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Shutter Application Comes To Development Committee on Thursday

We wrote last month  about a planning application for a white roller shutter for the front of the shop at no. 31 Rayleigh High Street.  This would normally be refused as not being suitable for the Conservation Area. but officers are recommending approval if it is painted a less intrusive  black rather than white. This is despite objections from Rayleigh Town Council . The reason ?  The mess on Saturday mornings. It has been ‘called in’ by Cllr Chris Stanley and will come to the Development Committee tomorrow evening for a vote.

Application No :16/00323/FUL
Zoning :Town Centre
Parish :Rayleigh Town Council
Ward :Wheatley
Location : 31 High Street Rayleigh Essex
Proposal :Installation of Roller Grille to Enclose Entrance to Shop
The proposal is for a white powder coated, fully electric, roller grille to enclose
the entrance to the shop….
…The site is situated within the primary shopping frontage area, Conservation
Area and town centre of Rayleigh, as well as being located within the Rayleigh
Centre Area Action Plan.
The applicant has stated within the application that they have to clean up
mess on Saturday mornings due to the use of the recess after the pubs and
clubs have closed. This area is the doorway into the premises and the use of
the area on Friday evenings results in an uninviting access into the shop
which deters customers, and has to be cleaned before it can be used.
Comments from the Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Officer collaborate with
the owner that all of the premises with indented doorways suffer
from people urinating in them. Number 31 is on the main route from the Pink Tooth Brush
to the Taxi rank and given the queue for the rank can extend beyond Ernie
Lane back to the Pink Tooth Brush, many of the shops along that stretch
suffer as they are slightly out of sight. The shops have not made complaints
directly but raise the issues in the various forums and have asked if the clubs
would provide street urinals to reduce the abuse of their frontages. It has now
become a common practice to have to wash doorways and frontage down at
weekends before opening….

You can find the full report here – it’s the second item.

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UK Credit Rating Going Down!

There are two meetings in the District Council Chamber this week.

The first is Full Council tomorrow (with Development Committee on Thursday)  The items include:

  • Revised Draft Statement of Community Involvement (how the council consults residents and others on planning policy decisions)
  • Treasury Management Annual Review (where the council deposits its money and manages its cash flow)
  • Lib Dem motion asking for a report following the closure of Rayleigh Police Station
  • The Council’s Pay Policy Statement

The Treasury Management Annual Review isn’t normally very exciting but this year there is at least one point worth mentioning. It has been council policy that we only deposit our money in countries with a credit rating of AA+ or better. However following Brexit, the UK’s credit rating has fallen from AAA to AA, meaning that the UK’s ratiing now falls below council standards! There is a recommendation from officers to change the rules to allow us to  still invest in UK institutions.

On a positive note, the council isn’t borrowing money, so isn’t paying any interest.

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Lib Dem Motion On Police Stations

Only one group of councillors have submitted  a motion for next Tuesday’s full council, and it’s the Lib Dems:
“… the following motion has been received from Cllrs C I Black, J E Newport, R A Oatham and C M Stanley

 

“In view of the closure of the front desk of Rayleigh police station and the total closure of Rochford police station and the concern expressed by some members of the public, this Council requests the appropriate Portfolio Holderto report back to Council on how these closures have affected policer esponse time to crime, and police and District Council response to anti-social behaviour and also the current levels of crime and anti-social behaviour across the district in recent months.”

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Welcome Aboard!

Everyone is welcome to read and comment on onlineFOCUS – whatever their politics. However we’d like to give an extra  hello to  the 16 new people who  have joined our local party since the referendum.  Mostly women, as it happens…..

websters way

Could This French Artist Improve Websters Way?

Websters Way in Rayleigh has a lot of … utilitarian ….buildings. Could the French artist  Patrick Commercy improve one or two of them? He creates fantastic Trompe d’oeil effects on blank walls, for example:

trompe 1

 

trompe 3

To see more of these, have a look at this article here and his website here.

civic suite

A Lengthy Interview

There’s a lengthy interview on the Rochford Life website with John and Christine Mason…. well worth a read.

