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Festive Greetings

Sunday, December 23, 2007 admin 4

We’re going to take a break till after the holiday…. ….. Best wishes to all our readers and contributors , whichever party you support!

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Watery Lane And Beeches Road

Saturday, December 22, 2007 admin 2

The Echo reports today: SAT navs are being blamed for sending heavy lorries thundering down a narrow back lane between Hullbridge and Battles-bridge. Wing mirrors have been ripped off cars and body work scratched, as the articulated lorries squeeze down Watery Lane, forcing motorists to drive into hedgerows to avoid […]

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Holiday Work For Councillors

Friday, December 21, 2007 admin 0

District Councillors have received the latest ‘yellow list’ a batch of reports on various planning applications, each one with a recommendation from officers for approval or refusal. You can download it here – it’s the list dated 21.12.07 Any councillor can ‘call in’ an item to the next committee meeting […]

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Kitchen Waste WILL be collected weekly

Thursday, December 20, 2007 admin 0

Tonight’s Full Council meeting only lasted half an hour. One discussion was about the new recycling contract, which is going to be publicly announced very early in the new year. After tonight’s meeting we can make a bit more information public now. Kitchen waste – and any kind of ‘putrescible’ […]

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Change The Zebra?

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 admin 5

Lib Dem Town Councillor Bruce Smart has sent the following to onlinefocus: “Several people have approached me recently in my role of Rayleigh Town Councillor, regarding the replacing of the existing zebra crossing by the Hambro Parade shops with a controlled crossing. This is an increasingly busy road and the […]

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Last Night’s Meeting – Air Cadets, Flats , and Inmates

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 admin 9

The District Council dealt with four planning applications at last night’s meeting: The Air Cadet Headquarters in Connaught Road, Rayleigh. PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. This was an application to extend their building. Officers were recommending refusal purely on Green Belt Grounds. They didn’t think there were exceptional circumstances here that would override […]

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Clegg’s In Charge!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007 admin 3

Support for Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne was very evenly matched – with Clegg winning by just 511 votes. As it happens, two of the three editors of onlinefocus voted for Clegg, and one voted for Huhne…. The Lib Dem national website has a fresh look tonight: In his acceptance […]

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Bus Shock

Monday, December 17, 2007 admin 27

According to the County Council the 24/24a bus service, will soon stop going along Little Wheatleys Chase Rayleigh. It will instead go along Rawreth Lane to Asda. This change will happen on January 6th. (Chris spoke to First Bus’s planner today to confirm the details.) This is good news for […]

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By-Election Win

Sunday, December 16, 2007 admin 0

Our Lib Dem colleagues next door in Chelmsford are pretty happy this weekend after another by-election win: Chelmsford Liberal Democrats are celebrating another stunning victory after James Gardner won the Moulsham & Central by-election. The result was Lib Dem 1051 55% (up 14.6%); Con 640 33.5% (down 14.6%); Lab 153 […]

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More Recycling, Better Recycling

Saturday, December 15, 2007 admin 9

Up till now we haven’t written about what happened at the special District Council meeting on December 5th. This was a meeting to discuss new contracts for waste management, street cleansing and grounds maintenance. Because it involved certain financial information it was held in ‘private and confidential’ and the minutes […]

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The Planning Inspectorate Apologises

Friday, December 14, 2007 admin 0

Back in October we pointed out something strange about how the Inspector carried out the appeal on the “Pond House” in Downhall Road , Rayleigh. She didn’t take council policies into account when deciding the appeal because she said she didn’t know if they were still in force! Chris raised […]