Last week the District Council adopted a “From Vision to Reality” document. It’s meant to set out the District Councillors vision of what we should try to achieve up to 2013, and up to 2017.
There’s quite a good report on it in the Echo, here
A NEW business park will be built in the west of Rochford district by 2021, Rochford council hopes.
The Tory administration also wants to pedestrianise Rochford Market Square within the next ten years and promote arts, crafts and markets.
The council’s aims were set out during a budget meeting in its From Vision to Reality document.
The largest opposition group, the Lib Dems, made an amendment to a statement which referred to building housing developments on “large-scale sites” by removing the phrase “large-scale”.
Lib Dem leader Chris Black said: “I was unhappy with a number of things.”
The council also wants to build a satellite health clinic in Rayleigh by 2017. But the Lib Dems wanted to see such a clinic built much sooner.
Council leader Terry Cutmore said: “The council’s vision is that we make the district the place of choice in the county to live, work and visit.”
Other aims included making sure the Baltic Wharf had a long-term future and improving the roads leading to it.
We did achieve achieve a minor success in getting that phrase ‘several large-scale’ taken out of the document.
But other councillors were discouraged by officers from adding their own ideas for what is supposed to be, um, their vision.
Tory Heather Glynn wanted to have something in it about protecting Sutton Church if it no longer continued as a consecrated church, but she didn’t get much support, except from the Lib Dems. A Great Wakering Tory wanted a much needed recycling centre opened in the east of the district in the next five years. But he didn’t get much support, except from the Lib Dems…
It seems that the District Council is keen to act tough against smaller voluntary bodies – e.g. the vision now includes monitoring RRAVS. But we aren’t so keen to press the health authorities to get cracking on a satellite health clinic for Rayleigh, or the county council to provide better recycling for Great Wakering.