Buy Local

Monday, November 23, 2020 Editor 4

There has never been a greater time to ‘think before you click’ – our local businesses and in desperate need of your support. Before you ‘click happy’ this Black Friday, please remember our local businesses who are there all year round and many of which are the glue of our […]

Scrooge Has Arrived Early At RDC

Saturday, November 21, 2020 Editor 1

The Conservatives at Rochford District Council have announced its ‘same old same old’ approach to car parking charging during December. Car parking charges will be suspended during the morning for 3 whole Saturdays on the lead up to what should be the busiest time for local retails and other businesses […]

Supporting Your Small Businesses

Friday, November 20, 2020 Editor 3

It won’t have gone unnoticed by many that there are several retailers closing down or now closed in the our Town. Despite the financial support from the Government, this has not been nearly enough to fight off the decline of our High Street. The Focus team knows of many businesses […]

FREEdom Will Cost At Cherry Orchard Park

Thursday, November 12, 2020 Editor 0

There used to be a time when enjoying a stroll in the fresh air was free. However, the Council is considering, to set their sights on charging visitors of Cherry Orchard Park adding to their car parking ‘cash cow’ scheme. Residents, who already pay to maintain this site through their […]

Free School Meals

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 Editor 0

Will you back our campaign? The coronavirus pandemic has brought new focus on the issue of child hunger, but this is a not a new problem. The absence of any support equivalent to free school meals in the holidays is a long overlooked problem. Now families have the added worry of […]

Dairy Crest Development -APPROVED

Friday, October 23, 2020 Editor 2

The application for 24 apartments and 2 commercial units on the former Dairy Crest site was approved last night by a committee decision of 7 (for) & 6 (against) Councillors in favour of the development were Lesley Butcher (C) Daniel Efdes (C) Julie Gooding (C) David Merrick (C) Arthur Williams […]

Rawreth Lane / Hullbridge Road Roadworks

Monday, October 19, 2020 Editor 2

Local residents have been notified of roadworks to take place at the Hullbridge Road/Rawreth Lane area to commence on 2nd November 2020 and lasting for approximately 16 weeks. We have written to officers to check on these planned roadworks to ask that they are proactively monitored to ensure that they […]

Cllr Diane Hoy

Monday, October 12, 2020 Editor 0

Today, family, friends, colleagues & residents lined the streets in their numbers to say their final farewells to popular local Councillor, Mrs Diane Hoy. Diane was an extremely popular local Councillor and was well known for her straight-talking, no-nonsense, honest approach to Council life and for the dedication she showed […]

World Homeless Day

Saturday, October 10, 2020 Editor 1

The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to people who experience homelessness needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness while taking advantage of the stage an ‘international day’ provides. In our District there is a relatively low number of […]

Community Safety Survey

Thursday, October 1, 2020 Editor 2

Despite still no reopening of Rayleigh Police Station front counter (another Mark Francois iniative) and no CCTV (another RDC project going nowhere fast), Rochford District Council are asking, yet again, for your views on tacking crime and antisocial behaviour in our District. Here’s the Council blurb… There is still time […]

Kerfuffle Over Curfew

Monday, September 28, 2020 Editor 0

In the latest guidance from the Government, restaurants, bars, and pubs are now ordered to close at 10pm in an attempt to help quell the further spread of Coranavirus. The onlineFOCUS team was out in Rayleigh over the weekend to see how residents are reacting to the new measure and […]