September 16th, 2014
There is lots of information on the District Council website about the planning application “North of London Road “.
To find it all , just click here.
At their meeting on the 1st of October Rawreth Parish Council will be discussing their response to the outline planning permission that has been submitted for the houses in Rawreth Lane, North of London Road.
They are hoping for a good discussion, so residents are particularly welcome. The Parish Council has been given an extension on the District Council’s consultation period.
The Rochford Art Trail kicks off tomorrow and you can find out more on the District Council website:
Rochford’s award-winning Art Trail returns for a fifth year and Trail visitors can download the 2014 Guide and Trail Map by scrolling down to the Related Documents section.
Visit the town of Rochford to discover a ten day showcase of arts and creativity that connects local artists with local businesses…..
This year’s Trail includes temporary art exhibitions in shop windows, retail premises and public spaces; guided walks; an arts, craft and design market at the WI Hall and a community launch that everyone is invited to.
Dates and details for events and locations can be found in the 2014 Guide, which can be downloaded in the Related Documents section below. Also in the Related Documents section is a list of special offers and discounts arranged by local businesses.
Apologies, there’s no real update tonight on onlineFOCUS … concentrating on a paper Focus leaflet which will be ready for delivery by the weekend, to go out in Downhall and Rawreth Ward. A big one too, double the normal size…
The District Council Development Committee has a meeting next week on September 25th, at 7:30 pm. One major item is the application from RDC itself to build 6 new homes on a bit of open space between Brocksford Avenue and Copford Avenue in Rayleigh. Local residents and Rayleigh Town Council are objecting…
You can find the officers report here – it recommends approval.
The Echo have an article on it here.
The District Council has sent out a number of ‘neighbour’ consultation letters on the North of London Road planning application. The official expiry date for replying is September 24th. But…..
You can still respond after that date!
If the council receives your response before the council officers finish their report it will be included in their report. But don’t expect your text to be quoted word for word. To keep things manageable when there are big responses, officers will write something like : “There have been x letters of objection, mainly on the reasons of a, b and c; and y letters of support “and then include a page or two of key quotes from some of those letters.
If they get your response after they have written their report it will be included in an ‘addendum’ produced the day before the planning meeting. The meeting could be in November or December…
You may wonder what is the point of responding (or coming to the meeting). Well, occasionally responses include information that councillors didn’t know about. But more often they simply add a bit of weight to a councillors arguments. If a councillor is trying get an extra condition included, or get an application altered, or get something included, or indeed get an application passed or refused, it’s hard to argue that this is a significant matter for the community if hardly anybody’s written in, or the public gallery is empty.
If you haven’t looked at Countryside’s masterplan for “North of London Road” , you can find it on their website here.
You can also find their opinion on the traffic situation here. Key sentences:
The Local Highway Authority, Essex County Council, has confirmed that with improvement works, traffic from the development of 550 new homes can be accommodated on the local road network without having a negative impact on safety and capacity.
We have carried out a Transport Assessment that considers firstly the current operation of key junctions on London Road and Rawreth Lane, and secondly their future operation should the development go ahead, taking into account both a natural background increase in traffic, and traffic associated with other proposed developments in the area, to provide a robust assessments of effects.
The Transport Assessment recognises that there is existing queuing on London Road and at the Rawreth Lane/Hullbridge Road mini-roundabout, and it identifies a range of highway measures that could improve traffic flows and reduce queuing in these areas. Not all of the improvements identified in the Transport Assessment would be needed as a result of the traffic generation from the development. We would either implement appropriate highway improvements, or contribute financially to allow the Highway Authority to implement appropriate improvements, with the actual works selected from the range of possible improvements identified in the Transport Assessment, following further discussion with the Highway Authority and District Council.
We think residents will have their own views on this… We will obviously be examining this very very carefully.
More local stuff from the Rochford District Community Archive. This is a brief extract:
…..At the end of Mr Thompson’s garden was the remains of a sandbagged emplacement, which I was told was a checkpoint and that anyone proceeding past had to show their identity card to the soldiers who manned it before going on to Rayleigh.
Today the pavement is very wide here where Down Hall Road joins the London Road, but at one time there was an area of grass in the middle with a couple of small trees in metal cages and I was told that when the Government appealed for aluminium saucepans to help the War Effort, this was the place where they had to be left for later collection.
Another memory I have, probably from 1946 or 1947, is sitting on my grandparents’ garden wall in Down Hall Road and saying “Hello” to the German POWs who were allowed out from Rawreth Camp (now Rawreth Industrial Estate). They wore dark brown uniforms with battledress type jackets which I think had either pink or light green diamonds or circles sewn on the back, and dark brown German style ski caps. Obviously they must have been considered harmless by that time or I wouldn’t have been allowed to sit out there on my own!….
This Month Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass looks at financial matters… including house prices…
Rochford Life has a short interview with Hawkwell Tory District Councillor Phil Capon. Phil is Chair of the Development Committee – the one that deals with planning applications. He makes some good points, for example:
I’ve always believed that if you are going to be on the Council you should be open to all views and be open to change. It’s what I don’t like about party politics where it tends to be go with the prevailing view rather than think through alternative possibilities that may be good from other parties.
I’ve found over the years that sometimes there are councillors who think they are big but the truth is we’re no different to anyone else. The only difference is we’ll give up time to do it. Some people do it for personal gain; I do it for the residents’ gain, because that what we’re here for. My view is that you do what is best for the District, whatever political colour you may be.
Gary Congram has an e-petition on the County Council website that onlineFOCUS readers might be interested in signing:
We wish a traffic analysis to be conducted for 7 consecutive days of Lower Road, Ferry Road, Hullbridge Road and Watery Lane at a time when all roads are functional and no school or public holidays are happening during this period. Previous analysis have been done between Sept and Nov.,
In accordance with the Essex Resilience program and also community safety the community of Hullbridge would like to understand and identify the risks to them relating to the local highways. In order to achieve this the community need to understand, volume of traffic, types of traffic, speed of traffic, per each direction on the above mentioned roads. This needs to be per hour, per day. The community believe there has been a significant increase in the past 5 years of vehicles passing through the village especially HGV’s. The services infrastructure for the village and surrounding area run along and under these roads and some were built and not upgraded since the 1930’s and 50’s. As a result there has been a number of breakages in pipe work. There is also an increase in traffic accidents being reported as per essex highways Traffweb application http://www.essexworkstraffweb.org.uk/main.html#
You can find it and sign it here.
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