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
This evening I have been attending the Rochford Citizen of the Year Award. This is an annual ceremony to celebrate the best of the District. There are three catagories and the winners were Young Citizen - Chloe Good Charitable Support - Clair Hawtree Community Spirit - Georgie & Andrew Watson There is then an overall … Continue reading Rochford Citizen of the Year
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.
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
Rochford District Council have at last decided to issue free sandbags to residents. It was only in August last year when Cllr Cutmore was quoted as saying “While I understand people’s frustration, in line with other councils we aren’t able to supply sandbags and it is up to the householder to provide their own personal … Continue reading Rochford District Council issues free sandbags (and sand)
Rochford District Council, through the portfolio holder Cllr Keith Hudson, has objected to Basildon Council's Core Strategy. This is also reported online Focus here. In the report Cllr Keith Hudson says "The Basildon Borough Core Strategy has the potential to have significant impact on Rochford District. In particular, Basildon Borough's current stated preferred options for … Continue reading Rochford Council formally objects to Basildon’s Core Strategy
Greg Clark MP has today launched the much vaunted new Planning Policy Framework from the Coalition which and can be seen in its entirety here. We have had a quick read and pick out a few bits below. In the forward he says ...Sustainable development is about change for the better, and not only in … Continue reading National Planning Policy Framework