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Rochford To Rayleigh Rising

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If you are involved in local campaigning, social media are very important.

You can set up your own website, as we did with onlinefocus.org. Websites have some very good plus points. They are largely under your own control, so you can have the lay-out you want. When the website has been going for a few years, you can still search and find important stuff from the past.

Or you can set up something on Facebook. That has its plus points as well – Facebook groups can gain a readership very quickly, and people can leave comments and interact instantly.

Which brings us to “Rochford and Rayleigh Rising” a new Facebook Group set up by Councillor John Mason. Its tag-line is “Where independently minded people openly ask and tell about what is really happening in Rochford District focussing on the needs and wishes of residents.” If you are on Facebook, its worth seeking out…

Webspace Attack

Apologies for no post tonight, our webspace has been under attack,, hopefully all OK now…

Beautiful Barling

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Have you ever looked at the parish website for Barling and Sutton? Someone’s done a very classy job…. Also, Barling Wildlife Reserve looks like a nice place to go to…

In April 1998 a 999 year lease was granted to Barling Magna Parish Council via Rochford District Council from Southend Borough Council and the land was Registered in October 1998.

The 12 acre site had been part of the Southend Borough’s old defunct sewerage farm and had become a general dumping ground and derelict rubbish site…

…. It was necessary to remove a hundred Dutch Elms which had succumbed to the disease and this made way for generous new plantings. Now over 130 specimen trees, mostly native, have been planted and over 400 grant funded hedgerow plants. We are continuously adding to these. On both sides of the reserve there are inaccessible margins between ditches and fences that are left undisturbed.

The two main meadows are linked by footbridges and there are no plans to change them. They will be cut once a year to ensure that early coloniser plants do not take over. Our ambition is to construct a footbridge over the Borrow Dyke and link the reserve to the seawall of the River Roach.

There is another newly created wood to the west side which was planted by schoolchildren in June 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Back To Blogging…

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Councillor Toby Mountain has been ill, but is back in action now and updating his blog…

Looks Good….

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Up in the north-west, Stockport Council have got some interesting new tricks on their website. As some of the Lib Dem councillors up there explain:

Stockport Council has launched a great new service, allowing us all to see a huge amount of information overlaid on a map of the borough.
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Put in your road or postcode from the front page of the Stockport website and find out a host of useful information from your bin collection days and councillors to your local schools, health centre, leisure centre, park, library, optician, pharmacy, doctor, dentist, hospital, planning applications and more.
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There’s a mapping function covering the whole borough. You can find out almost anything. The map below shows land the Council owns along with adopted highways (i.e. pavement and road the council is responsible for maintaining) together.

You can find out more here.

We wonder how expensive this is. If it was cheap, it would be useful to have this down here.

Congrats To Jack

Congrats to Jack Monroe on winning the “Observer Food Monthly” Blogger of the Year Award !

What’s Out At Sea?

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If you are  down by  the Thames , and are curious  about a cargo ship going past, you can find out about it by going to http://www.marinetraffic.com/ Type in “Thames Estuary” and you will get a map of the Thames with little markers showing the ships. You can click on the markers to get more info. Or you can search for the ship by name. It covers most of the world….

Well Done Liberal England

 

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Congrats to Jonathan Calder – his “Liberal England”  has won the  Lib Dem Blog of  the Year  award.

This weekend he has written about the late Lynsey de Paul,  the Queen Mother in Market Harborough in 1927, and a walrus in St Pancras.

Another worthy blog belongs to Mark Pack. He shows a remarkable bit of  wartime “town planning” here.

 

Under Attack

Sorry for our brief absence . We’ve had nasty online criminals attacking our website, but things are OK now and we are back…

The Essex Eye

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OnlineFOCUS readers may be interested in a newish website called “Essex Eye”. It has local crime news and crime prevention advice. It’s not altogether clear who’s writing it. The site conveniently collects together information that’s been published elsewhere.

There is almost too much crime data to look at , including links to monthly crime figures for each council ward!

“Lights, Camera , Action”

Thanks to the Mighty Oz for pointing this item from the government website

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles today published a new guide for local people explaining how they can attend and report their local council meetings. New guidance explicitly states that councils should allow the public to film council meetings.

The new how-to guide gives practical information for the public to attend meetings of a council’s executive and how to obtain council documents. The government has changed the law to allow citizens to report, blog, tweet and film council meetings in England. It also outlines the assorted rights that taxpayers’ have to access council papers and documents….

You can find quite a few council chamber videos on Youtube. Here’s one from a small City council in the USA, which gets a bit tetchy, nothing spectcular, though there is some hat throwing after about 2 minutes 15 secs:

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There's lots of information on the District Council website about the planning application "North of London Road ". To see it , just click here.

The Core Strategy

This is the official master document for planning policy in our district! To download it, click here click here. (2.5mb)

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