Budgets & Surveys

Friday, December 29, 2017 Editor 0

Cutting services like reducing bin collections and passing the costs of running public toilets to parish councils is one way of reducing the expenditure by the District Council. Other ways of trying to balance the books is by increasing their income through raising council tax and charging more for car […]

A Secret Away Day

Thursday, December 28, 2017 Editor 0

Our Lib Dem Councillors received an email this month about a ‘secret’ budget away day – we say ‘secret’ as the day has been placed into P&C (private and confidential). As long-time readers of OnlineFOCUS will know, we consistently have campaigned for an open, honest and transparent Council and decisions like […]

Advent Day 24 – Let’s Spare A Thought for All Those Working Tomorrow

Sunday, December 24, 2017 Editor 0

These people ❤️ NHS staff! Please RT if you do too and help show them how appreciated they are this Christmas#MerryXmasNHS Featuring: Ant and Dec, Alan Carr, Emilia Clarke, Gary Lineker, Perrie Edwards, Bill Bailey and many more Full video here: https://t.co/QF42UHjiQp pic.twitter.com/Iw3urBYyL0 — NHS Million (@NHSMillion) December 23, 2017

Advent Day 22 – Punch Bowl in Paglesham Calls Last Orders

Friday, December 22, 2017 Editor 0

Back in September ‘Admin’ reported on the application to turn the pub into a residential property which the council refused. We’ve read today that despite efforts to keep the pub up and running they have now called time on their business. It is with a heavy heart and great sadness […]

Advent Day 21 – Sometimes Christmas Can Be Disappointing Too

Thursday, December 21, 2017 Editor 0

Today, we heard some disappointing news. Irena Cassar, District Councillor for Hockley has given up her seat on the Council. Personal circumstances meant that Irena could no longer commit to the Council. She will be really missed on the Council, as an intelligent and lovely lady we wish her all […]

Advent Day 20 – By Election in Downhall & Rawreth

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Editor 5

At a time when Councils are cash strapped and the Tory austerity still bites hard, somebody (and it wasn’t us) has called for an expensive by election in Downhall & Rawreth. We’ll leave you to guess who it was! Any Tory influence in Downhall & Rawreth would be an impending […]

Advent Day 18 – Headmaster fears Lack of School Places

Monday, December 18, 2017 Editor 0

Todays Echo reports that the Headmaster of a local primary school has concerns about oversubscription. A HEADTEACHER has said that Rayleigh schools are fighting to combat oversubscription in the town. Peter Malcolm, headteacher at Rayleigh Primary School in Love Lane, told the Echo that oversubscription is an issue all schools in the […]

Advent Day 16 – Another Pub to Close

Saturday, December 16, 2017 Editor 7

Not such a cheery Christmas post today, as we learn that the Grey Goose in Rochford will be closing in the New Year. Sad to see another business closing up in our district, although we don’t know the reasons why but it’s reported here that an average of 21 pubs […]