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Lib Dem MP gets Tony Blair to look at Essex School Meals Crisis

Wednesday, January 28, 2004 admin 0

The Lib Dem MP for Colchester , Bob Russell, asked the Tony Blair about the Essex School Meals crisis at Prime Minister’s Question Time this week. Bob Russell (Colchester) (LD): Will the Prime Minister join me in condemning the decision by the Conservative-controlled Essex county council to abolish the school […]

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It’s Budget Time

Tuesday, January 20, 2004 admin 0

The district council will be setting next year’s budget on January 27th. It looks like the district council tax will go up by about 9 percent., and about half that increase is due to new policies and new requirements of the government. All good councillors should be spending hours beforehand […]

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Not Much Information on School Places

Saturday, January 17, 2004 admin 0

The top education councillor in Essex , Mrs Iris Pummell , visited the district council on Jan 15th, after a request from ourselves (Chris Black and Ron Oatham). It was good of her to come, but we didn’t get much fresh information – St Nicholas School is still expected to […]

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Social Housing Scheme Pushed Through

Tuesday, December 23, 2003 admin 0

Despite a lot of local concern, the proposal for the social housing scheme was pushed through at the December full meeting of the District Council. It was quite a short debate – with not many speakers although two of the Lib Dems from outside the ward spoke, neither of the […]

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Who Wants to Build in the Green Belt? – We can tell you!

Thursday, November 27, 2003 admin 1

The District Council is creating a new “Local Plan” . This will determine what land can be used for housing in the next few years. The Council has already decided what sites it wants to be used for housing – most of this land is off Rawreth Lane, which is […]

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Government Grant To The Council Is Clear As Mud

Thursday, November 20, 2003 admin 0

Chris emailed the Rochford District Council finance department this morning to get some news on how much government grant we will get in 2004. This is crucial for working out how much council tax people will be charged next year. Unfortunately the situation is as clear as mud. We are […]

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Rat City?

Wednesday, November 12, 2003 admin 0

One of Chris’ workmates saw a very large rat in Webster’s Way Car Park recently, in broad daylight. Not something that gives the impression of a high quality shopping centre. We have also heard about rat problems elsewhere around the town centre. (The National Trust had to deal with them […]

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Have You Noticed The Hambro Pong?

Friday, October 31, 2003 admin 0

Ron spoke to the Environmental Health people at Rochford,who said that they had visited the farm together with the Fire Authority who had advised that it should be left undisturbed to burn itself out, because to open it up to extinguish it could cause more problems. If you have any […]

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Residents Meet to Oppose Lights and Sports Pitch

Monday, October 20, 2003 admin 0

Rochford District Council has now formally objected to the scheme for floodlights and an allweather sports pitch at Sweyne Park School. This is in addition to objections from about 50 residents- and a few councillors. However it is the County Council who will decide whether to allow it- probably at […]

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School Figure Don’t Add Up Very Well

Saturday, October 18, 2003 admin 0

he County Council’s School Organisation Plan predicts that 20 schools in our district won’t have enough places to satisfy local needs in five years time. Worst affected seems to be Glebe Junior, which will “have a deficit” of 45 places- anfd that’s without allowing for any new housing developments. We […]

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Anglo-Saxon Discovery

Monday, September 29, 2003 admin 0

Archaeologists have discovered an Anglo-Saxon Cemetery on part of the Park School playing fields- on land that is going to be built on. Apparently the bodies that were found date back to the 5th or 6th centuries. It is quite fascinating to think that Rawreth Lane might have been a […]