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Museum Planning Application

We’ve already written about the idea of a Rayleigh Museum, however the Echo has a useful update:

Local historian, founder of Rayleigh Through the Looking Glass and chairman of the Rayleigh Town Museum Working Party, Mike Davies, has found a suitable building for his project.

Mr Davies, Rayleigh citizen of the year, has been searching for years to find a suitable home for his archives of Rayleigh artefacts and now hopes to have found the perfect spot.
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He has submitted a planning application to Rochford District Council for the first floor of 91-93 Rayleigh High Street above Yours clothing shop and now awaits the planning officers’ decision.
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Mr Davies said: “This is the oldest secular building in Rayleigh High Street and is a Grade II listed building within the conservation area.
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“The location and building is ideal for a Town Museum, and the owner has agreed to install a fully accessible passenger lift, before we take possession of the building on a long lease. We have a long way to go, with planning permission required, as well as a need for a Heritage Lottery Grant that we are in the process of applying for, but all the signs are good.”

As usual, Ron and Chris must stay neutral in advance of any planning meeting. The application also includes turning the ground floor into a restaurant or cafe, and you can find it here.

Rayleigh In World War I

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20th July 2014 to 10th August 2014 – Rayleigh in WW1 Exhibition

Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass are holding an exhibition on the 2nd floor of Rayleigh Windmill from 20th July to 10th August 2014 on the subject of Rayleigh in WW1. Windmill opening times are Wednesdays 10am to 1pm and Saturdays & Sundays 1pm to 4pm (closed Saturday 2nd August & Saturday 9th August for weddings). There will be 2 additional opening days during this period and they are Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th August – both 10am to 1pm.

Hedgehope Avenue Works

The blocking of the ditch behind Hedgehope Avenue helped cause flooding in Down Hall Road last year...

The blocking of the ditch behind Hedgehope Avenue helped cause flooding in Down Hall Road last year…

Credit’s where it’s due. The District Council has worked behind the scenes to get Anglian Water to carry out improvements to the ditch that runs between Hedgehope Avenue and Down Hall Close in Rayleigh.
Nearly 30 years ago the District Council paid to enclose most of the ditch in a culvert, but weren’t able to do all of it. That meant there was an open stretch between two culverted sections. After the floods last year we were asking that the open section be culverted as well, so we are very pleased that the work has been done. Town Councillor Chris Lumley had a look this week, and residents there are very positive about it.

But there are still plenty more sites to deal with…

Michelins Farm Jail Sentence

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From the District Council website:


Date:
Friday, 11 July 2014

Land owner Roger Frederick Phipps, aged 72, has today (Fri 11 Jul) been sent to prison for six months.

Chelmsford Crown Court activated part of a suspended sentence given in January last year for a waste offence after he was convicted of breaching advertisement regulations; alongside his continued breaches of planning and environmental laws.
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Phipps was sentenced in 2013 to eight months imprisonment and ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work for allowing an illegal waste site to be run on his farm for years. He was also fined £15,000 for breaching three planning enforcement notices and the Environment Agency and Council were jointly awarded £20,000 in costs.

The prison sentence was suspended for two years.

Since then, the court heard, he has carried out the unpaid work but has yet to pay the court costs and fines. He has failed to remove the majority of the waste from the farm by 30 June 2014, and has continued to display advertisements without consent on his land.

Michelins Farm, Rayleigh, did not have a waste permit nor planning permission to operate the site for waste purposes and it was run without an environmental permit from April 2008-11. The farm is on green belt land and is within a Landscape Improvement Area.
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Site visits undertaken by the Council and the Environment Agency had observed plastics, tyres, building materials, cylinders, and plastic piping and these were seen in 35 fires that the fire service had to attend in 2010-2011.

Environment Agency officers carried out covert surveillance in May 2010 and saw lorries taking waste into the site and at the same time saw smoke regularly coming from the farm. Aerial photos taken by Council officers also demonstrated to the Court the full scale of the damage being caused by Mr Phipps.

Judge David Turner said Phipps had been given by the Court, the Environment Agency and the Council every opportunity to comply with the law and had not done so.
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The Leader of Rochford District Council, Councillor Terry Cutmore said: “It is clear that Mr Phipps’ breach of the advertisement regulations was yet another example of his fragrant and deliberate disregard for the law. Mr Phipps has continued to breach planning regulations despite previously receiving a suspended sentence for similar offences, and it is right that the Court has taken this into account in giving Mr Phipps a 6 month prison sentence. Whilst the council sees legal action as a last resort it will not stand for any inappropriate actions from people who choose to ignore planning laws”.

