Monthly Archives: May 2018

A133 Colchester to Clacton Route Improvements

About the scheme

The A133 is the key route providing access from Colchester to the seaside resort of Clacton–on–Sea, and allowing access from the district of Tendring into Colchester.

Essex County Council and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership have made £5.43m available to fund improvements.  These are designed to support economic growth as well as providing safety improvements to the route, increasing journey time reliability through highway capacity improvements for motorists and improved passenger transport facilities, as well as improving signage and reviewing the cycling provision along the route.

Proposals include:

  • Bromley Road Junction Improvements – Widen to two lane approach from Colchester and providing a pedestrian crossing phase at this junction.
  • Safety Improvements – Implement variety of safety improvements between Frating roundabout and Progress Way roundabout.
  • Frating Roundabout – Introduce left-turn slip from A133 (A120 Spur) to A133 (east) and modify roundabout and approaches to increase capacity.
  • Weeley Roundabout – Widen northbound approach, road marking and signage improvements.
  • Signage – Various improvements along the route.
  • Cycling – review existing cycling provision and consider plans for improvement.

When will the work take place?

Some advance, preparatory works will be necessary from June 2018.  These works are likely to require lane restrictions which will temporarily reduce traffic flows.

Overnight works are planned at the following locations to support drainage surveys:

B1033/A133 Weeley Roundabout: Tuesday 12 June to Friday 15 June, 4 nights (7pm to 6.30am)

A133 Frating Roundabout: Monday 18 June to Friday 22 June, 5 nights (7pm to 6.30am)

Main construction is anticipated to begin winter 2018 and will be undertaken in a phased approach over a period of approximately 2 years.

Please note that we are at an early stage of planning the work and therefore dates are indicative and may be subject to change.   This web page will be updated as the programme progresses and details become available.

How will this affect you?

Throughout the various phases of the scheme temporary traffic management will be necessary and lane restrictions will be in place to support the works.

Overnight closures may be required at different stages and locations along the route however these will be limited and advertised in advance on site signage as well as this webpage.  Residents and businesses directly affected by the works will be contacted separately.

While efforts will be made to keep traffic congestion to a minimum throughout these improvements, it is recognised that works will be undertaken in traffic sensitive areas and normal traffic flows will be disrupted.

To view information about other works in your area please visit:

Further information:

Updates will be available via this webpage including details regarding traffic arrangements such as temporary closures, displaying local signage and updating our twitter feed @essexhighways.

2018 National Rural Crime Survey

It’s three years since the last National Rural Crime Survey revealed the huge cost of crime to rural communities – both financial, at £800 million per year, and fear, with chronic under-reporting, anger and frustration at the police and government.

The National Rural Crime Network produced a series of recommendations and, in many areas, the police took steps to improve matters. So, now, we want to know what’s changed.

Do you think crime has gone up or down? Do you feel safer? What’s your view of the police in your community?

In short, we want to know the true picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural communities across England and Wales – and the impact it has where you live or work.

The survey is open for submissions until Sunday 10 June.

To complete the survey click here


Keyless car theft: Crime prevention advice from Essex Police

Keyless car theft: Crime prevention advice from Essex Police

1. Store your keys away from household entry points. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal. Faraday Bags can be purchased online and in stores, these will prevent your signal being intercepted and your vehicle stolen.

2. Despite social media or public opinion, DO NOT leave keys in the fridge, microwave or a tin as this may do more damage to the key and is unlikely to be effective.

3. Review your car security. Check for after-market security devices such as steering locks or trackers, which are proven to deter thieves. If your vehicle has a manufacturer’s installed tracker, check with your insurers before you alter it as it may invalidate your insurance.

4. Contact your dealer and talk about the digital features in your car. Have there been any software updates you can take advantage of?

5. If you have a garage, use it!

Rogue Traders

Essex Police have noted an increase in Rogue Traders and offer the following advice. Rogue traders are people who call at your door pretending to be qualified tradespeople and offering to do work on your home. They may call and state that you could need one of the following services. Roof repairs Lawn repairs Driveways power washed Driveway repairs or replaced Fence repairs Garden services, tree lopping. Waste clearance They may seem friendly and persuasive but too often they target vulnerable elderly people and local residents are encouraged to actively try to prevent rogue trader incidents occurring in their area. The rogue traders may claim to know your neighbours and have done work for them but often the work they promise to complete didn’t need doing in the first place. You decide whether you need any work done to our house, not them. If you think you’ve been taken in by a rogue trader, please let us know by calling 101, contact Trading Standards –

