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Chris And Chris

Why do Downhall & Rawreth and Grange wards have Liberal Democrat councillors? We think that’s because:

- people like how we have voted on various issues, such as the overdevelopment of our area.
– we try harder than the other parties to keep people informed with newsletters and onlineFOCUS
– the Lib Dems want to have listening councillors who engage with the public
– we vote for what’s best for our areas, not just following a party line like the current Conservative group.

There are District Council elections in May and we’d like to tell you what we are doing in these wards:

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Chris Black is standing again in Downhall and Rawreth. Four years ago he beat the Conservative candidate pretty comfortably, but that was four years ago and we are taking nothing for granted.
Contact details for Chris Black are:
Telephone: 01268 778973
Email: cllrchrisblack@gmail.com
Letters: 56 Love Lane Rayleigh Essex SS6 7DX
Chris is a life-long Rayleigh resident, he went to Glebe, Downhall and Sweyne Schools. He works in the shipping industry along the Thames.

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In Grange ward Liberal Democrat councillors Chris and June Lumley have a great record dealing with local problems in a friendly non political way that residents like, that is why they have been re-elected many times. June remains a Councillor but this year Chris Lumley has decided to retire from the District Council – although he will still be on the Town Council.

We have carefully chosen Chris Stanley as our candidate here, we think he is definitely the best person to follow in Chris Lumley’s footsteps. Chris has been part of our team for several years, helping to deliver our newsletters and getting involved in  local issues. He wants to be another listening councillor, keeping in contact with people. He has lived in the Down Hall Road area since 1970 and is a semi-retired electrician. “Chris and Chris” are already working together on issues – you might have seen them recently at events at the Mill Hall and St Nicholas School.

Contact details for Chris Stanley:
Phone 01268 785732
Email: chrismstanley@hotmail.co.uk
Home address: 48 Hambro Avenue Rayleigh, Essex

We put our hearts into working for our areas because we really do care. Too many people have been elected elsewhere in our District, just because their party is doing well in the national polls and they are wearing the right colour rosette. We don’t want that to happen here, but we could do with some help!  If any onlinefocus readers can help us a little, delivering 150- 200 leaflets or spending a hour helping us on election day May 22nd, we’d be very grateful!

Nothing Tonight

Apologies, no new item this evening, we are busy at Onlinefocus Towers writing some leaflets….

There’s Boundary Changes Coming….

As reported at Full District Council last week, there is going to be a review of all the council ward boundaries in our district, because Downhall and Rawreth , and Rochford wards have too many people, and Barling & Sutton, Grange and Trinity wards don’t have enough:

2.1 The Chair and Chief Executive of the Local Government Boundary
Commission for England (LGBCE) have met with the Leader of the Council
and the Chief Executive to discuss the high level timeline for the Electoral
Review.
2.2 The LGBCE have decided to undertake a review as 5 of the Council’s wards
have an electoral variance in excess of 10% from the average for the authority
(based on October 2012 data). There are:-
 Barling and Sutton, Grange and Trinity wards that are over-represented;
and
 Downhall and Rawreth and Rochford wards that are under-represented

2.4 The first key factor to determine will be:-
2.4.1 whether the Council retains the elections by third system, in which case the
presumption made by the LGBCE will for a uniform pattern of 3 member
wards, or
2.4.2 whether the Council opts for all-out elections every four years, in which case
the Council would be able to retain a selection of 1, 2 and 3 member wards.
2.5 Should the Council wish to move to all-out elections, the Council would need
to consult on the option. It would then have to pass a resolution at a Council
meeting specially convened for the purpose by a majority of two-thirds of the
Members voting on it. This work would need to be completed by March 2014
(see paragraph 2.6 below).
2.6 The next factor for the Council to consider will be the number of Members
necessary to carry out business effectively having regard to the Executive
decision – making arrangements, regulatory and scrutiny functions and the
representational role of Councillors, both in terms of ward work and
representing the Council on outside bodies. The LGBCE will expect the
Council to consider this not just in the context of the Council’s current
arrangements but also likely future trends or plans for five to ten years hence.
The Council will need to make a decision on this in March 2014 and will send
views to the LGBCE. The LGBCE have made the point that in any
submission, the arguments made must be evidence driven with a clear
rationale.

At the moment we have a few small wards with only one district councillor (such as Barling and Sutton). Most wards have two councillors (such as all the Rayleigh wards) There are also some larger, three-councillor wards (such as Hullbridge). In most years, one third of the council comes up for election. (the exceptions to this are years like 2013, when we had county council elections instead).

So it’s possible that we will see the whole of the district being in three-member wards, with every councillor being elected at the same time, once every four years. It’s also very likely that once district ward boundaries have been decided, the commission will then look at parish councils.

Selling The Electoral Register

There’s been some press coverage today about district councils selling what’s called the ‘edited’ electoral register to various organisations and companies:

As the Independent puts it:

Local councils have sold the personal information of individuals to more than 2,700 private companies – including lobbyists, estate agents and fast food outlets – according to new figures.

