News in brief


Recycling day

On Saturday 29 June, the doors of Chelmsford City Council’s Recycling and Waste Depot will be open once again. Residents can find out everything they need to know about recycling in Chelmsford. Find out exactly what happens to all the materials that they put out for collection.

The open day will be at Freighter House, Drovers Way, Boreham, from 10am – 2pm. Parking and entry are free of charge.

Pet first aid course

Basildon Council and the PDSA, will run another Pet First Aid Course on Tuesday 2 July, 2019 from 10am to 3pm, in Room 2 at The Basildon Centre, St Martins Square, Basildon, SS14 1DL. The course lasts for 4-6 hours and will deliver info through a range of case studies, video examples and practical exercises. It is for both secondary school learners and adults. Individuals will learn how to take steps to prevent and identify what to do in case of an emergency. To book visit or call 0800 9172509.

Volunteers sought

Volunteers are being sought to assist in operating the cliff lift in Southend throughout the summer holidays. Since reopening last year, the lift has proven popular with residents and visitors, all looking to see the fantastic views, the council have opened the lift seven days a week following requests.

The lift is operated by volunteers, who receive full training. from 10am – 4pm, with volunteers in place for four hour shifts. Each trip is 50p per person, with all income for maintenance. If you would like to volunteer, call 01702215620 or [email protected]

Closure order

A property in Southend-on-Sea has been served a closure order following a multi-agency operation into drug related activity.

On Tuesday 11 June 2019, officers from the Council, Essex Police and South Essex Homes served the Notice on 106 Quantock, Chichester Road, following evidence of drug activity in the flat and the surrounding communal hallways and staircases. The Closure Order lasts three months and the tenant is excluded from the property during this time. Whilst the property is closed, an application for possession action will be sought. Anyone seen entering the property can be arrested and faces up to 51 weeks in prison, and unlimited fine or both. This action was taken with evidence supplied by South Essex Homes, SEPS Security and Essex Police detailing the significant impact this behaviour was having on residents and the community


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