Town Team set up to increase Rayleigh trade

Southend Standard: Teamwork - Martin Hodson, Ian Ward, Cheryl Roe and Eddie Dray with the Easter Bunny at the team's Easter Egg Hunt Teamwork - Martin Hodson, Ian Ward, Cheryl Roe and Eddie Dray with the Easter Bunny at the team's Easter Egg Hunt

A TASK force has been set to to encourage more people to shop in Rayleigh.

The new Town Team is planning events to help support local businesses and help the town to flourish.

Trade in Rayleigh has been picking up ever since the market was moved into the High Street from the car park, in Hockley Road.

Traders are reporting increased business and the market is thriving, with the town council about to start a series of one-off speciality markets throughout the year.

The next will be Continental Market on April 27.

The Town Team has been set up on a trial basis in Rayleigh at the suggestion of Rochford Council.

The town council, traders, the Rayleigh Christian Ministries and the Rayleigh, Rochford and District Association for Volunteer Services are all signed up to to the initiative.

Town council chairman Ian Ward is leading the team.

Speaking from the first event, the Great Rayleigh Easter Egg Hunt, he said: “We are looking to pilot various things within the district.

“We hope the team will work as the council supporting businesses and the community at large.

“The early signs are positive.

The launch of the egg hunt went very well. We’ve had lots of interest in the hunt and local schoolkids have been very keen to spread the word.”

Mr Ward and his team sent questionnaires to businesses in the town, asking what was needed to ensure businesses continued to thrive.

The team is now considering their replies and looking for ways to put their suggestions into practice.

Mr Ward added: “I’m passionate about trying to drive the town forward and ensure we have a lot of customers.

“We put a lot of effort into this first event and we hope for it to become an annual event as we need that continuity.

“We will be doing more research to see what we can help people with what they want.

“We have been trying to find all those diverse groups in the community so we can make contact with them and ask what we can do.

“For example, we have been speaking to the Rotary Club about a festival it is planning on Rayleigh Mount. We have been discussing howwe can help it.”

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1:11pm Fri 25 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Car parking charges might be pivotal in this, though mostly it's about the lack of quality in Rayleigh, unless your an alcoholic club goer...
Car parking charges might be pivotal in this, though mostly it's about the lack of quality in Rayleigh, unless your an alcoholic club goer... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -5

1:32pm Fri 25 Apr 14

I care about rayleigh says...

1 - Cancel the parking charges
2 - Discourage the establishment of eateries (2 more have appeared in the last month or so)
3 - Discourage hairdressers, betting shops, estate agents and the like.
4 - ENCOURAGE small, independent shops - cheap rents, maybe?
5 - Pedestrianise the stretch from the Crown to the clock (there was no problem when the gas work was being done)
6 - Cancel the parking charges.
1 - Cancel the parking charges 2 - Discourage the establishment of eateries (2 more have appeared in the last month or so) 3 - Discourage hairdressers, betting shops, estate agents and the like. 4 - ENCOURAGE small, independent shops - cheap rents, maybe? 5 - Pedestrianise the stretch from the Crown to the clock (there was no problem when the gas work was being done) 6 - Cancel the parking charges. I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 11

1:44pm Fri 25 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

I care about rayleigh wrote:
1 - Cancel the parking charges
2 - Discourage the establishment of eateries (2 more have appeared in the last month or so)
3 - Discourage hairdressers, betting shops, estate agents and the like.
4 - ENCOURAGE small, independent shops - cheap rents, maybe?
5 - Pedestrianise the stretch from the Crown to the clock (there was no problem when the gas work was being done)
6 - Cancel the parking charges.
Rayleigh could be 5 things, in one,

Keenley
Ingeniously
Marvellous

Generous
Adventurous
Non profiteering
Desirable
Yearlong
[quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: 1 - Cancel the parking charges 2 - Discourage the establishment of eateries (2 more have appeared in the last month or so) 3 - Discourage hairdressers, betting shops, estate agents and the like. 4 - ENCOURAGE small, independent shops - cheap rents, maybe? 5 - Pedestrianise the stretch from the Crown to the clock (there was no problem when the gas work was being done) 6 - Cancel the parking charges.[/p][/quote]Rayleigh could be 5 things, in one, Keenley Ingeniously Marvellous Generous Adventurous Non profiteering Desirable Yearlong carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -2

1:44pm Fri 25 Apr 14

A Pedant says...

