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Residents Meet to Oppose Lights and Sports Pitch

Monday, October 20, 2003 admin 0

Rochford District Council has now formally objected to the scheme for floodlights and an allweather sports pitch at Sweyne Park School. This is in addition to objections from about 50 residents- and a few councillors. However it is the County Council who will decide whether to allow it- probably at […]

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School Figure Don’t Add Up Very Well

Saturday, October 18, 2003 admin 0

he County Council’s School Organisation Plan predicts that 20 schools in our district won’t have enough places to satisfy local needs in five years time. Worst affected seems to be Glebe Junior, which will “have a deficit” of 45 places- anfd that’s without allowing for any new housing developments. We […]

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Anglo-Saxon Discovery

Monday, September 29, 2003 admin 0

Archaeologists have discovered an Anglo-Saxon Cemetery on part of the Park School playing fields- on land that is going to be built on. Apparently the bodies that were found date back to the 5th or 6th centuries. It is quite fascinating to think that Rawreth Lane might have been a […]

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Bellwinch Application Thrown Out

Monday, September 29, 2003 admin 0

Bellwinch’s planning application for part of the Read’s Nursery site was refused at Sept 25th’s planning meeting – unanimously. Chris moved refusal on the grounds of: – overdevelopment without regard to the quality of urban living – unsatisfactory design and layout – lack of phasing of educational and medical facilities […]

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Residents Angry and Concerned Over Housing Schemes

Thursday, September 4, 2003 admin 0

The Council chamber was packed on Tuesday 2nd September. Residents were angry at not being consulted on several social housing schemes in the District – particularly at Hambro Close . The Council was forced to backtrack and offer proper public consultation. No decision has been taken on these schemes – […]

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Silver For Rayleigh!

Wednesday, September 3, 2003 admin 0

Rayleigh has won a silver medal this year in the Anglia in Bloom competition, in the large town category. We were only beaten by Bury St Edmunds, which has a cathedral to provide a beautiful setting!. Congratulations to Peggy Pearse and the other Lib Dems on the Town Council who […]

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Home for the Elderly Mentally Impaired

Sunday, August 31, 2003 admin 0

The builders have officially started work in Rawreth Lane on building the home for elderly mentally impaired people. We went along to have a chat with the main parties involved and we understand that: It will take nearly a year to build the home. It will have have 35 beds […]

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Are the County Skating on Thin Ice?

Sunday, August 10, 2003 admin 0

Chris has been asking more questions about the County Highways budget for winter salting and snowploughing this winter , getting information that the County don’t normally publicise. The situation is this that the budget has been cut in most of South Essex: In Rochford, cut from ?103,335 last winter to […]

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“No Space at Local Schools”

Tuesday, August 5, 2003 admin 0

We were very disturbed to hear from the parents of a Rayleigh eleven year old boy who has just finished at Glebe School. The County Council cannot offer him a secondary school place in Rayleigh – apparently Sweyne Park and Fitzwimarc are both full. Instead he has been offered a […]

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“Eagle-Eyed Oatham” spots a mistake in the Echo

Monday, July 28, 2003 admin 0

Ron has sent the following letter to the Evening Echo, complaining about a photograph that was labelled “Nightmare – Traffic in Rayleigh High Street”- We wonder if they’ll publish it ! Dear Sir, Alan James’ views and opinions (Echo Wed. July 23rd) on Rayleigh’s traffic problems are welcome and encouraged. […]

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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 […]