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Asda Decision Deferred Until March 30th After A Day of Confusion

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 admin 0

Last night’s planning meeting was a bit of an anti-climax. The decision on the Asda scheme was originally going to be decided last night. Then on Friday we heard that County Highways had put in a “holding objection” so that it would probably be deferred. Then yesterday lunchtime we heard […]

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A Great Evening in the Council Chamber

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 admin 0

It was a real treat to be in the Rayleigh Civic Suite tonight. The 5th Rayleigh Scouts came along to have a look at the Council Chamber, sat in the councillors chairs and asked Chris lots of questions. And there really were a lot of questions. For example: Who has […]

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Asda – Is Tonight the Night after all?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 admin 0

According to information on the District’s Council’s website, It now looks likely that County Highways will withdraw their holding objection to the Asda planning application. So if you are interested – either for it or against – , please come along tonight. You might be pleased or disappointed, delighted or […]

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Primary Care Trust say they want the Asda site!

Monday, February 20, 2006 admin 0

Things became very interesting today.All the District Councillors received a letter from the Primary Care Trust. Basically the Trust are saying that they want to provide a pretty elaborate medical facility at the Park School site. Of course, that’s where Asda want to build their supermarket. And Asda can’t be […]

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County Highways intervene on the Asda application

Friday, February 17, 2006 admin 2

Essex County Council Highways Department have objected to the Asda planning application, on the grounds that they need more information on how Asda’s scheme would affect traffic in the surrounding area. We understand that the District Council officers will now probably suggest that a decision on the application should be […]

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Rayleigh Sports Centre to Open on May 13th

Friday, February 17, 2006 admin 1

The District Council have confirmed to us that the Rayleigh Sports Centre will open to the public on May 13th. This is 5 months later than the council promised, but at least it is opening! Chris has asked when people can start booking facilities- no date has been fixed for […]

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ASDA – Officers recommend APPROVAL

Tuesday, February 14, 2006 admin 1

We have now seen the officers report for the Asda application which will be decided on Feb 21st. The officers are recommending approval (although councillors could disagree if they can provide suitable planning reasons). There’s a lot to read and we will provide further information when we have read it […]

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Rayleigh Station Thefts

Monday, February 13, 2006 admin 1

After our last posting about Rayleigh Station, we received the following email from a resident. Has anyone else had stuff stolen there? “I have seen some comments on your website about Rayleigh Station. I have had parts stolen from my cycle left for the day at the Station, The first […]

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The threat of being merged into one massive council

Monday, February 13, 2006 admin 0

There seems to be a disagreement among the senior journalists at the Evening Echo. Some support the idea of merging all the district and borough councils along the north side of the Thames , so there would be one big council covering Thurrock, Basildon, Castle Point, Rochford and Southend. Others […]

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Second Asda Application to be decided on the 21st

Sunday, February 12, 2006 admin 0

The second application from Asda for a supermarket on the “neighbourhood centre” in Rawreth Lane will come to the District Council’s planning meeting on Tuesday 21st Feebruary. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber in the Civic Suite in Rayleigh (next to the Market Car Park, and opposite […]

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Grafitti Update

Thursday, February 9, 2006 admin 0

Grafitti is still a big issue in parts of Rayleigh and Rawreth (and indeed across the district!) One of our recent successes has been to get the council to spend an extra ?7500 per year on clearing the stuff up. In practice this means that instead of one ‘clean-up run’ […]

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Nuisance at Rayleigh Station – Police Response

Sunday, February 5, 2006 admin 0

Following the complaint that we posted about on Wednesday, we contacted the British Transport Police. They told us that , as it happens, they moved a group on from Rayleigh Station on Tuesday evening. If necessary they will consider a police operation that may involve prosecutions. Please keep us advised […]