Football

A Red Card Or A Winning Goal ? Sports Pitch Application at Fitzwimarc

There’s only one planning application on this week’s “Yellow List”- but it’s an interesting and important one. It’s a planning application for an outdoor artificial sports pitch, with floodlighting, at Fitzwimarc School. It’s recommended for approval – if no councillor calls it in to committee by 1 pm next Wednesday, it will be passed.

The report is lengthy – 67 pages long. You can download it here. It’s too long to summarise here, but issues such as nuisance from floodlighting, noise and potential flood risk are discussed, as is the need for sports pitches in the western part of the district. Proposed hours are 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm Saturdays and 9am to 8pm Sundays and Bank holidays.

Here are some sample comments, both for and against:

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Currently, there are a number of local pitches which are not fit for
purpose in the winter as they become waterlogged and unplayable. I
believe that this installation will enable our
children to continue to enjoy football (and other sports) throughout the year.
As a parent and local Head Teacher I am passionate about the importance of sport in our
schools and communities, and I fully support the proposal

It will be sited as far away from local houses to avoid any nuisance and
it can also be used by children in the school holidays avoiding excess
travel to similar facilities in Southend or Thundersley. This facility if
approved will be great for the community of all ages.
o
In relation to the construction of the 3G pitch. I am supportive of this as
a Rayleigh resident. 3G pitches are the next generation to develop
skills for young and old alike in football and it was a disappointment
that this was not considered at the Rayleigh sports centre which
currently has hard court outside facilities when it was built. Hard court
pitches at the sports centre become dangerous when it’s cold and wet.
The 3G pitches will be safer and provide an all year round football
facilities to Rayleigh’s football teams and also bring Fitzwimarc school
on a par with Sweyne school with its facilities.

I am writing this objection from my position as a schoolteacher. I am
absolutely astounded and bewildered that FitzWimarc are even
considering installing a 3G synthetic full size pitch.
The school is struggling at present trying to maintain its high standards of teaching in
what can only be described as a very poorly maintained infrastructure.
FitzWimarc School requires a huge injection of cash purely to bring it
back up to a reasonable safe specification, let alone the modernisation
that is desperately needed. The sporting success of the school is
beyond doubt, all the facilities, including two indoor sports centres, are
currently enjoyed by all the pupils. The provision of this huge structure
will have a detrimental effect on these facilities. They will lose the
cricket pitch and running track along with many other field sports! I
cannot understand why these plans were not discussed with the staff; I
think management may find their views
very interesting.
o
I am also concern that once this pitch is in place where will the children
of the school do their athletics, cricket and cross country. I have been
informed that they will be doing all of these activities off site. As a
parent of the school I am not in favour of pupils being taken off the
school grounds when there is ample grounds at present, which when
this pitch is in place will take up most of the ground.
o
Fitzwimarc are a very sporty school but why would they get rid of their
rugby/cricket pitches to then rent out to clubs out of school and send
their own school children to Rawreth Lane when they need to play a
game of cricket!! Crazy and unfair to pupils of Fitzwimarc.

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Rawreth Golf Course Appeal DISMISSED – Christine Paine’s Final Triumph?

We are very pleased to report an important success regarding a planning appeal in Rawreth.

Back in December 2014 the District Council had to decide on an application for a 9 hole golf course near the Chichester in Rawreth. Nothing wrong with that, you might think, and the application was recommended for approval. However Ron Oatham and Chris Black were NOT happy with this one, not because we dislike golf but because of the direct impact on neighbours and the huge amount of material being brought on site to alter the landcape. As we reported on onlineFOCUS:

The Golf Course application near the Chichester in Rawreth was refused tonight. Parish Council Chairman Alistir Matthews began by setting out the parish council’s objections. Chris Black and Ron Oatham then moved refusal on the grounds of:
loss of residential amenity during the construction period ( hundreds of thousands of tons of earth being moved there over 2 1/2 years)
loss of residential amenity when completed (one example was the position of the 9th hole an d the 9th green)
flood risk concerns during the construction period
flood risk concerns when completed
position of the access onto the A129, especially during the construction period

Councillors seemed particularly concerned about the vast quantity of material proposed to be brought to the site, some expressing the view that the application was all about making money from waste, rather than creating a golf course. In the debate we got particular support from John Mason and Michael Hoy, but when it came a vote we got support from nearly everyone , including Toby Mountain, Conservatives and UKIP.

