Another Annual Council at Rochford

Tonight will be the tenth Annual Council I have attended at Rochford since being elected in May 2010. This has now become a familiar process where we opposition Groups have the brief luxury of appointing Members to Committees, where we hope that they can influence the Policy and perhaps the direction of the Tory led … Continue reading Another Annual Council at Rochford

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Finally we return

Having been away for around a year we are now able to start posting on this site again.  In the past a number of problems have led to breaks in posts, mainly time constraints but over the last year sorting out and updating the site appropriately. We have now done updated the site and will … Continue reading Finally we return

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

New Local Plan – What happened last time?

I have been looking over the last Allocations Plan, which was adopted by the Council in 2014 to much local opposition.  It is interesting reading in that many of the problems we saw then are still problems and nothing coming from the proposed developments from that Plan have done anything to mitigate them. Perhaps the most … Continue reading New Local Plan – What happened last time?