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Echo News

Popular park to get toilets for summer

6:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Echo: New facilities – John H Burrows recreation ground in Hadleigh

TEMPORARY toilets are to be installed at a popular Hadleigh park.

We're hoping for a new war memorial

5:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Echo: We're hoping for a new war memorial

A NEW war memorial could be built on Canvey in time for this November’s Remembrance Sunday service.

Sea defence concerns after bad winter weather

9:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Echo: Sea defence concerns after bad winter weather

ISLANDERS are worried about the state of Canvey’s sea defences after finding signs of damage to its seawall.

Family hit by Benfleet break-in on holiday return

5:46pm Monday 14th April 2014

Echo: webpix police arrest

TWO Benfleet homes were broken into over the weekend with more than 40 items stolen including a large screen TV.

Toddler group organiser Claire up for two awards

4:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

Echo: Having a ball – Claire Ostermeyer celebrates her nominations in a ball pool with some of the youngstersin her Safari Tots Toddler Group

A MUM-OF-TWO is celebrating after reaching the final stages of a coveted awards scheme after being nominated by parents of her Hadleigh toddler group.

County Hall making in-roads to sort Canvey's flooding troubles

9:00am Monday 14th April 2014

Echo: Fixing the problems – county councilor Ray Howard at the pumping station by the Dutch Cottage, in Canvey Road

COUNTY Hall is planning to map every drain on Canvey as a way to deal more effectively with flooding.

Please can we sort out this pavement!

8:00am Monday 14th April 2014

Echo: Concern - Mr Bull in his wheelchair in Rectory Road, Hadleigh

A MAN has started a petition in an attempt to persuade the county council to fix a dangerous footpath in Hadleigh.

Tank joins battle to save Jotmans

7:00am Monday 14th April 2014

Echo: Firepower – the tank, with councillor Andrew Sheldon on board, backs up residents, councillors and Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris, fifth from left, at the threatened green belt site

A TANK descended on Benfleet as scores of incensed campaigners rallied against plans for hundreds of homes in their neighbourhood.

Shower makes popular Canvey beach more family friendly

3:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Echo: Shower makes popular Canvey beach more family friendly

A POPULAR Canvey beach has been made more family-friendly with a new £13,000 shower.

Mayor Maryse wears student Daisy's dress

6:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

Echo: Special dress – Daisy Banks and Mrs Iles show off Daisy’s dress at the civic dinner

A TALENTED student used her dressmaking skills to design and create a gown for the mayor of Castle Point.

Schoolboy has head shaved for charity

5:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

Echo: Schoolboy has head shaved for charity

A SELFLESS schoolboy has had his head shaved to raise money for a charity set up in memoryof his best friend, who died after suffering a brain tumour.

Ex-councillor challenges Harris for Labour

2:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

Echo: Joe Cooke and his supporters

A FORMER Castle Point Labour councillor has been chosen to challenge Tory MP Rebecca Harris at next year’s general election.

Mum treated by student paramedics bled to death

8:30am Friday 11th April 2014

Echo: RESPONSE DEBATE: How long should patients in non life-threatening emergencies wait for an ambulance?

A PREGNANT woman bled to death after two student paramedics waited 40 minutes before taking her to hospital, an inquest heard.

Benfleet man facing jail after downloading thousands of child porn pictures

6:30am Friday 11th April 2014

Echo: webpix police arrest

A BENFLEET man is facing jail after pleading guilty to downloading thousands of indecent images of children in just nine months.

Bullseye grans are at the top in world of darts

12:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Echo: Double take – Joan Dawson, 88, and Joan Burrows, 91, prove age is no barrier to success as they have just won the doubles final of a female darts league on Canvey

BEATING the competition to become champions of a darts league is a big deal for anyone.

Almost half of new estate already sold

6:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

Echo: Almost half of new estate already sold

ALMOST half of homes on a newly built housing estate in Thundersley have been sold.

