It's been announced today that Essex PCC Roger Hirst will take on responsibility of the local fire and rescue service.
Dale Farm: Travellers Lose Bid For New Site
Travellers evicted from the UK's largest illegal settlement have lost their bid for permission to live on a new site.
Former Dale Farm residents launched an appeal against Basildon Council's decision to refuse planning permission for 12 pitches on alternative land at nearby Church Road, Laindon.
But today the Department for Communities and Local Government said it had accepted a planning inspector's recommendation to reject the appeal.
A decision letter said the proposed development would result in the loss of open land and be out of keeping with the surrounding area.
It adds that the development would compromise road safety, have an impact on those living nearby and present a threat to protected species.
Travellers' representative Stuart Hardwicke Carruthers had argued that the proposed pitches on open land would have helped provide accommodation for those displaced by the Dale Farm clearance.
Basildon Council and Essex Police removed families living on the six acre site in Crays Hill in October.
The operation, which cost £7 million and resulted in violent clashes, followed a decade long row over unauthorised plots.
Basildon Council is currently considering fresh action after many of those who lived on Dale Farm settled on a neighbouring legal site, exceeding its authorised capacity.
A chief Essex medic has told Heart all local councils and CCGs are now coming together to tackle mental health.
Doctors and health care leaders today announced a new development in the options for future hospital services in mid and south Essex.
Residents are being urged to give their views on the Chelmsford City Growth Package.
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