Sweyne Park & Grange District Councillor / Victoria Town Councillor


I am one of your District Councillors for Sweyne Park & Grange Ward and your Town Councillor for Victoria. Please feel free to contact me about any local issues that are of concern to you using the contact page. I am here to serve the residents and I will work hard to make our community a better place for all.

Best wishes,


  • Tescos – Every Parking Space Helps

    A common complaint by many residents is the lack of parking in the Tesco’s Express on London Road. You will notice that in the last week or so, work has finally begun on extending the Tesco’s car park to increase the number of spaces. Plans for this extension have been around for some time (over 2 years) and I have been constantly chasing the various authorities on progress.The redesign of […]

  • Looking to Buy a House? You’ll Need 10 Times the Average Salary

    We often hear the argument that more housing is needed to meet the demands of residents and in particular their children. So while you contemplate the ‘affordability’ of housing in our district here are some interesting facts that you are faced with when trying to get onto the property ladder in the Rochford District. Average house prices are above the national average at £306,852 The rising cost of homes in […]

  • Doctor Doctor

    It’s really no joke, yes it’s true I’ve been trying to get an appointment at Audley Mills in Rayleigh for the last 2 weeks. It’s not a life-threatening condition (or at least I hope not) but I need a face to face appointment. Being greeted by a ‘we can not connect your call’ at 8 o’clock in the morning isn’t exactly the way I like to start my day. So today […]

  • Cyber What?

    I was rather bemused to read this ‘tweet’ sent out by RDC #rochfordbusiness it’s question time on #cybercrime Cllr Terry Cutmore starts the discussion with question about mobile phone security — Rochford DC (@RochfordDC) January 24, 2018 Back in June 2017, I sent an email to the Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton, with my concern that some members were still operating iPad 4’s which were shortly to become ‘end of […]

  • The New Local Plan

    I’ve been out today delivering leaflets in the Sweyne Park & Grange Ward informing residents about the New Local Plan and the possible scale of development. If you’ve read our leaflet, I hope you’ve found it to be informative. There is ‘a lot ‘ of information in the issues and options document. So if there is anything you would like to ask me, please post in the comments and I’ll […]

  • The Great British Spring Clean

    I’m pleased to announce that the next litter pick will take place at 11am on 4th March in Sweyne Park. After the success of the last one, we will be back to tackle more of the littering that has occurred in this open space. Everyone is welcome and we’ll be there come rain or shine!  

  • Why I’m Not Average

    I just happened to stumble across the “National Census of Local Authority Councillors 2013” today and what I found made for very interesting reading. 67% of Councillors are male Councillors have an average age of 60.2 with Councillors aged over 70 increasing Just 19.2% of Councillors are in full-time employment 96% are of white ethnic origin How can this be truly representative of our community and why don’t more residents come […]

  • Election Countdown

    94 Days 19 Hours 06 Minutes 22 Seconds The past two years for me has been a whirlwind of activity. A steep learning curve and a lot of work. I’ve attended countless meetings, spoken to many residents, campaigned on local issues and kept a close eye on those ‘secret’ decisions being made by the Conservatives behind closed doors.It’s hasn’t been an easy ride for us Lib Dems, particularly with the […]

  • Can You Help Me?

    I spend a lot of time trying to keep my residents informed of local issues that may affect them. To do this I rely on a small number of volunteers who give me an hour or two of their time every so often. From folding leaflets, writing addresses and delivering door to door, all these jobs take up time. Are you able to help me? I need more volunteers in […]

  • Litter Duty

    When I was in school punishment was litter duty. Well today, I’ve been out with other Lib Dem Councillors and volunteers to do a ‘litter pick’ in Sweyne Park. Despite the elements, we had a small number of volunteers turn up and between us, we manage to collect over 20 bags of rubbish – not bad for a couple of hours work! It was somewhat satisfying to see the difference […]

  • Let it Flow

    Good news for local residents, finally after nearly a year, Essex County Council have cleared the ditch that runs along London Road (A1245). Lib Dem Cllr Chris Stanley had spoken to engineers about the problem with overgrown vegetation in the ditch and the flood issues that could be associated with it, last year. Now with the ditch cleared, hopefully the ditch will flow better reducing the flood risk. Another success […]

  • Timber Grove – Refused

    Echo reports here

  • Video Killed the….. Tories

    Being the young, dynamic and innovative party that we are….ahem we’ve produced a 60 second video with our candidate Craig Cannell for the by election on 18th January – so if you live in Downhall & Rawreth please have a watch, if you’re struggling to keep up with my wittering on watch the second video…

  • Time to act on empty homes

    We call on Rochford District Council to make use of the funding from Government to bring empty homes back into use. It’s time that more is done to tackle homelessness locally. Thank you for joining our campaign to bring empty homes in Rochford District back into use. Will you do one more thing to help our campaign succeed by sharing it on social media?

  • More Housing for London Road?

    Onlinefocus reports that there is an application for an additional 83 dwellings on London Road at the Timber Grove site. If I hear one more resident mention congestion……

  • Brave Frontline NHS Staff Speakout

    When you read this post you really do have to wonder why anyone would vote Tory…. I just can’t fatham it  

  • Disabled Residents Left Housebound By Sanctuary Housing

    Last year I wrote a couple of post’s about Sanctuary Housing and their lack of responsiveness when it came to maintenance issues in their properties. Following on from these posts, I was invited along for a meeting with Ms Emma Keegan to discuss these matters. I accepted Ms Keegan’s invitation to try and find out what was going on. Ms Keegan provided some reassurance during our meetings that matters that […]

  • The Fight to Stop Over Development Continues

    At a time when Councils are cash strapped and the Tory austerity still bites hard, somebody (and it wasn’t us) has called for an expensive by election in Downhall & Rawreth. We’ll leave you to guess who it was! You may even notice that other opposition groups are not standing – they too think this by election is unnecessary and would of been better to have been held in May […]

  • Satire Aid Reaches Kids Less Fortunate

    I can across this post on Facebook – a toy drive from kids less fortunate and in poverty. It allows you to donate a gift from Amazon. It’s as easy as click a couple of buttons and can make a big difference to those in need.     Our Satire Aid appeal has reached £25,000 worth of toys for underprivileged children all over the country now, and at one of the […]

  • Mr Snowman

    Great to see lots of families out enjoying the snow today, I came across lot’s on snowmen on my way from London Road to Asda. Here’s a particularly delightful one that I bumped into.

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