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May 16, 2018 by · Comments Off on To Our Subscribers on Feedblitz 

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We’ve been pleased having you as part of our email contact list for Rochford District Residents (http://rochfordessex.com).

However new data protection laws mean that we need your consent in order to keep receiving emails from us.

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United 4 Democracy – Help Abolish The Cabinet System at RDC

April 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

This is an Audio Recording.  Please turn the sound on.

Why do Rochford District Residents,The Green Party, Lib Dems and Friends of Rochford want to Abolish the Cabinet System at Rochford District Council? Listen to the reaction of the Conservative Party. Start at 5.00 minutes in.

RESULTS of Our Independent Budget Poll

January 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Increase Council Tax by the maximum that the Government allows (up to 2%)
Charge for Car Parking for Evenings, Saturday afternoons and Sundays
Introduce a special charge (extra) for Green Waste Collections
Pay Essex County Council to keep the Street Lights on all night
Save money by dissolving the Cabinet and cancel £100,000+pa in special allowances to some Councillors
Have a 10% savings drive on all Council Departments
Use the £400,000 New Homes Bonus (Government Grant) to help meet the GAP instead of Reserves
Increase existing Car Park Charges
Capital Investment - Develop Council owned assets to provide homes for social rent for OUR residents
Capital Investment - A new Night Shelter for OUR homeless sleeping rough in our District (not in Southend)
Capital Investment - in a Solar Farm to generate income to replace government funding to the Council

RESULTS – BUDGET POLL – AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

January 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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All Polls ‹ The Rochford Independent — WordPress

Use the link above to see the FULL results.

134 residents (thank you) completed our Budget Poll.

What have residents said that the Council should listen to?

That residents are tired of add on “top up” taxes like special charges for green bins, car parking charges or even an extra charge for street lighting.

Whilst a majority did not want to see a Council Tax increase, which is understandable, those who preferred a Council Tax increase, rather than top up charges, were only just behind the No’s.

Councillors may call for a Local Plan Referendum

December 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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So if it looks that the Council is not listening to residents in the public consultations on the Second Local Plan for 7500 new dwellings 2017-2037 then we will step in and raise a petition for residents to call for a Referendum before it is adopted by Rochford District Council.

We know that a Referendum on a Local Plan is not included in the list of those which must be approved by the Council but why would such a Referendum NOT be approved if the appropriate number of residents had called for it in a Petition? The cost of a Referendum would be in the region of £90,000 but that could easily be found from the New Homes Bonus from the first Local Plan in Reserves.

Gagging of Councillors

December 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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I was invited by BBC Essex to talk about the Amended Social Media Policy or Gagging of Councillors with Sadie 9. Neil Hookway was on with me and Michael Hoy and James Newport chimed in with Tweets that were read out. I wonder if radio broadcasts will be banned after 12 December? TV?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r3Yjrbn900&feature=youtu.be

Recording courtesy of BBC Essex And James Newport

Rochford District NEW Local Plan 2017 – 2037

December 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

IF YOU WISH TO HELP JUST CONTACT US here.

A NEW LOCAL PLAN FACEBOOK GROUP is here.

As many residents will already know Rochford District Council is about to launch a public consultation on a SECOND Local Plan for 2017 to 2037 focusing on a maximum of ANOTHER 7500 dwellings. With the FIRST local Plan 2011 to 2025 came committed approval for 2785 dwellings so together this makes over 10,000 !!

OUR INDEPENDENT SURVEY FOR A ROCHFORD DISTRICT COUNCIL BUDGET

November 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Because the RDC Officers are still making calculations for the Budget 2018/19 we are not certain what the Rochford District Council, DRAFT BUDGET GAP is this time round (shortage of income against expenditure [revenue]) that must be closed by law in the final budget. RDC also has a Capital Reserves and Receipts Budget.

However, as there certainly WILL be a REVENUE GAP we think that any BUDGET SURVEY needs to give residents the chance to look at what options there are for increases in charges and/or savings so that we can pass on your views. [if you are on the front page click the £5 !!] [if you are on a Mobile Phone please use Landscape.]

Is Our Green Belt Safe under our Council?

September 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

"Safe Under Us?"

http://www.cprelondon.org.uk/resources/item/2339-safe-under-us

THIS IS ABOUT ROCHFORD DISTRICT and we provided a contribution to this report which will be “news” for everyone who is concerned about the further loss of Green Belt in our revised Local Plan where there is a Council public consultation running at this moment.

This is what the Council has not told you.

There are some scary numbers coming forward as evidence from consultants such as 392pa instead of 250pa over the district. That COULD mean another 4000 over the existing building target of 2785!

NEW THREATS TO THE GREEN BELT OF ROCHFORD DISTRICT

July 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW THREATS TO THE GREEN BELT OF ROCHFORD DISTRICT

Rochford District Council is holding a number of community engagement workshops this summer to give local people a say on planning matters. These will be interactive events and a chance for residents, businesses and the local parish council to feed information into the Local Plan process. The new Local Plan is a document which will set the strategy for future development of the District beyond 2025 (which is when the current plan finishes).The workshops will include a ‘walkabout’ in the villages in order to identify the needs of the community, local issues and opportunities for growth and development.

