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One Minute’s Silence Today

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From the District Council website: Rochford District Council will observe the one minute silence in respect of the victims of the Tunisia terrorist attack, at 12 noon on Friday July 3rd. In line with Essex County Council, Rochford District Council flags will be flown at half mast for the day. Rochford District Council Chairman, Councillor Heather Glynn said; “Everyone I…
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Just Because A Document Is Big, It Doesn’t Mean It Is Right

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If you look on the District Council website here and look down the page you can find and download the  Environmental Statement – Appendix G – Transport Assessment and Travel Plan (updated May 2015) It’s a big document (19Mb) and it’s 253 pages long. The 132nd page is surprising. The opening summary includes the following: That certainly sounds encouraging ,…
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Here We Go Again….

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Keep your eyes peeled on this one. There could be more planning battles to fight… From the District Council website: Call for Sites (current stage) The Council is looking to gather information from landowners and developers about land – particularly brownfield/previously developed land – that might be considered suitable for development (including residential, employment, retail and other uses) in the…
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Archaeologists, Queen Guinevere and 8000 Residents v The Planning Inspectorate

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An interesting article in the Guardian shows just how unyielding the Planning Inspectorate can be on big housing applications. It’s an example from Shropshire: A powerful group of senior archaeologists are sharpening their trowels to fight “ethically unacceptable” plans they say will destroy one of the nation’s greatest Iron Age treasures. Old Oswestry Hill Fort, an imposing ancient feature that…
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A Sobering Editorial

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The Echo had an editorial yesterday about Rayleigh Town Centre – and not in a good way: REGULAR Friday and Saturday night street violence, which until recently disfigured most towns in Essex, is happily on the decline. Yet flare-ups still occur, and one town that seems to be suffering in particular right now is Rayleigh. Violence hit Rayleigh again this…
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“Rochford Hospital- Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly”

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There’s a good brief history of Rochford Hospital on the Community Archive here. Here’s an extract: By 1884 the Board of Guardians of the workhouse hospital were informed that, “there is insufficient accommodation for the treatment of patients suffering from infectious diseases and further wards are necessary.” However, very little seems to have been done about the overcrowding as, in…
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