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A Sixth Form At Sweyne Park School ?

Monday, December 31, 2012 admin 3

Over 40 years ago Sweyne School in Rayleigh had its own sixth form – though things got so crowded pupils were having lessons in the dining room. Then SEEVIC opened, and all the sixth formers moved there. Now the Echo reports that Sweyne Park School is hoping to have its […]

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The Rochford Residents Party Now Objecting To The HAAP

Sunday, December 30, 2012 admin 14

Hawkwell Councillors Christine and John Mason of the Rochford Residents Party have published something on their website today about the Hockley Area Action Plan, the “HAAP”: We are formally objecting to the Hockley Area Action Plan (the HAAP) which is published at the link below. http://www.rochford.gov.uk/planning/policy/local_development_framework/hockley_area_action_plan/hockley-area-action-plan-haap ———— As District Councillors […]

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Watch Out For This….. The Council Tax Support Scheme

Saturday, December 29, 2012 admin 3

There’s a big change coming in how District Councils treat people on low incomes. At the moment there is a system called Council Tax Benefit. If you qualify for Council Tax Benefit, you don’t pay any council tax. It’s a national system, each council just follows the national rules. However […]

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Hullbridge Housing Meeting (And Relevant To Rawreth Too….)

Friday, December 28, 2012 admin 1

From the A Green Read blog: A Public Meeting is being held on Thursday 3rd January at the Hullbridge Community Centre, in Pooles Lane.  The meeting is to start at 7.30pm.This meeting is for residents to discuss and decide what they can say to the consultation, being held by the […]

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A Couple Of Potholes…

Thursday, December 27, 2012 admin 0

After our brief Xmas break, let’s start off with the nitty-gritty of council work these days – potholes. A couple of potholes,  in the eastern part of the district,  were reported on FixMyStreet today:   Large Pot Hole Reported in the Potholes category anonymously at 10:14 today Sent to Essex […]

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Season’s Greetings

Monday, December 24, 2012 admin 0

Best wishes to all our readers. May there be peace on Earth, and goodwill to all. We will be back on Thursday.

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Christmas Shopping Thoughts

Saturday, December 22, 2012 admin 1

Chris Black writes: I was up in Rayleigh Town Centre this afternoon. First thing I noticed was that the Castle Road Car park was very nearly full, which you’d hope it would be , with free parking! However I still had to stop one person from trying to pay – […]

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An Unwanted Pickle

Friday, December 21, 2012 admin 4

  Colchester Lib Dem Councillor Nick Barlow writes here on Government Minister Eric Pickles – and he is pretty blunt. Here’s an extract: …  Instead of assistance and help from the Secretary of State, there is instead a hectoring of local government and a stubborn refusal to engage with anything […]

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A 2.5% Cut?

Thursday, December 20, 2012 admin 2

  According to the BBC,   Rochford District Council is facing a cut of 2.5% in funding. Hopefully we will have some more definite information soon…

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Rest In Peace

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 admin 3

We had a sombre start to last night’s Full Council – a minute’s silence in memory of Dawn Giles, Terry Livings and Roy Pearson,  three people connected with the council who had all died recently. Dawn Giles was a former Lib Dem Rayleigh Town Councillor. Dawn became involved in politics […]

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A Bit Of Discussion On Blood Testing

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 admin 4

Chris Black raised the blood testing issue at Full Council tonight, and a little bit of discussion followed. Tory Leader Terry Cutmore said that “We’ve all got to save money” but added “I want to make sure that urgent cases are dealt with urgently, which I believe will still be […]