Some photos taken this afternoon. Click on them to enlarge…
Some photos taken this afternoon. Click on them to enlarge…
From the District Council website:
A Rochford District business is the latest lucky recipient of an EU funded grant to help them become ‘greener’ as part of the Low Carbon Business programme.
Squires coffee shop in Rayleigh is the latest District based business to benefit from a cash grant which they used towards a brand new heating and cooling system.
Squires were introduced to the Low Carbon Business Programme at a Rochford District Council business breakfast event and were able to assist them with the application for a European grant towards the new air heating system.
The coffee shop is expecting to reduce its electricity usage by 6,920kWh which will mean that they also reduce their carbon footprint by 3.63 tonnes. On top of this they are likely to reduce their overhead spend by over £700 every year….
The full article is here. There is a total of £40,000 available for businesses in the Rochford area
Rayleigh Councillor Dave Sperring has now quit the Conservative Group to become an Independent Conservative.
It’s fair to say that he still regards himself as a Tory, he has simply had enough of the way the Tory group is run on the District Council. So now there are two Independent Conservatives on the District Council Dave Sperring and Toby Mountain – - and we wait to see if they form a council group.
Royal Coat of Arms have been displayed in churches throughout the country since the Reformation (Henry VIII). The one in Holy Trinity dates from the first part of the reign of Queen Anne (1702-
1707)Located on a wall in the North Tower it had gone unnoticed for the past 100 years as it was covered in grime…. Restored in partnership between ourselves and the Friends of Holy Trinity it now looks just as it did when painted 300 years ago.
Next time you are in Rayleigh pop into the Church and have a look.
Most of us connected with onlineFOCUS are fond of Italian cooking. So we are looking forward to the Italian Food Market that Rayleigh Town Council are bringing to the High Street on March 1st!
And as a taster, here’s some some shots of Italian food and an Italian Food Market in Bologna (taken on holiday by Chris Black a couple of years ago)
We heard last night that Toby Mountain, one of the Conservative councillors for Sweyne Park Ward in Rayleigh , has resigned from the Conservative Party Whip under the current leadership of Cllr Terry Cutmore.
It’s been clear for some time that various Conservative councillors in Rayleigh have been unhappy about various issues, and about the lack of discussion on some important topics. Toby was willing to speak up at last Full Council and say he couldn’t support the budget if it meant increasing car parking charges AND abolishing free Saturday afternoon parking.
Toby’s decision means he now becomes an Independent councillor, and the make-up of the council becomes:
Lib Dems 4
Rochford District Residents 2
It will be interesting to hear what Toby has to say in the council chamber on each issue.
>At long last, County Highways have this week approved having 3 bollards at the London Road / Vernon Road junction. The item was raised again at the last local highways panel by Cllr Toby Mountain, who explained to new members the importance of this,and he was backed up by Chris Black, who asked why bollards couldn’t be installed within a month.
However the installation of bollards needs to be designed by an engineer, they need to get quotes from three companies (rather than have standard prices for basic stuff like bollards) and then maybe wait until the chosen contractor is doing other work in the area.
So it’s very frustrating, but slow progress is being made.
This month Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass has some interesting photos of utilities… such as the Rayleigh Gas Company on Crown Hill….
One of our volunteer helpers who delivers some Focus leaflets for us has had to step down through poor health.
So we could do with another helper – to help in Downhall and Rawreth Ward.
We give people 100-150 leaflets to deliver, every few months. It can be quite fun – you get to look at people’s gardens and talk to their cats…..
We do need helpers, they are very important for us. If you live anywhere in the ward (or even just outside it) and would like to help , please let us know.
Earlier this week we wrote about the ditch alongside Hullbridge Road. County Highways have advised that this is one of two sections of ditch that Highways are actually responsible for in Rochford District, the other being along London Road opposite Vernon Avenue.
They seem to have overlooked this, following their last reorganisation – but the right people are now aware of this, and hopefully clearance and maintenance work will now be carried out.
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