onlineFOCUS – News and Stuff For Rochford District since 2003

 

July 29th, 2014 |

Tory Whip Wins the Votes

blue rosette

It was a long and frustrating evening in the Council Chamber tonight. The Tories won all the key votes – but by a narrower margin than they would have liked:

Chris Black proposed keeping firm minimum standards for the sizes of new flats and houses – vote was lost 17-12.

Toby Mountain proposed cancelling the increases in car parking charges – vote was lost 19 -11. So car parking charges are still going up, though Saturday afternoons stay free.

Tory Leader Terry Cutmore proposed abolishing the right of any 3 councillors to refer a cabinet member decision to Full Council – this was passed 20 -11. A sad day for local democracy.

10 Responses to “Tory Whip Wins the Votes”

  1. 1
    Jim Cripps:

    Disappointing but no surprise , the compliant Conservative majority has the whip-hand ( literally ) – but you know what I think there is a growing Chamber and Public dawning as to what is going on at RDC.
    Although losing decisions there are ( apart from Toby’s independence ) a few more
    dissenting in the voting lately , as you say they probably expected more than 20-11.

    Waiting for Council elections to pick off a few more ‘ cabinet compliant ‘ Councillors will take to long the obvious big hope is the General Election will throw up some shocks locally and get someone ( anyone ) to fight our corner on a broader front.

    Keep going Chris and Co……

  2. 2
    Toby Mountain:

    Cllr Terry Cutmore (The Leader of the Council) confirmed last night that he is proud to be associated with statements which only show half the facts (re:Essex Tracker Survey) I don’t know why I’m surprised! Last night the Conservative group showed themselves (once again) to be an absolute disgrace!

  3. 3
    Richard Lambourne:

    I think mention should be made that “LIB DEM” Cllr Lumley “ABSTAINED” on the cark parking fees, and in fact voted “FOR” with the Tories on the Referral vote…….maybe she or another lib-dem could explain

  4. 4
    Chris Black:

    Richard @3 – I can’t explain , except to say that the Lib Dems genuinely don’t have a whip, which leads to situations where we vote against each other when we view things differently

  5. 5
    Janet Warner:

    I’m not surprised at this either!
    The “common” person doesn’t matter anymore, except when we get near to voting day!
    Democracy is being slowly but surely eroded. One day we’ll all wake up, let’s hope it’s not too late!

  6. 6
    Christine Paine:

    I’m not surprised, but I am saddened by it. I was looking at the photo of the 113 men who returned from WW1 and wondering how many didn’t. Over the years so many people have fought and died, from Mrs Pankhurst and her Suffragettes through to the dead of two world wars to keep this country free and democratic, free from tyranny. In a way what the Tory administration of RDC have done is erode and denigrate that sacrifice, only in a small way in the overall scheme of things, but a lot of small ways add up to a very big way. I am reminded of the saying “all that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing”. Over dramatic – well possibly, but it feels like the thin end of a very big wedge.

  7. 7
    Jim Cripps:

    Well put Christine , and the fight for the common man did’nt end in 1918 – my grandfather returned wounded and classified as “unfit” so could’nt get a job in
    civvi -street.
    he and lots like him joined unions / developed the Labour Party and fought long and
    hard ( General Strike / Jarrow Hunger March etc; ) against the ruling class in order
    to earn a living.
    What goes around comes around and once Tony Blair turned Labour into light blue
    outfit there is no real opposition and slowly but surely we are moving back to a ruling class – RDC is a prime example. ( and no I don’t see Ed Milliband as any different to
    Blair & Co ) so not a solution.

  8. 8
    The Mighty Oz:

    The silence from our invisible MP ( can hardly remember his name ) is deafening. Does he have an opinion on this, come to think of it does he have an opinion on anything ?

  9. 9
    Christine Paine:

    I don’t think he has an opinion on anything Oz unless there is a photo opportunity involved, he seems very good at those. In fact I think he’s probably paid not to have opinions, just do what he’s told. Not a lot of difference between central Government and RDC in that respect. He needs to start thinking though. This needs to be widely publicised and once people realise what is going on and the already evident unrest and unhappiness with the current local Tory administration spreads even more he might find it impacts on his majority at the next election, especially of Mr Farrage keeps going from strength to strength in the Essex Man (and woman) areas.

  10. 10
    Jason Richer:

    What surprises me the most is that the word Democracy is still a word and actually listed in the English Dictionary. I shall take a snapshot of the names and the way they voted on the 3rd point and keep my fingers crossed that some of them knock on my door in the run up to the GE. In the interim I just hope that a Walter Tyler soon makes himself known.

Leave a Reply


4 + four =

You can add images to your comment by clicking here.

Choose the layout you want to see

November 2014
M T W T F S S
« Oct    
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

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

  • Jim Cripps: 3600 x family of four = 14400 , so a new Hospital? / more Doctors-Dentist s? / Social Services ? etc;etc;...
  • White Van Man: [Not published as being contrary to the RDC Social Media Policy: http://www.roch ford.gov.uk/...
  • Jim Cripps: Given the most recent rain was persistent ( rather than extraordinary ) this shows just how close to...
  • Corey Vost: Jim, this is nothing new – this has been on the cards for a number of years with plans available to...
  • The Mighty Oz: It’s all a mystery…& #8230;😳 http://www.inde pendent.co.uk/n ews/people/wilk o-johnson-n...
  • Jim Cripps: I see Countryside and their chums ( Chelmsford Councillors this time ) are at it again – 3600 new...
  • Linda Kendall: I know nothing about this Wilko person whatsoever except my daughter bought rather expensive tickets...
  • Greenbelt: I received one due to the fact that, having made formal objections throughout the Local Development...
  • Christine Paine: Didn’t get one of the letters, but I’ve seen the details. As far as I can see a bit of...
  • Chris Black: It may be strange …. but I heard him on Radio 2 this morning, sounding pretty good after having a...
  • admin: I’ve not seen one….
  • Local resident: Did they reply?
  • Jim Cripps: So, has anyone else received the notification of the modifications to the submitted outline planning...
  • Jim Cripps: Yes Oz – up against a long established “clubR 21; (which includes the judiciary )...
  • The Mighty Oz: Jim, no surprise that Euro Claggy has managed, yet again, to “leadR 21; his party to oblivion...
  • admin: Had another attack yesterday… ;.
  • Terry: Sounds similar to the family of one of the RDC councillors selling their land off the London road for...
  • The Mighty Oz: I understand that each case is different but this ruling may not bode well for the campaign....
  • Christine Paine: Of course green belt also gives greater profit to developers (not that that even crosses anyones...
  • Linda Kendall: Re. Objection sent in August 2013 as noted above. This document can be found in the www.Rayleigh...
  • Linda Kendall: Christine @ 5 . Yes of course it would but they don’t even have to use any energy whatsoever...
  • Christine Paine: Now this may seem like a really silly idea, but rather than put out a call for land, which almost...
  • admin: Have a look here to see how it kicked off lat time. At this stage I don’t think the land north of London...
  • admin: Well, it’s implemented by the council to see what sites could be available for development if additional...

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 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