The Decline of the Public Toilets

Sunday, August 19, 2018 Editor 0

It’s not just here in the Rochford District where the District Council has been ‘offloading’ the financial burden of public toilets, but across the country public toilets are on the decline. This recent article from the BBC discusses the challenges that are faced with keeping them open. Here in Rayleigh, […]

More Flats for The Town Centre

Thursday, August 9, 2018 Editor 0

An application has been submitted to demolish ‘Thirteen Fusion’ more popularly remembered as the former ‘Yings’ chinese restaurant. Demolition of existing building and construct A3 unit (ground floor), with 10 no. flats above and associated car parking to rear The full details of the application can be found on the […]

No More Big Brother for Rayleigh

Friday, July 27, 2018 Editor 0

Cllr James Newport writes here about the decision by Rayleigh Town Council to remove the CCTV in the High Street. What do you think? Updated [last-modified] We spotted this is the Rayleigh Times today.

What’s Happening On Priory Chase?

Thursday, July 19, 2018 Editor 0

[last-modified] The onlineFOCUS team have made further inquiries and have discovered that the Scouts have taken up the land, although we are not sure when construction of their scout hut will begin at the moment. As soon as we know we will post more information… scouts honour! Eagle-eyed onlineFOCUS readers may have […]

Rayleigh Leisure Centre Gets Roof Top Garden

Sunday, June 10, 2018 Editor 4

Update Councillor & Campaigner James Newport has reported back to the FOCUS team that the roof top garden has been closed (cleared). Reports from users of the Rayleigh Leisure Centre, also indicate that some efforts are being made on internal maintenance. James has contacted both Rayleigh & Clements Hall Leisure […]

Celebrating the successes of local people

Thursday, May 10, 2018 Editor 0

We know Rayleigh is a wonderful place to live most of the time. What makes it special apart from the semi ruralness of the area, the history and the windmill – of course the people. Cllr Newport writes here about the inspirational and amazing people we have amongst us in […]

The Future of the Silver Screen in Our District

Thursday, March 8, 2018 Editor 0

Believe it or not once upon a time, Rayleigh had its own cinema, located in Bellingham Lane. Seating 696 people, it was opened on 29th April 1937 and closed on 29th September 1973. The building was promptly demolished. Despite petitions from local residents, a new cinema was never built. Offices were […]

The Mayor of Rayleigh

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Editor 0

Monday nights, Rayleigh Town Council full council meeting, had an interesting item on the agenda. The discussion about replacing the existing Chairman with a Town Mayor. The debate was led by Cllr Jack Lawmon, who seemed very keen on the idea (we wonder who the next Chairman will be of […]

Keeping Well…

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 admin 0

Do you need advice on stuff like Mobility Aids, Technically Enabled Care, Chair Sensors, Big Button Phones and other equipment to assist daily living? For yourself, or someone you care for? Well . there’s an event in Rayleigh High Street on 25 October to share information about  the services that […]

Sweyne Park Update

Sunday, October 8, 2017 admin 0

Here’s an update on the park situation: The overgrown ditch between Downhall Park Way and Sweyne Park (see above) is going to be cleared at the same time as the hedge trimming of the bridleway – probably on Thursday 12th or Friday 13th this week. Rochford DC are getting some […]

Crown Hill Toilets

Friday, October 6, 2017 admin 2

James Newport writes here about last Monday’s Town Council decision on the Rayleigh Public Conveniences. The meeting went into private and confidential session – so it would be difficult for us to write at length.