Great Dunmow mayor outlines vision for town

PUBLISHED: 08:51 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:51 17 May 2018

The Mayor of Great Dunmow and his wife, Margaret

The Mayor of Great Dunmow and his wife, Margaret

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The mayor of Dunmow has said that the town and its surrounding areas need another hospital and more police officers as the town continues to expand.

Councillor Barrie Easter, who was elected as mayor on May 10, also said the council was “fighting” to get another car park in Dunmow for shopkeepers and permit holders, in order to lessen the strain on the other car parks.

Cllr Easter told the Broadcast that the idea of having free parking all day on a Saturday in the town had been brought up for “many, many” years at council meetings.

He said that Dunmow needed a new hospital as the facilities used by residents, such as Broomfield Hospital and the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, were “up to capacity”, and a new hospital was needed to accommodate the thousands of new houses being built in the area.

He said the council had raised this concern with Uttlesford District Council and Essex County Council before.

He also said: “The town is growing quite quickly and we are very concerned about the lack of policing in the area. We haven’t got anyone. We have got to have people on foot, catching people in the act. What good is reporting a crime when they don’t send someone out until the following day?

“With the amount of rates that people pay in Dunmow for policing they get very little in return, little or nothing.”

The council is “fighting” for the site of the old council yard to be used as extra parking for local business owners and permit holders.

Cllr Easter said: “It would not be very big but I think it would clear a lot of the high street of cars.” He added that it would also create more spaces in the current car parks for members of the public.

He said that free parking on a Saturday would “help the shop keeper because people are finding they have to pay a lot to park in the town... residents might just go to Bishop’s Stortford or to Tesco in Dunmow and park free.”

He also warned that on some roads in Dunmow, including Braintree Road, cars often parked on both sides of the road, including “through the traffic lights”, meaning that potentially a fire engine would not be able to fit.

Cllr Easter was elected at the annual town council meeting and replaced Cllr Danielle Frost.

At the meeting, Cllr Frost thanked her family and the town council for their “hard work and amazing support.”

She said: “There are few roles in life where they are absolutely no downsides, but being mayor is one of them.”

Cllr Easter’s charities which he has chosen to support as mayor are St Claire Hospice and Autism Anglia.

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