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					WINTER 2009 / ISSuE 57

News and views from Chelmsford and South Woodham Ferrers

                                                         Winter news and views
                                                         This edition, which covers the months of December, January and February,
                                                         features news and views from around the borough including a Seasonal
                                                         Special Feature on what to see and do this winter, how to enjoy the festive
                                                         season safely and exciting news about changes to plastic recycling collections.

  Lighting up Chelmsford
  see page three for details of the new Christmas lights

   See centre pages for LDF planning update and how to have your say

  Need this in a different format or language? Call 01245 606606 or email:
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   Dear Residents
   With the festive season soon upon               recycling even more this Christmas
   us, there is much to be cheery                  and in the New Year.

                                                                                                     In this Issue...
   about to see us through the cold,               Throughout this edition, you’ll
   dark winter nights. For a start,                also find lots of helpful seasonal
   Chelmsford is now lit up with the               information and advice on subjects
   sparkle of new Christmas lights                 like heating, bonfires, what’s on at
   which brighten up even more                     the theatre and much much more.
   of the town centre. This edition                                                                   Page 4            A dog is for life…
   features three pages packed with                As always, we love hearing from
   news on what’s on over the festive              our readers, so if you have any                                      How to stop your pet becoming one of our
   period and how Chelmsford                       comments or questions about                                          stray statistics
   Borough Council is working to                   anything featured in Life or your
   make everyone’s Christmas a safe                civic newspaper in general, please                 Page 7            How did we spend your Council tax?
   and enjoyable one.                              do get in touch, either by contacting
                                                   Chelmsford Borough Council’s
                                                                                                                        Just where did your hard-earned cash go?
   How our borough is developed
   and protected over the years
   affects every resident in Chelmsford.
   Turn to our centre pages for
   more updates on what planning
   consultations are underway and how
   you can have your say about issues
   that directly affect where you live.
   Christmas with all its lovely
   presents, entertaining and partying
   can produce a huge amount of
   waste – from wrapping paper and
   cards to food packaging and empty
   bottles. On page 10, there is some
   exciting news about how you can
                                                   Communications team on
                                                   01245 606900 or by emailing
                                                   Don’t forget, you can also view Life
                                                   online with our handy page-turner
                                                   facility which reads like a real
                                                   newspaper – just visit
                                                   We wish all our residents a very
                                                   merry Christmas and happy New
                                                   Year, and we look forward to
                                                   bringing you more news from
                                                   around the borough in 2010!
                                                   The Editor
                                                                                                      Page 11 Save our parks, save the world!
                                                                                                                        How our parks and gardens are helping to
                                                                                                                        combat climate change
                                                                                                      Page 16 Gear up and get cycling
                                                                                                                        Make getting out and about one of your New
                                                                                                                        Year’s resolutions
                                                        If you have a Council enquiry of a specific nature, please call the appropriate direct number below:

                                                        Benefits and Council Tax                Environment and Waste                    South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre
                                                                                                                                         01245 605600
                                                        Benefits                                Refuse and Recycling Collections
                                                        01245 606879                            01245 615800

  directory                                                Chelmsford Sport and Athletic Centre
                                                                                                                                         01245 605666
                                                        Benefit Fraud Report Line               Litter Hotline                 

  enquiries...                                          0800 614469
                                                                                                0845 245 1234
                                                                                              Dovedale Sports Centre
                                                                                                                                         01245 605685
                                                        Council Tax                             Environmental Services         
  Main Offices / Correspondence:                        01245 606780                            01245 606800
  Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JE      Theatres
                                                                                                                                         01245 606505
  Office opening hours:                                                                         Parks and Green Spaces         
  8.45am to 4.45pm (Mon–Thurs)                                                                  01245 605566
  8.45am to 4.15pm (Fri)                                Housing, Planning                           Museums
                                                        and Community                                                                    01245 605700
  GENERAL ENQUIRIES/ MAIN NUMBER                                                                Car Parking and Enforcement    
  01245 606606                                          Housing (office hours)                  01245 606710
                                                        01245 606640                              Hylands House
  MAIN FAX NuMBER (01245) 606693                                                                                                         01245 605500
  E-mail:                     Emergency / out of hours                Licensing                      
  Minicom: (01245) 606444                               01245 606644                            01245 606727
  General telephone enquiries hours:
  8.30am to 5.15pm (Mon–Thurs)                          Planning                                                                         Information Centres
  8.30am to 4.45pm (Fri)                                01245 606826
                                                        Leisure, Sport                           Chelmsford Travel and
                                                                                                                                         Visitor Information Centre
  Offices open at 10.00am on the last Wednesday                                                 and Culture
                                                        Building Control                                                                 01245 283400 / 263859
  of the month to allow for staff training
                                                        01245 606431                            Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre
  OUT OF HOURS EMERGENCIES                       01245 615050
  Homelessness                                                                                                                           South Woodham Ferrers Community
                                                        Cemetery and Crematorium                                                         Information Centre
  and other Emergencies (01245) 606644
                                                        01245 605630                                                                     01245 605611
  Noiseline             (01245) 606200
  Parkwatch             (07831) 189918

We publish details of services, activities and events within the borough on our website. Check regularly for up to date news and information on all Council services.
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                                                                                                                                    Seasonal Special
Don’t let a good night go bad
The festive season is traditionally          In an effort to encourage those who
a time for celebration and                   like a tipple to enjoy alcohol responsibly,
relaxation, which for many of us             the Community Safety Team has
involves a convivial drink or two.           offered advice throughout this year
While most of us enjoy alcohol               at a number of public engagement
responsibly, it can be all too easy          events focusing on the Government
to let alcohol consumption levels            “Know Your Limits” campaign. A poster
get out of hand.                             campaign to raise awareness entitled
Like many other relatively affluent towns    “Do You Know When to Stop?” will be
and with our close proximity to London,      promoted throughout the build up to
Chelmsford can be a hot-spot for unsafe      the festive period in collaboration with
levels of drinking. So with Christmas just   Chelmsford Publink.
                                                                                           Chelmsford Borough Council’s Cabinet       and alcohol such as public order and
around the corner, Chelmsford Borough        The posters will provide contact details      Member for Safer Communities               domestic violence, but we must not
Council and the Safer Chelmsford             for helplines, so that party-goers can        and Chair of the Safer Chelmsford          forget the problem of binge drinking
Partnership are working together             access information which may change           Partnership, Councillor Ian Grundy,        at home and how it also affects both
to help reduce the impact of binge           the way they view alcohol. For example,       explained: “This is not about being        health and family life. The Partnership
drinking in our borough.                     did you know that consuming five pints        a bunch of party-poopers. Many of          fully supports this initiative, and to
Statistics prove that binge drinking can     of beer a week is equivalent to 221           us regularly enjoy a drink or two on       supplement this campaign has released
result in:                                   doughnuts a year? Simple tips towards         a night out, but I’m sure we can all       funds to employ an Alcohol Specialist
 Becoming a victim of violent crime         enjoying a drink safely and responsibly       recollect a time when our night has        Worker in partnership with the
 Permanent damage to health                 include drinking more water, having           been spoilt by someone who didn’t          Westminster Drug Project Limited.
 Memory loss                                mixers with spirits and eating before         know when to stop, or maybe we’ve          Chelmsford is a great place for a night
 Becoming a victim of sexual assault        going out for the night.                      even had one too many ourselves.” He       out – let’s all work together to make
 Committing a public order offence                                                        added: “There is a clear link to crime     sure it stays that way.”

Lighting up Chelmsford! Enhancing
Perhaps the only advantage of the early winter darkness is the chance to
appreciate Chelmsford’s brand-new Christmas illuminations!
                                                                                           Community Safety
                                                                                                                                      able to confiscate
Chelmsford Borough Council has signed        Did you know?                                                                            alcohol, cigarettes
a new five-year contract to illuminate       The new Chelmsford Christmas lights                                                      and tobacco products from young
the town centre over the Christmas           are made up of an amazing:                                                               persons; to issue Fixed Penalty Notices
period. The new scheme, launched on                                                                                                   (FPN) to under 18s attempting to
                                              Nearly 16 thousand white LED tree
Sunday 22 November with another                                                                                                       buy or consume alcohol; and to issue
hugely successful Lights Switch On                                                                                                    a FPN for behaviour likely to cause
event in Chelmsford town centre, now          Nearly two thousand colour changing
                                               tree lights                                                                            harassment, alarm or distress.
illuminates double the area of previous
years. The illuminations now start            Over a kilometre of rope light                                                         The Accredited Persons will support
outside the County Hotel in Rainsford          incorporating over 43 thousand                                                         Essex Police with helping to improve
Road, and light up Duke Street before          miniature LED lamps                         Chelmsford Borough Council                 quality of life issues such as littering,
continuing down the pedestrianised                                                         wishes all our residents and               underage drinking and graffiti in our
High Street, over Stone Bridge and                                                         visitors to the borough a very             local community. They will be instantly
into Moulsham Street, finishing outside                                                    merry, safe Christmas and new              recognisable by a distinctive badge
Rayleigh HiFi.                                                                             powers granted under Essex                 on their uniform and the public can
Thanks to the success of Chelmsford’s                                                      Police’s Community Safety                  be reassured that the individual has
High Street markets, the new illuminations                                                 Accreditation Scheme, should               reached approved standards.
have been part-funded by income                                                            make this even easier.This
                                                                                                                                      Chelmsford Borough Council’s Cabinet
generated from street trading and                                                          national initiative, launched in
                                                                                                                                      Member for Safer Communities,
promotional activities. Chelmsford                                                         2002, allows certain organisations
                                                                                                                                      Councillor Ian Grundy is delighted at
Borough Council’s Town Centre                                                              and their employees to be given            the achievement: “Community Safety
Marketing Manager, Michael Wray said,                                                      police powers to deal with                 Accreditation Schemes are a further
“We are really excited by the new                                                          incidents such as anti-social              aid to improving the quality of life in
scheme - we have been working to                                                           behaviour and nuisance.                    the county. Accredited Persons will
ensure that Christmas cheer shines in
                                                                                           The Council has joined nine other          be able to share information with
Chelmsford for some time now, and I
                                                                                           local authorities in Essex who have        the Community Police Constable and
am so pleased to see them finally up.
                                                                                           become accredited organisations.           contribute to the solving of problems
We really hope the new illuminations
                                                                                           Once fully trained, this accreditation     that affect you and make an area a
will bring a smile to the town at
                                                                                           will give certain Council officers         safer and more pleasant place to live,
Christmas, and shoppers will flock into
                                                                                           a range of powers including being          visit and work.”
the town centre to see them!”
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Seasonal Special
A dog is                                      STRAY DOG SEIZURE FEES
                                              1 APRIL 2009

for life, not                                 Statutory Fee
                                              Seizure Fee

just for                                      Kennelling
                                              Note kennelling fees are

