Essex & East

A New Blog About Essex – Essexology

The new city boundaries at Battlesbridge?

It’s good to see a new blog about Essex – not a political blog, but one that seeks to challenge Essex stereotypes and remind people of our county’s natural beauty, industrial heritage and historic locations. It is called Essexology , is written by Julia Hammond and you can find it here. Here’s a sample about Battlesbridge: It takes its name…
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The Highways Secret

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Last month we noticed the following story from Hertfordshire: MASSIVE PERFORMANCE FINES FOR HERTFORDSHIRE’S HIGHWAYS CONTRACTOR Herts County Council’s main Highways contractor, Ringway has been fined £671,546 over the last two full financial years for failing to do the work it was paid for. In figures exposed by Liberal Democrat Leader and Highways Spokesperson, Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst, shows that Ringway…
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Rayleigh Police Station To Lose Its Front Counter As Drastic Cuts Are Proposed

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From the Echo today Essex Police proposes to retain front counters, open to the public from 9am to 5pm, in: Grays Basildon Southend Harlow Chelmsford Maldon Saffron Walden Braintree Colchester Clacton Operational policing bases, without front counters, will be kept in: Loughton Brentwood Canvey Island Rayleigh Harwich These cuts are supposed to be implemented from April 2016. Also from the…
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A Bold Step- Tilbury Teachers And Parents Could Act As Traffic Wardens Outside Schools


From the BBC website: Teachers and parents are being asked to act as traffic wardens with powers to issue parking tickets outside Essex schools. A Thurrock Council pilot scheme, first reported by Your Thurrock, will begin on Monday at a Tilbury primary school. The council said it does not have enough traffic wardens to police illegal parking outside schools. A…
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“The 5 reasons Addenbrookes really ‘failed’ – and what it means for the whole NHS “


A informed resident highlighted for us this article on the OURNHS website – here’s an extract: So where did it all go wrong? Not just for Addenbrookes – damned by the CQC for understaffing – but for the three quarters of Trusts this week exposed as facing similar problems? The Tory led Coalition government inherited an NHS in 2010 that…
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30,000 Objects ,Photos and Documents…

police museum

  Have you been to the highly-rated Essex Police Museum at Chelmsford? It is based at police headquarters in Sandford Road, Springfield, Chelmsford CM2 6DN and is open every Saturday from 10am-4pm. Admission is free and there is no need to book. This year it was  runner-up in the Essex Mums awards Best Museum category…. To quote a few  comments…
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“The tallest cranes in the world meet a container ship the size of four football pitches “… Business As Usual In Essex

london gateway

The Guardian has a big article this week on DP World London Gateway: “the latest international trophy of the oil-rich emirate of Dubai, and one of the biggest privately funded infrastructure projects the UK has ever seen. It is a gargantuan undertaking (on the scale of Crossrail, Terminal 5 or HS2) that’s projected to have a bigger economic impact than…
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This Is Important – A “Combined Authority” To Rule Over Essex?


The government is offering to devolve powers and decision-making to regional areas, and as a result the different council leaders in Essex – including Essex CC , Southend and Thurrock – have been talking about working together. The first thing to say is that there has been no discussion at our Full Council about this yet. The second is that…
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