Questions and responses from the South Community Forum – 9 June 2009
Question Response – Chief Inspector Joe Wrigley
1 Why not publicise actions taken The police have a very good relationship with local media
against apprehended criminals, as and often use it to spread positive messages about good
this could be a deterrent? results and to attempt to reduce crime by demonstrating
their effectiveness in catching offenders. In relation to
criminal damage this is a challenge and the District
Commander intends to use the Central Division press
officer more to his advantage.
2 Do you agree that education on the This comment is again around the police challenge to the
impact of crime should start as early community to reduce criminal damage. We have two
as primary school age? dedicated schools officers who work full time from the
schools and they have criminal damage as one of their
objectives. In addition our PCSOs (Police Community
Support Officers) regularly visit schools. The 5 – 10 year
age group is critical for instilling behaviour/attitude. The
next level is to get parents and the wider family to
reinforce the message.
3 Does CCTV really help? Do CCTV CCTV is an effective crime reduction tool. The next
units require updating? generation of devices are wireless, and are much
cheaper, and more versatile as they are easily moved.
4 I would like to report the fact that I am aware of this issue, and have been trying to resolve
Dunmow Town Council has received the problems with engineers. Please ask the residents
some complaints from local residents concerned to make specific complaints direct to me.
regarding security lighting outside
Dunmow Police Station.
5 Speed watch campaign in Little I have passed this on to the road policing unit and they
Hallingbury is needed. Is it possible will look into this. In the meantime the community could
for a night time speed check by Police consider applying through the parish council to set up a
especially on Saturdays? Community Speed Watch scheme where members of the
community can get involved in dealing with this problem.
If you are interested I will ask the local officer to discuss
6 Could the criminal action initiatives This is already done and in addition we included it in our
discussed tonight form part of the youth day which took place at the end of July so that we
Crucial Crew programme delivered to can get the message across that criminal damage is just
primary schools children, warning the a stupid crime which no-one benefits from at all.
young people of the consequences of
Essex Police Continued…
7 Are you aware that there have been There have been accidents on this bend and recently
numerous accidents on a dangerous there was a fatal accident on this bend. The local Road
bend from Dunmow to Great Policing Unit (RPU) are doing a great deal of work like
Bardfield, near Brazenhead Farm, ‘Pit Stop’ and ‘Bike Safe’ days which have been held in
including fatalities? What is being our district (though not on this bend) in the Rodings and
done about it? just out of our district but close to this location at
Finchingfield. These are educational for motorcyclists and
we have continued to see a reduction in collisions in this
area. They also give riders an opportunity to go for a ride
alongside a police motorcyclist to de shown how to ride
responsibly. Additionally this route has been actively
‘targetted’ by the RPU for speeding offences and collision
reduction patrols. Recently our traffic management have
been conducting speed surveys in this area. The number
of recorded collisions since July 2005 along this stretch of
road but not necessarily on this bend is 14. Again I will
continue to ask our RPU to commit resources to this area
Essex County Council
Question Response – Peter Massie, Assistant Area Highways
8 Within the Highways capital budget for The figures on the presentation relate to actual works
last year, what happened to money carried out, therefore an actual spend rather than budget.
not spent? The spend for the West Area was within 1-2% of the
9 What is covered by the money spent Education, training and publicity; covering issues such as
on road safety? road safety awareness, cycle training, seatbelt use,
mobile phone use, drinking and driving, and targeting all
10 I have previously made requests to Footways are inspected; the frequency of inspection
make local footpaths up to a decent depends of level of use, but at least once per year
standard. I chased up my request in
December, but the footpaths in Regarding overhanging hedges; there are often private
question were only clipped last week landowner issues to deal with, which means we write to
of the over hanging branches. Your the landowner to request that they carry out the work at
department told me these areas were their own expense and it is preferred practise to
byways. Do you have byways communicate amicably with the landowner rather than
inspectors? Why is there not a take a strict legal enforcement approach.
quicker response when you receive a
report from a local resident? I would have to look into the reasons for the delay in
carrying out the work following your reporting of the
11 Regarding gritting, do you check grit It is checked by the contractor, however, I would ask that
distribution levels on the trucks, as such issues be reported at the time it is witnessed, as all
there are instances where grit is trucks can be traced and using their on-board data
spraying over the bonnets of cars, capture devices we can see how the driver was driving
rather than being directed lower to and can take this up with him as necessary.
where it is needed.
