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Police and Crime Commissioner's public consultation launched today

The people of Essex are being urged to have their say, in the potential change in the way Essex Police and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service is governed, through a 12 week consultation that starts today (Thursday 16th February) and ends on Wednesday 10th May.

The new Policing and Crime Act 2017 offers the opportunity to transform local fire and rescue governance, enabling police and crime commissioners to become the fire and rescue authority where a strong local case is made. The Government has also created a statutory duty to collaborate.

Police and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst said: “Together we have developed a local case for Essex to strengthen our emergency services, improve joint working and deliver significant savings. We have an opportunity to share knowledge; back office services; make better use of estates, and help protect vulnerable people in joined-up ways. The resources freed up by this would be reinvested in front line services and enable both emergency services to better protect the people of Essex.”

This new duty requires emergency services to keep collaboration opportunities under review and to take on collaboration opportunities where it would be in the interests of efficiency and effectiveness to do so.

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Brentwood Borough Council Housing Strategy Consultation

Residents have the chance to influence the new proposed Housing Strategy by telling the council what it would like to see happen in the borough. Countrywide there is a shortage of housing stock in the private, rented, and public sector and Brentwood is affected with the need to built 233 new homes per year to meet the growing need for accommodation.

The consultation is open until February 28 and covers:

The Housing Strategy 2017-2020 which incorporates;

*** Homelessness Prevention Strategy

*** Tenancy Strategy

These core documents outline the broad approach to how the Council and Registered Providers (of social housing) will be seeking to provide housing and housing related services.

Chair of the Environment and Housing Management Committee, Cllr Chris Hossack said: "The council is not looking to produce a ‘one size fits all’ service but rather to offer a full range of community solutions. This is the opportunity for our residents to say how they want housing to be developed, what type of sheltered housing should be considered and what options for homeless should be pursued – the online form is straightforward and easy to complete in a matter of minutes and I would appeal to everyone to make the most of this by filling in their preferences. We take your views seriously and they will all be put forward to the Council Committees before the final draft strategy can be signed off."

Did you know:

** Some 73,500 live in the borough

** 80% of residents own their own home but 20% need other options.

** New council properties are being built at Fawsters Close, which will provide sheltered housing,  and Magdalen Gardens where family homes will be constructed.

** Leasehold charges are being reviewed by a Councillor-led working group

** A new housing portal is being planned that will allow everyone to access rent management and repairs services 24/7

** Over the next three years the concept of Sheltered Accommodation will also be rebranded and remodelled as a

Community Living scheme.

** Consideration is being given to Special Unit Projects cover mixed developments where those working and those seeking work will be able to live on subsidised rents offering a potential route for younger residents to start achieving their goals in life.

** The Fielding Way Depot in Hutton could be redeveloped or leased out commercially and the remit for so-called "affordable housing" needs to be widened out to include shared ownership, shared equity, new builds and possible options outside the borough.

** Proposals include an "Affordable Housing Register" with a separate allocation policy and application process through to eco-home modular housing. In short – all options are being considered.

The Housing Strategy will go before the Environment and Housing Committee on March 8.











Civic Awards nominations now open

Do you know someone who works tirelessly to make a difference in our community?

The Civic Awards are an opportunity to officially recognise the commitment and hard work of the most deserving people in the Borough.

They honour the efforts and achievements of local people and organisations who have strived to make Brentwood a better place to live and work.

The awards are being held to celebrate the countless hours of commitment demonstrated by the many local people who dedicate themselves to helping others.

The awards are given to those for their 'service to the community' or for their 'lifetime achievement'. It could be an individual or a group who have made a real difference to the local community. Anyone who lives or works in Brentwood can be nominated.

For the Service to the Community category you may want to nominate someone you work with, a family member or your neighbour. They may be an unsung hero who volunteers their free time, works in the community, or they could have done something exceptional. The category is not restricted by age, so it could be a young person who has been caring for their family member, or someone who has spent their time helping others without expecting anything in return. It's also the second year the awards have been opened up to groups to be included in the Service to the Community category, who may be nominated for the exceptional work they have done. 

