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A Really Important Meeting Next Week- Part 2

Friday, November 24, 2006 admin 0

Next Thursday’s committee meeting will decide three more planning applications: Item 3) Demolish a car dealership in Southend Road, Great Wakering and build 9 houses and 15 flats. This is an application for ‘shared ownership’ housing – so the homebuyers only buy a part share in their property, making it […]

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The CIA Connection…

Thursday, October 26, 2006 admin 0

The former head of the CIA, George Tenet as been appointed as a non-executive director of the British defense technology company Qinetiq. What’s the connection with our district? Qinetiq operates the spooky military research establishment on Foulness Island. It controls a lot else on Foulness as well. According to the […]

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A Good Site for Essex History

Thursday, October 19, 2006 admin 0

If you are looking for a good website on local history, try As the name implies , there’s a lot of material here on pubs – including pubs that have long since vanished, such as the Chequers and the Elephant and Castle in Rayleigh. (The Elephant and Castle is […]

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Seaview Drive Playspace

Monday, October 2, 2006 admin 0

Tomorrow night (Tuesday) , the District Council’s Leisure Committee will be discussing improvements to play spaces. One of the issues to be considered is the continuing problem of the Seaview Drive space in Great Wakering. The officers report says: A situation has again arisen whereby the playspace at Seaview Drive, […]

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145 Pages of History

Wednesday, July 26, 2006 admin 0

The District Council has just released a 145-page document called “The Rochford District Historic Environment Characterisation Project”. Basically it’s a description of how the character of each part of the district is affected by it’s archaeology, history and geography. To take a few examples at random : there’s a mention […]

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Barling is Melting

Tuesday, July 25, 2006 admin 0

Councillors have been told today of an emergency road closure tomorrow in Barling: Emergency Temporary Prohibition of Traffic NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that from the date specified below, the Essex County Council will temporarily close under Section 14 (2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Barling Road Barling, from […]

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Last Night’s Planning Meeting

Friday, July 21, 2006 admin 0

The District Council’s Development Control Committee met last night , with the air-conditioning on full blast. There were no big surprises. Asda got a 3-year extension on the outline planning permission for their site. Although residents were very suspicious of what was going on, and were against it, councillors came […]

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Application for 23 houses in Great Wakering

Monday, July 10, 2006 admin 1

The next District Council Development Control meeting is on July 20th . The main item is a planning application for 23 houses on land north of 71-89 Seaview Drive Great Wakering. Permission was originally given housing here in 1985, and the council officers are recommending approval. There is an interesting […]

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Council doesn’t spend 4,900,000 pennies

Saturday, July 1, 2006 admin 0

At the last District Council meeting Chris Black raised the issue of the public conveniences in Great Wakering. The Council had ?49000 to spend in the last financial year on upgrading them but hasn’t used it. This is because the upgrading hasn’t been carried out because of the ongoing vandalism […]