Blind or Ignorant

These days I regularly have a couple of mile walk in the mornings for both health and general well being. But of late when I walk along the Promenade between the Tamarisk Way Car Park and The Close I am regularly confronted by people on bicycles. Who it seems are either incapable of reading the signs at either end or just choose to ignore them.

In the same way that there is a cycleway between the Golf Club and the Promenade from Jaywick Sands into Clacton. This particular promenade/seawall buttress is probably no more than 4 feet wide, but the usual morons choose to cycle down it despite the signs at both ends and having a cycleway, not a path, wide enough for a vehicle. I can just imagine the uproar if a car should actually use the cycleway.

So to all those that choose to bicycle, rather than keep moaning about how hard done by you are by motorists, it’s about time you had a bit more respect for pedestrians and heeded the same signs that motorists are expected to.

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Free legal advice for family issues

For anyone that missed this story in the Gazette and requiring any advice on family law, this may be worth a look.

‘FAMILIES are being offered free legal advice as part of a pilot project in Jaywick.

The Jaywick Sands Law Clinic has been set up by Law Works with the help of Jaywick Forum.

The clinic includes free half-hour face-to-face sessions to discuss issues such as access to children and domestic violence, or what to do if a relationship breaks down.

Gill Elkins, from the Jaywick Forum, said: “This is a pilot project that will be running for six months.

“If it is well used then it is likely it will remain and the service on offer could even be expanded to include things like will sorting and probate.

“It’s great to have a service like this for the people of Jaywick but people from outside Jaywick are also welcome to attend if there is a session free.”

The legal advice clinic will take place at Hemington House, 51-53 Broadway, Jaywick, on September 20 from 10.30 am until 1 pm.

To book an appointment, call Gill Elkins on 01255 221049, email or contact a Barnardo’s Family Support Worker.’

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Opportunities for School Leavers

The other day I attended to Jaywick Sands Forum meeting, at which a lady from Essex County Council spoke very passionately about her commitment to helping Young Adults, 16 – 18, find employment and training by bringing together the resources of different agencies to assist them in their ambition.

I’m rarely impressed with speeches by ECC staff, but this particular lady, Lisa, made it very clear that just by having the knowledge of how to muster the various agency resources was not earth shattering but made those small differences that can help get people into a career or at least into steady employment.

So if you know a youngster in your family or a friend or acquaintance it may be worth passing on the attached details.



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Nationalist? Surely Not.

For all those who think that Great Britain is exhibiting some sort of xenophobia or nationalistic tendencies in parting from the EU, not Europe, just the anti democratic organisation that rules our lives. I would suggest they take note of the new French  President Emmanuel Macron.

Who in order to prevent the Italians taking over the French Naval Dockyards in Saint-Nazaire has nationalised them.

From the Daily Telegraph 27th July 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron has temporarily nationalised France’s biggest shipyards to prevent an Italian takeover, ripping up a prior agreement in a protectionist move that has infuriated Rome and startled EU capitals.

The government blocked the sale of STX France to the Italian group Fincantieri in order to “defend the strategic interests of France”, using a ‘pre-emption’ right to buy all shares.

The aim is to safeguard 7,000 jobs in the Atlantic port of Saint-Nazaire and ensure that the French state has a controlling influence over military infrastructure for building warships and aircraft carriers.

It is the first big industrial decision since Mr Macron took office in May and raises questions about his free market principles and pro-European rhetoric. During the election campaign, he struck up a very different tone. “Protectionism is warfare, it’s a lie,” he said.

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Appliance Safety

In case anyone is unaware, following the Grenfell Tower Fire, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging residents to register all household appliances with so they can keep up-to-date with the latest product and safety information.

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Regeneration Maybe – At last

The long-awaited regeneration of Jaywick Sands is finally set to get under way, at least according to this week’s Gazette.

What will hopefully be the first visible sign, the construction of ten new Flood resilient homes.

It is hoped to encourage commercial investment to enable the development of more affordable rented and for purchase homes.

I notice in the Gazette article the usual comments from naysayers. As usual initially deriding the idea that Jaywick Sands could improve. Then asking why when “I just don’t see the point in trying to force regeneration in an area with a hardcore of residents who like it the way it is, but are hoping for a handout or two.”

Like some residents I have spoken to, I have my doubts as to whether the scheme will ultimately succeed, but given the ‘slash and burn’ policies that have been advocated by all in power previously. Plus the fact that whatever government we end up with, ‘handouts’ are not likely to be forthcoming, commercial investment is the only real route, if existing residents want to retain what they have

I take particular objection to comments like “Big investors want returns on their cash, that means people and customers who are prepared to pay good money for things and for other people, once they are built, to maintain them to a high standard. Good luck with that in Jaywick.”

Given the drastic improvement that has happened since the road improvement, I would beg to differ. Both Freeholders and Tenants, obviously not all, but a heck of a lot have gone out of their way to improve their surroundings and their own homes. Basically a more optimistic outlook on the place you live and life in general.