The second category is the Lifetime Achievement award for someone who has made a difference in Brentwood over a considerable amount of time and deserves recognition for what they have accomplished.

The nominations will be judged by a panel of judges, including the Mayor of Brentwood.

Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Noelle Hones, said: "It is clear that in Brentwood there is no shortage of dedicated individuals and groups who give their time for worthy causes. They put in a huge amount of effort into making other people's lives better.

It is important that we as a community say thank you to those who give so much and recognise all that they do."

To assist the judging panel, please ensure you include as much detail as possible when nominating with examples of what the individual or group have done in the community.

To nominate someone to be considered for an award you can collect a form from the reception at the Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, or fill in the short form available at, or search Civic Awards on the Brentwood Borough Council website

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3rd March 2017 and a judging panel will consider all nominations in mid March 2017.

The awards will be presented on Friday 7th April at the Civic Dinner.








Bogus Police in the area

A group of males have recently been involved in committing distraction burglaries in the Basildon, Brentwood and Thurrock areas, by posing as Police Officers.

They have fake but very convincing Essex Police Identity Cards and use these to trick and scam their way into vulnerable people's homes with the intent to steal cash and valuables. They have to date mainly been concentrating on elderly females, but everyone is at risk.

If anyone calls at your property posing as a police officer please do not let them in without first checking their identity. Please telephone 101 to verify that the person at your door is a bona-fide officer.

Best advice is not to open the door to anyone you do not know or are not expecting. A good tip is to open an upstairs window if possible and speak to the caller, asking their details, before opening the door until you are certain who they are. If you mention that you are going to call the police to verify their identity, a valid police officer will be happy to wait whereas it is likely that a bogus caller will disappear quickly. Please try and note a brief description of the person at the door and give this to the police if the caller proves not to be a bona-fide officer.

Other types of bogus caller also pretend to be from utility companies or similar organisations. The above advice applies in all cases. Some general advice is given below:

General advice:

  • Representatives from water, gas and electric companies rarely visit without appointments. Genuine callers make appointments in advance and will always be happy to wait while you check their identity.  Some utility companies now also operate a password scheme for extra security – please call your provider for details.
  • Police or bank officials would never visit you or call you by telephone and ask for your bank details or ask you to withdraw large sums of cash.
  • Be wary of strangers who call unexpectedly. If in doubt keep them out!
  • Bogus callers succeed because they're believable - they're well practised and will have a convincing story and set of excuses ready. 
  • Next time the doorbell rings remember – check before you open the door.

Who to call:

If you suspect you, or someone you know has been visited by a bogus caller please call the Police as soon as possible - you may well prevent other crimes occurring.

In an emergency dial 999, otherwise report incidents to Essex Police on 101.

You can also report any crimes or incidents free and anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you have been sold shoddy products or bought overpriced goods at the door you can report this to Consumer Direct on 03454 04 05 06















Save money on your energy bills with the energy switch scheme

Brentwood Borough Council is inviting residents to sign up to a mass energy switch scheme to save money on their fuel bills this winter.

The Essex County Council scheme run in partnership with iChoosr and supported by local councils is aimed at bringing large groups of residents together to switch energy providers in order to save money.

Energy companies will then bid to offer the lowest tariff to customers. Residents have until February 14, 2017 to register their interest in switching energy providers - without any obligation to change providers. Once registration closes, energy providers will bid against one another to offer the best prices. 

There's no cost to register and it is a completely free, easy, safe and secure way to cut energy bills without wasting time hunting for the best offer.

Anyone who pays an energy bill can register without any obligation. As well as homeowners, this includes tenants and customers on pre-payment meters. Small and medium sized businesses will also be assisted through energy purchasing advice.

Brentwood Borough Council's Chair of the Community, Health and Leisure Committee, Councillor Keith Parker, said: "We fully support this scheme and we want to do what we can to help residents and businesses to keep their energy costs as low as possible and to save money.

