No Image

Vergeltungswaffe 2 Found On Wallasea Island!

Saturday, March 31, 2012 admin 0

What HAVE they found on Wallasea Island as part of the Wild Coast project? It was the motor of a German V2 rocket from World War 2 – presumably heading towards Rochford, or Rayleigh, or London…. which thankfully landed too early. Find out much more about this discovery here. Find […]

No Image

Lemon Ice

Friday, March 30, 2012 admin 2

As it’s been such a sunny week, it’s appropriate that Rayleigh’s own food blog – Big Spud – has a recipe for lemon ice “Rossi?s in known throughout South Essex as the ice cream brand. The Rossi?s van came round my street every night after school, you could stroll along […]

No Image

The Rules On Storing Petroleum

Thursday, March 29, 2012 admin 1

We had the following email today from one of our regular readers, “Greenbelt” Hi , I thought you may be interested in what the Petroleum Regs. say about storage of petrol in cans as not even Francis Maude is aware of the law. I have attached a couple of extracts […]

No Image

More On Potholes, Nearby And Far Away

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 admin 4

In Rawreth Lane, an elongated pothole is now over one year old. But that’s nothing – in Brentwood one pothole has now being marked out for repair – after 19 months. Meanwhile we understand in Hertfordshire they are adjusting their highways repair progamme to ensure that nobody trips over during […]

No Image

FixMyStreet Update

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 admin 1

The people who run the FixMyStreet website have given it an improved look, as you can see here. They have also made it easier to use from a smartphone. In the meantime, the pothole situation doesn’t seem to improve much , here’s a report from today in Hockley: Hole in […]

No Image

3 Stars Out Of 4 For The Council Website.

Monday, March 26, 2012 admin 0

Rochford District Council has been rated with three stars out of four for its website – the Echo reports on it here: Rochford council wins award for website _ A COUNCIL has been recognised for having one of the best-performing websites in the country in a national report. _ Rochford […]

No Image

The Pros and Cons Of Roundabouts – And The Secrets Of Road Signs

Sunday, March 25, 2012 admin 1

OnlineFOCUS readers interested in highways issues might enjoy this post here on the American website “Reality-Based Community”. It’s about roundabouts, which are generally uncommon in the USA. Here’s a sample: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent research group, estimates that converting intersections with traffic lights to roundabouts reduces […]

No Image

A Quiet Week For New Planning Applications

Sunday, March 25, 2012 admin 0

The latest list of new planning applications can be found on the District Council website here. It’s the list dated March 23rd. Most of the applications are extensions etc., but there is one bigger one: 3 new dwellings in Hockley : 12/00156/FUL Parish: Hockley Parish Council Ward: Hockley West Proposal: […]

No Image

A New System For Yellow Lines

Saturday, March 24, 2012 admin 3

Have you heard of the “South Essex Parking Partnership”? It’s a partnership of 6 councils in Essex for the purpose of enforcing on-street parking restrictions. In other words, it employs the people who give you a parking ticket if you park on a yellow line. From next month, this partnership […]

No Image

The Train That Doesn’t Stop….

Friday, March 23, 2012 admin 4

We received the following email today from Rawreth resident Karl Reilly: I have been in touch with Greater Anglia since they have taken over the local rail franchise. The train services into London have been improving, but one of the peak rush hour trains still does not stop at Battlesbridge […]

No Image

Future Employment Land In West Rayleigh….

Thursday, March 22, 2012 admin 0

One of the issues discussed at the LDF sub-committee last night was about which land should be used for new industrial / commercial / office uses in the future. It was agreed that: The farmland to the north-east of the Carpenters Arms roundabout should NOT be used , because of […]

No Image

A Bit Of Help…..

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 admin 0

According to figures we’ve received tonight, 31,400 people in our district will receive a tax cut in 2013/14 following the budget announcements today. By next month 1,750 workers in our district will have been removed from Income Tax since the Labour Government After the increase in allowances announced today, that […]