7. Make Websters Way one-way
8. Move the pedestrian crossings at the top of Crown Hill and Websters way a few meters back rom the junction
9. Cancel the parking charges...
7. Make Websters Way one-way 8. Move the pedestrian crossings at the top of Crown Hill and Websters way a few meters back rom the junction 9. Cancel the parking charges... A Pedant
  • Score: 9

1:46pm Fri 25 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
I care about rayleigh wrote:
1 - Cancel the parking charges
2 - Discourage the establishment of eateries (2 more have appeared in the last month or so)
3 - Discourage hairdressers, betting shops, estate agents and the like.
4 - ENCOURAGE small, independent shops - cheap rents, maybe?
5 - Pedestrianise the stretch from the Crown to the clock (there was no problem when the gas work was being done)
6 - Cancel the parking charges.
Rayleigh could be 5 things, in one,

Keenley
Ingeniously
Marvellous

Generous
Adventurous
Non profiteering
Desirable
Yearlong
and three in the other
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: 1 - Cancel the parking charges 2 - Discourage the establishment of eateries (2 more have appeared in the last month or so) 3 - Discourage hairdressers, betting shops, estate agents and the like. 4 - ENCOURAGE small, independent shops - cheap rents, maybe? 5 - Pedestrianise the stretch from the Crown to the clock (there was no problem when the gas work was being done) 6 - Cancel the parking charges.[/p][/quote]Rayleigh could be 5 things, in one, Keenley Ingeniously Marvellous Generous Adventurous Non profiteering Desirable Yearlong[/p][/quote]and three in the other carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -3

2:43pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

I care about rayleigh wrote:
1 - Cancel the parking charges
2 - Discourage the establishment of eateries (2 more have appeared in the last month or so)
3 - Discourage hairdressers, betting shops, estate agents and the like.
4 - ENCOURAGE small, independent shops - cheap rents, maybe?
5 - Pedestrianise the stretch from the Crown to the clock (there was no problem when the gas work was being done)
6 - Cancel the parking charges.
I'd go along pretty much with most of that. Parking charges don't affect me, living in the town centre but I agree with you People shouldn't have to pay through the nose to go shopping.
[quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: 1 - Cancel the parking charges 2 - Discourage the establishment of eateries (2 more have appeared in the last month or so) 3 - Discourage hairdressers, betting shops, estate agents and the like. 4 - ENCOURAGE small, independent shops - cheap rents, maybe? 5 - Pedestrianise the stretch from the Crown to the clock (there was no problem when the gas work was being done) 6 - Cancel the parking charges.[/p][/quote]I'd go along pretty much with most of that. Parking charges don't affect me, living in the town centre but I agree with you People shouldn't have to pay through the nose to go shopping. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 8

2:44pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
I care about rayleigh wrote:
1 - Cancel the parking charges
2 - Discourage the establishment of eateries (2 more have appeared in the last month or so)
3 - Discourage hairdressers, betting shops, estate agents and the like.
4 - ENCOURAGE small, independent shops - cheap rents, maybe?
5 - Pedestrianise the stretch from the Crown to the clock (there was no problem when the gas work was being done)
6 - Cancel the parking charges.
Rayleigh could be 5 things, in one,

