John Whittingdale received a briefing on local policing issues from District Commander, Chief Inspector Craig Robertson.

John said: "I congratulate the local police on their success in keeping the levels of crime in the District among the lowest in the country. However, more needs to be done to tackle the problems of vandalism and youth nuisance by a small minority in order to ensure that the Maldon District remains a wonderful place to live".

 

John Whittingdale held a meeting with the new Chief Constable of Essex, Roger Bacon, to discuss policing issues.

In particular, John raised with Mr Baker the concern felt in Burnham on Crouch about the lack of police presence and the problems caused by young hooligans. The Chief Constable explained his priorities which were to release more police officers for front-line work on the streets, to keep police stations open and to have a quick response to all those attempting to contact the police. In particular, he promised that a police officer would attend every reported crime and that a neighbourhood policing plan would be established for every community in the County.

 


 

 

 

 

 

John Whittingdale recently had a meeting with Julie Martyn, Highways Area Manager for Mid Essex, to discuss road transport issues.

In particular, they discussed the roadworks on the A414 through Danbury which will necessitate the closure of the road for 12 weeks from 11th April. John was keen to ensure that those wanting to get to local schools or businesses would be able to do so and that work would be carried out as quickly as possible. Ms Martyn assured John that the works would be carried out throughout daylight hours from Monday to Saturday and that diversions would be well signposted. In addition, Ms Martyn briefed John on the work to be carried out at the top of Maldon High Street which will lead to a ten week closure from 5th January. Here too, work will go on over 6 days a week leaving Saturday to minimise the disruption for shoppers.

 

John Whittingdale holds regular meetings with local health providers to discuss the performance of the NHS as well as individual constituency concerns.

John is pictured here with Chairman of the Mid Essex Primary Care Trust, David Barron and Chief Executive, Sheila Bremner, together with fellow Essex MPs, Simon Burns and Sir Alan Haselhurst.

 

John Whittingdale opened the new Changing Rooms in the Promenade Park, Maldon.

Shown here with Chairman of Maldon District Council, Cllr Brian Mead, and Chairman of the Community Services Committee, Cllr Penny Channer, John formally opened the new facilities consisting of four main changing rooms, two referee rooms and two further changing rooms for people with disabilities. The new facilities were made possible by a grant of £187,000 from the Football Foundation together with additional support from Maldon District Council and the Liveability Fund. Following the opening, a demonstration football match took place between Heybridge Swifts Under 9s team and Maldon Saints Under 9s.