October 29th, 2014
Rayleigh Sports and Social Club have objected to the planning application from Countyside for 500 new homes “North of LonDon Road”. If you hunt around you can find their objection on the District Council Website – it was uploaded on October 17th.
Their objection letter is quite long, but can be summarised by one phrase:
“…an objection on the basis that the provision of pitches outlined in the application is inadequate”
The letter goes on to say:
“…..RTSSC shares Sport England’s view that the provision of 1.61 hectares of land as two mini soccer pitches would not meet additional local demand for pitches for organised sport arising from the population growth brought about by the 772 houses that are planned to be built north of London Road and on Rawreth Industrial Estate….”
“… The Playing Pitch Strategy Consultation in January 2012 concluded that there was need for additional cricket pitches in Rayleigh…”
The club are basically proposing that there should be an additional cricket pitch, an additional full-size football pitch, extra car parking and enlarged changing room facilities, with hopefully improvements to the pavilion, and for the District Council to offer a new longer lease for the club, at the same level of rent.
October 28th, 2014
Southend Council is investing in LED streetlighting , in order to save money and energy in the long run. This is something that the Lib Dems have supported for the rest of Essex, but it looks unlikely as long as the Conservatives stay in power in the County.
( and judging by the comments of one UKIP County Councillor, it looks unlikely that UKIP would bring in LEDs either)
Full story in the Echo here.
October 27th, 2014
The District Council are carrying out a online survey on what local people think should be priorities in the council budget.
You can complete it here
It will be interesting to see if anyone mentions the various themes that we have mentioned on onlineFOCUS recently – flooding, the council cabinet, air quality, planning enforcmnt, street lighting…..
October 27th, 2014
As Councillor Toby Mountain explains here Tescos have withdrawn their application for extended opening hours at their London Road , Rayleigh, store.
October 26th, 2014
It seems that Southend Borough Council have voted to keep their cabinet system. They voted by 21 to 19 NOT to investigate going back to a committee system. Interestingly , The Lib Dems and UKIP favoured investigating a change, the Tories and most Labour voted to keep things the way they are.
Southend Labour Councillor Julian Ware Lane writes here about it.
One difference between Rochford and Southend is that going back to a committee system would probably save money here. There also a concern that the largest community in our district , Rayleigh, has sometimes not been represented in the cabinet , leaving Rayleigh, at times, literally without a voice.
October 25th, 2014
Not good news.
Levels of Nitrogen Dioxide are still above national agreed levels in parts of Rayleigh Town Centre. (Nitrogen Dioxide is a pollutant that comes from, amongst other things, vehicle exhausts. ) The District Council is now planning to set up an “Area Quality Management Area” and is consulting the public on how big an area it should cover.
Find out more on the District Council Website here.
October 23rd, 2014
The decision by Essex County Council to switch-off street lights at midnight is to be raised in the House of Commons this morning by Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell.
Liberal Democrat Sir Bob has had his name drawn for this morning’s Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport – and he has said that he will be asking about the road safety consequences for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians because of the black-out.
Sir Bob – who is a former Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Road Safety Group – has tried to get Essex County Council to alter its policy, but the Council has refused to do so.
October 22nd, 2014
We understand that District councillors Phil and Tracy Capon have quit the Tory group today and gone independent.
That means we now have 25 Conservatives and a combined opposition of 14….
October 20th, 2014
It’s not that easy to navigate around the council website, but if you go here:
And then search for “London Road” , you will get to Counntyside’s application for about 500 homes North of London Road”.
Then click on “plans and comments” and then “view associated documents” – you have then got to people’s objections and comments.
One notable objection has been put on there today October 20th- a 4 page objection from Mark Francois MP. His key reasons can be summarised as:
Traffic situation along Rawreth Lane
Lack of binding guarantees regarding infrastructure
Cumulative Flood Risk
Educational, Medical and Dental Facilities
We are still reading through other comments and objections….
October 19th, 2014
From the Liberal England website:
For Christmas shoppers in Market Harborough this year, here’s a surprising fact.
As you walk across The Square in town in December, six metres below your feet will be a drilling machine – and the man operating it.
He will be digging a tunnel for a pipe 1.2m in diameter as the first part of Anglian Water’s £1.5m flood alleviation scheme for the Coventry Road area of town.
Anglian Water contract manager Rod Young said: “You won’t be able to see anything, and you probably won’t hear or feel anything either.
“But there’ll be a drill bit tunnelling underneath The Square, with the driver sat towards the front of it.”