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District Council Budget is Passed

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 admin 0

The District Council budget was passed tonight – with an increase in council tax of just under 5 per cent. It’s no surprise that the increase is just under 5 per cent – in fact it was practically certain, the Conservative administration had no choice. If they increase it by […]

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Housing Transfer

Sunday, January 29, 2006 admin 0

The government is effectively forcing Rochford District Council – and other councils like us – to transfer our council housing stock over to a housing association. Some councillors are enthusiastic about it, others are more unwilling, but that’s the way things are going. However, it still has to be agreed […]

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Brooklyn Drive Rayleigh – would more yellow lines help?

Sunday, January 29, 2006 admin 2

In our last Focus news was included about the Highways Department agreeing to extend the double yellow lines at the top of Brooklyn Drive. This was to: 1. enable residents in the flats to gain easier access from their designated parking area 2. to give a larger turning space for […]

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Remember Trevor?

Sunday, January 29, 2006 admin 0

Residents of Canewdon, plus long-serving councillors and council officers, may remember Trevor Powell. Trevor was a popular and hard-working councillor in Canewdon, who became leader of the Lib Dems on Rochford District. Unfortunately, his “proper” job required to move away to Suffolk, and some of us lost contact with him. […]

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006 admin 0

If you look at Rochford District Council’s Website you will see that they are promoting Futureville. It’s an interactive CD Rom designed for 12-16 year-olds who are thinking about a career in local government. It’s free – just click here to go through to their application form and they’ll send […]

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Local Bodies Still Objecting to Asda Scheme

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 admin 0

We understand that Rawreth Parish Council has sent the following to Rochford District: For the Attention of Mr. Mike Stranks Copies to Mr. Mark Francois MP, County Cllr. Castle, Ward and Parish Councillors. Planning Application 05/01049/REM Asda Stores Ltd., Park School Site, Rawreth Lane, Rayleigh, Essex Council Comment is as […]

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The Leadership Election

Friday, January 20, 2006 admin 0

If you are interested in the Liberal Democrat’s leadership election, you might like to look at the three candidates’ websites: Ming Campbell Simon Hughes Chris Huhne Who are the Liberal Democrats in our district voting for? Well, of course we all make our own minds up. However Sid Cumberland, who […]

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Health Issues

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 admin 0

Chris and Ron had asked that someone from our local Primary Care Trust should come to the District Council. Tonight we were pleasantly surprised to see Malcom McCann, the Chief Executive of the Trust visit us. We had a very interesting evening. The first part of his presentation was about […]

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Hambro Parade

Friday, January 13, 2006 admin 0

Ron had a site meeting this week at Hambro Parade with an officer from County Highways. As a result of the meeting, County Highways have agreed to ‘look at’ the following suggestions to try to improve things: (1) Installing bollards (or railings?) at the kerb edge either side of the […]

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Oh no, they’ve done it again!

Thursday, January 12, 2006 admin 0

This week Chris had his article published in the Rayleigh Times which criticised the Conservatives for: delaying decisions that should be taken at committee meetings by creating “working parties” to meet during the day when there’s plenty of time to spare at the evening meetings Well , last night’s meeting […]

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Some New Year?s Resolutions For Rochford ?Daytime? Council

Wednesday, January 11, 2006 admin 0

The following article (written by Chris) appears in this week’s Rayleigh Times: Let?s begin with some good news. It looks likely that Rochford District Council is going to allow the public to speak at planning meetings. This is long overdue ? the Liberal Democrat councillors proposed this some time ago, […]