Your Digital Footprint

Much has and no doubt will be written about the perils of using the internet, but having read an article where someone tried to go ‘off grid’ and felt isolated by the experience I just had to put forward this comment that was made, which I think sums up so much how mindlessly some approach the internet and in particular so-called Social Media, which is quite often just the opposite. –

“the risk of having your wallet stolen is part of walking down a physical street.” Theoretically yes, as also is the risk of being hit by a vehicle, or a tile falling from a roof. But I’ve managed to avoid it for 78 years. On the other hand, if I’ve had scammers steal my card details when I’ve bought goods online, and if they hack into a company’s database they can steal the data for millions of people, not just one person’s wallet. As for “the cultural and social isolation he felt while trying to protect himself from the existence of a digital footprint”, I don’t use facebook, twitter or any of the others, yet I have friends and a social life. I do bank online, organise my energy provider, buy many things in the course of a year, but as I don’t put details of my life on social media for the whole world to read the main risk to my security is a dishonest employee somewhere, which is equally possible when I’ve purchased something in a shop.

Yet again a dose of common sense from one of the older generation.

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A New Way Forward for Jaywick Sands

Another interesting talk by Richard Brazil of DERiC at the Jaywick Sands Forum AGM today, looking for more input from residents about how to revitalise Jaywick Sands.

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Promises, Promises, but no Big Surprises from ECC

I think it reasonable to say that when Essex County Council announced it was going to put £5 million into upgrading the unadopted roads in Jaywick Sands, most residents were both sceptical, but hopeful.

But over the course of the last couple of years, they have, to some degree, kept their promise.

However, as per expectations of a lot of people, it has become all too apparent that the overarching aim of ECC has less to do with improving the situation of residents and more with creating a favourable impression for the media and visitors.
The initial works in Brooklands, a highly publicised part of Jaywick were supposed to be followed by similar improvements in Grasslands, never featured in media coverage.
But, shock of shocks the budget had been depleted by an overspend on Brooklands. So we were told that the remaining funds would be spent on drainage inspection and improvements to the ‘Sea Ways’ between the Broadway and the Promenade.
Which resulted in all new roads being constructed.In addition, the pavement on the Seaward side of the Broadway was resurfaced, despite being in no worse state than the opposite side.

Beach Way, Sea Way, Lake Way, Yew Way, Fern Way and Gorse Way received what could most charitably be described as a ‘patch up’ job to the concrete surfaces to borderline Bodge it and Run.

Eventually, when new funding was allocated, the works in Grasslands were begun as was the tarmacking of Belsize Avenue to the Martello Tower.

There was then a hiatus to accommodate the Summer Holiday season.

Finally, at the end of September, the entrance into Gorse Way was Tarmacked and work was begun on Belsize Avenue leading to the Caravan Park.

However, when the Tarmac patching of two areas in Gorse Way was queried, the response was:

“I can confirm that there was never an intention to tarmac Gorse Way in its entirety.”

Something which most of the residents of those roads had thought to be the case.

“Some areas on various roads were marked up for consideration in the road plans but not all were included due to restricted budgets.”
That was a bit of a knockback as most of the damage had been marked up many months before.
So yet again an area away from media scrutiny and regular visitor access was to be overlooked, what a surprise.
Finally, after providing details of the potholing in Gorse Way the patches were installed near the end of October.
Meanwhile, in Beach Way, now after four weeks plus of works, (longer than the whole time spent on Gorse Way, Sea Way, Lake Way, Yew Way and Fern Way) that have seen the aprons on both sides of the road being concreted despite some being at best a foot wide and several yards being completely concreted.

Strange how the budget suddenly ran to works being done in a more visible area.

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In Gorse Way, the concrete section of which is certainly no wider than Beach Way there are puddles on both sides and patches that are cracking up after less than a year. There are drains in the puddled areas, but because of there being no higher surface around them have zero effect

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So excuse me for being less than enamoured with the ECC Highways priorities, which as ever seems more based on PR than need.

Those in the less publicised area of Jaywick Sands obviously need to make more noise to be acknowledged or heard by Essex County Council.

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North Essex Garden Communities

Not sure if I missed this story in the local rag, or they just decided not to publish it in case anyone was actually interested.

It concerns: The Shared Strategic Local Plan for North Essex includes proposals for three cross-boundary garden communities. The development of these communities is expected to begin within the Local Plan period 2017 – 2033.

The three Garden Communities are:

  • Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community
  • Colchester Braintree Borders Garden Community
  • West of Braintree Garden Community

The Councils are committed to producing a separate planning document on each of the Garden Communities which will eventually become a detailed masterplan for each community.

The first stage in producing planning documents for each of the three Garden Communities is called Issues and Options. There will be a public consultation for each of the proposed plans.  These are taking take place between 13 November 2017 and 5 pm on 22 January 2018.

