We’re Back…

Sunday, August 20, 2017 admin 3

Well, we are back online again! We had to take the site offline owing to some of our readers (we are not sure how many) seeing a “browser hijack”pageĀ  that claims they have a virus and need to call a number to get the virus removed. Throughout all this our […]

A Green Read Is Back!

Saturday, May 6, 2017 admin 0

Michael Hoy is bouncing back after his defeat in the County Council elections. He’s still of course a district councillor – and he’s resurrected his blog. You can find it here. He writes: “In 2013 I was elected as County Councillor for Rochford West, the time involved meant I could […]

Old Blogs, New Blogs

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 admin 1

Starting a blog is pretty easy. Keeping it going on a long term basis is harder. We had a ‘blip’ last year but as you can see we are back now. If you look at the ten Essex political blogs in our sidebar, one was updated today (well done Julian […]

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A New Look

Monday, December 5, 2016 admin 0

The District Council website has a new front pageĀ  – have a look here.

Revenues And Benefits Service Disrupted

Saturday, September 24, 2016 admin 0

From the District Council website: Disruption to Revenues and Benefits online services Date: Friday, 23 September 2016 Revenues and Benefits online services are currently unavailable, due to essential maintenance. The online payments service is unaffected. We apologise for any inconvenience.

The September Rebuild…

Friday, September 9, 2016 admin 4

Good morning everyone… regular readers will know that our site has been hacked by nasty people in the last few months. So we have deliberately gone back to an old back-up of onlineFOCUS from last February. Hopefully the site is now clean on any hack – but it means we […]

Your Website Challenge !

Thursday, February 4, 2016 admin 2

Once in a while we like to set our readers a challenge, to see how quickly they can find out something from the District Council website – http://www.rochford.gov.uk/ Your challenge this time is – Go to the council website and find out what is the basic allowance that an ordinary […]

A New Blog About Essex – Essexology

Thursday, November 5, 2015 admin 4

It’s good to see a new blog about Essex – not a political blog, but one that seeks to challenge Essex stereotypes and remind people of our county’s natural beauty, industrial heritage and historic locations. It is called Essexology , is written by Julia Hammond and you can find it […]

Not True – But Funny

Monday, November 2, 2015 admin 1

There’s a new website – the Southend News Network. It’s well written, but is SATIRE, so don’t get worried. These stories are not true- but have a look , they may make you smile…


Wednesday, October 28, 2015 admin 1

If you want to keep an eye on how your MP – or any MP – votes – have a look at The Public Whip website. It gives you information on when an MP has voted differently to his or her party’s official view on an issue. Plus a lot […]

Why Social Media Can Be A Trap For Politicians And Campaigners

Saturday, October 10, 2015 admin 10

Social Media , such as blogs and Facebook, can be a great way of communicating for politicians and political campaigners. But they can create a big trap. Instead of reaching out to people, and exchanging ideas, you can end up only talking to people with exactly the same views as […]

Aiming For A Healthier Essex

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 admin 0

The District Council’s Review Committee met last night to hear two presentations on health and care in Rochford and Castle Point.. They were unusually interesting – although too detailed to summarise here. Also full marks to the Labour chair of the committee, Jerry Gibson, for allowing the public to ask […]