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Rawreth Parish Council’s Response In Full

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“RE: Planning Application 14/00627/OUT
Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd
Land North of London Road, and South of Rawreth Lane and West of Rawreth Industrial
Estate, Rawreth Lane, Rawreth Essex

Further to your letter, enclosing a copy of the submitted plans and applications in respect
of the proposals detailed above, Council have the following comments and observations to make.
The Council still have very grave concerns about the effect that developing the land will
have on an area that already suffers from flooding. Whilst Council note that balancing
ponds, basins and swails have been accounted for, the Parish of Rawreth is very unique
in that it suffers from fluvial, tidal and surface water flooding and the Council does not
feel that adequate notice has been taken of these factors and the correct information
gathered and analysed. The Parish has suffered from the “one in a hundred years”
event three times within eighteen months, however the advice given to the Developer
from the Environment Agency asks them to work on the one in a hundred years scenario
only, this is proven to be ineffective, vast areas of the Parish are cut off for days when
these events happen, properties flood, roads are impassable and lives are devastated
through loss and fear of it happening again.

The Council would like to re-emphasise that the Rawreth Brook is influenced by tidal flow
and this is a major contributory factor to flooding in the Parish.

The Council would also like to re-emphasise that in addition to water from the immediate
area draining into Rawreth Brook, water from Bowers Gifford also drains into it via the
Benfleet Brook, a very significant factor that has been overlooked.

The Council are concerned that all the technical work is being done upstream of the site,
but none is planned for downstream, Council believe this is because it is assumed there
is no adverse effect downstream which is totally unacceptable and incorrect

The Council also considers that the roads and infrastructure in the Rawreth area are
completely inadequate to accommodate this proposed development as they are already full to capacity .

The A127, A1245, A129 London Road, Rawreth Lane and Watery Lane
just cannot take any more traffic and the proposed development will increase traffic to a
completely unsustainable level. On numerous occasions this year and last year incidents
within and on the outskirts of the Parish have brought traffic to a standstill for hours along
London Road, Rawreth Lane, Watery Lane/Beeches Road and the Hullbridge Road. It
took some residents 1 1⁄4 hours to proceed along Rawreth Lane and into Hullbridge –
a distance of 1 1⁄2 miles. We strongly recommend that an independent Traffic Survey
and assessment should be done before any approval of this scheme. Without a long
term solution to existing transport needs then this and any new developments are
unsustainable.

Council considers access to the site to be inadequate too, the access point is to and
from Rawreth Lane, a road already over congested. Failure to improve the infrastructure
at the access point and on surrounding roads will only add to the problems already
experienced, the overall traffic flow to and from the development means congested
roads will not improve and existing residents will only be inconvenienced more which
Council doesn’t consider acceptable. It is assumed by Countryside that most traffic will
exit via London Road and that is where they will spend money to “improve” traffic flow
there will be very little improvement to Rawreth Lane, or the Rawreth Lane Hullbridge
Road junction. There appears to be too much reliance on the Hullbridge Development
financing any improvement on Rawreth Lane.

Below is a copy of a traffic survey undertaken by Rawreth Parish Council in 2010, this
survey is woefully out of date as traffic has increased since it was taken, but it still gives
an idea of the traffic volumes that use Rawreth Lane and Beeches Road on a daily basis.

Rawreth Parish Council – Traffic Survey 25th March 2010.
Location Beeches Road, held between the hours of 7am and 7pm.

WESTBOUND EASTBOUND
7-9 AM 732 333
9-11 AM 250 322
11-12 PM 130 147
12- 1 PM 131 140
1-2 PM 128 150
2-3 PM 118 195
3-4 PM 120 247
4-5 PM 131 384
5-6 PM 171 595
6-7 PM 111 335
2022 2848

The odd statistic from the figures show eastbound traffic is running at about 220 vehicles
per hour whilst westbound is averaging at only about 170 vehicles per hour . This may
be because of the congestion on Rawreth lane encourages more cars going east .
There were considerable numbers of overweight vehicles mainly large transit type with
double wheels or long wheelbase.

Rawreth Parish Council – Traffic Survey 25th March 2010.
Location Rawreth Lane, Recreation car park, held between the hours of 7am and
7pm.

Easterly Westerly
7 – 8am – 460 7 – 8 am – 800
8 – 9 – 565 8 – 9 – 910
9 – 10 – 515 9 – 10 – 605
10 – 11 – 457 10 – 11 – 496
11 – 12 – 518 11 – 12 – 520
12 – 1 – 460 12 – 1 – 515
1 – 2 – 550 1 – 2 – 495
2 – 3 – 607 2 – 3 – 526
3-4 740 3 – 4 – 555
4 – 5 – 821 4 – 5 – 594
5 – 6 – 801 5 – 6 – 665
6 – 7pm – 685 6 – 7pm – 536
Total 7179 7217

Council also considers the provision for a primary school to be unnecessary given that
the Parish School of St Nicholas could easily be extended to accommodate any future
need. Council feel that the space allocated for a school would be better utilised as a
Doctors surgery as the existing surgeries in the area will not cope with a development of
this size.