Essex County Council, continued…
12 We had speed surveys in our area Our team would typically conduct speed surveys over 7
recently, but they were carried out days, and a 3 day survey would be unusual. However,
over three days during the week. Our this might occur where general data gathering is taking
problems related to bikes speeding at place, rather than a speed survey specific to our use.
weekends, therefore results would be
ineffective. I would need to respond to you once I have the details of
where and when this took place and have had an
opportunity to investigate.
13 Would it be effective to reduce street The Part-Night project is the result of investigation into
lighting by removing alternate bulbs? the most effective way of using energy whilst providing
street lighting at necessary times and under this project
each column is programmed. This is judged to be the
best solution by those who have expertise in the area of
14 Why doesn’t the street lighting work A new service has been ordered for the light. It had been
outside the police station in Great delayed due to other works being undertaken adjacent to
Dunmow? the site. It should be completed in August.
15 Who is responsible for alleyways? If it is not part of the public highway, the land will
The alleyways in Great Dunmow are generally be registered to adjacent landowners, who
restricted by vegetation. would be responsible for the upkeep of the alleyway.
Even if there were highway rights along it the adjacent
owners would most likely be responsible to keep their
vegetation cut back so as not to restrict/prevent its use.
16 Regarding maintenance of the B1256, Please could you contact me to let me have a more
what are the plans for dealing with the accurate location. firstname.lastname@example.org or
footpaths? Not all of the adjacent 01279 642500
land is privately owned. The
overhanging vegetation is dangerous,
and there is heavy traffic on this road.
17 Regarding the A120 from Dunmow Regular highway inspections are undertaken and any
west towards the banana factory, just dangerous defects will be rectified, so that the highway is
before the roundabout, there are new maintained in a safe condition. Its condition will be
holes in the surface despite repairs monitored and considered for wider-scale patching
last year. What action will you take? repairs as necessary.
18 Could Highways consider The proposed future introduction of Highway Rangers
implementing planned visits to the may facilitate this, and the future Local Highways Panel
larger towns or villages, along the would have opportunity to give such directions.
same lines as the planned parish
visits, whereby a Highways officer
accompanies the Parish Clerk and
assigns two workers for a week? It
should be possible to divide up towns,
or to assign the workers for a longer
period. I intend to take this up with
the Cabinet member.
19 Regarding the figures of £250K for No, this relates to costs associated with the depots used
salt storage, does this relate to salt for salt storage. Provision of salt bins comes under
bins for parishes? normal Highways maintenance.
Essex County Council continued…
20 On the B1256 between Takeley and The reason for this is likely to be manoeuvrability for
Priors Green, there is a pair of larger vehicles. There are proposals which I understand
roundabouts which appear badly may need to be audited, and there is ongoing dialogue
designed. The reason is that on with the local member and community on this issue with a
approaching them, drivers see the view to introducing additional measures to target the
island of the further roundabout, and issues raised.
drive straight out. I hear the proposed
solution is a humped mini roundabout,
but I am not convinced this would be
seen. This has been reported to me
by several people.
It is particularly dangerous at night or
in wet weather. Dialogue has been
21 I am concerned about proposed In April, ECC Highways was asked by Mike Ovenden at
changes to the footpath as a result of UDC to comment on a drawing submitted by Foxley
an approved housing development. Builders detailing the entrance to the site at Buildings
The changes affect the route, design, Farm. This showed a shared surface with a demarcation
layout and significantly compromise line and this office was happy with the construction as
pedestrian safety. The design has long as a 2 metre footpath width is provided. ECC have
been significantly altered from that stipulated to the planners that the footpath should not be
shown in plans accompanying the obstructed in any way and the 2 metres width should be
Planning Application for housing preserved.
development and there has been no
specific public consultation on the Should anyone wish to discuss the matter more fully
footpath. please contact Mike Ovenden at UDC as this is
essentially a planning issue.
Are there any on-going discussions
with Uttlesford Planning department?
