Update: Travellers At Rayleigh Leisure Centre


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 […]

Rayleigh’s Market Returns


I’ve received the following today from Rayleigh Town Council… Following the Government’s announcement that open-air markets may re-open, the market will return gradually on Wednesday 3rd June, but in a limited capacity, only 4 stalls will be permitted.  This is due to the need to keep to social distancing and to be considerate to the other […]

Ryanair PtII and The CAA


I’m hoping that BBC’s Watchdog programme, is seriously considering an investigation into Ryanair’s rogue business practices. Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary should be a top contender for its rogue trader’s gallery on BBC one’s watchdog. The company is currently withholding hundreds of thousands of pounds if not millions, in ex-passengers money who have had their flights […]

Employer or Employee? Get the Right Advice


Small businesses don’t always have their own ‘HR department’ so a quick tip that I wanted to share with readers of my blog that the ACAS service is a really useful resource which offers advice the Furlough scheme and all other COVID-19 issues. Many employees will be anxious about returning to work and employers may […]

Plan to Fail, Fail to Plan


Now for those that don’t know, I’ve built part of my career on the failure of computer systems and a lot of it, on building resilient systems. So it’s only been natural for me to ask questions of the leadership on how they intend to deal and mitigate with problems that remote meetings (via the […]

£2bn For Cycle Lanes & Sustainable Transport


As group leader for the Lib Dems, I’ve been having meetings with the Managing Director, Leader of the Council and other minority leaders since the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak. We’ve been putting forward the views of group members and residents on our Councils response to Covid-19 and trying our best to influence our Councils response.   […]

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


The Good… Well done to two fine examples of local business, (although I’m sure there are many more, let me know here) our local hardware store here in Rayleigh, Hickeys, who has been working hard to source and supply PPE for frontline workers and who set up a jigsaw exchange to help keep people entertained! […]