Stitch-up?

Fair Shares For All

Hawkwell Councillor John Mason is unhappy about the Conservative’s suggested housing allocation for Hawkwell: In the Summer of 2007, after the first public consultation, 32 Conservative Councillors met in private to allocate 2200 new housing units across Rochford District. They came up with 365 for Hawkwell West and just 740 for the whole of Rayleigh. The Liberal Democrats seem to…
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A Successful Skirmish

At last night’s meeting we got the Conservatives to agree to a change in the council vision statement. We got them to remove the phrase “several large scale sites” From: By 2017 ….. Secure a range of new mixed housing developing on several large-scale sites linked to local infrastructure upgrades and connected to public open space. to By 2017 ……..
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It’s Someone’s Vision

On Tuesday night councillors are being asked to approve the District Council’s “Vision Statement” for the years ahead. It begins by aiming to “make Rochford District the place of choice in the county to live, work and visit”. The last bit seems over-ambitious – can we really make our district the place to visit ahead of Lakeside, Southend-on-Sea , Walton-on-the-Maze,…
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Housing Figures, Leadership & Politics (Part 2)

There a quite a few things that can go wrong with the housing figures, if the public and Lib Dem councillors aren’t vigilant. First of all, the housing figures are due to be discussed at a couple of District Council committee meetings in April. Maybe there will be some nasty surprises there. It’s possible that officers might suggest a variation…
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Housing Figures, Leadership & Politics (Part 1)

A few nights ago Mike Nobes left a comment about housing figures and said “We need strong leadership, not politics. “ Well, any future battles around housing figures in Rayleigh certainly aren’t going to revolve around national politics. But they are certainly going to be intermeshed with local politics. This post is part one of a look at how things…
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New Housing – The Debate Hots Up

The argument about where to allocate new housing in the district seems to be hotting up again. According to the Echo: Could a new town be the answer? Hawkwell Parish Council believes it is. It suggests a new town in the west of Rayleigh would be the best policy to pursue. advertisement Originally, Rochford District Council officers had said Rayleigh…
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