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March 2nd, 2015

An Uneasy Committee Meeting!

Last week’s Development Committee wasn’t as dramatic as the meeting last month, where the “North of London Road” application was refused. In fact at one stage it was very dull. But there were a lot of twists and turns, and a bit of bad feeling. Cllr Toby Mountain writes a report on it here.

In brief:
Tesco Car Parking application – approved
Tiny cafe in Hockley Woods – refused (even though it was an application by the council!)
Conversion of an outbuilding in Rayleigh Town Centre into a house – approved
Retrospective application to remove mechanical wheel cleansing equipment from the big site in Hawkwell – refused.

March 1st, 2015

Rawreth Parish Council Meets This Wednesday

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Rawreth Parish Council holds its next meeting this Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the Village Hall. As usual, there will be a chance to ask questions and to get a hot drink!

The special item is a presentation by station officer Duncan Lewis Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Volunteers

February 28th, 2015

Memories Of Matchbox?

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There’s a trick question – “Which company in the world makes the most car tyres?” The answer isn’t Dunlop, or Michelin- it’s Lego. In the same way the company that made the most cars in Britain used to be in Rochford. It was Lesney, who made Matchbox toys.

A chap called David Murphy is trying to create an archive of personal testimonies about Lesneys:


Hello everyone. I’m currently putting together an archive of testimonies from former employees at the Lesney Matchbox factories in Rochford and East London. After a promising response from East London’s community resources about the factories there, I hoped placing a notice on the RDCA might extend the project out to those who worked at the Rochford/Southend plants and who might still remain in the area.

I think this is a hugely valuable part of British Industrial Heritage, and from what I have seen, it is also under-represented in our local history archives. This, along with my love of the toys themselves, motivated me to begin doing something myself, and is what brought me here. The project is still really in its early stages, but I hope that by making contact with relevant individuals, it can be possible to help preserve this important part of social and manufacturing history for future generations to learn about.

An important element of the archive is hearing – and potentially recording – the memories and recollections of former employees and those associated with the Lesney factories in Hackney.

– Did you or a family member work at Lesney’s?
– Did you or a family member work with an associated industry, or as part of the Lesney supply chain?
– Do you have any documentation, photography or film that’s related to the Rochford/Hackney factory in any way?
– Do you have any other material that might be of interest?

If you, or someone you know would like to contribute to this important project please post here, or alternatively feel free to contact me directly on 07881751666 , send an email to lesneyarchive@gmail.com , or write to us at 60 Stamford Hill, London, N16 6XS. Thanks in advance, David

There’s some comments about it here on the Rochford District Community Archive.

February 27th, 2015

A View From Hullbridge

The submission from the Hullbridge Residents Association to the planning application on the Hullbridge/ Rawreth borders can now be found on the council website here.

It’s not a brief letter either, not even a long letter, its 46 pages long….

February 26th, 2015

The Largest Ship Ever On The Thames

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From the Port of London website today:

London, UK, 26th February 2015:- The Munkebo Maersk became the largest ship to ever sail up the River Thames as it called at DP World London Gateway, the UK’s newest deep-sea port hub today.

The 399 metre long, 60 metre wide, 195,000 ton Triple-E class vessel – equivalent in length to almost four football pitches – and capable of carrying more than 18,300 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) is one of the largest container vessels in the world, operating on Maersk’s new East-West Network.

It was drawn alongside DP World London Gateway Port, adjacent to Europe’s largest logistics park, at 7.30am on Thursday 26th February, with the help of the Port of London Authority’s pilots…

February 25th, 2015

An Update On Food Ratings

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A while back we mentioned that you can check on local food hygiene ratings for our district here.

At the moment there’s only one premises in our district with a rating of 0 out of 5 – a cafe in Rochford. Though quite a lot of places have a rating of only 1 , meaning “Major Improvement Necessary”

February 24th, 2015

A Tory Question — And A Lib Dem Answer

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The latest Conservative leaflet says:

“WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH £70,000.00″ ? That is what Linda Kendall has cost us the tax payer for taking Rochford District Council to the High Court! Just think what these funds could be spent on.”