Keenley
Ingeniously
Marvellous

Generous
Adventurous
Non profiteering
Desirable
Yearlong
How very kind of you
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: 1 - Cancel the parking charges 2 - Discourage the establishment of eateries (2 more have appeared in the last month or so) 3 - Discourage hairdressers, betting shops, estate agents and the like. 4 - ENCOURAGE small, independent shops - cheap rents, maybe? 5 - Pedestrianise the stretch from the Crown to the clock (there was no problem when the gas work was being done) 6 - Cancel the parking charges.[/p][/quote]Rayleigh could be 5 things, in one, Keenley Ingeniously Marvellous Generous Adventurous Non profiteering Desirable Yearlong[/p][/quote]How very kind of you Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

3:43pm Fri 25 Apr 14

GSF650 says...

more cars, more parking, more revenue for the council, ching ching. GREED
more cars, more parking, more revenue for the council, ching ching. GREED GSF650
  • Score: -2

4:23pm Fri 25 Apr 14

VeteranOfMany says...

There has to be a good balance of shops, Rayleigh has it, with everything from quality greengrocers, butchers, post office, jewelry, clothing banks,charity,food, barbers (too many), a market indoor and outdoor, pubs and restaurants, which makes it very good.
Only when you size it up can you then realise that if it's not your thing, try getting all this locally in one place ? you can't.
Some mention Lakeside....good luck
There has to be a good balance of shops, Rayleigh has it, with everything from quality greengrocers, butchers, post office, jewelry, clothing banks,charity,food, barbers (too many), a market indoor and outdoor, pubs and restaurants, which makes it very good. Only when you size it up can you then realise that if it's not your thing, try getting all this locally in one place ? you can't. Some mention Lakeside....good luck VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 3

4:37pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Phil McCrakin says...

And keep out riff raff from Basildon, Wickford and other poor places.
And keep out riff raff from Basildon, Wickford and other poor places. Phil McCrakin
  • Score: 3

4:56pm Fri 25 Apr 14

andyh says...

I care about rayleigh wrote:
1 - Cancel the parking charges
2 - Discourage the establishment of eateries (2 more have appeared in the last month or so)
3 - Discourage hairdressers, betting shops, estate agents and the like.
4 - ENCOURAGE small, independent shops - cheap rents, maybe?
5 - Pedestrianise the stretch from the Crown to the clock (there was no problem when the gas work was being done)
6 - Cancel the parking charges.
Did you mention the parking charges?
(and, perhaps, increase the number of on-street free parking spaces - perhaps by "time-sharing" some of the loading bays)
Five(?) charity shops seems to be evidence that not many people want to open real shops
[quote][p][bold]I care about rayleigh[/bold] wrote: 1 - Cancel the parking charges 2 - Discourage the establishment of eateries (2 more have appeared in the last month or so) 3 - Discourage hairdressers, betting shops, estate agents and the like. 4 - ENCOURAGE small, independent shops - cheap rents, maybe? 5 - Pedestrianise the stretch from the Crown to the clock (there was no problem when the gas work was being done) 6 - Cancel the parking charges.[/p][/quote]Did you mention the parking charges? (and, perhaps, increase the number of on-street free parking spaces - perhaps by "time-sharing" some of the loading bays) Five(?) charity shops seems to be evidence that not many people want to open real shops andyh
  • Score: 0

5:57pm Fri 25 Apr 14

VeteranOfMany says...

Rayleigh has many assets, though if there is one thing lacking it is a decent flag pole, to fly our national flag, this year as I expect many people realise, is the 100th anniversary of the first world war, Saint George's Day has just past us by and with a flag pole, this could have been used to fly the flag.
Rayleigh has many assets, though if there is one thing lacking it is a decent flag pole, to fly our national flag, this year as I expect many people realise, is the 100th anniversary of the first world war, Saint George's Day has just past us by and with a flag pole, this could have been used to fly the flag. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 5

11:41am Sat 26 Apr 14

profondo asbo says...

