Wednesday, October 28, 2015 admin 1

If you want to keep an eye on how your MP – or any MP – votes – have a look at The Public Whip website. It gives you information on when an MP has voted differently to his or her party’s official view on an issue. Plus a lot […]

Why Social Media Can Be A Trap For Politicians And Campaigners

Saturday, October 10, 2015 admin 10

Social Media , such as blogs and Facebook, can be a great way of communicating for politicians and political campaigners. But they can create a big trap. Instead of reaching out to people, and exchanging ideas, you can end up only talking to people with exactly the same views as […]

Aiming For A Healthier Essex

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 admin 0

The District Council’s Review Committee met last night to hear two presentations on health and care in Rochford and Castle Point.. They were unusually interesting – although too detailed to summarise here. Also full marks to the Labour chair of the committee, Jerry Gibson, for allowing the public to ask […]

Benefits Update

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 admin 0

From the District Council website: Intermittent disruption to Revenues and Benefits online services Date: Wednesday, 26 August 2015 We are experiencing intermittent issues with Revenues and Benefits online services, which are currently being investigated.? These may affect access and/or functionality.? The online payments service is unaffected. We apologise for any […]

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Beautiful Barling

Monday, February 2, 2015 admin 1

Have you ever looked at the parish website for Barling and Sutton? Someone’s done a very classy job…. Also, Barling Wildlife Reserve looks like a nice place to go to… In April 1998 a 999 year lease was granted to Barling Magna Parish Council via Rochford District Council from Southend […]

Peering Into the Past

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 admin 1

Yesterday the British Film Institute launched a section on its website called “Britain On Film” where you can find thousands of ‘beautifully preserved old films’ showing life in Britain for the last century or so. You can serach by local area, topic, or decade. There are three from Southend, one […]

How To Find The New Countryside Application

Monday, June 15, 2015 admin 0

The District Council Website isn’t the easiest to navigate. To find the latest big planning application from Countryside – for housing “North of London Road”: Go to the Council website at Then select “Planning” from the menu on the left side of the screen. Then select “Planning Appications” Then […]

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You Can Subscribe…

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 admin 2

Following a suggestion from one of our readers James, we have added a ‘subscribe’ facility to onlineFOCUS. If you complete the little form at the bottom of the screen, you will get email notifications whenever we post something new. (The software also allows us to send you an email newsletter, […]

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Time For Some Spring Cleaning

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 admin 5

Now the elections are over , maybe it’s time to give the onlineFOCUS website a bit of a spring clean. We can add some features that people would like, and remove some features that aren’t being used. So any suggestions would be welcome over the next week or so! In […]

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Democracy and Decor !

Thursday, April 30, 2015 admin 0

Someone emailed onlineFOCUS and recommended us to look at Terry’s Fabrics website. They have a rather neat little section called “Home vs Politics – 75 Years Of Politics in the Home”. You can find it here.