onlineFOCUS – News and Stuff For Rochford District since 2003

 

February 5th, 2014 |

Now There Really Is a Chance To Keep Free Saturday Afternoon Parking

Straight after last week’s council meeting we wrote:

Still A Chance ?

The vote tonight to increase car parking charges AND end free parking on Saturday afternoons was quite close.
It might just be possible to persuade some councillors to switch sides and replace what was passed tonight by a compromise motion, that still increased the charges but kept free Saturday afternoons.

 

So we said a compromise motion might work, and now 9 Tory councillors have followed our lead and signed a motion to bring this back to Full Council!, So there will be another vote on free Saturday afternoon car parking at next Full Council. If their motion is supported by the 7 opposition councillors who voted against last time, that makes a total of 16 out of 39. It could be a very close vote, and a very interesting night…

This is their motion (click on it to enlarge)

motion to rescind

When the same councillors abstained last week, the public reaction was pretty contemptuous. Bringing a motion to council is a very different matter, and should attract more respect. We’ve received a couple of comments tonight regarding the abstentions that we haven’t published yet, and we’ll hold them back in light of this different situation.

Things remain uncertain:
– will the bigwigs in the Tory party concede that they have got this wrong, and agree to this compromise? They’d be wise to do so.
– or will any of the 9 Tories be persuaded by their party whip to back off? They’d look really foolish, though.
– how will the voting go on the night? If the Tory leadership don’t concede, they might still have the numbers to win the vote.

5 Responses to “Now There Really Is a Chance To Keep Free Saturday Afternoon Parking”

  1. 1
    Kristian Ives:

    Am I missing something here? this is not high stakes politics, get a grip please councillors. This is not a tough decision, its about car parking! Free parking on a Saturday afternoon is of benefit to the high street and guess what the local economy. Not sure you can really justify increasing the charges but if that is the compromise you feel you must make then so be it. The argument that the additional revenue will pay for flood prevention when the flood problem is down to poor town plannning is rather ironic in the first place. The cash will just disappear into the coffers and extra money will be needed for something else at some point and again residents, businesses will end up paying for it! To say that I am a frustrated constituent is to put it mildly. The question I have is, more houses = more council tax revenue, more houses going to be built = even more council tax. What is going on, why do we need parking charges increased? where is the money going? forgive the rant and do your job councillors.

  2. 2
    JIM Cripps:

    Kristian – it is no consultation but you are not the only frustrated constituent, and at
    last I think the silent majority are now slowly waking up, hopefully in time for coing elections.

  3. 3
    Chris Black:

    Kristian, you may well be right, maybe we are making too much of a drama out of this. I’m reminded of when I took my wife to her first council meeting many years ago. She sat through the whole thing, and her verdict afterwards was “It’s like watching mice fighting”.

    But I really want this vote to go the right way.

    I’d personally like to see the car parking charges frozen for another year, but I’ll settle now for keeping Saturday afternoons free. The increases were originally floated as a way for the District Council to help with flood prevention – even though the Essex CC are the lead council on this. And then somehow the idea got mutated into increasing council balances.

    The district council DOES face big financial challenges, but it doesn’t have to increase car parking charges. (maybe we should write in more detail about the council’s budget in a separate post)

  4. 4
    The Mighty Oz:

    Kristian,
    Jim is right, although it seems a relatively trivial issue it’s symptomatic of a much wider problem, that is the council, and certain councillors, are riding roughshod over the people that elected them. Our wishes and views seem to count for nothing and it’s leading to a great deal of frustration on the part of the electorate.

  5. 5
    Kristian:

    Thanks for the feedback guys.

    Chris, thanks, I’m very aware that you will be on the right side of the argument. A breakdown of the Council budget would be of huge interest.

Leave a Reply


8 + five =

You can add images to your comment by clicking here.

Choose the layout you want to see

December 2014
M T W T F S S
« Nov    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  

Who We Are

We are Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners in Rochford District.
We want to improve local decision-making and we see onlineFOCUS as a good way of keep residents informed and involved.
Please click here to email us .

viewfrommount

Comments Policy

We welcome your comments, they are very important to us. However please note:
* We may not necessarily agree with the comments made by our readers
* We ask everyone to treat people with respect when making a comment. No personal abuse please.



