A Garden Village for the East of the District?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Editor 0

Local Conservative MP for Rayleigh & Wickford, Mark Francois, has published his response to the ‘issues & options’ consultation. He writes Critically, I believe that we should not countenance any major development in the district without the necessary infrastructure improvements being guaranteed to go with them He then goes on […]

Lib Dems demand £6billion for NHS

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Editor 2

The Liberal Democrats are calling for an extra £6 billion a year to protect the NHS, paid for by an extra penny on Income Tax. The money raised will be guaranteed for the NHS and social care services, which is currently in crisis with delayed operations, full hospital beds and […]

The Future of the Silver Screen in Our District

Thursday, March 8, 2018 Editor 0

Believe it or not once upon a time, Rayleigh had its own cinema, located in Bellingham Lane. Seating 696 people, it was opened on 29th April 1937 and closed on 29th September 1973. The building was promptly demolished. Despite petitions from local residents, a new cinema was never built. Offices were […]

Issues & Options Consultation to Close Tomorrow 5pm

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Editor 0

If you’ve been following the ‘chat’ on social media about this consultation, you’ll have noticed that there doesn’t appear to have been many ‘come on let’s build more houses’. From what we’ve read here at onlineFOCUS this is driven by the fact that there appears to be a dramatic underfunding […]

The Mayor of Rayleigh

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Editor 0

Monday nights, Rayleigh Town Council full council meeting, had an interesting item on the agenda. The discussion about replacing the existing Chairman with a Town Mayor. The debate was led by Cllr Jack Lawmon, who seemed very keen on the idea (we wonder who the next Chairman will be of […]

Warm Hearts

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Editor 0

Snow is fun and games for the kids, but not everyone is so fortunate to be able to enjoy it – spare a thought for the homeless, check on your elderly neighbours and stay safe on your essential travels. We’re sure there are many people who do good deeds everyday, […]

Teen Politics

Saturday, February 24, 2018 Editor 1

    Embed from Getty Images It’s a difficult task to engage with the younger generation and get them interested in politics enough to get them out to vote. However across the pond in the US, in the state of Kansas, the younger generation has been energised enough to run for […]


Friday, February 23, 2018 Editor 3

The application process for the land north of London Road is slowly creeping along and last night the development committee was asked to consider the “access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale in relation to phase 1 of the approved outline application.” This application will always be a contentious issue and […]

Great Wakering & The New Local Plan

Thursday, February 22, 2018 Editor 0

Today, we’ve been over in Great Wakering assisting the ‘Friends of Rochford District‘ with their exhibition about the new local plan. Rochford District Council, in their infinite wisdom, omitted to hold a public exhibition in Wakering and we think that was a mistake. Gt Wakering, is a lovely village, with […]

Land North of London Road

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Editor 0

Phase 1 of Land North of London Road will come before development committee on Thursday 22nd February to discuss the reserved matters. We expect it to be a lively debate with it being such a contentious proposal with local residents – why not come along and see for yourself. The […]

An Inflation Busting Council Tax Rise for Residents

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Editor 2

Please don’t feel insulted by the next paragraph as this is written specifically for the leader of the council who tonight described inflation as ‘a crude measure’ Inflation – a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money Perhaps economics was / isn’t his strong point […]

Sweyne Park Play Area

Monday, February 19, 2018 Mr Orange 0

What is going on with the play equipment or lack of?  Well, we’re pleased to report we’ve had an update today from the super-efficient town clerk at Rayleigh Town Council with the following… The work on the installation of new play equipment and surfacing in the Sweyne Park Open Space […]