Archive For The “Council Drama” Category

“Sorry It’s Not My Department”

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“Sorry It’s Not My Department”

There’s a new blog called Sorry Its Not  My Department that is well worth a look. It describes itself as follows: “This is a site dedicated to sharing ideas, thoughts and opinions on issues in local government. The site is aimed at officers, leaders and anyone who has ever dealt with their own local council….

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What We Learned At Tonight’s Annual Council

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What We Learned At Tonight’s Annual Council

Hockley Tory councillor Carole Weston is now Chairman. She’s a popular choice, and should do a good job, both on a the ceremonial side of things , and on ensuring fair debate in the council chamber. The Tories seem desperate to stop Green Party councillor Michael Hoy from being chair of the Review Committee ….

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Terry Cutmore Remains Tory Leader, Mike Steptoe Becomes Deputy

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Terry Cutmore Remains Tory Leader, Mike Steptoe Becomes Deputy

There’s some information on the Council website tonight about the leadership of the  various political groups , and their nominations to committees. Terry Cutmore remains Tory leader, with Mike Steptoe from Roche South becoming deputy leader Neil Hookway becomes leader of the UKIP group Chris Black remains leader of the Lib Dems; John Mason remains…

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Time For Paperwork

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Time For Paperwork

For councillors, the first two weeks after an election are a time for paperwork . First of all, there’s a lot of stuff to read, especially if you are a new councillor. Then there’s the group paperwork. You have to sign a document to say which group you want to be in. Oddly enough, if…

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What The Count Is Like From The Candidates’ Point Of View…

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What The Count Is Like From The Candidates’ Point Of View…

This year the election count is taking place on the Friday morning, which is both good and bad from the candidates point of view. It’s good because it’s such a complicated count this time that it would literally last all night and into breakfast time, so we’d be absolutely exhausted and be too tired to…

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This Could Be The Last Time….

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This Could Be The Last Time….

There’s a meeting of the District Full Council on Tuesday evening. There’s nothing sensational on the agenda, but it’s the last Full Council before the elections, so it could be ‘the last time’ for any councillor present. And it will definitely be the last time for those who aren’t seeking re-election – unless they make…

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A Farewell To Amar

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A Farewell To Amar

Rochford District Council’s Chief Executive, Amar Dave, is leaving – to become a Director at Brent Borough Council in London. This will be seen by some as a surprise, as he has only been with RDC since October 2013. So the recruitment process will start soon for a replacement. effect of cialis on women ,…

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A Few More Thoughts About That Roundabout….

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A Few More Thoughts About That Roundabout….

1. According to the document from the applicant’s traffic consultant, the 500 houses in Hullbridge would cause a big increase in congestion if no improvements are carried out. They predict that by 2019, without the 500 houses , there would be queues in Rawreth Lane in the evening rush hour of 45 cars, with delays…

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Short But Good-Natured

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Short But Good-Natured

Tonight’s Extraordinary Council was short but good-natured. The only item on the agenda was to approve the list of polling districts and polling stations for future elections. That went through after a short debate, with all councillors agreed. But after that there was a bit of unofficial business in the council chamber. We found out…

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“No Thank You”, Say Labour

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“No Thank You”, Say Labour

Last week we wrote about the expected reshuffle of committee places owing to Labour winning a second seat and Jamie Burton leaving UKIP. However this is turning into a bit of an anti-climax, as Labour have declined to take any of the four places they are entitled to. So Chris Black and John Hayter stay…

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Musical Chairs

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Musical Chairs

The thing about musical chairs,is that when the music stops, someone is without a seat…. There’s an item at the next full District Council  meeting about committee places. With Jamie Burton leaving UKIP and Labour gaining a seat in the recent by-election, this means committee places have to be re-jigged – parties lose or gain…

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The Investment Board Meets

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The Investment Board Meets

The Investment Board is a new District Council committee that means for the first time on Monday evening. It’s membership and terms and reference are shown above. It doesn’t look like the first meeting is going to be very exciting. However this committee could be an interesting sort of animal, we will have to see…

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