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100 Years of Council Housing

16/07/2019

I’ve been reading a publication that I received from the Local Government Association and came across an article about the Council housing centenary. It really struck a chord with me how our Council has shamefully neglected our low/middle earners and their housing needs, often priced out of the private rental sector. I was recently speaking […]

Community CCTV

08/07/2019

I have recently published my views on CCTV here and this has met with mixed reactions from members of the public. Not one to ruin the party, I propose the concept of a wide network of community manned CCTV cameras. What’s different?Manned CCTV is a different beast to an unmanned system. Live images being monitored […]

Is CCTV A Silver Bullet for Crime in Rayleigh?

05/07/2019

I thought it might be useful to clear up any misunderstandings on my view on the current CCTV situation or lack of it. During the last 3 years of my sitting on Rayleigh Town Council, I have been acutely aware of problems with the CCTV system that they had – poor image quality, camera locations […]

Anyone Know A Good Divorce Lawyer?

01/07/2019

In a move that is sure to rock the County Hall, Labour led Basildon Council is once again leading the way and now contemplating a ‘divorce’ with Essex County Council. I must admit, given my personal experience of the struggles of getting Essex County Council to act, I am of similar mind as to whether […]

Checking Out Our Licenced Premises

29/06/2019

Due to concern from residents about the sale of alcohol to underage persons, I contacted our licencing team at Rochford District to ask them, along with trading standards, to carry out test purchases across our District. I have now received a response from the licencing team and I hope residents will feel reassured with their […]

Electric Service Stations In Essex

25/06/2019

Recently I wrote about the new electric vehicle charging points that were to be installed in Rayleigh and other parts of the district. Braintree though are going one step further with a solar powered electric forecourt being the first to be built in Essex. The first of more than 100 solar-powered forecourts set to be […]

Mud On Rawreth Lane

25/06/2019

I recently received complaints from residents about the mud and debris left on the road by contractors working on the Rawreth Lane housing and the development adjacent to the BP station on London Rd. I subsequently contacted them via the council and am pleased to say they were both engaging about making sure this was […]

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