Our answer is :

  • The council’s Core Strategy cost more than £2,000,000.00 of public money – about 30 times what Linda Kendall’s court case has cost the council !
  • For that amount you expect a MUCH better plan.
  • The Conservatives really should have listened to the public more, and should have listened to the Lib Dem and Independent councillors more.
  • Instead they relied on their massive majority in the council chamber to force things through.
  • When you can’t get satisfaction in the political arena, one recourse is to try the legal arena, and that’s what Linda Kendall did.
  • She lost, but there was evidently a case for the council to answer-  to quote the  judge in paragraph 83 of his judgement “I can see some force in those submissions”

- the onlineFOCUS team – Chris Black, Ron Oatham, Bruce Smart, Chris Stanley

February 23rd, 2015

Winning And Losing

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Southend Lib Dem Neil Monnery writes here about winning and losing in politics, and why you need a thick skin:

Winning is like a drug and winning is great but with winning comes long-term responsibilities. On the other side of the ledger is losing. Losing is not fun, most people don’t want to lose but losing badly is a different thing altogether. The only time I’ve personally stood I got a battering and in all honesty it was mostly fair. I also knew it was coming and it didn’t effect me one jot….
….May is very much going to be a tale of two stories for the Lib Dems. The vote is going to collapse but yet the number of MPs won’t collapse to anywhere near the same degree. The power of incumbency is going to do well for the party in many places, including some that the bookies have written off as Lib Dem losses.

February 22nd, 2015

Setting The Council Tax

The District Council meets on Tuesday night, mainly to set the council tax for 2015-2016.

As you will see below, the District Council , the County Council and the Fire Service are all keeping things as they are, so the only changes will be with the police, and the various parish councils:

COUNCIL TAX 1COUNCIL TAX 1

COUNCIL TAX PARISH 2

Note that Rayleigh are making a small reduction…

February 21st, 2015

Application For 37 Dwellings In Hawkwell

New planning application just in:

15/00075/FUL
Parish: Hawkwell Parish Council
Ward Hawkwell West
Responsibility:Committee /Weekly List
Proposal: Demolish Existing Buildings and redevelop to Provide 37 Dwellings With Associated Parking, Modified Site Access,
pumping station, open space and landscaping.
Location: 90 Main Road Hawkwell

Perhaps one of the Hawkwell Councillors could give us some context on this?

February 20th, 2015

The Citizen Of the Year Awards

You have a month to nominate someone for the Rochford DC Citizen of the Year awards:


Do you know someone from the Rochford District who has made a huge difference to your community? Is there a local person who you think deserves to be recognized for all they do for those around them? Now is your chance to nominate them for an award!
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From helping out a neighbour, to tirelessly working in the community, the Chairman of Rochford District Council, Councillor Mrs June Lumley, wants to hear about people who truly deserve recognition in this year’s Rochford District Citizen of the Year Awards.

The awards are presented by Rochford District Council to recognise and acknowledge individuals of all ages in the district for their valuable hard work or outstanding achievements. They are designed to honour those who may not normally be recognised for their efforts.

Nominations are open to all, and will be considered by the judging panel who will select winners in the three categories. The categories are:

Young Citizen (under 18 years)
Charitable Support (all age groups)
Community Spirit (all age groups)

An overall Citizen of the Year winner will also be chosen from the three category winners. All nominees will be invited to a Citizen of the Year Awards Reception on Friday, 15 May 2015, where the Chairman will present the Overall Winner and winners of the three categories with their awards.
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The Chairman of Rochford District Council, Councillor Mrs June Lumley, said: “I am very proud to be hosting the 2015 Citizen of the Year Awards.

“Across the District we have many unsung heroes, from caring people who tirelessly help out their neighbours, to the youth leaders who give so much of their spare time to organise clubs and activities for our district’s children.

“We all have that moment when we think ‘that person should get a reward for everything they do!’. Don’t miss your chance to finally give them the recognition they deserve!”
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You can nominate your Citizen of the Year online at www.rochford.gov.uk/citizenoftheyear The closing date for nominations is Friday, March 20, 2015.

February 19th, 2015

4 Planning Applications

The agenda is out for next Thursday’s Development Control meeting.

You can find it here.

There are four applications shown, all 4 are recommended for approval.

1. For five extra parking spaces outside Tesco in London Road, Rayleigh
2. An application from the District Council itself for a very small cafe facility at Hockley Woods.
3. Conversion of an outbuilding at 4 Rayleigh High Street into a one-bedroomed dwelling.
4. Amending the planning condition regarding mechanical wheel-cleaning of lorries at the large David Wilson Homes housing development in Hawkwell.

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There's lots of information on the District Council website about the planning application "North of London Road ". To see it , just click here.

The Core Strategy

This is the official master document for planning policy in our district! To download it, click here click here. (2.5mb)

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