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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:

Thank You For Reading OnlineFOCUS

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Thank you for reading onlineFOCUS – July was our best ever month for visitors, with an average of 230 different visitors every day.

District Council Website Disrupted Tonight

From the district council website :

There will be severe disruption to our online services today (17th July 2014) from 6pm – midnight for essential maintenance.

This will affect the following systems:

Services for viewing council tax, business rates or benefit account, registering or obtaining a PIN and council tax banding
Online forms
Online parking services
Committee Management Information System (CMIS)
Online planning, building control and licensing searches
If you would like to comment on an application, please email:

planning: planning.applications@rochford.gov.uk

building control: building.control@rochford.gov.uk

licensing: licensing@rochford.gov.uk

Any emails to the Council will not be received until the Council opens on Friday morning.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

A Deluge Of Data

“Datashine” is an impressive new online tool for looking at census data. It’s been developed by James Cheshire and Oliver O’Brien at University College London. If you are curious about our district it’s definitely worth a look (especially if you are a councillor!)

If you click here you go to a map centred on Rochford.

Then you can play around with the “Data Chooser” and select from a deluge of census data. For example, if you adjust the data chooser for 1 ) “Health” 2) “General Health” and 3 “Very Good Health” you get the following display, where the green roads have the highest number of healthiest people. As you move your cursor around , the key tells you what council ward you are in. So with the cursor at the top of the image you can see that only 22% of people on one of the caravan sites in Hullbridge said they were in very good health. (Click on the image to enlarge):

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Here’s some more examples (in each case with the cursor pointing to Brixham Close in Rayleigh).

Percentage of families with dependent children:

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Percentage of adults with a university degree:

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Percentage of adults aged 17-74 who commute by train:

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Percentage of people who are Christians:

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Percentage of people aged 75 or over:

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Hat-tip: The Guardian

How Many Readers Do We Get?

For anyone who wonders if anyone reads onlineFOCUS , here’s our daily figures for June – you can click on the image to enlarge it:

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This month we had between 114 and 255 visitors each day. The software we use defines a ‘visitor’ as someone who hasn’t look at the site in the previous 24 hours – in other words someone having a look 20 times a day counts as one visitor, not 20.

Here’s the monthly figures for the past year:

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The stats  show that we get between 5000 and 7000 visitors in most months. That figure is a bit lower in December (probably due to Christmas)! The figure for June this year is about 1000 higher than for June 2013…

 

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500 HOUSES BETWEEN LONDON ROAD AND RAWRETH LANE

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)

Planning Applications…

If you want information on a particular planning application, you can find it on the District Council website here.

If you want to know what new planning applications have been submitted this week, click here.

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If you want to report a problem, you can email Lib Dems councillors by clicking here.
There's also an independent website called FixMyStreet. It's very good for reporting minor street problems like holes in the road, grafitti or failed streetlights. You can find FixMyStreet here.

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