Two Food Premises On Zero

Monday, September 26, 2016 admin 2

We haven’t reported on the local food hygiene ratings lately, – you can find them on the Food Standards Agency website here. Out of the 418 premises in Rochford District, there are currently two places with zero stars out of five, and seven places with just one star. Meanwhile a […]

Bits And Pieces

Monday, January 18, 2016 admin 6

A few things in and around Downhall and Rawreth Ward, in no particular order: Sweyne Park: Following a complaint about the wooden railings in the stretch of the bridle path from Canterbury Close southwards, we have reported this to Rochford DC. We understand that as the hedging has grown in […]

A Thought-Provoking Point Of View On Pedestrian Crossings

Saturday, January 16, 2016 admin 0

The video below explains why pedestrian crossings may not always make you safer. The question is, though, is US data valid for our country? And how would you help blind or partially sighted people without crossings? [youtube_sc url=”Ki8BLLnWyJY”]   Hat-tip: Mark Pack

Fencing Request

Saturday, September 12, 2015 admin 4

We’ve been contacted recently by a resident concerned about an unfenced ditch at the entrance to the open space where Downhall Under Fives are based. RDC has done some work recently on the drainage ditch near the entrance here. This is commendable, and there is some fencing where the ditch […]

Essex Fire Service Consultation

Friday, June 19, 2015 admin 0

One of our readers has pointed out to us that the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are carrying out a consultation on future strategy: Residents are being urged to have their say in the future redesign of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS), through a 12 week consultation […]

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Essex Street Lights Switch-off To Be Raised In Commons

Thursday, October 23, 2014 admin 19

The decision by Essex County Council to switch-off street lights at midnight is to be raised in the House of Commons this morning by Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell. Liberal Democrat Sir Bob has had his name drawn for this mornings Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport […]

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Adder Warning !

Monday, September 29, 2014 admin 0

  A helpful warning from Rawreth Parish Councillor Christine Paine: I wonder if you could put something on OnLine Focus to warn walkers, dog walkers and riders about late season adder explosion, especially on the footpath/bridleway that goes round Dollymans and over the bridge then back to the A129. One […]

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 admin 6

  From the District Council website today Rochford District Council issues free sandbags Due to the adverse weather conditions, Rochford District Council will be providing free sandbags and sand to those in need. These will be available from BSG Buildbase, at Purdeys Industrial Estate, in tomorrow (Friday, February 14). Residents […]

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Something For The UK To Be Proud Of

Monday, September 23, 2013 admin 0

Not exactly local news – but this interactive map shows the number of road deaths per 100,000 people in the year 2010. Move the curssor ontoany country to get the figures. For the UK the figure was 3.7 deaths per 100,000 people. That’s still 3.7 too many, but still better […]

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Pool? Drainage Feature ? Hazard?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 admin 0

The other major planning application last Thursday was near King Edmund School. This is a 13 acre site, and the scheme was for 100 houses and flats, a new access road, a new car park and new bus park for King Edmund School, and some open space. This scheme had […]

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Embrace Life !

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 admin 0

We’ve never posted this film before …. almost incredibly “How It Feels To Be Run Over” was made in 1900. And hopefully it shocked those watching it to think about road safety. We post this beautiful video about once a year and will carry on doing so…. So many people […]

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Beware Of the Algae ! Do Not Touch Scum!

Friday, August 3, 2012 admin 0

From the District Council Website today: Rochford District Council is issuing a warning to all pet owners in the District who use Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park after the discovery of potentially toxic algal blooms in the lake. _ During periods of warm, sunny, calm weather algal blooms can naturally […]