Mum's £10k thank-you to brain tumour charity

5:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Echo: Ready to make the jump – Dawn (top middle) with some of her fellow skydivers

A DETERMINED mum is skydiving with a group of friends to raise £10,000 for the charity supporting her seriously- ill son.

Desperation over poor state of Canvey road

7:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Echo: Caught in the act – as Echo photographer Luan Marshall took pictures of councillor Peter May, front, and campaigners, a lorry mounted the pavement behind them

A FURIOUS councillor has threatened to take County Hall to the Local Government Ombudsman over a threeyear battle to fix “appalling” pavements in Canvey.

Headteacher’s praise for staff and pupils after ‘good’ Ofsted report

12:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

Echo: Emma Lane, Headteacher of Northwick Park Primary School, is also the executive head at Leigh Beck Infant School and Nursery. With Daren Partridge - Head of Leigh Beck Junior School,

A HEADTEACHER has praised the “fantastic staff and pupils” at her Canvey primary school, despite it losing its “outstanding” rating.

New start as flats block gets revamp

8:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Echo: Mayor Maryse Iles cuts the ribbon

A RUN-DOWN Canvey housing estate has been revamped and renamed in a bid to change its bad reputation.

Selfless teacher gives kidney to save his pupil

6:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Echo: Thank you – teacher Ray Coe gets a hug from Alya Sheikh

A TEACHER has been hailed a lifesaver after donating a kidney to one of his pupils.

Man taken to hospital after assault at a Canvey pub

6:40pm Monday 7th April 2014

Echo: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

A CANVEY man had to be taken to hospital following an assault outside a pub.

Business of the Year announced at annual Castle Point awards

5:20pm Monday 7th April 2014

Echo: The mayor with the winners

A BENFLEET tyre company has scooped a top borough business prize.

Four car crash on Canvey

1:35pm Monday 7th April 2014

Echo: Police are hunting for a man after a robbery and assault in Morden this morning.

TWO people were rushed to Southend Hospital after a four car crash on Canvey.

450 caught in fare-dodging blitz on c2c line

9:00am Monday 7th April 2014

Echo: Changing trains – the c2c line which runs from south Essex to Fenchurch Street is up for grabs as the franchise expires.

ALMOST 450 people have been fined or face prosecution after a four-month crackdown on fare evaders on c2c trains.

Canvey men arrested on boat with 11 Albanians

7:30am Monday 7th April 2014

Echo: Canvey men arrested on boat with 11 Albanians

TWO Canvey men have been charged after 11 Albanians were found on a boat, off the Kent coast.

Pub parking charges clog road with cars

6:00am Monday 7th April 2014

Echo: Pub parking charges clog road with cars

ANGRY neighbours have criticised a Canvey pub’s decision to charge customers to use its car park.

Councillors give new Aldi the green light

3:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

Echo: Aldi plan to build a fourth store in Swindon

A BUDGET supermarket will be built in Benfleet after plans were rubber-stamped by councillors.

School children make jewellery discovery on journey home

2:51pm Friday 4th April 2014

Echo: Do you recognise this?

TWO youngsters found a haul of jewellery as they were walking home from school.

Wilko Johnson to play Glastonbury

10:09am Friday 4th April 2014

Echo: Wilko Johnson shredding at Village Green Festival last year

TERMINALLY-ILL guitarist Wilko Johnson will play the UK’s biggest festival this summer.

Water main bursts in Thundersley

10:05am Friday 4th April 2014

Echo: Diversions in place while roads are resurfaced

A WATER main has burst on a busy Canvey road.

Mountain men raise £60k for Indee Rose Trust

7:00am Friday 4th April 2014

Echo: Heroes – the group who have just climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Russell Dopson, Indee’s dad, at the front

A CHILDREN’S charity is hoping to break the £100,000 mark in its fundraising campaign after undertaking an expedition to scale Africa’s tallest mountain.

Efits issued of pair who stole car at gunpoint

2:29pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Echo: Efits issued of pair who stole car at gunpoint

POLICE have issued Efits of a man and woman who stole a car at gunpoint while on a test drive.