Take a look at our advice to make sure you don’t fall victim to a rogue trader. A genuine trader won’t: • Call without an appointment • Ask you to go to the bank to withdraw cash or make a money transfer • Offer to take you to the bank to withdraw cash for payment • Ask you to pay in full before the work is complete • Insist that you make a decision about the work they’re offering to do on the spot • Bully or scare you into doing the work If you do think you need some work doing: • Contact a Buy With Confidence accredited trader • Get a number of quotes • Get a written estimate detailing exactly what work will be carried out, how much it will cost and what the terms of payment are. • Take your time to make sure you’re happy with what you’re undertaking – ask a trusted friend/relative for advice or ring the Buy with Confidence number 08454 040506. Doorstep sellers As well as calling at your door and offering to carry out work on your home, other rogue traders try to sell poor quality goods for highly inflated prices. It can be difficult to refuse some sales people on your doorstep and you can be pressured into buying something you do not want or that is not good value for money. Simple steps 1. Check the trader’s identity: were you expecting them? If not, but you are interested in what they are selling, ask them to come back at a more convenient time and try to have another person with you. 2. Take control: you ask the questions and try to remember that it is a business situation. 3. Be aware that doorstep sellers are not your friends: watch out for clever sales techniques where you may be made to feel like you have lots in common. 4. Don’t sign on the spot: even if it means that you could lose a ‘special discount’. Take time to reflect, think about your purchase and shop around. 5. You have a right to cancel: If you do purchase something for more than £35 from doorstep sales people you have 7 days to change your mind. This information should be given to you in writing by the sales person. 6. If in doubt, ask the person to leave: phone Consumer Direct or Essex County Council Trading Standards on 08454 040 506 for further advice. You can also contact Essex Police using the non-emergency number 101. If you feel threatened by a sales person in your own home call 999.

Bus Services



Bus operator, First Essex, has announced proposals to close its operating base in Clacton and discontinue running local bus services numbers:
2 Clacton – Mistley via Weeley
3 Harwich – Clacton via Thorpe-le-Soken
4 Clacton – Jaywick – Burrsville Circular
4a Clacton – Jaywick – Bockings Elm Circular
5 Clacton – Flatford Drive via Coopers Lane & Tyler Avenue
5a Clacton – Flatford Avenue via Coopers Lane & Saxstead Drive
6 Clacton – Point Clear via Bockings Elm & St Osyth

Services between Clacton and Colchester, and between Clacton and Walton on the Naze will continue to be operated by First Essex, seven days per week.
First Essex has said that its bus operation in Clacton has not been viable for several years.
Despite working hard to turn the business around, there has been insufficient passenger demand to use the network of bus services that are in place. The continuing challenging economy has also been a factor to First Essex’s proposed withdrawal.

Steve Wickers, Managing Director of First Essex. said: “I’m disappointed that we are proposing to withdraw services in Clacton, but regrettably, we see no alternative. Despite our best efforts and hard work to encourage people to use the service network in the town, customers have declined gradually over the last couple of years.

“Unfortunately, the level of demand is not enough to warrant a stand-alone bus operation in Clacton.
“We are proposing to continue running services as normal, however, we are engaging with Essex County Council on the future of bus services in the area.  Given the volume of other bus operators that operate in and around Clacton, I’m confident that customers shouldn’t be left without a service.”

In line with the proposed closure of the Clacton business, First Essex has started the collective consultation process with trade unions on the possibility of redundancies, which could involve around 60 jobs being at risk.
Steve Wickers added: “Our proposals do not, in any way, reflect on the commitment of our colleagues in Clacton who have worked tirelessly to provide the best possible service to the local community.  I’d like to thank each, and every one, for their hard work and loyalty.
“We will be doing everything we can to assist everyone affected and will actively support any of our employees who may wish to transfer to other First Bus operations.”

For interviews, pictures or more information, please contact;
Ady Culpin, PR Manager on 07980 700917 [email protected]


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First Bus

FirstGroup is one of Britain’s largest bus operators with around a fifth of bus services outside London. A fleet of some 6,000 buses carries approximately 1.6 million passengers a day in a huge number of communities including eight of the 11 most densely populated towns and cities in the UK. We operate some US-style yellow school buses and have a fleet of coaches available for charter. We also operate the Air coach network in Ireland.

 First Essex

Our Essex business operates buses in the areas of Chelmsford, Basildon, Brentwood, Clacton, Colchester, Southend, Rayleigh and Canvey Island. We operate a fleet of 360 buses across the area, employing 995 staff. For more information, see our website at: you can also follow us on twitter @FirstEssex and Facebook at First Essex Buses.

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