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
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
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
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
NOT WANTED: Jackson, a three- year-old toy poodle
By Charley Goff
A dog may be man’s (or woman’s) best friend – but a north Essex pet rescue centre reports a worrying increase in the number of dogs abandoned after being bought as fashionable accessories. Continue reading