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From the RSPB website, a morning you might enjoy:

Wallasea Wander

Saturday 12 April

9:45am to 12pm

Price: Free, donations welcome.

Booking essential

Join our monthly walks to spot some of the amazing wildlife that makes Wallasea Island its home. Find out more about the development of this exciting new nature reserve.

Directions

Meet at: RSPB car park, Wallasea Island

 

Don’t forget that Wallasea Island ( in our district) is going  to become a pretty wonderful place:

Wallasea Island Wild Coast project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme for the 21st century, on a scale never before attempted in the UK and the largest of its type in Europe.

The aim of this project is to combat the threats from climate change and coastal flooding by recreating the ancient wetland landscape of mudflats and saltmarsh, lagoons and pasture. It will also help to compensate for the loss of such tidal habitats elsewhere in England.

Once completed, this will provide a haven for a wonderful array of nationally and internationally important wildlife and an amazing place for the local community, and those from further afield, to come and enjoy.

Although the reserve is planned to be in development until around 2019, you’re welcome to come along and view the progress as each phase comes to life and the marshland naturally regenerates. The current sea wall access along the North (Defra) sea wall is a wonderful place to come to relax and enjoy, whether for walking, cycling, birdwatching, painting, photography or simply taking in the sea air.

Over the coming years, the scheme will create a varied wetland landscape with more than nine miles (15 km) of new and improved access routes, and eventually a range of visitor facilities.

Opening times

The sea wall footpath is open at all times.

Entrance charges

None – it’s free.

Information for dog owners

There are plans for a dog walking area on part of the island – please contact us for details.

 

Enjoy The Fresh Air On Wallasea Island !

Yellow Wagtail (?) on Wallasea Island – from Paul G, RSPB website

 

If you want to get some fresh air, try going to the Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project and:

View the marshes in bloom – sea lavender, sea aster and sea purslane create a carpet of colour
See the rusty seals basking on the mudflats, gleaming red-golden in the sunshine
Soak up the sun on the sea wall and hope to see a migrant butterfly – will it be a clouded yellow or painted lady?

Seafarers Of The Past…

If you are interested in history, or in ships, you might like to read a new 22-page booklet called “London Gateway – A Maritime History”. You can download it here

Did you know that the first signs of river travel in the Thames area is actually a bronze age paddle found at Canewdon? It’s about 3,500 years old. Then there’s the wreck of a Roman ship found at Blackfriars with a cargo of stone, the Anglo-Saxon ship carrying hops, the navy ship “London” that suffered an explosion in 1665 killing 300 people, and many more wrecks from the last two centuries…. There were many ships and planes lost during World War Two….

About Debbie Taylor

Here’s some more information about our candidate Debbie Taylor, who is standing in Rochford North:

  • Debbie Taylor has lived at 24 Larkfield Close for more than 30 years, so knows the surrounding area very well.
  • She is newly retired, so is a suitable age amnd has plenty of time to serve as a County Coucnillor.
  • Debbie worked until recently as a chaplain at Bullwood Hall Prison and as an administrator for the University of East London.
  • Debbie has been involved in the Lib Dems for quite a while, and was previously our constituency chair.
  • Some FixMyStreet Updates

    Here are some new reports that people have made on FixMyStreet. Let’s hope the County Council respond quickly….

    This evening , a dangerous pothole in Hulbridge Road Rayleigh:

    Pot hole

    Reported in the Potholes category anonymously at 18:17 today
    Sent to Essex County Council 3 minutes later

    Fairly substantial hole in the road just after you turn left from the roundabout. Caused the car in front to swerve onto oncoming side of the road so as to avoid.

     

    and more from Thursday, for Rochford, Canewdon and Rawreth:

     

     

    Pot hole around drain cover

    Reported in the Potholes category anonymously at 19:30, Thursday
    Sent to Essex County Council 5 minutes later

    As with most pot holes on this road, it is quite deep and hard to avoid on a busy narrow road

     

    Potholes

    Reported in the Potholes category by Steve Currell at 18:17, Thursday
    Sent to Essex County Council 3 minutes later

    Four potholes round four drain covers between shops past oxford rd and holt farm school over a 100m length of road on the oxford road side of the Southend bound track

     

     

    Pothole

    Reported in the Potholes category by Steve Currell at 17:48, Thursday
    Sent to Essex County Council 1 minute later

    Pothole sycamore way on anchor lane side of cedar way

    Roads and Pavements, pothole

    Reported by StreetReport iPhone in the Potholes category by Steve Currell at 14:18, Thursday
    Sent to Essex County Council 1 minute later

    First noticed on Thu, 21 Feb 2013.

    I see this as high priority.

    Massive pothole at junction of slip into rawreth lane

     

    Conservative Motion On The Post Office

    Three Conservatives have put forward a motion for tomorrow night’s meeting of Full Council; it’s from Terry Cutmore, Keith Hudson and Heather Glynn:

    ‘This Council calls on the Royal Mail to reconsider very carefully the proposals to relocate the delivery offices currently available in Canewdon, Great Wakering and Rochford town.
    Whilst noting the need for efficiency, the Council is concerned for the service level available for elderly and disabled residents as well as residents without transport in respect of the collection of non-delivered items and business collections of mail.
    We trust that the Royal Mail will make their concluding decisions taking these matters fully into account.’