                                              payable on day of seizure and
                                              day of collection
                                              Dispensations are not given in cases
Puppies and dogs make                         of hardship or if dog is tagged or
popular Christmas presents,
but with them comes great                    People who find strays are often happy to
responsibility.                              return them to their owners, but without
                                             a collar and tag, they are forced to hand
Chelmsford Borough Council is                them over to the Council. Did you know
responsible for catching stray dogs in the   that ensuring your dog wears a collar and
borough. Last year, 267 dogs were handed     tag is actually a legal requirement?              Consider having your dog micro-                enough to stop your dog escaping or
in or caught by officers. Many of these                                                         chipped. We can do this for you in             roaming. Gates should be locked to
had escaped from gardens which were          We are always pleased to reunite
                                                                                                your own home for a minimal fee                prevent someone else accidentally
inadequately secured. Stray dogs can         owners with their lost pet and if you’ve
                                                                                                (currently £11.50)                             letting the dog out.
cause distress to local residents and be     lost your dog you should notify the
a nuisance - fouling in public places and    Council as soon as possible. We are able                                                      To report a lost or stray dog during
                                                                                               Ensure your dog always wears a             normal office hours please contact the
creating a traffic hazard. Did you know      to kennel strays for up to seven days,             collar and tag when in a public place.
that if your dog causes a road accident      but after that, it is our responsibility to                                                   Council on 01245 606800. During out
                                                                                                The tag must be inscribed with             of hours, we operate a hand-in service
involving damage to people or property,      dispose of the dogs. While the majority
you may be liable for costs?                                                                    your name and address and ideally          only. This operates during the following
                                             are gifted to charitable kennels for re-
                                                                                                a telephone number. Your dog must,         hours: Monday to Friday, 5pm – 11pm
Every time a stray dog is captured,          homing, sadly in some circumstances it is
                                                                                                by law, wear a collar and tag even if      and Saturdays, Sundays and Bank
whether it is with us for 30 minutes or      necessary for the dogs to be put down.
                                                                                                it has been micro-chipped.                 Holidays, 9am – 11pm. Finders should
several days, it costs money to deal with    To prevent your pet becoming one of our
it.This cost is passed on to the owners                                                        Ensure your garden fencing is of           first call 01245 606511 to ensure that
                                             statistics, you can follow this simple advice:     an adequate height and is secure           Chelmsford is the correct reception area.
before they can collect it:

Get into the Christmas Spirit In the market for a great
at Hylands                    Christmas?
‘Tis soon the season to be jolly, and                                                         For an unrivalled variety of all
there’s something to get everyone                                                             your Christmas needs, why not
in the mood at Hylands. If you’re                                                             explore Chelmsford Indoor Retail
after Christmas gifts, look no further                                                        Market?
than some late night shopping at the
Christmas Fair on Thursday 26                                                                 Located below the High Chelmer
November from 6pm to10pm, or at                                                               multi-storey car park and adjacent to
the Farmers Markets & Crafts on                                                               the High Chelmer shopping centre,
Sunday 6 December from 10am to               Grown-ups have plenty to entertain               Chelmsford Indoor Retail Market offers
4pm. Both are held at the Stables Visitor    them too. Christmas Spirits on                   great value for money and variety of
Centre. Purchase hand-crafted gifts at       Friday 11 and Sunday 13 December, sees           choice.
the Christmas Fair, or locally-produced      more Christmas capers and medieval
specialist foods at the Farmers Markets      merriment as the Cameo Players host               With 103 stalls and 21 kiosks, the
& Crafts event.                              another nostalgic soiree of songs, poetry        market is home to an amazing variety
If you fancy going one step further          and prose from 7.45pm to 10.45pm.                of products, including meat, fruit,
and making your own gifts, the Hand          Tickets are £15, concessions are £14.            vegetables, cheese and fresh fish stalls.
Painted Christmas Decorations                On the door tickets are £16 and £15              Stock up on gifts, clothes, greeting
Workshop could be just the thing.            respectively.                                    cards, bags, shoes, jewellery, cosmetics,
On Thursday 3 December from 10am             Finally, see out the season with the             pet products, books, plants, arts, fabric,
to 3pm, for just £35 you can create 10       Boxing Day Escape on Friday 26                   haberdashery, crafts and much more!
beautiful tree decorations. All materials    December between 1pm and 3pm.                                                                 Opening times are: Tuesday to Friday
and equipment are supplied, with             Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince         The antique and second hand market
                                                                                                                                           8.30am until 4pm, and Saturday 8.30am
refreshments served on arrival. To book      pie and explore Hylands House, or walk           held every Thursday sells books, CDs,
                                                                                                                                           until 5pm throughout the year. From
tickets call 01245 605523.                   off the season’s excesses in the beautiful       videos, jewellery, cameras, tools, toys,     the beginning of December until
Little ones can meet Santa Claus at          grounds. Tickets are £8.                         antique goods and bric-a-brac.               Christmas Eve, the market will also
Hylands House on Sunday 13 and               For more information about the full              Access is easy, being underneath the         be open Sunday 10am until 4pm and
Sunday 20 December between 10am              range of events taking place at Hylands,         multi-storey car park, adjacent to bus       Monday 8.30am until 4pm.
and 3pm as he takes time out from his        check out the What’s On Guide on page
                                                                                              stops and taxi ranks and within easy         For more information visit Chelmsford
busy schedule. Santa will take a lunch       five for more details or visit the Council’s
break from 12.30pm to 1pm, and last          website at                reach of the town centre. Being all on       Borough Council’s website at
admission is 2.45pm. Tickets are £3 per      hylands. To book tickets, call Hylands           one level, it is also wheelchair, scooter or call
child (pay on door).                         House on 01245 605555.                           and pushchair friendly.                      01245 605717.
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                                                                                                                                                         What’s on Guide
Chelmsford Life’s round-up of what’s on this Winter. For a complete listing
of Council and community events, visit

 Sport and Leisure                                    Christmas Craft Activities
                                                      Saturday 19 December, 10am – 5pm
Christmas Eve Ice Skating Session                     Venue: Chelmsford Museum
Thursday 24 December 2009, 10am to 1pm                Drop in to make a pop-up Father Christmas,
Venue: Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre               from an image in the museum’s collections.
Tickets: £5.20 per person (includes skate hire)       Free!
For more info, visit
riverside or call 01245 615050                        December Children’s Holiday Activities
                                                      Monday 21 December 2009 to
New Years Eve Ice Skating Session
                                                      1 January 2010 inclusive
Thursday 31 December 2009, 10am to 1pm
                                                      Venue: Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre,
Venue: Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre
                                                      Chelmsford Sport & Athletics Centre, Dovedale
Cost: £5.20 per person (includes skate hire)
                                                      Sports Centre and South Woodham Ferrers
For more info, visit
riverside or call 01245 615050                        Leisure Centre
                                                      Holiday activities typically include ice-skating,
                                                      swimming, trampolining, gymnastics, athletics, arts
                                                      & crafts, archery, dance, go karts, cheerleading,
 Children’s Activities                                Mad Science, badminton and football.
Tuesday Toddles                                       for more information, or call 01245 606563 to
Tuesday 15 December, 10am – 11.30am                   request a brochure.
and 1pm – 2.30pm
Venue: Hylands House                                  Make Your Own Beauty Products
Tickets: £4 per adult and child, £2 each              Tuesday 22 December, 10am – 3pm
additional child                                      Venue: Hylands House
Calling all parents with toddlers! Join us for        Tickets: £25
a toddle in the garden areas and then head            Learn how to make fabulous festive gifts for
upstairs in the Stables Visitor Centre to create      friends and family (or just to keep for yourself!)
something wonderful to take home. Each                - take home four items with a Christmas theme,
session encourages children to observe the            personally created and packaged by you. Bring an
changing seasons - parents can learn too! Pre-        apron and a packed lunch, all materials provided.
booking is essential for this popular event - call
                                                      Suitable for ages 10-14 years. Book early to avoid
01245 605555.
                                                      disappointment by calling 01245 605555.
Alice in Wonderland on Ice
Wednesday 16 to Sunday 20 December 2009
Evening performances: Wednesday 16 – Saturday
19 December inclusive at 7pm and Sunday 20             Exhibitions, Fairs and Talks
December at 5pm
                                                      Winter Wonderland Shopping Fair
Matinee performances: Saturday 19 December            Sunday 29 November, 10am – 4pm
                                                                                                             Shopping and Entertainment
at 2pm and Sunday 20 December at 11.30am
Venue: Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre
                                                      Venue: Hylands House
                                                      Tickets: £3.60, Cons £2.60, accompanied under
                                                                                                                                                                    Council Meeting
Tickets from £8.20
The Centre’s Ice Show spectacular is the only
                                                      16s free
                                                                                                            Festive Farmers Market
                                                                                                            Sunday 20 December, 10am – 4pm
                                                                                                                                                       FREE         Dates
                                                      Explore the stands around the house and pick up
Christmas Ice Show in the whole of Essex, and                                                               Venue: Hylands Stables Visitor Centre
                                                      that perfect present for friends and family… and                                                              23 November
provides magical entertainment that you and                                                                 Tickets: Free!
                                                      perhaps treat yourself to a little luxury gift too!                                                           Overview & Scrutiny Committee
your children will not forget! To book tickets,                                                             Pick up the freshest possible produce for your
                                                      Last entry is 3pm.
call the Box Office on 01245 615089. For more                                                               festive celebrations. Locally produced specialist       8 December
information visit:                                                         foods including venison and game, specialist            Planning Committee
Please note that the ice rink is closed for public                                                          sausages, Christmas fare, cakes and mince pies,
ice-skating sessions from Mon 14 – Sun 20                                                                   specialist breads, smoked fish and cheeses.             9 December
December inclusive for the ice show.                                                                        Explore the artist studios, chat with the resident      Full Council
                                                                                                            artists and visit the gift shop to purchase that        10 December
                                                                                                            last minute present.                                    Development Policy Committee
                                                                                                            Farleigh Hospice Light up a Life        FREE            6 January
                                                                                                            Friday 4 December
                                                                                                                                                                    Audit & Governance Committee
                                                                                                            Venue: Chelmsford High Street
                                                                                                            Annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.                12 January
                                                                                                            Sponsor a light on the tree in memory of a              Planning Committee
                                                                                                            loved one. Carol singing. For more information
                                                                                                            visit                          14 January
                                                                                                                                                                    Licensing & Regulatory Committee
                                                                                                            The King and Queen Show
                                                                                                            Saturday 4 December, 8pm – 12midnight                   20 January
                                                                                                            Venue: Hylands House                                    Standards Committee
                                                                                                            Tickets: £45
                                                                                                                                                                    26 January
                                                                                                            Elvis Presley and Freddie Mercury will most
                                                                                                            certainly be rockin’ this party with their unique
                                                                                                            ‘King & Queen’ tribute show. Luxury buffet and          8 February
                                                                                                            DJ. Cash bar available throughout the night. To         Overview & Scrutiny Committee
                                                                                                            book tickets call 01245 605555.
                                                                                                                                                                    9 February
                                                                                                            Continental Market                            FREE      Planning Committee
                                                                                                            Saturday 5 December 9am - 6pm
                                                                                                            Sunday 6 December 10am - 4.30pm                         17 February
                                                                                                            Monday 7 December 9am - 6pm                             Full Council
                                                                                                            Venue: Chelmsford High Street                           (including Council Tax setting)
                                                                                                            Why not treat yourself to an array of items at
                                                                                                            the Continental Market including French perfume,        For more information about all the
                                                                                                            Italian cashmere, jewellery and chocolate and           Council meetings above, visit
                                                                                                            other delicacies including Brittany biscuits, olives,
                                                                                                            fresh bakery, dried sausages and wine.
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Chelmsford News

