A few weeks ago I joined students from Chelmsford College for their annual awards ceremony. I am a big fan of the college and every time I visit I am struck by the huge energy of so many students so keen to learn. The young people I met were deeply impressive, excelling in such a wide range of subjects, from cyber security to childcare, engineering, communications, design and forensic science. I know they will go on to do great things.
I meet recently with the District Commander of our local police to discuss the work they are doing to tackle drug dealing and county lines activity locally especially in and around the city centre. This is a top priority for the police and they have made recent arrests. I know that there is a very active neighbourhood watch group in Moulsham. The police have asked me to thank all of you who provide intelligence to the police. They also wanted to reassure people that the police will always work to protect the confidentiality of those who give this intelligence. Please do be assured that by sharing what you see, you are helping to protect others. Information you share will not be shared in court proceedings or used without your permission.
I enjoyed a visit to the Chelmsford Innovation exhibition at ARU and I particularly enjoyed seeing the original camera used to film the Queen’s Coronation 70 years ago, designed and made in Chelmsford at Marconi. It was a wonderful exhibition that highlighted so much of our city’s role in the development of communications.
I am holding our third Apprenticeship Fair also at Anglia Ruskin University on Friday 23rd September 2022. Last year’s Fair was hugely successful. Hundreds of students came along to meet the many businesses and organisations from Engineering to Accountancy, Law, Health, Policing and the Armed Forces. Our young people need a hand up after the difficulties and challenges of the past two years. I know these Fairs make a real difference and all are welcome.
And finally, for July, I committed to go plastic free for the month. By making a small change as we go about our daily life, we can help to reduce single-use plastic waste at home, work, school.