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Welcome to the Witham Town Council Website. Here you can find out everything there is to know about the Town Council and the community of Witham. Please scroll down the home page to see information and posters regarding the latest events and consultations, or use the drop down menus to access information relating to particular committees, functions and the Council’s finances.


COVID-19

For official national advice, visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus and www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

 

 

Contact details for Essex Welfare Service:
www.essexwelfareservice.org.uk    T: 0300 303 9988 Email: provide.essexwelfareservice@nhs.net

Should you require assistance with shopping, prescriptions, dog walking etc, contact Witham Community Hub www.withamhub.co.uk or telephone 0845 8607648

These are very challenging times for us all, and while the governments advice is to stay home, for some people, home is not a safe place.

If you are living with domestic abuse and feel even more isolated and at risk please remember there is help available.

If you are in immediate risk of danger call 999. If you can’t speak then you should use the silent solutions service by dialling 999 and press 55.

For more help and support visit Compass at www.essexcompass.org.uk

Domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial, or sexual which can take place within a close relationship, usually by a partner, ex-partner or family member.

As well as physical violence, domestic abuse can involve a wide range of abusive and controlling behaviour, including threats, harassment, financial control and emotional abuse.

Physical violence is only one aspect of domestic abuse and an abuser’s behaviour can vary, from being very brutal and degrading to small actions that leave you humiliated. Those living with domestic abuse are often left feeling isolated and exhausted. In these challenging times, if you are suffering domestic abuse you may feel even more isolated but please remember there is help available.

For more help and support visit Compass at www.essexcompass.org.uk

For official help for businesses www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support 


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Community Special Constables Scheme

We are really pleased that Witham Town Council was the first local council to ‘go live’ with the Community Special Constables Scheme. This is the first such scheme in Essex (and possibly the first of its kind in the country).
This is the result of close cooperation between Essex Police and Witham Town Council over a long period of time and will see the Council funding any expenses for three volunteer police officers to be based in the town. It is hoped that this will extend to five ‘Specials’ in due course.
The new development forms part of the Town Council’s 4-point attack on crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
 Recruitment of local special constables
 Extending and link up of CCTV throughout Witham
 Help residents to self-help with advice and information
 Promotion of resident’s associations across the town alongside existing Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
The scheme was launched in June 2018, with a media event at Witham Town Hall, to celebrate the occasion. This also formed part of Essex Police’s National Volunteers Week, which was part of a big media campaign for Essex Police to recruit more volunteers. The Town Mayor, Town Councillors and Officers met the three new Community Special Constables (CSC) , ( S/Sgt Jason Wintin, SC Lorne Campbell and SC Simon Jesse together with Roger Hirst , Police & Crime Commissioner for Essex , Simon Anslow, Head of Special Constabulary, Essex Police and Les Hawkins , Specials Supported Policing Coordinator amongst many other invited guests. Each Special will volunteer a minimum of 16 hours each month in Witham to target and disrupt anti-social behaviour, respond to community concerns and carry out high visibility foot patrols in the town. The Specials have the same full policing powers and uniform as regular police officers.

After the signing of the ‘Specials Agreement’ between Essex Police and Witham Town Council, the Specials then commenced their first CSC patrol, accompanied by a media representative of Essex Police who made their own short film of the event and their first patrol. Supt Simon Anslow, lead for the Special Constabulary said: “This is an exciting new initiative for us that with the support of Witham Town Council gives an opportunity to increase our visible presence, putting Special Constables into this local area to tackle the issues that matter most to this community. The officers we’re deploying as Community Specials are really committed to Witham and look forward to being seen out and about in the town over the coming weeks and months.” Witham Town Councillor, Rob Williams, Chair of Community Committee said: “I am delighted that this initiative from Witham Town Council has come to pass. The reality of having visible, local policing for Witham is something that we have been actively driving towards for some time. We look forward to assisting our Specials in their role within our community.” Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “We know that safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build wellbeing and prosperity for all. This initiative is a great example of how by working together with local parish and town councils we can help communities keep safe. “These fully warranted roles will also provide local people with the opportunity to make a huge contribution to the communities in which they live. It’s really positive that Witham Town Council has taken up this opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing it work in action. The public want more local, visible and accessible policing and this will make a big difference to the people of Witham.” Should you be interested in being a part of the Community Special Constable Scheme, please visit: www.essex.police.uk/join-the-police/special-constabulary/ or email: les.hawkins1@essex.pnn.police.uk

The Town Plan

By clicking on the link below you will be able to see Witham Town Council’s Town Plan.

The Town Plan 2017

Town Plan Appendices

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