The Council’s Executive – the ‘cabinet’ – meets on April 2nd.
There are two items – one is the “Rochford Growth Strategy 2014 -2017 ” , which we are still reading. It’s 21 pages on promoting economic growth in the District.
The second is “Draft Open Spaces Strategy”, which is private and confidential, so we can’t tell you anything about it….
The way the council is run at the moment, the only councillors who can speak at these meetings are the 8 members of the cabinet themselves, all Conservatives. Only one is from Rayleigh – Councillor Simon Smith.
The Friends of Sweyne Park Open Space have a new Facebook page. Facebook users can find them by searching ‘Friends of Sweyne Park Open Space’.
They are looking to build up numbers so they can run some more fun activities for our community next year in the park, which is a great idea.
Find them on Facebook!
There’s going to be a meeting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday 17th July.
It follows a smaller scale meeting last month when some residents in the Priory Chase area met with representatives of the police , district council, Virgin Active and Essex Fire and Rescue. So we hope more residents will come this time.
It seems a very good opportunity to try to thrash out some of the problems, not only around Priory Chase and the open space near there, but the problems near Downhall Park Way and the playspace as well.
We have the OK from the police to publicise it – the only thing is, we don’t know the location yet. Probably at the café inside the leisure centre, but that’s not confirmed yet. It will be at St Nicholas School./
Some of the play equipment in Sweyne Park was set on fire last night.
This is really really depressing and we will write in more detail when we have some feedback from the District Council.
There’s been some understandable anger from residents about the state of the grass in the little park near Hartford Close, Rayleigh. This is the latest from FixMyStreet today:
FixMyStreet is still a good way to report things or to complain, and residents should be applauded for reporting stuff like this.
There have been two reports by the public on the FixMyStreet website today.
First of all, Sweyne Park:
Bridle path in Sweyne Park very muddy
Reported in the Parks/landscapes category by Stuart Tennison at 12:27 today
Sent to Rochford District Council 3 minutes later
It has come to my attention that the bridle path in Sweyne Park has started to fall into disrepair, which in the winter weather leads to deep puddles and large sections of mud. The bridle path is used by large numbers of school children walking to school, as well as commuters and leisure users.
Is it possible for some additional gravel to be laid to repair the worst affected areas? The section from Downhall Park Way to Sweyne school rear entrance is particularly bad.
Secondly, on London Hill:
Partial Street Lighting on London Hill, Rayleigh
Reported in the Street lighting category anonymously at 13:22 today
Sent to Essex County Council 3 minutes later
Noted that, in accordance with the partial street lighting project, that street lamp standard No. 8, on the ‘up’ side of London Hill, is switched off on different nights. It seems strange that this has been selected right on a bend whereas one would think that if any lamp had to be switched off it would be better on a straighjt portion of the road, further up, or lower down, the Hill?
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