Local Democracy

A Question Of Floor Space, A Question Of Localism

There’s a planning application in Hockley to construct a two bedroom bungalow. The application number is 14/00807/FUL and the intention is to build in the rear garden of 28 Great Eastern Avenue but fronting directly onto Gladstone Road. What’s interesting is that last month the council adopted policies about minimum floorspace in new homes. The floorspace in this application is…
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Cake Night In Rawreth

Tonight’s Rawreth Parish Council meeting dealt with some serious issues but was a good-natured affair. This was helped by the excellent home-made cheese scones and chocolate cake provided for the public as a seasonal treat (other councils please copy!). Here’s a few key points: The parish council are giving grants to a number of good causes, including 500 pounds to…
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“Lights, Camera , Action”

Thanks to the Mighty Oz for pointing this item from the government website Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles today published a new guide for local people explaining how they can attend and report their local council meetings. New guidance explicitly states that councils should allow the public to film council meetings. The new how-to guide gives practical information for the…
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The Official Answers

The minutes to the last Full District Council meeting are now available here. Here you can find the written answers to the public questions – due to technical problems we can’t cut and paste them on to onlineFOCUS right now, we should be able to do it tomorrow morning…: (a) From Mr J E Cripps of 5 Durham Way, Rayleigh,…
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“A Classic Political Mistake”

Independent Tory Toby Mountain writes on his blog about the erosion of local democracy last week: “With concerns about the decision making process becoming more vocal amongst residents (and from a few voices within) and opposition groups gradually making in-roads and winning seats, sensible leadership would start reaching out in order to refresh, regroup and address the concerns being raised…
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