If so, what progress has been made
and will there be an opportunity for
public consultation? If not, I would
like to raise this issue.
22 Could we have a presentation on Please would you contact me on
future plan locations for schools (both email@example.com to clarify what information
primary and secondary) in the you would like to receive?
Dunmow area please?
Question Response - Gaynor Bradley, Community
23 With reference to the consultation to Yes.
be carried out in the summer, will you
be sending details to Parish Clerks?
24 How does the family intervention The Family Intervention Officer will liaise and work
project interact with task teams? alongside the Anti-Social Behaviour Officer and will have
access to her networks
25 You referred to a ‘MemoCam’ – where The MemoCam will be used by Police Officers and is not
will it be situated? fixed equipment like CCTV.
Uttlesford District Council continued…
26 In view of the disappointing The notice is placed on our website and is sent to the
attendance levels tonight, should press. It is up to the relevant newspapers how much
there be a review of how these information from the notice is included. It is also sent to
meetings are advertised? Is the village magazines for inclusion. Parish Clerks are sent
format explained in advertisements? A4 leaflets for them to place on notice boards, and I
would ask that all Clerks help to publicise the meetings
as widely as possible. The content of the agenda and the
means of publicity are constantly under review
27 The concept of these meetings is Meeting held at Helena Romanes School - Hire – FOC
good, but in view of the poor Chair - £1255 (inclusive of attending briefings)
attendance is such a meeting cost- Councillors – mileage @ 40 p per mile *
effective? Could we have a Officers - evening meeting allowance set rate £27.18 x 2
breakdown of what this meeting cost? = £54.36
Mileage at 45.8p = £18.87
Committee Clerk (time off in lieu)
Mileage at 58.7p = £11.74
Printing costs - £50 approx
Total cost excluding Councillors mileage £1,389.97
Meeting held at Mountfitchet Mathematics and
Computing College - Hire - MMCC – £140
Chair - £1255 (inclusive of attending briefings)
Councillors – mileage @ 40 p per mile *
Officers - evening meeting allowance flat rate £27.18 x 2
Mileage - 45.8p (£9.61)
Committee Clerk (time off in lieu)
Mileage at 58.7p = £2.34
Printing costs - £50 approx
Total cost excluding Councillors mileage £1,511.31
*Not all Councillors claim mileage out of choice.
These costs relate to the District Council and not
28 Regarding eco towns, has a housing There has been a housing needs survey and a strategic
needs survey been done, and what housing land assessment, both of which are on the
were the results? Council’s website. A housing market survey is also being
undertaken. The overall housing targets for the District
are imposed via the Regional Spatial Strategy, prepared
by the East of England Regional Assembly.
NHS West Essex
Question Response – Michelle Bassett
29 Please could we have an update on At the time of the last briefing the PCT was awaiting a
the proposed Stansted Surgery meeting with the developer and his architect. I can
confirm that this meeting did take place and we were
provided with initial floor plans and departmental layouts
for the proposed scheme. The developer has had
discussions with Highways and they have confirmed that
a single entrance to the site from Chapel Hill and exit
onto Silver Street via the lower ground car park is the
preferred option. At our meeting we asked the developer
to go back to Highways and discuss the issue of
pedestrians crossing Chapel Hill and they confirmed that
they would do this. We discussed pedestrian access to
the site and it has been confirmed that a path can be
provided to run alongside the vehicular access way from
Chapel Hill and further design work will be carried out to
provide a drawing for us to review.
Following our meeting with the developer and receiving
the first issue floor plans, we have had two meetings with
the GP practice, including the developer, architect and
District Valuer and gave the practice the opportunity to
comment on the plans. As a result of these comments the
floor plans have been revised to accommodate the
practice's needs. We have also met with the dentist and
are due to meet with provider staff very soon in order to
inform a third full revision. The developers are meeting
with the council planners shortly, so we should be able to
provide further feedback following this meeting. We
should also get a better idea of a potential date for the
planning stage after this pre planning meeting, together
with the provider staff and further GP practice meetings.
30 It would be nice if agencies are down This comment has been noted, unfortunately the person
to attend they at least send a attending from NHS West Essex was taken ill at the last
representative along, even if it is a moment, however, this will be fed back to partners.
substitute to the advertised person.