Over the last couple of years at Rochford District Council, things don’t appear to have gone exactly to plan. There’s been the IT project crisis that has cost the council over 140% more than the original budget, the lethargic Investment Board, the outrage by local residents over the Frances Cottee Lodge debacle and then of course there’s been the big budget public toilet project – which seems like it could possibly end up costing the taxpayer MORE than it did originally!
Here at onlineFOCUS, we’ve been keeping an eye on the cabinet ‘reshuffle’ and it seems like one aspirational Councillor has lost their seat. In this document, it would appear Cllr Dave Sperring (Rayleigh) has lost his ‘Environment’ portfolio to Cllr Arthur Williams (Rochford). It would appear that the ‘Rayleigh mafia’ are losing their power base to the east of the district once again and we are ready to predict that in the next shuffle Cllr Ward will be ousted from his ‘Planning’ portfolio – it’s only a matter of time now that the more competent Cllr Keith Hudson is back in the fold.
It’s pleasing to see that the Conservatives have put some of their ‘less able’ Councillors out of the way on committees where they don’t need to have an IQ more than a goldfish to be able to take part, at least it gives them an evening out!
We’ll be watching intently as the new municipal year unfolds to see how the Conservatives perform with their new line up.