March 11th, 2014
Rayleigh Action Group held a public meeting on Sunday.Two of the onlineFOCUS team, Chris Black and Chris Stanley, were in the audience to listen.
The Echo have a report tonight:
CAMPAIGNERS want a judicial review to stop Rochford District Council build 2,785 homes in the next 15 years.
The call comes from a meeting of the Rayleigh Action Group meeting where more than 500 people turned out to show their displeasure at the plans.
The group would now need to raise £30,000 in less then a month to fight the housing plan, which were officially adopted by the council two weeks ago….
March 10th, 2014
Southend Rising is a newish blog about business and growth in Southend. It describes itself as follows:
Southend Rising aims to showcase the growth and success stories happening all over the borough of Southend-on-Sea.
Through this website we want to proudly tell visitors about investment, regeneration and development taking place in Southend, Leigh, Westcliff, Prittlewell, Southchurch, Shoebury, Thorpe Bay, Chalkwell and Eastwood.
Most importantly, we want to help promote local businesses and organisations.
The site was launched in June 2013 by James Howell, a former Chief Reporter on the Southend Echo. James has spent the last decade delivering PR and public affairs campaigns for one of Britain’s largest housing associations. This has included work on major development and regeneration schemes across London and the South East.
Content on this site is researched and written by a small team of professional journalists, combined with press releases supplied by local companies and organisations.
March 9th, 2014
Some photos taken this afternoon. Click on them to enlarge…
Rayleigh Mount, again.
The Sensory Garden near the Windmill
Daffodils on the verge by Ferndale Road and Hullbridge Road
March 8th, 2014
From the District Council website:
A Rochford District business is the latest lucky recipient of an EU funded grant to help them become ‘greener’ as part of the Low Carbon Business programme.
Squires coffee shop in Rayleigh is the latest District based business to benefit from a cash grant which they used towards a brand new heating and cooling system.
Squires were introduced to the Low Carbon Business Programme at a Rochford District Council business breakfast event and were able to assist them with the application for a European grant towards the new air heating system.
The coffee shop is expecting to reduce its electricity usage by 6,920kWh which will mean that they also reduce their carbon footprint by 3.63 tonnes. On top of this they are likely to reduce their overhead spend by over £700 every year….
The full article is here. There is a total of £40,000 available for businesses in the Rochford area
March 7th, 2014
Southend blogger, campaigner and food writer Jack Monroe gets a favourable profile in the New Yorker
It’s worth reading in full, so we won’t quote any of it here…
March 6th, 2014
From Commissioner Nick Alston’s blog:
The next Police and Crime Commissioner public meeting discussing local crime and policing issues, will take place in Hockley on Thursday March 13, 2014.
Nick Alston said: “We’ve had an excellent series of public meetings in all parts of Essex over the last fifteen months, and we’re looking to build on those events. I encourage everyone who lives in Rochford district to come along to our next event and raise the issues that matter to them.
“We provide the very latest crime figures at the meetings, publishing these on our website too. We also explore the facts and context around any crime trends, with briefings from the local Essex Police District Commander, Chief Inspector Ian Cummings, and the Community Safety Partnership. Everyone attending the meeting can put their questions directly to the police, the community safety team, and to me. I will also ask challenging questions of the police and council, as well as highlighting some of the excellent work that is taking place.
“If you care about keeping your community as safe as it can possibly be, please come along and get involved.”
The next event is scheduled for:
Time: 18:00 to 20:00, Thursday March 13, 2014
Location: Hockley Primary School, Chevening Gardens, Hockley, Rochford SS5 4UR
A briefing document containing the latest crime figures for the area will be published shortly on the PCC website, and discussed in detail at the meeting.
Nick Alston adds: “Each meeting will be two hours long. We’d love people to attend all the meeting, but if you can only make part of it, please still come along. I want your views to be part of the debate about how we can best keep the streets and countryside of Essex safe.”
We hope that street lighting gets discussed..
March 5th, 2014
Rayleigh Councillor Dave Sperring has now quit the Conservative Group to become an Independent Conservative.
It’s fair to say that he still regards himself as a Tory, he has simply had enough of the way the Tory group is run on the District Council. So now there are two Independent Conservatives on the District Council Dave Sperring and Toby Mountain – - and we wait to see if they form a council group.
March 4th, 2014
The District Council have displays in the Mill Hall for a few days and in our district’s libraries for at least the next two weeks. You can find the exhibition material here.
And the developers Countryside Properties are now showing what their ideas are
They say they will be holding 2 public exhibitions later this month and sending a newsletter to local residents.
They are also giving people a chance to register their comments with them online here.
March 3rd, 2014
From Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass:
Royal Coat of Arms have been displayed in churches throughout the country since the Reformation (Henry VIII). The one in Holy Trinity dates from the first part of the reign of Queen Anne (1702-1707)Located on a wall in the North Tower it had gone unnoticed for the past 100 years as it was covered in grime…. Restored in partnership between ourselves and the Friends of Holy Trinity it now looks just as it did when painted 300 years ago.
Next time you are in Rayleigh pop into the Church and have a look.
March 2nd, 2014
There’s a concert coming soon, to raise funds for the upkeep of St Nicholas Church, Rawreth:
March 1st, 2014
The Echo has an interview with Independent Tory Councillor Toby Mountain here.
….Mr Mountain said: “It is important to remember that at every level, we are the servants and not masters of those who elect us, transparency is paramount.
“Since I pushed the suggestion that there should be a higher level of democratic accountability and more transparent discussion and debate within the decision-making process of the ruling administration, I have been on the receiving end of unpleasantness, hypocrisy, threats and abuse.
“This is not what I signed up for.”
Mr Mountain explained in Tuesday’s meeting how an idea to increase parking charges throughout the week, along with the idea of Saturday charges, was put forward at a council awayday in January.
Members agreed to further discussion on the suggestions, but no debate was held until the full council meeting on January 28….
March 1st, 2014
Chris Black writes:
It’s not often that a sitting councillor gets married – maybe once a decade at Rochford District Council. So when it happens , it normally gets minuted.
So 20 years ago today, council minute 103/94 stated that “The Chairman [Terry Fawell] referred to the forthcoming wedding of Councillor C.I. Black and presented to him on behalf of those present a card and a framed picture of Rayleigh with their best wishes for the future”
Well those best wishes for the future seemed to have helped us , and we are still grateful for them. 20 years on Elena and myself are still together, not bad considering we got wed 10 weeks after our first date…