Daily Reporting by Chris Black

With support from:
Ron Oatham Ron Oatham Bruce Smart Bruce Smart Chris Stanley Chris Stanley

Latest Comments

  • Linda Kendall: Oz @ 6 Jim @ 7. Re Traveller Pitches. The planned ‘municipa l’ traveller site is stated to...
  • The Mighty Oz: Chris, good response to my ( slightly tongue in cheek ) post. You and Jim are spot on but the real...
  • Jim Cripps: I can only agree CHRIS , we have been ‘American ized’ – sucked into a materialis...
  • Chris black: Jim, we live in a world where people are more stressed out, we have more holidays and fancy gadgets but...
  • Jim Cripps: CHRIS @11 – the fact that all the main party leaders have a ‘net ‘ minus rating only...
  • Jim Cripps: Admin @8 – so how does this get to happen ?, my concern is that Christmas / New Year will come and...
  • Chris Black: Oz, I’m almost in too much of a pre-Christmas good mood to reply…. But… really....
  • bruce smart: It is essential then the people who do speak on behalf of the Councils are very carefully chosen....
  • The Mighty Oz: The whole issue of voters being ignored is also being played out at a national level. We have three...
  • admin: Jim. The rules are that one member of the public can speak in favour, one can speak against, plus a...
  • Jim Cripps: Oz – I’m sure Linda will be on and give you the reference document that defines a...
  • The Mighty Oz: There is one thing that Is incorrect, I cannot see anywhere a plan for a HUGE travellers site. I do...
  • Chris Black: Jim, it’s something I’ve witnessed , but can’t explain. Toby Mountain probably could,...
  • Jim Cripps: 10,000 probably represents pretty much all of West Rayleigh & Hullbridge who are against it , the...
  • James Newport: It’s totally disgusting how this many residents views can be disregarded. I hope that come...
  • Linda Kendall: Thank you for the above report. Very fair. Perhaps it should be clearly reported that RDC were found...
  • Jim Cripps: Disappointing yes, surprise no – the ‘establis hment ‘ always gets what it wants via...
  • admin: We will be writing about this later tonight…. Save your comments till then!
  • Jim Cripps: Oz @ 22 & 23 above – It is you being so cheerful that keeps us all going mate 😛. @22 – I...
  • The Mighty Oz: And here is some more depressing news, still all those new people will need somewhere to eat…....
  • The Mighty Oz: I’m with Christine @ 1, the developer will be back again and again until the golf course is...
  • The Mighty Oz: Oh dear, they think it’s all over, it is now http://www.echo -news.co.uk/new s/local_news...
  • Jim Cripps: A Matthews & 3 – please name him/her , as they are clearly not doing their job.
  • Sue Murton: I am delighted it was refused it is like a heavy weight lifted from my shoulders and I cannot thank those...

Recent Posts


Lib Dem logo
Legal Statement for the purposes of complying with electoral law: This website is published and promoted by by Bruce Smart at 12 Ferndale Road, Rayleigh, on behalf of Liberal Democrat Candidates all at 12 Ferndale Road, Rayleigh The technology and hosting used for this website is provided by 1&1 Internet Limited, The Nova Building, Herschel Street Slough SL1 1XS

Technical Help : Graham Osborn

Posts To Remember

Categories

Categories

Asda or Makro Council Budget Council Drama Crime & Policing District Core Strategy District Wide Elections Essex & East Future Housing Green Belt Highways & Parking History and Culture Hockley Hullbridge Leisure and Sport Liberal Democrats Local Democracy Local Facilities National Politics No Category Planning Applications Rawreth Rayleigh Rochford Web Stuff YouTube and Video

500 HOUSES BETWEEN LONDON ROAD AND RAWRETH LANE

There's lots of information on the District Council website about the planning application "North of London Road ". To see it , just click here.

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.

Food Hygiene Ratings

To find the food hygiene rating for eating places and other businesses in our district , click here.

Essex Political Blogs

Geography, History , Science

Lib Dem Websites

Local Council Websites

Local History

Local Info

Non-Political Stuff

Other Lib Dem Blogs

Planning Issues

Join Your Local Team

If you read onlineFOCUS for a while you can see the kind of things we are trying to achieve locally. Maybe you would like to help us?


If you fancy helping us deliver leaflets, or actively campaigning for us at election time, or simply just helping behind the scenes with paperwork, please contact the onlineFOCUS team here.

“Rayleigh was the birthplace of Britain’s first surviving quintuplets, but that’s just one of its many claims to fame”

When the Olympic Torch came to Rayleigh, Chris Black wrote about the town in the Guardian - read it here

Join the National Team

If you would like email updates on what the Lib Dems are doing nationally, click here.
If you would like to join the Lib Dems click here.

Meta