Litter and Fencing in Sweyne Park

Monday, January 15, 2018 Editor 0

We recently contacted the council about the amount of litter, dog fouling and the replacement of some of the fencing in Sweyne Park. Today we’ve received a response back from the officer responsible. Thank you for raising the issues regarding litter and dog-bins. Initially, I will ask Officers to take […]

It might be chilly outside…

Sunday, January 14, 2018 Editor 0

But we’ve had such a ‘hot’ reception on the door steps of local residents whilst out canvassing that we’re positivity glowing! Craig and his supporters have been very busy this weekend speaking to residents about their concerns, especially the huge over development that the Conservatives seem to have forgotten to […]

Timber Grove Application

Friday, January 12, 2018 Editor 3

Tonight’s development committee meeting started somewhat frustratingly with the councils flaky IT systems causing much of the officers presentation unable to be viewed. (Editors note: seems to be an increasingly common occurrence) The main item for discussion was the application for Timber Grove. This application has been refused twice previously […]

The Big Litter Pick

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Editor 4

We’ve been informed by a resident today that there is a lot of rubbish scattered around Sweyne Park. The resident has been leading the way and cleared 3 sackfuls of litter themselves, but needs support from the Council. One of our Councillors has been in contact with the Council to […]

Lib Dem Land

Monday, January 8, 2018 Editor 0

We’ll be brief tonight with our posting as the editor is somewhat exhausted after covering 7 miles walking today delivering the election special of our Focus leaflet. Like gamekeepers, we’ve been busy these past weeks canvassing our Lib Dem Land also as we’re determined to keep out the poachers! A […]

A Lie Free Zone

Saturday, January 6, 2018 Editor 3

We heard from some residents today that unfortunately, the Tory canvassers have had to fabricate a story about us Lib Dems joining forces with UKIP. We know most of them live in cloud cuckoo land, but really – is this the best they can think of? It’s sad that the […]

Look Out For Your Election Special Focus

Friday, January 5, 2018 Editor 0

That’s right Focus readers, our team will be busy delivering the ‘Election Special’ of Focus over the weekend. If you’re one of the nearly 5000 signed up for the e-version, then it will be dropping into your inbox over the next few days. As ever we are thankful to our […]

Time to Act on Empty Homes

Thursday, January 4, 2018 Editor 0

The Lib Dems have launched a national campaign ‘Time to Act on Empty Homes’ – Councils across the country have failed to act to bring empty homes back into use. Locally Rochford District Council has 422 homes that are ’empty’. In the past 5 years, the council has issued 0 […]

Development Committee 11/1/18

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Editor 3

There is one undoubtedly big application coming to development committee on the 11th January – Timber Grove with a proposal of 83 dwellings The full agenda is available here  416/00899/FUL – Timber Grove, London Road, Rayleigh To consider an application for the demolition of an existing care home and all […]

Budgets & Surveys

Friday, December 29, 2017 Editor 0

Cutting services like reducing bin collections and passing the costs of running public toilets to parish councils is one way of reducing the expenditure by the District Council. Other ways of trying to balance the books is by increasing their income through raising council tax and charging more for car […]

A Secret Away Day

Thursday, December 28, 2017 Editor 0

Our Lib Dem Councillors received an email this month about a ‘secret’ budget away day – we say ‘secret’ as the day has been placed into P&C (private and confidential). As long-time readers of OnlineFOCUS will know, we consistently have campaigned for an open, honest and transparent Council and decisions like […]