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 […]

Oops.. Phones and Computers Down

Thursday, May 18, 2017 admin 0

The District Council’s phone and computer systems are not operational – due to a technical problem! We will write more about the Council’s ITC systems tomorrow…

Lesley Butcher Is New Council Chairman

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 admin 4

Congratulations to Lesley Butcher on being elected Chair of the District Council for the next 12 months. She was sworn in tonight, sporting a rather fetching flower of blue ribbon in her hair. There’s an interview with her on Rochford Life here.

A Contested Vote

Saturday, May 13, 2017 admin 1

If you were due for appraisal at work, who would you like to do it? That clever bloke with plenty of experience who will assess you firmly and honestly – or someone you have picked? Well, we have a similar situation at the District Council. The Conservatives are frantic for […]

New Year, Same Faces , Few Changes

Friday, May 12, 2017 admin 0

We have Annual District Council next Tuesday. As there haven’t been any district council elections this year, we have the same 39 Councillors. Terry Cutmore remains leader of the council and John Mason remains leader of the largest opposition group. As for the Lib Dems , Chris Black remains group […]

A Long Night

Thursday, April 27, 2017 admin 1

It’s been a long time since a Rochford District Council went on until after 11:30 pm. It’s been 15 years since the Conservatives were outnumbered by the opposition. It’s been a while since a decision was made on the chairman’s casting vote. It was the first time ever a public […]

Gimme Gimme Gimme A Vote Before Midnight

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 admin 4

Just finished a marathon 4-hour district council meeting that just finished at 11:34 pm as weary councillors walked into the night air. We’ll do a write-up tomorrow. As Abba almost said , “Gimme Gimme Gimme A Vote For Midnight”

We Don’t Believe It

Monday, April 17, 2017 admin 4

We’ve been reading the UKIP leaflet for Rayleigh South – and we are puzzled , and perhaps a little bit angry. The first item is about development , and their candidate Keith Gibbs says the Core Strategy is ruining Rayleigh and Rochford, and adds that “I have campaigned against such […]

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 […]

Short But Good-Natured

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 admin 0

Tonight’s Extraordinary Council was short but good-natured. The only item on the agenda was to approve the list of polling districts and polling stations for future elections. That went through after a short debate, with all councillors agreed. But after that there was a bit of unofficial business in the […]

“No Thank You”, Say Labour

Monday, December 14, 2015 admin 2

Last week we wrote about the expected reshuffle of committee places owing to Labour winning a second seat and Jamie Burton leaving UKIP. However this is turning into a bit of an anti-climax, as Labour have declined to take any of the four places they are entitled to. So Chris […]