Goodbye Greenbelt

Friday, August 24, 2018 Editor 4

When we publish our newsletters and other literature warning residents about the threat to the greenbelt, it’s often refuted by the current administration as ‘scaremongering’. It’s helpful for residents therefore, to see this map produced in a project between the London Green Belt Council and CPRE branches in Herts, Essex, […]

A Garden Village for the East of the District?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Editor 0

Local Conservative MP for Rayleigh & Wickford, Mark Francois, has published his response to the ‘issues & options’ consultation. He writes Critically, I believe that we should not countenance any major development in the district without the necessary infrastructure improvements being guaranteed to go with them He then goes on […]

A Green Read Is Back!

Saturday, May 6, 2017 admin 0

Michael Hoy is bouncing back after his defeat in the County Council elections. He’s still of course a district councillor – and he’s resurrected his blog. You can find it here. He writes: “In 2013 I was elected as County Councillor for Rochford West, the time involved meant I could […]

Connecting With Nature

Monday, January 11, 2016 admin 0

Last week we mentioned the District Council’s Winter in Rochford photography competition. Which brings us nicely to an article in the New Statesman by Helen MacDonald about the Ladybird Book “What To Look For In Winter”, , first published in 1959: “I also remembered all these pictures: 24 watercolours of […]

A New Map For Development Watchers

Sunday, January 3, 2016 admin 3

The South East Essex Action Group Alliance have produced a new map – you can see the full-size version? at It shows proposed developments in this part of the county. We are told that? tthe new orange tabs are the potential developments from the new Basildon district plan released […]

What Are Passivhauses ?

Saturday, November 28, 2015 admin 5

This week’s “Yellow List” of planning applications can be downloaded here. These are applications that probably don’t need to go the Development Committee. Officers have prepared a report on each one, with a recommendation. If no councillor calls it by Wednesday lunchtime, the recommendation comes into effect. Two of the […]

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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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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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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 […]

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Here We Go Again?

Monday, March 23, 2015 admin 19

The Echo has reported on possible proposals in Basildon’s Local Development Plan that could put 900 homes to the east, north and west of Wick Country park in Wickford. This is on the A127 not far away from Rawreth. For those not familiar with this country park we’ve produced a […]

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Beauty Studio Application to go to Main Committee

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 admin 23

A planning application for a beauty studio is causing some controversy. It’s a rather small application – to convert some derelict toilets at Lubbards Farm , Hullbridge Road ,Rayleigh into a beauticians studio with up to two staff. The link to the council’s website with details of the application is […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Sports Pitches Application Delay

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 admin 0

The application for sports pitches in Old London Road. Rawreth, due to be decided tomorrow night, will now be delayed to a later meeting, due to a holding objection from the environment agency!