More Social Housing for Your Backyard

Saturday, June 23, 2018 Editor 0

We spotted this in one of the red tops today. With the claim that 66% of British people supporting the building of more social housing. ‘Needs must’ – there is a NEED and we MUST do this. Here in Rochford there is a policy (which isn’t strictly adhered to) that […]

Another Poor Response

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Editor 0

We’re shocked to read in a recent audit report that just 650 responses were received for the New Local Plan consultation. Why are we shocked as we know that RDC is hopeless at consultations? The real reason is that 947 responses were given by Rayleigh Action Group to the council! […]

Making the Links Easier to Remember

Monday, June 18, 2018 Editor 0

WARNING – Tech Talk Ahead If you are trying to remember the links here on onlineFOCUS, our previous permalink structure was in the style of https://www.onlinefocus.org/?p=20778 – however, this wasn’t the easiest to remember so we’ve updated our link structure to something easier – look at this post you are reading for […]

The Battle for our Air Quality Continues

Monday, June 11, 2018 Editor 0

We’ve been campaigning for our council to take serious action on air pollution across our district. Particularly, Rayleigh, where we see EU legal limits breached. Cllr John Mason from the Rochford Districts Residents recently was interviewed on BBC Radio Essex. If this is something you share the concern about, have a […]

Celebrating Carers Week (11-17 June)

Sunday, June 10, 2018 Editor 0

Carers Week (11-17 June) is an annual awareness campaign to bring caring right out into the open – recognising and celebrating the contribution carers make to families and communities throughout the UK. This Carers Week we want to draw attention to the brilliant local carers in our area who work […]

Rayleigh Leisure Centre Gets Roof Top Garden

Sunday, June 10, 2018 Editor 4

Update Councillor & Campaigner James Newport has reported back to the FOCUS team that the roof top garden has been closed (cleared). Reports from users of the Rayleigh Leisure Centre, also indicate that some efforts are being made on internal maintenance. James has contacted both Rayleigh & Clements Hall Leisure […]

Car Park Payments by Card Ceased

Friday, June 8, 2018 Editor 2

Rochford District Council has decided without any public consultation to remove the facility to pay by card from 1st July 2018. However, our use of the councils car parks in Rayleigh has discovered that payment by card has already been removed. We’re not sure if this is simply a case […]

Councillor joins the dark side

Thursday, June 7, 2018 Editor 2

Wearing more colours than Joseph’s technicolour dreamcoat, the non entity, ex UKIP Cllr Daniel Efdes (Foulness and Wakering) has defected from the newly formed independent group ‘Friends of Rochford’ – he has been given a new home in the bosom of the dark side with the Conservatives. These are obviously […]

June is Scams Awareness Month

Monday, June 4, 2018 Editor 0

Scams Awareness Month is an annual opportunity to raise awareness and take a stand against the crimes and predatory practices which affect millions of people. Citizens Advice research shows that almost three-quarters (72%) of people surveyed had been targeted by scammers over a two year period (2015-2017). Over a third, […]

Have Your Say on the standard of HMO’s

Thursday, May 31, 2018 Editor 0

HMO’s (homes of multiple occupancy), are sometimes stereotyped as low quality housing. For some this type of housing is the only form of independent living that can be afforded. If you live in this type of accommodation then the council wants to hear your views by completing a short survey […]