• Developer's 'gift' to football club

    A DEVELOPER plans to build 45 new homes and provide an astro turf five-a-side pitch for community use in new proposals to regenerate a Colchester recreation ground. Luton-based developer Dishland had initially sought to build up to 100 homes on

  • Summer roll out for Superfast mobile signal

    A SUPERFAST mobile network is set to be rolled out in Colchester by the summer. EE’s 4G signal, which offers fibre broadband and mobile speeds which can be up to five times faster than standard 3G service, will be available in the town by June.

  • Lord Hanningfield "traumatised" by expenses scandal

    DISGRACED peer Lord Hanningfield said he has been left traumatised by expenses scandals. The former Tory leader of Essex County Council is suing Essex Police for up to £6,500 compensation saying he was unlawfully arrested during an investigation

  • A-boards backed by County Hall

    FIRMS who use A-boards on the street outside their business have been backed by Essex County Council. A new policy has been introduced from the highways department allowing the boards on the public highway. The policy, with strict guidelines

  • Free rail travel for jobseekers

    JOBSEEKERS can travel by rail for free under a new scheme. Train operator Greater Anglia has launched Job Track to help the unemployed back into work. People can claim up to six day return tickets within the Anglia network to help them get

  • Gypsy Wedding star evicted from barbers

    A BARBER, whose marriage featured in My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, has been evicted from his shop. Billy-Joe Temple, 30, was forced to leave Short Back ‘n’ Sides, in Barrack Street, Colchester, for failing to pay rent. In July, 2012, his wedding

  • Federation for Small Businesses opposes high street car ban

    THE ESSEX Federation of Small Businesses has launched a campaign opposing the high street car ban. It wants Colchester Council and Essex County Council to prove there is a business case before restricting traffic in Colchester. A traffic expert

  • Call goes out for former punks to take part in filming

    OLD punks are being invited to take part in a new Mercury Theatre production. Garage Band, a play about four middle-aged, middle-class misfits trying to spark a punk revival, will include a video being filmed at Colchester Arts Centre next Tuesday

  • Cash boost for Latin art students

    STUDENTS studying Latin American art at Essex University are to get special funding. The university’s art history department has been granted $60,000 from the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art. Students researching and studying Latin

  • Super Sam enjoying good vibes at U's

    Sam Walker says there are enough good vibes around the Colchester United squad to help them move away from danger. The U’s mini-revival was halted when they were beaten 1-0 by Swindon Town, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium. They head into

  • Fresh funding for Colchester's Hythe secured

    THE regeneration of Colchester’s Hythe has received a fresh funding boost. Colchester Council has secured European Union funding totalling 264,500 Euros - around £228,000 - for a series of projects aimed at reviving the town’s Old Port. Lyn

  • Man stabbed at Greenstead convenience store

    A man suffered multiple stab wounds near a Greenstead convenience store. Police were called to the Co-op store in Fivefields Court at 8.30pm and found a man in his 30s with several "superficial" stab wounds. Detectives believe there was an

  • Undead hordes to descend on Colchester Castle

    VISITORS to Colchester’s Castle on April 3 could be frightened by the sights that greet their eyes. Hordes of dishevelled men and women, wearing torn clothes and crying out for food, will be invading the Norman fortress for the one-off Zombie Castle

  • Improvements needed at Wivenhoe school

    A SCHOOL in Wivenhoe needs improvement according to its latest Ofsted report. Inspectors visited Broomgrove Junior School last month and said more needed to be done to support progress in years three and four and in writing. But the report

  • Are you a lucky winner? See today's Gazette!

    An Astute Gazette reader has won a Sony Blu-ray disc and DVD player, courtesy of Stellisons in Colchester. Check your numbers in the Gazette today to see if you are the lucky winner.

  • In today's Gazette: Hospital death rates probe

    In today's Gazette: An investigation is set to be launched into death rates at Colchester's two NHS hospitals. Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust is one of ifve trusts in the country to be investigated, the NHS Commissioning Board

  • Ofsted praise for Colchester primary school

    A COLCHESTER school has been recognised as ‘good’ after a visit from education watchdog Ofsted. St George's Infant School and Nursery School, in Barrington Road, was inspected last month. An inspection report, published late last week said:

  • Stephen Leonard EATON

    EATON Stephen Leonard Stephen’s family would like to thank all his friends and colleagues for attending his funeral and for making the service so special. Our thanks to Pastor Woods for all his help and support and to P.G. Oxley Ltd. for all their

  • Mary Pratchett

    PRATCHETT Mary Passed away peacefully on Monday 4th February 2013, aged 84 years. Loving Wife of Roy, devoted Mum to Roy and Lyn, Philip and Christine, caring Nan to William, Naomi and Connor. Will be sadly missed by all family and many friends