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Hockley Woods play area
Rochford District Council’s Open Spaces Team wants to talk to as many park users as possible to get their thoughts on what needs to be done to improve the play area at Hockley Woods.
The council are currently investigating the external funding sources that might be available to improve the play area for the benefit of the local community.
To complete the survey visit www.rochford.gov.uk/hockley-woods-play-area-consultation
The Environment Agency has issued a 24/7 Hotline to try and gain intelligence to combat the illegal dumping of rubbish also known as flytipping.
If you witness or find fly-tipping or have any information about it you can now report it to the Environment Agency 0800 807060.
Reports should include as many details about the incident and type/amount of waste as possible.
Some key points about if you witness such activity:
* Witnesses are vitally important in enabling action to be taken against people who fly-tip waste, so please do not hesitate to report any incident that you witness as soon as possible.
* Do not put yourself in danger by approaching anyone you see dumping waste; they are criminals, who may be involved in other criminal activities, and as such are unlikely to respond well to being challenged. If it is possible to observe them safely, the more information you are able to provide, the better the chances of an investigation.
Information that is useful includes the following:
1. Time and date of incident;
2. Description of person(s) dumping waste;
3. Description of vehicle(s) involved, including registration numbers;
4. Description of the waste dumped;
5. Photographs can also be very useful, but only if it is possible to obtain them safely.
Please be reassured that any information supplied in connection to any such incident is treated in strictest confidence. If you make notes please keep them, even if they are scribbled notes on the back of an envelope. Actual notes taken at the time can be very valuable as evidence.
Do not try to rummage through the waste yourself to look for evidence, as there may be hazardous or sharp items hidden among the waste.
The Parish Council is responsible for some of the street lights within the parish. Please contact the Clerk to report any faulty street lights.
Rochford District Council - Budget Survey
Rochford District Council is carrying out a Budget Survey to find out how you want your council tax to be spent.
The questionnaire will be available until Friday December 30, 2016 and is a chance to have your say on what the District Council’s priorities should be when it decides its budget for the next 12 months.
You can complete the survey in one of the following ways:
1. The survey is available online, simply log on to www.rochford.gov.uk/budgetsurvey
2. Hard copies of the survey will be available in the reception areas of the Rochford District Council offices in South Street, Rochford and the Rayleigh Civic Suite in Hockley Road, Rayleigh, from Wednesday October 19, 2016.
3. Hard copies of the survey will also be available in libraries across the District, from Wednesday October 19, 2016.
4. If you are unable to fill in the survey by any of these methods then you can call the Council and we will ensure that you get one. Call Andrew Lowing on 01702 546366 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Completion of external audit 15/16
The external audit for the year ended 31st March 2016 has been completed, click here to view the Annual Return
Battle of Assandun Celebrations
As part of the celebrations, the Parish Council arranged for a local historian to visit both Ashingdon Primary Academy and Canewdon Endowed Primary School to talk about the battle. In addition, the Council arranged a week long programme where the children learnt about Viking life which included holding real weapons. The majority of funding for this was received from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Parish Council have received a thank you letter from Canewdon Endowed Primary School, click here to view the letter.
The Parish Council are in the process of creating an emergency plan for Ashingdon and are looking for volunteers. We are looking for residents to volunteer to be co-ordinators, deputy co-ordinators and wardens. This role would only be undertaken in an emergency situation. For more information, please contact the Clerk.
Changes to Arriva bus services
Arriva have made changes to some of their services from 4th September. Click here for further information.
Changes to recycling centres
Essex County Council will be making changes to recycling centres in October 2016 including types of waste that will be accepted and vehicles that will no longer to permitted entry (not all sites).
Please click here to view further information.
Hullbridge Parish Council have a vacancy for a part time Maintenance/Groundsman. The post is for 22 hours per week. Click here for more information.
Passenger Transport Customer Satisfaction Survey
Essex County Council provides home to school, social care and some local bus services for the people of Essex.
Essex County Council purchases transport for over 20,000 children to travel to mainstream and special need schools each day, transport for looked after children, older people and people with learning disabilities and physical and sensory impairments. Essex County Council also funds approximately 15% of bus services in the County that include many evening, rural and Sunday buses that cannot be sustained commercially but are deemed socially necessary.
This survey is being undertaken so Essex County Council can assess and improve the services being delivered by transport suppliers on their behalf.
1000th Anniversary of the Battle of Assandun
This year marks the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Assandun and the Parish Council in conjunction with Ashingdon Primary Academy, a re-enactment event to celebrate. The event was held on 25th June 2016, photos can be viewed in the Photo Album.
In addition, the Parish Council arranged for a local historian, Steve Pollington, to hold a historical talk about the Battle on 10th June 2016.
The Parish Council commissioned local historian, Ian Yearsley and local artist, Graham Larwood to produce a keepsake booklet to commemorate the Battle.
A company that specialises in Viking history visited Ashingdon Primary Academy and Canewdon Primary School to do a range of activities from making a shield to a weapons display.
The Parish Council have also secured funding for a wooden information board in commemoration of the Battle. This will be installed at St Andrews Minster later in the year.
The Community Agents scheme is a new partnership that supports older people and their carers in their home. Click here for more information.
Ways to Wellness Project
Castle Point Association of Coluntary Services have a new project called 'Ways to Wellness'. The aim of the project is to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and to reduce or prevent the use of primary care services, where appropriate, by offering a service that can offer one to one discussions to explore individuals social support needs.
The service is available to any resident in Castle Point & Rochfordover the age of 18. Click here for more information.
