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 […]

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 […]

Rayleigh’s Market Returns

01/06/2020

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 […]

Rayleigh CCTV Update

03/12/2019

I’m pleased to report, I was a member of a cross-party group of Councillors that has recently met with Southend’s CCTV operatives to obtain a detailed specification and cost for the reinstatement of a CCTV system in Rayleigh. Southend Council has been very accommodating in their help and advice and the following discussions have invited […]

Rayleigh Shines Bright, Despite The Damp Weather

29/11/2019

The wet weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of hundreds of local residents who visited Rayleigh town centre for last night’s Christmas light switch on event. It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves and I particularly enjoyed one of the local school singing about ‘shopping!’ An event like this, does take […]

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 […]

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