It gives a flavour of how the various opposition groups in the council chamber , which all concentrate on the local area rather than national politics, can work together.

The cabinet system , which is now even being criticised by Conservatives, is hopefully on the way out….

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A Message From Our Local Chairman Steve !

A guest post from local campaigner and our local party chairman Steve Tellis:

After the referendum we awoke to a deeply divided country.

Seventeen million people voted to leave the European Union. Sixteen million people voted to Remain. Here in Rayleigh and in the Rochford District at large a majority voted to Leave. Just up the road in Chelmsford a majority voted to Remain.

The Liberal Democrats fought a united and positive campaign to keep our place in the European Union. Sadly we lost, narrowly.

We have to accept the democratic result of the referendum. But we do not have to accept a view of Britain as an inward-looking, intolerant nation – as promoted by some in the Vote Leave campaign. Britain is so much better than that.

The Liberal Democrats will continue the fight for an open-minded, hopeful and tolerant Britain.

Will you join us today to help? Joining does not have to be a major commitment on your part,but it would be your way of saying you back our vision of a tolerant, hopeful Britain.

Britain faces extended uncertainty. The country does not know who will lead crucial negotiations. The Conservatives and Labour are lacking clear leadership.

We will stand up for an inclusive, optimistic Britain. We will not let down the millions of people who voted Remain, and many millions more young people who feel the same but weren’t able to vote.

If you agree please join us today.

With best wishes,
Steve Tellis
Chairman
Rayleigh, Wickford and Castle Point Liberal Democrats

22 Beech Avenue Rayleigh, SS6 8AE

Phone: 07799.345795

Email: rayleighandwickfordlibdems@mail.com

 

P.S. Over 11,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats since the referendum – including many in our area. Join us today to show your support for a diverse, hopeful Britain.

 

farron

civic suite

“Grange Villa” Application Deferred By 10-0 Vote

The planning application for 47 dwellings off London Road , next to the BP/ Marks and Spencers filling station was deferred last night.

The officers presentation outlined the scheme, making the point that this land is already allocated for housing in principle as part of the council’s core strategy.

Parish Chairman Alistir Matthews then spoke against it, stressing how important the drainage/ flooding situation was for the parish.

One of the ward Councillors, Chris Black, then kicked off the debate , expressing his concern that we didn’t have full information on the drainage scheme yet. While he welcomed the provision of a new pedestrian crossing on London Road, he askd where it would be (the answer was to the west of the junction with Little Wheatley Chase). He also suggested that £45000 for park maintenance might be better spent on a school crossing patrol. He said he wouldn’t support the scheme tonight and would vote against approval.

Toby Mountain spoke next, supporting what Chris had said and also querying the road layout. Christine Mason then followed, questioning the flat dormer roofs (which are against council policy)  and asking that if the scheme went ahead, the maintenance logs for the drainage system should be sent to the council every year without having to be requested. Mike Steptoe also asked some questions and implied that the scheme wasn’t quite ready yet.

Simon Smith then moved approval – but didn’t get a seconder . So Chris Black jumped in and moved deferral , to allow time to get more information on the drainage schemes and to look at other matters, This was immediately seconded by Toby Mountain.

Chris Stanley then spoke, ramming home the point about drainage and that the County Council wasn’t working with up to date information. Simon Smith came back, asking why the proposed road into the scheme wasn’t up to adoptable standard.

Eventually the committee voted 10-0 to defer a decision, allowing time to get more information and some improvements before a second vote is taken at some stage.

 

harberts way

Some Faded Road Markings Reported To County Highways

Junction of Grosvenor Road and Cheapside West – reference number 2473439
Junction of Belgrave Close and Cheapside West – ref. 2473440
Junctions of Sweyne Close, Regent Close and Maine Crescent with Victoria Avenue- ref. 2473442.

