Stansted skateboarders shun new park

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FLYING HIGH: one skateboarder who is using the new park

By Victoria Williams

Young skateboarders have dismayed residents of Stansted Mountfichet by turning their backs on a new skate park.

Daniel Birmingham, 25, who lives near Forest Hall Park, said: “I feel the issue of the kids skating the stairs near my house can not only be dangerous but it is very disruptive to neighbours. The skate park is a 10-minute walk away. If one of them has an accident I will have to help. Only the other day a skater broke a leg down the park. It is likely to happen here.” Continue reading

Oscars row a diversion, says film-maker

20/10/2013 Pics of Colchester film festival Gaz reporter, Neil Darcy-Jones interviewing Ronnie Thompson, British film writer and director (green top)

RONNIE THOMPSON: reproduced by kind permission of the Colchester Gazette

By Molly Garlick

The uproar surrounding the absence of ethnic minorities from the nominations for this year’s Oscars misses the point, according to an award-winning Colchester film-maker and writer. 

Ronnie Thompson, who has directed two feature films including the hit I Am Soldier, said: “I can see why black and ethnic minorities feel that they are being misrepresented but I don’t think it’s just that. I think it stretches beyond that, digging deeper into the class structure in the industry.” Continue reading

Junior doctors’ leader condemns Tory ‘bullies’

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DOCTORS’ PROTEST: Dr Sheneen Meghji (front) outside the Chelmsford hospital where she works

By William Mailes

The leader of Chelmsford’s junior doctors last week condemned Jeremy Hunt for prolonging the dispute over doctors’ employment contracts.

Sheneen Meghji, 31, a junior plastic surgeon at Broomfield General hospital, Chelmsford, warned that “more strikes will occur” now the health secretary has imposed new contracts. Continue reading

Locals slam councils for row over streetlights

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RELIEVING THE GLOOM: Colchester at night before the lights go off

By Alex Maxam

Colchester residents are angry that talks to turn the town’s streetlights back on in the small hours have broken down.

Essex county council refused to support Colchester borough council’s plan for the lights to stay on all night, every night, for the next two years. Continue reading