We were really concerned about the vast amount of material involved. There were indications that there would be (40 lorries per day) x (20 tonnes) x (5 ½ days) x (52 weeks) x (2 ½ years) = 572 000 tonnes. Even at 20 lorries per day that would have been 288 000 tonnes. It isn’t often you get a “Sherlock Holmes” moment in a council meeting , but we noticed on the night that the layout plan was labelled “JKS Golf Course”, JKS being the haulage contractors. This was indicative that JKS were the driving force here.

The applicants went went to appeal, and we wrote to the planning inspectorate to reinforce our objections and also to endorse a very good letter written at that time by the now late Christine Paine, who lived nearby and wrote as a resident rather than as a councillor.

We’ve just heard that the planning inspector has rejected the appeal. So the application stays REFUSED. However the inspector didn’t seem to be bothered about traffic , or flooding – just on the openness of the Green Belt:

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We will be studying the appeal decision to see what implications it has for other sites.

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A Pair Of Important Applications In Rochford

There are two brand new planning applications near Cherry Orchard Lane.The intention seems to be to relocate the existing rugby club and put a business park where the club is currently located:

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You can search for the applications on the district council website here:

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Sports Awards 2015

The shortlists for the Rochford and Castle Point Sports Awards have been announced on the District Councilwebsite.

The two names for Rochford Sports Personality of the Year are:

Kristian Brown – athletics
and
Taylor Carter – golf

One of the people presenting the awards at the Gala Evening, on November 12th, will be Ronnie Irani.

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The Yachts Set Sail….

We wrote recently about the Cllipper Round The World Yacht Race that started this weekend:

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race begins in St Katherine’s Dock London on August 30th and then begins in earnest from Southend Pier on August 31st. As the Port of London Authority explains:

30th August 2015
12 yachts will lock out of St Katherine’s Dock from approximately 1400 until 1530. At 1530 4
of these will pass under Tower Bridge and gather on the Starboard side of the Upper Pool as

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31st August 2015
The yachts will gather south of Southend Pier from 1200, a cannon will be sounded at 1220 to
indicate the ten minutes before the race start. The race will commence at 1230 and yachts
will start their passage outbound.

Jim Cripps has kindly sent us these photos (click to enlarge):

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If You Like Yachts, You Might Like To Take A Look.

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race begins in St Katherine’s Dock London on August 30th and then begins in earnest from Southend Pier on August 31st. As the Port of London Authority explains:

30th August 2015
12 yachts will lock out of St Katherine’s Dock from approximately 1400 until 1530. At 1530 4
of these will pass under Tower Bridge and gather on the Starboard side of the Upper Pool as

.
31st August 2015
The yachts will gather south of Southend Pier from 1200, a cannon will be sounded at 1220 to
indicate the ten minutes before the race start. The race will commence at 1230 and yachts
will start their passage outbound.

There are also free yacht tours in the days leading up to the race…

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Golf Application Goes To Appeal

Last December the District Council refused a planning application for a golf course near the Chichester Hotel in Rawreth. Though it seemed more like an excuse to dump hundreds of thousand of tonnes of earth. Officers recommended approval, but one of us called it in to committee and we won the vote. You can still download the officers report here – it starts on page 8.

