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Mark Francois’ Time Could Be Up As MP


I don’t really do National politics here on my blog but I had to share this with you, after all we’ve all been long suffering over Brexit and the Governments shambolic governance of this country for the past ____years. Now I find that yes indeed, staunch Brexiteer, MP Mark Francois could be challenged for his […]

Fingers In Ears By Conservative Councillors


If you’ve been following me on social media (Facebook @cllrjamesnewport or Twitter @jimnewport), then you will have read this week how I’ve tried to get in contact with some of the Conservative ‘leadership’ Councillors. Why? The problems that the multiple roadworks around our town has caused for residents and businesses One of those Councillors that […]

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Rawreth Lane & Wolsey Park (Countryside)


Earlier this week I wrote on my Facebook page informing residents that I had written to Countryside about the traffic management and asked if they could do anything to offer residents some respite from the current traffic congestion that is caused, partially, by the works on the new spine road for Wolsey Park. Today I […]

Has the Congestion Closed Rayleigh For Businesses?


I’ve sent the Portfolio Holder for Enterprise an email to find out what he intends to do about the damaging effects of Essex County Council’s bad planning and Rochford District Council’s desire to build without the infrastructure in place. From: Cllr James Newport <>Subject: Congestion and impact on our local economy and residentsDate: 5 September 2019 at 08:15:49 […]

Update on Travellers


Rochford District Council have issued this press release September 3, 2019Unauthorised Travellers leave site in the district.Rochford District Council can confirm that Travellers who had taken up illegal encampment at Priory Chase, Rayleigh have now vacated the site.Whilst it is not clear where they have moved to, there are no reports of them elsewhere in […]

Traffic Chaos Adds To Economic Destruction For Our District


Our local economy is surely suffering from the devastating effects of the unprecedented congestion on our roads? Traders are already struggling in ever-increasing tough trading conditions and at what is traditionally a ‘slow’ time of year, I have heard several reports of businesses really struggling to keep their heads above water. Shoppers are avoiding our […]

Road Chaos In And Around Rayleigh


Today I have written to Countryside to ask as to when the temporary traffic lights will be removed from Rawreth Lane. Due to some seriously bad planning by Essex County Council, all these developments have come ‘on stream’ at the same time and is causing chaos for us all. I hope to have an update […]

Lighting Our Footpaths


What do residents think about installing lighting along this stretch of Sweyne Park bridle track? Basically from the top of Victoria Avenue to Priory Chase? Let me know in the comment below please or if there are other footpaths you think where lighting could be added or improved.

Funding CCTV In Our Town


Just 4 years ago, this article was published by BBC news highlighting the vast swathes of cuts to CCTV budgets across the UK. In 2019 some residents in Rayleigh feel that we need CCTV to help reduce crime and improve community safety. The article goes into detail why CCTV budgets were an easy target for […]

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