Chris Black 1958 – 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Lib Dem Admin 11

It is with regret I must tell Focus readers that our ‘admin’ Chris Black, suddenly passed away last night. Our thoughts are with his wife and son at this difficult time. Chris touched many peoples lives in his 30+ years as a Councillor and remained a popular candidate for the […]

Keeping Well…

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 admin 0

Do you need advice on stuff like Mobility Aids, Technically Enabled Care, Chair Sensors, Big Button Phones and other equipment to assist daily living? For yourself, or someone you care for? Well . there’s an event in Rayleigh High Street on 25 October to share information about  the services that […]

Sweyne Park Update

Sunday, October 8, 2017 admin 0

Here’s an update on the park situation: The overgrown ditch between Downhall Park Way and Sweyne Park (see above) is going to be cleared at the same time as the hedge trimming of the bridleway – probably on Thursday 12th or Friday 13th this week. Rochford DC are getting some […]

Crown Hill Toilets

Friday, October 6, 2017 admin 1

James Newport writes here about last Monday’s Town Council decision on the Rayleigh Public Conveniences. The meeting went into private and confidential session – so it would be difficult for us to write at length.

“Lobbying firms paying our MPs? It’s probably fine… “

Sunday, October 1, 2017 admin 0

It’s not often one of our local MPs is the subject of a column in the Guardian… but today David Mitchell has written about James Duddridge here.  And if you are thinking “Who’s that guy David Mitchell?” , it’s the guy with the punchline in this video:  

The Trick Is In Getting The Developer To Do this…

Thursday, September 28, 2017 admin 6

If you want to operate a leisure or fitness business in our area, where do you locate? If it’s an open air activity, you can probably do it in the green belt. But if you need an actual building, you might not get planning permission in the green belt. In […]

A Couple Of Sweyne Park Issues

Sunday, September 24, 2017 admin 2

We have asked for some action on a couple of issues around Sweyne Park. First of all, some routine clearance is needed on the ditch alongside Downhall Park Way. (It’s hard to see it in the photo above!). Secondly , that a barrier or fencing be installed again at the […]

Rest In Peace , Sir Teddy

Thursday, September 21, 2017 admin 0

The BBC reports here on the death  of Sir Teddy Taylor, formerly the Conservative MP for Southend East (which included Rochford). Sir Teddy was an example of someone who was parachuted into a parliamentary seat – he was previously an MP in Glasgow, and then switched to Southend!  But that […]

Positivity At The Punch Bowl

Thursday, September 21, 2017 admin 0

We wrote last month that the District Council decided NOT  to allow the Punch Bowl pub in Paglesham to be turned into an ordinary  house. If you support that decision, and want to see country pubs survive , it follows that you should think about using them! In our tradition […]

Common in the UK , Rare In the USA

Monday, September 18, 2017 admin 5

Roundabouts! We have about 20,000 of them in the UK – but the USA has only about 3,000. A lot of American drivers are unfamiliar – and maybe uneasy – with them. As this article from Minnesota explains: ” When America began to aggressively expand its highway network after World […]

Air Quality In The Echo

Friday, September 15, 2017 admin 0

The Echo has interviewed James Newport about air pollution: A LIB-DEM councillor has claimed certain areas of Rochford could be at high risk of dangerous levels of air pollution. Rochford district councillor for Sweyne Park and Grange, James Newport, is working with his party, Rochford District Residents’ Association and the […]