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 […]

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 […]

Cute Eh?

Friday, December 8, 2017 Editor 0

We thought we’d share this cute picture with you as this could be the extent of our blog if RDC get their way with the new amended social media policy. However, unlike this cute little kitten, we are not about to roll over and have our tummies tickled! We believe […]

Censored

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Editor 0

Here at onlinefocus.org, we feel like we’re under attack from the Council. The proposed ‘Social Media Policy for Members‘ not only covers Facebook, Twitter but even our own onlinefocus blog. Chris Black had been blogging since 2003 about issues around the Rochford District and now they are trying to repress […]

Paintbrushes, Petitions and Public Conveniences.

Saturday, September 9, 2017 admin 2

Imagine you were in a nearby DIY store and saw a local councillor not being allowed to buy a paintbrush or a hammer, because the District Council Constitution didn’t actually say that they could. You would think it was pretty odd. But something like this has recently happened. Not with […]

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 […]

The Perils Of the Cabinet System

Sunday, January 8, 2017 admin 0

We are not keen on the Cabinet system at Rochford – it’s expensive and not very democratic. Here’s an example from the Guardian website of how a Labour cabinet in Lewisham is pushing through a development that will force Millwall Football Club away from their home – even though the […]

Back For 2017 !

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 admin 3

Rawreth Parish Council meets tomorrow tonight in the Village Hall at 7:30 . Nothing sensational on the agenda, but a chance for some genuine debate, local residents to raise local issues and for everyone to have a hot drink !

Nice One, Nick

Saturday, September 17, 2016 admin 1

Lib Dem Colchester councillor Nick Barlow writes here about he wants to make Colchester Borough Council meetings better for the public. Colchester is currently run by a joint Lib Dem / Labour / Residents administration. Colchester is already doing better than Rochford – for example, as Nick explains on his […]