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The Rayleigh Fireman’s Wedding !

Monday, April 21, 2014 admin 0

[youtube_sc url=”” width=”400″ modestbranding=”1″] One of our regular readers has very kindly pointed this video out to us ! Note that the fire engine was owned by Rayleigh Urban District Council. You can see it go down Bellingham Lane and Rayleigh High Street… Any further information on this gratefully received…

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The Battle Of Wakering Common

Sunday, April 20, 2014 admin 0

We haven’t mentioned the Rochford District Community Archive for a while. So here’s a link to? a story of alcohol and violence from 1912: “At that time there was just one village policeman who depended to a great extent on the good will of most of the villagers and his […]

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“Rochford Fears Possible Merger With Wickford”

Saturday, April 19, 2014 admin 6

Slightly surprising comments in the Echo from Councillor Keith Hudson, bearing in mind that the Conservative Group has already voted to allocate enough housing to double the population of the parish of Rawreth, that also causes a merger with both Hullbridge and Rayleigh: ROCHFORD Council fears overdevelopment in Wickford could […]

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A U-Turn In the Car Park?

Thursday, April 17, 2014 admin 0

There’s a growing feeling that the district council is going to do a U-turn and keep free car parking on Saturday afternoons. Either the leadership will gracefully back down on this, or there will be another vote. As the Echo reports here ….the Tory-run council now says the charges have […]

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Primary School Places: How To Challenge A Decision

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 admin 0

From the Guardian today: The parents of thousands of children will learn on Wednesday that they have not been allocated their first choice of primary school. If you are one of them, it is possible to challenge the decision. Here is what you can do: ? Make sure you respond […]

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A Good Start – ?400,000 Being Spent On Piping

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 admin 1

From the Echo: FLOOD victims are hoping to benefit from ?400,000 of new drains being laid by Anglian Water. The work, which is due finish next month, involves laying more than 5,500ft of pipes in Beeches Road, Rawreth, which has regularly suffered flooding in recent years. Two new pumps will […]

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Pushing For A Public Meeting On Infrastructure

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 admin 8

At tonight’s Full District Council meeting Chris Black pushed for the council to hold a public meeting about infrastructure in the West Rayleigh / Rawreth / Hullbridge area – to discuss drainage, sewerage, highways, education, health etc. He pointed out that the council has a page on its website to […]

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Judicial Review !

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 admin 1

As was mentioned in a comment here last week , campaigner Linda Kendall has arranged and financed a legal action – a Judicial Review – into whether the council? consulted properly on its core strategy and allocations document. Even if she wins the court case and forced a rethink it […]

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Old Files Coming Out Of The Loft …

Monday, April 14, 2014 admin 0

We are being asked lots of questions at the moment about the District Council’s development plans, so we’ve been looking back at old files. In fact some very old files – if anyone wants to see the original paper copy of the outline planning application for Downhall Park Way, please […]

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The Giants Of Pine Tree Avenue

Sunday, April 13, 2014 admin 0

  This is nothing to do with our district, but the Liberal England blog has an interesting piece on the trees in a suburban avenue in Leicester. They aren’t pines, they are flippin’ Giant Redwoods. Pine Tree Avenue in Humberstone, a village that has become a suburb of Leicester, is […]

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Essex Consults On How Good Is Your Local Chemist

Saturday, April 12, 2014 admin 0

Essex County Council is holding a public consultation on local pharmaceutical services. The consultation will run until 30th April. Members of the public are asked to complete a short questionnaire on the services provided by pharmacies, dispensing doctors and internet pharmacies in the Essex area. The results of the survey […]