Advent Day 18 – Headmaster fears Lack of School Places

Monday, December 18, 2017 Editor 0

Todays Echo reports that the Headmaster of a local primary school has concerns about oversubscription. A HEADTEACHER has said that Rayleigh schools are fighting to combat oversubscription in the town. Peter Malcolm, headteacher at Rayleigh Primary School in Love Lane, told the Echo that oversubscription is an issue all schools in the […]

Advent Day 16 – Another Pub to Close

Saturday, December 16, 2017 Editor 7

Not such a cheery Christmas post today, as we learn that the Grey Goose in Rochford will be closing in the New Year. Sad to see another business closing up in our district, although we don’t know the reasons why but it’s reported here that an average of 21 pubs […]

Advent Day 14 – The Gift of Planning Consent

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Editor 0

Tonight’s development committee saw some of the larger applications come forward for Southend Airport, Rayleigh, Great Wakering and a smaller, but possibly contentious application in Rochford. 17/00996/FUL – NEW AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING, LONDON SOUTHEND AIRPORT NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN EXTENSIONS TO THE PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING (Approved) 17/00588/REM – LAND NORTH OF […]

Downhall & Rawreth Candidate

Saturday, December 9, 2017 Editor 2

A by-election during December and January isn’t the best of timings for anyone, but since ‘someone’ (more on this as we find out who) have decided that Chris Blacks vacant seat needs to be filled BEFORE another election in May, we are pleased to announce that the Lib Dems have […]

Cute Eh?

Friday, December 8, 2017 Editor 0

We thought we’d share this cute picture with you as this could be the extent of our blog if RDC get their way with the new amended social media policy. However, unlike this cute little kitten, we are not about to roll over and have our tummies tickled! We believe […]

Stranger Things

Thursday, December 7, 2017 Editor 0

If you like gripping TV shows like this, you should try coming along to a council meeting, you might be surprised at what goes on!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Editor 0

Here at, we feel like we’re under attack from the Council. The proposed ‘Social Media Policy for Members‘ not only covers Facebook, Twitter but even our own onlinefocus blog. Chris Black had been blogging since 2003 about issues around the Rochford District and now they are trying to repress […]

Rayleigh Goes Up Market

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Editor 0

There’s a planning application in to extend the use of the Taxi rank in the High St, to be used on Wednesday’s, Weekends and Bank Holidays. More details on the application here The application has been submitted by Rayleigh Town Council, on the basis that it would help to attract […]

Residents & Council Meetings

Thursday, November 30, 2017 Editor 4

Often vacant at Council meetings, is the public gallery. Whatever Council meeting that may be, Parish, Town & District – the fact is there is lack of interest from the public in the proceedings. A resident told us today that she had been ‘shouted down’ whilst speaking a Council meeting. […]