Is There A Future For Our High Street?

Saturday, March 2, 2019 Editor 0

Read what our Lib Dem Cllr, James Newport has to say on what the District Councils economic development team thought when they attended a Rayleigh Town Council meeting recently. Read James’ blog post here – ‘Let’s talk shop’

Future High Streets Fund

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Editor 0

With the festivities drawing to a close and many returning to work and we’ve all consumed our own body weight in chocolate, we’ll be returning to normal service. January is traditionally a slump in sales for retailers, so it is crucial perhaps that we should focus some attention on what […]

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 […]

Rayleigh Goes Up Market

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Editor 0

There’s a planning application in to extend the use of the Taxi rank in the High St, to be used on Wednesday’s, Weekends and Bank Holidays. More details on the application here The application has been submitted by Rayleigh Town Council, on the basis that it would help to attract […]

Confectioners In Rayleigh

Monday, May 8, 2017 admin 0

This month Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass has photos of sweetshops and confectioners in Rayleigh. The photo above is of Brooklyn Stores, on the coerner of Brooklyn Drive and Downhall Road, in about 1948. It was open until at least the 1960s , by which time it was called “Trouts”. […]

A Question Answered….

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 admin 0

A reader asked us recently, in regard to? our town centres: Do RDC have a team that actively pursue large companies ( Next, John Lewis etc) with a view to getting them in this type of location?   Well we asked Mike Steptoe, Conservative councillor with the “Enterprise” portfolio, and […]

Marks And Spencer Plan To Convert The Co-Op Into Two Units

Friday, November 20, 2015 admin 3

For those people wondering what Marks and Spencer are really planning to do in Rayleigh, one of the applications on the latest ‘weekly list’ is a clue. It’s the last one in this document here. (starting on page 30). These are the key paragraphs: This application seeks planning consent for […]

3 Applications In Rayleigh High Street Are All Passed

Sunday, September 20, 2015 admin 3

3 planning applications in Rayleigh High Street were all passed at last week’s Development Committee – but only after a lot of discussion.   This was the rather surprising application which would allow the landlord (at the end of the current leases) to convert the estate agent and “New Look” […]

New Planning Application In Rayleigh High Street

Saturday, July 25, 2015 admin 4

There’s a new planning application that’s recently come in. It’s for 57 to 61 High Street Rayleigh, which we think includes Santander Bank, New Look and Elliott and Smith, the new estate agents. You can find the application on the council website here. The application is described as: Shopfront Alterations […]

M&S In Rayleigh ?

Thursday, June 4, 2015 admin 27

Hot on the heels of Marks and Spencer having a food outlet at a petrol station in Rawreth (opening this month), there’s some unofficial reports on the Rayleigh Action Group Facebook page that M&S are taking over the Co-op in Eastwood Road, probably as a food store. This should be […]