“Welcome To Rayleigh”

Have you seen this new artwork on the hoardings near Rayleigh Station? If you can’t read it the writing says “Welcome To Rayleigh”. We understand it’s there with the approval of the landowner. We’d be interested to know your views on this! As a reminder, here’s a picture of how the site has previously looked:

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  1. The Mighty Oz

    I’ll give it 5 days before it’s defaced by our local artists.

  2. Janet Warner

    I think it’s an improvement! I saw a young man there yesterday adding bits to it, he obviously knew what he was doing. It’s one way of advertising your art, & so much nicer than the graffiti! We seem to be having another spate of scrawling on walls etc. in Rayleigh lately. Is this being monitored & dealt with by local Police, if we have any?
    Talking of vandalism, who is dealing with the issue of grass cutting? It has been left in the most awful mess in our area! I don’t blame the poor guys who have to cut it, they do the best they can within the limitations of the contract. But it really is a disgrace!

  3. admin (Post author)

    The graffiti is a police matter, they are aware.
    (Though the hoarding is NOT a police issue, as is being done with the approval of the owner).

    Regarding the grasscutting , it ain’t good and there are quite a few emails flying around at the moment about this. If there is anywhere in particular that needs doing for safety reasons please let us know.

  4. Dee

    I think its a vast improvment, just a shame the building behind looks so bad, what is being built there ?, I was talking to a few people over the weekend and they all said what a shame that it isnt an NHS walk in center for when doctors and dentists are shut or you cant get an appointment at your own doctors/dentist, it would be so good for the local area considering there are a lot of older people that often suffer over a weekend as they dont want to have to travel to Southend hospital, it wouls be fab for the commuters too, especially with all the houses being built in the area, rayleigh has nothing over a weekend or bank holidays yet there are thousands of people that live here.

  5. christine paine

    I agree, high time Rayleigh had a walk in centre. Certainly has a large enough population to warrant one, and with the alternatives being Basildon or Southend hospitals it would take pressure off A & E as well. One of my neighbours fell and suffered with a broken wrist all weekend rather than go near Southend or Basildon hospital A & E as an out of hours emergency. She said she’d rather be in pain at home than for six hours on a hard chair being ignored at a hospital.

    As for the hoarding, I think it looks great. Something thst could be adopted in other areas perhaps, like the boarded up window of the ex Dry Cleaners in the High St. That could do with some improvement.

  6. The Mighty Oz


    There is a simple solution to the problem of unsightly unoccupied shops, take a look at:


  7. christine paine

    What a good idea. Perhaps local landlords could be encouraged to do something like this. So much nicer than boarded up or papered over windows.

  8. Chris Black

    Dee, Christine, I too wanted some kind of walk–in centre / satellite clinic for Rayleigh, and we could have had one where Asda is now if the Primary Care Trust had acted less slowly.
    Now these kind of initiatives are more or less in the hands of GPs, and I don’t see one coming (though I’d love to be wrong).

    Sorry to hear about your neighbour, sounds really unpleasant. But regarding A&E , about 6 weeks ago on a Sunday evening I fell over on steep slope mowing the lawn and slipped under the mower. The blade sliced into the trainer I was wearing and as you can imagine my toe was hurting! I thought I might have broken it so went to Basildon Hospital. With 2 minutes of arrival I was assessed and told to sign in at the desk, not for A&E but to see a doctor. (they have a new service SEEDS – South Essex Emergency Doctor Service) I was seen by a doctor within 15 minutes, told I had only bruised it and should take painkillers.
    Meanwhile the queue for actual A&E was 3 hours. Not good but certainly better than 6 . Perhaps the SEEDS service reduces the waiting time for real A&E cases.

  9. The Might Oz


    Sounds like you were lucky but it could have been worse, you could have been seen by another new service, Accident Response Service & Emergency…..


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