Former Council Chairman and prominent Rayleigh volunteer Mike Handford dies after a lifetime of service

Saturday, January 1, 2022 Editor 0

Mike Handford, former Chairman of Rochford District Council (1994/95) and a prominent part of the Rayleigh voluntary scene passed away recently aged 85. Mike was part of the Lib Dem led administration of the District Council that upgraded Rayleigh town centre after securing funds from Central Government and the County Council. During his time the Council […]

Cllr Diane Hoy

Monday, October 12, 2020 Editor 0

Today, family, friends, colleagues & residents lined the streets in their numbers to say their final farewells to popular local Councillor, Mrs Diane Hoy. Diane was an extremely popular local Councillor and was well known for her straight-talking, no-nonsense, honest approach to Council life and for the dedication she showed […]

Cabinet Resignation At RDC

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Editor 0

News in today Cllr George Ioannou resigns his portfolio for enterprise due to ‘personal reasons’ to be replaced by ‘newbie‘, Hawkwell resident, Cllr Simon Wootten. One could see it as a risky move putting Wootten into a expensive cabinet position so early on but time will tell if he manages […]


New Councillor Surgery Launch

Friday, May 17, 2019 Editor 0

From the 1st June 2019, we are launching our drop in Councillor surgery. This will be held at Rayleigh Leisure Centre (in the cafe area) from 10am until 11am. We intend to hold future sessions on the 1st Saturday of every month. As this is a new initiative we will […]

What Do Your Councillors Think They Are Worth?

Monday, February 18, 2019 Editor 0

This week the Council will meet and up for debate is the how much allowance each Councillor receives. A recommendation has been made by the independent remuneration panel with 2 options on the table. One is to stay as it is and the other would see a reduction in expenditure […]

Councillor On A Distance Counselling Course

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 Editor 0

Elsewhere in the country, this clever, young Conservative Councillor allegedly has decided he will represent his residents in Sunderland from 70 miles away at his University in York! This might be stretching ‘local’ politics a little bit too much! What do you think?


Thursday, May 10, 2018 Editor 2

We know onlineFOCUS readers will be pleased to hear that Cllr Chris Stanley has been working hard with Rochford District Council and Rayleigh Town Council to have memorials in place for the late Cllr Chris Black. We believe the Rochford District Council will be planting a tree at Sweyne Park, possibly […]