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Finally Fixed…

About 17 months ago we spotted a cracked cover in the pavement in Downhall Park Way (opposite Canterbury Close). It was quite a serious trip hazard – we reported it to County Highways and they acknowledged receipt on May 4th 2015. (and we chased it later).

County Highways have finally carried out the repair! This is an example of how long it takes to get non-urgent (but necessary) work done….

...where there are views of West Rayleigh and beyond. (The masthead photo of onlinefocus was taken here )

Evening Consultation On October 4th

The District Council has advised interested individuals and organisations today that there will be an evening consultation on the new local plan:

” …..As an individual or organisation registered on the Council’s mailing list, and as part of the early engagement that the Council is actively undertaking to inform the preparation of the new Local Plan, I am writing to invite you to a workshop at Cloister Hall, Rectory Garth, Rayleigh, SS6 8BA on Tuesday 4 October between 7pm and 9pm. The purpose of the workshop is to help explain the role of the Parish Council in plan-making and to discuss the future development of the parish – the workshop will inform, but not set, future planning policy.

For more information on adopted planning policy documents and the new Local Plan, please visit: http://www.rochford.gov.uk/planning/policy.

We hope that you are able to attend the workshop. The event will be limited to a maximum of 50 people (due to venue restraints), therefore we kindly please ask all those who were able to attend the workshop during the day on Tuesday 12 September to allow other residents the opportunity to share their issues and ideas. The structure of the event will be identical to the previous workshop, to reach out to anyone who was unable to attend the daytime workshop. If you have been/are unable to attend either workshop, please note that there will be other opportunities to be involved and to inform the plan-making process in the future. The Council has also produced an Issues & Options survey, which provides residents with an opportunity to make their issues and ideas on the future development of District known to us. The survey is available at www.rochford.gov.uk/cee and in local libraries and Council offices.”

...where there are views of West Rayleigh and beyond. (The masthead photo of onlinefocus was taken here )

“The Text Was Too Small For This Forty-Year-Old’s Eyes”

James Newport writes here about the consultation workshop in Rayleigh, and he isn’t very impressed.

First of all, the presentation was made less effective by hard-to-read text on the PowerPoint displays and hard-to-hear speech fighting against the sound of the air conditioning.

Secondly, the concept of ‘a walk around the parish’ might work if the parish consists of a church, a school , a shop and a few residential roads. It doesn’t work ok for a town of 33000 people. It’s almost as if we are back in the bad old days of a few years ago when some councillors though that “Real Rayleigh” stopped at the railway bridges.

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Last Minute Reminder

If you live in Downhall and Rawreth ward, we’d just like to remind you that you have <em>three</em> votes for the District Council, and we have three candidates – Chris Black, Ron Oatham and Chris Stanley.

Please give us all three of your votes:

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<li>We are the most local team, and we all want to serve.</li>

<li>We need to win all 3 seats to guarantee a place for a Downhall and Rawreth councillor on the committee that deals with planning applications. That could be crucial.</li>

<li>Winning all 3 seats sends a message to the council that local people aren’t happy with the overdevelopment in our area and want improvements in infrastructure.</li>

<li>Winning all 3 seats gives you a united team of active local councillors that aren’t under the Tory whip.</li>

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We are also hoping to get Ron, Chris Stanley and Bruce Smart elected to the Town Council for the “Sweyne Park” Town Council ward , and James Newport to the Town Council “Victoria ” ward.

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Cheapside, About 1930.

Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass’ February feature has some evocative photos of almost empty roads in Rayleigh.
The one above is of the junction of Down Hall Road and Cheapside circa the 1930s. A few points to note :

  • “Cheapside” was later divided into “Cheapside East” and “Cheapside West” when Sweyne School was built in the 1950s.
  • The rather attractive house on the right is still there – in the photo there looks like some kind of commercial sign affixed to the front wall?
  • Cheapside clearly wasn’t adopted in those days – it looks seriously muddy!
  • Postman’s bikes don’t seem to have changed much!
  • The second one is of London Road, in the early 1900s. It prompts immediate thoughts about how much more traffic and development there has been since then, and how the only new road exit from Rayleigh since then has the been the A127 Arterial Road in the 1930s. The view looks idyllic – though perhaps the boy carrying those heavy buckets would be too weary to appreciate it….

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    The website also has an update on the museum:

    The Museum will open to the public on 9th April 2016. Normal opening times from then will be Wednesday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday between the hours of 10am and 4pm

    Further information available on the Rayleigh Town Museum website (www.rayleightownmuseum.co.uk), the Rayleigh Town Museum Facebook page (Facebook.com/rayleightownmuseum) and the notice board in the High Street on the wall by the Millennium Clock.