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Information added 24 April 2017

Charity chest waxing

Residents may have seen a recent article in the local newspapers concerning the tragic death last year of a 24 year old dental nurse based at the Dental Studio in Bergholt Road.

Staff at the Dental Studio will be having waxing treatments in May and have roped in Colchester councillor Martin Goss to get involved too.

Sponsorship money is being collected for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) after dental nurse Elise Fitzpatrick died last year from a symptom-less condition called sudden adult death syndrome aged just 24.

Principal dentist Stephen Pitt (Chairman of the Braiswick Residents’ Association) has said that Elise's death was a massive shock for all at the practice. It is a condition which affects the heart but is symptom-less until something goes wrong but it can be picked up by an electrocardiogram scan, which is why he wants to raise awareness of CRY.

Stephen will be having his back and chest waxed on May 20 and admits he is feeling nervous.

He said: "We are quite hairy chaps and are very nervous because we think it is going to hurt. But it is for a really good cause.
On the same weekend some of our female staff are doing a 10 km run so hopefully it will be a good couple of days of fundraising.
We wanted to do something a bit bold."

To donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/waxadentistforelise

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Information added 29 March 2017

Proposed adventure golf course - 'Playgolf', Bakers Lane

The planning application in respect of the above proposal is being considered by the Colchester Planning Committee at its meeting on 30 March 2017. The officers' recommendation is that the application should be approved subject to conditions. For more details click on the following and then the link to the recommendations under item 7.2:
http://colchester.cmis.uk.com/colchester/MeetingCalendar/tabid/70/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/397/Meeting/321/Committee/13/Default.aspx

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Information added 2 February 2017

Urgent

Planning application submitted for Bakers Lane housing development proposals

Please see the attached link to Colchester Borough Council to see the details.

http://www.planning.colchester.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do;jsessionid=01C9F537D4AE4868867D3887EE77AD4D?action=show&appType=Planning&appNumber=170200

Make your voice heard by commenting on the proposals either online on the Council's planning website or in writing. The last date for receipt of comments is 28 February 2017.

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Information added 31 December 2016

Land in Bakers Lane Braiswick

Most residents should have received before Christmas a booklet from a company called 'Gladman Land'. This document sets out residential development proposals for up to 110 homes on green field land accessed from Bakers Lane. Brief details are given of the possible development and comments thereon are invited either by email or in writing to Messrs Gladman.

Clearly the proposals are very outline and it is by no means certain that an application for planning consent will ever be made. The use of the land in question for housing does not appear to be supported by the existing statutory Local Plan for the area or indeed the emerging new plan covering the period from 2017 to 2032. These plans have already allocated or propose the allocation of sufficient land to cover the housing needs of Colchester for the next 16 years. In addition the recently approved Myland & Braiswick Neighbourhood Plan does not provide any support for these proposals.

Subject to more detailed consideration of the issues, the Committee of the Residents' Association takes the view that, given the above situation relating to the Local and Neighbourhood Plans, the outline proposals put forward by Messrs Gladman are very speculative and opportunistic. The Association will be responding in detail to Messrs Gladman in due course and to assist in this would welcome comments from residents on the proposals. Residents are also encouraged to respond directly to Messrs Gladman and also make their views known to their elected representatives on Colchester Borough Council.

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Information added 29 November 2016

Important seasonal advice from the Colchester Police Crime Prevention Advisor

Taken from the Birmingham Mail - 15.11.16

"Black Friday scam warning for Amazon ahead of Christmas

Action Fraud has warned consumers to stay vigilant online in the wake of a new email scam

Amazon users are being warned of a new scam as we approach the bumper Christmas season and Black Friday on 25th November.

The annual shopping bonanza on November 25 will see a jaw-dropping £5 billion spent by British consumers - many of which will take to online retail giants like Amazon in a bid to get their hands on discounted items.

But Action Fraud has warned consumers to stay vigilant online in the wake of a new email purporting to be from Amazon, calling for your urgent action.

The UK’s official online safety group says the email is being sent to Amazon members, and non-members. Either way, they are warning you to NOT open the email, and NOT to reply.