A PLACE to be proud of                                                                                                                      Will you
                                                                                              empty for 12 years. The owner of the
                                                                                              property responded to a query from
                                                                                                                                            be voting
                                                                                              Chelmsford Borough Council regarding
                                                                                              the future of the property and following
                                                                                              discussion, a 100 per cent renovation
                                                                                              grant was agreed. On completion, the
                                                                                              property was signed up to a three year
                                                                                              lease and is now home to a local family
                                                                                              that approached the Council for assistance
                                                                                              with their housing.The renovation
                                                                                              included a complete new heating system,
                                                                                              replacement windows and doors, new
                                                                                              shower room and complete redecoration
                                                                                              and carpeting throughout.

                                                                                              During the lease, the property and
                                                                                              tenants are fully managed and
                                                                                              maintained by the housing association
                                                                                              and at the end of the lease period, the       With a general election looming,
                                                                                              property will be returned to the owner        have you decided who you’ll vote
In 2007 Chelmsford Borough Council launched the exciting new PLACE                            fully renovated. The owner can then           for? More to the point, will you be
project to renovate long-term empty properties in partnership with four                       choose how they wish to use their             able to vote?
other local authorities across Essex and Hertfordshire (East Herfordshire                     property with the additional option of
District Council, Epping Forest District Council, Harlow District Council                     continuing the lease agreement with the       You won’t if you’re not on the Electoral
and Uttlesford District Council) and two Housing Associations (Swan                           housing association on a standard             Register. Over the past few months,
Housing Group and Pathmeads).                                                                 management basis.                             Chelmsford Borough Council has
The project provides grant funding for         affordable housing for local households in                                                   been updating the Electoral Register
the renovation of properties that have         need. The grant is completely non-             If you have a property that has been
                                                                                              vacant for more than six months and           by sending registration forms to every
been empty for more than six months            repayable, provided the three year lease                                                     residential property in Chelmsford.
where owners are unable to complete            is completed.                                  are struggling to complete renovation,
                                                                                              or if you know of a vacant property that      Householders have been asked to check
the works without assistance. In return,
                                               Two years on, the project is still going       has fallen into disrepair, please contact     the details on the form of everyone living
properties are leased to one of the
partner housing associations for three         strong and has recently successfully           Chelmsford Borough Council on                 at the property who is entitled to vote
years. During the lease period,                renovated a four bedroom property in           01245 606274, or email emptyhomes@            and to return it to the Council’s Civic
properties are used to provide additional      Chelmsford that had previously been                              Centre.

Christmas opening hours                                                                                                                     If you haven’t yet done so, you may
                                                                                                                                            not be on the new Register when it
                                                                                                                                            is published on Tuesday 1 December.
                                                                                                                         South Woodham
                                                                Chelmsford Sport & Dovedale Sports     Riverside Ice &                      However, it is not too late to add your
                                               Civic Centre                                                               Ferrers Leisure
                                                                 Athletics Centre     Centre               Leisure
                                                                                                                              Centre        name. The Register is updated every
                       Wed 23 Dec 09        Open as normal      Open as normal      9am to 11pm      Open as normal#     Open as normal
                                                                                                                                            month between December and August
                       Thurs 24 Dec 09      8.45am-1.30pm       9am – 2pm           Closes at 2pm    6am to 2pm          7am to 2pm
                                                                                                                                            and you can apply to be added to it
                       Fri 25 Dec 09
                                            CLOSED              CLOSED              CLOSED           CLOSED              CLOSED             during that period. If you know you are
                       (Bank Holiday)
                       Sat 26 Dec 09        CLOSED              CLOSED              CLOSED           CLOSED              CLOSED             not already on the Register but meet
                                                                                                     8am – 10pm                             the criteria for registration (residency,
                       Sun 27 Dec 09        CLOSED              CLOSED              Open as normal                        Open as normal
                                                                                                     (ice rink only open)                   age and nationality) all you need to do
                       Mon 28 Dec 09                                                                                                        is fill in an application for registration
                                            CLOSED              CLOSED              CLOSED           6am – 5pm           7am – 2pm
                       (Bank Holiday)
                                                                9am – 10pm*
                                                                                                                                            and your name will be added to the
                       Tues 29 Dec 09       CLOSED                                  4.30pm-11pm      Open as normal#     Open as normal
                                                                5pm – 10pm**                                                                Register as part of the next update.
                                                                8am – 10pm*
                       Wed 30 Dec 09        CLOSED                                  4.30pm-11pm      Open as normal#     Open as normal     So if you want to have a say in
                                                                5pm – 10pm**
                       Thurs 31 Dec 09      CLOSED              9am – 2pm*          CLOSED           6am to 2pm          7am to 2pm         choosing your MP and, ultimately, who
                       Fri 1 Jan 10
                                            CLOSED              CLOSED              CLOSED           CLOSED              CLOSED             governs the country - make sure your
                       (Bank Holiday)
                                                                                                                                            name is on the Register!
                       Sat 2 Jan 10         CLOSED              Open as normal      Open as normal   Open as normal#     Open as normal
                       Sun 3 Jan 10         CLOSED              Open as normal      Open as normal   Open as normal#     Open as normal     You can get an application form
                       Mon 4 Jan 10         Open as normal      Open as normal      Open as normal   Open as normal#     Open as normal     by calling 01245 606447 or by
                                                                                                                                            downloading one from the Council’s
CSAC                                           Riverside
* Gym/Free weight, Track & Field only          # Subject to refurbishment works.                                                            website at:
** Sprint straight use                         Gym due to open on 28 Dec 09 and pools on 4 Jan 10.                                
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How did we spend your Council
Tax last year (2008/09)?
Ever wondered where your                              (11 per cent), and interest and                           regulations require us to take this out
Council Tax goes? Chelmsford                          investment income (4 per cent).                           of our spending before we calculate the
Borough Council’s income in                           Your elected Borough Councillors                          Council Tax.
2008/2009 totalled £95 million                        decide how this money is spent.                           Next is Environmental Services, which
which included £39 million of                                                                                   includes refuse collection, recycling,
Housing Benefits grants. Cash                         Like the rest of the country, we were
                                                      affected by the general economic                          cemeteries and the crematorium, food
comes into the Council from                                                                                     safety, pollution control, CCTV and
Government grants related to                          downturn and so our greatest
                                                      expenditure includes the cost of the                      public toilets. This is followed by our
specific services (43 per cent),                                                                                Leisure and Parks Services that pay
from local residents, through                         reduction in our property values, shown
                                                      under ‘Other Services to the Public’.                     for theatres, museums, Hylands House,          For a full copy of our accounts, or for
rents, fees, charges (30 per cent),                                                                             sports and play facilities (including the
                                                      This does not result in a higher Council                                                                 more information about Council Tax,
Council Tax (12 per cent), general                                                                              Riverside Ice and Leisure centre), parks,
                                                      Tax because we will not incur the cost                                                                   please visit our website at
central government grants                                                                                       and allotments.
                                                      until we sell the asset and Government                                                         

£ 000’s                                                Expenditure shown by service

20,000                                                                                                                                                           One stop shop
                                                                                                                                                                 for Public
                                                                                                                                                                 Sector services
                                                                                                                                                                Chelmsford residents are
                                                                                                                                                                now able to get information
                                                                                                                                                                about the services provided
                                                                                                                                                                by Essex County Council,
 4,000                                                                                                                                                          Chelmsford Borough Council,
                                                                                                                                                                Mid Essex Primary Care
     0                                                                                                                                                          Trust, Essex Police and Essex
                                                                                               Other services
                                                                                                to the public

                                                                                                                central costs

                                                                                                                                Roads and



                                                         and democratic

                                                                           Planning building
                                                                                control and

