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Memories Of Matchbox?

Saturday, February 28, 2015 admin 2

There’s a trick question – “Which company in the world makes the most car tyres?” The answer isn’t Dunlop, or Michelin- it’s Lego. In the same way the company that made the most cars in Britain used to be in Rochford. It was Lesney, who made Matchbox toys. A chap […]

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A View From Hullbridge

Friday, February 27, 2015 admin 15

The submission from the Hullbridge Residents Association to the planning application on the Hullbridge/ Rawreth borders can now be found on the council website here. It’s not a brief letter either, not even a long letter, its 46 pages long….

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The Largest Ship Ever On The Thames

Thursday, February 26, 2015 admin 0

From the Port of London website today: London, UK, 26th February 2015:- The Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway, the UK?s newest deep-sea port hub today. The 399 metre long, 60 metre wide, 195,000 ton […]

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An Update On Food Ratings

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 admin 1

A while back we mentioned that you can check on local food hygiene ratings for our district here. At the moment there’s only one premises in our district with a rating of 0 out of 5 – a cafe in Rochford. Though quite a lot of places have a rating […]

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A Tory Question — And A Lib Dem Answer

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 admin 8

The latest Conservative leaflet says: “WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH ?70,000.00″ ? That is what Linda Kendall has cost us the tax payer for taking Rochford District Council to the High Court! Just think what these funds could be spent on.” Our answer is : The council’s Core Strategy cost […]

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Winning And Losing

Monday, February 23, 2015 admin 0

Southend Lib Dem Neil Monnery writes here about winning and losing in politics, and why you need a thick skin: Winning is like a drug and winning is great but with winning comes long-term responsibilities. On the other side of the ledger is losing. Losing is not fun, most people […]

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Setting The Council Tax

Sunday, February 22, 2015 admin 0

The District Council meets on Tuesday night, mainly to set the council tax for 2015-2016. As you will see below, the District Council , the County Council and the Fire Service are all keeping things as they are, so the only changes will be with the police, and the various […]

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Application For 37 Dwellings In Hawkwell

Saturday, February 21, 2015 admin 24

New planning application just in: 15/00075/FUL Parish: Hawkwell Parish Council Ward Hawkwell West Responsibility:Committee /Weekly List Proposal: Demolish Existing Buildings and redevelop to Provide 37 Dwellings With Associated Parking, Modified Site Access, pumping station, open space and landscaping. Location: 90 Main Road Hawkwell Perhaps one of the Hawkwell Councillors could […]

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The Citizen Of the Year Awards

Friday, February 20, 2015 admin 5

You have a month to nominate someone for the Rochford DC Citizen of the Year awards: Do you know someone from the Rochford District who has made a huge difference to your community? Is there a local person who you think deserves to be recognized for all they do for […]

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4 Planning Applications

Thursday, February 19, 2015 admin 1

The agenda is out for next Thursday’s Development Control meeting. You can find it here. There are four applications shown, all 4 are recommended for approval. 1. For five extra parking spaces outside Tesco in London Road, Rayleigh 2. An application from the District Council itself for a very small […]

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Want To Learn About Computers?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 admin 0

Someone suggested we should mention a course you can take at Rayleigh Library called “Learn My Way”. It’s run over 6 weeks, on a Monday and a Wednesday at Rayleigh Library ( We think it also runs at other libraries but don’t have any details ) Starts at 9.30am, runs […]

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Three Highways Issues In Downhall Park Way

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 admin 4

Three issues in Downhall Park Way: First of all, someone has suggested having yellow lines at the junction of Downhall Park Way with Rawreth Lane. These would be standard ‘junction protection’ lines simply to stop motorists parking too close to the junction. Any thoughts about that? A second person has […]