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Snow Sunday?

Saturday, January 19, 2013 admin 0

The BBC weather forecast for Rayleigh has heavy snow falling for much of tomorrow. The County Council Website has details here of how its planning to respond to the weather. You can track some of their gritting lorries here. They also have a twitter feed here. Maybe its a good […]

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Chickpea, Tomato and Rosemary Best Brunch Loaf

Friday, January 18, 2013 admin 0

We seem to write about food on Friday nights (it’s often an easy post to write at the end of a long week !) Well, Southend Labour Blogger Jack Monroe has a recipe at only 10p per portion – “Shape into a rugby ball shape, pop into a lightly greased […]

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Sounds Like An “Interesting” Meeting…

Thursday, January 17, 2013 admin 1

Michael Hoy writes about the latest Hullbridge Parish Council meeting here. Clearly there were some disagreements on local Hullbridge issues – Michael describes the meeting as backward looking! But on the big issue of the night: The most important matter, the housing allocation for the 500 houses to the West […]

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The District Council Unveils It’s Action Plan For Rayleigh…

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 admin 0

From the District Council website…..   Rochford District Council is pleased to announce an exhibition for the Rayleigh Area Action Plan. The Rayleigh Area Action Plan will create the framework for development sites and planning policies for Rayleigh town centre, and will help guide public and private investment in the […]

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Dangerous Zebra Crossing In Ashingdon Road !

Monday, January 14, 2013 admin 0

    On FixmyStreet over the weekend: Zebra crossing both flashing lights not working Reported in the Traffic lights category anonymously at 13:34, Saturday 12 January 2013 Sent to Essex County Council less than a minute later The zebra crossing has both flashing lights out, vehicles unfamiliar with the area […]

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Hullbridge Parish Council Meeting

Sunday, January 13, 2013 admin 0

There’s a meeting of Hullbridge Parish Council tomorrow night 14th January at 7.30pm. It’s at the Hullbridge Centre in Windermere Avenue. It’s of course open to the public (even if you don’t live in Hullbridge) The agenda includes the housing allocation for Hullbridge/ NE Rawreth and also a new logo […]

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Regal Bus Worries

Saturday, January 12, 2013 admin 9

Rawreth Parish Council have been advised by the Essex County Council bus team that from March 3rd, two Regal Busways routes are being withdrawn, and a third one reduced. It’s very disappointing news. It would have a drastic impact for some Rawreth residents in particular: Service :Regal Busways R3 […]

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An Answer On Dropped Kerbs

Friday, January 11, 2013 admin 1

Last week Chris Black was asked if the law against parking across dropped kerbs was being enforced. The answer is yes, Tory councillor Keith Hudson has helpfully advised us that across the South Essex parking area, 87 people have received penalties since April 2011. So be warned !

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Bullwood Hall To Close

Thursday, January 10, 2013 admin 1

As the Guardian reports here, Bullwood Hall Prison in Hockley is to be closed by this March. This is obviously bad news for the staff who work there; we understand some may be offered transfers to other jails or to take voluntary redundancy packages. It may also have an impact […]

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A New Tesco Express In Brentwood

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 admin 4

Apparently there’s a new Tesco Express opening up in a former pub in Brentwood. We’ve had the recent experience of the Tesco opening up in London Road Rayleigh. Do any onlineFOCUS readers have any comments or advice they’d like to pass on to the Brentwood councillors ?

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Feasts Of Nostalgia

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 admin 1

One of the local websites in our sidebar is the Rochford District Community Archive. If you have a look, you’ll find a small goldmine of stories about local people and places.. One example is about Love Lane School in Rayleigh from 1955 to 1957/58. This article actually demonstrates just how […]