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….

“Fragmented, inefficient and ineffective “

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 admin 5

From the BBC website yesterday: Simple actions to help protect homes in England from flooding are still being ignored by government, MPs say. The Commons environment committee said ministers were not addressing what it called the fragmented, inefficient and ineffective flood management. Areas of concern include flood impact home insurance, […]

Food Hygiene Ratings Not Much Different

Monday, January 23, 2017 admin 0

Every once in a while we look at the Food Hygiene ratings for food and drink premises in Rochford District. Last September there were two premises with zero stars, and five with only one star. Now there is only a single place without stars (“urgent improvement necessary”) and seven with […]

A Long Night At The Development Committee

Friday, January 20, 2017 admin 0

The Development Committee meeting went on until 11 pm last night, and we didn’t even deal with the last item. Briefly: REFUSED BY 13 VOTES TO NIL (Refusal moved by Chris Black, on grounds of loss of residential amenity and potential noise) PASSED PASSED PASSED REFUSED (Refusal moved by Chris […]

Harry Potter Night In Rayleigh !

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 admin 0

From the District Council website: Harry Potter Book Night at Rayleigh Library Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017 – 17:00 to 19:00 Get in the magical spirit of Harry Potter at Rayleigh Library on Thursday 2nd February, 5-7pm. Why not come dressed as your favourite character? Join in some wizardly fun […]

The Loss Of Crofters

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 admin 0

We know that many local people will be disappointed at the loss of Crofters Kennels and Rescue Centre, as the Echo reports below. As far as we are aware, this isn’t any part of a council ‘plan’ – the landowner has submitted an application for 2 dwellings, so the council […]

Development Committee On Thursday

Monday, January 16, 2017 admin 0

The Development Committee of the District Council meets on Thursday evening at 7:30 . At the moment there are 6 applications on the agenda. You can find all the reports here.https://rochford.cmis.uk.com/rochford/Meetings/tabid/73/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/410/Meeting/4400/Committee/834/SelectedTab/Documents/Default.aspx The 6 items are:

That Waste Site Could Be Here A Lot Sooner than 2026

Saturday, January 14, 2017 admin 0

Chris Black and Chris Stanley wrote recently about the proposal for a waste site at Dollymans Farm , on the Rawreth – Basildon border. This isn’t a council idea, but has been supported by a government inspector . We wrote that: She was concerned about a likely lack of capacity […]

One Good Win For the Lib Dems – And One Astonishing Win.

Saturday, January 14, 2017 admin 0

You won’t find the national press mentioning this much, but the Lib Dems are running rampant in council by-elections. Last Thursday we made two gains – we won a seat off the Conservatives in the South of England, and we won a seat off Labour in the North of England. […]