Monthly Archives: March 2017

Network Rail Level Crossing Reduction Strategy

The message below has been received from Mr R. Harvey, a local resident.

Notice has been received from Bernard Jenkin MP’s office that he has received the following information:

“I’m going to put this in writing for you and Mr Harvey but Frating Abbey (E44) has now been removed from the scope of the level crossing closure project.”

It is not clear who has made this statement – presumably the Network Rail Parliamentary Liaison referred to previously – but it is good news, and shows that efforts have not gone unrewarded.

It is unclear where that leaves the other two crossings in Gt Bentley that Network Rail is planning to close and exactly what impact their closure would have, but at least the long-distance path has been saved.

Funding for community projects

You may already have heard that even more community groups across the UK are able to bag some cash for their projects. The Tesco Bags of Help funding scheme application criteria has opened up to allow for more communities to receive funding.

As well as continuing to fund the development of and activity in outdoor spaces such as allotments and community gardens, grants will now be available to fund the purchase of items such as sports kits, camping equipment, spades, litter pickers or specialised medical equipment. Continue reading

Warning to avoid doorstep scams

Watch out for doorstep salespeople offering to repair damage caused by Storm Doris in order to avoid poor workmanship, scams or other crimes. This warning coincides with reports this week to Trading Standards of an unknown trader cold calling offering tree surgery services.

The trader was reported to be targeting the homes of older people and had been reported to be trespassing into their rear gardens and asking residents if they lived alone and what times they were usually not at home. Continue reading

Urgent Care Review – March bulletin

Follow the link to view the first bulletin aimed at keeping you up-to-date with information relating to the CCG’s Urgent Care Review engagement, which concluded 1 March 2017.  Between now and the end of May 2017, when a decision will be made about the future of the Walk in Centre in Colchester and the Minor Injury Units at Clacton and Harwich, the NEECCG will prepare monthly updates.  Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.