A message from Highways England
A12 junction 13 Ingatestone
I am writing to provide you with details about maintenance work we will soon be carrying out to the A12 junction 13 southbound exit slip road at Ingatestone, to the south west of Chelmsford. This scheme forms part of a wider package of works to deliver essential maintenance and improvements on A12, A11, A14 and A120 in Essex and Suffolk.
This work involves the renewal of road markings and signage.
We will start this work on 20 November and plan to be finished on 24 November.
We will be working overnight between Monday to Friday 8pm to 6am.
To complete this work safely and minimise disruption to the travelling public there will be overnight closures in place on junction 13 southbound slip road.
Road users wishing to leave the A12 at junction 13 will be diverted to junction 12 where they can return to junction 13 and leave the A12 via the junction 13 northbound exit slip road.
We have written to local residents to inform them of these improvements and we would be grateful if you would publicise the details to your parishioners through newsletters and other communications where appropriate.
Find out more and contact us
I would like to thank you for your patience while we deliver these essential works.
Project Manager, Jacobs
Consultation period - 19 September - 6 November
I would like to invite you to help us make decisions on the future of the mobile library service.
At Essex County Council, we know how much people value their mobile libraries. But we also know that in recent years, fewer and fewer people have been taking advantage of them.
Combined with other factors, such as vehicles which are coming to the end of their working lives, we have reached a point where the right thing to do is look again at how we provide these services.
This is why we are consulting you about how we create a new library service which is a better fit with people’s lives across Essex.
We want a service which is available at a place and time which suits users; a service which is flexible enough to help volunteers set up a community library in a village hall, pub, sports club or shop. We want a service where volunteers deliver books directly to the door, and can stop to chat with the residents so that we contribute to ending social isolation. These services already work well in villages across Essex and we want to extend that provision. We want a service which is able to respond to different local needs and settings and to have books available to more people more of the time.
We don’t want a service which wastes money by having mobile library buses parked in locations at times when no one visits, which is unfortunately what happens on some occasions now.
Most of all, we want everyone in Essex to get involved, have their say on our ideas and share their own.
You can find more information about our proposals and complete the survey at www.librariesconsultation.essex.gov.uk
Separate surveys are also available online for children and young people under 16 and in EasyRead. If they would rather complete the survey on paper, they can pick up a copy of the consultation pack at any library or mobile library and return it using the business reply envelope in the pack (no stamp needed).
For help to complete the survey, or if someone would like it in large print or would like a printed copy of the children’s or EasyRead versions, please call 0345 603 7628.
The deadline for replies is 6 November 2017.
All the responses from the consultation will be analysed and a formal report produced. This will be published on the consultation website and available on request for those without internet access. The analysis will be used to help us decide what changes will be implemented.
There’s less than three weeks left to get your applications in to get funding for two grant schemes in Brentwood.
They are the Brentwood Community Fund (deadline is September 29) and the Brentwood Mental Health and Wellbeing Small Grant Scheme (you have until October 1 to get your applications in).
The Brentwood Community Fund
The Council is inviting bids from individuals, groups and organisations for a share of the cash on offer for local causes and projects that will support and improve the quality of life for local people and tackle the issues that they think are important. All applications must benefit Brentwood's communities. Projects must be delivered in the Borough and take place between 1st January 2018 and 31st December 2018. The fund has £16,300 available in total in the current financial year, and grants of up to £2,000 are available for applicants.
You have until September 29 to get your applications in.
Brentwood Mental Health and Wellbeing Small Grant Scheme
The new grant has been set up to give communities the opportunity to promote local initiatives to support the mental health and wellbeing of the people living within the Borough. All applications must benefit Brentwood's communities. Projects must be delivered in the Borough and take place between 1st November 2017 and 1st November 2018. There is £10,000 available as part of the fund and community groups, individuals and organisations can apply for grants for up to £1,200 for local causes and projects that will support and improve mental health and wellbeing for local people.
You have until October 1 to get your applications in.
Brentwood Borough Council’s Chair of the Community, Health and Housing Committee, Councillor Chris Hossack, said: “Local residents, groups or organisations can get a bit of extra financial help with their projects with the Brentwood Community Fund.
There are grants of up to £2,000 available for causes and projects that will improve the quality of life for local people and tackle the issues that they think are important.”
Brentwood Health and Wellbeing Board Chair Councillor Olivia Sanders added: “The Brentwood Mental Health and Wellbeing Small Grant Scheme aims to help encourage opportunities for projects to support the mental wellbeing of others and to work together to promote good mental health.
The deadline is not far away, so I would encourage anyone who would like to apply for a grant of up to £1,200 to get their applications in soon.”
Please note both funding streams have criteria that the Council would expect to see links to one or more of in your application.
For more information and to apply, please visit www.brentwood.gov.uk/funding
Brentwood Borough Council is asking residents in the Borough to look out for the form and to make sure that they respond as soon as possible.
The form ensures that the Council can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
With Brentwood Borough Council elections taking place in May 2018, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they will be able to take part.
Phil Ruck, Electoral Registration Officer at Brentwood Borough Council: said: “It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Brentwood. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this. In any case, you will still need to complete the form and send it back to us.”
People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details. Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 96% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 27% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.
Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said: “It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so; checking the form that will arrive through the post is one of the easiest ways to find out if you are already registered. There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website www.yourvotematters.co.uk.”
Any residents who have any questions can contact the local registration team by calling 01277 312500.
Brentwood Borough Council is to offer its residents a reduction on the car park charge for a two hour period taking the cost from £2 to £1.40.
The new scheme will see residents awarded a Council certified car park disc which will be displayed alongside the discounted ticket inside the vehicle. The decision to offer the reduction comes after a review into the car park charges across the Borough.
