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November 21st, 2014

Keeping Warm

Last Saturday the Daily Express warned of

Six inches of snow to hit Britain next week as Arctic blast sends temperatures plummeting

… which didn’t  happen. And the forecast for the next week is also fairly mild – so don’t panic:

rayleigh weather forecast

However the District Council website has had some stuff this week about keeping warm and saving money , which boils down to:

Avoid wasting energy
Simple things such as switching off an unused appliance, closing curtains to avoid heat loss through the windows, and turning off lights in unused rooms, will avoid lots of wasted energy and save you money.

‘Eco’ your day
Switch washing machines and dishwashers to their ‘eco’ setting and wait until they are full before using them, only boil as much water as you need, and use energy saving light bulbs to cut the cost of everyday activities without giving them up entirely.

Get financial help
Several schemes provide money toward winter bills:

  • Warm Home Discount: Some energy providers offer a discount of up to £140 to those on a low income. Contact your energy provider for more information.
  • Winter Fuel Payments: Those of pensionable age may be able to apply for a payment of between £100 and £300. Phone 08459 151515 for more information.
  • Cold Weather Payment: A payment of £25 per day may be available during very cold spells to people in receipt of certain benefits. Contact your Jobcentre Plus office for more information. Note : the phone number is 0345 604719

 

 

 

 

November 20th, 2014

One Week To Go….

… to this year’s  Christmas Lights in Rayleigh

xmas switch on 2014Remember previous years?

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November 18th, 2014

Consultation On Open Space – Closes November 28th –

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Rochford District Council residents have been given the opportunity to comment on the RDC draft Open Spaces Strategy.

The Friends of Sweyne Park are encouraging people to respond to the consultation, saying:

The committee wants to encourage as many people as possible to respond to this survey…

In the past RDC have been criticised for not taking enough note of public consultations.  Maybe that is because so few people actually respond. In an interview on Essex Radio Cllr Simon Smith said that there were 90,000 people in the Rochford district.   A recent on line council tax survey had a response from just 24 people.

I hope we can do better than that with this important survey.  A significant amount of the Council’s budget is allocated to Open Spaces and if we the council tax payers and open space users want to see a reflection of our views we should take this opportunity to let them know what they are.

The draft Open Spaces Strategy is a large and comprehensive document – don’t be put off! Below is a link to the Open Space Strategy Consultation page on the RDC website where you can find the online form or download a paper copy.    You will find references to Cherry Orchard Park and The Friends of Cherry Orchard Park as well as proposals for all open spaces that include the park.

http://www.rochford.gov.uk/leisure_culture_and_tourism/woodlands_parks_and_open_spaces

 

 

November 18th, 2014

Sorry…

… suffered a cyberattack a couple of days ago, but we’re back now (hopefully)

November 16th, 2014

Countryside Amend Their Documents

We’ve been advised that Countryside have amended some of the documents in their application for “North of London Road”  We’ve not studied it in depth yet, but the amendments include:

  • an extra plan showing the alignment of the estate link road
  • a change in the proposed bus route
  • a revision to the illustrated masterplan , regarding the bus route
  • updated flood risk assessment
  • an addendum to the environmental statement
  • a supplement to the transport assessment

 

November 15th, 2014

An Extra Meeting…

The defection of Phil and Tracy Capon from the Tory Group has prompted an extra meeting of  Extraordinary Full Council next Thursday to verify committee places. It shouldn’t take long….

 

PS there is no public question time at extraordinary meetings….

November 14th, 2014

Here We Go Again?

If you look at the District Council’s “Key Decisions Document”  you will find this section:

 

key decisions documentAnd what does a ‘call for sites” mean? It means asking landowners and property companies etc. to submit suggestions for possible sites for development. This would normally be somewhere where they have a financial interestt.

 

This is how local plans begin, and we asked the council to explain   – we  got the following  answer:

 

“This is part of the process of building the evidence base for the review of the local plan – the call for sites information will feed into the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, but it is important to bear in mind that the assessment does not allocate sites for development , or of course give planning consent –   it simply provides information to be considered as the review of the plan progresses.”

November 13th, 2014

Norman Lamb , Frank Bruno, And Mental Health

We don’t post national Lib Dem stuff here very often, but we’ll make an exception for this encouraging video:

 

 

 

November 12th, 2014

The Owlets Of Essex

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These photos in the Guardian today are worth a look….

November 12th, 2014

Arts And Crafts Centre Gets OK

Back in September we mentioned there was a planning application for a new arts and crafts centre in Bull Lane Rayleigh:

 

arts and crafts centre

It now has planning permission… we look forward to seeing what happens …..

November 11th, 2014

A Stinker Of An Error

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From the District Council website:

Important Information for Hockley residents

The latest edition of the Hockley Parish Newsletter contains an error relating to the disposal of dog waste. Dog waste can ONLY be disposed of in dog/litter bins or the purple lidded non-recyclables bin; Not the green compostables bin

 

November 10th, 2014

New Council Bank Account Details …UPDATED

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Rochford District Council is changing it’s bank account details from 17th November 2014. If you pay Council Tax, Business Rates or Housing Benefit invoices by Standing Order you will need to let your bank know their new bank details. They are:
Account name: Rochford District Council
Lloyds Bank PLC
Sort code 30-80-12
Account number 10542560

UPDATED 14th November : we have been contacted by the revenues and benefits dept of RDC:

“Unfortunately the original message on RDC’s website did not state that we have actually contacted people direct if they are affected by the change in our account details from 17th November. This has now been corrected…. In view of the comments made against the original message, would it be possible for you to post an update in order to clarify the situation….”

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