“It is clear that Mr Phipps’ breach of the advertisement regulations was yet another example of his fragrant and deliberate disregard for the law. Mr Phipps has continued to breach planning regulations despite previously receiving a suspended sentence for similar offences, and it is right that the Court has taken this into account in giving Mr Phipps a 6 month prison sentence. Whilst the council sees legal action as a last resort it will not stand for any inappropriate actions from people who choose to ignore planning laws”.

Attack Of The Giant Leeches

Regal Cinema Being Demolished

Regal Cinema Being Demolished

Back in February, we mentioned that Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass had a feature on the Regal Cinema.

One of our readers, Stephen Pickard, has just left a comment that’s worth repeating as an item in itself:


I have very fond memories of the Regal Cinema. When I was 11, our family moved to Eastwood in January,1959. Sometime in ’60’61, when I was able to travel on my own, I started taking the bus to Rayleigh high street on Saturday mornings to the Regal cinema and recall being transfixed by the ‘Batman’ serial they showed at the time.
On Sundays they used to show double bills of ‘X’ films of ’50′s horror and science fiction which I was eager to see but at the time there was a restriction to everyone under the age of 16 being admitted, whether or not you were with an adult.
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It seemed that it was a big challenge to kids like me, that were only 13/14 was to challenge the law to try to see an ‘X’ film under age.
So, I sacrificed the ‘Saturday morning pictures’ and decided from now on I would be an adult! I approached the pay-desk, (my heart was beating twice as fast!) I recall very clearly the lady selling the tickets, she was either Scottish or an accent from further north. When I asked for a ticket, she would reply in very concerned voice “Are you sixteen?”. On saying yes, up popped the ticket of which I grabbed and quickly ventured into the darkness of the cinema before the manager saw me.
I recall what the manager looked like. He was in his 50′s or 60′s with grey hair and mustache, always dressed in a suit and shirt and tie.
I felt a little guilty about going in under age, but I will be forever grateful to the Regal for those special memories.
I remember that the first ‘X’ films I saw, for those interested, were “Cage of Doom” (“Terror from the Year 5000″) “Demons of the Swamp” (“Attack of the Giant Leeches”) and “The Fantastic Disappearing Man” (“Return of Dracula”). I still have these movies in my collection and whenever I watch them I always fondly remember where I first saw them. Regal Cinema RIP.

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Holy Trinity…

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This month’s feature at Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass is on Holy Trinity Church….

“Fifty Ways With Spuds”

 

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We frequently link to Rayleigh food blogger Gary Fenn.. He seems to be going from strength to strength , and now has an e-book published now, called Fifty Ways With Spuds.

You can find it for sale here.

A 12 Week Road Closure !

Beeches Bridge  in Beeches Road in Rawreth will be closed for much of the summer to allow  reconstruction work on the bridge.

  • From July 14th there will be temporary traffic signals.
  • On July 20th the signals will be removed to allow the London to Southend Bike Ride to pass unimpeded.
  • Then the road will be closed for 12 weeks, with only a temporary footbridge for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.

And if you are not sure where Beeches Road is, it’s to the west of Watery Lane. So nobody will be able to drive directly along Watery Lane to Battlesbridge , this will force most of the Watery Lane traffic onto Rawreth Lane for 12 weeks.  :(

Birdsong and Butterflies

Well done to the Friends Of Sweyne Park for arranging the litter pick today. More than a dozen people helped.

A lovely sunny summer morning, with birdsong, butterflies, plus lots of friendly dogs and joggers…

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Cash For Trash

Rayleigh High Street Litter small

 

The District Council has a new initiative. For three months, when people put their litter in a bin in Rayleigh  High Street  they will be helping raise money for local charities….  The new campaign is a partnership between Rochford District Council and Keep Britain Tidy and is being supported by The Wrigley Company.

Each month, a different charity will be given up to £500 and the amount they receive will depend on the amount of litter in the bins. The charities that will benefit from the project are Wyvern Community Transport, The Mushroom Theatre Company and Rayleigh, Rochford and District Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS).

Full story here.

 

 

Bus Stop Stays Where It Is !

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It was agreed today at the Local Highways Panel that the bus stop in Hullbridge Road will stay where it is.

A sensible decision at last on this.

Aiming For A Museum !

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Mike Davies from “Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass” is on a working party trying to open a Town Museum. He has emailed lots of people today , including ourselves:

We are actively pursuing our aspirations to open a Rayleigh Town Museum …..Indeed we have just identified a potential site in the centre of Rayleigh High Street…Watch this space!!!!!
We now plan to hold a number of “Fundraising” events to raise much needed funds and the first of these will be a Quiz Night, details as per the attached poster.
It would be great if you could support us in some way, either by attending, donating a prize for our raffle, exhibiting the poster at a club or group you are a member of, or by becoming one of our “sponsors”.
If you would like more details please contact me at any time.

Regards
Mike Davies
Chairman
Rayleigh Town Museum
Working Party
01268785657

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