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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.

As Ward Members we will, of course, and so should any residents who are interested.

Just put the reference 15/00578/DPDP3 into http://maps.rochford.gov.uk/DevelopmentControl.aspx?RequestType=ParseTemplate&Template=DevelopmentControlSearch.tmplt

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.

The Green and Rochford District Residents Group on the Council will remain the largest opposition group and will retain the influential Chair of the Review Committee.

We will now start our Rochford District Residents campaign for 2016.

If you would like to help or stand as a candidate do contact us.

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)”.

Based on a usage of 10 months that is £666. BUT WHY IS THE NHS CHARGED AT ALL?

And the DECISION of a Conservative Councillor (Cabinet Member) is NOW to charge £2750 instead.* see Note.

Look at the Photo. The Breast Screening Unit is not using any bays in Hockley Car Park.

AND EVEN IF IT WAS, WHY IS THE NHS BREAST SCREENING SERVICE STILL CHARGED AT ALL?

Many residents will have viewed the highly emotional BBC dramatisation of “The C Word” on Sunday night.

There is no case in humanity for any parking charges for Breast Screening yet alone an increase.

“Lisa Lynch was 28, newly married and the editor of a magazine when a diagnosis of breast cancer changed everything in an instant.”

“Normality vanished and, while Lisa’s family were overwhelmed with grief, she found refuge in her laptop.”

“The C-Word is an unflinchingly honest and darkly humorous account of Lisa’s battle with The Bullshit, as she came to call it. From the good days when she could almost pretend it wasn’t happening, to the bad days, when she couldn’t bear to wake up, Lisa’s story is emotional, heartbreaking and often hilarious. The C-Word will make you laugh and cry, and ultimately reaffirm your faith in life.”

* Note : (25% of £11,000 based on usage of 5 bays or £2,750. To meet Government cuts to the Council whilst the Government promise £8bn to save the NHS.)

Local Elections : How to Decide Who to Vote For

May 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

rdrIf 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.

http://goo.gl/jFhePW

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

Independent Candidates – Rochford District Council Elections – 7 May 2015

April 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Rochforrdrd District Residents has 8 candidates;

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;

– Transparency and Openness of Local Government keeping residents always in the picture and consulting with residents

– Against the Cabinet System which has wasted £500,000

– Residents to drive Council policies and not National Party Politics

– There is no Whip when Independent and Residents Councillors work together

– Challenging any large development in the District so that all necessary infrastructure is in place first

– No development in Green Belt except in very special circumstances

– The Revision of the Core Strategy must include starter homes that people can afford to buy

– A full public consultation on street lighting

– No Local Subsidies of Essex County Council for Grass Cutting (£150K)

– No Local Subsidies on Flood Prevention; full cost recovery on landowners and Essex County Council

Councillor John Mason who is the Group’s Leader on Rochford District Council is not required to stand this year having been re-elected in 2014. He is acting as Election Co-ordinator and Spokesperson for Rochford District Residents.

Internet Campaigning is on Facebook – “Rochford to Rayleigh Rising “https://www.facebook.com/groups/rochfordandrayleigh/?ref=bookmarks and http://rochfordessex.com  Contact Phone Number 01702204377 and email john@onlinemail.me.uk

NOTE: John Chaffin is standing in Hullbridge as an Independent but he is NOT a candidate for Rochford District Residents

Would Ukip represent you locally when it matters?

January 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In the Echo today “Ukip suspends four councillors” – Ukip has suspended four of its Southend councillors because they disowned the party’s parliamentary candidate.

In Rochford District we ask would Ukip represent you locally when it matters?ukip

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.”

Very little work by local Councillors gets headlines but do people want to vote for a party locally that seems only interested in using your vote as a platform for greater political power?

Let me explain;

During the whole of last week Councillors and Staff were working together in a Selection Assessment Centre to appoint staff to new new positions established in the Organisational Re-design of the Council.

At the last Full Council a Chief Officers Appointments Committee was set up to take this forward. Political Parties have seats on Committees based on the number of Councillors each has of the total number of Councillors on our Council.

