...where there are views of West Rayleigh and beyond. (The masthead photo of onlinefocus was taken here )

“The Text Was Too Small For This Forty-Year-Old’s Eyes”

James Newport writes here about the consultation workshop in Rayleigh, and he isn’t very impressed.

First of all, the presentation was made less effective by hard-to-read text on the PowerPoint displays and hard-to-hear speech fighting against the sound of the air conditioning.

Secondly, the concept of ‘a walk around the parish’ might work if the parish consists of a church, a school , a shop and a few residential roads. It doesn’t work ok for a town of 33000 people. It’s almost as if we are back in the bad old days of a few years ago when some councillors though that “Real Rayleigh” stopped at the railway bridges.

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An Important Consultation

The district council are running an online survey about future planning issues. You can find the link by clicking here.

This may be everyone’s best chance to influence future decisions – so respond and ask your local friends to do as well. The deadline is 5 pm on October 10th.

Some extra thoughts:
– we hope residents without Internet access will be able to comment.
– we hope that a meeting of the Planning Policy Sub-Committee will meet to discuss this – and in the evening, so that its easy for the public to come and watch.
– We’d like to hear your views on the design of the survey itself – is it nice and easy to use , or is something a bit more detailed required, with more in the way of background information to allow informs comments?

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The September Rebuild…

Good morning everyone… regular readers will know that our site has been hacked by nasty people in the last few months. So we have deliberately gone back to an old back-up of onlineFOCUS from last February.
Hopefully the site is now clean on any hack – but it means we are going to have to manually recreate every post and every comment since last February , and this will take two or three weeks.

But we are hopefully back in business now and you can get expect new items on here almost every day.

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The Indee Rose Trust – A Good Cause

At tonight’s District Council meeting (about which we will write more later) , the new Chair of Council Carole Weston announced that one of her charities this year will be the Indee Rose Trust, based in Canvey , which describes itself as follows:

“The Indee Rose Trust is a charitable trust founded in July 2009. Our aim is to help children and their families who have been diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumour.

We provide Treasure Boxes to children who have been hospitalised whilst receiving treatment for a brain or spinal tumour. A wonderful box of treats created especially for the child. We also provide a one off grant to help the family at this difficult time.”

… Each year Great Ormond Street Hospital are contacted by approximately 500 children with brain and spinal tumours – more than one child each day! With the Help of CLIC Sargent our referall leaflets are offered to these famillies to make contact with us.

We aim to help every child we can with the best presents we can, and to do this we need to raise approx £100,000 a year to give each child a treasure box and provide our grants and holiday accomodation.

Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of our children in our country, yet for some reason it only receives approximately 1% of the funding available from the government.

You can find out more about this charity here.