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Drama In Watery Lane !

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 admin 0

There has been some activity in Watery Lane at last. BUT WATERY LANE IS STILL CLOSED – DON’T DRIVE DOWN THERE YET! (3 drivers had to be rescued today !) Quite a lot has happened in the last few days. A resident said that he intended to arrange works himself […]

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The Truth About Potholes.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 admin 3

We ‘ve written a lot about potholes  – because there have been so many of them.  And now we know why. We hope our local Conservatives are embarrassed by the figures below. They darn well ought to be. This is a league table of the money spent on pothole repairs […]

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Alarm Bells For Rawreth

Friday, June 27, 2008 admin 13

From the Echo: RESIDENTS are fighting to save their “idyllic” village from plans to build 365 new homes there. Hawkwell is one of the places Rochford District Council says must cope with extra housing to help the district fill its Government housing quota. Whitehalll has told the council it must […]

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Fair Shares For All

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 admin 17

Hawkwell Councillor John Mason is unhappy about the Conservative’s suggested housing allocation for Hawkwell: In the Summer of 2007, after the first public consultation, 32 Conservative Councillors met in private to allocate 2200 new housing units across Rochford District. They came up with 365 for Hawkwell West and just 740 […]

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The Revised East Of England Plan

Monday, May 12, 2008 admin 3

The Revised East of England Plan is published today. You can download it here (3.5 Megabytes) The report is 131 pages long , and there’s a lot to absorb. It deals with the governments proposals for housing, employment, transport etc. in the next 13-17 years. Rochford is not one of […]

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If This Were True…..

Monday, May 5, 2008 admin 10

The Conservatives clearly got a little rattled in Rayleigh Central Ward in the last few days of the campaign. They put out a leaflet which said : “You may remember that with your help Conservatives overturned council officers proposals to build 1800 houses in Rayleigh, where were the Lib Dems […]

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A Successful Skirmish

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 admin 8

At last night’s meeting we got the Conservatives to agree to a change in the council vision statement. We got them to remove the phrase “several large scale sites” From: By 2017 ….. Secure a range of new mixed housing developing on several large-scale sites linked to local infrastructure upgrades […]

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It’s Someone’s Vision

Sunday, February 17, 2008 admin 5

On Tuesday night councillors are being asked to approve the District Council’s “Vision Statement” for the years ahead. It begins by aiming to “make Rochford District the place of choice in the county to live, work and visit”. The last bit seems over-ambitious – can we really make our district […]

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Telling People What’s Happening

Monday, February 11, 2008 admin 12

It was interesting to see a little piece in the Echo on Friday (not on their website yet) where the Conservatives accuse us of “Scaremongering” about the housing figures. We’re just trying to tell people what’s going on in the real world. The latest news is that a sub-committee meeting […]

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Housing Figures, Leadership & Politics (Part 2)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 admin 18

There a quite a few things that can go wrong with the housing figures, if the public and Lib Dem councillors aren’t vigilant. First of all, the housing figures are due to be discussed at a couple of District Council committee meetings in April. Maybe there will be some nasty […]

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Housing Figures, Leadership & Politics (Part 1)

Tuesday, February 5, 2008 admin 7

A few nights ago Mike Nobes left a comment about housing figures and said “We need strong leadership, not politics. “ Well, any future battles around housing figures in Rayleigh certainly aren’t going to revolve around national politics. But they are certainly going to be intermeshed with local politics. This […]

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New Housing – The Debate Hots Up

Friday, January 25, 2008 admin 47

The argument about where to allocate new housing in the district seems to be hotting up again. According to the Echo: Could a new town be the answer? Hawkwell Parish Council believes it is. It suggests a new town in the west of Rayleigh would be the best policy to […]