One of the District Council rules is that if someone submits a petition with 1500 names and addresses concerning a council issue, that issue will be debated at Full Council. It’s never happened before , but it will now, because we understand there are now 1500 names (1474 online, plus […]
We are not keen on the Cabinet system at Rochford – it’s expensive and not very democratic. Here’s an example from the Guardian website of how a Labour cabinet in Lewisham is pushing through a development that will force Millwall Football Club away from their home – even though the […]
Rawreth Parish Council meets tomorrow tonight in the Village Hall at 7:30 . Nothing sensational on the agenda, but a chance for some genuine debate, local residents to raise local issues and for everyone to have a hot drink !
Lib Dem Colchester councillor Nick Barlow writes here about he wants to make Colchester Borough Council meetings better for the public. Colchester is currently run by a joint Lib Dem / Labour / Residents administration. Colchester is already doing better than Rochford – for example, as Nick explains on his […]
That’s right, Rawreth Parish Council meets again tomorrow night (Wednesday) Including a public question time and a hot drink and a biscuit for all visitors. AA little bird tells us you can expect Parish Councillor Chris Stanley to be talking about traffic… Starts 7:30 in the village hall!
We are Lib Dems, but as you will have noticed , we don’t publish lots of party material, this isn’t that kind of website. But credit where it’s due. Our party leader, Tim Farron, has a lot to do nationally. But it’s impressive how he communicates with his local constituents […]
Rawreth Parish Council kicks off 2016 with a meeting next Wednesday Jan 6th at 7:30 pm in the village hall. Nothing extraordinary on the agenda, but a chance for some participatory local democracy with a warm beverage. Or in simple terms – the public can ask questions and express views, […]
Colchester Lib Dem Nick Barlow writes perceptively here about the erosion of democracy. The public face of democracy is till there (elections) – but real control is being taken away from those democratically elected: …This, of course, is the usual modus operandi for the Tories. Big, bold claims about opening […]
The Tory leadership, after being rattled for so long by some battling councillors and discontented residents, is fighting back. The leader of the council, Terry Cutmore, is bringing this little gem to Full Council next week: So, basically, after this only 13 councillors will be able to vote on planning […]
We wrote recently about Basildon Council, where a planning decision for a big housing site was kept away from Basildon’s own planning committee and decided under delegated powers. Veteran Liberal Democrat Councillor Geoff Williams is now intending to table a motion of no confidence in the planning committee chair Cllr […]
The government is offering to devolve powers and decision-making to regional areas, and as a result the different council leaders in Essex – including Essex CC , Southend and Thurrock – have been talking about working together. The first thing to say is that there has been no discussion at […]
Sometimes planning meetings aren’t simply about passing something or refusing it. They are about suggesting improvements in the layout. A good example of this was back in the 80s with the Downhall Park Way Development . The Lib Dem ward councillors at that time got the layout altered in a […]