The email claims there's been a problem processing your order and therefore it cannot be shipped until you click on a link to confirm your account.

This, however, is a phishing scam, designed to access your personal and financial information.

Given Amazon’s popularity and with the biggest shopping week of the calendar year less than a week away, it's likely a number of recipients will have recently placed an order with Amazon and may therefore be inclined to click the link in the email.

It is likely that the cyber criminals will have sent the emails to hundreds of thousands of inboxes in a bid to catch consumers out - and cash in on their vulnerability.

On its website Amazon says: "From time to time you might receive e-mails purporting to come from Amazon which do not come from actual Amazon accounts; instead, they are falsified and attempt to convince you to reveal sensitive account information.

"These false e-mails, also called "spoof e-mails" or "phishing e-mails," look similar to real e-mail. Often these e-mails direct you to a false website that looks similar to an Amazon website, where you might be asked to give your account information and password."

To protect yourself from responding to these e-mails and revealing sensitive or private information, Amazon says you can follow these rules:

Amazon.co.uk will never ask you for the following information in an e-mail communication:
• Your National Insurance Number
• Your bank account information, credit card number, PIN number, or credit card security code (including "updates" to any of the above)
• Your mother's maiden name or other information to identify you (such as your place of birth or your favourite pet's name)
• Your Amazon.co.uk password

What happens if I click the link?
1. If you do click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that closely resembles the genuine Amazon website.
2. Page one, asks you to sign in with your Amazon account email address and password.
3. Next, you will be taken to a fake update form.
4. The form asks you to supply your name, address, and contact details as well as your credit card details.
5. You'll then be advised to hit "save and continue" which will automatically redirect you to the genuine Amazon website.
6. With new access to your entire account, the hackers can then make purchases in your name, harvest more of your personal information and possibly conduct further fraudulent credit card transactions in your name. This also leaves you vulnerable to identity theft.

Tips to spot a fraudulent email
1. Spelling mistakes are a common tell-tale sign of a fraudulent email.
2. Be aware of any emails and pop-up windows asking you to click on a link or provide personal information directly in response.
3. A genuine email will only ever address you by your full name at the beginning – anything that starts ‘Dear customer’ should immediately raise your suspicions

Action Fraud tips if you've received a scam email
• Do not click on any links in the scam email.
• Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.
• If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
• Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.

Amazon says: "We take phishing and spoofing attempts on our customers very seriously. If you receive an e-mail that you think may not be from Amazon, please report it to us by sending the e-mail to moc.nozama|gnifoops-pots#moc.nozama|gnifoops-pots."
Alternatively, if you've been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud"

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Information added 22 November 2016

Useful information from the Colchester Police Crime Prevention Advisor

"I've just seen that the new Lidl shop near to Kent Blaxhill's is selling the 'Simulated TV' I am always recommending people should think about using. These make it seem, from outside, that a TV is on when in reality no one is home. They are low energy, using the power of a night light and Lidl's have them priced as £6.99, I don't know how good they are but it's worth a look.

Kind regards

Angie Pearson
Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor

Colchester Police Station
10 Southway
CO3 3BU
Tel 101, extn 436127
Mobile 07817 454366"

p.s. The Residents' Association is not endorsing this product or Lidl's shops. No doubt other shops stock this or similar products. It is up to residents to assess the value of this product and its suitability for their situation.

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Information added 16 September 2016

Essex Community Police Teams

It was confirmed earlier this year, and reported in 'Braiswick News' below, that the Community Policing Team would not be able to attend residents' association meetings nor parish council meetings. Instead they were in the process of setting up 12 local community meetings in partnership with Colchester Borough Council's community safety teams. A meeting for the Colchester area is to be held on Monday September 26, 2016 at 2 pm in the Greenstead Community Centre, Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester, CO4 3QE.

