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Child Disability Help

Monday, August 21, 2006 admin 0

We’ve come across a website called Child Disability Help – you can click on it here. It’s run by Pauline Smith from Hockley , who has two disabled sons, and a flavour of it is here: CHILD DISABILITY HELP is aimed at providing vital support to families in the UK […]

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Simon Says…

Sunday, August 20, 2006 admin 0

Credit where credit is due…. Rayleigh Tory councillor Simon Smith has a busy life, having to combine council work with being a schoolteacher and also attending education conferences. He’s now gained a lot of attention following a recent teacher’s conference speech he made. As the Evening Echo reported it: Children […]

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Another Mushroom Farm Application – This Time in Hockley

Thursday, August 17, 2006 admin 1

It’s a strange coincidence. The application to convert some derelict mushroom shed toilets to a beauty studio comes to a meeting next week. And on the same night the committee will consider turning some mushroom sheds in Folly Lane , Hockley into 4 light industrial units, each of 280 square […]

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The Tidal Defenses at Battlesbridge

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 admin 0

If you live near Battlesbridge, or go there to buy antiques or have a good meal, you might be interested in the work going there to improve the tidal defenses on the River Crouch nearby. This is especially significant as there are possibilities of the highest tides for 25 years […]

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A Crossing in Rawreth Lane

Sunday, August 6, 2006 admin 0

We had an email from one local resident who asked: I would be very interested to know if a crossing is to be introduced at the park school development. My daughter starts at the new school this September and we live on the opposite side of Rawreth Lane to the […]

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Slanted Echo?

Sunday, August 6, 2006 admin 0

When Chris and June Lumley’s latest newsletter went out , a copy went through the letterbox of Geoff Percival. He’s the Evening Echo’s political reporter and he lives in Grange Ward. Mr Percival clearly decided to make a story out of it. He didn’t write about how they are still […]

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“A Useless Load of Rubbish!”

Wednesday, August 2, 2006 admin 0

Monday night’s Rayleigh Town Council meeting was disrupted by noisy interruptions from five or six residents of Bull Lane. At agenda item 3 (Public Forum) they attempted to raise the subject of youth nuisance in King Georges Field and the fact that Bye-Laws were not being enforced. The meeting Chairman […]

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The Enforcement Team’s Heavy Workload

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 admin 3

The District Council’s Planning Enforcement Team have the job of enforcing the planning rules. Whenever there’s a case of someone doing something without first getting planning permission, it ends up on their desks. And there are a lot of breaches of planning control reported to them. In the three months […]

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Come on, You Conservatives

Friday, July 28, 2006 admin 0

Dear Rayleigh Conservatives, We know that you some of you are regular readers of onlinefocus, so can we give you a tip? Have a look at your own website – it’s getting shamefully out of date. After all, it’s nearly 3 months since the council elections and you are still […]

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Yesterday’s Incident

Thursday, July 27, 2006 admin 0

We have learned a little more about an incident we mentioned yesterday. Although it was alarming for the persons involved , it doesn’t seem that anyone intended any harm to anyone. So we have taken it off the website- if you want to know any more, please email Chris.

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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 […]