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Tips for a Crime Free Christmas


The tips for a crime free Christmas shop start before you leave your house,    after all you don’t want to come home to find the house broken into.

1. Garden tools securely locked away in the shed – Burglars will be happy to use your tools to break into your house.

2. Create the illusion your home is occupied – Radio and lights on a timer in rooms you would normally occupy, there is even a device called “Fake TV” that flashes a series of lights when it gets dark that looks like the TV is on. There are now door bells that you can view and answer from your Smartphone.

3. Lock up properly not just your windows and doors in the house, but also any gates and outbuildings.

4. Choose a “Park Mark” car park where you can . By choosing a Park Mark® Safer Parking facility you are visiting a car park that has been vetted by the Police and has measures in place in order to create a safer environment for both you and your vehicle.

5. Leave nothing in sight within your car, remove the “Sat Nav” cradle and clean the mark on the windscreen.

6. When you lock your car with the remote look for the light flash confirmation or better still try the door handle before leaving the car.

7. Now you’re starting your shop watch your purse, wallet, mobile phone and handbag especially in busy places, don’t leave them on display in bags or on counters while you pay, and while you’re paying watch that no one is watching you entering your PIN when making purchases or withdrawing cash.

8. Time to stop for lunch or a cuppa, don’t drop your guard. Mobile phone on the table, shopping by the chair, wallet or purse visible, coat, jacket or handbag over the chair; if a thief sees it a thief will steal it.

9. Need to off load some of those purchases in the car, look around are you    being watched? Back to (5 & 6) above again.

10. Time go home, don’t fall for any distractions while you load the car i.e. “you dropped some money” pointing to cash on the ground, holding a map “can you tell me the way to”. While you are engaged the second person steals from your car on the other side. Close and lock your car before speaking to anyone.

Further crime prevention advice see or ring Essex Police on 101.   If you know who is committing crime or handling stolen property call Essex Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Information on Local Roads and Footpaths: Three Fields

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Cross Hill, Willows Road, Great Bardfield
Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Cross Hill, Willows Road, due to commence on 5th December 2018 for 7 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Gigaclear Limited undertakes Fibre Optic Cable Installation.
Temporary Traffic Regulation Order of Cross Farm Road, Finchingfield
Please click on the following link to find details of the intended closure of Cross Farm Road, due to commence on 30th November 2018 for 15 days. The closure is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Gigaclear Limited undertakes Fibre Optic Cable Installation.
Our Reference: DHT/PRoW/RL/12/134/171
The County Council made the above mentioned Order on 14 November 2018 and a notice will be appearing in the Braintree & Witham Times on 29 November 2018, accordingly, I enclose a copy of the Made Order, and the Notice of Making the Order for you to hold as a deposit copy should members of the public wish to view the documents
The consultation period is due to end on 27 December 2018, after this date you may deal with the paperwork as you see appropriate, I do not require the documentation to be returned.
Any enquiries regarding the content of the Order or the associated case should be directed to Mr Robert Lee on 01245 342537 or

District to benefit from £100million PLUS investment


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District to benefit from £100million PLUS investment


A £100 million plus investment plan led by Braintree District Council for the benefit of residents and businesses in the district has been announced.

Council leader Cllr Graham Butland made the announcement to an audience of the district’s businesses and partners at an event at Braintree Town Hall on Wednesday, November 28.

Horizon 120

During the event it was revealed that Braintree District Council has now exchanged contracts to buy a 65 acre site in Great Notley which will be the location for a brand new business and innovation park called Horizon 120.

The council’s vision for the business and innovation park is to create an exemplar business community attractive to a number of sectors including professional services companies, research, digital and development sectors and advanced manufacturing. The site is likely to be of particular interest to companies working with Stansted Airport.

The project team has already had a whole host of prestigious names enquiring about being part of this new park and the council predicts that the site could create up to 2,000 jobs.

Cllr Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Braintree District Council, said: “The level of interest in the site has exceeded even the highest of our expectations. We are attracting businesses from outside the district to invest in Braintree and we have big ambitions for this site. We want it to become the place to do business in the region. It’ll be modern and reflect the changing face of business and it’ll be future-proof hence the name Horizon 120.

“Our vision for Horizon 120 is of a real business community where employees can have a drink, drop children off at childcare and enjoy a lunchtime run in the beautiful Great Notley Country Park. We want more jobs and opportunities for everyone who lives and works in our district. Horizon 120 will mean that residents have better access to skilled jobs in a great setting close to home.”

