L’amour pour parcs

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Editor 0

It’s Valentine’s Day – how can we spread the love here at onlineFOCUS? Well one area is receiving some ‘love’ from Rochford District Council. It has announced a budget of “£700,000 in new equipment which will benefit play spaces across the district” A welcome piece of news by all residents, […]

Further Setbacks For Essex Libraries

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Editor 0

County Council News Proposals to enhance and improve Essex libraries were rejected today by Conservative-run Essex County Council. At today’s Full Council Budget meeting, Liberal Democrats proposed a full review of library premises, to consider commercial or residential additions, which would safeguard their future, rather than threaten the closure of […]

2.98% Council Tax Rise Proposed

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Editor 0

This week the Council will meet to ratify its Medium Term Financial Strategy. This includes setting the Council Tax for the forthcoming year. Residents can expect to see an increase in Council Tax of 2.98% if the vote goes with the Conservative majority. This is the same level of increase […]

What to do if you spot Blue Badge Misuse

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Editor 0

Earlier in the year we reported on blue badge misuse and the lack of prosecutions. We recently contacted SEPP about the misuse of blue badges to find out what Essex County Councils policy is. We’ve been sent the following information The South Essex Parking Partnership can issue a Penalty Charge […]

Nominations Are Open For Rayleigh Town Council Awards

Sunday, February 3, 2019 Editor 0

If you know someone you’d like to nominate visit the Town Council website for a nomination form – deadline is 9th March 2019 The categories are SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR Adult Under 18 DISABLED SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR Adult Under 18 HIGH ACHIEVEMENT Adult Age 11 -18 Under […]

What Is ‘Sector D?’

Saturday, February 2, 2019 Editor 0

It all sounds a bit ‘Area 51’ – but ‘Sector D’ is the area identified in the South East Essex Strategic Growth Locations Assessment. This assessment identifies one area around Southend (north of Fossetts Farm, Garon Park and Bournes Green Chase, incorporating land within both Southend Borough and Rochford District) […]

RDC Managing Director Perplexed By Member Question On Traveller Site

Thursday, January 31, 2019 Editor 0

Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton of Rochford District Council looked totally perplexed when asked a question by opposition Councillor, John Mason during today’s meeting of the planning policy subcommittee When asked “Why the Council hasn’t taken any positive action….” whilst referring to the site know as GT1 (Michelins Farm)* the Managing […]