Pounding The Streets in Sweyne Park & Grange

20/04/2019

Lisa Newport (my wife), Liberal Democrat Candidate for Sweyne Park & Grange, has been out pounding the streets in Sweyne Park & Grange this afternoon delivering her election leaflets. Speaking to several residents about local concerns and issues. Should you wish to ask Lisa anything please send an email or use the comments below.

More Doom & Gloom For Rayleigh High St

04/03/2019

Fashion retailer, ‘New Look’ will be shutting up shop on the 13th March 2019. This is another unwelcome blow to Rayleigh’s High St as it appears even the big brands aren’t weathering the retail decline on the High St. Losing a national brand could hit other smaller retailers if footfall declines, let’s hope that other […]

Let’s Talk Shop

02/03/2019

I recently wrote about ‘How Can We Help The High Street‘ in which I had asked Rayleigh Town Council to invite Rochford District Council’s economic development team along to our Full Council meeting, so they could give us a view of their strategy ideas for Rayleigh’s High Street. The meeting was attended by three representatives […]

Concerns Grow Over Possible Travellers Site On Eastwood Rd

29/01/2019

Residents have received a seemingly anonymous letter through their letterboxes ‘alerting’ them to the possible travellers site on Eastwood Rd. Travelers sites can be a very emotive subject, however, putting the fact the Council are legally required to provide travellers pitches, I think in this case questions really should be asked as to why despite […]

Calling All Future Councillors

19/01/2019

This week I’ve received a letter from NALC (National Association of Local Councils). One item in the letter writes about ‘Strengthening and promoting local democracy’ You might remember I briefly wrote last year about why I’m not average and the NALC goes on to write in it’s letter this year about one of it’s priorities […]

The Future Of Private Security In Rayleigh

16/01/2019

Monday night I attended Rayleigh Town Council, Full Council meeting. It was slightly more interesting than usual as some new ideas were put forward and one noteworthy item was that of the private security that the Council recently trialled before Christmas. The reception of ‘part-time, private security’ has been met with mixed reaction from the […]

What Have I Been Doing Lately?

18/11/2018

Although my blog posts have been slightly infrequent, I’ve been still been busy dealing with local politics. As a Rayleigh Town Councillor for the Victoria Ward, I still maintain an interest in both Town and District matters. You might have seen our Liberal Democrat Blog ‘onlinefocus‘ which I regularly contribute to. At the Town Council, I’m […]

Question Time

18/11/2018

Watching ‘Question Time’ this week, it was a surprise to see not just one, but two of my friends from school in the audience! Here they both are. The first one is one of my hand waving, best friends for over 30 years – whatever he does you can always feel the passion, a true […]

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