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Pet Sounds

In an effort to maintain a positive tone, here’s a brand new cheerful music video from Rochford District Council on, um, dog mess…

Don’t Put Turkey Fat Down The Pipes!

We aren’t quite in festive mode yet, but here’s a song to remind you not to put turkey fat into the sewer:

And this is what can happen if people ignore this advice:

Norman Lamb , Frank Bruno, And Mental Health

We don’t post national Lib Dem stuff here very often, but we’ll make an exception for this encouraging video:

 

 

 

Things You Might Not Now

If you are looking for something a bit different in youtube, have a look at the playlist for Things You Might Not Know. There are over 70 short videos so far, each around 2 minutes long. The subject matter is varied, but often includes a bit of history, a bit of town planning, or a bit of technology. For example:

 

 

“This Mythical Place , Somewhere In the Middle Of Essex, That Played Decent Music”

This month the Pink Toothbrush in Rayleigh celebrates 30 years as “the UK’s most famous alternative venue”.

Find out more at Schpunk magazine here . For example:

Over the years have seen live shows from the likes of Blur, Ice-T, Supergrass, Edwin Starr, Lee Scratch Perry and not forgetting Radiohead who were paid £50 and a few beers to support The Sultans of Ping FC.

And if the Brush is a complete mystery to you, try watching this new documentary. But we don’t condone excessive drinking….

Taking You Back

There’s going to be special events, and people in period costume, at Rayleigh Windmill next weekend. The District Council website says:

Rayleigh Windmill will be joining attractions up and down the country in celebrating England’s fantastic architecture and culture, during Heritage Open Days on the weekend of September 13-14.

During the weekend, buildings across the UK of every age, style and function will throw open their doors, giving visitors a chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.

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At Rayleigh Windmill, its award-winning volunteers will be dressing up in traditional period costume and offering guided tours, reminding us why they deserved to win the Museums + Heritage 2014 Award for Customer Service Excellence. There will also be an opportunity for children to dress up too, and take part in workshops.

On Saturday why not bring your children along to take part in the storytelling and drama workshop. All ages are welcome. Come along, get dressed up in traditional period costume and join in the fun. Or how about the Arts & Crafts workshop for children on Sunday, all ages welcome. Why not come along and try your hand at making Chinese Dragons!

We’re not quite sure exactly which century the period costume will be for – though it probably won’t be taking you back this far:

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…

“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:

Clare’s Law

Essex Police have a video explaining “Clare’s Law”:

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, more widely known as Clare’s Law, allows the public to request information about someone they suspect may be at risk of being violent towards a partner. The law was introduced after the coroner at the inquest of murdered Clare Woods, suggested that women need to know of someone’s history…

 
Find out more here.

In Fond Memory of James Garner

The actor James Garner has , sadly, just died. He was much loved by some of us at onlineFOCUS. He starred in the film “Support Your Local Sheriff” , possibly the greatest film ever about a local government officer trying to manage without proper resources!  He hasn’t got any metal bars for his jail, though he does have a bit of red paint:

 

Let’s Be Careful Out There….

Meet some of the luckiest people alive…. and remember to check both ways before crossing the street….

We’re Rochford, Not Rochdale….

You may have already seen this on the telly, but here’s our council officer Richard Evans explaining how our district got to be no.1 in recycling:

Warning : bad language in the comments on Youtube

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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)

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