                                                                                                                                             Town and Parish

                                                                                                                                                                Fire and Rescue Service all
                                                                                                                                                                in one place, thanks to a
                                                                                                                                                                new partnership agreement
                                                                                                                                                                between the organisations.
                                                                                                                                                                Chelmsford Infopoint is based
                                                                                                                                                                in the atrium of County Hall,
                                                                                                                                                                on Market Street and is staffed

Proposed Prison at Runwell                                                                                                                                      from 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday
                                                                                                                                                                to Thursday and 8.30am – 5pm
                                                                                                                                                                on Friday. No appointment is
Jack Straw MP Secretary of State                      to make any decision on the proposal                                                                      necessary and a private room is
for Justice, announced in the                         and will not do so until the planning                                                                     available to discuss confidential
House of Commons on 27 April                          application has been received and is                                                                      matters.
2009 that the Ministry of Justice                     given full consideration.
                                                                                                                                                                Infopoint has been launched
proposes to acquire a site for
                                                      The views of local people and                                                                             initially for a six month trial. If the
a 1,500 person capacity prison
                                                      organisations are extremely important,                                                                    project is successful it will remain
at Runwell in Chelmsford. Back                                                                                                                                  permanently at County Hall. users
in 2005, Chelmsford Borough                           and the Ministry of Justice have agreed
                                                      to undertake a detailed pre-application                                                                   are asked to leave feedback on
Council had decided to grant                                                                                                                                    the service throughout the trial
outline planning permission for                       consultation exercise. All views                          For further information about the
                                                      expressed at this stage can be                                                                            so that customer service can be
624 houses, a school, and some                                                                                  proposals, visit Chelmsford Borough             continually improved.
commercial facilities on the site of                  considered by the Ministry before the                     Council’s website at www.chelmsford.
the old Runwell Hospital buildings                    planning application is made. Once the          , call 01245              At the special launch event on
– decisions reflected in the                          planning application is received by the                   606826, or you can call the Ministry of         9 October, visitors were able to
                                                      Council, extensive local publicity,                       Justice Public Inquiry Line on                  take a free health check and find
Council’s current Core Strategy
                                                      including press releases, site notices and                0203 334 3555.                                  out how to stop smoking with
approved in 2007.
                                                      individual letters of notification will be                                                                the Mid Essex PCT, climb on
The proposal for the prison will require              arranged. The application will then be                    If you would like to contact one of the         board a fire engine from Essex
planning permission and no application                considered at the Council’s Planning                      Ward Councillors, you can contact               Fire and Rescue, drive a Subaru
has yet been submitted. The application               Committee and a decision made. The                        Councillor Ray Ride on 01268 763290             driving simulator and learn about
is expected to arrive early next                      meeting will be held in a public forum                    or email, or           finger printing with Essex Police
year and the public will be formally                  and arrangements for the meeting will                     Councillor Lance Millane on 07702               and find out about services from
consulted on the planning application.                be announced and publicised by the                        925769 or email lance.millane@                  Chelmsford Borough Council.
The Council is not yet in a position                  Council nearer the time.                        
     8 |

Local Development Framework (LDF) – Special Feature
Shaping our Borough – Local planning consultations
Chelmsford Borough Council has launched one of its largest consultation exercises to date, helping to shape our borough to
2021 and beyond. Residents and businesses are encouraged to have their say on planning and sustainable development issues
that could affect us all – comments are welcomed until 21 December 2009.
Chelmsford Borough Council is also            the consultation closes) to update or        Site Allocations Development Plan             (SPD – community design guidance
making it easier for people to have           amend them. Pre-registration is simple        Document (SADDPD – covering                   for Stock)
their say with an online planning portal.     and you will then be notified of new          the whole of the borough except for          Chelmsford Town Centre Public
Residents can now access the Council’s        consultations as well as be able to visit     those areas covered by Area Action            Realm Supplementary Planning
online planning portal at http://consult.     current consultations.                        Plans such as the town centre and             Document (SPD – improvements and submit their                                                          north Chelmsford)                             to public spaces in Chelmsford town
                                              Specifically, the Council is seeking
comments online. Comments can relate                                                       Statement of Community Involvement            centre)
                                              comments on five documents, which are:
to the overall document or to specific                                                      (SCI – a document that details how
areas of interest within the document,         North Chelmsford Area Action Plan           we will involve the community in            These are summarised below. Details
without the need for lengthy descriptions.      (NCAAP – covering the northern              consultation)                               on where to view the plans and how to
Residents can draft a response and return       part of Chelmsford and adjacent                                                         comment are set out in the ‘How can I
                                                                                           Stock Village Design Statement
to their comments at a later time (before       countryside)                                                                            get involved?’ section.
                                                                                            Supplementary Planning Document

  Plan for north Chelmsford                                                                Chelmsford Town Centre Public
 In 2007 Chelmsford Borough Council           transport infrastructure including           Realm Strategy
 has launched the third stage of              roads, a railway station and Park &
 consultation on the North Chelmsford         Ride. Other essential facilities for a       If you want a superb town, you need
 Area Action Plan (NCAAP). Comments           sustainable community will also be           highly attractive, useable and safe
 are invited on the Proposed Submission       provided, including schools, water,          public spaces. Most of the time we are
 version of the document until 21             sewers, shops, energy and green space.       hardly aware of the paving under our
 December 2009.                                                                            feet or the style of a bench. It’s often
                                              This is the final stage for the draft
 The NCAAP will provide a planning            NCAAP before it is sent to the               not until something is wrong, broken
 and design framework for north               Government, which will hold an               or inconvenient that we suddenly
 Chelmsford to allocate land, shape           Independent Examination before               notice the infrastructure and spaces
 new development, and identify                deciding if the plan should be adopted
                                                                                           around us!
 opportunities, constraints and areas for     by the Council. The first two public
 protection.                                  consultation stages were an ‘Issues and      What is public realm? It is the freely
                                              Options’ document in August 2007 and
 The NCAAP implements in detail the                                                        accessible space we all see and use, for
                                              a ‘Preferred Options’ document in
 strategy in the Borough Council’s                                                         example streets, roads, footpaths,
                                              December 2008.
 adopted Core Strategy and                                                                 forecourts, squares, parks and rivers.
 Development Control Policies DPD,            After the closing date, the Council will
 which sets out the overall amount of         analyse all the comments received, and       The main spaces of the town need to
 new development and the broad                make amendments where possible               be comfortable and inviting without
 locations. The NCAAP contains                before sending the draft NCAAP to
                                                                                           being obvious. Chelmsford’s public
 proposals for expanding existing             the Government. Representations
 neighbourhoods in north-west                 raising more substantial objections will     spaces, while not bad, are a little tired.
 Chelmsford by up to 800 houses, and          be dealt with at the Independent             Over the coming years, the town will
 by creating new communities north            Examination, with hearings anticipated       see major changes, so it’s sensible to
 east of Chelmsford to provide at least       to start in June 2010. All those who         prepare for them. Improving spaces
 3,200 houses.These new neighbourhood         make a comment can ask to attend the         needs coordination – hence the
 areas will be served by strategic            hearings.                                    Chelmsford Town Centre Public Realm
                                                                                           Strategy. The Borough Council has
                                                                                           been working with Essex County
 Statement of Community Involvement                                                        Council in producing the strategy
                                                                                           which paves the way for public realm
 Tell us how we should involve you            before making decisions on planning          projects later.
 in local planning matters.                   applications and preparing new
                                              documents.                                   The overall aim of the strategy is to
 As a planning authority, Chelmsford
 Borough Council is committed to              The Chelmsford Borough SCI is under          further improve Chelmsford town
 producing a Statement of Community           review and a new draft version is            centre’s image by creating an attractive
 Involvement (SCI).This explains how we       currently in consultation. Please make       and unique public realm that
 will consult residents, businesses, parish   your views known before the final SCI is     encourages greater use, enjoyment and
 councils and other community groups          adopted, by 21 December 2009.                enhances economic activity.
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  Site Allocations Development Plan Document
 Consultation on Potential Options               What does the SADPD say?
                                                 The SADPD covers a wide range of
 We want your views on sites for future
                                                 different land-uses across the borough. A
 development and protection
                                                 few are summarised below:
 The Site Allocations Development Plan
                                                 GREEN BELT BOUNDARY - the
 Document (SADPD for short) is a plan
                                                 document updates the borough’s Green
 which will allocate land for development
                                                 Belt boundary. A number of changes are
 and protection to 2021. It will identify land
                                                 proposed including a new employment
 for uses including housing, employment,
                                                 site at Temple Farm.
 transport, community use, leisure, retail
 and environmental protection. It also deals     SETTLEMENT BOUNDARIES - new and
 with the boundaries of villages,                updated settlement boundaries for
 Chelmsford and South Woodham Ferrers.           Chelmsford, South Woodham Ferrers and
 The SADPD affects the whole of the              most of the borough’s villages are
 borough, excluding areas covered by             proposed within the document.
 separate Area Action Plans (Chelmsford
 Town Centre, already adopted, and North         PROPOSED AFFORDABLE HOUSING                      GYPSY,TRAVELLER AND TRAVELLING                 What happens next?
 Chelmsford).                                    SITES – sites are suggested for new              SHOWPEOPLE ACCOMMODATION                       Following the consultation, a feedback
                                                 affordable housing on the edge of                – the consultation document asks for           document will be produced setting out
 What would we like you to tell us?              Chelmsford, Danbury, Bicknacre, East             suggestions for where new sites could be       the main issues raised.This will be used to
  What do you think of the potential            Hanningfield, Great Leighs, Margaretting,        located. Under statutory duties, the           inform the Borough Council’s final
   sites and boundaries for development          Roxwell, Runwell and West Hanningfield.          Borough Council must provide a further         SADPD which will also be subject to
   and protection?                                                                                28 pitches within the borough by 2021 to       public consultation in 2010. Before this,
                                                 HOUSING PROPOSAL SITES - 24                      allow the safe and legal encampment of
  Do you have other suggestions for                                                                                                             further consultation on potential sites for
                                                 potential new housing sites are set out          Gypsies and Travellers, which should
   sites and boundaries?                                                                                                                         new Gypsy,Traveller and Travelling
                                                 within built-up areas of the borough.            prevent the occurrence of unauthorised         Showpeople accommodation will be
  What do you think of the                      These include land at Shearers Way               camps.                                         undertaken early next year.
   sustainability appraisal that has been        (Boreham),The Nest (Edney Common)
   done on the sites?                            and various sites in Chelmsford’s Urban                                                         Please see the SADPD for further
  Any other comments                            Area.                                                                                           details and plans.