Help make things simpler, better, together in Castle Point and Rochford
In preparation for the future, local leaders are looking at changing the way health and social care is delivered locally. Click here to be involved in plans to help to improve the way health and social care services are jointly delivered in Castle Point and Rochford. This is part of a wider transformation programme led by NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG and Essex County Council entitled ‘Simpler, Better, Together: Preparing for the future.’
The new Volunteer Essex website (www.volunteeressex.org) has now been up and running for a few months. This website holds details of more than 2,100 unique volunteering roles available to residents of Essex and promotes the work of over 1,000 community groups and charities active in the county. The site is a one stop shop for anyone interested in finding out about volunteering.
We currently have three vacancies, one in the Ashingdon South West ward and two in the Ashingdon ward. Please contact the Clerk for more information.
Citizens Advice Bureau
Citizens Advice and the Personal Finance Society are working together to place qualified financial advisers in local bureaux to provide FREE generic financial advice to all clients who need it. Citizens Advice Rochford & Rayleigh now offer (on a pre-arranged basis) a face to face interview or telephone appointment on any aspect of financial advice such as mortgages, endowments, equity release, financial planning, tax and savings and investments with a financial adviser.
To arrange an appointment contact the bureau on 0344 477 0808, via email (see citizensadvice.org.uk) or call into our offices in Back Lane, Rochford (Tuesday and Thursday 10am - 2pm) and Civic Suite, Rayleigh (Monday, Thursday and Friday 10am to 2pm) requesting a MoneyPlan appointment.
Rochford and Castle Point Ramblers
The leaders of Rochford and Castle Point Ramblers are well-acquainted with the footpaths of the Rochford Hundred and the attractive countryside they traverse, and are keen to attract new walkers who might appreciate the views and share our interest in them.
The Parish Council now have a Facebook page, visit our page to keep up to date with new and events.
River Crouch Celebrations
27th June - 4th July 2015
The River Crouch Celebrations brought together eight locations, ten artists, over 200 children and 100 adults, district and town councils, culminating in eight days of walking to each community – reconnecting through walking and river crossings – reflecting the river’s historic role in connecting people and the local economy.
Developing the concept over a year, Ali Pretty and Richard White, walking artists, worked with Rochford District Council and Kinetika to design and lead the series of walks and create a set of individually designed large scale silk flags, in collaboration with local people and school children. This formed an overarching narrative with 8 individual pieces of work created by the schoolchildren in each location, focused on the arrival and welcoming of the walkers as they reconnected the villages and communities through the walks.
With funding in place, artists began residencies and research phases in their paired locations, including community and school workshops on flag design, and four day residencies in Burnham and Hullbridge, which were open to all, encouraging people to paint the flags they had helped to design.
Around 500 people saw the Flags at some point during the 8 days, and the stories and images generated interest from as far away as New York!
Images from the eight days can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/mikejohnston/5802N0
Rochford Business Network
The Low Carbon KEEP Capital Grant Scheme aims to support efficiency and innovation initiatives within businesses.
The scheme allows eligible small to mediums sized enterprises (SMEs) in the East of England to recoup 40% of the cost of buying capital items, such as equipment or software that will help businesses increase efficiency and reduce resource consumption.
Purchases made through the Capital Grant Scheme may include more than one item, while total spend must be between £2,500 and £20,000 in value (ex-VAT), with the Low Carbon KEEP providing funding for 40% of the total spend. All capital items bought using Low Carbon KEEP capital grant funding will remain in the ownership of the SME partner.
All claims to funders are made retrospectively on a quarterly basis, with the SME incurring the entire expenditure in the first instance. No grant will be paid to the SME Partner before it has been successfully claimed from funders by the programme management team. This may take several months.
Most business sectors are eligible including charities and not for profit organisations, although the coal, agricultural and fisheries sectors are excluded due to European funding regulations.
In order to be successful when applying, a business will need to cover the following eligibility criteria:
- is based in Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire; OR carry out 75% or more of their economic activity in the East of England (Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk)
- employs less than 249 people;
- has an annual turnover of LESS THAN 50M EURO;
- has total assets equivalent to LESS THAN 43M EURO;
- is NOT more than 25% owned by a parent company;
- has NOT received more than 200,000 EURO state aid in the last three fiscal years.
Who to contact for more information
If you would like to know how your business could benefit from the Low Carbon KEEP Capital Grant Scheme, please don't hesitate to contact Carole Randall, Programme Manager, email@example.com, 0845 196 4310.
Essex Community Messaging (ECM)
Keep informed about the kind of police and community issues which affect you.
By taking a few minutes to complete a simple form you can select what information you would like to receive based on where you live, work, go to school or on issues you have a particular interest in.
Click here to be directed to the Essex Police website which gives more information.
Rochford District Council - Pay for parking by mobile phone
Rochford District Council is currently promoting its pay by mobile phone facility, which was introduced last year at the same time the new pay and display machines where installed in all the car parks.
There are now various options for paying to park in the Council’s pay and display car parks, motorists can pay at the machines by using cash, credit or debit card or by wave and pay. There is a further option to pay by mobile phone, it is very quick and easy to use when paying to park.
The added benefits for using this option is that the motorist needs no cash or credit card to pay (once they have registered with Metric Mobile). There is no ticket to display on the vehicle and a text receipt will be sent to confirm the transaction has been accepted. A text reminder in also sent when the parking session is due to expire and gives the motorist the option of extending their parking session, this is ideal if delayed at the Doctors or hairdressers etc. as there is no need to return to the car to purchase a ticket.
Click here for further information.
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