Paintbrushes, Petitions and Public Conveniences.

Saturday, September 9, 2017 admin 2

Imagine you were in a nearby DIY store and saw a local councillor not being allowed to buy a paintbrush or a hammer, because the District Council Constitution didn’t actually say that they could. You would think it was pretty odd. But something like this has recently happened. Not with […]

Frances Cottee Petition Reaches 1500

Saturday, February 11, 2017 admin 23

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 […]

The Perils Of the Cabinet System

Sunday, January 8, 2017 admin 0

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 […]

Back For 2017 !

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 admin 3

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 !

Nice One, Nick

Saturday, September 17, 2016 admin 1

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 […]

Democracy And Debate – With Coffee And Biscuits

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 admin 9

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!

How To Communicate

Friday, January 15, 2016 admin 0

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 […]

Look to The West

Friday, January 1, 2016 admin 1

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, […]

“Slouching Towards Post-Democracy”

Saturday, October 17, 2015 admin 0

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 […]

Geoff Williams To Move Motion Of No Confidence At Basildon Council

Thursday, September 10, 2015 admin 2

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 […]