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 […]

A Bad Move For Rochford Regeneration

19/01/2020

Being in business for myself, I do a lot of reading about local high streets and regeneration. I’ve come across an article in this month’s ‘first’ magazine from the federation of small businesses, an article about regeneration. An interesting extract which goes entirely against what Rochford District Council are planning to do with moving the […]

High Street Headaches

16/01/2020

How long should a Council pontificate over what to do over their failing High Streets? In the Rochford District, we’ve already seen Rochford become a town centre of doom and gloom with residents reporting high levels of anti-social behaviour, closed shops, pubs, and all the banks have gone. Rayleigh is just about holding it together […]

Workshop on the Future of Rayleigh Town Centre

05/11/2019

I have always been passionate about retail and being an entrepreneur and I suppose being born into a family of entrepreneurs it would be inevitable that it would become a passion of mine. So I recently attended a ‘workshop on the future of Rayleigh Town Centre’ which was organised by the District Council and the […]

Back In The Saddle

15/05/2019

Last night I attended the Rochford District Council, Annual Council. I was pleasantly surprised to be welcomed back on to the Council by (the now leader) Cllr Mike Steptoe amongst by many members, which I was hugely grateful for. I’d also like to personally welcome, Cllr Mike Wilkinson, who I’m expecting great things of (no […]

Let’s Talk Shop

02/03/2019

I recently wrote about ‘How Can We Help The High Street‘ in which I had asked Rayleigh Town Council to invite Rochford District Council’s economic development team along to our Full Council meeting, so they could give us a view of their strategy ideas for Rayleigh’s High Street. The meeting was attended by three representatives […]

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