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All the latest news from Witham Industrial Watch

Be aware - Bike thieves are about

May 15, 2017

The theft of a bicycle is frustrating and costly - whether the bike is used while delivering papers, to get to work, to school or for pleasure.  It takes just seconds for an unattended, unlocked bike to be stolen from outside a house, factory or shop and despite the best cctv resources it is not always easy to identify...

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Access to A12 Southbound from WIW estates

March 2, 2017

Drivers from the Witham Industrial Estate and residents of Witham are still being redirected as access to the A12 southbound, towards London at the Coleman’s bridge end of Witham, has been closed since the tragic accident in February.  Drivers can still leave the A12 from both directions and they can join the A12 heading north towards Colchester....

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New Face on the Board

February 13, 2017

The directors are delighted that Mark Bailey M.D. of Essex Business Machines (EBM) has joined the WIW Board and is already busy helping review WIW’s IT system.  Mark has worked for the Witham based company for the last nine years so he has seen the development of WIW and the work involved with the BIDs process...

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New Office for WIW

February 13, 2017

David Cocker, the WIW estate manager, moved to new offices at Unit H on Eastways; he will still be in the centre of the estates accessible to members –– contact David for directions.  We are very grateful to everyone who helped with the move.  ...

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A12 Accident at Witham

February 10, 2017

We were all very sorry to learn that the recent accident involving a lorry at Coleman’s Bridge, above the A12 at Witham, has resulted in the death of the lorry driver; it was a tragic event.     ...

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Tons of Waste

November 7, 2016

BBC Essex reported accounts of very large quantities of waste being dumped on country roads, on a BT site and on farmland.  In one incident it cost the landowner £4,000 to have the waste removed, he then had to pay a similar amount for the removal of a second quantity of waste.  It was suggested that the large...

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“Over-inflating Annie” – not after our C P R training

November 7, 2016

WIW recently provided a free CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation training session for members based on the theme: “don’t just stand there” we wanted to highlight the need to do something in a crisis and not to wait for someone else to take action and help a patient.  Andrew Barlow from the East of England Ambulance...

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Don’t hide the traffic lights

June 30, 2016

We are having a “lush” summer with amazing growth on hedges and foliage next to paths and road signs.  David, our estate manager, is on the case and often has to remind the Council or a local business of the need to trim back the growth so that pedestrians can walk to work safely without the urge...

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Thieves aiming at new targets

June 30, 2016

It is reassuring the learn that there were no reports of crime on the Witham industrial estates over the last three months where ANPR, cctv and vigilance from everyone has deterred the casual burglar.  However the local crime reduction officer has advised that dwelling burglaries have increased in the district over the past 6 months, in both rural and built-up...

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Town Mayor and Inspector Visit WIW

December 5, 2017

The Mayor of Witham Cllr Mrs JoAnn Williams met members of Witham Industrial Watch at their quarterly meeting at Tiptree Patisserie this week.  The Mayor expressed her surprise and appreciation at the range of projects undertaken by WIW.  These projects have helped to raise standards on the estates, improve security for companies and their workforce.  As a...

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Braintree Council invests in deterrent

August 4, 2017

Braintree District Council (BDC) has announced plans to invest £100,000 on protecting its open spaces from illegal traveller encampments over the next two years.  Any action taken to deter unauthorised camps sites in the area is good news for local residents and others. However businesses with large open areas still need to protect their grounds from unwanted visitors. ...

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Empty your van/car before someone else does

December 21, 2016

Thefts from vans – day or night – cause loss of earnings and serious disruption to small businesses.  The theft of power tools, easy to sell equipment and useful hedge cutters means a loss of tools of the trade especially if your insurers are reluctant to pay out a claim. In a recent case a colleague only discovered the...

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Has WIW broken the record?  8 Defibs!

May 6, 2016

Is there any other industrial area of a similar size to the Witham Industrial Estates with 8 life saving defibrillators? If you have more, congratulations and do let us know.  On Tuesday 26th April Glen Townley of Simarco, a survivor of a major medical incident, cut the ribbon on the 8th new defibrillator to be installed on Witham...

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Advertising and sponsorship

November 9, 2015

WIW’s members have funded large road signs indicating the spur roads on the industrial estates.  But what goes on behind the signs that are seen by thousands of drivers who pass the sign every day – this space is a valuable advertising opportunity for the local businesses to promote their products or services. Sponsorship and support is...

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The Thieves are Active

November 9, 2015

Christmas is coming and thieves are active looking for items they can convert into cash so it is wise to be extra vigilant about security at home and in business at this time of year.  If someone says they are looking for pallets or waste for bonfires beware as their eyes will soon spot other more valuable property that...

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See and be Seen - Cameras – poor visibility

November 9, 2015

Good growing weather has encouraged bushes and trees to put on lots of growth so they can climb over fences, up wires, over gutters and pipes; nothing is more frustrating than having great CCTV images of waving foliage instead of a clear view of gates and entrances.  David, the estate manager, will react quickly to reports of overgrown vegetation...

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Manager’s Room with a View

September 15, 2015

Witham Industrial Watch’s estate manager David has a bright new office on the first floor of Village Glass’s premises overlooking Freebourne Road, the perfect location for quick access to all the estates and WIW members.  Village Glass have generously allocated WIW the adjoining meeting room that will accommodate 25-30 people, perfect for members’ meetings...

