Austerity Is Over He Said…

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Editor 1

Not where your local library is concerned so it seems. Chancellor Phillip Hammond declared in his budget that “era of austerity is finally coming to an end” but Councils continue to be squeezed. The promises of Austerity coming to an end don’t appear to be realised here in our District and […]

A gamble with our future

Friday, November 2, 2018 Editor 0

  This year’s Autumn budget has attracted all the wrong attention, coming under fire from economists as ‘a bit of a gamble’. Many think increasing our national debt while splashing the cash on tax cuts for the rich, is a bad idea. Speaking on the budget, Paul Johnson, the director […]

Is Rochford District Council Really A Home for Democracy?

Monday, July 16, 2018 Editor 0

The Lib Dem group knows how important it is to house local people who have, unfortunately, become homeless for a variety of reasons. This post is not about the topic that is under discussion but about the democratic process of how a decision is reached. Today RDC has published on […]

Councillor joins the dark side

Thursday, June 7, 2018 Editor 2

Wearing more colours than Joseph’s technicolour dreamcoat, the non entity, ex UKIP Cllr Daniel Efdes (Foulness and Wakering) has defected from the newly formed independent group ‘Friends of Rochford’ – he has been given a new home in the bosom of the dark side with the Conservatives. These are obviously […]

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 […]

“Lobbying firms paying our MPs? It’s probably fine… “

Sunday, October 1, 2017 admin 0

It’s not often one of our local MPs is the subject of a column in the Guardian… but today David Mitchell has written about James Duddridge here.  And if you are thinking “Who’s that guy David Mitchell?” , it’s the guy with the punchline in this video:  

Rest In Peace , Sir Teddy

Thursday, September 21, 2017 admin 0

The BBC reports here on the death  of Sir Teddy Taylor, formerly the Conservative MP for Southend East (which included Rochford). Sir Teddy was an example of someone who was parachuted into a parliamentary seat – he was previously an MP in Glasgow, and then switched to Southend!  But that […]

Application In The Rayleigh Conservative Conservation Area!

Friday, September 8, 2017 admin 2

There’s a planning application to remove an unwanted door at Rayleigh Conservative Club, which is inside the Rayleigh Conservation Area. You can find it here, starting on page 14. The Rayleigh Conservative Club is inside the Rayleigh Conservation Area , which means there are various heritage and architectural issues to […]

Lesley Butcher Is New Council Chairman

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 admin 4

Congratulations to Lesley Butcher on being elected Chair of the District Council for the next 12 months. She was sworn in tonight, sporting a rather fetching flower of blue ribbon in her hair. There’s an interview with her on Rochford Life here.