Challenging The Commissioner

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 admin 0

James Newport writes here about last night’s meeting with the Police and Crime Commisioner He begins: Last night Essex Police Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst, gave a briefing to District and Parish Councillors in the Rochford District. The council chamber was fairly full (rather like Southend Police Cells! More on that […]

What’s As Long As Two Football Pitches And Disgusting?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 admin 1

The Guardian explains: A fatberg weighing the same as 11 double decker buses and stretching the length of two football pitches is blocking a section of London’s ageing sewage network. The congealed mass of fat, wet wipes and nappies is one of the biggest ever found and would have risked […]

News From The Museum

Monday, September 11, 2017 admin 0

The Rayleigh Museum have advised as follows: Slide Show at Holy Trinity Saturday 14th October (2 performances – 1 afternoon & 1 evening). Mike & Sharon Davies will be presenting a slide show at Holy Trinity Parish Hall on Saturday 14th October at 2pm (doors open 1pm) & 7pm (doors […]

Foci Going Out ….

Sunday, September 10, 2017 admin 0

We have two Focus leaflets currently going out in Downhall & Rawreth, and Sweyne Park and Grange. If anyone wants to give us some help, please let us know!

Paintbrushes, Petitions and Public Conveniences.

Saturday, September 9, 2017 admin 2

Imagine you were in a nearby DIY store and saw a local councillor not being allowed to buy a paintbrush or a hammer, because the District Council Constitution didn’t actually say that they could. You would think it was pretty odd. But something like this has recently happened. Not with […]

Application In The Rayleigh Conservative Conservation Area!

Friday, September 8, 2017 admin 2

There’s a planning application to remove an unwanted door at Rayleigh Conservative Club, which is inside the Rayleigh Conservation Area. You can find it here, starting on page 14. The Rayleigh Conservative Club is inside the Rayleigh Conservation Area , which means there are various heritage and architectural issues to […]

Drainage and Dogma

Thursday, September 7, 2017 admin 3

Chris Black writes: District Councillors had a training session today on sustainable drainage systems- the systems  you need to cope with the run-off of water from new developments. I’m grateful for the County Council officer, Mr Simpson, from driving from the other end of Essex to talk to us – […]

Chinese Delegation Flies In !

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 admin 0

A group of senior officials from Shanghai, China are in  the UK  this week  to sign a joint Wetland Affiliation Agreement between the RSPB at Wallasea Island and the Shanghai Chongming Dongtan National Nature Reserve. As the District Council website explains: The RSPB’s Wallasea Island team has been assisting with […]

Sweyne Park Play Area

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 admin 3

A depressing item on the District Council Website: Sweyne Park play area closure Due to vandalism, Sweyne Park play area will be closed until further notice. We will aim to open the area as soon as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.  

“Planning applications to cost taxpayers £1bn over next five years”

Saturday, September 2, 2017 admin 0

From the Inside Housing website this week- an alarming figure: “Council taxpayers will spend £1bn covering local authorities’ costs of processing planning applications in the next five years, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said. Local authorities are unable to recover the full cost of handling applications through planning fees, […]