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Nice Try Keith, but he loses by 89

Saturday, July 26, 2003 admin 0

Our candidate Keith Budden lost by 89 votes in the Town Council by-election in Rayleigh Central Ward. The result was: Cheryl Roe (Con) 249 Keith Budden (Lib Dem) 160 turnout 13% It’s a great pity that Keith lost, because he would have been a thoughtful and hard-working councillor. But if […]

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No Secret Building Going on in Ferndale

Monday, July 21, 2003 admin 0

Back in the spring we had a few calls from residents concerned about some earth-moving that was being done on the ‘agricultural’ land at the top of Ferndale Road. We asked for one of the planning enforcement officers to have a look up there. Chris has just had a letter […]

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Councillors Discuss Ideas to Fight Drug-Taking

Wednesday, July 16, 2003 admin 0

Lat night the District Council looked at a report about drug-taking and the needs of young people in our district. An important subject – but once again, no-one from the local newspapers was here. It was a rather vague sort of meeting, and nothing definite was decided – just that […]

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Shock Cuts in Winter Salting Budget

Saturday, July 12, 2003 admin 1

We had enough trouble last winter with slippery roads in our district . Next winter is likely to be much worse, because there will only be one-third as much money for road salting and snowploughing! We have just found out that the budget for salting and snowploughing in our district […]

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No Government Announcement of A Bypass Here

Friday, July 11, 2003 admin 0

When the government announced plans for new roadbuilding and road widening, we checked to see if they proposed building a Rochford bypass. The answer was that there is nothing in the government’s announcement about a bypass here – which will relieve some people and disappoint others.

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Big Council Tax Rise? Don’t Blame the Sports Centre

Wednesday, July 9, 2003 admin 0

There’s been some publicity on local radio and in the local papers about the proposed new Sports Centre at Park School. A lot of this publicity centres around the increase in the council tax that will pay for it. There probably will be a big council tax rise next spring. […]

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A Question About The Rayleigh Times

Tuesday, July 8, 2003 admin 0

Last month we reported on the proposal to have skateboarding in King Georges Field . We explained that there was a 970 name petition in support of the skateboarding area, but that some residents were against. Our question is : Why didn’t the Rayleigh Times in its own report mention […]

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One New Zebra for Rayleigh?

Sunday, July 6, 2003 admin 0

According to County Highways, it looks like we’ll get maybe one or two new pedestrian crossings in Rayleigh in the next three years. The road outside Rayleigh Station should be top of the list, but there are visibility problems there. Perhaps it will be provided as part of other interchange […]

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Low Crime and High Marriage Figures for Rochford

Friday, July 4, 2003 admin 0

The Evening Echo has been reporting on the latest Census information about Southend, but they didn’t mention anything about our area. So we looked up Rochford District on the 2001 Census website. We found that: Crime figures are relatively low in our district : – burglary levels are less than […]

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New Planning Application Expected at Read’s Nursery’

Friday, June 20, 2003 admin 0

Countryside are already building on the Read’s Nursery site, but they have sold part of the land to another developer called Bellwinch. Bellwinch will naturally want to build their own design of houses – so we are expecting a new planning application for their site. As soon as we have […]

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Meeting on June 26th will decide Sports Facilities

Thursday, June 19, 2003 admin 0

The District Council will decide what to include in the replacement sports centre at the Park School Site at a meeting on June 26th. Nothing is certain yet – but we expect to get: – a sports hall for basketball , 5 -a-side football, badminton etc. – netball, tennis and […]

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Bellwinch apply for 81 houses and flats

Tuesday, June 10, 2003 admin 0

We have just received a copy of the planning application from Bellwinch for the part of the Read’s Nursery site that they have bought from Countryside. Bellwinch are applying for permission to build 81 homes, mainly small houses and flats. This is 19 more than Countryside were planning to build […]