Maybe the public didn’t quite need the expensive way of WCC explaining exactly what Highways do (or don’t, judging by the comments on YouTube!). Let’s hope ECC don’t take a leaf out of their book and save our tax payers money.
In Rochford District, we may actually count ourselves lucky that we don’t have too many of the big 4 coffee shops as based on this BBC program last night we could be knocked off the top 4 recycling districts if we had to process those coffee shop cups!
We often see comments from people on social media, or when you talk to residents, that the police are, ahem how should I say, often less than helpful. In fact, we, the lib dems have recently raised a motion at full council to find out the affect of the closure of the front desk at Rayleigh Police station and the station closure in Rochford. The demands of the general public are great and we are somewhat intolerable to slow response times, lack of community policing.
Well today should give us all a different perspective on what we, the general public, expect from Essex Police who have run a 24 hour tweetathon. This was run live from their control room.
Here is just a couple of tweets about calls made to 999 for Essex Police assistance!
Clearly in my opinion, there is an education problem here at the very least. Let’s at least think before we dial. Of course some may need to refer to the dictionary for the very definition of ’emergency’
Contacting planning enforcement due to the Tesco’s on London Road in Rayleigh ignoring a condition of their planning application (bollards to be raised), which I hope to be able to update on very soon. Also I will be attending training from the RDC’s licensing officer and following on from this I will be attending a licensing hearing next week for 2 different reviews. I’ll also be busy following up on some other cases that seem to have ‘stalled’ to get some updates for the local residents. More on that very soon
For those that don’t know there is a useful website called FixMyStreet where you can report, view or discuss local problems. There’s also mobile apps available for those with a smartphone which allows you to send pictures of the problems with ease. Once reported the problem gets automatically sent to those responsible, so if its a pothole, it will get sent straight to Essex County Council.