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:
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
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.
And 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.”
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
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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There's lots of information on the District Council website about the planning application "North of London Road ".
To see it , just click here.
The Core Strategy
This is the official master document for planning policy in our district! To download it, click here
click here. (2.5mb)
If you want information on a particular planning application, you can find it on the District Council website here.
If you want to know what new planning applications have been submitted this week, click here.
Reporting A Problem
If you want to report a problem, you can email Lib Dems councillors by clicking here.
There's also an independent website called FixMyStreet. It's very good for reporting minor street problems like holes in the road, grafitti or failed streetlights. You can find FixMyStreet here.
Food Hygiene Ratings
To find the food hygiene rating for eating places and other businesses in our district , click here.