Alan Dean

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Thursday’s budget-setting meeting was largely uncontroversial. The main changes included an uplift in staff costs to make pay at Uttlesford (UDC) more competitive with pay at other councils; an as yet undefined attempt to improve customer service standards; a lot more money to keep the Local Plan on track. On the last point, planning is about £700,000 […]

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I have declined to publish or have edited on my blog several comments that have been so offensive against individual people and groups of people that they would be counter-productive and also add no value in any debate. An article today by Alex Massie from the blog of The Spectator magazine encapsulates my wider concerns about […]

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Against Surveillance Camera at Children’s Play Area

by Alan Dean on 7 September, 2013

I am against a CCTV camera being installed on the recreation ground in Stansted. My reasons are: no need has been demonstrated installing a CCTV camera would be a disproportionate way of dealing with occasional minor nuisance the council is not compliant with the new, national Surveillance Camera Code of Practice http://bit.ly/15y89gE You can read my […]

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Hacked off at Uttlesford?

by Alan Dean on 24 June, 2013

It seems that Uttlesford council’s website was hacked at the weekend; the second attack in recent weeks.  Anyone trying to log on was confronted with the page below. The only anarchy I have come across to date at UDC is the state of the planning system. I can’t imagine this is a developer’s prank! The action of […]

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Politics of decline and invisible leadership

by Alan Dean on 10 August, 2011

This week’s shocking rioting in our major cities has exposed the absence of local leadership. Why does the Home Secretary have to come home from holiday to express her outrage and promise action? Because the Mayor of London was also on holiday? Well, he came back too. As did the PM and his deputy before […]

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There are lessons for all councils, including Uttlesford, in the wake of the Hanningfield affair. It comes down to the culture of an organisation and to the ability and willingness of those on the inside to promote openness and transparency and to welcome challenge. Checks and balances to prevent abuse of power and bullying are […]

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Hanningfield Guilty

by Alan Dean on 26 May, 2011

It’s difficult to have any sympathy for a man like Cllr Paul White aka Lord Hanningfield for fiddling his parliamentary expenses. He has been found guilty today on six counts of defrauding the taxpayer. BBC: http://bbc.in/lGq9TB Herts&Essex Observer:  http://bit.ly/iLAheR Reading the reports of the trial this week was bewildering. The prosecution said he was the only person who says you […]

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Pilotting Police Commissioners

by Alan Dean on 26 April, 2011

A move in the House of Lords to put the breaks on police commioners being elected across the country from May 2012 has relevance in Essex. Meanwhile, in Saturday’s Independent Brian Paddick, the former deputy assistance police commisioner in London, said that one person cannot do an effective job; even a democratically elected police commissioner. […]

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Chief Constable fails to respond on role of PCSOs

by Alan Dean on 26 March, 2011

The Chief Constable of Essex, Jim Barker-McCardle, has so far failed to respond to my request to increase the role of police community support officers (PCSO). I wrote to Mr McCardle by email on January 29th and again on February 10th asking that PCSOs be allowed to book people who park illegally in Stansted. I think […]

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Geoffrey Sell and I, with others from the parish & district councils, are meeting with Tesco and Co-op management on Monday morning to get their support for revised parking arrangements on Cambridge Road. This morning Geoffrey received another complaint about cars parking two-abreast on the pavement and blocking the way for pedestrians. I raised concern at […]

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