John recently attended NHBC’s Parliamentary event celebrating the Pride in the Job winners across the country and was particularly pleased to have the opportunity to congratulate the Site Manager of the recently completed St Luke's Park development, Mick Montgomery, who won Pride in the Job Seal of Excellence Award at the NHBC East Regional Finals.

John Whittingdale met Chief Inspector Ronnie Egan, Divisional Commander of Chelmsford and Maldon Policing Area, to discuss local policing issues including the levels of crime, police cover and the possible relocation of Maldon Police Station to the offices of Maldon District Council.

John Whittingdale said: “The Maldon and Chelmsford area remains one of the safest places to live with low levels of crime. However, it is essential that we keep it that way and I am very much aware of local concern about the level of police cover and response times. I strongly welcome plans to invest more in frontline policing and also the emphasis that Chief Inspector is putting on tackling Rural Crime, particularly in the Dengie Peninsula.”

John Whittingdale opened the 100th new home built by Chelmer Housing Partnership in the Maldon District. The house in Reminder Close off Park Drive is one of a development consisting of 27 affordable homes to rent and 12 homes for shared ownership.

CHP currently has (approximately) 9,000 properties throughout Essex and is working to have 10,000 homes in ownership by 2020. From April 2015 – March 2016 CHP built 286 new homes across Essex; 211 were for affordable or social rent, 67 for shared ownership and eight for market rent.

John Whittingdale said: “I am delighted that CHP is continuing to invest in new affordable homes in the Maldon District. I am very conscious of the acute shortage of social housing locally and these high quality homes, some at affordable rents and others for shared ownership, will  help to meet that demand. I hope that the new tenants will be very happy in their new homes”.

John is pictured with Cllr Peter Elliott, Chairman of Maldon District Council, Ursula Heelis, Chairman of CHP and Cllr Richie Miller, Mayor of Maldon.


 

John was pleased to lend his support to the David Randall Foundation

The David Randall Foundation was conceived by members of Maldon Cricket Club in February 2012 when David Randall, a member of the club since the age of 6, was diagnosed as having terminal cancer.

The Charity aims to encourage dedicated people to pursue their ambitions and give those with life threating illnesses the chance to live life to the full as long as possible. Its Patron is former England Captain and Opening batsman, Alistair Cook.

 

John attended a road safety awareness day in Burnham. The event which was organised outside the Co-op in Burnham saw the Essex Police roads policing team, Burnham speed watch group and the Safer Essex Roads Partnership on hand to answer any questions.

Following a fatal crash in Southminster in April and a serious crash in Bradwell on Sea in May, the event was aimed to raise awareness about speeding issues on the Dengie. Police have also been carrying out a number of speed checks across Burnham in recent months.

John Whittingdale said: “The number of road traffic accidents in the District has long been a matter of concern, particularly as a number have resulted in serious injuries or fatalities.  Overwhelmingly the causes of these have been excessive speed, alcohol or the use of mobile phones. All three are illegal and I welcome this initiative to get across the message that drivers must remain safe”.