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


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


Wheelie Bins Maintenance -

Keeping your wheelie bin fit for rubbish.

During the summer months the prevalence of flies increases. Taking a few precautions can reduce the likelihood of getting maggots and flies in your wheelie bin.

Maggots in wheelie bins only exist if flies have been allowed to have access to rubbish such as food waste or nappies. If flies settle on this type of rubbish they may lay eggs, which will then hatch into maggots.  If flies don't get into contact with your rubbish, you will not get maggots. Following these simple guidelines should prevent you from getting maggots:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Rinse your bin out regularly and keep it clean, you can use disinfectant or warm soapy water.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Place food waste in your food bin so that you do not have to wait more than seven days to have your food waste collected.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->When putting food waste into the kitchen food bin use the green kitchen liners provided by the Council to wrap your food.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Make sure that you never leave any food, including pet food, uncovered. Flies can lay eggs on food before you have a chance to put it in the appropriate bin.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->When putting pet food waste into the black bin tie up any bags of rubbish tightly. If you can't, then it may help to double-wrap rubbish.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->If nappies are included in your waste double bag these also, or consider using real reusable nappies.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Ensure that the lid of your wheelie bin is kept closed.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Don't leave food waste and unrinsed food containers open in your kitchen.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Rinse food packaging that cannot be recycled to reduce the risk of smells.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Store your wheelie bin out of direct sunlight, as the sun will warm up the bin, increase the risk of smells and attract flies. If your bin is broken or does not shut properly contact the Council’s Waste Services Team to arrange a repair or replacement.

In the unlikely event that maggots do get into your wheelie bin, most of them will go when your bin is emptied. If some are left behind:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Maggots and fly eggs can be killed by carefully using boiling water.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Clean/wash your bin out after it has been emptied. If you don't want to clean it yourself, you may want to get in touch with professional bin cleaners who may operate independently in your area.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Try using a cleaning product with a fragrance, which will help to deter the flies from your bin.


MOMAs - Mid Essex CCG -

05 July 2017

The MOMA’s are back – let’s celebrate our stars of the community

Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched the Marvels of Mid Awards (MOMA’s) for the second year running to celebrate the stars of our community who help people to Live Well.

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 28 September 2017, the CCG will thank people and organisations in the districts of Braintree, Maldon and the city of Chelmsford who have made a positive impact on the wellbeing of local people.

Mid Essex CCG Accountable Officer, Caroline Rassell, said “We ran the awards for the first time last year and were overwhelmed at the amazing people and projects that go above and beyond to support and help people in their communities to stay well – both physically and mentally.

“We want to say thanks again this year to the great work that is being done to support our NHS and community health services.

“Nominations could be for a member of staff at your local GP practice that always helps you or it could be someone who helps look in on neighbours or volunteers at a local group.

“It’s only by people voting for their community heroes that we can give recognition – so please get involved and make the MOMA’s great again this year.”

Nominations are now open for the following categories:

·         Primary Care Award

·         Volunteer of the Year

·         Individual Participant of the Year

·         Patient Participation Group (PPG) of the Year

·         Start Well Award

·         Be Well Award

·         Stay Well Award

·         Age Well Award

·         Die Well Award

·         Connect Well Award

The criteria for each award can be found, along with online nomination, via the CCG website http://midessexccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/moma or by contacting the CCG on 01245 459372 to request a nomination form.

Nominees will all be invited to an awards ceremony at the Mid Essex CCG Annual General Meeting on the evening of 28 September 2017 at Chelmsford City Football Club, when the winners will be announced.

The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 8 September 2016.


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.”


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