East Bergholt housing dispute nears final conclusion

Just off of the A12, on the Essex and Suffolk border, lies the small quant village of East Bergholt. The village sits just ten miles north of Colchester, and a mere eight miles south of Ipswich, and is home to nearly 2,500 people.

The village has history running through its veins. It is the birthplace of famous painter John Constable, whose wealthy corn merchant father owned the nearby Flatford Mill and Dedham Mill. Many of Constable’s paintings are inspired by the tranquil beauty and views of the village, including the Hay Wain, The Lock and The Leaping Horse.

However, in 2015, the peacefulness of the village came under threat for the first time, when housing developers confirmed their intention to the council to build a new housing estate within the area, which is estimated to increase the population of the village by around 15%. The plans have caused huge controversy amongst locals in the village.

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South East Essex Green Party member warns of dangers as proposed airport expansion gains momentum

A South East Essex Green Party (SEEGP) member has claimed that a proposed expansion for Southend Airport is not sustainable, and will impact negatively on the area.

James Vessey-Miller, a spokesperson for the environmentally friendly party, also said that an expansion to the airport would not be environmentally responsible.

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The Crucial First Six Weeks

A key figure in student development at the University of Essex has stressed the importance of the first six weeks of a student’s experience at university.

Victoria Frost, the head of Residence Life & student support at the University of Essex, spoke of the crucial first few weeks of a student’s life at university, which can define how a student’s university experience will be shaped, and why the Residence Life programme is so important at the university.

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Stats reveal increase in re-offending rates in juveniles

Sending an individual to prison is designed to rehabilitate them, to help them realise the error of their ways and to set them back on the straight and narrow, as well as act as a punishment. This is especially important with child offenders. However, the latest release of the prisoner reoffending statistics from the Ministry of Justice, suggests that amongst the UK’s children prisoners, not all are learning their lesson. The stats released within the quarterly bulletin in January 2017 have revealed that the amount of reoffending juveniles has seen an increase of over 4% since 2004.

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Dog Laws – The debate continues

“It doesn’t seem real that our little Archie Bum has gone to heaven and our little Daniel is in intensive care because of a tragic, tragic incident involving a dog attack.”

So said the parents of four month old Archie Darby, who was killed by their aunts Staffordshire bull terrier-type dog in Colchester in October.


The debate about changes to law regarding dogs have accelerated over the past three years, with an increase in the number of deaths related to dog attacks. While laws have changed substantially, the argument of whether enough has been done to train dogs and prevent further attacks rolls on.

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