What are they hiding?

Recently, on the 25th April, the District Council met and there were a number of items under Exempt (this is Council speak for Confidential).  We have released a press release about it which you can read here and from the excerpt below you can see we tried to have this heard in Public. At the meeting on … Continue reading What are they hiding?

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Rochford Council Ignore Vote?

During the recent County Council Elections one of the most common questions I was asked related in some way to the downgrading of Southend A&E. Both the Green Party and the Rochford District Residents already felt that these proposals deserved a full airing at Rochford Council's next meeting, which was to be held on 25 … Continue reading Rochford Council Ignore Vote?

Licensing Committee, and some new Policies

The Licensing Committee of Rochford Council met a couple of weeks ago to discuss new Licensing and Gambling Policies, these had to be reviewed as they had become out of date with changes in legislation and the Agenda and Draft Policies can be seen here. The meeting discussed the new draft Licensing Policy first and I raised the … Continue reading Licensing Committee, and some new Policies

Review Committee and a lack of Complaints, or, when is a complaint a Complaint.

The recent Review Committee meeting, which was held on 7 July and chaired by Conservative Councillor Dave Sperring in the absence of the actual Chairman and Conservative appointee Cllr Gibson, looked at an item suggested by last years committee, the Complaints process at the Council. A summary of the complaints process was given by an Officer who then … Continue reading Review Committee and a lack of Complaints, or, when is a complaint a Complaint.

Tories & Labour get into bed with each other

Tonights Full Council meeting at Rochford District Council was very eventful.  The first Council meeting after the elections is usually an uneventful one with just appointments of committees and Chairman to go through without much discussion.  However tonight the Tories and Labour came up with a surprise for many opposition members. Chair of Review has, … Continue reading Tories & Labour get into bed with each other

Rochford Council vote to gag the opposition

At the Council meeting held on Tuesday 29 July the Conservative Administration pushed through a motion removing the right of Councillors to refer decisions made by perhaps only a cabinet member to the Full Council. This decision is a massive blow to democracy and is reported in today's Echo newspaper The Green party objected to this … Continue reading Rochford Council vote to gag the opposition

The day after the night before – District Council Meeting

I have left it a day to reflect on last nights meeting before Commenting on it.  This is not an analysis of the detailed proceedings but a view of the general proceedings. Looking at the results it can appear as a triumph for the ruling Conservatives, they won the votes on the night with parking charges being … Continue reading The day after the night before – District Council Meeting