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Social Housing Schemes : Hambro Close Refused, Rest Are Passed

Friday, February 20, 2004 admin 0

Last night the District Council’s Planning Committee approved five social housing schemes but refused the one proposed for Hambro Close.The results were: Tendring Avenue: Passed by 19 votes to 6 after a lengthy debate Bardfield Way: Passed by 19 votes to 4 after a shorter debate Warwick Drive, Rochford: Passed […]

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Ferndale Rats

Thursday, February 12, 2004 admin 0

A resident near Ferndale Road told us he found a rat lying on a grass verge near his home .. probably killed by a cat. Rats definitely seem to be on the increase. Remember that if you have a rat problem you can call the District Council on 01702 546366 […]

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Budget Gets Passed Without Any Squabbling

Friday, February 6, 2004 admin 0

The District Council’s budget was passed with the support of the Conservatives AND the Lib Dems AND Labour. It’s the first time this has happened for about 12 years. So why did the Lib Dems support a “Tory” budget? Well, this year the council is so hemmed in by central […]

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Shock New Housing Report

Friday, February 6, 2004 admin 0

We’ve just seen a report on the Guardian that the East of England Region has agreed to an extra 500,000 home in the region by 2021. What this means for Rochford District, or for Rayleigh, we don’t know. We haven’t got any confirmation or information about this from the District […]

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Sports Pavilion Refused by 20 Votes to 4

Wednesday, January 28, 2004 admin 0

Rochford District Council have refused Rayleigh Town Council’s application for a sports pavilion in King George’s Field, to replace the dilapidated building there now. Chris Black writes: I was the only Lib Dem councillor in the debate , because Ron Oatham , Chris Lumley and June Lumley are town councillors […]

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Lib Dem MP gets Tony Blair to look at Essex School Meals Crisis

Wednesday, January 28, 2004 admin 0

The Lib Dem MP for Colchester , Bob Russell, asked the Tony Blair about the Essex School Meals crisis at Prime Minister’s Question Time this week. Bob Russell (Colchester) (LD): Will the Prime Minister join me in condemning the decision by the Conservative-controlled Essex county council to abolish the school […]

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It’s Budget Time

Tuesday, January 20, 2004 admin 0

The district council will be setting next year’s budget on January 27th. It looks like the district council tax will go up by about 9 percent., and about half that increase is due to new policies and new requirements of the government. All good councillors should be spending hours beforehand […]

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Not Much Information on School Places

Saturday, January 17, 2004 admin 0

The top education councillor in Essex , Mrs Iris Pummell , visited the district council on Jan 15th, after a request from ourselves (Chris Black and Ron Oatham). It was good of her to come, but we didn’t get much fresh information – St Nicholas School is still expected to […]

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Social Housing Scheme Pushed Through

Tuesday, December 23, 2003 admin 0

Despite a lot of local concern, the proposal for the social housing scheme was pushed through at the December full meeting of the District Council. It was quite a short debate – with not many speakers although two of the Lib Dems from outside the ward spoke, neither of the […]

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Who Wants to Build in the Green Belt? – We can tell you!

Thursday, November 27, 2003 admin 1

The District Council is creating a new “Local Plan” . This will determine what land can be used for housing in the next few years. The Council has already decided what sites it wants to be used for housing – most of this land is off Rawreth Lane, which is […]

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Government Grant To The Council Is Clear As Mud

Thursday, November 20, 2003 admin 0

Chris emailed the Rochford District Council finance department this morning to get some news on how much government grant we will get in 2004. This is crucial for working out how much council tax people will be charged next year. Unfortunately the situation is as clear as mud. We are […]