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: email@example.com
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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!
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
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
Benefits Refuse and Recycling Collections www.chelmsford.gov.uk/swflc
01245 606879 01245 615800
directory www.chelmsford.gov.uk/benefits www.chelmsford.gov.uk/refuse Chelmsford Sport and Athletic Centre
Benefit Fraud Report Line Litter Hotline www.chelmsford.gov.uk/csac
enquiries... 0800 614469
0845 245 1234
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/streetscene Dovedale Sports Centre
Council Tax Environmental Services www.chelmsford.gov.uk/dovedale
Main Offices / Correspondence: 01245 606780 01245 606800
Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JE www.chelmsford.gov.uk/counciltax www.chelmsford.gov.uk/environmental Theatres
Office opening hours: Parks and Green Spaces www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres
8.45am to 4.45pm (Mon–Thurs) 01245 605566
8.45am to 4.15pm (Fri) Housing, Planning www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parks Museums
and Community 01245 605700
GENERAL ENQUIRIES/ MAIN NUMBER Car Parking and Enforcement www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums
01245 606606 Housing (office hours) 01245 606710
01245 606640 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parking Hylands House
MAIN FAX NuMBER (01245) 606693 01245 605500
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Emergency / out of hours Licensing www.chelmsford.gov.uk/hylands
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
www.chelmsford.gov.uk/planning 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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/enjoychelmsford
OUT OF HOURS EMERGENCIES www.chelmsford.gov.uk/buildingcontrol 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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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!
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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A dog is STRAY DOG SEIZURE FEES
1 APRIL 2009
for life, not Statutory 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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/ 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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/market 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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/events
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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/
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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/
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
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
Tickets from £8.20
The Centre’s Ice Show spectacular is the only
Festive Farmers Market
Sunday 20 December, 10am – 4pm
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: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/riverside. 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 www.farleighhospice.org. 14 January
Licensing & Regulatory Committee
The King and Queen Show
Saturday 4 December, 8pm – 12midnight 20 January
Venue: Hylands House Standards Committee
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.
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, www.chelmsford.gov.uk/committees.
fresh bakery, dried sausages and wine.
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A PLACE to be proud of Will you
empty for 12 years. The owner of the
property responded to a query from
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 chelmsford.gov.uk. 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.
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
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
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
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
* 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. www.chelmsford.gov.uk/elections.
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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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/counciltax.
£ 000’s Expenditure shown by service
20,000 One stop shop
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
to the public
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 gov.uk/runwellhospital, 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 email@example.com, 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. chelmsford.gov.uk.
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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
chelmsford.gov.uk 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
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,
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 chelmsford.gov.uk 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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/ldf and check
Representations can also be exhibitions—see ‘Events’. regularly for further updates.
made by email to repsonline@
chelmsford.gov.uk 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
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
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.
gov.uk/recycling. 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
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
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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parks.
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 www.oftec.org. 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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
may or may not take place. heavy smoke and/or toxic fumes their website www.essex.gov.uk.
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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/ 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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/bonfires.
Volunteering in an Emergency
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:
to transmit information about your comments, you can email “By enlisting the help of local volunteers
various community events taking email@example.com 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 www.chelmsfordresilience.info.
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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. gov.uk/neat, 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
www.helpforheroes.org.uk 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.
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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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/allotments.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call on www.chelmsford.gov.uk/parking, 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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/
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, gov.uk 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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres. 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 email@example.com 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 www.chelmsford.gov.
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.
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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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/
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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/ 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 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/swflc 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 gov.uk/holidaycourses. 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: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/cycling 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. www.chelmsford.gov.uk/csac.