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Cafe/ Restaurant Use Refused In Rayleigh High Street

Thursday, February 28, 2013 admin 64

The District Council has tonight refused planning permission for a change of use in Rayleigh High Street. The application was for no. 74 High Street, which until recently was Johnsons Dry Cleaners. This is a retail use, and the application was to change it to restaurant/cafe use. In fact, it […]

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A Columbarium For Rayleigh

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 admin 0

It is difficult to be buried or have your ashes interred in Rayleigh after you die. The Cemetery at Rayleigh has no further grave or cremation plots available for purchase, which with the exception of children’s graves has reached its capacity. However later this year the District Council will be […]

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No Ball Games ?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 admin 5

On FixMyStreet , a resident badly wants a no ball games sign back in Hullbridge: Street sign Reported by Paula harbrow at 17:12 today Sent to Essex County Council and Rochford District Council 2 minutes later By the green grassy area there was a no ball games street sign, it […]

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Congrats To Jack

Monday, February 25, 2013 admin 0

Congrats to Southend blogger Jack Monroe, who has a new job and a new career – as trainee reporter with the Echo: It’s been a long journey of job applications – over 300 saved in a folder in my email inbox marked Jobs Applied For, and many more CVs dropped […]

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A Fire Sale ?

Sunday, February 24, 2013 admin 3

A regular onlineFOCUS reader has contacted us because he is concerned about possible plans to privatise the Fire Service. The Daily Mirror reported earlier this month: All 46 fire and rescue services in England could be sold off to private firms under secret Government plans.Local government minister Brandon Lewis calls for […]

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Some FixMyStreet Updates

Saturday, February 23, 2013 admin 11

Here are some new reports that people have made on FixMyStreet. Let’s hope the County Council respond quickly…. This evening , a dangerous pothole in Hulbridge Road Rayleigh: Pot hole Reported in the Potholes category anonymously at 18:17 today Sent to Essex County Council 3 minutes later Fairly substantial hole […]

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New Chief Constable

Friday, February 22, 2013 admin 0

The new Chief Constable for Essex is Stephen Kavanagh, currently Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the Met. You can see more about him on the Police and Crime Commisioners blog here. He takes over on May 3rd: Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said: “I feel hugely privileged to have been selected […]

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Grappling With The New Council Tax Support System

Friday, February 22, 2013 admin 0

As we have mentioned before, this year some people will have to pay some council tax when they didn’t have to pay before. It does NOT apply to people of pension age. You can find out more on the District Council website here. At the moment the council has arranged […]

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Congrats To Chelmsford Lib Dems

Friday, February 22, 2013 admin 0

Congratulations to Graham Pooley who gained a seat for the Lib Dems in a Chelmsford Council by-election this week: Lib Dem 543 Cons 423 UKIP 280 Lab 129 Green 47 ===== 1426 22.2% turnout In his victory speech Graham paid tribute to the previous councillor, the late Delmas Ashford, who […]

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The Grace Of Birds And The Grace Of Yoga…

Thursday, February 21, 2013 admin 0

There’s quite a bit of stuff to write tomorrow, including items on Council Tax and FixMyStreet. But for tonight here’s two brand new short videos. This is one on nature conservation featuring David Attenborough that a friend sent to Chris Black: And one from a Rayleigh Yoga teacher promoting her […]