VeteranOfMany wrote:
There has to be a good balance of shops, Rayleigh has it, with everything from quality greengrocers, butchers, post office, jewelry, clothing banks,charity,food, barbers (too many), a market indoor and outdoor, pubs and restaurants, which makes it very good.
Only when you size it up can you then realise that if it's not your thing, try getting all this locally in one place ? you can't.
Some mention Lakeside....good luck
you forgot the back, sack and crack waxing salon (depilation on your dooorstep for your goodself). oh and a few more towie bars to raise the culture levels.
[quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: There has to be a good balance of shops, Rayleigh has it, with everything from quality greengrocers, butchers, post office, jewelry, clothing banks,charity,food, barbers (too many), a market indoor and outdoor, pubs and restaurants, which makes it very good. Only when you size it up can you then realise that if it's not your thing, try getting all this locally in one place ? you can't. Some mention Lakeside....good luck[/p][/quote]you forgot the back, sack and crack waxing salon (depilation on your dooorstep for your goodself). oh and a few more towie bars to raise the culture levels. profondo asbo
  • Score: -1

5:30pm Sat 26 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

profondo asbo wrote:
VeteranOfMany wrote:
There has to be a good balance of shops, Rayleigh has it, with everything from quality greengrocers, butchers, post office, jewelry, clothing banks,charity,food, barbers (too many), a market indoor and outdoor, pubs and restaurants, which makes it very good.
Only when you size it up can you then realise that if it's not your thing, try getting all this locally in one place ? you can't.
Some mention Lakeside....good luck
you forgot the back, sack and crack waxing salon (depilation on your dooorstep for your goodself). oh and a few more towie bars to raise the culture levels.
For someone with this anagrammatical name, Sad Boron Poof, crack and sack, are probably more your sort of thing !
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: There has to be a good balance of shops, Rayleigh has it, with everything from quality greengrocers, butchers, post office, jewelry, clothing banks,charity,food, barbers (too many), a market indoor and outdoor, pubs and restaurants, which makes it very good. Only when you size it up can you then realise that if it's not your thing, try getting all this locally in one place ? you can't. Some mention Lakeside....good luck[/p][/quote]you forgot the back, sack and crack waxing salon (depilation on your dooorstep for your goodself). oh and a few more towie bars to raise the culture levels.[/p][/quote]For someone with this anagrammatical name, Sad Boron Poof, crack and sack, are probably more your sort of thing ! CarnMountification
  • Score: -2

5:36pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

CarnMountification wrote:
profondo asbo wrote:
VeteranOfMany wrote:
There has to be a good balance of shops, Rayleigh has it, with everything from quality greengrocers, butchers, post office, jewelry, clothing banks,charity,food, barbers (too many), a market indoor and outdoor, pubs and restaurants, which makes it very good.
Only when you size it up can you then realise that if it's not your thing, try getting all this locally in one place ? you can't.
Some mention Lakeside....good luck
you forgot the back, sack and crack waxing salon (depilation on your dooorstep for your goodself). oh and a few more towie bars to raise the culture levels.
For someone with this anagrammatical name, Sad Boron Poof, crack and sack, are probably more your sort of thing !
Ha Ha that CRACKED me up, not so Profondo now are you.
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: There has to be a good balance of shops, Rayleigh has it, with everything from quality greengrocers, butchers, post office, jewelry, clothing banks,charity,food, barbers (too many), a market indoor and outdoor, pubs and restaurants, which makes it very good. Only when you size it up can you then realise that if it's not your thing, try getting all this locally in one place ? you can't. Some mention Lakeside....good luck[/p][/quote]you forgot the back, sack and crack waxing salon (depilation on your dooorstep for your goodself). oh and a few more towie bars to raise the culture levels.[/p][/quote]For someone with this anagrammatical name, Sad Boron Poof, crack and sack, are probably more your sort of thing ![/p][/quote]Ha Ha that CRACKED me up, not so Profondo now are you. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 0

