Archive Monthly Archives: January 2018

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 forward and stand as candidates?

Isn’t it about time we had a broader cross-section of the community representing residents views?

I have been a Councillor for nearly 2 years and intend on standing again in May. I see myself as bucking the trend, being a young 41 years old, but I would still love to see more women and younger people stand as candidates.

So if you want to know more feel free to get in touch with me


Election Countdown


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 loss of our leader, late last year. However, we continue, as always, to remain committed to giving our residents a voice and taking a common sense approach to decision making. I hope residents will support me going forward and are safe in the knowledge that I will always act in their interests first. 

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 the Sweyne Park & Grange Ward to help me get the message out on local issues.

If you are happy to help please get in touch with me here

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 to the bridle track once we had finished.

As always, we are extremely grateful to the team of volunteers.

Read All About It!!!!!

Occasionally, I get to celebrate a success and I’ve been doing just that since the by-election in Downhall & Rawreth. Our candidate, Craig Cannell, was elected with a huge vote share of 77%. My joy, not one of beating the Tories (which is high on my list) but also that we have a Councillor that I think will do great things for his residents. He’s young, intelligent and cares about local issues. I hope that he will help us ‘connect’ with our younger residents too and show them that politics doesn’t have to be boring. Here’s to a new era….

Check out our election report here

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 story for us Rayleigh Lib Dem’s and local residents.

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.

Time to act on empty homes


Our local Conservative council has failed to take up funding from the Government to help bring empty homes back into use – with 422 homes vacant and more than 91 of these homes in Rochford have stood empty for five years or more.

I think it’s time the Council did something about that and used those houses to tackle homelessness. If you agree, will you sign this petition today

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