• Time to dig for victory!

    ON your marks...get set... grow! A flower-power plan to set Colchester ablaze with summer colour has been launched. Volunteers have taken over the annual Colchester in Bloom contest and want the whole town to get involved in making the scheme a success

  • £72k grant set to help stop flooding on busy town road

    FLOODING on one of Colchester’s busiest roads could become a thing of the past, thanks to a Government grant. Part of £72,000 from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will go towards tackling excess water on Cowdray Avenue. The

  • Pupils raise the roof for annual prom

    PUPILS put on a musical extravaganza at Colchester’s Charter Hall. Youngsters from the Gilberd School, Philip Morant School, Colchester County High School for Girls, Colchester Royal Grammar School, Colchester Sixth Form College, the Colne Community

  • School troublemakers face a day in isolation

    PUPILS who consistently misbehave could be made to spend a whole day in isolation. The system, which is being tested at Sir Charles Lucas Arts College, in Hawthorn Avenue, Greenstead, has been put in place to crack down on pupils who fail to attend after-school

  • Tree roots destroying pavement

    DESTRUCTIVE tree roots in Shrub End are destroying the pavements of a residential street. Gladwin Road is seeing cracks appear in the concrete as roots from the trees are protruding through. Pauline Hazell, Tory councillor for Shrub

  • Colchester United sign Premier League star

    Colchester United have pulled off a coup in signing defender Franck Queudrue on loan from Premier League side Birmingham City. The U's have brought in the French defender until the end of the season, as they continue their quest for promotion

  • Mental strength is key says promotion-winning U's skipper

    Promotion-winning skipper Richard Wilkins believes mental strength can make or break Colchester United’s promotion hopes. Wilkins knows what it takes to taste glory with the U’s, having led them to victory in the division three play-off final at Wembley

  • Colchester United set for big loan signing

    Colchester United are set to announce an exciting new loan signing today. U's boss Aidy Boothroyd has been working hard to try and bring in a new face, ahead of today's loan deadline. And Colchester are on the verge of revealing his identity in the

  • Police name Great Horkesley crash victim

    A MOTORIST who died following a crash in Great Horkesley has been named. Robert Cory, from Hessett, in Suffolk, died on Tuesday after his Vauxhall Zafira was involved in a collision with an onion lorry in Great Horkesley. The 63-year-old died at the

  • Book aid: How we can all help Africa to read

    LEARNING to read is something many parents automatically assume their children will be able to do. From the day their offspring arrive, they buy them books. And once they go to school, they get textbooks given to them by the school, or bought

  • My support based on principles

    Councillor Martin Goss has done it again. He has misinterpreted what I have said (Letters, March 19). Martin says I must be suffering from either amnesia or double standards. The letter Martin refers to, and which I could not possibly have

  • Questions over road spending

    In the Gazette on Tuesday, March 16, it was reported Essex County Council’s highways department had this year set aside £8.1million for Colchester and Tendring, compared to £12million for mid Essex and £13.7million for the west of the county.

  • Bus station must remain

    I trust Colchester’s planners will have the sense to keep the town’s temporary bus station open until it is replaced. In my opinion, it is ridiculous to even consider making Head Street a twoway traffic bus hub. The pavements are too narrow

  • Hospital missed target because its staff cared

    Hospital targets and under-performance make the national news and our local hospital, Colchester General, received some bad press recently. The message sent to our community by, and judgments made on, this news contrast extremely with my experience

  • Artist’s memories inspire work for U’s

    A PORTRAIT painter has returned to her roots to present a work to her home team. Heather Brillant, official portrait artist for the Royal Art Circle of Barcelona, in Spain, has produced a series of pictures for Colchester United, inspired by her memories