Hullbridge Application Delayed

Monday, September 7, 2015 admin 1

News from the District Council about the big ” SW Hullbridge” application: The Council has received notification from the applicant to confirm that, following a conversation with the Environment Agency, further fluvial modelling is required of the nearby watercourse. That being the case, the application will not be reported to […]

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 […]

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“Row Looms over Sites for 4,600 new homes”

Wednesday, March 8, 2006 admin 0

Last night the Echo published our letter that argued against having all the new housing in Rayleigh and Rawreth. Meanwhile tonight Geoff Percival has written quite an interesting article. In case you can’t read the illustration, he says “A bitter row could be looming over plans for 3,000 new homes […]

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No more victimisation of West Rayleigh!

Thursday, March 2, 2006 admin 0

After seeing Geoff Percival’s column in last Fridays Evening Echo, the four Lib Dem District Councillors wrote a letter to the editor in support of what he said: We were delighted to see Geoff Percival highlighting how unfairly West Rayleigh has been treated over the past couple of decades. We […]

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The August Daytime Meetings

Saturday, July 29, 2006 admin 0

After the fiasco of the 22-minute district council meeting on July 19th, yet another sub-committee has been set up to give more time to look at the council’s planning policies. Instead of meeting in the evening, it will meet in the daytime – on August 4th, 10th and 15th. Meetings […]

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“Fighting To Retain Some Sanity”.

Sunday, April 1, 2007 admin 0

We’ve just had the following letter from a resident: Dear Mr Black I feel I must put pen to paper after reading the yellow sheet put through my door. as Victor Meldrew would say “I don’t believe it”. Another 1800 houses in Rayleigh. Where?! ….. Thank you and your colleagues […]

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New Housing – The Debate Hots Up

Friday, January 25, 2008 admin 47

The argument about where to allocate new housing in the district seems to be hotting up again. According to the Echo: Could a new town be the answer? Hawkwell Parish Council believes it is. It suggests a new town in the west of Rayleigh would be the best policy to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]