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New waste service has been “shambolic”.

RESIDENTS in Tendring have been told they should leave missed rubbish out for up to three extra days following “teething problems” with collections. Tendring Council said it is working with its waste contractor Veolia after rubbish has been left uncollected on the Thursday round – which mainly covers Manningtree, Mistley, Lawford, St Osyth and Thorrington. Residents whose collection is missed are now being asked to leave their waste and recycling out until Sunday afternoon. The council said: “Working with our contractors Veolia we have identified that Thursday rounds seem to be suffering the most with teething problems as the roll-out … Read more

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Tory led administration’s failure to tackle the issue of dog fouling

Labour’s Pam Morrison beats her predecessor by 12 years! At last night’s meeting of TDC full council Labour’s Pam Morrison exposed the Tory led administration’s failure to tackle the issue of dog fouling with questions that totally exposed the inadequacy of the portfolio holder, Cllr. Michael Talbot’s, handling of the distasteful and ever growing problem. In so doing she beat her predecessor, Conservative Ricky Callender, by 12 years in that during his entire time as a TDC councillor he did not speak in debate, place a question on the full council agenda or propose a motion. Every TDC councillor serving … Read more

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How much is fly tipping costing TDC?

How much is fly tipping costing TDC? That is the question being asked by Harwich Town councillor, Geoff Smith, as he is seeing instances of fly tipping increasing throughout the Harwich Peninsula. Cllr. Smith believes the problem is getting worse and intends to ask his colleagues on Tendring District Council to table a question to TDC’s portfolio holder for the Environment, Cllr. Michael Talbot, to establish the cost to the council. Cllr. Geoff Smith says, “Fly tipping must be costing TDC a fortune and that means our council tax is being spent clearing up someone else’s mess. It is costly, … Read more

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‘A120 resurfacing work set for September’ [Harwich & Manningtree Standard]

RESURFACING to a major road branded as a “total mess” is set to cover the same space as three football fields. After a meeting with Harwich councillors, Highways England has given details about upcoming work planned for the A120 between Hare Green and Ramsey. Councillors Ivan Henderson and Geoff Smith, as well as former councillor John Brown, called for the meeting after raising concerns over the state of the road. Matthew Wilson, head of service delivery at Highways England, heard the concerns and took a drive along the route to see the concerns. In a letter following his visit, he … Read more

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Press release – Local Labour seek residents’ support for our local library

Members of Harwich Branch Labour Party will be taking to the streets of Dovercourt Town Centre on Friday morning to encourage local residents to oppose any reduction in opening hours or available services at Dovercourt library. The Conservatives running Essex County Council are proposing cuts to local library services and these have been fiercely opposed by local Labour councillors. Following the submission of a written response by Harwich Town Council opposing the cuts proposed by Essex County Council, local Labour members will be campaigning on Friday morning to encourage local residents to take part in the ECC public consultation and … Read more

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No councillor should receive an allowance of over £1290 per minute

Local Labour councillors have reacted angrily to the news that a councillor on Tendring District Council has received the equivalent of £1293.25 per minute for sitting in the public gallery and watching a meeting of a council committee. Under the rules governing councillors’ attendance at meetings a councillor is required to attend a meeting at least once every six months but, at present, this can simply be as an observer. Conservative councillor, Andrew Massey, has complied with this requirement by sitting in the public gallery as an observer of a Local Council Tax Committee meeting which began at 10AM on … Read more

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