Lib Dem Local Party Chairman shares his views on Super Councils and plans being made by our District Council
To: Echo Letters
Your recent article about Super-councils really highlighted, to coin a phrase, the ‘white elephant in the room’ for Rochford District Council. With amazing timing, in the middle of a pandemic, Conservative-run Rochford District Council has voted to splash out on plush new offices close to Rochford Station. In the process, they will close facilities in the biggest town in the district (Rayleigh) and probably decimate ancient Rochford town centre which relies on the Council to keep it alive. They don’t seem to have been listening to their Tory party colleagues in Westminster who want to do away with smaller District Councils and create so-called ‘Super-councils’ serving over a half a million people – which government say is necessary to be viable. What then for the plush new out of town Council offices? What then for Rayleigh and Rochford town centres with yet more closed down Council facilities? We need to halt the process of the District Council gambling on the future with risky developments, instead, they should concentrate on providing services and facilities for local people and businesses trying to weather the coming economic recession.