On May 3rd you have the chance to elect a new Councillor for Mile End as Dominic Graham is retiring after representing Mile End for the last 4 years.
David King has been working as part of our team for the last year and has been a great asset rolling his sleeves up and getting heavily involved in the Mile End workload.
During the last year he has personally responded to the hundreds of Mile End resident surveys we have received after we have knocked on every door and ensured everyone in Mile End has had a chance to have your say.
- He has also spoken to many resident’s face to face on the door and followed up the many issues highlighted in your responses, from potholes, parking issues and facilities to holding developers to account.
- He has cleared snow from the pathways of many local residents, has picked the litter and worked at the environmental concerns of residents.
- He supports the rest of the team in our work to improve Mile End. This will soon include new outdoor play equipment for the Mile End playing fields.
David lives in Mile End with his family and has a long history of being active in the local community not only as a Community Councillor but as Chair of Governors for various schools in the area. David is, like us, totally against pointless tit for tat with other political parties and for a positive approach to the issues. He is part of a collective team only interested in putting Mile End first. Our regular newsletters delivered all year round will always be full of Mile End information and updates. We hope that you find them useful.
We hope that you will support David to become your newest Councillor and further strengthen our already community focussed team with his great breadth of experience. If there are any issues that we can help with, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any member of the team.
Councillors Phil Coleman, Martin Goss and Anne Turrell
Each Councillor gets £2,000 to spend in their area.
We have invested in the following:
- New trees for Mile End to be planted in our open spaces
- Sports equipment for local Primary schools
- Bulb planting in two locations in Mile End
- Sports equipment for children’s holiday camps at First Site
- A bench on Mill Road by the gym equipment
- Contribution to the “Community First Responders”
- Contribution to homeless charities Beacon House and Colchester Night Shelter
- Sports kit for a football club
David King said “This is a great investment in many worthwhile causes either in our local community or in organisations that help support Mile End residents.”
Essex County Council are adding a bus gate camera that will definitely be in operation so fines can be levied on anyone who drives through the gate either way. It will go into operation in November 2017.
It is worth being aware of this as Essex County Council will pursue anyone who uses this entrance.
A bus lane camera was recently added to the lane outside the Norfolk Pub in North Station Road and fines have since been issues.
We don’t want to see anyone receive a fine.
David King, Dominic Graham, Phil Coleman, Martin Goss & Anne Turrell
Colchester’s new Chief Inspector Shaun Kane will be introducing new initiatives to stamp out low-level crime.
When asked by Cllr Coleman at a recent Scrutiny meeting about the non emergency number 101 he made it clear that ALL crimes should be reported.
All reported crimes are recorded and whilst police resources are limited these reports will create a picture of what action is needed in areas of the borough. He made it clear that it was his priority to make communities safe and will be deploying officers where they are needed based on community feedback.
Please report all crimes such as AntiSocial Behaviour, dangerous parking, theft etc on 101.
Turner Road sinking
As you may have seen Turner Road is sinking in places and each time road repairs are undertaken by Essex County Council (ECC) they simply fail. Following our complaints ECC have now agreed to undertake an investigation to find the cause of the issues and implement a long term solution. We will update you once we have further details.
Bakers Lane & Bergholt Road
Essex County Council have confirmed that Bakers Lane will undergo some partial resurfacing this financial year (2016/17) and we are awaiting to see if Bergholt Road has made it to the list.
Mile End Road cycle lane
You may have noticed work starting on the £750,000 Mile End Road cycle lane by Essex County Council. To be clear, we have objected to this project when we first found out about it and have supported a formal complaint made by the Colchester Cycling campaigners as they don’t support the project either.
We have asked ECC to replace all trees which have been removed and also suggested places where further trees should be put in along Mile End Road. The pinch point at the bottom of Mile End Road is also not yet resolved and we are pushing for ECC to share the designs for this area.
Martin Goss, Dominic Graham, Phil Coleman & Anne Turrell
We have been working hard on your behalf to raise all of the concerns directly to Essex County Council about the cycle lane. The latest design proposes the lane will only be down the west side of the road (odd numbers) rather than split as per the previous design.
The latest proposals from Essex County Council can be seen below in 4 PDF documents below:
PDF1 PDF2 PDF3 PDF4
Work to remove trees will begin on 2nd March on the east side of the road (even numbers) and these trees will be replaced later in the year.
Work on the cycle lane will begin on 7th March and residents may be directly affected by the works. Some driveway access may become blocked or parking inaccessible. Essex County Council have assured us they will write to residents directly.
We must be clear that we are not in support of this cycle lane whatsoever, have never requested it and believe the funding could be better spend on other cycling projects in our area. However, Government have given the £750k of funding to Essex County Council for this specific project and therefore they must spend it only on this project.
If you have any queries or concerns regarding this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Martin Goss Dominic Graham Phil Coleman Anne Turrell
We have been working with Asda to come up with a Clean for the Queen event in Mile End. March 5th has been suggested as the date we aim to make Mile End even more sparkling!
Currently we are proposing to clean the North Station, Northern Approaches, Bergholt Road area, Turner Rise and Turner Road areas as these are close to the store and are also areas where litter does accumulate. We are happy to go further afield with more volunteers.
We would very much like to involve local residents so if you can spare some time on March 5th, please let us know.
Martin Goss, Dominic Graham, Phil Coleman & Anne Turrell