Rayleigh Neighbourhood Watch…
The Friends of Sweyne Park Open Space have a new Facebook page. Facebook users can find them by searching ‘Friends of Sweyne Park Open Space’.
They are looking to build up numbers so they can run some more fun activities for our community next year in the park, which is a great idea.
Find them on Facebook!
Apologies for the lack of posts over the last couple of days – we’ve had some server and connection problems. We should be back tomorrow…
The Port of London Authority has linked up with Google:
- in fact they have linked up with Google Street View:
The Thames is the first river in the UK and Europe to be mapped by Google’s Street View technology, which provides 360-degree panoramic imagery to users across the world on Google Maps. While Street View cameras had voyaged to Moscow’s Red Square, the explorer, Scott’s, Hut on Ross Island and some of the world’s highest peaks, they were yet to make their way down England’s longest river until now.
The 360-degree photographic views of the river are live on Google Street View, which viewers will be able to find on www.maps.google.co.uk or on https://www.google.com/maps/views/home.
Incidentally, if you are ever looking for some really good photos of London or the Thames, try the PLA twitter feed- there are often some cracking photos appearing there.
We might have some technical issues with onlineFOCUS in the next day or so…. but hopefully we will be back tomorrow!
Have you heard of Streetlife.com ?
It’s a fairly new website gradually being rolled put across the UK. It was launched in Essex a couple of weeks ago. They say:
“We have a simple aim: to help build stronger communities by providing a place for local residents, groups and officials to connect and share practical information, advice and resources.
Approaching 100,000 people in 500 communities across England currently use Streetlife, and over the past few days thousands of residents in Essex have joined and the conversations have already started.”
It’s worth a look, and they seem keen get to get local councils and councillors involved. It could be one way of reducing the disconnect between councils and ordinary residents that’s been discussed on onlinefocus recently.
Incidentally, Streetlife.com isn’t a charity, one big investor is the Archant Media Group, who own a lot of local newspapers and are expanding into websites.
In one online article about new investment they say:
“CEO and founder of streetlife.com, Matt Boyes, commented on the funding:
We’ve shown that online interaction can facilitate real-world meetings, encourage people to become more involved locally, and enhance their sense of belonging. It’s a very exciting time for streetlife.com; this funding will enable us to bring the benefits of local social networking to new communities across the nation.”
Serge Taborin, managing director of Archant Digital Ventures, added:
“We are delighted with the extraordinary rise of the platform, which now provides a rich source of highly relevant local stories for our journalists, and we strongly believe that this latest round of investment will enable streetlife.com to accelerate its growth nationally.”
Keen observers of onlineFOCUS will have noticed we have added a ‘scroll to top’ button at the bottom of the page.
This is at the suggestion of one of our readers, and we hope it helps. Any other suggestions are welcome….
This is from June , but it’s always nice to find such glowing comments on aspects of Rayleigh Town Centre. It’s from a blog called Rockabilly Stitch:
Rayleigh is a true hidden gem in south Essex. Not only does it have a great vintage shop and splendid tea room but it is has plenty more to offer… I could spend a whole weekend there and still need longer. It has a lovely high street with shops you normally find on a high street plus other shops you wouldn’t expect to find. I wanted to rummage through the charity shops and fabric shops but ran out of time! There is also a healthy vintage scene in Essex – especially in Southend-on-Sea – so come on; what are you waiting for…
Find out more here.
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