It's a great opportunity for busy people who do not have the time to hunt around for the best offer. If you do register for the Energy Switch you are not obligated to switch providers.

To find out more and register for the Essex Energy Switch go to:






Pharmacy opening times and health advice this Christmas

Doctors in Basildon and Brentwood are encouraging people to plan their healthcare during the festive season.

With advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them, popping along to your local pharmacist at the first sign of illness can help you feel better fast.

Please order and collect any repeat prescriptions in plenty of time – but check your medicine cabinet before ordering and don’t pick up any medication you don’t need.

Although the majority of pharmacies will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the Bank Holidays on Tuesday 27 December and Monday January 2, the following will be open for some of the time:


Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December 2016

Benfleet: Daynite Pharmacy 261 London Road, Hadleigh SS7 2BN - 09:00 15:00

Chelmsford: Colecross Pharmacy 1 Hylands Parade, Wood Street CM2 8BW -  10:00 15:00

Corringham: Allcures Pharmacy 19 - 21 Lampits Hill SS17 9AA -  10:00 14:00

Great Dunmow: Ropers the Chemist 3-5 High Street CM6 1AB - 11:00 12:00

Harlow: Harlow Pharmacy Wych Elm, Hamstel Road CM20 1QR -  09:00 20:00

Langdon Hills: Great Berry Pharmacy Great Berry Centre, Unit 4, Nightingales SS16 6SA -  10:00-13:00 17:00-20:00

North Weald: North Weald Chemist 48 High Road CM16 6BU -  11:00 13:00

Rayleigh: Hambro pharmacy 53a Hullbridge Road SS6 9NL -  10:00 16:00

South Woodham Ferrers: Govani Chemist 14 Queen Elisabeth Square CM6 1AB -  10:00 12:00


Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2016

Basildon: Boots Pharmacy 25 Town Square SS14 1BA - 08:30 17:30

Basildon: Boots Pharmacy Unit 6B Mayflower Retail Park SS14 3HZ -  10:00 17:00

Billericay: Boots Pharmacy 10-11 The Pantiles, Queens Park Avenue CM12 0UA - 09:00 17:30

Billericay: Boots Pharmacy 64-66 High Street CM12 9BS -  10:00 16:00

Brentwood: Boots Pharmacy 51 High Street CM14 4RH - 08:30 18:00


Bank Holiday, Tuesday 27 December 2016

Basildon: Boots Pharmacy 25 Town Square SS14 1BA -  08:30 17:30

Basildon: Boots Pharmacy Unit 6B Mayflower Retail Park SS14 3HZ -  10:00 17:00

Billericay: Boots Pharmacy 64-66 High Street CM12 9BS -  10:00 16:00

Brentwood: Boots Pharmacy 51 High Street CM14 4RH -  08:30 18:00


Bank Holiday, Monday 2 January 2017

Basildon: Boots Pharmacy 25 Town Square SS14 1BA 08:30 17:30

Basildon: Boots Pharmacy Unit 6B Mayflower Retail Park SS14 3HZ 10:00 17:00

Billericay: Boots Pharmacy 64-66 High Street CM12 9BS 10:00 16:00

Brentwood: Boots Pharmacy 51 High Street CM14 4RH 08:30 18:00

Pitsea: Boots Pharmacy 8 Northlands Pavement SS13 3DU 10:00 16:00


Our Christmas pharmacy opening hours poster to print and put on your fridge is available at can also download the full lists of Christmas pharmacy opening hours for West, South East and South West Essex and Mid and North East Essex on the Basildon and Brentwood CCG website.

NHS 111 is the number to call if you need health advice or support this Christmas.

The NHS Choices website provides a symptom checker and information on how best to treat a wide range of less urgent problems.

Orsett Minor Injuries Unit, Rowley Road, Orsett RM16 3EU is open from 10am-7.30pm, Monday to Sunday (closed at 6.30pm on last Thursday of each month for team meeting. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day). For more information see

We would remind everyone that hospital A&E departments are for serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions only. If you are in any doubt, please call NHS 111 – calls are answered by trained advisors who will assess your symptoms and direct you to the appropriate source of support.









