Chris Black writes: District Councillors had a training session today on sustainable drainage systems- the systems you need to cope with the run-off of water from new developments. I’m grateful for the County Council officer, Mr Simpson, from driving from the other end of Essex to talk to us – […]
A group of senior officials from Shanghai, China are in the UK this week to sign a joint Wetland Affiliation Agreement between the RSPB at Wallasea Island and the Shanghai Chongming Dongtan National Nature Reserve. As the District Council website explains: The RSPB’s Wallasea Island team has been assisting with […]
A depressing item on the District Council Website: Sweyne Park play area closure Due to vandalism, Sweyne Park play area will be closed until further notice. We will aim to open the area as soon as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
James Newport writes: What’s a Tory doing on a Lib Dem blog? Well for those that don’t know this is Roger Hirst. He’s the police crime commissioner for Essex Police. For sometime there have been comments from residents about policing (or the apparent lack of it). So with this in […]
… at 7:30 at the village hall, as usual. With a hot drink and a public question time for visitors.
From the Inside Housing website this week- an alarming figure: “Council taxpayers will spend £1bn covering local authorities’ costs of processing planning applications in the next five years, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said. Local authorities are unable to recover the full cost of handling applications through planning fees, […]
As long-time readers will know, we OPPOSED building on green fields in the West Rayleigh / Rawreth area. But after some bitter battles in the council chamber, we lost the vote, and development is slowly but surely going ahead. Countryside Developments already have ‘outline’ permission on their large site between […]
It can be difficult for pubs to stay viable. A lot have closed. So it’s not unusual that there’s a planning application in to convert the Punchbowl at Paglesham into an ordinary residential house. Paglesham Parish council have objected strongly to: “the proposed loss of an very important local social […]
The biggest story while we were away is the U-turn that means that Southend A&E will NOT be downgraded. As the Save Southend A&E website put it: In less than 4 months since our Save Southend A&E campaign launched, we have rapidly secured huge public support and awareness of the […]
Well, we are back online again! We had to take the site offline owing to some of our readers (we are not sure how many) seeing a “browser hijack”page that claims they have a virus and need to call a number to get the virus removed. Throughout all this our […]
The application from Countryside for “North of London Road” can now be found on the council website. The reference number is 17/00578/REM and you should be able to see it by following this link. We have asked the council to put a link on the front of the council website. […]
Tonight’s meeting to receive a presentation from the NHS on the plans for health services in our area was unusually interesting. In just about every presentation councillors get, we only hear one side of the argument. But tonight we heard both sides , because one of the consultants that came, […]