Category: News

Essex Is Covered in a Blanket of Snow

Hot off the press! By 11pm on Thursday 17th December much of Essex is already covered in snow. It is coming down think and fast. The cold winds blowing in from the north across the North Sea have chilled the air ensuring that all snowfall settles immediately. Flakes are large which is an indication of…

Should Hospitals Make Money From Car Parking?

If you have visited a hospital in Essex recently you will have been stung for a huge parking fee. Currently at St. Johns in Chelmsford you have to pay £3 to park for 15 minutes. If you need to a daily visit to outpatients then this can amount to £15 per week.

Essex’s Illegal Medicine Website is Closed

There is currently a television advertising campaign highlighting the dangers of fake medicine bought on the Internet. Often we are led to believe that these illegal websites that sell dangerous medicines are based overseas. However, Essex Police working with Interpol and the UK Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency have this week closed down a huge…

Essex’s X Factor Star Olly is Favourite to Win!

Our Olly Murs from Witham is now the favourite to win this year’s X Factor competition. When Olly returned to Witham this week screaming fans chased his car down the street. Olly popped into his local pub, the George in Newland Street, on Monday for a pint of blackcurrant. Olly performed Queen’s Don’t Stop Me…

Earl of Wessex Awards Essex Horticultural Students

The Earl of Wessex, more commonly known as Prince Edward, praised Writtle College last week while awarding prizes to two outstanding students. Peter Jones and Alastair Arnold both received the £250 prize from the Prince for obtaining a First Class degree in Horticulture.

Essex’s Ugliest Building to be redeveloped

Good news for the residents of Great Baddow, Essex. The building that was once voted the ugliest in the country, is to be demolished and replaced with a new stylish building to create new homes for the elderly and frail. Read the news story The Fields are Full by Armstrong Gibbs

More Nuclear Power in Essex? Bradwell To Get New Nuclear Power Station

Bradwell-on-Sea is earmarked to be home to a new nuclear power station. As Britain has promised to reduce carbon emission, developing more nuclear power stations is now essential. We cannot create adequate electricity from wind farms and after years to trying to enhance tidal energy the technology is still not available. Ed Miliband, the Government…

Essex Wins In Tourism Awards

We all know that Essex is a fantastic place to live, with so many activities to do and places to go. Now we can prove it to outsiders as Essex has won 2 categories in the East of England tourism awards. The East of England Tourism Awards were held in Bury St. Edmunds on October

Essex Waste Disposal Plant Receives £100million Boost

The government has awarded Essex county council £100 million to help build a new waste disposal plant in Basildon. The plant will help to reduce the rate at which landfill sites are reaching capacity. The new waste plant will cost the equivalent of £8500 per taxpayer over a 30 year period. It will create about…

Runwell Prison Plans

It was announced on the BBC Breakfast show today that there are plans to build a new prison in Runwell, near Wickford in Essex.

Planning permission is to be sought to build the new prison on land surrounding the site of a mental hospital. Planning permission has not been given yet. In 2006 permission was given to build new homes on the site

Anglia Ruskin University Awards Lee Evans With Honoury Degree

Anglia Ruskin University has awarded Essex comedian Lee Evans with an honoury degree to thank him and reward him for his contributions to the entertainment world. Lee Evans is from Billericay and has shot to stardom after winning the Perrier Comedy Award in 1993. Lee went to The Billericay School in Billericay. He trained as…

North Harlow Housing Development Update

This Friday and Saturday, the North Harlow Joint Venture promoting the development of North Harlow will continue the series of events designed to listen to local residents in East Herts and Harlow. Prior drop-in sessions, held in Harlow and High Wych last week, were attended by around 400 local residents and will be followed by…

More Essex Strike Action – Buses, Post, Trains

The Post Office is planning more strikes in the forthcoming weeks. Essex bus drivers are also striking over pay and conditions. Train drivers and firefighters are also talking about strike action. All this while we are suffering from the credit crunch and Government is planning more public spending cuts. Even local taxi drivers are planning…

Eddie Stobart Takes To The Air

A new runway is being developed at Southend Airport by road haulage operator Eddie Stobart. Original proposals were to run 900 night flights each month, but after meetings with Southend and Rochford councils this has been reduced to 120 per month. Eddie Stobart will be able to fly freight flights at night between 11pm and…

Essex Posties Are On Strike

Hot off the BBC News site: “Staff in Chelmsford and Hatfield are on strike after the Communication Workers Union said staff voted three to one in favour of industrial action. The ballot found 61,623 out of 80,830 workers said they wanted action over changes to working practices as well as job and pay cuts. Royal…

10,000 Homes Planned for Harlow Expansion

Exciting news for Harlow: “The developers behind a proposed housing development near an Essex town are to hold public consultations about their ideas. Land Securities and Places For People hope to build north of Harlow, an area which can accommodate “at least 10,000 homes”. Representatives will be at the Harvey shopping centre, Harlow, on 16…

St Andrew’s Centre in Essex Wins Award for Breast Cancer Reconstruction

It is international breast cancer awareness month, and a centre of excellence in Essex has won an accolade from The National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit. The audit found the St Andrew’s Centre at Broomfield Hospital has a much greater success rate of breast reconstruction that the national average. Nationally 14% of breasts are restructured…

Essex Food and Drink Awards 2009 – Results

Here are the Winners and Finalists for the 2009 Essex Food and Drink Awards. The Awards are organised by Essex Chronicle Media Group and the winners are voted by the people of Essex. The awards ceremony was held last night, 8th October, at Bartellas Restaurant, Furze Hill in Margaretting. These awards are very important for…

Essex County Council Win Green Hero Award

The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers has awarded Essex County Council with two Green Hero regional awards. BTCV awarded Essex County Council after 15 years of dedicated support to green and environmental improvements in the county. Essex County Council was also awarded for best green project in the East of England, London and the South…

Chloe Wilson Top Essex Female Kickboxer

5-Elements Martial Arts, one of the fastest growing martial arts schools in Essex, has seen its first competing female kickboxer win her début fight. Chloe Wilson from Beauchamps School in Wickford has been training at 5 Elements in Basildon for 2 years. In stepping into the ring showed great courage and determination. It was soon…

New Gypsy Sites Proposed In Essex

Article move permanently; New Gypsy Sites Proposed In Great Baddow This is no old news but has been moved for archival purposes to the Great Baddow community website. Full details can be found there still, including photo of the proposed plot, details of the proposals and response from the Parish Council providing their reasons for the…

Week Long Train Strikes to Cripple Essex Rail

It seems that more strike action is imminent, affecting the main commuting line into London, plus other routes. No doubt there will be a skeleton service as before, but we can expect to see chaos again as the rail workers strike once again over pay. This time, rather than proposing a one day strike, the…