Delivered: Grow on units – Springwood Drive

The announcement also comes as one of the council’s investments has been completed successfully. Four up-and-coming businesses are set to expand further after Braintree District Council invested £1 million in new “grow-on” units, addressing a challenge identified by businesses wanting to expand but not being able to find appropriate sized units privately in the district. 

Building work on the industrial units at Braintree Enterprise Centre at Springwood Drive in Braintree started in January 2018 and was completed in September. A 40 space car park has also been built to provide more parking for the conferencing facilities at the Braintree Enterprise Centre, which can be hired by businesses across the region. The units have been described as a “lifeline” by businesses ready to use them.

Cllr John Mckee, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Asset Management at Braintree District Council, said: “This is where councils can really add value. We saw a barrier to growth that wasn’t being fulfilled in the private sector and our investment has paid off. Businesses told us that they couldn’t get this sort of commercial space which stalled any plans they had to expand. When that happens it means our residents have fewer opportunities to get on into good jobs and careers. We wish the four businesses renting these units all the best for a very bright future.”

Among the businesses relocating are Kemtron Limited which manufacturers electromagnetic interference shielding components and MDG Limited a specialist sub-contractor in the construction industry.

Victoria Tsoi, Managing Director at Kemtron Limited, said: “These units have been a lifeline to our business because we’ve been looking to expand for quite some time but have not been able to find a suitably-sized unit locally. We are an expanding company and have a growing workforce. Our product range is developing and we need more space to allow us to continue to develop locally in Braintree. It’s important for us to stay in Braintree because we have a workforce of 44 people, most of who live close by. Our business is more than ready to expand and these units have made it possible.”

Matt Giles, Managing Director at MDG Limited, said: “We started the business in Braintree in 2007 because we live in the area and since then we’ve built up the business and we now have customers in Essex and London. We wanted to move to a bigger premises – but when you look on the private market the units are far too big so these midway units are perfect. “We have been fortunate enough to find this unit which will enable our business to continue to offer the service we do to our existing customers and hopefully create more opportunities for local people.”

Simon Giles, Construction Director at MDG Limited, said: “It will give us a new blank canvas – a new space to show off what we do and what we can offer clients and it give us a good opportunity to grow our business.”

These four units will bring in around £44,000 income annually for Braintree District Council which will be ploughed back into the council’s frontline services.

The other projects making up the £100million plus investment are:  

·        The Manor Street regeneration in Braintree – New health facilities, 35 homes, a new and modernised bus interchange with nine stands compared to five, a new 70 bed hotel and a café overlooking a community garden, all of which will increase footfall in the town centre. If planning permission is granted the development could be completed during 2021. The project is currently awaiting a decision on its submitted planning application.

·        Improvements to Galleys Cornerin Braintree via Millennium Way Slip Roads. Our investment opened the door to further investment from Essex County Council, Highways England and the National Productivity Investment Fund to make this project happen.

·        An Enterprise Centre in Witham and a rural business hub in Sible Hedingham to support local businesses start-up and develop.

·        A multimillion pound project to deliver 200 homes across the district (Braintree, Witham and Halstead) on council owned-land which will mean more homes of the type the district needs.

·        I-CONTRUCT– the creation of a Construction Research and Innovation Centre – which will showcase excellence in the construction industry attracting investors, developers and innovators. This exciting hub will serve the entire South East and it will become the place to celebrate new and innovative construction ideas, techniques and technologies. 

·        A new and improved healthcare facility in Sible Hedingham.

The investment strategy is part of the council’s plan to become financially independent by 2019/20 when central government withdraws its funding from local authorities.

Cllr Graham Butland said: “We’re investing in what matters to our residents: health and homes, journeys and jobs. This investment has a double benefit for residents – once by the investment itself and secondly by the return on investment which will be spent on council services. It also means that we are playing our part in preparing for our growing district making sure that we have the right foundations in place to support that growth. Our investments are unlocking more from partners and private sector too and that adds up to better health care facilities, better homes, improvements to the way we get around the district and more jobs.”

Essex Fire & Rescue Plan Survey

A message from Roger Hirst, Police Fire & Crime Commissioner for Essex:


Today, I have launched a survey to ask the people of Essex for their views on the priorities to be included in the county’s first ever Fire and Rescue Plan.


A safe and secure county is what we all need to live our lives in peace and prosperity. We need a plan for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service which ensures we can help people to stay safe, reduce the number who are killed or seriously injured and minimise the damage to property and businesses.


I am developing this plan with input from all of those groups and individuals who work in, alongside and with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. I now want to make sure the priorities being proposed reflect what the people of Essex expect from their fire and rescue service.