Data obtained under the Freedom of Information act found at least 307 local councils sold details from the edited electoral register – comprising names and addresses of thousands of voters that have not chosen to opt out– to private firms in transactions worth more than £250,000. Companies that bought the data include the estate agent Foxtons, the lobby group Bell Pottinger and Coast Insurance.

The research, by the campaigning group Big Brother Watch, comes amid growing concern many companies are “abusing” the register for marketing and publicity purposes in moves that have exacerbated junk mail and assist cold-calling. At least 2,742 sales of the edited register were made between 2007 and 2012 at a cost of £265,161.21, the study found.

If you go the Big Brother Watch website (and they have nothing to do with a certain TV programme!)  you can find out the detailed information. For example in South East Essex, councils sold the data as follows:

Rochford:

Southend :

Basildon:

Castle Point:

There’s nothing very dramatic here, but should councils be allowed to sell these registers to an insurance company or a credit reference agency?

A Night of Drama At the Count – Tories Lose to UKIP and Greens

It was a dramatic night at the count – but a slightly frustrating one for the Lib Dems.

Rayleigh North – Malcolm Maddocks held the seat for the Tories, but Chris Black cut the Conservative majority down to 295. We had strong support in Downhall, but didn’t do so well in the rest of Rayleigh North. With another 10 helpers to get more leaflets out we could have won.

Malcolm Maddocks Conservative 1332
Chris Black Liberal Democrat 1037
Janet Lilian Davies UK Independence Party 830
John Hayter English Democrats 660
David Dennis Bodimeade Labour 258

Result 4 years ago: Conservative majority of 336 over Lib Dems

Rayleigh South - a shock win for UKIP’s Keith Gibbs. Was it a mistake for the Tories to pick a candidate from Chelmsford? Pam Waldie came third, as the Lib Dems did last time.

John Christopher Flack Conservative 1194
Keith Anthony Gibbs UK Independence Party 1379
Pam Waldie Liberal Democrat 563
Cameron Scott Labour 331

Result 4 years ago: Conservative majority of 1318 over English Democrats

Rochford West - a convincing victory for the Green’s Michael Hoy, who won the seat from the Tories by 336:

Michael Hoy Green Party 1615
Keith Henry Hudson Conservative 1279
Cherry Young UK Independence Party 878
Rachael Alice Broomfield Labour 344
Ian Gale Liberal Democrat 74

Result 4 years ago: Conservative majority of 1072 over Lib Dems

Rochford South _ Colin Seagers holds the seat for the Conservatives, but only by 80 ahead of Labour

Colin George Seagers Conservative 1085
Jerry Gibson Labour 1005
Peter James Van De Vyver UK Independence Party 804
Angela Marguerite Robinson Liberal Democrat 89

Result 4 years ago: Conservative majority of 1449 over BNP

Rochford North – Tery Cutmore holds the seat for the Conservatives, ahead of UKIP by 224

Terry Cutmore Conservative 1470
Gerry Bolton UK Independence Party 1236
Allan Robert Davies Labour 446
Deborah Taylor Liberal Democrat 296

Result 4 years ago: Conservative majority of 1785 over BNP

In the District Council elections, the Tories held both Hawkwell North and Whitehouse , but not by much. UKIP came extremely close in Whitehouse, only losing by 7.

Hawkwell North
Lesley Ann Butcher Conservative Party 372
Keith Anthony Gibbs UK Independence Party 311
Arthur Williams Independent 173
John Henry Jefferies Labour 133

Whitehouse
Robin Richard Dray Conservative 408
Linda Diane Kendall UK Independence Party 401
David Dennis Bodimeade Labour 137
Result 4 years ago: Conservative majority of

All in all, the Lib Dems left the count tired but in good spirits. We are very grateful to everyone who voted for us and particularly to those people who help deliver our leaflets. With more helpers we can do better and do more for our area – if you would like to help please let us know!

The Polling Stations Close At Ten Tonight

 

 

The Polling Stations close at 10 tonight.

The count will begin soon after that , and we should have results in the early hours.

We’ll publish the results on here when we get home … so have a look when you wake up tomorrow morning.

How To Vote….

 

 

If you’ve never voted before, and wonder about what you actually do at the polling station, here’s an animated guide from the Electoral Commission.

 

 

 

Lib Dem Priorities for Essex

Lib Dem Priorities for Essex

County Council Elections – 2 May 2013

Four years of Tory scandal and financial mismanagement

Over the last four years Conservative run Essex County Council has been hit by a series of financial and other scandals

The former Leader, Lord Hanningfield, was forced to resign over his House of Lords expenses for which he was imprisoned
Lord Hanningfield’s ECC expenses were exposed which showed £287,000 had been spent over the five years 2005-10, the previous five years records having been destroyed.