6:15pm Sat 26 Apr 14

profondo asbo says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
CarnMountification wrote:
profondo asbo wrote:
VeteranOfMany wrote:
There has to be a good balance of shops, Rayleigh has it, with everything from quality greengrocers, butchers, post office, jewelry, clothing banks,charity,food, barbers (too many), a market indoor and outdoor, pubs and restaurants, which makes it very good.
Only when you size it up can you then realise that if it's not your thing, try getting all this locally in one place ? you can't.
Some mention Lakeside....good luck
you forgot the back, sack and crack waxing salon (depilation on your dooorstep for your goodself). oh and a few more towie bars to raise the culture levels.
For someone with this anagrammatical name, Sad Boron Poof, crack and sack, are probably more your sort of thing !
Ha Ha that CRACKED me up, not so Profondo now are you.
small things amuse small minds. never go to rayleigh. wouldn't pee on it if it were burning in truth. the salon would be right up your alley though (literally).
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: There has to be a good balance of shops, Rayleigh has it, with everything from quality greengrocers, butchers, post office, jewelry, clothing banks,charity,food, barbers (too many), a market indoor and outdoor, pubs and restaurants, which makes it very good. Only when you size it up can you then realise that if it's not your thing, try getting all this locally in one place ? you can't. Some mention Lakeside....good luck[/p][/quote]you forgot the back, sack and crack waxing salon (depilation on your dooorstep for your goodself). oh and a few more towie bars to raise the culture levels.[/p][/quote]For someone with this anagrammatical name, Sad Boron Poof, crack and sack, are probably more your sort of thing ![/p][/quote]Ha Ha that CRACKED me up, not so Profondo now are you.[/p][/quote]small things amuse small minds. never go to rayleigh. wouldn't pee on it if it were burning in truth. the salon would be right up your alley though (literally). profondo asbo
  • Score: -2

7:08pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

profondo asbo wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
CarnMountification wrote:
profondo asbo wrote:
VeteranOfMany wrote:
There has to be a good balance of shops, Rayleigh has it, with everything from quality greengrocers, butchers, post office, jewelry, clothing banks,charity,food, barbers (too many), a market indoor and outdoor, pubs and restaurants, which makes it very good.
Only when you size it up can you then realise that if it's not your thing, try getting all this locally in one place ? you can't.
Some mention Lakeside....good luck
you forgot the back, sack and crack waxing salon (depilation on your dooorstep for your goodself). oh and a few more towie bars to raise the culture levels.
For someone with this anagrammatical name, Sad Boron Poof, crack and sack, are probably more your sort of thing !
Ha Ha that CRACKED me up, not so Profondo now are you.
small things amuse small minds. never go to rayleigh. wouldn't pee on it if it were burning in truth. the salon would be right up your alley though (literally).
Are you saying I find your brain amusing ? dropped another grammatical clanger there, caps lock still broken...
[quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]profondo asbo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VeteranOfMany[/bold] wrote: There has to be a good balance of shops, Rayleigh has it, with everything from quality greengrocers, butchers, post office, jewelry, clothing banks,charity,food, barbers (too many), a market indoor and outdoor, pubs and restaurants, which makes it very good. Only when you size it up can you then realise that if it's not your thing, try getting all this locally in one place ? you can't. Some mention Lakeside....good luck[/p][/quote]you forgot the back, sack and crack waxing salon (depilation on your dooorstep for your goodself). oh and a few more towie bars to raise the culture levels.[/p][/quote]For someone with this anagrammatical name, Sad Boron Poof, crack and sack, are probably more your sort of thing ![/p][/quote]Ha Ha that CRACKED me up, not so Profondo now are you.[/p][/quote]small things amuse small minds. never go to rayleigh. wouldn't pee on it if it were burning in truth. the salon would be right up your alley though (literally).[/p][/quote]Are you saying I find your brain amusing ? dropped another grammatical clanger there, caps lock still broken... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -1

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