Tories Fail on Climate Breakdown

On Tuesday evening Rochford Tories showed a basic lack of understanding of Climate Breakdown, they showed it to such an extent that they used it as a political stunt, akin to those we see of Tories posing with a tin of beans at a food bank. The motion put forward can be read elsewhere on … Continue reading Tories Fail on Climate Breakdown

Libraries in Essex to close, despite Tory Claims?

After an announcement last week at the Essex County Council meeting by Cllr Finch that no library in Essex would close and the surge of Tories posting pictures of themselves posing outside libraries they have "saved", we have been waiting for the detail of the announcement to be published in the new Draft Strategy after … Continue reading Libraries in Essex to close, despite Tory Claims?

Will Rochford Tories run away from declaring a Climate Emergency

The Green Group at Rochford District Council has put forward a Climate Emergency Motion to Rochford District Council, stating the intention to make the Council Carbon Neutral by 2030.  We have been joined in this by the Lib Dem Group, Cllr Chris Stanley is seconding the motion, the Rochford District Residents and Independent Cllr Mike … Continue reading Will Rochford Tories run away from declaring a Climate Emergency

Rochford Tories vote to raise £200,000 with 2.98% Council Tax Increase

Last night the Council met in an Extraordinary Meeting (Council speak for an extra meeting) to debate and vote on the Conservative Administrations Budget. In the past the Green and Rochford District Residents Group has put forward opposition amendments to the budget, only to see them voted down but then resurrected as Administration proposals a … Continue reading Rochford Tories vote to raise £200,000 with 2.98% Council Tax Increase

Rochford’s Opposition have their demands met, nearly.

Tonight's Council Meeting was rather more eventful than usual with two petitions being presented expressing opposition to the closure of Hockley and Rayleigh Public Toilets, the Leader of the Council accusing Councillors of showboating  and the Council backing down over the wording of its proposed Social Media Policy, a policy which had drawn lots of … Continue reading Rochford’s Opposition have their demands met, nearly.

To be Gagged or not to be Gagged

Rochford District Council is putting forward, for members approval, a Social Media Policy for Councillors at the next Full Council meeting on 12 December.  At first sight this might seem uncontentious, Councillors should abide by a Policy as should any member of an organisation, however when reading it carefully it appears to put a great many restrictions … Continue reading To be Gagged or not to be Gagged