• 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 been told before that the Town Council is not about politics, it’s about the residents.

    Today when visiting Basildon town centre, I was pleased to see children enjoying themselves on their (free) ice rink. It only costs £1 to park for 3 hours and there didn’t seem to be any congestion!!

    So if you want to take the kids out for a bit of fun pop down to Basildon or Lakeside where they both have ice rinks for the seasonal shopping period.

  • Join Us

    When I joined the Lib Dems back in 2015 I wasn’t too sure if they’d be the ‘right fit’ for me. Now 18 months later, I’m a Lib Dem District & Town Councillor representing residents in Rochford & Rayleigh.

    As a ‘younger’ member of society, they were the only party for me that was dynamic and actually seemed to have their own voice and gave their Councillors the freedom to express themselves in their own way.

    Nationally their policies seemed to make sense and in fact were the common sense policies that I’d been seeking.

    If you fancy becoming a member of the Lib Dems and share the same common values click here to find out more. As a Lib Dem member, you can get involved as much or as little as you want.

     

  • 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.

     

  • Consumer Complaints

    I get pretty fed up when I receive bad service or poor quality goods. With the ever increasing costs of everyday living, we should demand that we receive value for money and ‘get what we pay for’

    Today I’ve stumbled upon this website, resolver – it aims to help write good complaints and direct them to the appropriate person.

    Well, I’ve had cause to complain over a very poor meal in a national chain restaurant yesterday. I’ll let you know how I get on. In the meantime if you’ve got cause for complaint then I recommend you check out the website or download the free app.

  • Cyber Aware

    Don’t Let Your Kids Outsmart You – Be Cyber Aware!

    We often hear residents say that they'd like to see more police on our streets. The reality is resources are limited and the resource they have is spread thinly among many emerging threats. A big shift of their work has moved from being on the beat to 'patrolling' the internet.

    Whilst of course the internet has brought many positives to our everyday lives, the threats to our communities have also increased. You can do your bit to help by simply getting yourself and your family educated about the internet. Internetmatters.org does a very job ​of explaining the dangers you and your family could face and I highly recommended having a browse around their site.

  • @RochfordDC

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    It’s not voodoo magic, or witchcraft – it’s social media! Yes, Rochford District Council are on a number of social media platforms –  Twitter, Facebook & Instagram (no snapchat yet!) – So, if you want to be in the know about what’s going on in the local community then get connected via one of these social media platforms. If you want to get in touch then the available social media platforms are found here

     

  • Wickford Crime Spree

    The Echo News reports here, that our neighbouring town, Wickford, has suffered a recent spate of break-ins. With seven houses being broken into in one night. Meanwhile here in Rayleigh, one my fellow Lib Dem Councillor’s, Chris Stanley has been busy setting up a neighbourhood watch scheme in the Downhall & Raweth Ward. If you are interested in joining the NHW scheme, please get in touch with Chris via email theteam@onlinefocus.org

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    For more information on crime prevention here’s some useful links

    Police UK
    Crime Stoppers
    Neighbourhood Watch

  • Think before you share those summer holiday photos!

    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.