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USEFUL LINKS

Age UK.Benefit and Welfare Advice for older people - visit www.ageuk.org.uk  .
Anglian Water.

Visit Anglian Water  for the latest updates on repairs, incidents or planned work in your area. (For flood warnings, river levels and flood risk maps, visit The Environment Agency). 

Benefits Guide UK. 

Benefitsguide.co.uk is a free to use resource which provides clear and comprehensive information on all available UK welfare benefit applications, appeals, emergency assistance and legal help. 

Brightlingsea Harbour Boat Trips. Daily scheduled service March to September. To find out more, click here.
Bus Service for Colne Community School and College Brightlingsea  For further details contact Horizon Travel Ltd on 01206 255255.
C.B.C. & E.C.C. Consultations. http://www.colchester.gov.uk/article/12650/Consultations,  

Colchester Local Plan consultation  

and http://essex.gov.uk/Your-Council/Consultation-Feedback/Pages/Consultations.aspx. 

Colchester Borough Council. To find out more click here:  

Colchester Borough Council Have Your Say .

Have your say at any of the Colchester Borough Council Meetings held at 6pm unless otherwise advertised.

Crime.To report non-emergency crime use the Essex Police portalcall 101 or email ColchesterCPT@essex.pnn.police.uk. For emergencies call 999.
Environment Agency. For flood warnings, river levels and flood risk maps visit the Environment Agency 
Environmental & Animal Services, Street Cleaning, Litter and Dog Bin reporting.To report online at Colchester Borough Council, click here. To find requests already submitted, click here.
Essex Policing & Community Messaging. Essex's free community alert service, making the community a safer place by putting you in touch with the authorities that matter to you. Visit ECM for further details about this safe and secure service that allows you to subscribe and receive specific alerts happening about in your local community based on your personal preference.
Essex Energy Switch.Save money by registering for Essex Energy Switch. For more details visit: www.essex.gov.uk/energyswitch. 
Essex Highways. Press releases and highway bulletins, to find out more click here.  
Essex Police. 

Colchester Community Policing Team - visit here for an overall look at the crime statistics for the previous month plus details on what the residents have said is going on and what the teams have done to act on this and view Essex Police interactive map which details upcoming activities in the Colchester area.  

Click here to view Essex Police Facebook page.

Grassroots Charity. Your local charity for local causes. To find out more visit grassrootscharity.org.uk 
Household Items Drop Off Service.Find out when the Colchester Borough Council Saturday Freighter is next in your area, click here. 
Local Plan.Local Plan Consultation on Tendring and Colchester Borders Garden Community ended on 2nd February 2018Wivenhoe Town Council have agreed and submitted a response
Neighbourhood Plan.

To find out more click here.

Neighbourhood Watch.To find out more click here.
Planning.To view Planning Applications online visit the Colchester Borough Council Planning Portal.
Recycling.For matters relating to recycling or street services contact Colchester Borough CouncilClick here to order garden bag vouchers needed to collect your free bags. Click here to view street cleaning requests that the Zone Teams are busy working through. Recycling supplies are also available from Wivenhoe Library.
Recycling Blog. Visit the recycling zone warden for tips and ideas. Click here. 
Repair, Re-use, Recycle.Unwanted washing machines/dryers/dishwashers collected free of charge by Community Initiative Group - contact Chris Blomeley on 0779 949 4797 or email repairreuse@gmail.com or visit http://www.repair-reuse-recycle.org/. 
Recycling Bins. Look out for Clacton Lions Club bins recycling hearing aids, mobile phones, printer cartridges, spectacles at Wivenhoe Co-op. For information contact helpline@clactonlions.co.uk 0845 833 7367. 
Roads, Paths & Lighting.For matters relating to footpaths or highways including streetlights, roadworks, potholes and weeds on footpaths and kerbs contact Essex County Council and report online.
Samaritans A safe place to talk if things are getting to you, samaritans are there round the clock, every day of the year. Call 116 123 (this number is free to call), email jo@samaritans.org or visit samaritans.org for further details. 
U.K. Power Networks.

Regular updates available at http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/ and @UKPowerNetworks on social media. Call 105 to report power cuts or 0800 3163 105 or tweet @ukpowernetworks. 

Stay clear of damaged power lines - to report - call 105 from a landline or mobile phone. Electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public should be reported by calling 999.