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"The Rochford Independent" - 5 new articles

  1. To Our Subscribers on Feedblitz
  2. United 4 Democracy – Help Abolish The Cabinet System at RDC
  3. RESULTS of Our Independent Budget Poll
  4. RESULTS – BUDGET POLL – AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
  5. Councillors may call for a Local Plan Referendum
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United 4 Democracy – Help Abolish The Cabinet System at RDC

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Why do Rochford District Residents,The Green Party, Lib Dems and Friends of Rochford want to Abolish the Cabinet System at Rochford District Council? Listen to the reaction of the Conservative Party. Start at 5.00 minutes in.

 

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RESULTS of Our Independent Budget Poll

Increase Council Tax by the maximum that the Government allows (up to 2%)
Charge for Car Parking for Evenings, Saturday afternoons and Sundays
Introduce a special charge (extra) for Green Waste Collections
Pay Essex County Council to keep the Street Lights on all night
Save money by dissolving the Cabinet and cancel £100,000+pa in special allowances to some Councillors
Have a 10% savings drive on all Council Departments
Use the £400,000 New Homes Bonus (Government Grant) to help meet the GAP instead of Reserves
Increase existing Car Park Charges
Capital Investment - Develop Council owned assets to provide homes for social rent for OUR residents
Capital Investment - A new Night Shelter for OUR homeless sleeping rough in our District (not in Southend)
Capital Investment - in a Solar Farm to generate income to replace government funding to the Council
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RESULTS – BUDGET POLL – AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

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Use the link above to see the FULL results.

134 residents (thank you) completed our Budget Poll.

What have residents said that the Council should listen to?

That residents are tired of add on “top up” taxes like special charges for green bins, car parking charges or even an extra charge for street lighting.

Whilst a majority did not want to see a Council Tax increase, which is understandable, those who preferred a Council Tax increase, rather than top up charges, were only just behind the No’s.

Interestingly residents were more in favour of using New Homes Bonus Grants to meet any shortfall in income rather than put it into reserves.

For the Investment Board residents were in favour of capital projects to develop land assets for development for affordable homes for social rent, a homeless shelter and an investment in a solar farm.

There was an overwhelming view from residents that the Cabinet with over £100,000 of allowances should go.

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Councillors may call for a Local Plan Referendum

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So if it looks that the Council is not listening to residents in the public consultations on the Second Local Plan for 7500 new dwellings 2017-2037 then we will step in and raise a petition for residents to call for a Referendum before it is adopted by Rochford District Council.

We know that a Referendum on a Local Plan is not included in the list of those which must be approved by the Council but why would such a Referendum NOT be approved if the appropriate number of residents had called for it in a Petition? The cost of a Referendum would be in the region of £90,000 but that could easily be found from the New Homes Bonus from the first Local Plan in Reserves.

From the Echo

Councillors in Rochford have called for a petition to be drawn up to hold a referendum on the district’s second local plan.

In a written statement, councillor John Mason, leader of the Green and Rochford District Residents Group said that during the early stages of the new housing plan, residents have complained “they feel that they will not be listened to” about their council and councillors.

Mr Mason said: “We promise our residents that we will, whether we are Councillors at that time or not, put forward a Petition to Residents to call for a Referendum on the Second Local Plan before it is adopted by the Council.

“It is the future of our District and what we do, both councillors and residents, with it that counts. No excuses.

Residents have a right to be listened to.”

A resident added: “Don’t bother lobbying your district councillors, they will not oppose any plan unless it is in there own back yard.

“They will tell you what you want to hear but will not take any positive action.”

The second plan currently aims to create an unrestrained 7,500 new dwellings in the Rochford district across Rayleigh, Hawkwell, Hockley, Hullbridge, Ashingdon and Rochford.

Consultations have begun for the second plan which on top of the first housing plan, aims to create a total of 10,000 new homes in Rochford by 2037.

Despite support from councillors throughout the district, the council are confident the process for the new plan’s consultation is going to be effective and that resident’s concerns and ideas will heard.

Rochford District Council’s assistant director for planning, Matthew Thomas, said: “Although this is an interesting suggestion, there is no provision for a referendum in the legislation governing the preparation of a local plan.

“The council intends to ensure residents are offered substantial opportunities to participate in the plan making process and we recently sent a leaflet to all households in the district to advise of the current consultation on the issues and options stage.

“The timetable for the preparation of the local plan envisages a report from an inspector on the soundness of the plan in 2021, so there is much work to do before a plan emerges that can be considered for adoption.”

Councillors have rallied to the support of Mr Mason’s statement and they hope it will encourage more residents to become involved in the issue.

Michael Hoy, Deputy Leader of the Green and Rochford District Residents Group, said: “I fully support the statement and I believe in democracy.

“I think people have the right to say which quite often they feel their views are ignored and this is a way to show their views are not ignored, especially when it comes to one of the biggest decision in the area for the next 15 years.”

Adrian Eves, Rochford District Residents councillor for Hockley, added: “I think the actual proposal is completely unsustainable.

“When you look at the problems we have with infrastructure, we are getting power outages and losses of water pressure in Hockley.

“All we can do it be noisy as possible to get the government to learn.”

Neil Hookway, leader of the Ukip group, added: “Having local referenda in regards to housing is Ukip policy, so we will always support that, but this is something that effects the whole district and that is very important.”

 

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