Rochford District Council are currently running an Empty Home scheme. I don’t know how many empty homes there are across our district but whatever the figures it’d be good to bring them back into use, maybe we wouldn’t have to build so many new houses then or is that just wishful thinking?
If you spot an empty home then click on the image above to report it and the council will try and get in touch with the owner to bring it back into use.
I’m a regular user of a lot of the parks and open spaces in the Rochford District, as I’m sure many of the residents are. However there seems to be a blight that is taking over the pleasure of using these areas – Dog Fouling. There clearly is a growing trend amongst some inconsiderate/irresponsible dog owners who feel it is not necessary to clear up behind their pets so this week I’ve written to RDC officers and the portfolio holder for parks and open spaces, Cllr Dave Sperring, about the issue of dog fouling.
I’m told by Cllr Sperring that this issue is being looked at and that ideas to try and combat this problem will be presented to full council in due course. I’m looking forward to hearing these ideas when presented to council, in the meantime, watch where you step!
Yes it may seem to some a minor problem, but the residents who live in close proximity to Tesco’s Express on London Road, have endured the problem of people exiting onto Vernon Avenue for far too long.
I’ve (along with RDR Toby Mountain) been in constant contact with the council since been elected in May and it appears that my numerous phone calls and emails have had some success!
One of the other reasons why I’ve been so proactive about this issue is that I think that conditions attached to planning consent should be adhered to and everyone in our district should be on a level playing field.
As I see my social media being filled with images of fancy cocktails and swimming pools, remember this article posted last year by the Daily Mail. Insurance companies actually checking people’s social media accounts to see if they are ‘advertising’ the fact their homes will be vacant whilst they enjoy the summer holidays. If you want to read the full article it can be found here
The article makes a good point that you are not taking ‘reasonable care’ to protect your possessions to would be thieves. Criminals are getting more and more clever and we are only making their life easier if we tell them we’re not going to be at home.