Chris’ Rayleigh Times Article – With Links

Thursday, August 20, 2015 admin 17

Written by Chris Black in the latest Rayleigh Times: You can do a lot in 9 years, if you have money and a vision. In the 1960s the Americans had both, and put a man on the moon in 9 years. Meanwhile our District Council started its Core Strategy 9 […]

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It’s Been A Frustrating Business….

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 admin 5

We have been writing about the District’s Core Strategy since 2006, and there are literally hundreds of items on onlineFOCUS with the category “District Core Strategy”. If you want to see them all, starting at the beginning, you can click here. It’s been a frustrating business. It would have probably […]

An Extraordinary Extraordinary Late Night Council Meeting

Thursday, July 23, 2015 admin 2

The extraordinary council meeting tonight turned into a really extraordinary one. It began at 9.10 pm after the Development Committee finished. Chris Black got in an early question – the agenda only said we were discussing a private and confidential report on a forthcoming planning appeal, could it at least […]

We’d Welcome Some Company On Thursday Evening!

Monday, July 20, 2015 admin 7

So, we have two meetings of the District Council on Thursday evening, in the Civic Suite in Rayleigh opposite Holy Trinity Church. The first is a routine meeting of the development committee starting at 7:30. This will deal with three planning applications: Wheel cleaning at the big development site in […]

This looks serious….

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 admin 23

There is going to be an extra meeting of the Full District Council on Thursday 23rd July. The exact purpose of the meeting is still a secret. The agenda simply says: At the moment all the Lib Dem District Councillors, Chris Black and Ron Oatham, know is that the District […]

A Rare Meeting … What’s Up?

Saturday, July 11, 2015 admin 5

The District Council’s “Local Development Framework Subcommittee” is the small group of councillors that looks at the Council’s Core Strategy for development. You’d expect it to meet really often, but there hasn’t been a meeting of this sub-committee since 30th October 2012! However it is meeting at 11:00 am on […]

Here We Go Again….

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 admin 2

Keep your eyes peeled on this one. There could be more planning battles to fight… From the District Council website: Call for Sites (current stage) The Council is looking to gather information from landowners and developers about land ? particularly brownfield/previously developed land ? that might be considered suitable for […]

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Flashback To 2011

Saturday, April 4, 2015 admin 1

This was the second page of Ron’s election leaflet four years ago (click to enlarge)….   What’s happened since? – the council’s proposed traveller site is now at Michelin’s Farm instead of the locations on our sketch map. – the land “North of London Road” is now allocated for housing. […]

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A View From Hullbridge

Friday, February 27, 2015 admin 15

The submission from the Hullbridge Residents Association to the planning application on the Hullbridge/ Rawreth borders can now be found on the council website here. It’s not a brief letter either, not even a long letter, its 46 pages long….

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A Tory Question — And A Lib Dem Answer

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 admin 8

The latest Conservative leaflet says: “WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH ?70,000.00″ ? That is what Linda Kendall has cost us the tax payer for taking Rochford District Council to the High Court! Just think what these funds could be spent on.” Our answer is : The council’s Core Strategy cost […]

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Action Groups Ally Together….

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 admin 4

We’ve just been sent the following press release …. worth printing in full: South East Essex Action Group Alliance Press Release Issue 1 Introduction In towns and villages across the country residents are fighting to prevent unjustified housing developments, particularly those where Green Belt land will be lost for ever. […]