How can I get involved?
How can you comment?                             for consultation at http://consult.              Events
 Please do this online using the NEW   or we can send                 As this edition of Life went to print,
  consultation portal at http://consult.         you a copy on CD, or a paper copy on             a number of exhibitions were being
                                                 request. A copy can also be viewed at            arranged. Council officers will be on
                                                 the Civic Centre Planning reception desk         hand to explain the plans in more detail,
 Alternatively, you can complete a              in Duke Street, libraries in the borough,        and large versions of some of the maps
  consultation response form, which              South Woodham Ferrers Community                  will be displayed. For details of these
  is available from the Planning Policy          Information Centre and at Parish                 events please visit the Council’s website
  Team (contact details below)                   Offices. You can also visit one of our           at and check
 Representations can also be                    exhibitions—see ‘Events’.                        regularly for further updates.
  made by email to repsonline@ or by post to
  LDF Representations, Planning                   DOCUMENT                                         Consultation starts   Consultation finishes

  Policy, Directorate of Sustainable              Site Allocations Document                        27 October            21 December
  Communities, Chelmsford Borough                 North Chelmsford Area Action Plan                27 October            21 December
  Council, Civic Centre, Duke Street,
                                                  Chelmsford Town Centre Public Realm Strategy     10 November           21 December
  Chelmsford, CM1 1JE
                                                  Statement of Community Involvement               10 November           21 December
Where can you get copies of                       Stock Village Design Statement                   10 November           21 December
documents?                                       Please note: The Borough Council is unable to accept any comments received after 4.45pm on 21
You can view the documents out                   December 2009. All comments will be published.
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Recycling and Green Issues

Plastic Fantastic
By popular demand… the kerbside                    Recycling, Councillor Janette Potter, is
collection of recyclables is being                 delighted at the new service, commenting:
extended to include ‘non-bottle’                   “This is a key part of the ongoing strategy
                                                   to encourage higher levels of recycling.
                                                   Local residents have asked us to recycle
Until now, only plastic bottles could be           all plastic from the kerbside, so I’m really
recycled through the kerbside collection           pleased that such a service has been
scheme, but from the beginning of                  introduced in Chelmsford. This new
December 2009, a much wider range of               service will help to boost recycling rates
plastics can be added to the clear plastic         and help us meet our target to recycle at
collection bag.These include food trays,           least 40 per cent of our household waste
yoghurt pots, ice cream and margarine              by 2011.”
tubs, plastic carrier bags, lids, cling film and
                                                   The introduction of a collection of
other plastic wrapping.To ensure that
                                                   mixed plastic is part of the new Strategy
these plastics can be successfully recycled
                                                   and Improvement Plan for Recycling
they need to be clean and free of any
                                                   and Waste Collection Services in the
food traces.
                                                   Borough adopted by the Council in April
 ‘Hard plastic’, for example garden                2009. This has the twin aims of reducing
furniture, plastic toys DVD/CD cases,              the total amount of waste generated
washing up bowls, bubble wrap and                  from each household and increasing
expanded polystyrene packaging, however,           the proportion of the waste that can
cannot be included as these cannot be              be reused, recycled or composted.
reprocessed in the same way.                       Challenging targets have been set to
For more information on what can be                reduce overall waste produced by
recycled through your kerbside collection          at least 20 per cent and increase the
scheme, visit Chelmsford Borough                   proportion recycled or composted to at
Council’s website at www.chelmsford.               least 50 per cent by 2013. A new leaflet describing         Chelmsford can now enjoy a
how to sort your materials for recycling           comprehensive, year-round kerbside
and composting, including a section on             collection service of materials for
the new mixed plastic collection is being          recycling and composting. Further
delivered to households in Chelmsford              improvements planned in the next
along with the new collection calendars.           couple of years should allow the
Collections for the mixed plastic will be          separate collection of food waste so that
made for the first time on 7 December              it can be composted, rather than sent
2009 and then every two weeks,                     to landfill sites for disposal. This should
alongside the existing recycling collection.       significantly increase the proportion of
Chelmsford Borough Council’s Cabinet               material that is reused, recycled and
Member for Waste Management and                    composted.

Ask Recycling Rebecca                                                                             Hi Marny                                      at the paper mill due to the levels of
                                                                                                                                                contamination.Therefore wrapping
                                                                                                  That’s a good question and it is important
                                                                                                                                                paper, together with the many different
                                                                                                  that the reason is explained.
                                                                                                                                                types and grades of cardboard that are
                                                                                                  The colour of the material and the            collected, is taken to Essex Reclamation
                                                                                                  recycling process involved is the answer      in Witham where the materials are
                                                                                                  here. Greetings cards are usually white       sorted into different grades before being
                                                                                                  and contain high quality fibres. For this     transferred for recycling. This card is then
                                                                                                  reason they are included in with paper        recycled into a range of different products
In this edition, Chelmsford                        Dear Recycling Rebecca,
                                                                                                  and sent directly to Aylesford Paper Mill     including food packaging, animal bedding
Borough Council’s                                  I’m a mother of three, and always collect      in Kent. At this reprocessing plant the ink   and home insulation.
                                                   a high volume of greetings cards and           and any decoration is removed from the
recycling agony aunt,                              wrapping paper on family birthdays and         card and it is then fed into a huge pulping
                                                                                                                                                Don’t forget to buy recycled Christmas
                                                   especially at Christmas. I recycle all of                                                    cards and wrapping paper this year.
Recycling Rebecca, answers                                                                        machine to be recycled into next month’s
                                                                                                                                                Most supermarkets and card shops
                                                   our greetings cards and wrapping paper,        newspaper.
more of your questions                             but what I find puzzling is… why do the                                                      have a recycled range to select from.
                                                   greetings cards go into my paper sack and      The process is different for wrapping         Alternatively, you can send an electronic
about how to reduce, reuse                                                                        paper as it often contains foil and other
                                                   the wrapping paper go into the card sack?                                                    card. These can be interactive and some
and recycle more.                                                                                 materials such as tape. If this is put into   can be very funny, costing nothing more
                                                                     Marny from Danbury           the paper sack it could be rejected           than an internet connection.
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Save our parks, save the world!
They’re not just lovely to look at. Parks and other green spaces play a vital
role in enhancing our natural environment and reducing the effects of
climate change.
Consequently, in recent years the              Tackling Climate Change
Council has made some changes to the
management of our borough’s parks              Gardeners and park managers have
and green spaces. An example of this           long been aware of the importance of
is mowing areas less frequently and            seasonal and climatic changes, well before
less short. Large areas of grass that are      “Climate Change” became buzz words in
constantly mown to a short turf are not        the media.
very wildlife friendly, so certain areas are   Much of the focus on how we adapt to
now left so that grasses and other plants      the changes affecting public and private
can flower and provide new habitat for         gardens, seems to be on how to cope
many species. One additional benefit           with hotter, dryer summers. However,
of such meadow development is that             simply changing to drought-resistant
we can now produce and sell hay crops          species is not the solution. A more
from some of our larger sites.                 effective approach is to think how can
On a visit to your local park, you may         parks and gardens help us to adapt to
spot bird nest boxes, special bat shelters     climate change and support native plants
                                               and wildlife.                                 Did you know, for example, that parts           which is critical to moderating urban
on tree trunks and in some areas log
                                                                                             of Admirals Park and Central Park               temperatures. Grass surface temperatures
piles and dead timber that has been left       Urban parks and gardens, including            are designated as flood plain and help          are typically around 12 C lower than
to provide habitats for small creatures.       our own back yards, are a natural             prevent flooding to residential areas if        hard surfaces, with another six degree
In some less frequented places, and only       infrastructure, as critical to the support    the River Can bursts its banks?                 reduction where shaded by trees.
when safe, the Council may leave dead
                                               of urban life as roads, drainage and
trees standing which are used by certain                                                     2) Detaining flood water                        4) Providing shade under a tree canopy
                                               sewers. Just like these, they too require
nesting birds such as woodpeckers. The                                                       Consideration is being given to the             In addition to proving shade, trees not
                                               investment and not just of the financial
planting around our borough’s parks and                                                      creation of more parkland ponds and             only filter pollutants in the air but also
                                               variety.Time and effort in planning for
green spaces also includes more species                                                      lakes for the storage and harvesting of         serve as hosts to an abundance of
                                               change is also essential.
that attract butterflies and other insects                                                   water for irrigation - avoiding wasting         wildlife.
that provide food for birds.                   Parks and gardens can play four key           energy and generating emissions on
                                                                                                                                             Our parks and gardens are precious
                                               roles in helping to reduce the effects of     cleaning water for such purposes.
All these, and other management                                                                                                              and deserve to be cherished as special
measures, aim to not only support and          climate change:                               3) Cooling through lower surface                assets to communities. For more
encourage more wildlife into our parks         1) Allowing natural drainage                  temperatures                                    information about your local parks, visit
and open spaces, but also to contribute        Our green spaces are porous and serve         Public spaces that are softer, greener and      Chelmsford Borough Council’s website
to your experience as a visitor.               an important role in flood prevention.        more natural, store water more effectively      at

