Ron Tindall, the Lib Dems parliamentary candidate for Rayleigh and Wickford, will be meeting voters again this weekend.
On Saturday evening (June 3), he will be taking part in the Rayleigh General Election Hustings, at Holy Trinity Church, at the top of Rayleigh High Street.
Doors open at 7.00pm and entry is free.
Tindall will be opposing Southend Hospital’s downgrading and holding the government to account for their shambolic cuts to policing and education. He will also be putting forward the Lib Dems case for a final referendum on Brexit once the deal is known.
During Saturday afternoon Tindall will be out and about in both Rayleigh High Street and Wickford High Street.
He said: “I am looking forward to going head to head with the other candidates on the Hustings. The Lib Dems have shown throughout this campaign that we are the only party with sensible and properly funded policies which will benefit everyone – not just Theresa May’s wealthy supporters.”
The Echo is generally a Conservative leaning newspaper cheering on Tory promises like facts that had been put into action. It was good therefore to see them print 2 brutally honest letters last night, one from the Secretary of Save Southend A+E Group and one from a member of the public Malcolm Watson.
Cllr James Newport reports….
May 4th was a good day for the Tories across the country as we saw a tsunami of Tory wins at County Councils. Essex County Council was no different and our own Lib Dems in Rayleigh saw defeat after much campaigning we just didn’t do enough to persuade voters that we could be the liferaft that saved them from NHS Cuts, Cuts to education, Air Pollution, Pot Holes, Congestion….
The turnout figures in Rayleigh North and Rayleigh South were 36% and 32% respectively. To give an idea of how the parties each faired here is a breakdown of the percentage share of the vote each party took.
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It’s nice to have a positive idea to support – and you can add your support to James Newport’s Ice Rink idea at http://www.jamesnewport.co.uk/ice-ice-baby/
Lib Dem Councillor James Newport advised:
“I want to get the Town Council to consider the idea of an Ice Rink in Rayleigh over the Christmas period, but need the support of our residents. I’ve create an e-petition to collect all those names of residents who will support the idea. Once I reach 1000 signatures I will commit to carrying out a feasibility study to present to the council. Come on residents – let’s all get our skates on!”
Conservative Councillors on Essex County Council voted down Liberal Democrat proposals to:
- Help tackle the ‘bed blocking’ crisis on our local NHS. The Lib Dems wanted to increase the money going into social care to help patient people to recuperate in their own homes. This will free up beds in our overloaded local hospitals.
- Put some more money into road repairs and deliver important safety schemes
- To invest in new youth services including school lunchtime sessions
- Tackle Conservative cuts to school transport and recycling centres. We are against petty rules that ban residents recycling decorating material for example.
Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Essex County Council Mike Mackrory, said:
“The Conservatives missed an opportunity to address some of Essex residents’ highest priority concerns – including the number of patients kept in expensive acute hospital beds when they should be at home or in care. There is a crisis in our NHS and social care – we need urgent action now.”
“Overall this budget is further evidence of the need for radical reform. The Conservative Party’s repeated cuts to care and underfunding of the NHS have brought us to the point where many people only receive help when they are at crisis point. It will take more than gambling on an Essex lottery to solve the problem.”
Liberal Democrat Councillors expressed concern at patients taking up expensive acute hospital beds while wards in community hospitals were empty. They proposed making use of these for temporary care, speeding up the delivery of home care and action to increase supply of care in areas with a shortage of home carers or residential beds.
Chelmsford West County Councillor Jude Deakin spoke powerfully about her father’s experience of waiting to be discharged from hospital because of delays in arranging care.
The Lib Dems didn’t just want to increase spending, we came up with a costed programme of how the County could afford these measures, but the Conservative block voted it down.
Queuing traffic on London Road
On London Road sitting in traffic? Or perhaps queuing going up Crown Hill, then again you could be on Rawreth Lane queuing to turn into Hullbridge – all of these are familiar commuter routes that we all endure. Getting from A to B in and around Rayleigh has become slower and slower with some residents reporting journey times of 1hour to get from Down Hall Road to Rayleigh Weir ‘for no apparent reason’.
All these cars on our roads have led to Rochford District Council declaring in February 2015, Rayleigh Town Centre becoming an air quality management area (AQMA) due to the levels of vehicle exhaust emissions. More than 18 months on, the air quality targets are NOT being met. I’ve questioned why London Road, Down Hall Road & Rawreth Lane are not included in the AQMA as we all see the volume of traffic queuing on these roads frequently. Is it because the council’s own policy restricts new residential development in air quality management areas. Apparently these areas were destined for extra development in the ‘core strategy’, so they were not included in the AQMA! This seems to us to be the wrong way round!
Air pollution has a major impact on human health. It is associated with a range of deadly diseases including cancer, heart disease, strokes and asthma, and is the number one environmental cause of death in the eu, responsible for over 400,000 early deaths in 2010 alone. [Source: www.clientearth.org]
We, the Lib Dems are vigorously challenging the council’s approach to air quality measurements. We believe that every resident is entitled to clean air and not just in selected areas. The council’s existing data on pollution is a minimum required standard. We want the best for our residents and we propose that more areas are monitored for pollution and over a longer period of time. Our council needs to up its game and exceed the expectations of all our residents.