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District Council to Review Polling Stations

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 admin 0

The District Council has just started a fairly low-key review of polling stations. The Council’s Returning Officer has suggested some small changes. The two key proposals are: Paglesham residents who currently vote at the Mission Hall would vote at the Congregational Church Hall All Barling Magna residents will vote at […]

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East and Central Area Committees This Week

Sunday, July 22, 2007 admin 0

There are two area committees this week: The Central Area Commitee (Hullbridge, Hockley, Hawkwell) meets on Tues 24th at 7:30 at the Hullbridge Community Centre. You can find the agenda here The agenda seems a bit light – but one item up for discussion is the congregation of youths in […]

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Conserving our Villages

Sunday, June 17, 2007 admin 2

The District Council is starting another group of consultations. This time it’s about some of the most precious parts of our small villages. Council planners have prepared a series of reports on how to protect the official Conservation Areas at: Battlesbridge Canewdon Church Canewdon High Street Foulness Churchend Great Wakering […]

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Our District in 1848

Tuesday, May 22, 2007 admin 1

“British History Online” is a very big site which, as you might expect, has a lot of stuff on British History. For example, you can access all the text from ” A Topographical Dictionary of England”, originally published in 4 volumes in 1848. So if you are interested in local […]

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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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Stambridge Sewage Treatment Works Update

Saturday, January 13, 2007 admin 0

There’s a report coming to one of the District Council committees next Tuesday night about the Stambridge Sewage Works. This is mainly to discuss the odours that come from the place, and what progress is being made in reducing them. Anglian Water are currently carrying out ‘upgrades’ to the treatment […]

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Rawreth Parish Council Supports Spreading Housing Fairly

Saturday, January 6, 2007 admin 0

We understand that Rawreth Parish Council have just sent the following response to the District Council: Rawreth residents have already indicated both in the questionnaire that preceded the Parish Plan and the plan itself that it would not welcome any further development in the area except for low cost/affordable housing. […]

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Canewdon and Pirate Radio in 1970

Thursday, November 2, 2006 admin 3

We know that someone recently discovered onlinefocus when they were looking for information about the history of Canewdon. So, for that person, here’s a website that explains how Canewdon gained national attention in 1970 because of the jamming of pirate radio from there ….. ” The situation changed dramatically when […]

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A Good Site for Essex History

Thursday, October 19, 2006 admin 0

If you are looking for a good website on local history, try As the name implies , there’s a lot of material here on pubs – including pubs that have long since vanished, such as the Chequers and the Elephant and Castle in Rayleigh. (The Elephant and Castle is […]

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Remember Trevor?

Sunday, January 29, 2006 admin 0

Residents of Canewdon, plus long-serving councillors and council officers, may remember Trevor Powell. Trevor was a popular and hard-working councillor in Canewdon, who became leader of the Lib Dems on Rochford District. Unfortunately, his “proper” job required to move away to Suffolk, and some of us lost contact with him. […]