The Local Plan – Up Close & Personal

Sunday, February 18, 2018 Editor 0

The Lib Dem team spent a successful Saturday morning getting ‘up close & personal’ in Rayleigh High St, providing information to residents about the Local Plan, Issues & Options consultation. Many residents were both delighted and enthralled with our ‘pop up’ exhibition and we struggled to keep up with the […]

Timber Grove – Since 2012

Thursday, February 15, 2018 Editor 0

The application for Timber Grove has been ‘knocking about’ since 2012. With the latest incarnation of the plan coming forward in January 2018. Those who aren’t familiar with the application can find more details here. In January, the development committee unanimously voted for refusal for many reasons, but in essence […]

Conservatives Vote for Council Tax Rises

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Editor 2

Tonight the Tories and Cllr Burton, voted to increase the council tax for the Rochford District by 2.98%. The debate was lively and comical at times, with Cllr Ward giving members a good chuckle by incorrectly addressing the chair of the council (all good humoured). However, the subject of tonight’s […]

Maldon Council Workers to Enforce Speed Limits

Sunday, February 11, 2018 Editor 0

It’s reported here that Maldon Council will be taking on the role of the police by catching speeding motorists. It’s slightly different though from community speedwatch, which is already operated by numerous councils and groups around the country. These ‘community protection officers’ will enable the police to issue fines and […]

A Last Ditch Attempt

Saturday, February 10, 2018 Editor 0

Update – Cllr Stanley has had a phone call from Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment after he has read this post. We’re told this problem will now be looked into. (Good to know that our blog posts are helpful to the Council!)   The frustration of seeing […]

Another Bite of the Cherry for Timber Grove Applicants

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Editor 0

The onlineFOCUS team have received this communication from Rochford District Council in regards to the Timber Grove planning application. The officer cites one of the reasons for bringing the application back to committee as the ‘poor IT in relation to this presentation’ This is somewhat surprising, considering the IT systems at […]

Three from the bottom

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Editor 0

  Tonight’s review committee was really quite the eye opener. Several items on the agenda led to a lengthy meeting and at times, a heated discussion took place. No more so than the treasury management item on the agenda. Probably not the most exciting item as it really is about […]

Community Police Meeting

Thursday, February 1, 2018 Editor 0

We couldn’t make the community police meeting tonight, but our ‘eyes and ears’ has reported back with the following report… Lots of Hullbridge residents at the meeting, with much of the talk about youths causing trouble on the buses. The court has placed a curfew on one of the troublesome […]

Sweet Sixteen Voters

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Editor 5

Interesting thought for today, is voting on the minds of 16 year olds? Today at PMQs, MPs debated extending the right to vote to 16-year-olds – and the debate showed one thing clearly. Theresa May and her Tory party are shamelessly behind the times. They stick to arguments of tradition rather […]

Essex Police Use of Technology was a Crime

Monday, January 29, 2018 Editor 1

Divisonal Commander, Chief Inspector Glen Westley, hosted an online ‘live’ Q&A tonight. Although our initial reaction to this announcement was a good imitative by the force,  the reality of it was that we couldn’t help thinking that this was a rather, lack lustre engagement with the police and they failed […]