Sometimes I have these crazy thoughts about enhancing success.

A lot of people strive for success and they want to better themselves. They want to build on what they have achieved. Like buying a house – people move in, you redecorate, you might add a conservatory, you might even build an extension… you want to make it better.

So recently I took it upon myself in a moment of madness to think about the Rayleigh Christmas lights event could be enhanced. Don’t get me wrong, it’s enjoyed by ALOT of people and has enjoyed incredible success. This year I helped out as a member of Rayleigh Town Council and thoroughly enjoyed my time working alongside my fellow council members, it gave me a new perspective to see how much work goes in to organising such an event. However, back to enhancing….. I thought about the event and it seems we all enjoy the big build up to the light switch on with the stalls and music. Once the lights go on, what happens… everyone goes home! How about this – an ICE RINK? For families to enjoy their special time together, those who don’t want to skate could stand and spectate whilst enjoying hot chocolate, whilst watching Dad grasp to the sides edging his way around tentatively while trying to keep the little ones upright.

Alas though, it seems my dreams are put on ice – I am met with the opinion of my fellow council members

This was considered by the Committee but members agreed that we do not have the available space on the event night and RDC would not want car parks used for this purpose.  The KGV field is locked at 5pm

No investigation into the feasibility…. nothing! Do you share my dreams and hopes? I however will lock these crazy ideas away once more and continue on the journey of stagnation.

Let me know what you think…

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James Newport

Essex County Councillor for Rayleigh North, Rochford District Councillor for Downhall & Rawreth and Rayleigh Town Councillor for Sweyne.

  • Hi Dragana,

    Thank you so much for the kind message of support. It’s good to see I am not alone in my thinking. My thoughts are shared with some of my fellow Councillors and hopefully we can make this happen.
    It is sad when people try and do not succeed, but as the saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed…..

    Hopefully we will Get Rayleigh Skating and I look forward to seeing your son’s skills on the ice!

    Best wishes


  • Hi James, just to thank you for your initiative…just found out about it and singed the petition..but sadly, I don’t thing anything will seams so hard to organise anything and so much can be done to improve quality of life in our towns…seams that Council, facing everlasting osterity and cuts to vital services have not got much imagination about many possibilities for improving .My husbands auntie who is 86, was collecting money for swimming pool in Rayleigh, after second world war, and was told it will never be an interest for that..How visionary..??
    Ice scatting is lovely, healthy sport and social activity which can bring community together..My son plays ice hockey in Chelmsford and it has always a great to see all ages enjoying fun times with music, dance and socialising ..I will not point all the obvious benefits of that sport, and I only wish you good luck and carry on dreaming and trying to improve what you can in the Council..Thank you for trying..
    Best luck and regards
    Dragana Vukovic Knowles

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