The Council are extremely concerned that inadequate risk assessments and calculations
have been undertaken with regards to flooding, and the effect of flooding on the Parish
and surrounding area that together with the lack of assessment with regards to increased
traffic movement and flow leaves the Council in no doubt that there will be extreme lack
of infrastructure to support this development.
Yours sincerely
Hayley Bloomfield
Clerk to Rawreth Parish Council ”

No Birthday Cake Now For Pothole In Eastview Drive

mortimer pothole

 

Last month we mentioned a big pothole in Eastview Drive, Rayleigh   and how we’ve been trying to get it fixed.  Bruce was told last night at Rayleigh Town Council that there will be repairs done there on the 27th and 28th (with the road being closed)

Town Centre Study

The County Council was conducting a traffic survey in Rayleigh Town Centre  until 7pm yesterday and will be doing one tomorrow  from 12noon to 4pm.  This is to measure traffic turning movements and pedestrian crossings to create  a proper computer model that can used to examine how to improve traffic flow around the town centre.
You will see black boxes padlocked to the base of lamp columns with cameras on the columns.

Watery Lane Open Tomorrow For The Rush Hour??

watery junction

 

Rawreth Parish Council have received the following advice today:

Having spoken to the engineers at the bridge today (Wed)  they hope to open the road later today at rush hour provided the re-surfacing is finished and the signs for ‘lack of road markings’ are available.
In any case, it should be open tomorrow for the next fortnight during morning and evening rush hours, ie: shut during the day between 0930 and 1630 hours whilst they continue to finish the job.
However, we are seeing conflicting rumours on Facebook, so we are not 100% sure about this!

 

Highways And Potholes

There was a lot of discussion at the Local Highways Panel last week about the frequency and quality potholes – even though the panel is not supposed to touch maintenance issues.

Chris Black took the opportunity to mention the big pothole at the junction of Mortimer Road and Eastview Drive, that Bruce Smart had reported it in January, and that the Smart household would be baking a cake to celebrate its first birthday. This caused people there to pay attention, and hopefully we will have a cake to celebrate the repair, rather than the birthday.

mortimer pothole

In the meantime, the following roads in  Downhall and Rawreth Ward are on the list for thorough repairing:

 

Bedloes Avenue

Deepdene Avenue

Hambro Parade

Kings Farm

Manns Way

 

 

 

No Reduction in Speed Limit – Traffic Is Going Too Fast

old london road

 

This is a hard one to understand…

Old London Road in Rawreth is a road where the national speed limit of 60 mph applies.  It goes between London Road and Church Road, which are both 40 mph zones, so that you can only drive at 60 mph for about half a minute!  But going at this speed isn’t a good idea, as this is a country lane with lots of cars on Sunday mornings , plus heavy lorries and horseriders. Local residents have asked for the speed limit to be reduced to 40 mph , which seems sensible, especially as we now have umpteen football pitches along here.

Rawreth Parish Council has asked repeatedly asked for this, but been turned down by County Highways. However on Thursday Chris Black tried again at the Local Highways Panel again, without success. County Highways basically advise that they won’t reduce the speed limit here because 1) there aren’t enough houses along the road (sports pitches don’t count) and 2) according to the last survey , vehicles are going too fast….

No “negative impact on safety and capacity” !

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.
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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.

Traffic Petition

Hullbridge Road, next to Lubards Farm

Hullbridge Road, next to Lubards Farm

Gary Congram has an e-petition on the County Council website that onlineFOCUS readers might be interested in signing:

Petition Overview:
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.,
Further Details:
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.

Now , This Is Interesting- An Inspector Goes Against County Highways Advice.

There’s been an interesting planning appeal in Fambridge, near the River Crouch. It concerns  a former shellfish packing station there in a very quiet country location. It is currently used for a business that repairs and refurbishes old damaged cars , and prepares them for export. Part of the buildings already had a general industrial use planning permission, the applicants wanted to use the rest of the site.

Officers recommended refusal on the following grounds – highways and noise nuisance:

fambridge 2

This was despite County Highways being happy about it:

fambridge 1

Councillors voted for refusal, and the applicants went to appeal. But the inspector agreed with the council on both points, and the appeal failed. It’s interesting to see what he wrote about County Highways advice:

fambridge 3

It often happens that councillors are concerned about the effect on highways of a planning application, even when County Highways officers think it is OK. You can expect councillors to mention this Fambridge planning application when a similar situation occurs again…!

Blame It On The Tunnel…

Apologies for no item tonight, blame it on the Dartford Tunnel…!

Rawreth Lane Traffic Lights Sensors

rawreth lane lights

We picked up recently on a complaint from a motorcyclist that his bike didn’t trigger the sensors at the traffic lights at the western end of Rawreth Lane. We’ve now had a reply from a helpful person at County Highways:

With regards to the traffic signals at the junction with A1245 Chelmsford Road/ Rawreth Lane.

I can confirm that a fault was raised and an engineer attended site on 27th June. Although no fault was found with the Rawreth Lane detection, the engineer did increase the sensitivity of the detectors which it is hoped will address the issue of motorcycles not being detected.

Big Spending On Big Roads In South Essex (Though Not Much In Rochford)

From the Echo:


WORK is set to begin on three major transport schemes in South Essex after the Government agreed to plough in £155.8m of funding.
A four-and-a-half mile stretch of the A13 between Pitsea and the Orsett Cock, in Thurrock, is to be widened to six lanes while the A127 will get an overhaul at four-pinch points.
Southend’s Victoria Avenue will also get a facelift, while transport in the town will get a £7million boost.

The A13 needs to be widened to 6 lanes largely because of the the new London Gateway container port.

The only improvement in our district is actually on the very edge – a planned £15 million pound improvement to the Fairglen interchange, which will be welcomed by many commuters. Though what impact will this have on the proposed employment land and traveller site that RDC are planning there?

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