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”.

 

John Whittingdale was one of the judges for the Young People’s Art Competition in Maldon. John had to judge entries in four age categories: Under 7s, 7-10, 11-13 and 14-16. The winners will be announced on 16th September at Maldon Library.

John said: “The theme for this year’s competition was Maldon events and the standard was remarkably high. Entries covered the Maldon Regatta, the Mud race, the Carnival, the Barge Race, Saltmarsh 75 and Maldon in Bloom. It was very hard to pick the winners and I would like to congratulate all those on taking part”.

John is pictured with fellow judges Lynn Marston, Chair of Maldon Art Trail, Richie Miller, Mayor of Maldon, and the Maldon Tesco Community Champion.

 

 

John visited Dan Hull Foods in Burnham on Crouch. Dan established a farm shop just outside Burnham on Crouch  selling locally sourced meat, local produce, homemade pies and ready meals. He also now supplies East of England Co-op stores, other farm shops and Selfridges and is seeking to expand to new premises. John is pictured with Louise Jones of Dan Hull Foods and Beverly Davies, Programme Manager of the Essex Rivers Local Action Group, which has allocated a LEADER grant to help the firm expand.


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