Road Safety Week 18th-24th November 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Editor 0

Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on a British road. Each of these tragedies has a devastating effect on families and local communities. This year’s Road Safety Week theme, ‘step up for safe streets’, is focussing on the safe systems approach – the design led solutions that […]

Rayleigh Town Council to TRIAL Private Security in the High Street

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Editor 0

Last night Rayleigh Town Council voted unanimously to trial private security for the town centre up until Christmas. Full details of the private security companies duties are still to be worked out, but they will be deployed for Wednesday and Saturdays market days. There have been some anecdotal reports of […]

Maldon Council Workers to Enforce Speed Limits

Sunday, February 11, 2018 Editor 0

It’s reported here that Maldon Council will be taking on the role of the police by catching speeding motorists. It’s slightly different though from community speedwatch, which is already operated by numerous councils and groups around the country. These ‘community protection officers’ will enable the police to issue fines and […]

Two Food Premises On Zero

Monday, September 26, 2016 admin 2

We haven’t reported on the local food hygiene ratings lately, – you can find them on the Food Standards Agency website here. Out of the 418 premises in Rochford District, there are currently two places with zero stars out of five, and seven places with just one star. Meanwhile a […]

Bits And Pieces

Monday, January 18, 2016 admin 6

A few things in and around Downhall and Rawreth Ward, in no particular order: Sweyne Park: Following a complaint about the wooden railings in the stretch of the bridle path from Canterbury Close southwards, we have reported this to Rochford DC. We understand that as the hedging has grown in […]

A Thought-Provoking Point Of View On Pedestrian Crossings

Saturday, January 16, 2016 admin 0

The video below explains why pedestrian crossings may not always make you safer. The question is, though, is US data valid for our country? And how would you help blind or partially sighted people without crossings? [youtube_sc url=”Ki8BLLnWyJY”]   Hat-tip: Mark Pack

Fencing Request

Saturday, September 12, 2015 admin 4

We’ve been contacted recently by a resident concerned about an unfenced ditch at the entrance to the open space where Downhall Under Fives are based. RDC has done some work recently on the drainage ditch near the entrance here. This is commendable, and there is some fencing where the ditch […]

Essex Fire Service Consultation

Friday, June 19, 2015 admin 0

One of our readers has pointed out to us that the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are carrying out a consultation on future strategy: Residents are being urged to have their say in the future redesign of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS), through a 12 week consultation […]

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Essex Street Lights Switch-off To Be Raised In Commons

Thursday, October 23, 2014 admin 19

The decision by Essex County Council to switch-off street lights at midnight is to be raised in the House of Commons this morning by Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell. Liberal Democrat Sir Bob has had his name drawn for this morning?s Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport ? […]

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Adder Warning !

Monday, September 29, 2014 admin 0

  A helpful warning from Rawreth Parish Councillor Christine Paine: I wonder if you could put something on OnLine Focus to warn walkers, dog walkers and riders about? late season adder explosion, especially on the footpath/bridleway that goes round Dollymans and over the bridge then back to the A129. One […]

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 admin 6

  From the District Council website today Rochford District Council issues free sandbags Due to the adverse weather conditions, Rochford District Council will be providing free sandbags and sand to those in need. These will be available from BSG Buildbase, at Purdeys Industrial Estate, in tomorrow (Friday, February 14). Residents […]