Responses are strongly encouraged between these dates via the consultation portal which is being hosted by Braintree District Council’s consultation portal where you can choose which plan you wish to view, read the document and answer the consultation questions.

Please click here to access the portal.

This is an opportunity for the general public to put forward their views on the main issues that will need to be dealt with in the development of the Garden Communities and to identify potential options to deal with those issues.

The feedback received will help with the more detailed stages of master planning.

The document and the response form will also be available to download soon.

If you choose to complete a form rather than use the online consultation portal you can return it in the following ways:

Email: (link sends e-mail)

Post: Planning Policy, Tendring District Council, Thorpe Road, Weeley, Essex CO16 9AJ

To find out more about the proposals and speak with the planning officers visit one of the exhibitions below.

Date & Time Venue
Saturday, 18 November

10.00am – 2.00pm

Marks Tey Village Hall, Old London Road, Marks  Tey, CO6 1EJ
Monday, 20 November

3.00pm – 7.00pm

William Loveless Hall, 85-87 High Street, Wivenhoe, CO7 9AB
Tuesday, 21 November

4.00pm – 8.00pm

Great Tey Village Hall, Chappel Road, Great Tey, CO6 1JQ
Friday, 24 November

10.00am – 2.00pm

Colchester Market, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1PJ
Saturday, 25 November

10.00am – 2.00pm

The Saling Millennium Village Hall, Piccotts Lane, Great Saling, CM7 5DW
Monday, 27 November

4.00pm – 8.00pm

Old Friend’s Meeting House, Rosemary Lane, Stebbing, CM6 3RR
Thursday, 30 November

3.00pm – 7.00pm

Coggeshall Village Hall, Stoneham Street, Coggeshall, CO6 1UH
Saturday, 2 December

10.00am – 2.00pm

Greenstead Community Centre, Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester, CO4 3QE
Tuesday, 5 December

4.00pm – 8.00pm

Feering Community Centre, Coggeshall Road, Feering, CO5 9QB
Wednesday, 6 December

4.00pm – 8.00pm

Braintree Town Hall, Market Square, Braintree, CM7 3YG
Thursday, 7 December

4.00pm – 8.00pm

Easthorpe Church Hall, Easthorpe Road, Colchester, CO5 9HD
Tuesday, 12 December

10.00am – 2.00pm

Rayne Village Hall, 3 Gore Road, Rayne, CM77 6TX
Thursday, 14 December

4.00pm – 8.00pm

Market Field School, School Road, Elmstead Market, CO7 7ET
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Funding to Help Reduce Energy Bills

From the TDC News Site – Tuesday, 14 November, 2017

New grant funding is up for grabs to help residents in Tendring reduce their energy bills.

Aran Services Ltd – supported by Tendring District Council (TDC) – is offering free and partially funded energy efficiency improvements.

These include loft and cavity wall insulation as well as new heating systems and everyone is entitled to some money – regardless of income – and homes can save up to £360 per year on bills.

Recent changes in legislation mean that those with a health condition made worse by the cold, those living in fuel poverty or are in receipt of a Government means-tested benefit will receive increased levels of grant.

This may be of various types of insulation and some may be entitled to extra heating grants.

Paul Honeywood, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said that the Council is very keen to help residents both improve their homes and lower bills.

“We are pleased to be able to link up with Aran Services who are able to access this grant funding from the major energy suppliers around the UK,” he said.

“Aran is also able to provide a free home assessment and some households will be eligible for 100 percent funded home insulation.

“It is available to homeowners and tenants who rent from a private landlord.”

The company will not be cold calling any residents over this scheme and householders do need to request a visit should they want to be involved.

Anyone interested can book a free no obligation assessment by calling Aran Services Ltd on 01284 812570 or Freephone 0800 5877795 quoting reference TDC/17.1

Alternatively, they can fill out an online enquiry form at

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Help Stop The Great Brexit Betrayal of our Fishing Communities


Help Stop The Great  Brexit Betrayal of our Fishing Communities

In our update yesterday, we gave details of a press release by our Assistant Deputy Leader, Mike Hookem MEP. You can see the full release below.

Mike has been working tirelessly to support out beleaguered fishing communities and now,  those communities have received another slap in the face after George Eustice announced in the House of Commons that ‘technical measures’ of the Common Fisheries Policy will be included in Theresa May’s flagship Repeal Bill.


Mike will continue to give his full commitment to supporting our fishing communities, to ensure they get the 200-mile exclusive economic zone that we are entitled to under international law

This petition has been launched specifically to force the Government to remove fisheries from Theresa May’s ‘Great Repeal Bill’,

Play your part now in helping to give our fishing communities the future they deserve. Sign the petition below and encourage anybody you can to do the same thing. If we achieve 100,000 signatures then the Government have to consider the petition for debate. Let’s get them dancing to our tune again!

