Happy 72nd Birthday NHS

Sunday, July 5, 2020 Editor 0

We think our readers will agree, that our NHS has been thrust to the forefront of our hearts and minds during this crisis. A national institution that has served us well for the last 72 years and today it’s the NHS’ birthday. On behalf of all of us, Happy Birthday […]

Plans to Increase Taxi Fares Stall

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Editor 0

At a meeting of the Licencing and Appeals committee today, the proposal by the trade, to increase taxi fares (in some cases by up to 8%) stalled after the committee voted to refuse the proposal by a vote of 11 for refusal and 1 abstention. Members of the committee raised […]

Rochford residents now have access to remote clinical services amid Covid-19 pandemic

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Editor 0

We’ve been sent the following press release to share Reference NHS Digital. Appointments in General Practice – April 2020. Available online:https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/appointments-in-general-practice/april-2020#summary Last accessed June 2020. GP Online. ‘Millions of patients ‘avoiding calls to GP’ during COVID-19 pandemic’. Available online:https://www.gponline.com/millions-patients-avoiding-calls-gp-during-covid-19-pandemic/article/1681384 Last accessed May 2020. The Times. Missing cancer tests hit 2.4m because of […]

Taxis Apply To Drive Up Fares In The Rochford District

Sunday, June 28, 2020 Editor 0

Rochford District Council has received an application from the Hackney Carriage licensed trade to increased the tariffs that they currently charge. The application is planned to be heard on 1st July by the Licencing & Appeals committee. The proposed fares are shown in the table below Representations have been received […]

How The Council Spent Nearly £1m During Lockdown

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Editor 0

RDC was awarded a Government financial package of just over £900,000 to support the community during lockdown. Details of how they spent this money have now been published. The District’s residents have been alarmed by the actions of our ‘scrooge’ Council, particularly that less than 1% of the money spent […]

SLOW DOWN – Time To Pause For Thought

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Editor 1

As the Rochford & Rayleigh Conservatives continue to bulldoze their great plans through for new Council offices (£3.4m+) and a Council Chamber, neighbouring Conservatives are in Basildon are calling on their (Labour led) administration to “review its spending proposals to take into account the Covid-19 crisis and consider whether money […]

Council Issues ‘Direction To Leave’ To Travellers

Monday, June 8, 2020 Editor 0

We welcome today’s news that the police have finally issued a ‘direction to leave’ notice to travellers who have illegally occupied the land behind Rayleigh Leisure Centre. Lib Dem Councillors have been supporting several concerned residents in the area and have been liaising with the Council to ensure that swift […]

Time To Walk the Walk Not Just Talk the Talk

Monday, June 1, 2020 Editor 0

The Lib Dems have been working with other Councillors from Minority Groups to call on Rochford District Council to be ambitious in looking at ways to support active travel such as walking and cycling and bid for funding from the £2billion allocated by the Government. The Secretary of State recognised […]

Shiny New Council Offices Still Required (According To The Tories)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Editor 4

Yes, Rochford District Council’s Conservative majority, have gleefully voted to “appoint a development partner” to continue with their asset strategy programme. Despite calls by minority groups to ‘pause and reflect’ on the pre coronavirus plans, Conservative Councillors remained convinced that the asset strategy programme was destined to be continued and […]

Mental Health Awareness Week 18th-24th May 2020

Sunday, May 17, 2020 Editor 0

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week from 18th to 24th May. Perhaps in these testing and trying times, we all need to be more aware of our own Mental Health and that of others. Take a moment to remember that #KindnessMatters We’ve seen many acts of kindness in our local community […]