Another comment that was made, very reasonably was: “Why is Jaywick the most deprived place in the country? Thats quite an achievement, beating entries from Glasgow, South Wales and Tyneside is really something. I really don’t get it, so all answers considered”

I would suggest that it keeps being judged so low because of the fact that the 3 areas mentioned have received, at least according to official figures, millions in subsidy and grants and whilst ECC have calculated Jaywick Sands as having the socio-economic characteristics of an inner city area and the 2006 Masterplan fiasco was referred to as Urban Regeneration. It continues to receive crumbs from the table rather than proper funding.

I really would love to see comments from Residents of Jaywick Sands, but particularly Brooklands and Grasslands who will inevitably see the biggest changes.


Jaywick Sands site new builds back

From the TDC News Page 26/5/2017:

Plans have been submitted for ten new two bedroomed homes to be built in Jaywick Sands.

An application has been submitted to Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Planning Department for the £1 million-plus scheme.

Five of the new three-storey homes will be Starter Homes, sold at a discounted price and five will be Council homes for local residents.

The application will now go through the normal procedure and be determined in due course.

Work was carried out earlier this week to remove and relocate any reptiles from the site on the corner of Tamarisk Way and Lotus Way this week.

That has now been completed under the guidance of a team from Essex Wildlife Trust and further ground preparation works will begin.

The land is part of 28 hectares which has been bought by Tendring District Council (TDC) as part of the continued regeneration of the area.

There will be no living accommodation on the ground floor which will be for garaging and a pre-constructed high-efficiency timber-framed system has been designed for the top two floors which will include two bedrooms.

The main work will require putting in piling for the structures which can then be delivered, made water tight and put onto a prepared base within the day.

The roof and external cladding can then be fitted.

Nigel Brown, TDC’s Communications Manager, said that the submission of the planning application is a further step forward for the proposal.

“The clearance of the ground of any reptiles was concluded satisfactorily and a number of slow worms were discovered and have since been relocated,” he said.

“Residents in Jaywick Sands will soon see other preparation work being undertaken on the site and if we get the necessary planning permission the Council will proceed with putting up the homes.

“We hope if everything goes to plan that will begin later this summer.”

Hopefully, there then might follow some real improvement, only time will tell.

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Why Immigration will Never Cure World Poverty

While this is an American video it demonstrates in a very simple way why Mass Immigration can never solve World Poverty, and in some cases is seen as a method of white genocide, some may consider that extreme.

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The Future?

Can someone older or wiser or maybe both, explain why since the idea that Brexit is happening, so many of the entitled generation seem obsessed with knowing what the future holds as if somehow being part of the farcical Eurocracy that is the EU provided some sort of certainty.
I actually listened to some deluded 20-year-old student on YouTube that phoned into LBC bemoaning the fact that he does not know what the next 50 years hold for him. Him and the rest of the world. But to then claim that is causing him so much stress seems like one more reason why the millennial generation is fast becoming as one motivational speaker said – ‘Millenials in the Workforce, A Generation of Weakness’

To use the classic comment, You could be run over by a bus tomorrow, the only certainties in life are death and taxes. I really do not understand that when we were stuck in the EU no one seemed that bothered by what deals were being done in our name, without our knowledge. But now that we are Leaving, hopefully, the divisive hair splitters like Tim Farron and his ilk want everyone to know everything, not the best negotiating position to be in, to make public any strategy that you might have just to keep nags like him happy.

Don’t get me wrong about the ‘Millenial’ generation, many do have a sound and traditional work ethic and in a just world should succeed in whatever they embark on. Sadly though it seems to be the ones that have managed to avoid even the semblance of real world everyday life, i.e. Part-time work to earn the money to pay for what you want rather than blag the Bank of Mum and Dad. Who continue to whine about the unfairness of it all. I understand now, that those of us that were ‘Baby Boomers’ are now referred to as the Selfish Generation. I actually responded to this comment, when I read it on Twitter.

Oddly I have yet to get a response.

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‘Anti’ Social Media?

Having engaged with several contributors on Twitter, most often lately over the EU referendum and obviously most recently the merits or otherwise of the Parliamentary contenders of the upcoming election.

Well, yesterday I engaged with a Tweeter who pompously called themselves ‘Diana the Scientist’  whose profile proclaims ‘Scientist & Writer Anti-Brexit, dream of making my book into a film, includes diverse people although publisher white-washed it. So hoping to republish.’

Given all this, you might think that such a person would relish a reasoned discussion, but sadly like so many self-proclaimed liberals, the case seems to be the exact opposite. viz; the following Twitter exchange.











I had intended to carry on in the vein that the Railways were for the most part back in Public ownership via Network Rail because they’re doing such a bang up job. Also that the Railways had been at its most successful in terms of passenger numbers and availability pre-nationalisation and post-nationalisation.

But like every other self-appointed liberal, supposedly intelligent Remoaner she chose to not just disengage, but actively block my posts. So yes a good little EU drone, Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good soundbite or story. Only preach to the converted.

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Happy 10th Birthday to the Friends of Jaywick Library

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Saturday 8th April saw a celebration of the 10th year of the all-volunteer run Library in Jaywick. Brought about when Essex County Council decided in its wisdom to close the Library and transfer it to the Academy in Jaywick Lane … Continue reading

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