Welcome to an irregular series of blogs from me, which I hope will provide some personal insights into the challenges faced by the Council to deliver services for our residents.
It’s a while since I’ve written about life in the Council. Last month, we had two meetings of Full Council to determine the budget for the financial year 2019 to 2020 and, as a result, my Revenues and Benefits Team are now working hard to prepare Council Tax bills to be sent out soon.
There is a lot being written about housing developments in the District and I know from many conversations there is much confusion about the term ‘affordable housing’. From a practical standpoint affordability will mean something different to each Rochford resident, whether renting or buying.
I have been involved in a number of discussions over the last few weeks about the new Local Plan for Rochford. There is no doubt in my mind that the preparation of the Local Plan remains one of the most controversial pieces of work that a local authority undertakes.
I’ve noticed an increasing number of articles in the local press about homelessness, and I doubt there are many of you reading this who will not be aware of the ongoing national debate about the shortage of new homes being built in England.