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Not Very Impressed by a Tory Leaflet

Sunday, October 10, 2004 admin 0

It’s good to see them making an effort , but we can’t give very high marks to the recent Tory leaflet in Whitehouse Ward. Here’s some criticisms of what they say: “Rochford – A Top Authority”. No mention that our Tory-Controlled Council has been officially rated as “A Weak Council”. […]

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District Council Prepares Policy on Pub Licensing

Friday, October 8, 2004 admin 0

The District Council is going to take over responsibility for licensing premises that are used to supply alcohol or provide hot food and drink between 11pm and 5am. This obviously includes pubs and late-night burger-vans etc. The council will also be involved with regulating club and places that need entertainment […]

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Look After Your Caravan

Friday, October 8, 2004 admin 0

It was mentioned at Rawreth Parish Council this month that there’s been a spate of caravan stealing in the area.. Apparently the culprits are coming from other counties – they aren’t local villains – so be careful.

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Where’s the Church?

Friday, October 8, 2004 admin 0

County Highways have refused to put up a directional sign showing the way to St Nicholas Church, Rawreth. A sign would certainly be useful because you can’t see the church from the main road. Apparently the main reason for refusing it is that it lies on a road with “Church” […]

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Where’s the Grafitti Hotline?

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 admin 0

This year one of the commonest complaints from residents has been about grafitti, and sometimes it’s been very difficult to get the District Council to act quickly (although they do say they will respond immediately to any particularly offensive grafitti). Apparently there’s supposed to be a “graffiti hotline” but it […]

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Support for Skateboarding – but Where’s the Money for it?

Saturday, October 2, 2004 admin 0

As mentioned below, the petition for a skateboarding facility in Wakering was discussed at a District Council committee meeting on Sept 30th. Credit where it’s due – Tory Councillor Barbara Wilkins made a very effective, almost passionate speech on behalf of the young people involved. Chris Black followed her by […]

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Well Done, Geoff

Friday, October 1, 2004 admin 0

Congratulations to veteran Lib Dem Geoff Williams , who has just won a County Council by-election in Basildon , winning a seat from the Tories. The voting was: Geoff Williams (Lib Dem) 1167 Conservatives 999 Labour 426

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A Rather Different Planning Application

Friday, October 1, 2004 admin 0

There’s been a planning application to build a wind turbine at “Sherbourne” – the property in Eastcheap that’s more or less inside Sweyne Park. We understand the idea is is to convert the domestic heating of this place from gas to windpower. The turbine will be about 9 metres high. […]

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The Council Takes Over Parking Enforcement

Thursday, September 30, 2004 admin 0

From October 1st the District Council will be enforcing the rules about on-street parking , doing a lot of things that traffic wardens have previously done before. You can expect the rules about yellow lines to be enforced rather more effectively now, so be warned! Find out more from the […]

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Rochford is Officially a Weak Council

Tuesday, September 28, 2004 admin 0

Last Thursday the Audit Commission this week have issued a report on Rochford District Council – and they’ve given it a rating as “weak”. This has greatly upset the Tory Group, who like to give the impression that everything is wonderful and think the rating is unfair Actually they didn’t […]