Braiswick News

Information added 7 November 2017

Colchester Neighbourhood Watch have passed on the following link for advice on a crime free Christmas Shopping trip.

http://bit.ly/2xpMHCy

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Information added 25 October 2017

Annual General Meeting of the Braiswick Residents' Association

The above meeting is to be held on 14 November 2017. By kind permission of the Colchester Golf Club, this will again be held in the lounge of
the club at 8.00 pm. In addition to our local County and District Councillors, Graham Stehle, the Chairman of the Colchester District Neighbourhood Watch, will be giving residents an over-view of the work of the Neighbourhood Watch in the Colchester area. Formal notices of the AGM have been delivered to residents.

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Information added 25 October 2017

Car crime - keeping your vehicle safe

Advice received from Colchester Neighbourhood Watch in connection with the above can be accessed using the following links:

Burglary to Obtain the Keys to Vehicles - http://bit.ly/2xDtFEc

Securing your Van or Car - http://bit.ly/2kwiLwD

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Information added 7 October 2017

Activity in the Lexden Dyke area

Information has recently been received from Mile End Councillor Martin Goss as follows:

"I just wanted to raise your awareness about some activity which came onto my radar following info from several concerned local residents.

Some vehicles have been seen in the area (one a Fiesta van 2012 plate) where adults/young adults have been seen getting out with tools, or people have been seen biking over with tools.

There have also been concerns raised about homeless people living in the woods.

Upon investigation it has been found that in the woods at the rear of the Phase 4 park in Apprentice Drive/Axial Drive that a large blue tarpaulin has been strung up between trees, a couple of fire pits have been dug out and a bike track is being dug out. It;s pretty obvious what is being burned.

All of the woods are in private ownership, but part of it is the listed Lexden Dyke which is looked after by English Heritage. The whole of the area is covered by a Tree Preservation order so absolutely no trees or digging is permitted.

The landowners of the woods have been advised of the intrusion onto their land and also the illegal digging in a tree preservation area. There are some exposed roots where the work has been undertaken. The people behind this work have been told of the TPO status and the fact the land is private but they are carrying on regardless. They claim to have the owners permission, but either way, TPO areas are protected and no work can be undertaken and a bike track would also need planning permission.

Formal investigations by the relevant authorities are underway due to the legal status of the area.

I wanted you to be aware due to the complaints received and also request you keep a look out for any suspicious activity."

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Information added 26 July 2017

Air Ambulance collections

We have been advised that the Essex and Air Ambulance Lottery will be canvassing for new members in Colchester and Harwich. They do not collect cash or any donations on the door, the new members they sign up agree to play / join via direct debit or cheque.

The canvassers are dressed in hi-visibility jackets / vests, and will also be wearing Essex & Herts Air Ambulance branded clothing. They carry picture ID cards.

The canvassers usually operate Monday-Friday between the hours of 9am-8pm and occasionally at weekends.

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Information added 14 July 2017

Draft Local Plan for Colchester

Residents may be aware that Colchester Council has published the draft new Local Plan for final consultations prior to being submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for independent examination. The six week period for public consultations on the 'Draft Publication Local Plan' is currently running and will end on Friday 11 August 2017.

This plan sets out the policies and proposals which the Council considers are the most appropriate to meet the needs of the Borough up to 2033 and takes into account the results of previous consultation exercises.

Residents can respond to the published document using the website http://www.colchester.gov.uk/currentconsultations or by using the link http://www.colchester.gov.uk/article/20074/3-Publication-Draft-Local-Plan.

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Information added 26 May 2017

New crime prevention information

New items concerning 'on-line' safety and how to help counter terrorism can be found in the 'Police & Local Crime Reporting' section

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