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Now Tory Councils Tell George Osborne “No More Cuts To Local Government”

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  From the Guardian: Tory council leaders across England and Wales have presented a united front with Labour and Lib Dem-run local authorities as they warn the chancellor, George Osborne, that another round of funding cuts would devastate local services and harm the most vulnerable in society.. In a letter to the Observer, council bosses representing every type of local…
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Something Curious In The Agenda

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  The District Council has its first Full Council Meeting of the civic year next Tuesday at 7:30. You can find the agenda here. This is where the new chair of the council , chairs of committees, and cabinet members are appointed. Also each May each councillor has to sign a piece of paper to say which group they are…
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Operation Bluenose

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The Police and Crime Commissioner’s website has a piece here on “Operation Bluenose” – a three-day crackdown on anti-social cyclists in Southend: Residents said they had cause to make regular complaints about cyclists flouting the law by riding on pavements in Westcliff, Southend High Street and the seafront. They asked for police action to address the issue and feared a…
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Time For Some Spring Cleaning

Now the elections are over , maybe it’s time to give the onlineFOCUS website a bit of a spring clean. We can add some features that people would like, and remove some features that aren’t being used. So any suggestions would be welcome over the next week or so! In particular , does everyone view the basic onlineFOCUS background: Or…
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Thank You!

    Ron Oatham writes: I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in Downhall and Rawreth ward, I was re-elected  with a majority of 453 votes: Ron Oatham (Lib Dem) 1242 Keith Podd (Conservative) 789 Jason Hodson (UKIP)  574  I will continue to do my best to represent the residents of our area.

And So To Bed….

  Chris Black writes: 5:10 am, just got from the counting of the votes for the parliamentary election. The result isn’t on the council website yet, but here are the figures I wrote  down .. As it happens the candidates finished in alphabetical order: FRANCOIS (CONSERVATIVE) 29088 HAYTER (UKIP) 11858 HOUGH (LABOUR)  6705 KENDALL (INDEPENDENT) 2418 PITT (LIBERAL DEMOCRAT) 1622…
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