Local Democracy

Geoff Williams To Move Motion Of No Confidence At Basildon Council

Geoff Willimas
Geoff Williams

We wrote recently about Basildon Council, where a planning decision for a big housing site was kept away from Basildon’s own planning committee and decided under delegated powers. Veteran Liberal Democrat Councillor Geoff Williams is now intending to table a motion of no confidence in the planning committee chair Cllr Morris on October 15th. The motion reads: “This council believes…
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This Is Important – A “Combined Authority” To Rule Over Essex?


The government is offering to devolve powers and decision-making to regional areas, and as a result the different council leaders in Essex – including Essex CC , Southend and Thurrock – have been talking about working together. The first thing to say is that there has been no discussion at our Full Council about this yet. The second is that…
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Basildon Council Bypasses Its Own Planning Committee


Sometimes planning meetings aren’t simply about passing something or refusing it. They are about suggesting improvements in the layout. A good example of this was back in the 80s with the Downhall Park Way Development . The Lib Dem ward councillors at that time got the layout altered in a number of places , to minimise the impact on neighbours….
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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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