Dire Decision For Demolition Of The Mill Hall

11/09/2020

Yesterday, The Echo reports that the Vice Chair of Rochford District Council, described the Mill Hall Arts & Crafts centre as ‘dire’. To write-off, this community asset with such contempt astonishes me. If the Council had invested in this building then it would not be ‘dire’ (I don’t think it is) – I would argue […]

Rayleigh Moves Heaven and Earth For Diners

05/09/2020

Not wanting to be a constant ‘negative nelly’, it’s good to report that since the easing of lockdown, we’ve eaten out a couple of times in Rayleigh and it’s been a really good experience. Our first visit was to Gambero D’oro with friends. We went on a Friday night and it was strangely quiet. In […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Road Ahead Is Very Bumpy Indeed

07/02/2020

Just as one set of roadworks ends another one begins. At least it feels like that. However, the epic planning by Essex County Council will kick off again on the 1st March and appears to be planned to continue right the way through until 15th July if the data from one network is correct. One […]

Former Dairy Crest Site

01/02/2020

The developer of the former Dairy Crest site has been in touch after their recent planning permission refusal. They say… We will be holding two open events at the site on 5th and the 21st of February between 5pm and 7pm and I will be very pleased to discuss the sites further development in particular how […]

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 […]

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