• Hartley Park hlomes plan is revealed for Clacton

    PLANS for a large-scale housing development in Clacton have been made public. A consortium of landowners and developers wants to build more than 2,000 houses on the Hartley Park site, west of Clacton, near Brook Retail Park. The proposal also includes

  • Author Sophia books in at school library

    AN AWARD-WINNING children’s author was the special guest at the opening of a new library at St Mary’s Lower School in London Road, Stanway. Sophia Bennett, author of the Threads trilogy, which is due to be televised next year, cut the ribbon and held

  • Paedophile gets 13 years jail for rape of young girl

    A MAN has been jailed for 13 years for raping a young girl and having indecent pictures of children. A court heard Edward Greening also led girls to believe he ran a pornographic film business, offering them money to pose for indecent pictures. Greening

  • Tom on the mend after head injury

    Tom Bender remembers little about the incident which left him with severe concussion, according to his father Lee. The Colchester United defender, on loan at Accrington Stanley, was left unconscious after colliding with goalkeeper Ian Dunbavin and Tranmere

  • Dad delivers his little girl in parents’ garden

    A PROUD father has spoken of the day he delivered his baby daughter in his parents’ back garden. Jason Davies, 27, was forced to play midwife when wife, Zoe, also 27, went into labour as they sipped tea in his mum and dad’s garden. An

  • Consultation on recycling

    I am writing to clarify the current situation regarding the proposed closure of the St Osyth recycling centre for household waste, after the article in the Gazette (September 29) about my recent meeting with representatives from local parish

  • Looking at Colchester through tourist’s eyes

    Although I am a resident of Colchester, I thought it might be interesting to play the part of a tourist visiting Colchester. So on Sunday, I arrived in the High Street. The sun was shining and everybody seemed to be in a happy mood. This looked

  • Stanway councillor is giving whole school a bad name

    I am writing regarding the comments by Stanway parish councillor Laura Sykes against Stanway youths (Gazette, October 3). I am a former student of the Stanway School and wish to ask why she is blaming the students for terrorising local residents

  • Woman with mental health issues restrained

    A WOMAN was restrained by police after reports she was suffering with mental health problems. Officers joined ambulance crews at Plowright House on St Peter’s Street, Colchester on Wednesday. The patient was treated at the warden controlled flat before

  • Arts group finds a new base at Co-op

    A NEW town centre base has been found for a public arts group whose current home is due to be demolished next year. Slack Space, set up in 2009 with the aim of reinvigorating empty shops and buildings in Colchester town centre, has attracted more than

  • Walton Pier put on the market for £2.5million

    ONE of north Essex’s biggest tourist attractions has been put up for sale at £2.5million. Walton Pier was bought by owner New Walton Pier Company Ltd in 2005, but it is now looking to sell up. A £2.5million price-tag has been slapped on the attraction

  • School Centred Initial Teacher Training is making progress

    TUITION fees are up, the Education Maintenance Allowance has been scrapped and the Building Schools for the Future programme has been abolished. The Government is really wielding the axe on the Department for Education’s budget. However, one programme