The Home Secretary, John Reid has told Essex Police he has abandoned plans to force them into a shotgun marriage with Hertfordshire and Bedforshire. This is good news for everyone who campaigned against it. As the Guardian reports: The government’s programme of forced police mergers, which was championed by the […]
You might like to go to a special public meeting on July 18th to discuss the governments plans to merge Essex Police with other police forces. It will be at Richmond Hall, High Road , Benfleet at 7.30 pm. There will be an opportunity to discuss other local issues as […]
We’ve had the following helpful response from the council regarding the new floodlights at the Rayleigh Leisure Centre: Dear Cllr Black Further to our earlier conversations, this is just a quick note to let you know of the progress regarding floodlights at the Rayleigh Leisure Centre. The contractors were on […]
It’s been a quiet week on the council – not much to report for the past few days. Although apparently the Rev Ian Paisley was in Rayleigh High Street yesterday – we missed seeing him!
Some residents have asked us what will happen next with Asda. As far as we can see, they have 3 options: To carry on with an appeal on their first application. We think they will lose Give up and let somebody else do something with the site- such as the […]
Following our previous posting on this, we have some information: – the county was allocating money to schools from the Dedicated Schools Grant budget based on number of pupils – the county was using an erroneous figure for the number of pupils which was larger than it should have been […]
Last Tuesday was the start of the new civic year in Rochford. There are few new faces this year as there are only 2 new councillors. But as most of the committees have been changed there has been a big change in people’s roles. The new chairman of the council […]
After delivering leaflets for 25 years. Chris Black finally got bitten by a dog on Sunday! Nothing too serious, but it meant a trip to Basildon A&E. Chris would like to thank the people in Downhall Park Way who initially patched him up , and Kay, the nurse at Basildon […]
We offer our congratulations to Essex County Councillor Stephen Castle who has, according to the Echo, become the national president of the Conservative Party for the next 12 months. We’re obviously not too familiar with the inner working of the Tories , but it’s apparently the senior post in the […]
It’s sad to see “Fives” music store closing in Rayleigh High Street. Yesterday Chris bought an old Kate Bush album and asked the proprietor why he was closing. The answer was – supermarkets like Tesco and Asda selling the top 50 albums etc.
It was a real treat to be in the Rayleigh Civic Suite tonight. The 5th Rayleigh Scouts came along to have a look at the Council Chamber, sat in the councillors chairs and asked Chris lots of questions. And there really were a lot of questions. For example: Who has […]
If you look at Rochford District Council’s Website you will see that they are promoting Futureville. It’s an interactive CD Rom designed for 12-16 year-olds who are thinking about a career in local government. It’s free – just click here to go through to their application form and they’ll send […]