Council Plays Lifeguard To Drowning Fusion

12/08/2020

I know it’s hot out there, but I think the heat has gone to the heads of the Executive Committee this week, when they’ve approved nearly £1/2m in funding to rescue the Fusion Leisure contract to reopen Clements Hall, Rayleigh Leisure Centre, The Mill Hall, Castle Rd Hall but not The Freight House (we all […]

Town Centres – Housing for the Elderly or Young?

19/07/2020

A new application for the former Dairy Crest site in Rayleigh Town Centre has been submitted. Once again it is under siege from developers eager to build more housing. I’m not against building housing but is this the ‘right’ type of housing? Our car parks are inadequate, our roads are congested, air pollution, doctors full, […]

Independents Day

04/07/2020

Today would’ve been a good day for our Councils to throw their weight behind the support for our local independent businesses and joining in with the #UKindieday campaign. Unfortunately, it just didn’t happen. This isn’t the first time and I’m sure it’s not the last. I can understand local businesses telling me that they lack […]

Anyone in There?

01/07/2020

Sitting at the top of Crown Hill, lies an empty shell of a building formerly a public toilets. It’s a stark reminder to me in which the way a Council handles ‘investment’ projects. It should be remembered that the public toilet project which essentially a strategy constructed to shift the cost to local town and […]

Not Quite The Oscars…

11/02/2020

But hey, I gave a speech anyway. Faced with the prospect of more Council Tax rises for residents and a close look at the MTFS (budget) of the Council, I had no choice other than to speak up about issues which I felt would be important to residents. Here’s what I said Fellow members, I […]

A Bad Move For Rochford Regeneration

19/01/2020

Being in business for myself, I do a lot of reading about local high streets and regeneration. I’ve come across an article in this month’s ‘first’ magazine from the federation of small businesses, an article about regeneration. An interesting extract which goes entirely against what Rochford District Council are planning to do with moving the […]

Things Are Maybe Not Going To Plan At RDC?

13/11/2019

Overdevelopment of our District has caused all sorts of issues for local residents (you know what I mean) and now a fledgling action group in the East of the District ‘The Rochford Supporters’ are drawing a line in the sand and preparing to take the battle to the Government Planning Inspectorate… our Rayleigh Lib Dems […]

Traffic Chaos Adds To Economic Destruction For Our District

31/08/2019

Our local economy is surely suffering from the devastating effects of the unprecedented congestion on our roads? Traders are already struggling in ever-increasing tough trading conditions and at what is traditionally a ‘slow’ time of year, I have heard several reports of businesses really struggling to keep their heads above water. Shoppers are avoiding our […]

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 […]

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