Sign the petition by following this link:

We must stop the betrayal of Brexit

Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP, Mike Hookem, has launched a petition to force the Government to remove fisheries from Theresa May’s ‘Great Repeal Bill’, saying, “the inclusion of the Common Fisheries Policy into UK law is an abject betrayal of Brexit.”

Mr Hookem, UKIP’s fisheries spokesman, launched his crusade after George Eustice announced in the House of Commons that ‘technical measures’ of the CFP will be included in Theresa May’s flagship Repeal Bill.

Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “the response to the petition has been amazing so far, with over 6,000 signatures in the first 48 hours. However, we still have a long way to go if we are going to get the 100,000 signatures we need to force a Commons debate.

“Throughout the referendum, the fishing community of Great Britain was one of the loudest voices in the Leave camp, as they have seen first-hand how disastrous EU policy can be to our country.

“The fishing communities simply want the right to make a living through reclaiming the 200-mile exclusive economic zone we are entitled to under international law and repatriating the 70% of the total allowable catch in British waters that are currently taken by EU vessels.

“I for one will support our fishing communities all the way, as I believe, post-Brexit we can achieve the £6.3 Billion boost to the UK economy that the fishing industry is estimated to be worth.

“Fishing means skilled jobs; income into coastal communities; and a huge boost to the national economy.

“However, by taking the CFP into British law using the Great Repeal Bill, the Tories risk handing the EU the opportunity to take the UK to court under the Vienna Convention, citing continuity of rights in the post-transition era.

“This Brexit betrayal must not be allowed to happen, and I urge the whole country to get behind our fishing communities and sign my petition.”

Kind Regards



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Jilted boyfriend fined for sending unwanted emails to former partner

Has anyone else seen this excuse for a story:

Jilted boyfriend fined for sending unwanted emails to former partner

Five whole emails, I’m sure most of us get more spam than that on a daily basis, perhaps we should insist that the Police pursue these miscreants with a view to prosecution for harassment and heavy fines and restraining orders.

I can just imagine all those Nigerian Princes and dodgy Pharmaceutical peddlers and the rest of the Junk Email scammers being hauled up for harassment. NOT!
If 5 Emails asking what appears to be a legitimate question is harassment, then obviously we’re all being stalked.
But according to the Inspectorate Essex Police are doing a very efficient job.

What a total waste of resources, has she never heard of Email filters/blockers.
What a Joke’

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Pro Brexit Cabinet Minister Gone

I know this is getting an inordinate amount of coverage in the media both locally and Nationally, but having read the Priti Patel story in the Times online this morning under the heading

Brussels braced for fall of Theresa May’s government

I just had to copy and paste one comment which to me sums up the whole nature of not just May’s cabinet, but the whole of the Westminster rabble.

Ernie Washer

May is such a disappointment as a leader. She is a shambles, but I think the headline is too dramatic. Incidentally, I note that politicians of all parties can suddenly work together to resolve an issue of inappropriate behaviour, but not when it comes to Brexit, the most momentous event in British history for decades. In this case, instead of presenting a strong united front in dealings with Europe, they lazily adopt the default position of a divisive rabble tearing at each other’s throats. Pathetic.
I think that really does sum up the whole farce that the alleged negotiations have become,
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Russia Swung the BREXIT Vote? – Do me a Favour

Members of the press and some Politicians are now trying to say that Russia influenced the BREXIT vote, it seems primarily by bombarding Social media with misleading ads.

There was me thinking that’s what used to be called propaganda and I cannot think of a single country that has not used it at some point in history. The claim is that Russia exercised influence over some Westminster members, using the term in it’s loosest sense. Given that most politicians were and still are pro EU I do not really understand on what it is based.

It seems to all boil down to the fact that Russia may have placed misleading information on Facebook and the like, which straightaway seems to suggest that the British Public is more susceptible to Social media than the barrage of press and TV coverage. Given that pundits proclaim it was mainly the ‘older generation’ that voted to leave, I cannot see how this has any validity in that Online social media is the addiction primarily of the younger folk in our society.

See: City AM

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Blind or Ignorant

These days I regularly have a couple of mile walk in the mornings for both health and general well being. But of late when I walk along the Promenade between the Tamarisk Way Car Park and The Close I am regularly confronted by people on bicycles. Who it seems are either incapable of reading the signs at either end or just choose to ignore them.

In the same way that there is a cycleway between the Golf Club and the Promenade from Jaywick Sands into Clacton. This particular promenade/seawall buttress is probably no more than 4 feet wide, but the usual morons choose to cycle down it despite the signs at both ends and having a cycleway, not a path, wide enough for a vehicle. I can just imagine the uproar if a car should actually use the cycleway.

So to all those that choose to bicycle, rather than keep moaning about how hard done by you are by motorists, it’s about time you had a bit more respect for pedestrians and heeded the same signs that motorists are expected to.

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