Doctors and health care leaders today announced a new development in the options for future hospital services in mid and south Essex.
Southend: Shop Owners Protest Over Business Rates
Shop owners in Southend are protesting this morning (Thursday March 14th) against rising buisness rates.
They are calling for the Government to scrap a planned increase in next week's budget.
There are concerns jobs could be lost and shops will close if the proposed 2.6% rise goes ahead on April 1st.
Andrew Allison, National Grassroots Coordinator for the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "Local retailers across Essex are suffering from the crippling level of business rates.
"Many have been forced to close and jobs have been lost as businesses struggle to make ends meet.
"Empty shops make for an unattractive environment that can have a negative impact on even the most successful of businesses.
"The Government should abandon its planned increase in business rates before any further damage is done to the local economy."
Residents are being urged to give their views on the Chelmsford City Growth Package.
A group of 12 men from Essex have been jailed for more than 40 years for a violent attack on a football fan.
Essex Police are carrying out a crack down on knife crime this week.
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