A Long Night At The Development Committee

The Development Committee meeting went on until 11 pm last night, and we didn’t even deal with the last item. Briefly:

REFUSED BY 13 VOTES TO NIL (Refusal moved by Chris Black, on grounds of loss of residential amenity and potential noise)

PASSED

PASSED

PASSED

REFUSED (Refusal moved by Chris Black on grounds of grazing area being below policy standard)

NOT DISCUSSED DUE TO LACK OF TIME – HELD OVER UNTIL NEXT MEETING

Harry Potter Night In Rayleigh !

From the District Council website:

Harry Potter Book Night at Rayleigh Library
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017 – 17:00 to 19:00

Get in the magical spirit of Harry Potter at Rayleigh Library on Thursday 2nd February, 5-7pm.

Why not come dressed as your favourite character? Join in some wizardly fun with stories, games, activities and quizzes. The event is free but booking essential.

Contact Rayleigh Library on 01268 775830

The Loss Of Crofters

We know that many local people will be disappointed at the loss of Crofters Kennels and Rescue Centre, as the Echo reports below. As far as we are aware, this isn’t any part of a council ‘plan’ – the landowner has submitted an application for 2 dwellings, so the council has to process it and decide whether to pass it or refuse it.

 

“A DOG rescue centre is being forced to close its doors and move out of the area after 17 years of helping animals in the community.

Crofters Kennels and Rescue Centre, in Beke Hall Chase, Rayleigh, has been rescuing and rehoming dogs and other animals, as well as offering families a safe and trusted place to leave their pets while they go away.

But the landlords who lease the premises to the centre have now asked Gill Lewis, owner of Crofters, to vacate the buildings so they can be transformed into two homes, according to an application submitted to Rochford District Council.

Mrs Lewis, 54, who has also lived on site with her family for 18 years, said: “It is the end of our lease and we did know this was coming, but it is still very difficult to deal with.

“We were hopeful we might be able to extend the lease but the owners want it back.

“Unfortunately, because we haven’t been able to find other suitable premises, we’re going to have to relocate to Manningtree.

“It will be very sad to leave the community because we’ve been here for so long.

“It has been lovely living here as it is our family home where our kids grew up, making it harder and if we ever find land here we will move back.”

Hundreds of people have taken to the kennel’s Facebook page to wish Gill and her team the best of luck when they move…..”

 

The full article is here.

Development Committee On Thursday

The Development Committee of the District Council meets on Thursday evening at 7:30 . At the moment there are 6 applications on the agenda. You can find all the reports here.https://rochford.cmis.uk.com/rochford/Meetings/tabid/73/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/410/Meeting/4400/Committee/834/SelectedTab/Documents/Default.aspx

The 6 items are:

“We, the Lib Dems are vigorously challenging the council’s approach to air quality measurements.”

James Newport writes about it on his blog:

“All these cars on our roads have led to Rochford District Council declaring in February 2015,  Rayleigh Town Centre becoming an air quality management area (AQMA) due to the levels of  vehicle exhaust emissions. More than 18 months on, the air quality targets are NOT being met. I’ve questioned why London Road, Down Hall Road & Rawreth Lane are not included in the AQMA as we all see the volume of traffic queuing on these roads frequently. Is it because the council’s own policy restricts new residential development in air quality management areas and these were the areas destined for development under the core strategy?”

Full article here.

New Application At Timber Grove For 83 Dwellings And A Replacement Care Home

There’s a new planning application at Timber Grove, off London Road. You can find it on the district council website here.

Application Reference:16/00899/FUL

Address Of Proposal:Timber Grove, London Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9DT

Proposal:Demolition of existing care home and all other buildings, erection of 83 dwellings comprising 5no. two bed houses, 25no. three bed houses, 16no. fourbed houses, 3no. five bed houses, 19no. one bed flats (including 4no. ‘FOG’ units) and 15no. two bed flats, construction of replacement part single andpart two storey 13 bedroom care home, associated parking and landscaping, stopping-up of existing access, and improvement of existing access ontoLondon Road.

 

 

 

Frances Cottee Lodge

The District Council has a responsibility towards homeless people in our area, and for a number of reasons it needs to do better. It costs the council  in the region of £400000 per year – in comparison , we spend £700,000 on street cleansing and £800,000 on parks and open spaces. And that money is spent on putting homeless families into accommodation in Southend which may not be of very good quality….

If a way can be found to put homeless people from our area into accommodation in our area that is cheaper but better quality, then that could be a great success.

So there’s a proposal to put homeless people into Frances Cottee Lodge in Rayleigh, which was built as sheltered housing for the elderly. From what we gather , the elderly people living there have been properly consulted, and from what we’ve seen on social media , generally seem to be OK. The intention is to move them all to other suitable (and actually probably better) accomodation.

However there seems to have been a lack of consultation with residents living nearby, and when people aren’t consulted  they worry about what’s happening.  (This sort of complaint about the Council not consulting residents is something we hear too often!)   The council is now trying to improve the situation by holding drop-in sessions at Rayleigh Methodist Church on Tuesday.

We will write in more depth on this when we have some answers to some of our own questions that we have asked on this issue.

 

 

 

 

West Rayleigh Flood Alleviation Scheme Consultation

Do you live in West Rayleigh? Have you been flooded in the past or worried about the flood risk to your property? Then come along to the West Rayleigh Flood Alleviation Scheme consultation on 19th October 5pm to 8pm at Sweyne Park School hosted by Essex County Council. It’s your chance to have a say on their proposals to reduce flood risk to YOUR homes and OUR area.