• Essex CC Launches Best Pothole Award 2017

    Essex County Council who are renown for their high standards of maintaining our county road network and making the ‘right choice’ when approving plans for new housing developments, have now launched ‘The Best Pothole Award 2017’. Entries are simply made by following this link. The winner could actually expect their chosen pothole to be repaired in a timely manner and not suffer the ongoing inconvenience of having to swerve every time they think they are about to hit it.

    Good luck with your entry!

  • CSE Awareness Day

    It’s CSE Awareness Day. Even in the Rochford District we need to make ourselves aware of this important subject.

    Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity, sometimes in exchange for things such as money, gifts, accommodation, affection or status.

    For more information on this subject there is a dedicated website www.stop-cse.org which contains lots of useful information and what to do if you suspect someone of CSE.

  • Essex County Council Elections – 4th May 2017

    As another political leaflet falls to your door mat you will be correct in thinking that it will be election time once again!

    Yes, I am a perpetrator of this practice – we are leafleting a huge number of households across “Rayleigh North” and “Rayleigh South” for our Liberal Democrat candidates. I myself, am not standing as we have two excellent candidates for Rayleigh who between them could bring an effective and formidable team to County Hall.

    If you vote for anyone – vote for Chris! Yes we have two Chris’ standing – Cllr Chris Black and Cllr Chris Stanley. Chris Black has a vast knowledge and experience of the political scene and Chris Stanley has the tenacious attitude to get Rayleigh recognised for what is needed in our area. Both of these candidates would be a great choice if you live in Rayleigh.

    Make sure you are eligible to vote by using this link

    Look out for the leaflet through your door and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us using the contact details on the leaflet.

     

  • The Hole Truth About Our Highways

    An Audience with Essex Highways

    Last night I attended an epic 2 1/2 hour briefing by Essex Highways about how they operate. (Death by Powerpoint yet again)

    There is a pretty much constant complaint from residents about the poor condition of our roads in Rochford District. So it was interesting to hear for myself and Cllr Chris Stanley to hear that Essex County Council (ECC) highways report that our roads are pretty much meeting the targets. PR1 at 98%, PR2 at 99% and local roads 94% (although it was noted that they said these need some improvement)

    So some statistics.

    • ECC say the Essex road network is an asset worth £10bn
    • The budget for maintaining these roads is £100m
    • Rochford District gets a £1.6m share in the budget for our roads

    So it seems that the ‘road’ we were led up was that all is good – there will be potholes but some will not be fixed as any matter of urgency. Some will get repaired urgently. There is criteria – I’m not sure I fully understood although you can be sure the ones on the main carriageways will be fixed before the local roads.

    One thing I did takeaway from the briefing that if you want to report potholes, lighting issues etc do it via the official ECC website as this gets fed directly into the database. Also the more people that report the problem the more likely it will gain the ‘attention’

    Report Here on the official ECC website (Mobile Friendly as well I’m told)