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Second Asda Application to be decided on the 21st

Sunday, February 12, 2006 admin 0

The second application from Asda for a supermarket on the “neighbourhood centre” in Rawreth Lane will come to the District Council’s planning meeting on Tuesday 21st Feebruary. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber in the Civic Suite in Rayleigh (next to the Market Car Park, and opposite […]

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Grafitti Update

Thursday, February 9, 2006 admin 0

Grafitti is still a big issue in parts of Rayleigh and Rawreth (and indeed across the district!) One of our recent successes has been to get the council to spend an extra ?7500 per year on clearing the stuff up. In practice this means that instead of one ‘clean-up run’ […]

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Nuisance at Rayleigh Station – Police Response

Sunday, February 5, 2006 admin 0

Following the complaint that we posted about on Wednesday, we contacted the British Transport Police. They told us that , as it happens, they moved a group on from Rayleigh Station on Tuesday evening. If necessary they will consider a police operation that may involve prosecutions. Please keep us advised […]

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Save the Essex Police Force!

Thursday, February 2, 2006 admin 0

Hawkwell Liberal Democrat Vic Leach had the following letter in the Evening Echo last week attacking the Labour government’s policy of merging police forces into bigger, more remote super-forces: “I am saddened, but not surprised, at Angela Smith toeing the party line in respect of the inter county police merger, […]

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Youth Nuisance at Rayleigh Station

Wednesday, February 1, 2006 admin 0

Chris has received the following email from a resident: I’m not sure if you remember me, but you kindly came round to see me in Downhall Park Way last year when I e-mailed you about a few issues. I’m sorry to bother you again, but if you do have any […]

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District Council Budget is Passed

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 admin 0

The District Council budget was passed tonight – with an increase in council tax of just under 5 per cent. It’s no surprise that the increase is just under 5 per cent – in fact it was practically certain, the Conservative administration had no choice. If they increase it by […]

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Housing Transfer

Sunday, January 29, 2006 admin 0

The government is effectively forcing Rochford District Council – and other councils like us – to transfer our council housing stock over to a housing association. Some councillors are enthusiastic about it, others are more unwilling, but that’s the way things are going. However, it still has to be agreed […]

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Brooklyn Drive Rayleigh – would more yellow lines help?

Sunday, January 29, 2006 admin 2

In our last Focus news was included about the Highways Department agreeing to extend the double yellow lines at the top of Brooklyn Drive. This was to: 1. enable residents in the flats to gain easier access from their designated parking area 2. to give a larger turning space for […]

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Remember Trevor?

Sunday, January 29, 2006 admin 0

Residents of Canewdon, plus long-serving councillors and council officers, may remember Trevor Powell. Trevor was a popular and hard-working councillor in Canewdon, who became leader of the Lib Dems on Rochford District. Unfortunately, his “proper” job required to move away to Suffolk, and some of us lost contact with him. […]

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006 admin 0

If you look at Rochford District Council’s Website you will see that they are promoting Futureville. It’s an interactive CD Rom designed for 12-16 year-olds who are thinking about a career in local government. It’s free – just click here to go through to their application form and they’ll send […]

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Local Bodies Still Objecting to Asda Scheme

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 admin 0

We understand that Rawreth Parish Council has sent the following to Rochford District: For the Attention of Mr. Mike Stranks Copies to Mr. Mark Francois MP, County Cllr. Castle, Ward and Parish Councillors. Planning Application 05/01049/REM Asda Stores Ltd., Park School Site, Rawreth Lane, Rayleigh, Essex Council Comment is as […]

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The Leadership Election

Friday, January 20, 2006 admin 0

If you are interested in the Liberal Democrat’s leadership election, you might like to look at the three candidates’ websites: Ming Campbell Simon Hughes Chris Huhne Who are the Liberal Democrats in our district voting for? Well, of course we all make our own minds up. However Sid Cumberland, who […]