    A Lot Going On At Wallasea Island

    Black tailed Godwit (RSPB illustration)

    There’s a lot going at Wallasea Island.
    Remember this is a conservation project on a scale never before attempted in the UK….
    It deserves to be better known!

    Last month McDonalds and the Council did their bit clearing up rubbish:

    The teams from four McDonalds’ branches in Southend are usually better known for their burger sales, but this week came along on a litter pick very different from those they are used to. Following on from our successful Shoreline Scavenge last year, we invited them to come along and help us clear the shores of some of the flotsam and jetsam that washes up with every tide.
    Many thanks to the council staff who brought the truck along to take away that which could not be used on site and we look forward to working with you all again on another project soon. Maybe you’ll bring the picnic next time?

    Also last month the first cargo of material from the Crossrail Project arrived by ship.

    On September 22nd and 23rd, they have a Wild Coast Weekend:

    Wild Coast Weekend
    Saturday 22 September and Sunday 23 September
    11am to 5pm
    Price: FREE

    A celebration of the rich heritage of Wallasea Island for all the family.
    You can escape to the edges of the Wild Coast for a breath of fresh air and a look at a reserve in the making.
    Then savour the best of local food and drink, relax to the sounds of some of Essex’s finest musicians, and marvel at the skills of traditional craftsmen of the area.
    There’s room for everyone and something of interest for all the family.

    And on the following weekend, they have guided walks:

    Wallasea Wanders
    Saturday 29 September 2012
    Times are dictated by tides – please contact office for booking and times
    Price: FREE

    Booking essential
    Take a Wander along the seawall with the Wallasea Birder and project volunteers.
    Watch the landscape change with the seasons .
    And be inspired by the sheer scale of the Wild Coast on your doorstep.
    Directions
    Wallasea Island – meeting at the Wetlands carpark, 3/4 of a mile beyond Grapnell’s Farm yard.

    First Ship To Wallasea Island On The 20th

    The first shipload of earth from the London Crossrail project is due to arrive at Wallasea Island on August 20th.

    It’s part of a very important conservation project.

    Why is the earth needed? The RSPB website explains here:

    The island is on average 2 metres below sealevel, having eroded over the years of intensive farm activity, so in order to restore the old marshland the landscape must be built up in carefully planned, natural levels gently sloping up to the new seawall bunds which will eventually provide extensive foot and cycle path access to many areas of the island.
    Crossrail’s first ship will arrive on Monday August 20th, when the unloading facility – the pontoon which arrived at Easter and the 800 metre conveyor belt which has been under construction since last Autumn – will be tested and seen in action for the very first time.

    A Cry From The Heart About Mill Lane

    From Fixmystreet today, about Mill Lane in Stambridge:

    Last Night’s Decisions – Airport Terminal Extension and Stambridge Cricket Pitch Passed

    There were three decisions taken at last night’s meeting of the Development Committee:

    Extra house in London Road, refused. This was an application for an extra house by Pearson’s Farm , London Road, Rayleigh. It was refused for a whole series of reasons, including awkward , sub-standard garden size, and any vehicles visiting needing to reverse out onto the main road.

    Extension To Southend Airport Terminal , with five more aircraft stands , passed. There were some strong objections from residents, however the key factor for most councillors was that the limit of 53,300 (plus 5,300 cargo) aircraft movements a year would still apply. One of the ward councillors, Keith Gordon , moved approval, neither of the other ward councillors wanted to speak and rather to everyone else’s surprise a vote was then taken very quickly. The application was passed overwhelmingly, with only Councillors Michael and Diane Hoy voting against.

    Cricket Pitch in Stambridge Road , Stambridge , passed. Council planners had originally recommended refusal becasue there had been no floood risk assessment. However an assessment had now been carried out so the application was passed.

    Cricket Application Is Called In

    Last week we wrote about a planning application for a cricket pitch in Stambridge that was recommended for refusal because there had been no flood risk assessment carried out.

    This has now been ‘called in’ by one of the ward councillors, Terry Cutmore, and it will now be decided at the committee meeting on April 19th.

    There are two likely reasons for calling it in. Either to get it approved, or to add more reasons for refusal. Either way, there could be an interesting debate.

    Stambridge Cricket Pitch Recommended For Refusal Because Of No Flood Risk Assessment.

    There’s a planning application in for a cricket pitch at “Land East Of Land Adjacent Broomhills, Stambridge Road, Stambridge”.

    The site is currently used for agriculture, however the plan is to make it into a cricket pitch for Rankin’s Cricket Club.

    However there is a snag. The land is in a flood risk area – flood zone 3, in fact, which means the land has a high probability of being flooded. If you apply for planning permission in this flood zone, you need to carry out a flood risk assessment. The applicants apparently haven’t done this, so for that reason alone officers are recommending refusal:

    REFUSE
    The proposed cricket pitch which is located within flood zone 3, due to the absence of a flood risk assessment, is considered to be contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework and policy ENV3 of the Core Strategy. Without such an assessment the Local Planning Authority cannot fully assess the proposal and its potential impact in terms of flooding.

    So the application will be refused unless any district councillor ‘calls it in’ by 1 pm on Wednesday.

    You can download the officers report here. (141kb)

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