Check your oil-fired heating system before the winter sets in
                                                                                             Investigations revealed that a nearby           replacement oil.
                                                                                             resident had lost over 500 litres of oil
                                                                                                                                             If you do have an oil spill or suspect a leak
                                                                                             when their tank leaked.The oil soaked
                                                                                                                                             from your central heating oil system, you
                                                                                             into the ground and traveled underneath
                                                                                             their neighbour’s house and into the pond.
                                                                                             Prompt action in collaboration with the          Isolate the oil tank
                                                                                             Environment Agency reduced the impact            Prevent further loss of oil if possible
                                                                                             on wildlife but even now, the clean up is        Talk to your supplier about removing
                                                                                             still going on.The final cost is yet unknown,     the remainder of the oil as an
                                                                                             but luckily in this instance the resident was
                                                                                             covered by their insurance company.
                                                                                                                                              Notify your local water authority
                                                                                             Heating oil is toxic to plants and animals,
                                                                                             a threat to wildlife habitats and a danger       Contact the Environment Agency on
                                                                                             to surface and underground water. If a            0800 80 70 60
                                                                                             water company’s drinking water source            Contact Chelmsford Borough Council
As winter approaches and                       of pollution incidents across Essex and
                                               the South East caused by faulty or badly      is affected the clean up costs can be in          Environmental Services on 01245
temperatures fall, many
                                               maintained domestic central heating oil       excess of £1million.                              606800 if any odours are detected
people arrange to have their                                                                                                                   within occupied buildings
                                               systems. In 2005 alone, there were nearly     So, when having your boiler serviced, for
oil-fired central heating                      200 reported incidents. Leaked oil can be     greater peace of mind, get the service          For details of Oil Firing Technical
boilers serviced and often                     very difficult and expensive to clean up as   engineer to inspect the integrity of your       Association (OFTEC) registered engineers,
have large quantities of                       a recent example illustrates:                 oil storage tank and pipework at the            call 0845 6585 080 or visit their website
heating oil delivered too.                     Earlier this year, Environmental Services     same time. It is also worth checking your       at OFTEC also publish
Unfortunately, over the last few years         were called to investigate the smell of       household insurance policy covers you           guidance notes on tanks and supply pipes
there have been an increasing number           oil at the village pond in Margaretting.      for cleaning up spills and not just for the     available as downloads from their website.
     12 |

Community & Support
Garden Waste: to burn or not to burn?
As autumn sets in, many residents will be tidying up their gardens ready               days such as bank holidays when the
for winter. Bonfires are a popular way of disposing of some of the garden              family may be in the garden and never
waste but do you know how to go about it responsibly?                                  have one when they have their washing
Convenient and enjoyable they may be,      How can I have a bonfire without            Of course, to be completely certain that
but bonfires can cause a real nuisance     causing a nuisance?                         you won’t upset your neighbours, it’s best
to neighbours.                             It may be possible if you observe the       to find an alternative method of disposal.
Think it is illegal to have a bonfire at   following advice:
certain times of the day or on certain                                                 How can I get rid of my garden
                                            Think about how close the bonfire is      waste without burning it?
days of the week but permitted at other        to other properties
times? Think again! To help you clearly                                                You can recycle most garden waste
understand how to manage a bonfire          Never place anything other than dry       in your brown wheelie bin which is
responsibly here are some Frequently           organic matter on the fire. If garden   collected once a fortnight by the Council.
Asked Questions and Answers:                   waste is damp it will smoulder rather   Any excess can be taken to the local
                                               than blaze and will be more likely to   Household Recycling Centre. To find
Are there any Bye Laws                         cause a smoke nuisance                  out where your nearest site is, or to
prohibiting bonfires?                       Make sure plastics, chipboard and         get opening times, please phone Essex
No, there are no Bye-Laws and there            painted materials are not mixed in      County Council on 0845 603 7625, email
are no prescribed times when bonfires          with the waste as these will cause or visit
may or may not take place.                     heavy smoke and/or toxic fumes          their website
                                            Wind may blow smoke away from             Composting is an excellent means
Is there any legislation covering              residential properties and the road     of disposing of garden waste and will
bonfires?                                      when the bonfire is lit, but wind       provide you with a great soil improver
Yes. If the Local Authority determines         direction can change! You may be        to reuse on the garden in the future.
that a bonfire is causing a smoke              surprised at how far the smoke and      Further information on composting and
nuisance, it can take action under the         odour will travel.                      obtaining a compost bin can be found on          to calmly discuss it with them. It may
Environmental Protection Act 1990. A       If you do decide to have a bonfire be       our website at            be that they are not aware it is causing
formal Nuisance Abatement Notice           courteous and forewarn your neighbours.     recycling.                                       a problem and are willing to resolve
would be served requiring the person       They can then take some precautions                                                          matters. If this fails, contact Chelmsford
responsible stop the smoke nuisance        such as not hanging the washing outside     What should I do if I am affected                Borough Council’s Environmental
and prohibit any further nuisance. You     and will also be less likely to complain    by bonfire smoke?                                Services on 01245 606800 or visit
can be fined up to £5,000 for breaching    about you! Choose a day which would         If your neighbour has a bonfire and it           Chelmsford Borough Council’s website
such a notice.                             cause least inconvenience to them - avoid   causes you annoyance, the best thing is          at

                                                                                       Volunteering in an Emergency
  Community TV
  Ten 40-inch plasma screens will soon be installed in a range of
                                                                                       The news of late has sadly been filled with examples of when disasters
                                                                                       cause chaos and devastation to local communities – the Australian bush
  venues across the borough as part of a new initiative by the Safer                   fires in August, the Scottish floods in September and more recently the
  Chelmsford Partnership to make Chelmsford an even safer place                        tsunami that hit Samoa.They can strike anywhere and at any time, and
  to live, work and visit.                                                             the best chance communities have of coming out of them as unscathed
                                                                                       as possible, is to be well prepared.
  The community TVs will be located        Chelmsford Borough Council’s
  in venues which research shows           Cabinet Member for Safer                    Representatives from Parish Councils
                                                                                       throughout the Chelmsford Borough
  obtain maximum coverage, including       Communities and Chair of the Safer
                                                                                       attended an emergency planning briefing
  hospitals, doctor surgeries, leisure     Chelmsford Partnership, Councillor
                                                                                       session in the District Emergency Centre
  centres, supermarkets and cafes.         Ian Grundy, explains: “The Safer
                                                                                       on 21 September to update local
                                           Chelmsford Partnership continues
  Community TV will enable the                                                         community emergency teams on the flu
                                           to work hard to make Chelmsford
  Safer Chelmsford Partnership                                                         pandemic and other emergency planning
                                           the safest town in Essex. This
  to keep residents updated with                                                       issues, and seek their help in the initial
                                           flexible, fully managed system means
  the latest community safety                                                          manning of rest centres. Rest Centres
                                           messages can be upload daily on             provide emergency shelter in village halls,
  information. There will be an
                                           emergencies, events and appeals.”           schools and sports centres if people
  ongoing programme of community
  safety advice focusing on the key        The Safer Chelmsford Partnership            have to be evacuated from their homes
  issues faced by the residents, such      is looking forward to launching the         because of a major incident such as a
  as reducing anti-social behaviour        Community TV in the New Year and            fire or flood, for example. Chelmsford
  and crime prevention messages.           welcomes feedback on this new tool          Borough Council’s Principal Emergency
                                                                                                                                        start the registration process for those
  Community TV will also be used           for public engagement. To submit            Planning Officer, Kelvin Ward explained:
                                                                                                                                        requiring shelter.
  to transmit information about            your comments, you can email                “By enlisting the help of local volunteers
  various community events taking           who live within the parish, we will be able      If you think you can keep your head in
  place across the borough, together       or call 01245 606477.                       to provide a faster response if and when         an emergency and provide a valuable
  with emergency information such                                                      we need to open a rest centre in an              support to your community in a crisis,
  as appeals for missing persons and                                                   emergency.” Local community emergency            contact your Parish Council about
  information on wanted criminals, or                                                  teams have been provided with a box of           becoming a part of your local community
  flu pandemic information.                                                            initial rest centre supplies with instructions   emergency team. For more information
                                                                                       on how to set up a rest centre and               visit
                                                                                                                                  | 13

Working together to care
Numerous public organisations that work within our community contribute to our everyday lives but do
you know that these organisations work together to deliver public services more effectively?

Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs)            One such project is the Chelmsford          to strength. Some of their activities
incorporate members from the public,           RiverCare scheme.                           include litter picks and other
private, community and voluntary                                                           conservation tasks along the banks
                                               RiverCare is a network of volunteer
sectors to work together effectively                                                       of the river Chelmer in the town
                                               groups across the Anglian Water region
to deal with problems and make                                                             centre, with the help of Chelmsford
                                               who tackle litter problems and enhance
improvements, specific to the local                                                        Sea Cadets, Essex Waterways and the
                                               biodiversity at their local riversides.
area. The Chelmsford Local Strategic                                                       Chelmer Canal Trust.
                                               Rivers are important corridors of green
Partnership known as the Chelmsford
                                               space, they provide essential wildlife      Another RiverCare initiative has been
Partnership helps different organisations
                                               habitats and are places to inspire us and   the installation of flower baskets along
work together and deliver better public
                                               be enjoyed by all.                          the river railings outside the Meadow
services. Providing a wider range of
                                                                                           Shopping Centre and the Co-op’s
expertise means that the Chelmsford            RiverCare provides a great
                                                                                           town centre store, sponsored by local
Partnership can improve the quality            opportunity for residents to volunteer
                                                                                           businesses, and an additional litter bin
of life for residents in the borough           and work alongside other local
                                                                                           by the river, sponsored by McDonalds.
by planning and developing the local           people to help make a difference,
infrastructure, services and facilities in a   and to receive training and be able         The scheme continues to attract new
joined up way.                                 to participate in worthwhile and            members and has resulted in, not only         If you are interested in becoming a
                                               fascinating conservation activities such    ongoing improvements to our rivers            RiverCare volunteer or contributing to
One example of the ways in which the
                                               as surveying for otters.                    and increasing community involvement,         other local environmental conservation
Chelmsford Partnership helps improve
                                                                                           but through its involvement, the Council      activities, visit Chelmsford Borough
the quality of life in our community is by     The Chelmsford RiverCare scheme
                                                                                           has further improved and strengthened         Council’s website at www.chelmsford.
funding projects that contribute directly      was launched in March of this year
                                                                                           relationships with local businesses., or call 01245 606800.
on people’s lives and their environment.       and has been going from strength