The Plan will run from 2019 to 2024 and will be the basis on which I hold Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to account for its performance. The document mirrors the Police and Crime Plan which sets the priorities for policing in Essex.


People can fill in the survey online via this link . Hard copies are also available on request.  Please contact my office on 01245 291600 if you would like a copy or email

They can also write to PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB.

The survey will close at midnight on Tuesday January 15th, 2019.


I know I can rely on your assistance in sharing this survey and encouraging people who live and/or work in our county to complete it.

Art of the Possible 2018

The Art of the Possible is a festival celebrating what’s great about Essex.

Running from 26 to 30 November the festival is all about reducing social isolation. It looks to showcase and celebrate opportunities that happen across Essex, day in day out, that enable people to connect with each other. Now in its fourth year, the festival promotes the inspirational things going on across our county, shares ideas and experiences and shows how we can all create the communities we want to see by bringing people together and building connections.

Whether it is friendship or fitness, skills sharing or networking, there will be interesting events happening near you.

If you want to shape the place you live, launch an idea, or learn from others, then the Art of the Possible Festival is for you. Get involved and prepare to be inspired.

To find out more please visit and book yourself on an event!!

Please also promote the Art of the Possible week throughout your communities for them to get involved now or to run Art of the Possible events in the future

For more information please email

Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan for the Wethersfield Conservation Area

The information below is from the Planning Policy Officer, Braintree District Council:

I am writing to inform you that work on a conservation area appraisal and management plan for the Wethersfield Conservation Area will be carried out over the coming months.

Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 places a duty on local planning authorities to review conservation areas within their district from time to time. The conservation area was designated on 2nd November 1973 and has not been reviewed since its designation.

Braintree District Council has appointed Place Services who are independent of the Council to carry out this work.

The management plan will provide an analysis of positive and negative contributing factors, opportunities for beneficial change and enhancement or the need for additional protection and restraint.

If you are aware of any relevant material (e.g. maps, photos and historical records etc.) that would provide useful information for the appraisal, please let us know and we will pass it on to Place Services.

The draft conservation area appraisal and management plan will be subject to a public consultation and a public meeting will take place within the Parish to discuss the proposals. We will notify the Parish Council and all residents within or effected by the conservation area appraisal of when the meeting will take place, along with any relevant materials and details of how to respond to the consultation.

Please feel free to pass this email on to any groups or individuals who may be interested.

Further general information on conservation areas and listed buildings can be found on the council’s website (link below)

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me via the details below.

Kind regards,


Alex Evans

Planning Policy Officer

Braintree District Council | Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree, CM7 9HB

( 01376 552525 Ext. 2556| | *

A Message from Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex with a link to the Policing Precept Survey

Police funding is an important topic both nationally and particularly in Essex. There is always a demand for greater police visibility by the public – it’s a very clear message I receive via correspondence from residents and businesses and from comments made at my regular public meetings held throughout the county. As Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner I have to set a budget for Essex Police that enables the Chief Constable to deliver the best possible policing service that the public of Essex deserve.

Funding for Essex Police comes from two sources – central Government and local Council Tax. Taking these two funding sources into account, Essex Police receives the second lowest funding per resident of any police force in the country and has one of the lowest Council Tax precepts for policing. Next year we are also expecting significant additional costs from increases in police officer pay, higher insurance costs and changes to police officer pensions. There will also be costs as a result of extending the police’s Airwave radio system due to delays in the roll out of the National Emergency Services Communication Programme.

Last year, I carried out a public survey which received more than 5,000 responses. Approximately two thirds of the people who answered (65 per cent) said they would be prepared to see the police element of local Council Tax increased by more than two per cent so more money could be made available for policing in Essex. More than half were prepared to pay up to £20 more per year.

In light of the results from last year’s survey, I raised the policing element of the Council Tax by up to £12, or £1 a month, for a Band D property. This increase, as part of the £450 million in police funding secured nationally from the Government last year, allowed Essex Police to recruit 150 more frontline officers, bringing the total amount of Essex Police officers to at least 3,000. These additional officers are being recruited and trained and will be arriving in local communities by February 2019.

Prior to the setting of the policing precept for 2019-2020, I am again asking for residents’ views to help inform my approach. This survey was launched today (Tuesday, November 6) and I would ask you to encourage as many people as possible to complete it.

People can fill in the survey online via this link

Hard copies are also available.  People can contact my office on 01245 291600 or email to request a copy. People can also write to PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB.

The survey will close at midnight on Tuesday, November 27.

Yours faithfully,


Roger Hirst

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

Office of The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex


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