Conservative U Turn On CCTV

22/10/2019

I’ve yet to witness the Conservatives putting forward any decent ideas of their own as usually they just pay extortionate amounts of money to consultants to conjure up something they can plaster their names all over. Tonight was no exception with Cllr Mike Wilkinson (Ind) putting forward a motion to put together a working group […]

Fingers In Ears By Conservative Councillors

08/09/2019

If you’ve been following me on social media (Facebook @cllrjamesnewport or Twitter @jimnewport), then you will have read this week how I’ve tried to get in contact with some of the Conservative ‘leadership’ Councillors. Why? The problems that the multiple roadworks around our town has caused for residents and businesses One of those Councillors that […]

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 […]

Cyber What?

11/02/2018

I was rather bemused to read this ‘tweet’ sent out by RDC #rochfordbusiness it’s question time on #cybercrime Cllr Terry Cutmore starts the discussion with question about mobile phone security pic.twitter.com/Bgxq8pUSAO — Rochford DC (@RochfordDC) January 24, 2018 Back in June 2017, I sent an email to the Managing Director, Shaun Scrutton, with my concern […]

Social Media Silence

07/12/2017

Rochford DIstrict Council has decided that it’s time the Social Media Policy for Members gets an update. What does this mean for us Councillors? Well, if you don’t use social media then probably, not a lot. For those of us that are more ‘connected’ the amended policy raises all sorts of problems. The first of […]

A Criminal Misuse of Public Money?

14/11/2017

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’

12/11/2017

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 […]

Public Toilets – Pt II

10/10/2017

The public toilets issue continues with the Echo Newspaper picking up the story today. Thanks to Echo reporter, Hsin-yi who did a wonderful job of pulling the article together from our information. As you can see from the Echo News website, the piece has gained a lot of attention from readers, who are equally as disgusted […]

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