‘Put Thames crossing on Canvey’ sparks row between island and Thurrock

6:00am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Echo: Campaigning – Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price, foreground, at Orsett Heath

A ROW has flared between Canvey and Thurrock after an MP said a new Thames crossing should go to the island.

500 raging against green belt housing

6:00pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Echo: Campaigners show their feelings

FRUSTRATED residents collected a 500-signature petition against homes destined for Benfleet green belt.

Campaign to keep sewers "fatberg" free

3:00pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Echo: Burst main leaves 38 homes without water

A CAMPAIGN is being launched in Basildon and Canvey to help stop flooding and sewer blockages in thousands of homes.

Councillors determined to preserve lollipop patrols

12:00pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

Echo: Voicing opposition – Pam Challis

COUNCILLORS in Castle Point will fight against the county council’s plan to withdraw funding for lollipop men and women in Essex.

Police probe glazing firm shut down

7:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

Echo: Police are appealing for information following a crash just after midnight.

ESSEX Police are now investigating the collapse of a double glazing firm which has left several south Essex homeowners thousands of pounds out of pocket.

Councillor missed housing vote after Facebook friendship with developer revealed

6:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

Echo: Rethink – Councillor Andrew Sheldon at the Blinking Owl cafe.

A COUNCILLOR reluctantly left a crucial vote over plans to build a mini-town alongside the A127 after it emerged he was Facebook friends with the prospective developer.

Six vehicle crash halts rush hour traffic

6:04pm Monday 31st March 2014

Echo:

A SIX vehicle crash has brought traffic to a standstill on the A13.

Make sure you're registered to vote

3:41pm Monday 31st March 2014

Echo: Make sure you vote!

CASTLE Point residents are being urged to make sure they’re registered to vote ahead of next month’s elections.

Bailiffs scrapped and new charges in store for council tax dodgers

3:00pm Monday 31st March 2014

Echo: Castle Point Council shakes up its meetings

DEBTORS in Castle Point could face hundreds of pounds in charges if caught out owing council tax.

100-home development on Canvey in jeopardy

7:00am Monday 31st March 2014

Echo: Development site – the Canvey building supplies company

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 100 homes on a Canvey building site could be scuppered as councillors are being urged to revoke planning permission for the development.

LIVE: Canvey Island v Margate

2:35pm Saturday 29th March 2014

Echo: Pushing for a start – Billericay captain Rob Swaine, challenging former Canvey Island and now Concord man, Jason Hallett.

Live updates from Canvey v Margate at Park Lane in the Ryman Premier League

Mini town rethink to save green belt

4:00pm Saturday 29th March 2014

Echo: Rethink – Councillor Andrew Sheldon at the Blinking Owl cafe.

COUNCILLORS have agreed to reconsider creating a mini town near the A127 in a bid to save green belt from being built on.

Benfleet Aldi store set to get the go-ahead

7:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

Echo: Aldi plan to build a fourth store in Swindon

PLANS to build an Aldi supermarket in Benfleet could be given the green light next week.

I will always fight for town

4:27pm Friday 28th March 2014

Echo: Alf Papworth

MOST of us try to do one good deed a day, but one community stalwart has been doing that, and more, for the past 20 years.

Ten-year Canvey gas battle won

5:00pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Echo: The People Against Methane Group, which is calling it a day

A campaign group is disbanding after saying its ten year battle for safety at Canvey’s oil and gas terminals has been won.

Bitter attack on Tories over Deanes fiasco

10:18am Thursday 27th March 2014

Echo: Essex County Council announce plans to close Deanes School

THE Deanes School saga has been branded one of the worst embarrassments in Essex County Council’s long history.

Pizza man robbed in the darkness

6:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

Echo: Despite parts of Essex being plunged into darkness, street lights in Thurrock will remain on

A pizza delivery man who was robbed at knife-point during an early-hours delivery on Canvey says it would not have happened if the street lights had been on.

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