Archive Monthly Archives: November 2017

Grumpy Christmas & Rayleigh Lights Switch On


Hello, Grumpy Christmas here! Yes, your resident District & Town Council has been out today with lot’s of other volunteers preparing for the ‘Rayleigh Lights Switch On!’ Chilly, isn’t the word for it, with a flurry of snow and temperatures of 3 degrees and falling, lot’s of volunteers prepared to make the night special for […]

An Icy Subject


Remember my efforts in vain on this? Well for reasons unbeknown to me, the idea of an ice skating rink in Rayleigh town centre was vetoed by some members of Rayleigh Town Council. Of course, in Council’s everything must be passed with a ‘majority’ vote and we (the lib dems) do not hold such a majority. I’ve […]

Spending Money like Water

£1.1 million pounds is a lot of money to most – so I balked at the total cost of the flood alleviation project that Essex County Council has spent on the flood alleviation project in West Rayleigh. The scheme which was consulted on last October (2016) is cited to protect 55 houses (in the interest of […]

Faster than a speeding car


Well I’m no superhero, but tonight I’ve attended a community speedwatch training session in Southend. The session was very well attended by a lot of enthusiastic volunteers all determined to take action against the speeding motorist. There are now over 85 speedwatch groups in Essex, so it must be something that volunteers really want to […]

Rochford District Budget Survey 2018/2019


Rochford District Council have launched this pretty uninspiring budget survey. It asks residents to rate how they feel about services such as recycling, parks & open spaces, homelessness, leisure services etc. The survey will take around 5 minutes to complete and is anonymous. The closing date is Sunday 7 January 2018. I have estimated that […]

A Criminal Misuse of Public Money?


Disclaimer – All views are my own, as this is written on my own website, paid for with my own money – These are NOT the views of any Council that I am a member of or a view of the Liberal Democrat Party. They are simply written as a personal view of a Rayleigh […]

Infrastructure, Housing and the ‘Outsiders’


As landowners eye the potential rewards for putting forward their land for development, we are still faced with a lack of infrastructure to accommodate further housing needs. Have we been blind to the ‘unlocking’ of land in here in the Rochford District with ‘bigger’ infrastructure investments taking place right beneath our noses? Crossrail is due […]

Pavement Promotion Problems


Tonight’s review committee meeting brought up the issue of the pavement promotions problems. The reference to ‘pavement promotion problems’ is really to A boards. The blight of A boards through the High St (Rayleigh) seems to get increasingly worse – however, this may only be a ‘perception‘. Taking in to account the number of reports […]