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 […]

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 […]

Fewer Affordable Places To Rent In Our District

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 admin 8

The District Council reports here that: Affordable rent vacancies have decreased from 60 in 2015/16 to just 26 in 2016/17. If you have a housing problem, the District Council now has one ‘Housing Options Team,’ creating a more streamlined service, with an emphasis on helping people at risk of homelessness….

Frances Cottee Lodge

Sunday, October 16, 2016 admin 26

The District Council has a responsibility towards homeless people in our area, and for a number of reasons it needs to do better. It costs the council  in the region of £400000 per year – in comparison , we spend £700,000 on street cleansing and £800,000 on parks and open […]

Did Your MP Vote For Houses That Are Fit For Human Habitation?

Thursday, January 14, 2016 admin 1

The Independent has the following report: On Tuesday MPs voted down an amendment which would have seen landlords forced to ensure their properties were fit for humans to live in. The amendment was defeated by 219 votes to 312 – a majority of 93. … shadow housing minister Teresa Pearce […]

An Extra Meeting Of The Development Committee!

Sunday, October 11, 2015 admin 0

There’s an extra meeting of the Development Committee next Tuesday. It concerns the big housing application passed a couple of years back off Hall Road, Rochford. In particular it concerns the amount of affordable rented housing to be provided. The original plan was for 97 affordable homes in the first […]

“Mr A told me that there were six staying in these garages.”

Monday, August 17, 2015 admin 0

Recommended reading of the week is this sensitively-written piece by Southend Labour Councillor Julian Ware Lane: “I first came across the derelict garages described as a shanty town a month or two back. I was out with some councillors and a council officer looking at fly-tipping and dumping problems. I […]

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A Warning From Cambridgeshire

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 admin 1

  This is an example of how developers often get their way.From the Guardian today: “A company owned by a major Conservative donor is embroiled in an acrimonious battle over its plan to build 1,500 homes in a new town near Cambridge without fulfilling the minimum room sizes wanted by […]

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A Nice Little Earner

Saturday, May 2, 2015 admin 2

The Daily Mirror has been looking at the private landlord companies that, overall, receive billions of pounds of housing benefit payments from the government each year. In particular they focused on UKIP’s housing spokesman, whom they state receives 800,000 of housing benefit money each year from Haringey council. However the […]

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Riding Roughshod Over Some Else’s Property….

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 admin 8

The Conservative Party’s proposal to allow the sell-off of housing association homes has been criticised from the left – and from the right. Lib Dem Nick Barlow writes on his blog: Back in 2010, the Tories made a big play of how they would transform the country through localism and […]

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Some Thoughts After The Review Committee

Thursday, March 5, 2015 admin 10

The District Council’s Review Committee met on Wednesday evening. It’s a bit like a House of Commons Select Committee , it’s there to scrutinise what the council does, and to review things. The biggest item on Wednesday was to discuss homelessness in our district, and a representative from Rochford Housing […]

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Our Working Adults Still Living With Mum And Dad

Thursday, July 31, 2014 admin 7

There’s some alarming statistics this week from Shelter. To summarise their findings: Almost two million working adults aged between 20 and 34 are living with their parents These are working adults – not students or unemployed Almost half of them say they are still at home because they cannot afford […]