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From the District Council website:

Winter in Rochford photography competition

With the Rochford District featuring ancient woodlands, marshland, coast and estuary landscapes, Wallasea Island, Foulness, fields and wildlife residents are invited to take photos of what Winter in Rochford means to them.

The Chairman of Rochford District Council, Heather Glynn, will judge the competition. There will be a prize and certificate for each winner from two categories. The first under 18s and the second Adult. The categories are:


Under 18s and adult

Landscape scene

Under 18s and adult


Under 18s and adult

Please email your entry to . By entering the competition the applicant agrees to their photo being used by Rochford District Council. Please state your name, age, address, phone number and location for your photo. Good Luck! Keep an eye on Facebook for Winter in Rochford photos.

The closing date is 29th February

Do You Want A Cat in 2016?

From the Rayleigh Cat Protection website:

Thinking of offering a cat a new home in 2016?   If so, please come along to our next Homing Show, which has been  arranged for Sunday 10 January at Smallgains Hall, Creek Road, Canvey, SS8 8QP.   The Show will be held between 11.30am and 1pm and there’ll be lots of cats there, all in good health,  microchipped, vaccinated and, dependent on their age, neutered.  They also come covered by four weeks’ Pet Plan insurance (excess applies).

But you don’t have to wait until the Show to offer a cat a home – we’d be delighted to hear from you today.    Please contact Yvonne on 01268 750831 for more information and to arrange the Home Visit that will be needed before the cat is homed with you.

Even if you are not ready to take on a new cat, why not come along and see how the Homing Show works?  As well as many lovely cats and older kittens looking for homes, we’ll also have tables selling a wide range of cat and dog goods plus Cats Protection gifts and novelty cat items, unique to the Branch, and that would make ideal presents.   Please come along and support us – admission is free but donations are very welcome.

District Council Is Spending Much Less Than Expected – Largely Due To Staff Vacancies.

We have a full meeting of the District Council on Tuesday evening. You can find the full agenda here. . It includes a big report on how the council’s finances are looking halfway through the financial year.

Headline figures are:

  • The council is spending less than predicted – overall spending is about £610,000 under budget.
  • The biggest reason for this is that the council is restructuring, which means there have been lots of vacancies – so the predicted cost of salaries this year is £523,000 below budget.
  • Income from planning and building control fees is predicted to be £40,000 above budget – although still lower than last year.
  • Income from Pay and Display from car parks is expected to be £11,000 above budget , and about £44,000 higher than last year
  • Income from recycling is expected to be about £333,000 below budget
  • There are some nifty graphs included, for example this one on car parking:car parking graph

    The Investment Board Meets

    The Investment Board is a new District Council committee that means for the first time on Monday evening. It’s membership and terms and reference are shown above. It doesn’t look like the first meeting is going to be very exciting. However this committee could be an interesting sort of animal, we will have to see what is intended.

    Further on in the agenda it says:

    It is envisaged that the members of the IB, will be required to ‘roll-up their sleeves’ and contribute to projects and schemes as these are progressed through the various stages from inception to delivery.

    When the meetings start to deal with important issues, we will let you know! (Unless things go private and confidential)

    A Great Message From Tim

    It’s not every party leader who sends messages of support to young candidates, so we are delighted that Tim Farron has sent this one:

    Just been told that Mr Irlam is standing to be  District Cllr in Rochford.

    It’s always great to hear of young members taking the plunge and putting themselves forward. It makes a huge difference to the party and gives me huge confidence and hope for the future.

    Good luck Daniel and I hope you all get right behind him and support him as much as possible over the next couple of weeks. Tim

    Yellow Dot, Orange Dot

    We were asked by a resident recently to get a badly blocked drain sorted out in Hullbridge Road , Rayleigh. We were then asked why there was a yellow dot and an orange dot painted next to it – and a yellow dot on the other side of the road.

    It was a good question, and we now have an answer , thanks to County Councillor Michael Hoy:

    … a yellow dot next to a gully or catch pit means that the asset has been cleaned this financial year, between April 2015 and March 2016, and is observed to be working as it should. An orange dot means attempted to clean but remains not working. This could be due to a blocked connection or a blocked ditch etc, which will require further investigation.”

    New Focus Coming Out – Help Welcome!

    It seems like the right time to have a new Focus leaflet for Downhall and Rawreth Ward – so we are having one printed this week. We will also deliver in the area that will come into the ward next year.

    But, for various personal reasons, right now it’s going to take longer than usual to get it delivered. So we could do with some extra help. If you can deliver 120 or so leaflets for us , please contact Chris Black at . It’s quite fun – really!