There is still time for people who live or work in Essex to have their say on the proposed priorities in the county’s first ever Fire and Rescue Plan.
Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, is developing a Fire and Rescue Plan that sets out his vision and priorities for the delivery of fire and rescue services in Essex. The plan will run from 2019 to 2024 and will be the basis on which Mr Hirst holds Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to account for its performance. The document mirrors the Police and Crime Plan which sets the priorities for policing in Essex.
Over the summer, Mr Hirst has been working with fire and rescue service employees, Essex partners, representatives from local authorities and other blue light organisations, such as the ambulance service and the police, to develop the themes and priorities the draft plan includes.
He now wants to know what the public thinks and is urging people to complete an online survey at www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/FireRescuePlan
The survey is open until January 15.
Mr Hirst said: “A safe and secure county is what we all need to live our lives in peace and prosperity. We need a plan for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service which ensures we can help people to stay safe, reduce the number who are killed or seriously injured and minimise the damage to property and businesses.
“I am developing this plan with input from all of those groups and individuals who work in, alongside and with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. I now want to make sure the priorities being proposed reflect what the people of Essex expect from their fire and rescue service.”

3 hours 49 minutes ago by Gemma Humphries

At Essex County Council, we recognise library services play a unique and valued role in our society. But in the last five years use has slumped: loans have almost halved and fewer than one in five Essex residents use libraries. The current service needs to change to fit the way we live now and in the future.

Earlier this year we asked for people’s views on library services. We have listened to what Essex people have told us and come up with a set of proposals which are set out in a draft strategy. Our five-year plan in that draft strategy is for a service that:
• Keeps books and reading at the heart of our library service offer
• Embraces digital technology and e-library services
• Has a smaller number of libraries which better meet community needs
• Works in partnership with communities to run library services.

It is vital we operate a service that is viable to run and is relevant to people’s lives. The proposals therefore include some significant changes to the current service. We want to get your views on these proposals.
You can find more information about our proposals and complete the survey at
https://libraries.essex.gov.uk/libraries-consultation. You can complete the survey as an individual or on behalf of an organisation.
If you need help to complete the survey, would like it in large print, or would like a printed copy of the EasyRead versions, please ask at your local library or call 0345 603 7639.
During the consultation, we will also be holding information drop-ins at every library providing a further opportunity to ask questions, complete the consultation and find out more.
If you are from a community group or organisation we would also welcome your help to publicise the consultation to your members or service users. If you would like copies of publicity material please email libraries@essex.gov.uk.
The deadline for completing the consultation survey is 20 February 2019.
All the responses from the consultation will be analysed and findings published on the consultation website. These will be available on request for those without internet access.
Any changes proposed will be considered when the strategy is finalised in summer 2019

14:14, 29 Nov 2018 by Brigitte Taylor

Today, I have launched a survey to ask the people of Essex for their views on the priorities to be included in the county’s first ever Fire and Rescue Plan.

A safe and secure county is what we all need to live our lives in peace and prosperity. We need a plan for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service which ensures we can help people to stay safe, reduce the number who are killed or seriously injured and minimise the damage to property and businesses.

I am developing this plan with input from all of those groups and individuals who work in, alongside and with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. I now want to make sure the priorities being proposed reflect what the people of Essex expect from their fire and rescue service.

The Plan will run from 2019 to 2024 and will be the basis on which I hold Essex County Fire and Rescue Service to account for its performance. The document mirrors the Police and Crime Plan which sets the priorities for policing in Essex.

People can fill in the survey online via this link http://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/fire-rescue-plan-2019-2024-public-survey/ . Hard copies are also available on request.  Please contact my office on 01245 291600 if you would like a copy or email pfcc@essex.pnn.police.uk

They can also write to PFCC for Essex, Kelvedon Park, London Road, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex, CM8 3HB.

The survey will close at midnight on Tuesday January 15th, 2019.

12:47, 27 Nov 2018 by Brigitte Taylor

The Art of the Possible is a festival celebrating what’s great about Essex.

Running from 26 to 30 November the festival is all about reducing social isolation. It looks to showcase and celebrate opportunities that happen across Essex, day in day out, that enable people to connect with each other. Now in its fourth year, the festival promotes the inspirational things going on across our county, shares ideas and experiences and shows how we can all create the communities we want to see by bringing people together and building connections.

Whether it is friendship or fitness, skills sharing or networking, there will be interesting events happening near you.

If want to shape the place you live, launch an idea, or learn from others, then the Art of the Possible Festival is for you. Get involved and prepare to be inspired.

To find out more please visit https://artofthepossiblefestival.essex.gov.uk/ and book yourself on an event!!

For more information please email artof.thepossible@essex.gov.uk

09:49, 20 Nov 2018 by Gemma Humphries

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