Election Results – for Rochford District Residents

May 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

emblem1We now have six Councillors for Rochford District Residents.

Sweyne Park and Grange – Toby Mountain
Hockley – Irena Cassar and Adrian Eves
Hawkwell East – Elliot Mason
Hawkwell West – Christine Mason and John Mason

And forming our continued Alliance with the Green Party that makes 9 working together in Council.

Hullbridge – Michael Hoy and Diane Hoy with Stuart Stuart Dave Wilson

RDC is made up of 21 Conservatives and 18 Non Conservatives.

Full Results here.

The Battle for Rochford District is on 5 May !!

May 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

5 mayThe Battle for Rochford District is on 5 May !!
 
There is a battle on 5 May when 53 hopeful “non conservative candidates” take on 39 Conservative Candidates at the Local Election Polls.
 
There are 8 Independent Candidates (Residents BEFORE Politics) representing Rochford District Residents.
 
rdr vote2Please Vote for them………………
 
happy 5 MayBut What is Cinco de Mayo?
 
Literally “the Fifth of May,” Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862.
 
The results of the Rochord Battle will not be announced until 6 May.

an important document on future housing numbers not been published

May 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Why has an important document on future housing numbers not been published even though the target date was December 2015? No explanation has been given to Members of the Rochford District Council who have asked via the Review Committee.

I think that you might know the answer…………Elections??

Basildon Council has been forced to do so because it is in a public consultation on its Core Strategy.

Castle Point is also in consultations but it has not been published (and CP is in charge of the project for all of our local councils).

this is what we will do if elected…………

May 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

emblem1In less than 250 words this is what we will do if elected…………

This is the “common ground” between all of our independent candidates.

Rochford District Residents is a voice of 8 candidates calling for open, transparent, representative local government.

The Cabinet System which has cost over £500,000 will be abolished.

We have a long-term commitment to a sustainable community with necessary infrastructure improvements put in place before construction developments. Rochford District needs an Infrastructure Champion.

Rochford District Residents Candidates 2016

April 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

rdrOur Rochford District Residents Candidates are standing in the following Wards;

Downhall and Rawreth – John Chaffin
Sweyne Park and Grange – Toby Mountain
Lodge – Richard Lambourne
Hockley – Adrian Eves and Irena Cassar
Hawkwell East – Elliot Mason
Hawkwell West – Christine Mason and John Mason

Please Vote for them on 5 May !!

Results may not be in until mid morning 6 May.

THE LOCAL ELECTION BATTLEGROUND IN ROCHFORD DISTRICT

April 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

rdrThere are 39 Conservative Candidates for the District Local Elections on 5 May. This is an ALL OUT Election and the Conservatives could lose control of Rochford District Council.

But this is not news for our local papers who have failed to tell readers that there even IS an Election.

How could control be lost? With just 20 non Conservatives being elected.

 

21 Labour candidates
9 Liberal Democrats candidates
8 UKIP candidates
8 Rochford District Residents candidates
4 Green Party candidates
2 Independent candidates

There are 52 non Conservative Candidates.

A total of 275,000 homes are now planned for England’s green belt

April 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

CPRE MAP SOUTH EASTThis new report from the CPRE has a map showing all the local authorities planning to release green belt.

http://www.cpre.org.uk/resources/housing-and-planning/green-belts/item/download/4485

A total of 275,000 homes are now planned for England’s green belt – an increase of nearly 200,000 since 2012, according to research by countryside campaigners.

This map alone says everything that residents have been concerned about ever since the Core Strategy was adopted in 2011.

And now we have the Revision of the Core Strategy for an unspecified extra number.

Why local elections could be influenced by housing hostility

April 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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Rochford District Residents has been afforded a rare but very important interview with the national professional planning web site PlanningResource. Here are just the excerpts that apply to Rochford District. 

22 April 2016 by Joey Gardiner

Opponents of controversial housing developments are standing in next month’s local elections in order to fight what they see as the over-development of their areas.

With polling day for local and mayoral elections less than two weeks away, planning issues – particularly in the form of opposition to development – have the power to shake voters out of their traditional political allegiances.

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

December 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

Best

Christine and John
(turn the sound on !!……..there is a nice tune playing……)

Planning Application for a Apartotel at Ivanhoe Nurseries Ironwell Lane Hawkwell

August 30, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Application for Prior Approval for the Change of Use of Agricultural Building (North Unit) to Class C1 Apartotel :Ivanhoe Nurseries Ironwell Lane Hawkwell

http://planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk/blog/guidance/when-is-permission-required/what-are-permitted-development-rights/permitted-development-rights-for-the-change-of-use-of-agricultural-buildings/

If you read the above the Government has decided that Agricultural Buildings may be converted without much formality to Class C1 (hotels).

Yes you read that right !!

But under the new Government rules this cannot and will not go to Councillors to decide on whether to Approve or Refuse.

The Decision will be made purely and solely by Council Planning Officers and we are not even sure whether we or residents can even comment.

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