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!
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.
And forming our continued Alliance with the Green Party that makes 9 working together in Council.
RDC is made up of 21 Conservatives and 18 Non Conservatives.
Full Results here.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Local Election Results are here http://www.rochford.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/elections/election_results
As you can see neither Independents, Green Party or even Ukip increased the number of seats they had on the Council.
Nevertheless all of the Independent and Residents Candidates did very well thanks to the support from residents and our analysis shows that the position will be very different in 2016 when there will be no large turnout voting, no national tide in favour of the Conservatives and, dare I say it, there will be no national surge for Ukip either.
WOULD YOU STILL THINK OF VOTING CONSERVATIVE IF YOU THINK THAT THIS IS WRONG?
AND PLEASE SHARE THIS FOR ALL TO SEE. “Exploiting the NHS is NOT Saving the NHS”
Look at the photo. The Unit is not even in any parking space so this is additional revenue over and above the additional charges from patients visiting the unit for screening.
How much? An Officer’s report says that it used to be “by calculating a fee based on the pro-rata price of an annual parking permit (£800.00)”.
If you are still undecided who to vote for in The Local Elections for Rochford District Council our local paper, The Echo, decided to ask each Group Leader what their candidates planned to do if elected.
You can put the leaflets down at last and compare each party to the others based on just 100 words.
The whole page is carried at the link above.
If you have any questions about Rochford District Residents do ask on the new FB Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/rochfordandrayleigh/?fref=nf
Hawkwell West – Christine Mason
Hawkwell South – Phil Capon
Hawkwell North – Elliot Mason
Ashingdon & Canewdon – Tracy Capon
Sweyne Park – Toby Mountain
Grange – Peter Scott
Lodge – Richard Lambourne
Hockley Central – Irena Cassar
Residents and Independent Candidates for Rochford District Residents are not associated with any of the national political parties and if elected will represent ALL residents irrespective of political allegiance on the local matters that affect us all.
The common ground between ALL Independent Candidates standing for Rochford District Residents in the Local Election on 7 May is as follows;
In the Echo today “Ukip suspends four councillors” – Ukip has suspended four of its Southend councillors because they disowned the party’s parliamentary candidate.
The Leader of Ukip on Rochford District Council, Councillor John Hayter, writes “Normally I should have been only too pleased to serve, but at present I am heavily committed to the General Election as the UKIP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Rayleigh and Wickford, and am not in a position to do justice to the position.”
Originally the Group had 4 Members; John & Christine Mason (Hawkwell West) and Michael and Diane Hoy (Hullbridge) yet the Group was still the largest Opposition Group on the Council.
They are now joined by 3 more Independents; Councillor Toby Mountain (Sweyne Park, Rayleigh), Councillor Phil Capon (Hawkwell South) and Councillor Tracy Capon (Ashingdon and Canewdon).
The Group Leader in Council will continue to be John Mason and the Deputy Group Leader will continue to be Michael Hoy.
Michael Hoy and I put forward a Motion to say that housing numbers must be assessed on LOCAL NEEDS years ago and the Tories were scathing in their rejection. But now they say that local needs are the key !!
WE NEED YOUR HELP !!
Council Members have been invited to an All Party But PRIVATE Away Day at the Freight House on 4 October to discuss the ideas that the Conservative Cabinet Member for Finance has on next year’s Budget.
Whilst the Public will be asked by the Council later for their views on the DRAFT Budget we wondered if residents would like to make their ideas known right now on what should be cut and what should be increased.
Rochford District Council will be considering, and voting on, the model presented in the map above on 4 September. (just click on the map to see it full screen.)
If you wish to read all of the Council’s working numbers then you can download it here.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is conducting an ‘Electoral Review’ to look at ward boundaries in order to shape Rochford District Council for the future.
The first Public Consultation is taking place right now from 22 July to 29 September to determine ward boundaries across the Rochford District.
We are going to run a series of posts over the year to tell you how the powerful Review Committee will be holding Council decision makers accountable. It is led this year by the Green and Rochford District Residents Group i.e. US!
As we posted a shared link to the Infrastructure Bill on Facebook we felt that we should look into this new legislation further particularly as it did not feature in recent compulsory Member Training from Rochford District Council on Planning. (We had a repeat subject session on The Duty to C0-operate and the Community Infrastructure Levy.)
The Infrastructure Bill covers various areas including planning, housing, fracking, reforms to the Highways Agency and some worrying changes to the Land Registry.
Could YOU represent your Community? Do YOU like to be involved in local issues? Can YOU assist your neighbours to find the right route to resolve a problem? If so Rochford District Residents needs YOU.
Rochford District Residents is a local political party that has its roots in Residents Associations. Run and administered by John and Christine Mason who represent their Ward – Hawkwell West – on Rochford District Council the aims are simple: To achieve the best possible results for the residents they represent in local matters.