Further revelations showed his office staff claimed £70,000 over three years and ECC paid his £4,600 bar bill at the House of Lords
The Conservatives, with Labour support, refused a Liberal Democrat call for an Inquiry to establish who authorised those payments and why
The use of ‘P’ cards (payment cards) by officers was exposed which revealed £1.7m had been spent on luxury hotels, trips abroad and shopping sprees
Five cases of personal identity data were leaked or mislaid

The revelation that ECC had £14.5m of art treasures hidden away from public view
Developer contributions (Section 106 monies) were lost through inaction

Now is the time to sweep away the secrecy and open up the County Council to public scrutiny

The Liberal Democrats will make that change by:

Council meetings to be web cast
Allowing the public to speak and ask questions at Council meetings
No more decisions made behind closed doors

During the last four years the standard of basic services has fallen. The Liberal Democrats will change that by restoring services and improving others by:

Repairing roads properly, not just patching up
Improving poorly performing schools
Ending the shortage of school places
No more cuts to Library opening hours
Re-opening the Martins Farm, St Osyth Recycling Centre
No more Recycling Centre closures
Ensuring the under 5′s nursery provision is fully taken up
Providing swimming concessions for the under 16′s
Improving youth provision
Providing concessionary fares passes for those on Job Seekers Allowance and undertaking Apprenticeships
No more increases in car parking charges in ECC Country Parks
Protecting concessionary fares for pensioners
Stopping the street light switch off for review
Introduce ’20 is plenty’ – 20mph speed limit near schools and in residential areas

The Liberal Democrats will ensure value for money by:

Cutting waste and bureaucracy at County Hall
Using cash sitting in the Council’s Banks
Cutting business trips and conferences
Reducing the number of Cabinet members and Deputies receiving allowances
Cutting the publicity budget
Slashing the use of expensive consultants
No more gimmicky projects like Banking in Essex which wasted £400,000
Making sure Developers contributions (Section 106 monies) are spent in time and not returned

A Message From Pam Waldie

Pam Waldie – the LOCAL Candidate who can beat the Chelmsford Tory

Dear Fellow Resident,

My name is Pam Waldie and I have lived in Rayleigh for the past 9 years. I have been helping our local Liberal Democrats deliver their newsletters and now I am stepping forward and standing for election to the County Council for Rayleigh South.

I am particularly interested in health issues and care for the elderly. Also, with two children serving in the police service I understand crime and policing issues. I am certainly not a career politician but I have the local knowledge to help residents.

In the last year or so the appearance of Rayleigh has suffered – too many potholes and too much graffiti. The very least I expect from the County Council is that they remove graffiti from their own bus shelters, but it didn’t happen until local Lib Dems chased this up. I also want to see the police catching the people who make the grafitti !

Potholes aren’t just a cosmetic issue – they damage cars and are a danger for cyclists. Our part of Essex simply hasn’t been treated fairly by the County Council – we have been getting much less money for road maintenance than other areas of the county.

I’ve already mentioned that I’m local; I am  amazed to find out that the Conservative candidate lives miles away near Chelmsford. He doesn’t tell people that in his first leaflet. Rayleigh deserves better. Rayleigh voters are being taken for granted.

We need someone to put forward the local view, and not just follow a party line. Please give me your support on May 2nd, and if you would like to help my campaign, please phone or email me.

Best Regards
Pam Waldie

46 Deepdene Avenue Rayleigh. Phone: 01268 780003
Email: jamelapj@googlemail.com Website: www.onlinefocus.org

“Green Party Leader Coming To Hullbridge And Hockley”

It’s probably been a looooong time since a leader of one of the political parties came to our district. David Steel stopped off for a photo at Rayleigh Weir in 1983, but we can’t recall any others since then.
However according to Cllr Michael Hoy, the leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, will be coming to Hullbridge and Hockley tomorrow.

Clearly the election there is hotting up…..

We’d like to officially deny the rumour that David Cameron was going to come, but was afraid of getting marooned in Watery Lane!

Watery Lane

Our Priorities

Essex Liberal Democrats
Our Priorities for the 2013 Elections

Four years of Tory scandal and financial mismanagement

Over the last four years Conservative run Essex County Council has been hit by a series of financial and other scandals

The former Leader, Lord Hanningfield, was forced to resign over his House of Lords expenses for which he was imprisoned

Lord Hanningfield’s ECC expenses were exposed which showed £287,000 had been spent over the five years 2005-10, the previous five years records having been destroyed

Further revelations showed his office staff claimed £70,000 over three years and ECC paid his £4,600 bar bill at the House of Lords

The Conservatives, with Labour support, refused a Liberal Democrat call for an Inquiry to establish who authorised those payments and why

The use of ‘P’ cards (payment cards) by officers was exposed which revealed £1.7m had been spent on luxury hotels, trips abroad and shopping sprees

Five cases of personal identity data were leaked or mislaid

The revelation that ECC had £14.5m of art treasures hidden away from public view

Developer contributions (Section 106 monies) were lost through inaction

Now is the time to sweep away the secrecy and open up the County Council to public scrutiny

The Liberal Democrats will make that change by:

Council meetings to be web cast

Allowing the public to speak and ask questions at Council meetings

No more decisions made behind closed doors

The Battle Of Rochford West

Green party councillor Michael Hoy writes here about the County Council contest in Hockley West.

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The Core Strategy

This is the official master document for planning policy in our district! To download it, click here click here. (2.5mb)

Planning Applications…

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.

The Roads That Need Repairing


The County Council admitted in July that over 200 roads in our district need repairing! They say they will fix them by May 2013. Click here to see the list.

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