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Falls Awareness Week.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 admin 4

A while ago a district councillor had to go to hospital after a very serious fall during an official site visit. So it’s very appropriate that the District Council is supporting (in a small way) Falls Awareness Week. From the District Council website: Get Up and Go – During Age […]

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A Farewell To Eon

Saturday, June 19, 2010 admin 1

Eon staff finish work at Rayleigh for the final time on Friday 25th June and are out of work from 1st July. An onlineFOCUS reader and Eon employee has sent us the following. It?s been a really slow, long, lingering death for the staff there since the end of January […]

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By-Election In Wheatley Ward

Friday, June 18, 2010 admin 0

Following the sad death of John Pullen, there will be a district council by-election in Wheatley Ward on July 15th: There will be 4 candidates: David BODIMEADE 39 Rawreth Lane, Rayleigh, Labour Sid CUMBERLAND 15 Upway, Rayleigh, Liberal Democrats John HAYTER 10 Victoria Road, Rayleigh, English Democrats Aron PRIEST 8 […]

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Some Recent Reports On FixMyStreet

Thursday, June 17, 2010 admin 1

The FixMyStreet website is a good way of reporting problems in a road: You can indicate exactly on a map the location you are talking about – very useful if you are reporting , say, a pothole in along road. You can attach photos if you want to. You can […]

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One Last Letter Might Be Worthwhile….

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 admin 0

Hawkwell Councillor John Mason reckons it’s worth residents opposed to the David Wilson Homes application in Hawkwell writing one more letter to the government, now that there are new rules about ‘garden grabbing’. He says on his website: If you wish to help stop the 330 David Wilson Homes in […]

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Be Warned….

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 admin 2

We had the followng email today from an onlinefocus reader: Chris – I’ve just had a call from a so-called ‘National Crime Research Group’, representing SAS Security – which is a scam, as you can see here: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2085601 I wondered if we might alert people that this is not what […]

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A Big Re-Think?

Monday, June 14, 2010 admin 0

The District Council has just sent the following letter to all those who made representations on the Local Development Framework. It looks like the Inspector is giving an opportunity here to have a big rethink on housing numbers now we have a new Coalition government: Dear Representor, . As you […]

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Lock Your Cars

Monday, June 14, 2010 admin 1

A gang of thieves were out last week in one part of Rayleigh stealing stuff from cars. These were cars parked outside people’s homes whilst their owners slept. In particular, the thieves came upon several unlocked cars from which they stole money, CDs phones etc. All doors were then left […]

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On the Mend

Sunday, June 13, 2010 admin 0

Some residents have been asking how Chris Lumley is progressing after his recent illness. He wasn’t able to be active during the May elections as he had severe kidney infections which led to a spell in Southend Hospital. However he is recovering well and will be walking around the ward […]

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An Interesting Ruling On Fast Food ….

Saturday, June 12, 2010 admin 3

From yesterday’s Guardian, a legal case with possible implications for our area: A controversial planning permission allowing a fast food takeaway shop to be set up near a school with a healthy eating policy was quashed by the high court today. . A judge declared that Tower Hamlets council, in […]

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Still Set For Trial….

Saturday, June 12, 2010 admin 0

The former leader of our county council is still set to go on trial. The Guardian reports: Three former Labour MPs and a Conservative peer are not protected from prosecution by parliamentary privilege, a judge ruled today. The decision by Mr Justice Saunders means David Chaytor, Elliot Morley, Jim Devine […]

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An End To “Garden Grabbing”? – Not Quite

Friday, June 11, 2010 admin 2

This week the Coalition Government announced that it was going to give powers back to councils to reduce “Graden Grabbing” – the practice of building new housing in existing gardens. The Guardian explained it as follows: The government is announcing new measures to stop the practice of “garden grabbing” which […]