There was no surprise when the Conservatives had 5 Members on the Chief Officers Appointments Committee, The Green and Rochford District Residents, Liberal Democrats and Ukip one place for each. Each Party accepted the places allocated to this important task.

On the day that Members met for briefing and training, 8 January, for the “selection week” Ukip were unable to participate further. (And of the two remaining Ukip Councillors it would seem that neither was able to take up the place.)

Why?

Here is the email from the Ukip Group Leader, Councillor John Hayter, explaining why to the CEO of RDC.

“I write as UKIP leader. It is with regret that Ukip will not be able to take up the appointment on the Assessment Committee.”

“I should very much liked to have continued on the Committee today. However I did not appreciate the level of commitment that the position entails. 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.”

“May I wish the Committee all the best in their endeavours.”

It would be fair to conclude that Ukip in Rochford District may prefer to prioritise its own interests ahead of representing residents, playing their part in managing the Council and ultimately the running of the District.

Another 37 New Houses in Hawkwell !!

January 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

houseAnother 37 New Houses in Hawkwell !!

No planning application has been received by RDC but the Agents are seeking feedback from the public at this stage through a statement of community involvement to be submitted alongside the planning application.

Re-development of land at 90 Main Road, Hawkwell (Site Locationhttp://goo.gl/Q4yWcz)

 

Google Map here

Extracts from Letter to your District Councillors (http://goo.gl/jyzef2)

“Strutt & Parker are acting as planning consultants on behalf of Marden Homes Ltd with regards to the above site. It is planned that the current uses on the site are to relocate and this brownfield site will therefore become available for redevelopment. We have been instructed by Marden Homes to prepare a planning application for residential redevelopment.”

“The application will seek permission for the development of approximately 37 high quality homes to meet local needs. The
proposed new homes will be a mixture of detached, semi-detached and terraced properties, along with private amenity
space and parking.”

Site Layout http://goo.gl/kT83F1

“The site at 90 Main Road is within the existing urban area and was allocated for residential development within the 2006 Rochford District Local Plan, to support the housing needs of the district.”

 

Rochford District Residents now 7 Councillors with Greens

January 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Green and Rochford District Residents Group on Rochford District Council grows today to 7 Members of The Council.

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.

John Mason said today “We welcome Phil, Toby and Tracy joining us. All 3 are very experienced Councillors who are respected in their Wards for the work they do for residents. Rochford District Residents already covers the whole of the Rochford District but with the additions to the “Team” we will have widened our coverage to having a representative in Rayleigh in the West of District. Furthermore there will be closer shadowing overall of the Conservative Cabinet”.

All 3 will be joining Christine Mason in seeking re-election in May for Rochford District Residents.

Phil Capon said “I have chosen to stand again in Hawkwell South after being approached by a number of residents. I feel that by joining Rochford District Residents, I can best represent the people who live in the ward without being bound by national party policies. I look forward to working with the other members of the Group whose sole aim is to do what is best for the district and not for one party.”

Tracy Capon commented “Now I have taken time to think of recent events, I have decided that the residents of the Ashingdon and Canewdon ward deserve to be represented by a Councillor who is not bound by national party politics and the whip during council meetings. By joining Rochford District Residents, I will be able to act in a way that is best for all concerned and I look forward to standing in this seat in May and giving voters a viable alternative to party ‘yes men (or women)’ whose sole aim is self promotion and toeing the party line.”

Toby Mountain said “”Since leaving the Conservatives and becoming an Independent I have been included in several open forum, round table political discussions with the Rochford District Resident’s Group. We share the same belief with regard to openness and transparency and an engagement with residents in the decision making process. Uniting to create a strong and effective non-whipped group of residents representing residents, willing and able to challenge the current administration, presents a fresh choice at the local elections in May 2015. Residents in Sweyne Park Ward will now have the option to vote beyond the traditional narrow perspective of party politics and choose a local free speaking candidate to properly represent them.”

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