For further information on this and other local policing matters go to: http://www.essex.police.uk

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Information added 22 July 2016

Braiswick now in Colchester Borough Council Community Team Zone 4

As from 1 July 2016, Braiswick is now dealt with as part of Zone 4 of the Colchester Borough Council Community Services Team under manager Casey Harrison. This follows the reorganisation which saw the creation of the new Lexden & Braiswick Ward. For more information on the Team and the services it provides please follow the following link: http://www.colchester.gov.uk/Zone4

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Information added 25 April 2016

A Message from the Colchester Crime Prevention Advisor

Essex continues to say “No” to Rogue Traders in 2016

This year, Essex Police in partnership with Trading Standards and an army of volunteers will continue to build on our success of last year in raising community awareness of rogue traders.

Rogue traders are people who call at your door pretending to be qualified tradespeople and offering to do work on your home.
They may seem friendly and persuasive but too often they target vulnerable elderly people and recommend work is done that is not required, not actually carried out or carried out to such a poor standard it requires further work and expense to correct it.
They may claim to know your neighbours and have done work for them.
There is evidence suggesting burglars associate with rogue traders, so identifying and apprehending these individuals is essential in order to protect potential victims and benefit legitimate businesses.
Over 100 police personnel took part in our campaign last year and with help from police and community volunteers we;
• arrested 9 people
• seized 13 vehicles
• identified 358 offences
• seized property from rogue traders over the value of £1000
• delivered 5,639 leaflets
• sent a series of Essex Community Messages giving advice on how to deal with rogue traders to approximately 7000 people

Police personnel and volunteers got out into the community at libraries or friendship groups to warn of the tactics employed by rogue traders towards some of the most vulnerable in society.

Intelligence has been gathered all year and will lead to a well-informed operation this year.
Despite fewer resources, we want to send a clear message to rogue traders – Essex Police and Trading Standards stand together against this despicable crime.
We will do whatever it takes to improve individuals’ confidence so they can confidently say ‘No’ to cold callers.
Activities and safety tips will be shared through our social media channels.
Take a look at our advice to make sure you don't fall victim to a rogue trader.

Trading Standards advice is:
• Never hire tradesmen who knock for business at your door – you decide whether you want repairs on your home.
• Find a reputable worker from the ‘Buy with Confidence’ website managed by Trading Standards.

A genuine trader won't:
• Call without an appointment
• Ask you to go to the bank to withdraw cash or make a money transfer
• Offer to take you to the bank to withdraw cash for payment
• Ask you to pay in full before the work is complete
• Insist that you make a decision about the work offered on the spot
• Bully or scare you into doing the work
If you do think you need some work doing:
• Contact a Buy with Confidence accredited trader
• Get a number of quotes
• Get a written estimate detailing exactly what work will be carried out, how much it will cost and what the terms of payment are
• Take your time to make sure you’re happy with what you’re undertaking – ask a trusted friend/relative for advice
Rogue traders are not always trying to sell services, some rogue traders try to sell poor quality goods for highly inflated prices.
It can be difficult to refuse some sales people on your doorstep and you can be pressured into buying something you do not want or that is not good value for money.
However, be confident, and just say “No”.

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Crime and policing in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Watch Out for Storm Cowboys

Householders and businesses are being advised by Essex County Council Trading Standards against using cowboy builders or rogue traders if their properties have been damaged by the recent storms and high winds.

Legitimate builders, plumbers, carpenters and other craftsmen will be working at full stretch and Trading Standards is concerned that dishonest traders will take advantage of the situation to rip off vulnerable residents.

Traders who knock on your door or leaflet you may provide you with a false address or a pay as you go mobile number which cannot be traced.

Trading Standards advise people to speak to their insurance companies before engaging anyone to carry out repair work and to approach businesses approved by the insurers.

In the case of flood damage, electricity and gas companies may be able to make free inspections and advise on safety work.

If your house or property has been damaged by the recent storm, the last thing you need is a rogue trader adding to the problem. We would recommend using one of our Buy with Confidence traders, who have been audited and approved by Trading Standards.

You can find a Buy with Confidence trader or obtain advice and guidance on any consumer issue by calling the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506, who handle calls for Trading Standards or look on www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk
We would also urge residents to ensure that family, friends and neighbours are not ripped off by rogue or doorstep traders.

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