Junction of Western Road with Great Wheatley Road – ref. 2473446

We have suggested that ECC get a contractor to do all of these, plus the junction of Harberts Way and Downhall Park Way (2386113, shown above)

 

Belgrave Close grosvenor road maine close regent close sweyne close western road

civic suite

A Busy Planning Night This Thursday…

The Development Committee  meets this Thursday at 7:30 in the Civic Suite , Rayleigh.  There are 4 items on the agenda:

  1. ) A proposal to change one of the conditions regarding the approved roundabout at the Rawreth Lane /Hullbridge Road junction. Instead of having a condition in the Section 106 that stipulates:
“Details for the provision of an area clear of the highway for the parking of operatives vehicles and the storage materials of plant and construction vehicles to be used for the duration of the construction period.”
There would be an extra  planning condition that states:
“Prior to the commencement of the development the applicant shall submit to the Local Planning Authority a construction management plan to demonstrate the provision of areas within the applicant’s control for the provision of the storage of materials, plant, equipment and operatives’ parking. The development shall be implemented in accordance with such details as may be agreed.”
2.)  For the building 34 Rocheway, Rochford:
“TO CONSIDER AN APPLICATION TO REMOVE OR VARY CONDITION 15 TO APPLICATION 08/00241/FUL TO ALLOW USE OF THE FORMER DISABILITY ESSEX BUILDING TO
BE NO LONGER LIMITED FOR USE BY DISABILITY ESSEX”

3.) More housing proposed along London Road, Rayleigh :

“LAND ADJACENT GRANGE VILLA, LONDON ROAD, RAYLEIGH, ESSEX FORM ACCESS AND LAYOUT SITE TO PROVIDE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF 21 FLATS AND 26
HOUSES (47 DWELLINGS IN TOTAL).”
4. Scout Hut at the end of Priory Chase, Rayleigh:
“LAND SOUTH OF ROUNDABOUT AT END OF PRIORY CHASE, RAYLEIGH, ESSEX”.
They are all recommended for approval, you can find the agenda here.

urine

“Owing to the issues and difficulties the business owner is having with regard to people vomiting and urinating in the doorway to the premises”

There’s an application for a white roller shutter for the front of the shop at no. 31 Rayleigh High Street.  This was normally be refused as not being suitable for the Conservation Area. but officers are recommending approval if it is painted a less intrusive  black rather than white. This is despite objections from Rayleigh Town Council . The reason ?  The mess on Saturday mornings:

Application No :16/00323/FUL
Zoning :Town Centre
Parish :Rayleigh Town Council
Ward :Wheatley
Location : 31 High Street Rayleigh Essex
Proposal :Installation of Roller Grille to Enclose Entrance to Shop
The proposal is for a white powder coated, fully electric, roller grille to enclose
the entrance to the shop….
…The site is situated within the primary shopping frontage area, Conservation
Area and town centre of Rayleigh, as well as being located within the Rayleigh
Centre Area Action Plan.
The applicant has stated within the application that they have to clean up
mess on Saturday mornings due to the use of the recess after the pubs and
clubs have closed. This area is the doorway into the premises and the use of
the area on Friday evenings results in an uninviting access into the shop
which deters customers, and has to be cleaned before it can be used.
Comments from the Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Officer collaborate with
the owner that all of the premises with indented doorways suffer
from people urinating in them. Number 31 is on the main route from the Pink Tooth Brush
to the Taxi rank and given the queue for the rank can extend beyond Ernie
Lane back to the Pink Tooth Brush, many of the shops along that stretch
suffer as they are slightly out of sight. The shops have not made complaints
directly but raise the issues in the various forums and have asked if the clubs
would provide street urinals to reduce the abuse of their frontages. It has now
become a common practice to have to wash doorways and frontage down at
weekends before opening….

 

You can find the full report here – it’s the second item.

 

rha

We Can’t Tell You Much ….

At the District Council meeting earlier this month , there were a number of decisions taken in private and confidential. The public minutes are here but there is an appendix to the minutes for councillors only .

One of the items was about a “transfer of engagements” from Rochford Housing Association to Sanctuary. We aren’t allowed to add much more than that, except that a number of councillors voted against teh decision, in particular Chris Black and Chris Stanley.