Copy of Parish Magazines January 2014

 

From the County Council 

Make sure you keep warm and well this winter

 Following my recent advice to prepare for winter it’s worth noting that it’s been estimated that for every degree change in the average weather temperature, there is a rise or fall in the number of deaths by approximately 8,000.  This is why it’s vital people keep warm.  One of the best ways of keeping well during winter is to stay warm.  Here are some tips on keeping well this winter. Some may seem obvious, but they could help you to stay warmer and maintain good health over the coming weeks.  

  1. Heat your home well - For information on additional help visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits/heating
  2. Eat well and have plenty of fluids -Try to make sure you and your family have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day.
  3. Get a flu jab from your GP if you are over 65, pregnant, or have a long-term condition. 
  4. Look after yourself and others - If you have an older neighbour or relative, look out for them during the winter to make sure they are safe and well. A quick visit or phone call could make all the difference.

With a little preparation we can help ourselves, our families and vulnerable friends and neighbours stay healthy, safe and comfortable as possible this winter. As well as following these tips it is advisable that you ensure you have a home first-aid kit, a well stocked medicine cabinet, basic food items, battery operated torch and a fully charged mobile phone in case of a power cut.

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Extreme Weather

Following some of the most severe weather to impact the East Coast since the 1950s, Essex County Council and its partners have now returned to ‘business as usual’. Whilst most of us in Mid Essex were not so badly affected, during the event the Environment Agency reported that 49,655 properties were protected by the coastal defences, despite this being the biggest test to the coastal walls since 1953. The Essex County Council and Essex Police have confirmed that no casualties or other serious incidents were reported due to the extreme weather conditions.

That the situation was handled so well was due to much forward planning by the various public bodies; but now beware of rogue traders that may try and use the damage caused by the winds and flooding to mislead you. If your property has suffered any damage the advice of Essex Trading Standards is to speak to your insurance company before engaging with anyone to carry out repair work. Never do business with cold callers offering household maintenance and repairs and only use reputable firms.

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If you have any problems concerning County Council matters please let me know on 01245 421524 or email cllr.john.aldridge@essex.gov.uk

John Aldridge CC – January 2014