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April 24th, 2014

Rayleigh Annual Town Meeting Tonight

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7:30 tonight at Sweyne Park School

April 23rd, 2014

44 Air Pollution Deaths In Our District Each Year – That’s The Estimate.

The Echo has reported today:

AIR pollution kills 375 people a year in south Essex with many more having years shaved of their lives, health experts estimate Councils are considering lowering speed limits and urging people to reduce car use as new figures from Public Health England laid bare the impact of car emissions and industry on people’s lives…..

Their complete article is here, but although it quotes estimated figures of 115 deathes per year in Southend from air pollution, it doesn’t quote a figure for our district. So we’ve hunted around on the web and found the information from Public Health England here They estimate that 5.7 % of deaths in our district of people over the age of 25 were attributed to air pollution – 44 per year.
 

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April 22nd, 2014

Friends Of Sweyne Park Meeting Next Monday

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April 22nd, 2014

A Warning From A Resident

Sent to us by email overnight:

I wonder if you could put a warning on the website. There was a white pick up doing the rounds here this afternoon offering gardening/tree cutting. Three men in it although only one got out, Irish accent. He was very very keen for me to leave the house and come down to the front gate to look at a tree he said was dangerous. I said I wasn’t interested in his services thank you, but he was getting extremely insistent, tried to stick his foot in the door and even though I only had it half open was trying to peer round me all the time. I’d shut the dog away and in the end I asked him if I let her out did he think he could make the truck before she got him, and that made him go. He didn’t fancy meeting my nice big German Shepherd. I did write down the reg no of the truck, and I’m 99% certain it’s the same number that has been mentioned on the RAG facebook page as being around just before there were burglaries. Don’t see any point in phoning the Police as they won’t do anything anyway, it isn’t a crime to door knock for business. But if you could warn people that they are around again it would be good

April 21st, 2014

A Fledgling At Easter

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Thank you to Elaine Lawrence for these two photos of a very small young bird in a local garden. Spring is definitely here!

 

We’ll probably get back to gritty politics tomorrow….

 

April 21st, 2014

The Rayleigh Fireman’s Wedding !

One of our regular readers has very kindly pointed this video out to us !

Note that the fire engine was owned by Rayleigh Urban District Council. You can see it go down Bellingham Lane and Rayleigh High Street… Any further information on this gratefully received…

April 20th, 2014

The Battle Of Wakering Common

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We haven’t mentioned the Rochford District Community Archive for a while. So here’s a link to  a story of alcohol and violence from 1912:

“At that time there was just one village policeman who depended to a great extent on the good will of most of the villagers and his strong wooden stick to keep order. There was no telephone, no police car, just him, his bicycle and… “

 

April 19th, 2014

“Rochford Fears Possible Merger With Wickford”

Slightly surprising comments in the Echo from Councillor Keith Hudson, bearing in mind that the Conservative Group has already voted to allocate enough housing to double the population of the parish of Rawreth, that also causes a merger with both Hullbridge and Rayleigh:

ROCHFORD Council fears overdevelopment in Wickford could lead to it merging with Rawreth. Major development is in store for Wickford over the next 17 years, which campaigners claim could change the face of the town forever.About 2,800 homes are planned by 2031 as part of Basildon Council’s local plan, with 760 homes to the south, 620 to the north-west, 220 on the western edge and 150 to the north-east. Rochford Council shares residents’ concerns claiming the influx of new homes – particularly plans for 150 properties north east of Wickford – will lead to the town becoming indistinguishable from neighbouring Rawreth.

April 18th, 2014

“All Nature Lovers Welcome”

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April 17th, 2014

A U-Turn In the Car Park?

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There’s a growing feeling that the district council is going to do a U-turn and keep free car parking on Saturday afternoons. Either the leadership will gracefully back down on this, or there will be another vote.

As the Echo reports here

….the Tory-run council now says the charges have been put on hold until they can be debated further at a full council meeting in June – after May’s local elections.

the Echo adds:

a council statement said: “The charges are under review to consider the objections received and are set to be discussed at full council in June.”
Part of those objections will be a 500-strong petition collected by Chris Stanley, Liberal democrat candidate for the Grange ward.
Collected in Rayleigh High Street, Mr Stanley submitted the petition on the grounds of a possible increase in on-street parking and congestion.

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April 16th, 2014

Primary School Places: How To Challenge A Decision

From the Guardian today:

The parents of thousands of children will learn on Wednesday that they have not been allocated their first choice of primary school. If you are one of them, it is possible to challenge the decision. Here is what you can do:

• Make sure you respond to any request to include your son or daughter on the waiting list in case any places become available.

• Decide if you have grounds for an appeal. Primary schools are limited to a maximum of 30 students per class for five- to seven-year-olds, and any application for such schools will be turned down if a school has already reached that limit.

Also consider that the independent appeal panel will not take into consideration any fresh information that you may submit if it was not available to the admission authority when it reached its original decision. Parents need to demonstrate why their child needs to go to the school to which they are appealing.

Full article with more information and links here.

Meanwhile the Essex County Council page on appeals is here.

It shows the following timetable:

Appeals timetable for children starting infant/junior/primary school from September 2014 onwards
16 April 2014 Essex Offer Day – parents informed of outcome of application
16 May 2014 Deadline by when appeals should have been lodged
2 June 2014 to 22 July 2014 Appeals heard for those lodged by deadline and where possible for late appeals
September 2014 onwards Appeals heard for any appeals not heard before 22 July

The above appeals timetable information applies in relation to community and voluntary controlled schools. Foundation, voluntary aided schools and academies may have different timescales for appeals – please check with the individual school.

April 15th, 2014

A Good Start – £400,000 Being Spent On Piping

From the Echo:

FLOOD victims are hoping to benefit from £400,000 of new drains being laid by Anglian Water.
The work, which is due finish next month, involves laying more than 5,500ft of pipes in Beeches Road, Rawreth, which has regularly suffered flooding in recent years.
Two new pumps will also be installed at Anglian Water’s pumping station, along with a equipment to contain sewage.
Peter Plummer, chairman of the newly-formed Rawreth Flood Action Group, lives nearby in Church Road, which has similar problems, having been flooded 19 times in the past 13 years.
He said: “It is a start, but only a start.
“If they’re laying pipes, they are just going to get blocked with silt. When it rains heavily, you can see it getting washed off fields into Watery Lane and Beeches Road.
“They need to find a way to stop that happening. Ditches and culverts also need to be cleared to re-establish the natural flood defences.”

Full story here.

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