This is what we wrote at the time on onlinefocus:

The Golf Course application near the Chichester in Rawreth was refused tonight. Parish Council Chairman Alistir Matthews began by setting out the parish council’s objections. Chris Black and Ron Oatham then moved refusal on the grounds of:
loss of residential amenity during the construction period ( hundreds of thousands of tons of earth being moved there over 2 1/2 years)
loss of residential amenity when completed (one example was the position of the 9th hole and the 9th green)
flood risk concerns during the construction period
flood risk concerns when completed
position of the access onto the A129, especially during the construction period

Councillors seemed particularly concerned about the vast quantity of material proposed to be brought to the site, some expressing the view that the application was all about making money from waste, rather than creating a golf course. In the debate we got particular support from John Mason and Michael Hoy, but when it came a vote we got support from nearly everyone , including Toby Mountain, Conservatives and UKIP.

It’s worth quoting some of the comments we had after this on onlinefocus:

To say I am delighted to read this would be an understatement. I’m sure this won’t be the end of it, but at least the ground rules are now in place

A mighty well done to all concerned – gives me some hope of a fair hearing for the forthcoming assault on the future of West Rayleigh & Hullbridge because the issues are the same.

I am delighted it was refused it is like a heavy weight lifted from my shoulders and I cannot thank those concerned who did such a lot of work and got it sorted out.

The applicants have now gone to appeal! This appeal will be decided by written representations. We will write soon about how people can make representations – the deadline is August 24th.

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(Photo by Ian Jordan)

Three Years Ago Today…..

…. the Olympic Torch came to Rayleigh
Torch Bearer Jason Hsuan (Photo by Claire Smart )

 (Photo Credit Jane and Mark Lydford)

(Photo by Ian Jordan)

(Photo Credit Jane and Mark Lydford)

St Johns Ambulance got a cheer.....
St Johns Ambulance got a cheer…..
Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola
Torchbearer on Crown Hill
Torchbearer on Crown Hill
"A Nice Boy," says Elena Black "He smiled at my Union Jack Oven Glove "
“A Nice Boy,” says Elena Black “He smiled at my Union Jack Oven Glove “

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Samsung
Samsung
Flags at the Dutch Cottage
Flags at the Dutch Cottage

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TRAMPOLINE

Time For Trampolines?

Planning officers are recommending approval for an application for a trampoline centre at 12a Purdeys Way, Rochford. You can download the report here – it starts on page 10. Here’s some extracts:

The unit has an internal floorspace of 900m² and includes a mezzanine floor. There would be a reception area and office space at the front of the building with the remaining area used for trampolines. The mezzanine floor would be used as café/waiting area with an adjacent room designated as a party room. The proposed opening hours are 7am to 10pm daily. The application form states that there would be 12 full time employees although not all staff would be on site at one given time due to the shift pattern to cover the proposed opening hours. The unit has 20 existing parking spaces and it is proposed to add a further 20 to the rear of the building to be used as an overflow parking area during busy periods.
The applicant has stated that were the facility to be at capacity there would be a maximum of 30 children/users….

There has been one representation from a neignbouring business:

9 Purdeys Way


We feel that unless the applicant’s have sufficient parking within their own boundary this would put additional pressure on an already bust throughfare. At peak times the road adjacent Rollercity and indeed the Homebase car park which is currently vacant are used for parking as the parking at Rollercity (during peak times) is not sufficient for all of their customers. Therefore
allowing another facility with insufficient parking would only add to the problem and could create safety issues, there are always large goods vehicles delivering to the estate and pedestrians having to cross the estate roads and car parks to gain access to these facilities may create health and safety issue.

Football

Planning Enforcement On Academy Soccer’s Car Park

Following serious concerns from residents about whether the car park at the Academy soccer site in Rawreth was being constructed in accordance with the planning permission, there is now an enforcement case open, see the letter below:

“The matter will be investigated as soon as possible and any breach of planning control will be given further consideration”

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Played Four, Won Three

Rayleigh First XI Cricket Team are off to a good start:

cricket   4thFind  out more about Rayleigh Cricket Club  here .

Never Ever EVER Give Up…

 

The 122nd minute!