“Planning applications to cost taxpayers £1bn over next five years”

Saturday, September 2, 2017 admin 0

From the Inside Housing website this week- an alarming figure: “Council taxpayers will spend £1bn covering local authorities’ costs of processing planning applications in the next five years, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said. Local authorities are unable to recover the full cost of handling applications through planning fees, […]

The Rayleigh Times Has This Article By Chris Black This Week….

Friday, April 28, 2017 admin 0

“If you are a Lib Dem councillor, then sooner or later the Conservatives will probably make you an offer to switch sides. Thankfully I’ve never been tempted, because if I had gone against my principles and turned blue I really would be regretting it now. Because it should be obvious […]

Big Budget Meeting Next Week.

Thursday, February 4, 2016 admin 1

The District Council has a big budget next Tuesday 9th February, at 7:30. We received the agenda today, so there’s a lot of reading to do, and we will write in more detail later. But two things immediately stand out in the proposals from the Conservative administration: District Council Tax […]

Timid? Or Just Complaining Quietly?

Sunday, January 24, 2016 admin 1

Liberal England reports here from Leicestershire: Leicestershire’s Conservative MPs were busy retweeting this photograph last week. It shows them and the Conservative leader of the county council Nick Rushton meeting the local government minister Marcus Jones to press the case for more generous funding for Leicestershire. The Leicester Mercury quoted […]

Cllr Steptoe’s Decisions On Council Car Parks

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 admin 7

Mike Steptoe is the affable Tory councillor for Barling and Sutton, and is the cabinet member for “Enterprise”. Which means he’s the person who makes decisions about whether to have free car parking in council car parks at Xmas, and whether to charge the NHS for using car parking spaces […]

Important Stuff:Councils To Keep All Their Business Rates

Monday, October 5, 2015 admin 4

At the moment councils collect council tax and business rates. Broadly speaking, councils keep the council tax but pass the business rates back to Central Government. Central government then gives some of that back to councils as government grants George Osbourne has announced today that in the future councils will […]

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Setting The Council Tax

Sunday, February 22, 2015 admin 0

The District Council meets on Tuesday night, mainly to set the council tax for 2015-2016. As you will see below, the District Council , the County Council and the Fire Service are all keeping things as they are, so the only changes will be with the police, and the various […]

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Budget Meeting On Tuesday Night…

Sunday, February 8, 2015 admin 0

The District Council have their budget meeting at 7:30 on Tuesday night, it is open to the public (although there is no public speaking). You can find the agenda here. Items on the agenda : Medium Term Financial Strategy 2015/16 2018/19 This includes setting the level of District Council […]

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Full Council Next Tuesday Night

Friday, December 12, 2014 admin 1

The are two District Council meetings open to the public next week. Both start at 7:30 pm at the Civic Suite (opposite Rayleigh Church). Tuesday night has Full Council, Thursday night has Development Committee. Some of the items at Full Council are: 2 formal questions from Chris Black to Cllr […]

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In Case Of Fire Or Flood…

Thursday, October 30, 2014 admin 1

The District Council Executive – the “Cabinet” meets next Wednesday. One of the items they are discussing is removing the council tax discounts that homeowners get for having unoccupied or uninhabitable properties. At the moment you pay no council tax for the first month you have a property unoccupied and […]