Category Archives: Britain

Video: Colchester Comedy Festival launch

You can tell I’ve got a new toy to play with – here’s a couple of videos I shot yesterday from the launch of Colchester Comedy Festival, featuring Anthony Roberts of Colchester Arts Centre and Miss High Leg Kick abseiling off the side of the Town Hall. For more on the festival, see their website, […]

Trees For Years now on February 16th

I wrote a while ago about the Council’s trees for years initiative, which was meant to happen this Saturday, the 2nd of February. However, because of the recent cold weather, it’s been necessary to delay this to allow the ground conditions to improve for moving the trees. It’s now scheduled to take place on Saturday […]

Protecting rough sleepers in the freezing weather

I’ve had several emails from people in Colchester about this issue. After discussing it with colleagues to get information, this is my understanding of what happens here: The Night Shelter and the local churches have an emergency plan which is activated in severe weather conditions. I think the April Centre may also be involved. Anyone […]

Colchester High Street

I’ve received the following press release from Colchester Borough Council and Essex County Council, which I’m quoting in full here. UPDATE ON TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDERS FOR COLCHESTER HIGH STREET A way forward has been reached on the implementation of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) to improve Colchester Town Centre. Following a thorough review of the responses […]

The best political predictions are the ones that no one checks up on afterwards

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m fast approaching the tenth anniversary of setting up this blog, and to mark that, I’ve been going through my old posts. It’s interesting looking back and seeing what was important back then – and how different blogging was back when it was all just fields round here, and there were […]

A women’s Tour of Britain

Jennie’s post on the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire reminded me of a Twitter conversation I had a while ago with Richard Gadsden where we discussed the possibility of creating a major women’s cycling race in Britain. One of the reasons for the Tour de France coming here in 2014 is because cycling is […]

#Colchester bus station waiting room opening hours extended

Many people have asked for the waiting room at the new bus station to be open for longer hours, and I’m happy to report that after discussions with various people, we’ve been able to get them extended. The waiting room will now be open for these hours: Monday to Saturday: 6am to 9pm Sunday: 6am […]

Boris is wrong. Again.

It’s amazing how far you can go with funny hair and the ability to say ‘cripes!’ isn’t it? For a start, you can get straight past the Telegraph sub-editors and fact-checkers and bring out this little nugget of non-information: a new building like the Shard needs four times as much juice as the entire town […]

(Re)drawing the lines

I have been informed that the Local Government Boundary Commission for England are planning to review the boundaries for Colchester Borough over the next couple of years. (This is the ward boundaries within the Borough, not the size and shape of the Borough as a whole) I was expecting this to happen soon, as the […]

Thoughts on the night-time economy, in Colchester and elsewhere

I spent several cold hours out in Colchester last Saturday night as part of the Castle Ward night of action. Since I’ve been a councillor, I’ve been out in the town centre on Friday and Saturday nights several times to see what happens there, and I know that the issue of the night-time economy is […]