Next Neighbourhood Action Panel Confirmed

After a long break Hullbridge is at last getting the neighbourhood Action Panels back.

Hullbridge Neighbourhood Action Panel

Date: 31st July 2014 19:00 – 20:00
Where: *venue to be confirmed – likely to be*
Hullbridge Community Centre,
Pooles Lane,


Extra Info: THIS IS NOT A POLICE MEETING but officers will be in attendance. The Neighbourhood Action Panel is a quarterly meeting for anyone living or working in Hullbridge to attend and highlight issues that directly affect the area. The meeting is open for any member of the public to attend and share their comments and concerns. Please advise us of any particular requirements you have, or of any other arrangements we should make for you, to ensure that you can fully participate in the meeting.
Contact: Email:

The Review Committee

After the elections this year myself and Diane formed a “Group” on Rochford District Council with John & Christine Mason.  This made us the largest opposition Group and meant that we could nominate the Chairman of the important Review Committee.  The Review Committee is there to check the work, policies and spending of the Council and can be an important check on it.  At the Council meeting in June I was duly elected as Chairman.

I have decided to write a regular spot around this and try to encourage as many people as possible to come to the meetings, as with most Council meetings they are open to the public, but the public rarely attend.  This meeting in particular opens up the Council and you can see Council Officers as well as the Conservative Cabinet members being questioned in-depth by the committee members.

We have started to set the Work Plan, you can see it in detail here (we have made some changes since then but it broadly hasn’t changed) with some of the main items we are looking at being

  • Building Control
  • ICT Contract
  • Car Parking Charges
  • Council Budget (this has been moved to 2 December)
  • Dog Fouling
  • Highway Maintenance

Our next full meeting is on 9 September, but before then there will be other meetings, some of which have to be in private due to commercially sensitive information being discussed, but some are in Public such as the Treasury Management Sub-Committee which is meeting on 15 July at the Civic Suite in Rayleigh.

Please come along to the meetings and obviously if you think that there is anything that we should be looking at which we aren’t just let me know.

Parish CouncilMeeting

The next Parish Council meeting is being held on Monday 14 July at the Hullbridge Centre in Windermere Avenue, with a start time of 7.30pm.

The agenda can be read here but some of the items included are

  • New village show (when, where, if they should do one etc)
  • Toilets in Recreation Ground (I have spent a lot of time on this and hope residents come to show there support for re-opening them).
  • Gate locking at the recreation ground
  • CCTV update
  • and much more

If you go to the meeting there is an opportunity to speak at the start of the meeting about any item on the agenda, so you can have your say.

Councillor Advice Surgery

I will be having my next monthly advice sessions at Hullbridge Library from this coming Saturday, the 12th July.

The sessions start at 10.30am and I am there for about an hour.  There is no need to make an appointment, just turn up.  You can see me on anything Council related from Potholes to Adult Social Care.

Police Beat Surgery for Hullbridge

Although there is currently no NAP meeting in the diary the Police are holding a “Beat Surgery” at Hullbridge Library on Saturday 14 June between 10.30-11.30am.

The details are:

Date: 14th June 2014 10:30 – 11:30
Where: Hullbridge Library,
Ferry Road.
Extra Info: Officers from the Neighbourhood Team will be at the library to discuss any concerns or issues in your area.
Contact: Mobile: 07813953703

This is the same date and time as my advice surgery so you could meet us all in one go.

Councillor Advice Sessions

I will be starting the monthly advice sessions at Hullbridge Library from this coming Saturday, the 14 June.  I had to take a break from them in May as I am not allowed to use Council property during election time.

The sessions start at 10.30am and I am there for about an hour.  There is no need to make an appointment, just turn up.  You can see me on anything Council related from Potholes to Adult Social Care.

Hullbridge Parish Council meeting

Hullbridge Parish Council will be holding its next meeting on Monday 9 June at 7.30pm in the Hullbridge Centre, Windermere Avenue.  The meeting is open to members of the public.

The meeting has in recent months become very long with a very busy agenda and the following are points of interest, but particularly item 12.2 I would think and possible talks with the Land Agent on the 500 houses.

  • Item 5 Adjournment of the meeting: to allow members of the public to speak on any of the Agenda items.
  • Item 8.5 Community Dog Warden
  • Item 8.6 CCTV update
  • Item 10.2 to discuss/agree any highway improvements (zebra crossings etc)
  • 12.2 Housing Working Group.  this appears to relate to the proposed development of 500 houses and mentions the meeting at Riverside School on the 14 June with the Land Agent, which is mentioned on Facebook.
  • 15.2 Locking of gates at the Recreation Ground.

There are more items than this but these appear to be the highlights.  It looks like being a late meeting to me.