gained usually via the rear of the property (smashing glassed doors/windows) and some of those targeted have had alarms. Some house have also had safes which have been attached.These are mainly being committed between 1000 and 1400.
We are increasing visible patrols in these areas and from an investigation point of view, my team has some leads which I cannot share with you now, but rest assured we are doing our best to catch those responsible.
Can I please ask you to do a few things:
Ensure any really valuable or sentimental items of jewellery are safe – whether that means you take them out with you or ensure they are hidden in a very unusual place in your house.
Please be our eyes and ears – the areas concerns are geographically very large. We cannot patrol all of these areas all of the time. If you see suspicious activity, please phone 999 and report exactly what you are seeing – try and get descriptions and vehicle registrations.
Please spread the word – get this message to your neighbours and on local Facebook groups – we want as many people to know about it as possible.
If you have CCTV and are able to review it quickly, it could really help us for you to do that to establish any suspicious activity that has already happened.
Det Insp Rob Kirby
We have been informed that some dubious cold calling Tree surgeons/Landscape Gardeners have entered our area having been suspected of committing offences in a neighbouring area “Your Doorstep Your Choice”, we would advise you to think twice about engaging cold calling traders. If you need a trader for a particular job and do not have a trader by personal recommendation contact Trading Standards “Buy with Confidence Scheme” on 0345 404 0506.
Some of leaflets being used”
BEWARE OF BOGUS CALLERS – If in doubt keep them out!
Bogus Police Officers: A group of males have recently been involved in committing distraction burglaries in the Basildon, Brentwood and Thurrock areas, by posing as Police Officers. They have fake but very convincing Essex Police Identity Cards and use these to trick and scam their way into vulnerable people’s homes with the intent to steal cash and valuables.They have to date mainly been concentrating on elderly females, but everyone is at risk.
If anyone calls at your property posing as a police officer please do not let them in without first checking their identity. Please telephone 101 to verify that the person at your door is a bona-fide officer. Best advice is not to open the door to anyone you do not know or are not expecting. A good tip is to open an upstairs window if possible and speak to the caller, asking their details, before opening the door until you are certain who they are. If you mention that you are going to call the police to verify their identity, a valid police officer will be happy to wait whereas it is likely that a bogus caller will disappear quickly. Please try and note a brief description of the person at the door and give this to the police if the caller proves not to be a bona-fide officer. Other types of bogus caller also pretend to be from utility companies or similar organisations. The above advice applies in all cases.
Some general advice is given below:
Representatives from water, gas and electric companies rarely visit without appointments. Genuine callers make appointments in advance and will always be happy to wait while you check their identity. Some utility companies now also operate a password scheme for extra security – please call your provider for details.
Police or bank officials would never visit you or call you by telephone and ask for your bank details or ask you to withdraw large sums of cash. Be wary of strangers who call unexpectedly. Bogus callers succeed because they’re believable – they’re well practised and will have a convincing story and set of excuses ready. Next time the doorbell rings remember – check before you open the door.
Who to call: If you suspect you, or someone you know has been visited by a bogus caller please call the Police as soon as possible – you may well prevent other crimes occurring. In an emergency dial 999, otherwise report incidents to Essex Police on 101. You can also report any crimes or incidents free and anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If you have been sold shoddy products or bought overpriced goods at the door you can report this to Consumer Direct on 03454 04 05 06.
TV SHOW – BELOVED POSSESSIONS IN NEED OF REPAIR ?
Dear Parish and Town councils of Essex
I hope you don’t mind me getting in touch;
My name is Ryan and I’m on the casting team at Ricochet TV part of warner bros TV production UK www.ricochet.co.uk
We are making a new television show for BBC2 called “The repair shop”; the show looks into repairing beloved and interesting possessions for people who would like to see them restored or repaired back to their original working order. The kind of items we have come across so far have ranged from inherited pocket watches to grandfather clocks, from rocking horses to drawn carriages, even from toy cars to VW campers. We have a team of experts who cover all trades such as blacksmithing, ceramics, clockmakers, upholsterers and carpenters
I am wondering if you might to be able to help spread the word amongst your parishes, networks and communities to see if anyone has an items that might be suitable they’d like to put forwards?
Additionally, as well as sentimental/interesting items belonging to individuals….we’d really love to feature and repair a few items in the show that have a community value, something treasured or something essential to communities that has fallen into disrepair, perhaps has an interesting story and purpose to the village/town that can be restored.
For example some towns, villages and communities have certain items that are important to them; they could be memorial plaques, eroded statues, snapped weather vanes, broken sun dials, cracked gargoyles, fading carvings, or maybe the paint is peeling on your local pubs swing sign and can let them know we could them
Please note that although a lot of things can be moved, items would need to not be permanently stuck in situ, for example some larger statues or water fountains are grand logistically feats to move. The item would be repaired at our repair shop (a barn outfitted for our experts) and given back to the community at no expense to the owner – additionally there would be broadcasted tv coverage from start to finish of the item, in the work shop and also when the item is revealed to the owner or community.
Please also note that we are receiving a lot of items and interest across the country, and sometimes they can be too big and take too long to fix, so please don’t be disheartened if we can’t repair it this time
If you’re happy to please share this information amongst your community that would be appreciated greatly.
If perhaps you might have something you’d love to be repaired, then please get back in touch with us at email@example.com or call us on 01273 224800.
Best wishes and thank you for your time
Ryan Leigh Casting Team / The Repair Shop
Ricochet Ltd Pacific House,126 Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 3TE
Tel: 01273 224800 Fax: 01273 770350
Registered in England Registration No 04053062
CHELMSFORD FRONT GARDEN COMPETITION
Chelmsford’s Front Garden Competition is back, and this year it includes more types of garden than ever before!
The competition has been growing in popularity since it was first run three years ago. Now, the City Council are opening it up to gardens of all types and sizes, with prizes in three categories:
• Best Kept Front Garden
• Best Planter or Hanging Basket
• Most Sustainable Front Garden
If you’re proud of your delightful daffodils, colourful crocuses or blooming borders, then enter for the chance to win a £50 voucher to spend at Abercorn Plant & Garden Centre!
Entry is free: all you need to do is submit up to four photos of your garden or planter, online or by post, and tell judges about its best features.
Entries must reach us by Friday 26 May. Finalists will be invited to a presentation evening in July, where the winners of the First, Second and Third Place prizes will be announced.
For more information, please call the Council’s Neighbourhood Improvement & Community Engagement (NICE) Team on 01245 615800 or visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/frontgardencompetition.
CASE FOR CHANGE IN THE WAY POLICE AND FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICES ARE GOVERNED
The Policing and Crime Act 2017 allows Police and Crime Commissioners to develop a local case for change in the way police and fire and rescue services are governed.
Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, working with local partners has developed this case and is seeking your views.
The following public consultation asks you to consider three options and to give your views.