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RESIDENTS PETITION: VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN ROCHFORD DISTRICT COUNCIL

October 11, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The Rochford Supporters are a NEW Action Group which is objecting to a 665 dwelling development feeding on to Ashingdon Road.

They have put up a Petition For a Vote of No Confidence in RDC because The Council has failed to carry out an EARLY REVIEW of its Local Plan called The Core Strategy.

Please sign this if you share their concerns.

This is what they had to say to The Rochford Independent.

Our Green Star for those reducing single use plastic

September 18, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

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How many local businesses have already done some of these things to reduce Single Use Plastic?

Let us know by posting here.

This is what can be done.

Stop offering straws

buy vegetables and fruit that are loose and not wrapped in plastic

avoid the use of plastic film

offer takeaway food in paper bags, rather than plastic

use compostable takeaway containers

use wood or bamboo rather than plastic spoons, forks and knives,

sell drinks in glass rather than plastic bottles

refill the customer’s own drinking cup/bottle

Could this actually happen? New Toilets in Hockley with the Library in the last Cubicle?

January 16, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Yes.

There are plans for new Public Toilets to be given by RDC to the Parish Council for this other Council to pay for cleaning and maintenance in future.

There WERE plans for a NEW Hockley Library from Essex County Council.

And no plans for closure.

But we are now told that Hockley Library could be downgraded.

Our MP does not appear to be fully supporting the campaign against this by lobbying County Councillors to get what 4000 or more residents want in the Petition. He wrote to a resident, quote, “I will continue to ensure that she [County Council Cabinet Member] is aware of my constituents views” and at the end “I hope that a sustainable solution will be found”. Obviously this includes downgrade.

You will have seen this alleged comment from a County Councillor in the email we posted on Sunday “our library wouldn’t be moved from tier 3.” Which means downgrade.

That being the case why is Essex County Council even consulting with residents?

And another County Councillor wrote to residents “I was explaining the possible future foe r the whole site” (not our spelling !!)

And Rochford District Council would not back the Petition to retain a Full Library Service.

If the downgrade happens will you feel let down by your local councillors?

Who will you vote for in future?

The next Local Election is in May.

Perhaps you should tell them now………………. in case they REALLY do want to save Hockley Library with the present full service.

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

To Our Subscribers on Feedblitz

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.

To stay with us – all you need to do is please go here [LINK] telling us you wish to stay and we will add you to our new database.

We will be closing our Feedblitz Account shortly.

 

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.

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.

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.

The Local Election Results

May 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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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.

Christine Mason was re-elected in Hawkwell West.  Thank you for your support.

NHS Breast Screening Unit Gets parking charges

May 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

breast screening  (1)Hells Bells !! Rochford District Council even charges the NHS Breast Screening Unit parking charges !!

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)”.

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