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Archive for January, 2020

Have your say! Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire

The Past; Some 10 years ago residents produced The Boreham Village Design Statement which recorded their agreed view for the future of Boreham. This has proven to be an important reference document within the planning processes and its existence has been vital in protecting our village environment. However, changes in planning legislation mean that the Village Design Statement needs to be replaced by a Neighbourhood Plan to which we, the residents, together with those who work or run businesses in Boreham have an opportunity to contribute. This Plan will help us produce our shared vision for the future, and influence the conservation, management and development of the village and the wider parish.

The Present; Our Neighbourhood Plan for Boreham will complement Chelmsford City Council’s Local Plan. Our Plan cannot contradict that of City Council, but it can add to it and make clear our wishes on a range of matters, such as housing, that particularly affect Boreham Parish. Once complete the Neighbourhood Plan will last for the life of the Chelmsford Local Plan, so through to 2036. More information on Neighbourhood Plans can be found on the Ministry of Housing,
Communities and Local Government website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/neighbourhood-planning–2

Boreham’s Questionnaire The legislative processes require wide consultation throughout the Parish and this concept is fully supported by the Parish Council. Accordingly, a Steering Group of residents was set up to collate the views of all those who live in, work in or run businesses in the Parish. It has been decided that the best way to start the process is by means of a questionnaire.
The Future and Your Opportunity; Could you please take a few minutes now to complete the Questionnaire and make your contribution to the creation of our Neighbourhood Plan which will last for 15 years or so. Our Questionnaire will be delivered to every household/ business in the Parish of Boreham. It is a key part of the process of developing a Neighbourhood Plan which, when completed, will be adopted by Chelmsford City Council as planning policy. It will then become a material consideration in the determination of planning applications and can influence the design of future development and environmental improvements in Boreham village. Your answers will be collated and used in the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan for Boreham

Please return your completed questionnaire by 31st January, you can put it into one of the collecting boxes at A.G. Smith Butchers, the Boreham Co op, Boreham Post Office and Boreham Pharmacy or you can post it through the letter box at the Parish Council office. If you have any questions please contact borehampc@hotmail.com
Please help us by filling out this questionnaire and YOU will have the opportunity to have a real say on the future development of Boreham village.

Play in the Park 2020 17 April, 5 and 12 August

The Parish Council is delighted to announce the dates for Play in the Park 2020 all from 10 – 12 at the Recreation Ground by the Village Hall.  We have wet weather facilities too in the Village Hall.

17 April

5 August

12 August

Play in the Park is free!  It is primarily aimed at ages 3 – 11.  Additional activities include Parcour, Creation Station and Face Painting.

Village Walks 2020 26 April, 7 June, 19 July, 13 Sept

The dates for the Village Walks in 2020 have been agreed.

26 April

7 June

19 July

13 September.

All start from Boreham Village Hall at 2pm.

Taking approx. 2 hours and about 4 miles in length.

Tea and biscuits at the Village Hall at the end.

There is no charge for the walk or refreshments.

All welcome!


Could you be the Boreham Special Constable?

Boreham Parish Council have agreed to fund a Special Constable for Boreham, but in the past year we have received no applications.  We would love for Boreham to be benefit from having a Community Special Constable, but it is reliant on people stepping up to volunteer.  All training is provided by Essex Police.  So if you think that you could be this special person in Boreham, please contact Essex Police for more details.  There have been a number of reported local issues coming through social media and it would be great to have a dedicated person in our village to follow these up.
You probably care most about the places where you walk, cycle or drive; where you exercise the dog, go for a jog, let your kids out to play or where you pop to the shops. You might have thought that you don’t see enough “Bobbies on the Beat” in these places? Well, why don’t you volunteer as a Community Special Constable and be that bobby?
We want a Special Constable in every community in Essex. We already have Specials working on local policing and community policing teams and across a number of specialist areas, but Community Special Constables are something new, something different, something that delivers visible policing at a really local level.
The majority of Special Constables will work in our main busy towns and cover large areas, responding to a wide variety of incidents and challenges. A Community Special Constable is more focussed, they dedicate their voluntary service to the area that matters most to them – their town or parish. In return the local council will pay the allowances and expenses of their officers and they’ll have a say in the issues that their local Specials deal with.
Community Special Constables will:
Be integrated into a Community Policing Team
Start and end their duty as close to their community as possible.
Spend the majority of their time within the council area’s neighbourhoods.
Be visible and accessible in local communities on uniformed patrol.
Help address local issues and priorities as informed by the local council and police intelligence-led tasking.
Patrol hot spots identified through intelligence or which have been deemed to be priority areas.
Respond to police-related incidents within the council area.
Engage with local communities and support further recruitment of Specials.
Attend suitable local council meetings where available to do so.
Have regard to the Council’s aims and objectives in their voluntary service.
Community Special Constables will get the same training as regular officers and will have to complete the same accreditation, but once they’ve got independent patrol status then they can really get committed to their local communities.
If you’re looking for breadth to your policing duties then applying as a generic Special Constable is probably best for you, but if you’re looking for depth, if you’re looking to make a dedicated difference to your own area, to problem solve, to build relationship and be recognised as a local peacekeeper then the Community Special Constable route might be best for you.