7 Councils form ‘Association of South Essex Local Authorities’ (ASELA) in early 2018.

Essex CC, Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point BCs, Rochford DC, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock Council.

ACCORDING TO Department for Commuities and Local Governement rules & regulations Agenda’ & Minutes
should be provided,
however, the councils want to keep these secret and therefore, do not provide Agenda’s or minutes!
give reason stating are not Formal Meetings, a misrepresentation of the facts.

QUESTION: DOES this Association benefit residents or just councillors??? (AUGUST 2018)

THOSE WHO ATTEND MUST HAVE AN EXCELLENT MEMORY or just wishing to hide facts/details from residents!
With so much being discussed can you trust your Council Leaders/Chief Executives etc? 

Understand aims are:

  1. Improve transport connectivity
  2. Unlock land for housing
  3. Drive business and leisure development

(From Southend-on-Sea website which states)
All seven councils have recognised the need to work across borders on strategic issues such as infrastructure, planning and growth, skills, housing and transport connectivity. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 10 January 2018.

Core Purpose and aims in Memorandum of Understanding.
2.1.      The core purpose of ASELA is to provide place leadership for South Essex. Recognising that through our collaborative approach we will be best placed to develop and deliver a vision for South Essex up to 2050, promoting healthy growth for our communities.

2.2.      ASLEA will focus on the strategic opportunities, regardless of individual local

authority boundaries for the South Essex economic corridor to influence and secure the strategic infrastructure that will help our individual areas to flourish and realise their full economic and social potential.

2.3.      The aims of ASELA will be to:

  • Provide place leadership;
  • Open up spaces for housing, business and leisure development by developing a spatial strategy;
  • Transform transport connectivity;
  • Support our 7 sectors of industrial opportunity;
  • Shape local labour & skill markets;
  • Create a fully digitally-enabled place;
  • Secure a sustainable energy supply;
  • Influence and secure funding for necessary strategic infrastructure;
  • Enhance health and social care through co-ordinated planning; and
  • Work with and provide a voice for South Essex to the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission and Commissioners.

WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS ASSOCIATION, it appears some councils more than others!
One has to ask them to supply proof it is for residents benefit.