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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
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 […]
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.
James Newport writes: What’s a Tory doing on a Lib Dem blog? Well for those that don’t know this is Roger Hirst. He’s the police crime commissioner for Essex Police. For sometime there have been comments from residents about policing (or the apparent lack of it). So with this in […]
… at 7:30 at the village hall, as usual. With a hot drink and a public question time for visitors.
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, […]