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RAG’s View

Rayleigh Action Group summarise their view of the situation here. Here’s an extract:

…To expand on the above Rochford District Council’s evidence to the court they stated that just 195 residents from a possible 33,000 in Rayleigh, made representations on one consultation process. Of these, 194 objected and rejected their proposal and just one individual supported their submissions. The programme continued unabated. This simple fact establishes the fact that the ‘consultation’ exercises, on which RDC have expended £2.1 million pounds of public money (confirmed by a Freedom of Information request in July 2013), are simply a total waste of public money at a time when essential services are being slashed to save precious resources.
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The Judgement makes clear that the Judge accepted there is now established major opposition to this Local Plan. This is evidenced by both the petition collated by Brian Carleton of Hullbridge Action Group and the list of 5062 residents connected to the objection produced by Rayleigh Action Group in 2013. Despite this he has refused to quosh the disputed Allocation document, which will serve to destroy swathes of the green belt across our area, as it conforms with the RDC Core Strategy, adopted in 2011. Despite clear evidence that the public were oblivious to the many proposals he found RDC had acted in compliance with their STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT (SCI). Produced by RDC Officers and RDC Councillors. It is becoming increasing evident that RDC have no legal requirement to take account of any public opposition to the plans they put forward. Any ‘Consultation’ appears to be an exercise in useless public relations that has no effect on eventual outcomes. This is evidenced by the results of actual ‘consultations’ as presented in evidence to the court by RDC where the overwhelming majority of those who did respond rejected RDC proposals.
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My opinion remains that RDC have not acted in the best interest of the people they serve. Our roads will become increasingly gridlocked, many residents will face increased risk of flooding, our services will become further stretched. The Core Strategy decisions are thus enshrine for the future including every proposal sanctioned in that document, don’t forget the removal of Rayleigh Town Sports and Social Club grounds are still an integral part of that plan. Further to place both a Heavy Industrial complex and huge Gypsy and Traveller site in this vicinity will be an error of judgement that will devalue the homes of the hard-working families that have chosen to live here. I do not believe democracy is well served by the decision of the High Court as it will further erode the trust ordinary citizens have in those that are charged with protecting our interest. It is a sorry day for us all.
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Mr Justice Lindblom recognised some failures of the RDC legal team. He has confirmed an agreed wasted costs order against RDC to the sum of £ 11,815.20 which includes the fees due for their failed challenge to the requested Protected Cost Order. The action to prevent the PCO would have halted the hearing. It would have had the effect of silencing the huge protest that emerged when local residents became aware of the full implications of RDC future plans for the district….

“I Wonder If Such A Place Exists”

A guest post from our regular commenter the Mighty Oz .. this is a specially positive piece for the Christmas season, so if there any comments , please let them be positive also …

 

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Sometimes, in those quiet moments, we all wonder what it would be like if we moved away to somewhere new. For those among us that like to make lists then a set of requirements is a must. So, what would I like in my new town?

First and foremost a town that is safe for my family and friends, somewhere that is reasonably affluent populated by enterprising, hard working people. A place that has some history, maybe an old market town that has managed to retain that feel. A weekly market would be great, perhaps some places to meet for a coffee afterwards.A vibrant high street, not a run down place full of For Sale boards, a good selection of places to eat and drink.

Who knows, maybe a place that has a beautiful church in the High Street, a windmill, a tree lined high street with flower beds and hanging baskets in the summer, that’s a tall order !

Now, Location, Location, Location, not too far from London, say, 1hr max but also far enough away so that I can explore the local countryside, how about marshes and salt flats that stretch for miles? Maybe even near to a seaside resort for some fun in the summer.

Must have thriving library, an Arts Centre and maybe a town museum…not to mention sufficient car parking when I visit.

Well, that’s quite a list of requirements, I wonder if such a place exists ?

 

 

Three Applications : A Dance School, Later Hours For Marco’s And A Rawreth Golf Course

There are three particularly interesting planning applications on today’s “Weekly List”. All of them are recommended for approval, unless any district councillor calls them in by 1 pm next Wednesday. You can download the full list (with detailed officers’ reports) here. (261kb) The start of each of the officer’s reports are shown below (click on them to enlarge)

DANCE SCHOOL

MARCOS

GOLF COURSE

Cake Night In Rawreth

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Tonight’s Rawreth Parish Council meeting dealt with some serious issues but was a good-natured affair. This was helped by the excellent home-made cheese scones and chocolate cake provided for the public as a seasonal treat (other councils please copy!).

Here’s a few key points:

  • The parish council are giving grants to a number of good causes, including 500 pounds to the new Rawreth Flood Action Group. The Action Group will be setting up their own website.
  • Another grant was 800 pounds for the parish newsletter.
  • It was pointed out that our last onlinefocus item on flooding in Rawreth wasn’t accurate – Church Road and Old London Road DID flood that evening.
  • There was some discussion about the uprated pumps for the Fairglen Interchange causing flooding problems for some residents. The water is pumped into balancing ponds which couldn’t cope with the 1000 tonnes of water from the last lot of rain.
  • There was concern about the unauthorised excavations on the highway next to the traveller site on the A1245 . The district and the county councils have seen this but apparently taken no action.
  • 5 residents said they didn’t get Rochford District Matters and Chris Black got their postcodes to pass on to RDC.
  • It was queried as to why Watery Lane / Beeches Road had to be closed for litter picking and how much it cost.
  • On the financial side, the parish council are not increasing their level of council tax.
  • Finally, it was queried as to why Rawreth had been overlooked for a proposed Crouch arts festival – after all, it is on the Crouch!
  • Sorting Out Sweyne Park

    Ditch in Sweyne Park., after nearby residents had unlocked most of the grille

    Ditch in Sweyne Park., after nearby residents had unlocked most of the grille

    Credit where it’s due – Its good to see that the District Council de-silting the ditches in Sweyne Park, and carrying out other work to reduce the risk of flooding.
    See more on the council website here.
     

    Hopefully this will prevent incidents like the one pictured above.

    Plenty more work around the district still to do though.

    One Week To Go….

    … to this year’s  Christmas Lights in Rayleigh

    xmas switch on 2014Remember previous years?

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    Arts And Crafts Centre Gets OK

    Back in September we mentioned there was a planning application for a new arts and crafts centre in Bull Lane Rayleigh:

     

    arts and crafts centre

    It now has planning permission… we look forward to seeing what happens …..

    High Street Demolition Application

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    There’s a planning application in to build 2 houses behind the existing old house at no. 4 Rayleigh High Street. It involves demolishing some outbuildings behind the exiting old house, but not the house itself.  Find out more here. The application to demolish the outbuilding is 14/00714/DEMCOM. The application to build the houses is 14/00716/FUL.

    Museum Quiz On The 28th !

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    Tescos Withdraws Application For Extended Hours

    As Councillor Toby Mountain explains here Tescos have withdrawn their application for extended opening hours at their London Road , Rayleigh, store.

    Poor Air Quality In Parts Of Rayleigh Town Centre

    Rayleigh  High Street From the Tower

    Not good news.

    Levels of  Nitrogen Dioxide are still above national agreed levels  in parts of Rayleigh Town Centre. (Nitrogen Dioxide is a pollutant that comes from, amongst other things,   vehicle exhausts. ) The District Council is now planning to set up an “Area Quality Management Area” and is consulting  the public on how big an area it should cover.

    Find out more on the District Council Website here.

    No Birthday Cake Now For Pothole In Eastview Drive

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    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)

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