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e all know that local businesses are finding it very difficult, so please remember when spending your hard earned cash to spare a thought for them as they really need our continued support now. Oracle’s front cover reflects a cheerful and summery image provided by local photographer/visual communicator Nicola Jane who recently caught the attention of Beecroft Art Gallery and will be exhibiting there from 10 November – 8 December 2012. Entry is free. Oracle’s competition this month has been kindly donated by ‘Beauty by Stella’ 1st prize win a fabulous Matis Smoothing Peeling treatment for the face and neck which helps reduce skin irregularities, wrinkles, fine lines, roughness and imperfections worth £40. 2nd prize a set of Gelish which is a soak off gel product that is applied like a polish and has the strength of gel. It lasts up to 2-3 weeks on your nails worth £20. Stella has been a local beauty therapist for over 20 years and consistently updates her knowledge in all beauty areas. She is fully insured and is based in Eastwood. Visit her website and see the selection of treatments offered. www.beautybystella.co.uk To enter simply send in your contact details to, Oracle/Beauty by Stella Competition, 39 Alexandra Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1BW or email info@oraclepublications.co.uk closing date 27 July. See you on the beach!!

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he urban fox, an increasingly common sight on the streets and in gardens of the UK, has evolved into a feral species that is wholly unlike its rural cousin.

Many in the rural community are concerned that conservation policies are becoming increasingly domesticated. What chance then do we have of managing urban wildlife?

The ‘Mr Todd’ of the countryside has an acute sense of smell and as a result, is rarely seen in the open but remains an efficient hunter. Similar to urban foxes, they can easily adapt to a more readily available food source. I keep hens and despite never having seen any signs of a fox near my home, still take great care to protect them from becoming Reynard’s supper after dark.

Southend Borough Council does not at present regard foxes as vermin and therefore has no official strategy to control the expanding population; rather it puts the onus back on homeowners to decide what to do should they believe a fox presents a problem.

However, as readers of Tennyson will know ‘Nature, red in tooth and claw’ is unsentimental and therefore keeps the population down.This is not the case in built-up areas and consequently urban foxes make up 90% of the total British fox population. I believe that without a clear policy to manage the burgeoning fox population and that, I’m afraid could lead to a cull.

The RSPCA has suggested the practice is a rural myth but a pest control officer told me last year that a colleague of his has trapped and released urban foxes. Gamekeepers regularly report that they have shot foxes and discovered them to have been treated by vets; evidenced by shaved www.oraclepublications.co.uk T H O R P E B AY O R A C L E 9

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This leads to an issue I am particularly passionate about but again, hard evidence is virtually non-existent. However, there is mounting anecdotal evidence that people are trapping urban foxes and rather than destroying them, transporting the animals to the countryside and releasing them in fields or woods. I contend this is cruel and should be outlawed.


areas of fur where a drip or stitches had been inserted, or had amputations and, as one keeper put it: “It’s as though they’ve been wearing carpet slippers, they definitely haven’t been doing any digging or scratching about in the wild.” A farmer in Wales shot 14 in just one field and was astounded that each one didn’t attempt to run away, suggesting that they did not regard man as a threat. Foxes are also territorial and a dominant dog fox will do serious injury to an interloper. Removing a fox from its own habitat and releasing it into a completely alien environment is almost barbaric. If scavenging in an urban setting is all a young fox knows, it risks starving to death in the countryside where scraps left by humans are few and far between. Furthermore, disregarding the fact that nature itself is wholly unsentimental and those animals lives are shortened by disease and injury - well-meaning individuals patching up wounded or sick animals up and then chucking them into the nearest field could actually be far worse for their welfare than putting them to sleep.

Contact with people in their own homes, including attacks, has been well documented in the media and whilst no such incidents have been recorded in Southend, not planning for a ‘what if’ scenario could be as effective as simply crossing your fingers. As a Conservative politician, one is always mindful that left-leaning folks like to see some, if not all of us as toffs on horseback, dressed in bright red, gleefully chasing defenceless animals to their death. It’s a convenient and often erroneous cliché. It also avoids the fact that, in the town just as in the country, we need to see beyond foxes’ looks and charisma and take action when necessary. I’m not suggesting we have packs of hounds and folks in hunting pinks on horseback charging majestically through the Cliff Gardens but I would urge my colleagues at the Council to seriously look at the situation and develop a clear strategy on managing foxes. I would also very much like to see and hear Oracle readers’ ideas and opinions on what they would like us to do. By Cllr Adam Jones

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Money Matters

Business exit strategy – Should I stay or should I go? I

t is extremely important to have an effective Exit Strategy in place for you and your business. For tax reasons alone, it is essential that every owner of a privately run business should have an exit strategy plan. Yet surprisingly, few business owners actually have one. Normally, they are too busy just to stop and think about what will happen when they finally decide to call it a day. Very few owners have given serious consideration to the ultimate question – the final realisation of all that they have worked for. Even if a business owner does not have plans to leave the company in the foreseeable future, the consequences of failing to plan ahead can be both considerable and expensive. Strategic planning is vital if owners want to ensure that they end up with the maximum cash in hand after taxation. With proper advice and planning, taxes can be substantially reduced, deferred or even eliminated in some cases. A well-planned strategy should embrace the owner's personal and business objectives, the value of his or her share in the business, the ability to realise this share when required, and to cope financially should the exit be forced. There is a range of financial planning tools, which can be applied to the development of an exit strategy. These include international investments, cashflow injections to support the balance sheet

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Leigh Broadway in the early 1900’s with a trolley bus in the background and shops only on one side. Note the gent in the bowler too!

However, sometimes it’s a more general question from someone looking for a new hobby or more often wanting to get a youngster away from computers and TV. In this instance, at the moment, I would say take a look at local history. Local collectables such as the souvenir wares of the late 19th and early 20th C are generally inexpensive and can be bought in groups to get the collection off the ground quickly. Local postcards are also a great source of fun as well as giving an idea how an area has developed over the years. Who would think, for instance, that Victorian style crinoline dresses were still around in the 1920’s alongside flapper dresses? Take a look at postcards of Southend seafront in that period and there they are! Just a small part of a group lot of local souvenir wares.

Postcards are also something that can be bought in groups or albums for reasonable money and in both instances collections can then be enhanced and developed at Collectors Fairs or further auctions.As the collection grows it will become more sophisticated but group lots are a great way to start. If you want something for the walls then 18th and 19th C engravings of the local area are also very affordable and like the other items offer great insight into local and national social history.

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