Leader, Cllr Louise McKinlay said: “The new car park disc provides residents with a great opportunity to minimize the cost of parking, but this needs to be balanced against the cost of maintaining the car parks. For the last seven years, not only has there been no increase to the car parking charges, but we have actually reduced the cost of parking, whilst also introducing a free 30 minute period, which is set to remain. However, we have to be realistic and the cost of maintaining the car parks and running the parking service, has increased. We also want to invest more on better signage, new surfaces and improved lighting together with updated CCTV and this all costs. To ensure best value and address these rising expenses a range of new tariffs have been considered and following comparisons with neighbouring authorities including Epping, Romford, Chelmsford and Basildon, these are set to be introduced in the Autumn.
“It is all about balance. We need to encourage visitors to the area of course, whilst protecting our own residents’ and businesses’ needs and requirements. As a result some car parking tariffs are remaining whilst others will increase marginally, with the 1 hour fee of £1 remaining and £2.90 ticket for 3 hours rising to just £3. The 6 hour and all day price remains unchanged at £8 which is highly competitive and still offers very good value for money."
The new charges will be introduced following a 21 day consultation period at which point residents will be given more details on how to apply for their Car Park Disc.
*** There are more than 1,500 off street car parking spaces within the Council operated car parks
*** A full car parking strategy is taking place which will be presented to Council in September
*** The average length of stay in the car parks is up to 2 hours
*** Free parking provision in Shenfield (Hunter Avenue and Friars Avenue) will continue during the Crossrail works
*** Resident parking overnight and Saturday and Sunday is to be launched in Westbury Road
*** Visitors permits are to be introduced at Gibraltar House and Mayflower House
In recent months, two main options for change have been discussed with patients, staff and stakeholders. Both options would have seen significant changes to the way the three A&E departments at Broomfield, Basildon and Southend hospitals operate.
Having studied the available evidence and listened carefully to the views of local people, patients and stakeholders, clinicians and health leaders have now decided to develop a revised model that would enable all three current A&E departments to continue to treat people who need emergency hospital care, including continuing to receive ‘blue light’ emergency patients with serious conditions. It would rule out the blanket redirection of all ‘blue light’ ambulances to Basildon, as in previous options.
Under this plan, patients would be assessed, stabilised and treated in their local hospital, with the most unwell patients transferred to a specialist team, if that’s what they need. The ‘norm’ would be for people to go to their local hospital in an emergency. As before, all three A&E departments would continue to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and run by consultants.
As now, a small number of people who are very seriously ill would go straight to a specialist centre to get the best treatment (for example, people suffering severe burns already go to Broomfield in Chelmsford).
Senior doctors are currently looking in detail at the clinical evidence to see if there are other severe conditions that may require this approach – for example for people suffering from burst blood vessels in the brain or heart, or people with very severe abdominal bleeding requiring urgent emergency surgery. This work is not yet complete but doctors are focusing on it over the next few months.
Clare Panniker, Chief Executive of Basildon, Broomfield and Southend Hospitals, explained:
"We have been looking at how we could organise services across our three main hospital sites, working together and using our people and resources as effectively as possible for the
greatest benefit for patients. One of the improvements we want to make is to separate out emergency care from planned operations and treatments needing an overnight stay, to reduce the number of times we have to cancel planned operations. We know when this happens it is frustrating and difficult for those patients and their families. We also want our three hospitals to work together, offering different specialist services at each of our sites. We know specialising in this way for those with the most serious conditions and illnesses gives better chances of recovery to our patients.
"In considering our options, we have discussed with staff and local people the benefits of one hospital, possibly Basildon, providing the most serious emergency treatment. But, in the feedback from over 100 local discussion events, we have heard very clearly that some people have significant concerns about all ‘blue light’ ambulances going straight to Basildon. We have been thinking how we could address these concerns, and still improve patient care with different specialist teams across our three hospital sites and the separation of planned and emergency care."
Dr Anita Donley OBE, Independent Chair of the Mid and South Essex Success Regime, said:
"The aim still stands to develop specialist centres across our three hospital sites and to separate planned operations and treatments from emergency care. We know from national evidence that this can improve the quality of care and patients’ chances of survival - particularly with very serious cases. But we are working with our clinicians and local people to make sure we develop the right proposals for mid and south Essex. We are developing an option where the majority of patients could get the specialist emergency care they need via their local A&E.
"No decision on the future pattern of services has yet been taken. We will only decide what changes to make after a full public consultation.
"We are determined to find the very best solution for delivering excellent, safe, high quality hospital care, within our available funding, into the long-term for people in mid and south Essex."
Brentwood Borough Council and the Brentwood Gazette newspaper are running a “Beautiful Brentwood” photography competition). There are two age groups – under 16 and Adult (i.e. over 16). The winner in each group will receive £100 with a further £100 donated, on their behalf, to the Mayor of Brentwood’s charity of the year.
Chief Executive Philip Ruck said: “We are looking for pictures that capture what Brentwood means to you. Whatever inspires you to take a photograph, we want to see it. Carol’s photo of Shenfield Common is so evocative, capturing what is a familiar location but the reflections in the water give the photograph a completely unique almost haunting quality. With so many wonderful areas in the borough I thought this was an ideal photograph with which to launch a competition and get all our residents across the generations involved.”
The competition will run through the school holidays until the Bank Holiday Monday August 28 with selected photographs published weekly in the Brentwood Gazette, Brentwood Borough Council Facebook and Twitter pages.
The winners will be selected by the Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Will Russell and announced on September 6th online and in the Brentwood Gazette newspaper.
Please note that by entering the competition you are allowing Brentwood Borough Council copyright for its use of the image.
Photo credit: Carol Chambers