  International Day of People                                                              Keep warm for free this winter
  with Disabilities                                                                        Are you worried about the
                                                                                           cost of heating and insulating
  On 3 December every year,                    of local organisations including            your home?
  International Day of Persons                 Chelmsford Area Access Group and
  with Disability (IDPwD)                      The Essex Participation Network,            You could be eligible for free or
  is celebrated worldwide,                     and is in aid of ‘Help for Heroes’ -        discounted energy efficiency measures
                                               a charity that supports wounded             through the Hertfordshire and Essex
  recognising the achievements
                                               soldiers.                                   Energy Partnership (HEEP). As part of
  and contributions of disabled
                                                                                           the partnership, Chelmsford Borough
  people. Last year Chelmsford                 Come along and meet some real               Council can offer Government funding to
  Borough Council hosted                       live military heroes and celebrate          residents in order to provide:
  a successful Chelmsford                      the achievements of disabled people          Cavity wall insulation at £99*
  event at the Marconi Club in                 around the world.
                                                                                            Loft insulation at £99*                     reduce CO2 emissions by around 1.3
  Galleywood. This year looks
                                               Look out for more information                Heating and renewable measures              tonnes. If your boiler is G rated and over
  set to be bigger and better,
                                               coming soon or contact Chelmsford                                                         20 years old, you may be eligible for a
  being held at Chelmsford                     Borough Council’s Access Officer            *subject to qualifying criteria, technical
  Sport and Athletic Centre in                                                                                                           free upgrade if anyone in your household
                                               Paul Houghton on 01245 606328,              survey and availability of funding.           meets the eligibility criteria.
  Melbourne.                                   For more information about Help             Around half of heat loss in a typical home    The insulation and/or boiler, may be free if
  From 10am until 4pm, a jam-packed            for Heroes, visit their website at          is through the walls and loft. If your home
                                                                                                       anyone in your privately owned, rented or
  schedule includes entertainment                                                          doesn’t have effective cavity wall and loft   leasehold home is:
  from the Chelmsford Mencap Dance                                                         insulation, you could be wasting over
  Troupe, musician James Maggs and                                                                                                        Claiming an income related benefit
                                                                                           £265 every year. Installing this insulation
  special guests at the celebration                                                        will help to prevent this heat loss and        Claiming working or child tax credits
  this year will be wounded members                                                        save you money on your heating bills.           with children under 16
  of Third Battalion, the Parachute                                                        Grants and/or loans are also available         Over 70 years of age
  Regiment. There will also be guest                                                       for properties with solid walls that need
  speakers on access issues and lots                                                       insulation.                                   How do I apply?
  more. Lunch will also be available on                                                    A new condensing boiler will convert          Simply call 0800 9806026 and the
  the day and a grand draw with some                                                       86 per cent or more of its fuel into heat     Council’s appointed agents, Climate
  really super prizes.                                                                     compared to 65 per cent for an old G          Change, will advise you on how to start
  Chelmsford’s IDPwD event is being                                                        rated boiler. Fitting a condensing boiler     making your savings and ensure that the
  kindly supported by a number                                                             and heating controls could reduce your        installation of energy-saving measures to
                                                                                           fuel bills by up to £235 per year and         your home is as easy as possible.
     14 |

Public Places and Spaces

                                              Get fresh and fit!
                                              Two new sets of revolutionary outdoor sports and exercise equipment will soon be coming to Chelmsford
                                              for residents to enjoy in Chelmer Park and Compass Gardens in South Woodham Ferrers, as part of a joint
                                              health initiative between Chelmsford Borough Council and NHS Mid Essex.
                                              A range of low impact, resistance-             whole community can enjoy without             NHS Mid Essex’s Director of Public
                                              based fitness equipment, suitable for          charge, without the need to book a            Health Improvement Jan Yates
                                              children and adults of all ages, will offer    session in advance or purchase any            said, “To support people in living
                                              users the opportunity to improve their         additional specialist equipment. I hope       a healthy lifestyle is one of our
                                              endurance, strength, muscular tone and         everyone enjoys using these new gyms.”        top 10 commitments and we are
                                              general well-being by using walkers,                                                         therefore very pleased to support
                                                                                             The Council is committed to
                                              cross trainer skiers, chest presses, push                                                    this partnership project. The gym
                                                                                             developing its range of sports
                                              hands yoga worktop and waist-twist                                                           equipment is suitable for people of all
                                                                                             and leisure activities for residents
                                              machines.                                                                                    ages and you don’t need experience
                                                                                             throughout the year. The new outdoor
                                                                                                                                           to use it. I hope that everyone will take
                                              In recent weeks, representatives from          gyms will provide an alterative source
                                                                                                                                           the opportunity to come along and get
                                              Chelmsford Borough Council, Braintree          of exercise and enjoyment. Chelmsford
                                                                                                                                           active for free.’ ’
                                              District Council, Maldon District Council      Borough Council’s Cabinet Member
                                              and NHS Mid Essex colleagues have              for Leisure and Culture, Councillor           Installation should take place around
                                              been to inspect and test the equipment         Ray Ride added: “We all lead very             the end of November. Once works
                                              first-hand at sites around the country         busy lives, often working long hours.         are completed, the Council will be
                                              where the outdoor gyms have already            This sometimes means that we cannot           holding events for residents of all ages
                                              been installed. Chelmsford Borough             find the time to focus on health and          to learn how to make the best use of
                                              Council’s Cabinet Member for Parks             exercise activities. These new outdoor        the new gyms. So not only could you
                                              and Heritage, Councillor Christopher           gyms will enable residents to exercise        start getting fitter before Christmas,
                                              Kingsley said: “I think this is a really       and have fun when they’re out walking         you’ll now also be able to work off that
                                              exciting thing to introduce to residents       the dog or enjoying the park with             Christmas turkey, pudding and mince
                                              in Chelmsford. It is something that the        friends and family.”                          pies in the New Year!

The Great Growing Race!                                                                      Make the most of the January sales!
If you’ve switched on the TV or                                                              Chelmsford Borough Council is running a parking promotion in January
opened a newspaper in the last                                                               at the Meadows Retail Multi Storey car park – just in time for stocking
few years, you can’t have failed to                                                          up in the sales! The Meadows Retail Multi Storey car park is ideally
notice the sudden resurgence in                                                              suited for access to both Chelmsford High Street and the Meadows
the popularity of allotments. From                                                           shopping area including Backnang Square and can be reached by
Jamie Oliver growing his own, to                                                             pedestrians without crossing the main roads. This car park operates a
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s                                                                Pay on Foot system which means you only pay for the parking you have
River Cottage and ‘Land Share’                                                               used, it is also protected by CCTV for added security, is well-lit, clean
website, and now Nigel Slater’s                                                              and served by two lifts.
latest series, ‘Simple Suppers’,
                                                                                             The reduced car parking charges will be
every celebrity cook worth their
                                                                                             available between Monday and Friday
balsamic is getting in on the act.            One particular success story this year
                                              has been the Avon Road Allotment site          in January. Major cards are accepted for
This media interest is fantastic and really                                                  transactions of £4 or more, in addition to
                                              development where Phase I has been
helps to highlight a worthwhile and                                                          normal payment by notes and coins with
                                              filled with existing and new tenants and
healthy hobby that is hugely rewarding.                                                      a full change facility at the Pay Stations.
                                              water has now been made available.
The only downside is that many councils
                                              Phase II of the development is being           From 1 January 2010, the tariffs will be:
are struggling to keep up with the
                                              scheduled for later in the year.
demand! Chelmsford Borough Council is                                                        up to 1 hour – 60p (40p cheaper)
no different with the length of allotment     For those prospective growers that are         up to 2 hours – £1 (50p cheaper)
waiting lists growing faster than the         particularly desperate to get growing,
                                                                                             up to 3 hours – £1.50 (80p cheaper)
availability of sites. Whilst we work very    another option available if they live within
                                              a parish boundary, is to contact their local   up to 4 hours – £4 (20p cheaper)
hard to ensure a good turnover of new
tenants in each of our sites, some of our     Parish Council to see if they have any         up to 5 hours – £5.70
waiting lists will continue to grow, which    allotment sites with availability. Although    Over 6 hours – £6.70
requires a degree of patience from            not a comprehensive list, the Councils does    The Meadows Multi Storey car park
prospective tenants. The Council’s main       have details of some of the Parish Council/
                                                                                             is open between 7.30am and 8pm
objective is to ensure that every available   private allotment sites on its website at
                                                                                             Monday to Saturday and 10am and
plot is allocated to a new tenant as
                                                                                             5pm on Sundays.
quickly as possible. We are also seeking      If you would like to register for one of the
to identify and allocate new sites through    Chelmsford Borough Council allotment           For more information about parking
the Council’s Local Development               sites, please follow the instructions on       in Chelmsford including locations and
Framework (LDF) planning process,             our website at the above address, email        tariffs, visit the Council’s website at
according to specified standards of  or call on, or call
provision.                                    01245 605571.                                  01245 606500.
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Leisure and Culture
                                                                                          On the trail of local art
                                                                                          As part of the Essex Summer
                                                                                          of Art, throughout September,
                                                                                          Chelmsford Borough Council, the
                                                                                          cream of the local art world and
                                                                                          local businesses joined forces to
                                                                                          deliver the Chelmsford Arts Trail.
                                                                                          The aims included developing
                                                                                          new audiences for the arts in
                                                                                          Chelmsford, supporting local
                                                                                          artists to raise their profile and
                                                                                          exhibit publicly within the town,
                                                                                          and encouraging local businesses
                                                                                                                                        hosted by Interior Angle Art Design
                                                                                          to collaborate with the arts
Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre                  and entertain audiences time and time                                                       gallery and the launch of Edible Arts
is once again getting ready                 again with all the fun and frolics that we                                                  Café all made the 2009 event unique.
to stage another fun-filled                 all know and love from a panto.               Developed and led by Chelmsford               The trail extended beyond the town
pantomime this Christmas. Jack                                                            Borough Council, Interior Angle Art           centre with studios open to the public
                                            With all the elements of the traditional
and the Beanstalk is a giant of a                                                         Design Gallery and Activate Visual            free of charge, including Hylands Stables
                                            pantomime and much more, Jack and                                                           Artists and the Lordship Barn at Writtle
pantomime and makes its grand                                                             Arts Group, this year, 3,000 people
                                            the Beanstalk is set to enchant and                                                         College. If you missed this year’s event,
entrance on Friday 4 December                                                             followed the Chelmsford Arts Trail as it
                                            excite audiences of all ages with this                                                      log on to
until Sunday 3 January.                                                                   transformed 47 shops and organisations
                                            classic adventure story for all the family.                                                 artstrail to view the comprehensive arts
                                                                                          into mini galleries, each exhibiting a
The Civic Theatre is much loved for                                                                                                     trail guide, keep up to date with exciting
                                            Featuring the hapless Jack and his            collection of work from a local artist to
providing audiences with a traditional                                                                                                  photographs, reviews for 2009 and
                                            sweetheart Jill, Dame Trot, their beloved     the public free of charge.
and spectacular family pantomime every                                                                                                  exciting developments for 2010. If you
                                            cow Daisy, a handful of magic beans
year, with last year’s Cinderella wowing                                                  An eclectic mix of artwork from over          are a visual artist keen to get involved
                                            and an enchanting beanstalk with a very
audiences of all ages. Continuing the                                                     50 artists, included installations, textile   next year, e-mail artstrail@chelmsford.
                                            mean (and huge) giant at the top of it!
partnership from the last two years,                                                      art, sculpture, photography, painting, for further information on how
One From The Heart and Chelmsford           Reserve your seats now by calling the Box     prints, illustration and ceramics. The        to register your interest. If you are a
Theatres co-produce the pantomime           Office on 01245 606505 or book online         trail also showcased the work of two          venue wanting to increase your footfall
with amazing attention to every detail;     at            Turner Prize-winners Grayson Perry and        and receive free extensive marketing
from the magical scenery and the            Tickets range from £12.50 to £18 with         Grenville Davey. Open studio events,          support, visit the website or e-mail
beautiful costumes to the casting of a      special rates for groups, families and        arts activities for all ages, an ‘Anonymous for further
fabulous company of actors who delight      schools.                                      Postcard Art Sale’, collective exhibition     information.

