Monthly Archives: July 2016


Please be aware that significant pressures are being felt at Colchester Hospital today and the Trust are on a critical internal incident.

Please could you ensure that all alternatives to A&E/ EAU are fully considered when assessing so that CHUFT can be in a position to recover as soon as possible. The RAS have capacity available so please do use this, if appropriate, as an alternative option. I have included a link to their criteria again for your ease. Although RAS is based in Tendring, the staff can undertake home assessment in Colchester and then only patients deemed to require further assessment will be transported to the unit.

RAS criteria and referral details:

Follow link to view a copy of the contact details for admission avoidance schemes.

Home Security

While you are enjoying this spell of glorious summer weather, the Community Policing Team reminds us that when we are having fun in our rear gardens to make sure the front of your house is secure.

It only take a few minutes to lose items you cannot replace.

(photo credit; Alan Levine, flickr)

Superfast Essex Countywide Parish Engagement Event – 13 July 2016

Further to the Superfast Essex Countywide Parish Engagement Event on 13 July 2016 the presentation slides have now been circulated.

Anyone wishing to register their demand for superfast broadband, if they haven’t already, visit and follow the link to complete the Make the Connection Survey online. Duplicates will not be counted, unless they are separate residential and business entries.

Local Bus Network Review Consultation – August 2016

In 2015 Essex County Council (ECC) began a thorough review of its financial support for those local bus services that it pays for across the County. This consultation exercise is the start of the second part of the review and looks at 70 services across Essex where the current contract ends in 2017.

ECC has grouped together services by geographical area of the County so it is easy to see whether your service is part of the review. ECC hopes you will take this opportunity to comment on your services.

How to consult:
Questionnaires will be available from Libraries, or online or by phoning: 03457 430 430. Read more

(photo credit:  jpodgorski1, flickr)

Tendring District Local Plan – Preferred Options Consultation Document 2013-2033

Tendring District Council is reviewing its Local Plan, the document that guides planning applications and decision making across the District. An 8 week consultation exercise running from 14 July 2016 and ending on 8 September 2016 has recently commenced. Follow the links to read the outline details of the consultation page 1 and page 2. A copy of the document is available to read at the Community Resource Centre.

(Photo credit; Kamil Porembiński, flickr)

Work to improve the A12 at Witham

Highways England is planning to refurbish Olivers Bridge, where the A12 crosses B1018 Maldon Road, to the east of Witham. This is to complete essential repairs to the bridge structure and resurface the road across it. Subject to weather conditions, it is planned to start this work on Friday 29 July, finishing before November.

To keep road users at a safe distance from the works, Part of each side of the A12 will be closed while the work is underway. A contraflow with narrow lanes, will be installed to keep two lanes open on the A12 in both directions.

Follow the link to read the notice in full.

(photo credit; David Howard, flickr)

Online Scams

Help disrupt fraudsters by reporting scam emails that you receive. People receiving scam emails are urged to report them.

The reports received by Action Fraud will be forwarded to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau run by the City of London Police for collation and analysis. This will enable crucial intelligence to be gathered and preventative action to be taken. The activity will seek to disrupt the fraudsters and close down the links between them and the victim.

Last year they received on average 8,000 reports per month, with 96,699 people reporting that they had received a phishing scam.

What should you do if you’ve received a scam email?

  • Do not click on any links in the scam email.
  •  Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.
  • If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
  • Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.
  • Genuine computer firms do not make unsolicited phone calls to help you fix your computer.

If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank.

If you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud.

Fake emails often (but not always) display some of the following characteristics:

  • The sender’s email address doesn’t tally with the trusted organisation’s website address.
  • The email is sent from a completely different address or a free web mail address.
  • The email does not use your proper name, but uses a non-specific greeting like “dear customer”.
  • A sense of urgency; for example the threat that unless you act immediately your account may be closed.
  • A prominent website link. These can be forged or seem very similar to the proper address, but even a single character’s difference means a different website.
  • A request for personal information such as user name, password or bank details.
  • The email contains spelling and grammatical errors.
  • You weren’t expecting to get an email from the company that appears to have sent it.
  • The entire text of the email is contained within an image rather than the usual text format.

(photo credit; Will Lion, flickr)

A Petition To Help Reduce Suicides

The following letter (excerpt only) and request to sign a petition to help to reduce suicide was received from Mr Paul Lai.

Since my son’s death, I have learned that thousands of young people have died needlessly from suicide; many because best practice had not being followed. Were the deaths caused by a deadly virus it would be a national scandal.

It is not as though best practice is unknown. There have been cases where best practice guidelines have simply not been observed. For example, the Royal College of General Practitioners and The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommend that everyone with suicide ideation should be actively monitored ( And yet this simply isn’t happening. Why are clinicians reluctant to follow best practice? 

The purpose of this petition is to focus on the one group of professionals able to explore whether best practice was followed. HM Coroners have a duty to investigate whether death is avoidable but this is not currently mandatory. Were  coroners to be required, in cases of suicide,  to explore whether best practice guidelines were observed by clinicians, a substantial number of suicides might be avoided in the future.

You could help make this happen by signing the petition:

Paul Lai, 2 St. Mary’s Way, Baldock, SG5 1NQ. Tel. 01462 477908.