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New Funding means more cameras

September 15, 2015

Match funding of £25,000 has been received from Braintree District Council (BDC) after hard fought negotiations by WIW’s directors.  The funds have enabled 16 new cctv cameras to be installed, some will provide increased coverage at the entrance to the town giving more opportunities to identify the movements of potential criminals and to act as a deterrent. A...

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Jungle Drums are Working

July 13, 2015

Details of a  man with a very implausible story about working across the road and looking for metal plate “have you got some plate Gov?” has been buzzed across the WIW network to alert every business. Unwelcome visitors still visit the estate but the numbers have dropped following the introduction of cctv and ANPR cameras; perhaps some...

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Any jobs about?

July 13, 2015

For those who are still looking for a job, an apprenticeship or a placement it might be worth considering local job opportunities.  Witham’s development on the industrial estates and in other parts of the town provides potential opportunities across a wide range of short term posts and long term careers.  At one end of town contractors...

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Unwelcome visitors for the holidays

March 19, 2015

Bank Holiday weekends are the most popular time for unwanted travellers to set up camp on industrial estates, empty car parks or odd plots of land. Immediate action is essential to minimise the length of their stay and the consequential damage or disruption. Reference to Section 61 of Criminal Justice Act 1994 may be helpful for any property owners who feel they...

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Winter Gritting

March 19, 2015

Monitoring the need for winter gritting is an essential task for David Cocker, manager of the WIW and one WIW’s directors; their contractor Mitie issue an alert when temperatures fall below a certain point and these alerts require a response seven days a week. Safety is the prime concern but WIW is also mindful of the cost; the...

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Commercial Property - Investment Market

March 19, 2015

WIW members were recently given a brief update on the commercial property investment market and its resulting effect on the local market, our speaker was Paul Bird of Joscelyne Chase. Paul explained that the London investment market had overheated with strong demands in 2014 and as institutional demand had pushed down yields on industrial property in London investors have been considering...

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WIW in 2014

December 22, 2014

2014 has been a good year for Witham Industrial Watch, the BID vote was a resounding “Yes” for another 5 years of activity, several key empty premises are now occupied and crime rates on the estates are reducing thanks to a concerted effort by the businesses the Police and WIW directors and the estate manager....

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Avoid a call out over the holidays – Security

December 22, 2014

While WIW CCTV and the ANPR cameras do not take a holiday, many businesses are closed until early January. Routine checks of the premises may seem obvious but The Police and WIW urge all companies to ensure that everything is done to deter the “casual” thief and avoid a call out over Christmas: Check your businesses’ cctv...

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Parking: the car at rest versus lorry movements

December 22, 2014

Parking issues on industrial estates, especially in Witham, seem to exercise a great deal of discussion but little resolution that can suit all parties. The issues in Witham have been exacerbated by the estates proximity to the station used by London commuters and the recent influx of workers at a large office block. HGVs need 24 hour access to premises across...

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Theft

November 14, 2014

Longer hours of darkness seem to encourage an increase in suspicious behaviour and there have been recent reports that metal theft is still “popular”; extra vigilance is advised at home and at work....

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Weather warnings

November 14, 2014

The warm autumn weather was rudely interrupted by a huge deluge that flooded roads and businesses at the end of September; the water was quickly cleared but it took longer for some of the electronic and telephone systems to recovery. The warm dry days of October can be misleading but David, the estate manager, is planning for winter and is...

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First impressions

November 14, 2014

New businesses have come to Witham this year and the large corner site on Colchester Road/Crittall Road is now occupied by a smart showroom for Big Cars that will attract more customers into the area. On the opposite corner the empty office block is being converted into small flats; many had hoped the property would attract a commercial enterprise...

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Parking

November 14, 2014

Parking for employees, parking for visitors, parking for delivery lorries is a constant problem on many estates, especially those that are also convenient stopping places for local office staff and commuters. WIW is trying a new approach by putting leaflets/stickers on cars that are causing an obstruction or impeding the movement of lorries. We want to avoid lots of...

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WIW BID UPDATE

October 22, 2014

Following the BID proposal and vote the WIW BID area was increased to encompass: Freebournes, Eastways (now including Rosewood), Crittall Road, Swanvale, Atlantic Square and Coleman’s Bridge. The proposals outlined in the BID document that was sent to every business on the estates, outlines how the funds will be spent on the estates during the next five years...

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Section 61 Notices Can be Effective

August 24, 2014

The arrival unwelcome visitors and caravans, can cost a huge amount of time and money removing them from private land and clearing up the very unpleasant waste and rubbish they leave. In August a group of 16 caravans and vehicles moved onto private land around a vacant factory on the Witham Industrial estate “over” the concrete bollards. The swift...

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Good news for BID 2014-2019

August 1, 2014

The success of the YES vote for the WIW Business Improvement District 2014-2019 has been well received. “Congratulations” and positive comments from Priti Patel M.P., members of Braintree District Council, Witham Town Council and businesses on the Industrial Watch estates were really appreciated by all those involved in the BID voting process. New businesses are coming to...

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“YES” VOTE FOR WIW BID 2014-2019

August 1, 2014

“YES” vote was announced by the Electoral Reform Services today following a successful campaign by Witham Industrial Watch for Business Improvement District (WIW BID) 2014-2019 with local businesses. 177 votes cast 162 YES votes 4 votes rejected 91.5% positive outcome for the next five years of Business Improvements on the Witham industrial areas. “We are delighted with the result,” ...

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