Could Be A Long Night On Tuesday…

It could be a long night at Next Tuesday’s Full Council Meeting. It includes the following:

  • There is a public question on notice from Mr Alan James about Hockley’s toilets.
  • Plus two questions from Cllr Diane Hoy , one about park homes sites and the other about car parking enforcement.
  • A notification that there will be free car parking on Saturday mornings in council car parks in the run-up to Xmas. (This had to be dealt with as an urgent item without a council vote – the arrival of Christmas seems to have caught the council by surprise.)
  • A big controversial item regarding council public toilets – to transfer to parish councils and/or replace by more modern ones:
It is proposed that Council
RESOLVES
(1)
That all public toilets, with the exception of those at Hockley Woods,
are disposed of either by closure and sale, or through transfer of the
asset upon a long-term lease to the relevant Town/Parish Council. The
disposal of these assets to be completed by April 2018.
(2) That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director, Environmental
Services, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment and
 the Portfolio Holder for Enterprise, to oversee the closure and sale of
public toilets, as above (1), subject to appropriate public consultation.
(3) That authority be delegated to the Assistant Director, Environmental
Services, in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment and
the Portfolio Holder for Enterprise, to negotiate suitable lease
arrangements with the relevant Town/Parish Councils.
(4) That should the negotiations in (3) above have been successful, the
Investment Board be asked to present a business case in line with the
budgetary principles set out in the appended Options Document for the
installation of replacement public toilets.
  • I agree, I would think they met last night in the Conservative Club to “agree” their position, what a shame that the more liberal/socially aware Tories are slapped down

  • So , having devolved the financial responsibilities ( for public toilets ) down
    to Town/Parish Councils ( as someone to blame for coming Council Tax increases ) – do those Councils now have a meaningful say in running things?.

    I ask this because up to know the RDC have junta completely ignored any and
    all representations from those ‘local’ Councils , so we might as well scrap the
    ‘local’ Councils and use the money saved to pay for the Public toilets….

  • GREAT NEWS – The Basildon ruling Junta is no more , Basildon Council are
    reverting back to each Councillor having a say – not the Cabinet set up that
    they ( and RDC ) employ to get their way.
    Come on you Local COuncillor’s , grow a pair and get it changed…..some hope!!!