Chelmsford Theatre Winter Highlights
As those winter nights draw in, what better way to brighten up your                       Curious on 17 January - a one man
evening than a visit to the theatre? Theatre tickets also make the perfect                show based on the classic ghost stories
Christmas gift for that special person, so here is Chelmsford Theatres’                   of MR James. Following his sell-out
guide to Christmas for all the family.                                                    and critically acclaimed plays A Pleasing
If you’ve got a relative who’s fond of   helped to launch Jack Dee, Al Murray             Terror and Oh Whistle… RM Lloyd
a bit of nostalgia, the Civic Theatre    and Harry Hill, this evening features            Parry returns to take us on two new
welcomes Abba Mania from 14 to           three comedians and an MC who takes              terrifying journeys. Or maybe they’d
16 January, with their timeless show     us through over two hours of hilarity.           like to try Fern Hill on 21 January,
offering the perfect excuse to party                                                      which brilliantly conjures Dylan Thomas’
                                         For fans of the original film,
and shake off those January blues with                                                    romantic lyricism and passion.
                                         The Briefcase Blues Brothers are
classic hits including Mamma Mia, Voulez coming to the Civic on 30 January. This          Lastly, but by no means least, big kids
Vous and Dancing Queen.                  great family night out features a band of        (young and old) will love this year’s
There is a great choice for jazz lovers     internationally acclaimed musicians who       pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.
this winter, with the Hannah Horton         bring great soul and rhythm and blues         There are performances on from 4
Quartet on 29 November with a               to the stage.                                 December right through until 3 January,
tribute to the tremendous sax giant         Beyond the Barricade on 17 January            but tickets sell fast, so reserve yours
Stan Getz. On 16 January, the stunning      is the perfect night out for musical          now!
jazz funk grooves of Alicia Hart and her    lovers! Recreating original West End          For more information about these
band are back in town with a mixture        and Broadway musical hit songs, the           and other performances, or to book
of old and original material, and The       cast of past principal performers from        tickets go to
Glenn Miller Orchestra pays a visit on      Les Miserables perform songs from             uk/theatres or call the Box Office
24 January.                                 the most popular musicals including           on 01245 606505. Remember, you
If you know someone who enjoys a            Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King           can also purchase theatre tokens
laugh, treat them to a night at Jongleurs   and Blood Brothers, in this very special      at the Box Office which can be
who are back in Chelmsford on 21            concert.                                      redeemed at Chelmsford’s Civic
January with another line up of top         Know any drama fans? Why not treat            and Cramphorn Theatres, or any
comedians. From the comedy club that        them to tickets for A Warning to the          other theatre in the UK.
     16 |

Makeover for Riverside
If you’re a recent visitor to the            year programme of works will be              Chelmsford Borough Council’s Cabinet
Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre,              concentrated into two off-peak periods       Member for Leisure and Culture,
you may have spotted some of the             to minimise disruption to customers.         Councillor Ray Ride said: “Increased
exciting improvements that are                                                            demand for local, value for money
sweeping through the complex as              The current phase has focused on
                                             improving the sports hall and ‘dry’          fitness facilities meant that the Excel
part of a £2.9 million makeover                                                           gym at Riverside needed to be both
programme. The covered car                   changing facilities. Attention now
                                             moves to the Excel health and fitness        extended and refurbished to ensure it
parking area has been transformed
with a new pedestrian crossing to            facilities, improving the swimming pool’s    continues to provide a modern, high
access the centre’s main entrance,           changing area by upgrading cubicles          quality service. The Excel works will
and new lighting to make the area            and shower areas, and essential repairs      include an extra 60 square metres of          exception of aqua classes and Easyline
brighter and safer for customers.            to key plant and pipe work areas             floor space, new pieces of equipment,         circuits) and other facilities such as the
The whole of the external of the             of the swimming facilities. In order         plus an enhanced free weights and             ice rink are unaffected.
fabric of the building has also              for customers to benefit from these          stretching area.”
received a new lick of paint to              improvements by the New Year, the                                                          For information on alternative Excel
                                                                                          Please note that the closure periods          health and fitness during the closure
freshen it up.                               swimming pool facilities will be closed      are subject to change and customers           period, visit
Chelmsford Borough Council values            from Monday 23 November until the            are advised to call 01245 615050, visit
                                             week commencing 4 January 2010. The                                                        excelfitness. Alternative swimming
the feedback we receive from local                                                        the website            facilities are available at South
residents and users of our leisure           upgraded Excel gym and Studio One            riverside or look out for notices within      Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre.
centres, which has helped to shape           will close from Saturday 28 November         the centre for updates. The exercise          Please call 01245 605600 or visit
proposals for the changing room, pool        and is expected to reopen around             classes programme will continue using for their
and gym improvements. The two-               Monday 28 December.                          other areas of the centre (with the           pool timetable.

Gear Up and Get Cycling
Chelmsford Borough Council recently launched an exciting two-year cycling programme, funded by the
Local Strategic Partnership. If you‘ve never ridden a bike before or want to get back into the saddle after
a break from cycling since your childhood, then now is the time. A range of cycle proficiency and safety
courses are available, including the national ‘Bikeability’ scheme with Cycle Training East.The cold weather
is no excuse either as ‘virtual cycling’ and ‘spinning’ are also on offer!
According to cycling organisations,          challenges of riding off-road on             getting fit and active together as a family
there has been a 50 per cent decline in      mountain bikes, getting muddy by dirt        and have been working in partnership
cycling in one generation and more than      riding and trying tricks and jumps in true   with the Chelmer Cycling Club to deliver
90 per cent of youngsters have never         BMX style, the Council has a fantastic       a number of fun family bike rides, led
cycled to school. Chelmsford Borough         programme of courses led by qualified        by a qualified cycling instructor, during
Council is helping to tackle this trend by   instructors throughout the year. Visit the   the school holidays. There is even the
working with a number of local schools       Council’s website at www.chelmsford.         opportunity to borrow a bike so there’s
in the borough. During September and                       no excuses for mums, dads and other
October, schools were offered a unique                                                    family members to not get involved!”
                                             Chelmsford Borough Council’s Cabinet
opportunity to take part in up to five
                                             Member for Leisure and Culture,              For more information on cycling
free cycling coaching sessions with a
                                             Councillor Ray Ride is enthusiastic about    opportunities in Chelmsford, visit
British Cycling qualified coach.                                                                                                          Life is published by
                                             the opportunities available, commenting: or call           Chelmsford Borough Council,
For kids who enjoy the thrills and           “We understand the importance of             01245 606635.                                   Civic Centre, Duke Street,
                                                                                                                                          Chelmsford CM1 1JE.
                                                                                                                                          If you have any comments or suggestions

Taking strides to improve women’s sport
                                                                                                                                          regarding Life, please write to the Editor
                                                                                                                                          at the above address, or e-mail
                                                                                                                                          fax 01245 606689 or call 01245 606900.
According to studies, by the tender          Over the years, Chelmsford Borough
age of seven, many more girls than           Council has taken positive steps to                                                         Life is available in alternative
boys have already been put off sport.        encourage greater participation by                                                          formats including Braille, large
Previous participation studies showed        women and girls in sport, including                                                         print, audio tape and other
that around 40 per cent of girls             providing ladies only swimming sessions
                                                                                                                                         languages. Please call
drop out of sport by the time they           and ladies recreational and fitness                                                         01245 606900 or email
are 18 years old and almost half (44         mornings. The Council has also been                                               
per cent) of adult women in Britain          working on a number of initiatives
participate in little or no sport at all.    aimed at girls aged 14 years (Year 9)
However a focus on understanding             including providing ‘Body Boost’ and
and overcoming the psychological and         activities such as dance mats and street
social issues affecting women and sport,     dance.
such as self-confidence and perception                                                    These courses cost £16 each (or £27
of personal ability, has started to make     A recent success story is the ‘Running       for both) and are run on Tuesdays               Printed on environmentally
an impact. Sport England’s national          Sisters’ sessions at Chelmsford Sport        from 10am – 11am and now also on                friendly paper.
‘Active People’ survey (2007/8 data)         & Athletics Centre. The scheme is a          Wednesdays from 7pm – 8pm. For
showed that participation among              six-week progressive training course         more information on Running Sisters,
females increased from 2.57 million to       for women aged 16 years and over,            call Karen Stephanou on 01245 605664
2.81 million, an increase of nearly 10       catering for beginners to running in         or visit the Council’s website at
per cent over two years.                     a safe and supportive environment. 

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