Have Your Say on the standard of HMO’s

Thursday, May 31, 2018 Editor 0

HMO’s (homes of multiple occupancy), are sometimes stereotyped as low quality housing. For some this type of housing is the only form of independent living that can be afforded. If you live in this type of accommodation then the council wants to hear your views by completing a short survey […]

Another Night of Secrets and Spin

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Editor 0

Full council tonight was a fairly fast affair with a few items to note. One again though the main item to discuss was deemed to be exempt by the Conservative administration which means we can not publish the content. Suffice to say it was regarding Sanctuary Housing and with 3 […]

Technology & Homelessness

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Editor 0

Today we look to the other side of the pond where they have developed and used a giant 3D printer to build a single storey home for less than $4000. It really is amazing that this tech has moved on so quickly in just a few years and that uses […]

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 […]

Advent Day 14 – The Gift of Planning Consent

Thursday, December 14, 2017 Editor 0

Tonight’s development committee saw some of the larger applications come forward for Southend Airport, Rayleigh, Great Wakering and a smaller, but possibly contentious application in Rochford. 17/00996/FUL – NEW AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING, LONDON SOUTHEND AIRPORT NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN EXTENSIONS TO THE PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING (Approved) 17/00588/REM – LAND NORTH OF […]

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Which type of housing is there a shortage of?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Editor 3

Struggling to get on the housing ladder? Looking to upsize or downsize? Is there really no housing available in our District? Let us know your experience [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMMJPiRavPU[/embedyt]

A Long Night

Thursday, April 27, 2017 admin 1

It’s been a long time since a Rochford District Council went on until after 11:30 pm. It’s been 15 years since the Conservatives were outnumbered by the opposition. It’s been a while since a decision was made on the chairman’s casting vote. It was the first time ever a public […]

Frances Cottee Petition Reaches 1500

Saturday, February 11, 2017 admin 23

One of the District Council rules is that if someone submits a petition with 1500 names and addresses concerning a council issue, that issue will be debated at Full Council. It’s never happened before , but it will now, because we understand there are now 1500 names (1474 online, plus […]

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….

Frances Cottee Lodge

Sunday, October 16, 2016 admin 27

The District Council has a responsibility towards homeless people in our area, and for a number of reasons it needs to do better. It costs the council  in the region of £400000 per year – in comparison , we spend £700,000 on street cleansing and £800,000 on parks and open […]