Monthly Archives: September 2016

A message from Essex Community Messaging Service

Essex Community messaging is Essex’s free community alert service

“The Schools in the area have only just gone back and already we are receiving complaints regarding bad parking out side of schools at the start and end of School. Please if you take your children to school by car, please park responsibly. Do not park on the Yellow zig zags. Do not park on Grass verges. Do not obstruct the pavement Do not double park in the road, remember large vehicles may need to get through. Please remember that zig zags are there for your child’s safety. If you park on a pavement, this then blocks it,so people are forced to walk into the road to pass. Police will be monitoring thee issues and will give Fixed Penalty Notices to offenders. Please leave plenty of time to drop and pick up your children. Park in a safe place. If you can walk to school,this would free up spaces to those that cant. Remember its for your child’s safety”.

For regular alerts contact

If you have a power cut, call 105 – a new free service

The new national power cut phone line – 105 – to help people contact the company that looks after their electricity network has been launched.

The number, which is available to electricity customers will enable people to report or get information about power cuts as well as report damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves, or someone else, in danger. People can find more information on the website:

UK Power Networks still runs a Priority Services Register for customers who may be more vulnerable in a power cut e.g. older people, those dependent on medical equipment, parents of young children etc. To join, they can call 0800 169 9970, email [email protected] or apply online at

(photo credit; Ian Muttoo, flickr)

An independent television production company called Studio Lambert ( is currently making a new programme for ITV and is looking for families to take part. The programme will see those chosen going on their usual holiday with two other families and showcasing why their holiday is the best and then experiencing the other families ideal holiday too. It will require an open mind, a sense of adventure and a passion for your style of holiday. Each family has a chance to win a great holiday, all they have to do is persuade the other families it’s great too.

Follow the link to view the poster with a summary of the relevant information. Anyone interested in taking part can contact [email protected] or call 020 3040 6854

Anglia Level Crossing Proposals – Consultation Event on 30 September

Network Rail has published details of the second round of consultation events regarding its’ Anglia Level Crossing Closure/Diversion Proposals. There are meetings being scheduled throughout Essex. The date, time and venue of the meeting regarding proposals in Tendring is set out below. Follow the link to view the flyer.

If you do not wish to see the three level crossings in the Parish of Great Bentley closed and/or diverted then you need to participate in the consultation exercise.

Colchester 30/09/2016 14:00 – 19:00 Firstsite,
Lewis Gardens,
High Street,

A message from Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex

One of my key duties as Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex is to put together the strategic plan for the policing of our county in the interests of the public. For me, safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build success and wellbeing for all.

The new Police and Crime Plan is relevant to all our lives. During my election campaign and since becoming PCC, I have listened to the people of our county. They are clear that more local, visible and accessible policing, and being tough on Anti-Social Behaviour are vitally important. This was reinforced at my first public meeting as PCC, held in Grays, where two Thurrock mothers made powerful and courageous comments about the impact of ASB on their families. These are the first two priorities in the new Plan, and mark a commitment to refocus some police resources in these important areas.

Some priorities build on the existing Police and Crime Plan, such as being tough on domestic abuse and improving the safety of our roads. Two further priorities highlight crucial work on increasingly important challenges: reversing the trend in serious violence, and tackling gangs and organised crime.

Finally, protecting children and vulnerable people will be a core priority. This will involve the police bringing criminals to justice and a drive to prevent crime and abuse from happening in the first place.

I want to hear your views. During September and early October 2016, I will be seeking your thoughts on the draft Police and Crime Plan through meetings, online engagement, and a dedicated address for correspondence.

Online survey,
Email: [email protected] or write to : Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
3 Hoffmanns Way, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1GU

The engagement process will end on October 7, 2016. It is anticipated that the new Police and Crime Plan for Essex will come into effect in early November 2016. The full schedule of PCC public meetings can be seen here:

Changes to Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ grants scheme mean more frequent funding.

I’m sure you’ve heard about Tesco’s Bags of Help grants scheme, which Groundwork is proud to administer. What you may not know, though, is that there have recently been a few changes which make it even more accessible.

Grants are awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, Parish/Town Councils and local authorities, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), and social housing providers. This list is not exhaustive.

In order to give Tesco customers a say much more frequently on where their money goes, the Bags of Help scheme is now permanently open for applications.

There are also a number of other exciting changes to the scheme. Bags of Help will now see the money raised by the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores opened up to a greater range of projects that support community participation in the development and use of open spaces.

As well as physical improvements of open spaces – such as building new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens – projects that will now get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.

Following a public vote, three projects in each region will now receive a grant each month, with first place receiving up to £5,000, second place up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.  Please note the maximum amount you can now apply for is £5,000. Previously awarded grants are unaffected by these changes to the scheme.

Please apply yourself or spread this exciting news and encourage others to apply or nominate a project. Find out more and apply on our dedicated Bags of Help website.

If you have questions that aren’t answered by the information on the website, or you’d like some extra support, feel free to get in touch with Victoria Rudd, Enabler for Essex, on 07736 132873 or [email protected]