Rest In Peace , Sir Teddy

Thursday, September 21, 2017 admin 0

The BBC reports here on the death  of Sir Teddy Taylor, formerly the Conservative MP for Southend East (which included Rochford). Sir Teddy was an example of someone who was parachuted into a parliamentary seat – he was previously an MP in Glasgow, and then switched to Southend!  But that […]

Positivity At The Punch Bowl

Thursday, September 21, 2017 admin 0

We wrote last month that the District Council decided NOT  to allow the Punch Bowl pub in Paglesham to be turned into an ordinary  house. If you support that decision, and want to see country pubs survive , it follows that you should think about using them! In our tradition […]

Common in the UK , Rare In the USA

Monday, September 18, 2017 admin 2

Roundabouts! We have about 20,000 of them in the UK – but the USA has only about 3,000. A lot of American drivers are unfamiliar – and maybe uneasy – with them. As this article from Minnesota explains: ” When America began to aggressively expand its highway network after World […]

Air Quality In The Echo

Friday, September 15, 2017 admin 0

The Echo has interviewed James Newport about air pollution: A LIB-DEM councillor has claimed certain areas of Rochford could be at high risk of dangerous levels of air pollution. Rochford district councillor for Sweyne Park and Grange, James Newport, is working with his party, Rochford District Residents’ Association and the […]

Challenging The Commissioner

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 admin 0

James Newport writes here about last night’s meeting with the Police and Crime Commisioner He begins: Last night Essex Police Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst, gave a briefing to District and Parish Councillors in the Rochford District. The council chamber was fairly full (rather like Southend Police Cells! More on that […]

What’s As Long As Two Football Pitches And Disgusting?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 admin 1

The Guardian explains: A fatberg weighing the same as 11 double decker buses and stretching the length of two football pitches is blocking a section of London’s ageing sewage network. The congealed mass of fat, wet wipes and nappies is one of the biggest ever found and would have risked […]

News From The Museum

Monday, September 11, 2017 admin 0

The Rayleigh Museum have advised as follows: Slide Show at Holy Trinity Saturday 14th October (2 performances – 1 afternoon & 1 evening). Mike & Sharon Davies will be presenting a slide show at Holy Trinity Parish Hall on Saturday 14th October at 2pm (doors open 1pm) & 7pm (doors […]

Foci Going Out ….

Sunday, September 10, 2017 admin 0

We have two Focus leaflets currently going out in Downhall & Rawreth, and Sweyne Park and Grange. If anyone wants to give us some help, please let us know!

Paintbrushes, Petitions and Public Conveniences.

Saturday, September 9, 2017 admin 2

Imagine you were in a nearby DIY store and saw a local councillor not being allowed to buy a paintbrush or a hammer, because the District Council Constitution didn’t actually say that they could. You would think it was pretty odd. But something like this has recently happened. Not with […]

Application In The Rayleigh Conservative Conservation Area!

Friday, September 8, 2017 admin 2

There’s a planning application to remove an unwanted door at Rayleigh Conservative Club, which is inside the Rayleigh Conservation Area. You can find it here, starting on page 14. The Rayleigh Conservative Club is inside the Rayleigh Conservation Area , which means there are various heritage and architectural issues to […]

Drainage and Dogma

Thursday, September 7, 2017 admin 3

Chris Black writes: District Councillors had a training session today on sustainable drainage systems- the systems  you need to cope with the run-off of water from new developments. I’m grateful for the County Council officer, Mr Simpson, from driving from the other end of Essex to talk to us – […]