Appointment of New Chief Executive to Rochford District Council

August 2, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Polyethylene Diffusion Series II

As your Ward Councillors we found the overall situation most unsatisfactory. We decided to “stay away” from the decision making Council Meeting because we regarded the options of FOR, AGAINST or ABSTAIN equally unsatisfactory.

Press Release by Councillor John Mason, Councillor Michael Hoy, Councillor Diane Hoy and Councillor Christine Mason

Immediate, 1 August 2013

Appointment of Chief Executive to Rochford District Council

Residents and Green Councillors were disappointed that the Conservative Administration of Rochford District Council only invited one candidate to make a presentation and take questions from all Members of the Council on 30 July.

Whilst all Members were initially promised that they would have a choice from more than one candidate this was changed to a presentation from a single candidate by the Conservatives.

The Conservative Administration of the Council had made it clear at the Extraordinary Council to receive the retirement announcement of Paul Warren that Green and Residents representatives would not be invited to join the Appointments Sub Committee who would interview candidates. This was despite the Intervention of the Lib Dems to no avail given that all previous senior appointments at the Council were by full cross party interviews.

One Tory Member who asked his Group why the Residents and Greens had been excluded was reportedly told “it would be like BP (The Conservative Administration) appointing a CEO where SHELL (Residents and Greens) would also be on the Appointments Committee.”

This analogy unreasonably suggests that Residents and Green Councillors are, according to the Conservatives, not part of a wider representation of the interests of the people of Rochford District.

This has been a political appointment without choice being offered to all Members of the Council.

Note for Editors:

John Mason and Christine Mason represent Rochford District Residents in Hawkwell West

Michael and Diane Hoy represent The Green Party for Hullbridge Ward

Michael Hoy is also the County Councillor for Rochford West Division representing The Green Party

Hawkwell’s only Dental Practice

February 18, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Hawkwell/Hockley Dental Practice Loses half of NHS Funding To A Practice That Hasn’t Even Been Built

If you live in Hawkwell or Hockley please write to Andrew Pike, CEO of the South Essex NHS at and object to the cut in funding.

White Hart Dental Care in Hockley, Essex is to lose part of its NHS funding in March 2010. Dr Luke Schnel was given an additional temporary NHS contract in June 2008, which allowed him to employ an additional 2 NHS dentists (Dr Beverley Scott and Dr Abdul Salim-Said) at his modern practice. They have since treated over 2,000 new NHS patients, significantly improving access to NHS dentistry in the area. .

But to Dr Schnel’s surprise, the permanent contract has been awarded to a practice that has not yet been built in Hockley, threatening to jeopardise access to NHS dentistry in the area. Fortunately, Dr Schnel still has substantial NHS funding to continue to treat his original patients, but his associates will not be able to see any patients under the NHS.

Dr Schnel said ‘We have done our best for these 2,000 new NHS patients and they have been very happy with the care and service they received at White Hart Dental Care. Most patients find it difficult to attend a dentist, but once they have established a trusting relationship , they gain confidence and are usually much happier to attend. As a result, the majority would prefer not to have to change dentists at all.’

All patients who have  been at the practice for longer than 20 months, or who have seen Dr Schnel  or Dr Anklert will still be able to have NHS treatment at White Hart, as there is still funding for them. But all  other new patients will be offered a new affordable dental plan to save them having to switch dentists. Dr Schnel explains: ‘This was unexpected news for us at White Hart Dental Care and we have done our best to offer patients an affordable dental plan, with treatment  fees similar to the NHS, to enable them to continue receiving the dental treatment that they have come to expect at our practice and with the dentist of their choice. The plan also gives discounts for families and worldwide emergency insurance.’

Patients who have any concerns are requested to contact the practice, who will do their best to help.