Latest news on Shenfield station development

There will be disruption to train services over the Christmas period while Network Rail undertakes work for the Elizabeth line and other railway upgrade work. Please check before you travel or or


In addition, from Tuesday 3 January until late May 2017, there will be no TfL Rail service between Brentwood and Shenfield. This is while Network Rail continues major work at Shenfield to remodel the track and provide an extra platform for future Elizabeth line services. A frequent rail replacement bus service will run between Brentwood and Shenfield stations. Greater Anglia services will not be affected on weekdays.


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Brentwood Borough Council welcomes Family Mosaic

Family Mosaic has moved into the Brentwood Borough Council Town Hall Hub to offer residents help with housing matters, finding work, money issues, and budgeting advice.

Family Mosaic's Charlie West, who will be on hand every Wednesday from 2pm-5pm in the foyer of the Town Hall to support Brentwood residents, said: "We are delighted to be here as it means we can be easily available to those who need our help. Being right in the heart of the council makes it easier to liaise directly with all the services we like to tap into for our clients."

Councillor Louise McKinlay, Leader of the Council added, "We are delighted to host Family Mosaic in our new Town Hall Hub, where this valuable service is most welcome. It's a great step forward with our plans to reinvigorate the Town Hall as an active and accessible space that works for everyone. This is exactly what this building should be used for, and with groups like Family Mosaic moving in, more residents are able to access more services."

Family Mosaic supports and directly helps families and individuals through tough times which reduces the stress for everyone and gives them the breathing space to address the problems they have. Charlie West said: "I have clients from all walks of life and they know I am there for as long as it takes for them to get back on their feet. The earlier people come to us the quicker we can get on board with the authorities, get something sorted out and cut the cost for everyone. So I am really looking forward to meeting people on Wednesday and hope people will pop in to see what we have to offer."







M25 J28 Consultation (Highways Agency)

We want your views about plans to improve junction 28 on the M25.

You can find out more in our scheme brochure, which sets out each option, and its benefits and effects. You can also attend one of our public consultation events to meet the team and ask questions.

You can pick up a hard copy of the questionnaire from one of the events and send it back to us via Freepost, or you can give us your views on the options by filling in the questionnaire on our online consultation platform.

The public consultation starts on 14 November 2016 and finishes on 6 January 2017.

What next?

Details of public consultation exhibitions

You can also find out more about the options by attending one of our public consultation exhibitions. Our team of experts will be on hand to answer your questions and you can view 3D visualisations of each option.

The events are as follows:

Date Location Time Address
Thursday 17 November Harold Hill Community Centre 2:30pm to 6:00pm Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill, Romford, RM3 9LB
Friday 18 November Harold Hill Community Centre 10:00am to 4:00pm Gooshays Drive, Harold Hill, Romford, RM3 9LB
Friday 9 December South Weald Parish Hall 2:00pm to 8:00pm 85 London Road, Brentwood, CM14 4NP
Thursday 15 December Harold Wood Neighbourhood Centre 10:00am to 4:00pm The Old School, Gubbins Lane, Harold Wood, Romford, RM3 0QA
Wednesday 4 January Holiday Inn 6:30am to 10:00pm Brook Street, Brentwood, CM14 5NF
Thursday 5 January Holiday Inn 11:00am to 9:00pm Brook Street, Brentwood, CM14 5NF






Survey of the Park and Ride Cross - City Pilot

You may be aware, Essex County Council introduced a cross-city pilot on the Park and Ride service in Chelmsford during August .

The survey on this pilot has now been re-launched after making some service improvements early in November following receipt of feedback from customers.

The survey may be found using this link until the end of November.

We welcome feedback from users of the service, so that we may decide on the success of the pilot. We are aware that  the running of the service has been affected recently by some problems on the roads in the city.

We’d be extremely grateful if transport representatives would circulate it widely.

We will consider feedback from the survey and other sources, then take recommendations on the pilot to the Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport. The pilot will continue until such times as the decision is made on its future.