Report from Council Representatives on Outside Bodies:
Councillor Vivien Chapman
EALC – Attended a meeting in Halstead last week, which was poorly attended due to several courses and trainings taking place, but the only date the Police and Crime Commissioner, Roger Hurst could attend.
He was the first speaker and said that Essex was one of the most tightly funded forces in the country. He said the 101 Service was rubbish at the moment, but ways of improving it are underway. Best plan is still ring 999 with an emergency. School visits were stopped 18 months ago, but he is hoping to re-introduce them, including Junior/Primary schools. He visited Colchester Police Station where there were 21 liveried vehicles in the car park, which meant the officers were not out and about. 190 Specials are being recruited this year with another 200 next year, which will increase the total by 300 to 600. Mr Hirst spoke about Domestic Violence, Murders, Road accidents caused by drink/drug driving and use of mobile phones at the wheel. He said 12 to 15 year old boys are the most vulnerable to joining drugs gangs, and I asked a question about drugs gangs just being moved on to another area, rather than being stopped, and also about cuckoo-ing. This is such big business, but the police are working hard to stem the tide by suffocating the market – much harder done than said.
There was an update from the National Association, particularly about town and Parish Council having a say about their Precepts, and a capping at 2%. M.P’s have been sent letters and individual Councils are asked to write.
Myrna Liles, Frinton Town Clerk, gave the SLCC report.
There was more of an advertisement feature than a talk, about Smart Water.
The EALC report was given by John Gill-Ross.
The last speaker was a 21-year old Epping Town Councillor, talking about his own experience and suggesting ways of encouraging young/er people to become Councillors.
Finally, an Open Forum for subjects to be raised and discussed.
A list of trainings is available for anyone interested. Greens, Commons & Open Spaces on 20th October, Freedom of Information Act & Data Protection Workshop on the 10th November, to name but two.
TDALC – I was unable to attend the last meeting.
Emergency Plan – As previously stated, Councillors Howard and Judson joined me at a private meeting with Catherine Boyer-Besant. Following on from that, we will meet together to implement the changes and updates, as discussed with and advised by Catherine then. This was followed by a meeting of the Towns and Parishes Emergency Planning group.
The salt scheme will come into operation as, when and if required.