Chris’ Rayleigh Times Article – With Links

Thursday, August 20, 2015 admin 17

Written by Chris Black in the latest Rayleigh Times: You can do a lot in 9 years, if you have money and a vision. In the 1960s the Americans had both, and put a man on the moon in 9 years. Meanwhile our District Council started its Core Strategy 9 […]

What’s Gone Wrong In Brentwood?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 admin 0

A very odd story from Brentwood : Brentwood’s Conservative Council FAILS to pay Mayor’s monies to charities It has emerged in recent weeks that Brentwood Council has still not paid out from the mayoral year of Cllr Vicky Davies, despite constant pleas from the immediate past mayor to do so. […]

Satisfied In Our Expensive Homes – and Reasonably Happy

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 admin 0

According to the Daily Telegraph Rochford District has expensive homes – but also lots of satisfied people. The data on ‘satisfaction’ comes from the Office of National Statistics. Between 2012 and 2014, people were asked how satisfied they were with their lives , where 0 meant not at all satisfied […]

“Mr A told me that there were six staying in these garages.”

Monday, August 17, 2015 admin 0

Recommended reading of the week is this sensitively-written piece by Southend Labour Councillor Julian Ware Lane: “I first came across the derelict garages described as a ?shanty town? a month or two back. I was out with some councillors and a council officer looking at fly-tipping and dumping problems. I […]

Burglaries Up, Shoplifting Down

Sunday, August 16, 2015 admin 0

The June crime figures for Rayleigh are now on the website. It’s difficult to learn much from one month’s figures, but there were 14 burglaries reported (compared with 8 in May and 15 in April.) There were only 4 cases of shoplifting reported (compared with 15 in May and […]

Independents Please Take Note….

Friday, August 14, 2015 admin 0

We had some independents standing for the council last May. Maybe they should study this ‘insane, but awesome’ political ad from Canada! [youtube_sc url=””] Hat-tip: Outside the Beltway

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No Time To Write!

Thursday, August 13, 2015 admin 0

Apologies – no time to write anything here tonight, composing an article for the Rayleigh Times ….

Thank You, Customer Services! Thank You Greater Anglia!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 admin 2

We received a complaint last week from a resident about litter near the passenger ramp from Rayleigh Station to The Approach. So we took a couple of photos and emailed them to Customer Services at Rochford District Council. They checked that it WAS a railway responsibility and passed the request […]

If You Like Yachts, You Might Like To Take A Look.

Monday, August 10, 2015 admin 4

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race begins in St Katherine’s Dock London on August 30th and then begins in earnest from Southend Pier on August 31st. As the Port of London Authority explains: 30th August 2015 12 yachts will lock out of St Katherine?s Dock from approximately 1400 until […]

An Attractive Italian…

Sunday, August 9, 2015 admin 0

From the Rayleigh food blog Big Spud an attractive Italian dish rich sausage pappardelle: The sausages make or break this one ? buy the best you can get hold of. I had some lovely herby Toulouse (not very Italian I grant you) but anything spiked with lots of flavours would […]