3 Applications In Rayleigh High Street Are All Passed

Sunday, September 20, 2015 admin 3

3 planning applications in Rayleigh High Street were all passed at last week’s Development Committee – but only after a lot of discussion.   This was the rather surprising application which would allow the landlord (at the end of the current leases) to convert the estate agent and “New Look” […]

An Old Fire Engine… And A Frozen River

Saturday, September 19, 2015 admin 0

The Rochford District History Archive has just added some evocative photos of the Rayleigh Fire Service in the 1950s and 1960s, including the above vehicle, bought in 1929 but still in use in 1950, a fire at the Ladies Toilet on Crown Hill, and a forozen River Crouch at Battlesbridge!

Gill Lucas-Gill

Thursday, September 17, 2015 admin 1

We were totally shocked by the death a couple of weeks ago of Gill Lucas-Gill, Conservative Councillor for Rochford ward on the District Council. As one of the senior Tories, there were obviously times when she didn’t agree with us in the Lib Dems. But Gill was always pleasant to […]

Flood Protection Grants Available For Properties

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 admin 1

?Property Level Protection? grants of up to ?5,000 are available to homeowners who can provide evidence of damage to their home which has been caused by internal flooding within the last three years. They can be used to make homes more resilient to future flooding. You can find out more […]

Mortimer Road To Be Closed Off???

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 admin 25

The big application for housing on the Hullbridge / Rawreth borders now has another aspect to consider. The applicants are quite rightly being expected to help fund improvements to the Hullbridge Road / Rawreth Lane junction – and have submitted the below road design. This isn’t definite yet – a […]

Tree by Tessa Framptn

Rochford Art Trail 2016

Monday, September 14, 2015 admin 0

This year?s Art Trail will run from Thursday 17 to Saturday 26 September 2015. You can download a guide here. One of the artists is Tessa Frampton, whose website describes her work as follows: Paintings, wall hangings and sketchbooks inspired by the changing seasons and diverse landscapes of Essex and […]

A Clash of Opinions In Canewdon

Sunday, September 13, 2015 admin 2

One of the items on the latest ‘weekly list’ of planning applications is in Canewdon. You can download the details here (it starts on page 9) The application is to change the use of some land to ‘recreational’ to be used in conjunction with a child-minding business which is operated […]

Fencing Request

Saturday, September 12, 2015 admin 4

We’ve been contacted recently by a resident concerned about an unfenced ditch at the entrance to the open space where Downhall Under Fives are based. RDC has done some work recently on the drainage ditch near the entrance here. This is commendable, and there is some fencing where the ditch […]

Geoff Williams To Move Motion Of No Confidence At Basildon Council

Thursday, September 10, 2015 admin 2

We wrote recently about Basildon Council, where a planning decision for a big housing site was kept away from Basildon’s own planning committee and decided under delegated powers. Veteran Liberal Democrat Councillor Geoff Williams is now intending to table a motion of no confidence in the planning committee chair Cllr […]

Aiming For A Healthier Essex

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 admin 0

The District Council’s Review Committee met last night to hear two presentations on health and care in Rochford and Castle Point.. They were unusually interesting – although too detailed to summarise here. Also full marks to the Labour chair of the committee, Jerry Gibson, for allowing the public to ask […]