Fast Track Planning For Cafe Culture Now Available

24/07/2020

Rayleigh has its fair share of cafes, bars and restaurants, so struggling business owners may well welcome the news that applications for ‘pavement licences’ will be temporarily fast tracked. The Business and Planning Act 2020 that came into force this week introduces a quick consent route to allow cafes, bars and restaurants to obtain a […]

Council Plays Lifeguard To Drowning Fusion

12/08/2020

I know it’s hot out there, but I think the heat has gone to the heads of the Executive Committee this week, when they’ve approved nearly £1/2m in funding to rescue the Fusion Leisure contract to reopen Clements Hall, Rayleigh Leisure Centre, The Mill Hall, Castle Rd Hall but not The Freight House (we all […]

Town Centres – Housing for the Elderly or Young?

19/07/2020

A new application for the former Dairy Crest site in Rayleigh Town Centre has been submitted. Once again it is under siege from developers eager to build more housing. I’m not against building housing but is this the ‘right’ type of housing? Our car parks are inadequate, our roads are congested, air pollution, doctors full, […]

Independents Day

04/07/2020

Today would’ve been a good day for our Councils to throw their weight behind the support for our local independent businesses and joining in with the #UKindieday campaign. Unfortunately, it just didn’t happen. This isn’t the first time and I’m sure it’s not the last. I can understand local businesses telling me that they lack […]

Anyone in There?

01/07/2020

Sitting at the top of Crown Hill, lies an empty shell of a building formerly a public toilets. It’s a stark reminder to me in which the way a Council handles ‘investment’ projects. It should be remembered that the public toilet project which essentially a strategy constructed to shift the cost to local town and […]

Rayleigh Town Council Cancels 2020

30/06/2020

Last night, Rayleigh Town Council Chairman informed members of the Council, that the following events had now been cancelled in the “interest and concern for the health and safety of members of public.” Primary School General Knowledge Quiz 2020Great Easter Egg Hunt 2020St George’s Day Flag Raising at the Pavilion – 23rd April 2020School Council […]

It’s Armed Forces Day and I Salute You All!

27/06/2020

It’s Armed Forces Day and I just wanted to give a shout out to our Armed Forces who work tirelessly around the world defending our country, promoting peace, delivering aid, fighting terrorism, or helping test for COVID-19! They are always ready to help in times of crisis. The dedicated men and women of our Armed […]

Update: Travellers At Rayleigh Leisure Centre

07/06/2020

When will the travellers leave the site?  Unless the leave on their own accord, officers from Rochford District Council have informed me that the matter is now in the hands of its legal team to follow the legal process to remove the travellers from the site. This could potentially take slightly longer than normal due to […]

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