Month: March 2016

Southenders, cut your fuel bills with the Southend Energy Company!


southend energy

Even as George Osborne misses his own fiscal targets, here at Castle Dent the last couple of weeks have seen another round of belt-tightening (Shopping around -Ed), resulting in the sort of savings if which HM Treasury can only dream.

Well, maybe not. But one of the savings that I’m particularly proud of is the long-overdue switch to the Southend Energy Company. The end result of this is a saving of £27 a month on my gas and electric bills, which is not to be sniffed at.

I’ve periodically banged the drum for SEC, a partnership with Ovo that is one of the best initiatives that has resulted from Labour being in the Joint Administration at Southend Borough Council, and it really is a great scheme to save residents money on their bills, and to fight fuel poverty. It’s extremely quick and easy to get a quote, so why not take five minutes out of your day to see what you can save?

Southend politics needs more blogging, not less


southend civic centre

As I’ve already mentioned, I was at the full council meeting of Southend Borough Council on Thursday. I was in the public gallery for most of my time there, I’m at pains to point out, and not in the chamber beyond my starring role asking a question of the leader of the council.

Nonetheless, I somehow seemed to still be the centre of attention, with references to my blog being made under a number of items.

The prevailing view coming from the council chamber (And some outside of and subsequent to the meeting -Ed) is that those who are blogging about politics in the town are somehow doing something wrong, that opinions contrary to their own being expressed on the internet should not be permitted.

It will, I’m sure, not surprise readers that this blogger disagrees wholeheartedly.

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Question at Council: Southend MPs still refusing to work with Council


matt dent question council

On Thursday evening, I was at the full council meeting of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to ask a question of the leader of the council.

This is actually quite a fun little feature. Any member of the public can ask a question to any member of the cabinet at any full council meeting. All you have to do is email it to council@southend.gov.uk clearly marked as question to the executive. You get to go along and ask it yourself.

Anyway, I went along on Thursday, and asked a question to Cllr Ron Woodley (IND – Thorpe).

Read on…