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An Uneasy Committee Meeting!

Last week’s Development Committee wasn’t as dramatic as the meeting last month, where the “North of London Road” application was refused. In fact at one stage it was very dull. But there were a lot of twists and turns, and a bit of bad feeling. Cllr Toby Mountain writes a report on it here.

In brief:
Tesco Car Parking application – approved
Tiny cafe in Hockley Woods – refused (even though it was an application by the council!)
Conversion of an outbuilding in Rayleigh Town Centre into a house – approved
Retrospective application to remove mechanical wheel cleansing equipment from the big site in Hawkwell – refused.

4 Planning Applications

The agenda is out for next Thursday’s Development Control meeting.

You can find it here.

There are four applications shown, all 4 are recommended for approval.

1. For five extra parking spaces outside Tesco in London Road, Rayleigh
2. An application from the District Council itself for a very small cafe facility at Hockley Woods.
3. Conversion of an outbuilding at 4 Rayleigh High Street into a one-bedroomed dwelling.
4. Amending the planning condition regarding mechanical wheel-cleaning of lorries at the large David Wilson Homes housing development in Hawkwell.

Want To Learn About Computers?

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Someone suggested we should mention a course you can take at Rayleigh Library called “Learn My Way”. It’s run over 6 weeks, on a Monday and a Wednesday at Rayleigh Library ( We think it also runs at other libraries but don’t have any details )

Starts at 9.30am, runs until 11.00am and is ideal for complete beginners, no previous experience necessary.

Find out more at http://www.learnmyway.com/

The course can be done at home but of course, you will not have a tutor to guide you through. The course if free, you just need to be a member of the Library.

Three Highways Issues In Downhall Park Way

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Three issues in Downhall Park Way:

First of all, someone has suggested having yellow lines at the junction of Downhall Park Way with Rawreth Lane. These would be standard ‘junction protection’ lines simply to stop motorists parking too close to the junction. Any thoughts about that?

A second person has expressed their concern about the high speeds of a small number of cars in Downhall Park Way. We might be able to get temporary signs that flash when drivers exceed the limit. Again, do people have any thoughts about that?

Thirdly, we have asked County Highways to repaint the Give Way lines at the junctions of Downhall Park Way and Harberts Way.

A Shocking Day At Hambro Parade

Armed robbery today at the Hambro Post Office …. the Echo have a brief report here.

Our best wishes and thoughts to everyone there.

Teignmouth Drive Issues

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Ron and Chris were contacted a little while back by a resident regarding parking in Teignmouth Drive , Rayleigh. The issue is the amount of on-street parking near the junction with Down Hall Road, and the resident asked for the yellow lines at the junction (which Chris arranged in about 1988) to extend a little further down.

Ron raised this with the “South Essex Parking Partnership” who are a consortium of local councils, but its’ been rejected. Their latest response said:

  • Teignmouth Drive already has 15 metres of junction protection, which is in excess of the advice given in the highway code.
  • There is no evidence to suggest parked vehicles have caused any road traffic collisions.
  • It is acknowledged that parked vehicle act as a natural traffic calming measure, even if it means drivers may have to stop for short periods due to the volume of traffic using the road at certain times of the day.
  • As previously mentioned the SEPP have a limited budget to provide parking restrictions and it is essential that it is spent on schemes where major parking issues exist. The process of providing parking restrictions is a lengthy and costly process. The estimated cost to extend the double yellow lines at this location is £1500.
  • Meanwhile , separate from this, County Highways are going to be doing a speed check in Teignmouth Drive and Exmouth Drive to see if a speed limit of 20 mph is appropriate here, bearing in mind this is near a school. The limit can only be introduced if the average speed in the survey is below 25 mph.

    Any thoughts from our residents on either ideas?

    It’s Murder At The Quiz Night!

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    (click on the poster to enlarge it)

    Goodbye June

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    We heard from our Lib Dem colleague June Lumley today that she is going to seek re-election to the District Council this year – but this time as a Conservative.

    June has been both a District and Town councillor in Grange Ward for a long time, with a good reputation that has helped her survive repeated Conservative challenges. June has indeed been a dignified and serene chairman of the District Council this year.

    If June had stood as an independent, that would not have been a surprise – June has been an independent on the Town Council for a long time. But standing for the Tories isn’t going to be easy- the Conservatives are pretty unpopular in West Rayleigh right now! Her switch is bound to be seen as an endorsement of the Tory District Core Strategy which may lead to all the proposed development North of London Road.

    If she wins it will be interesting to see how she manages moving from the Lib Dems, where she has not been whipped, into a tightly-whipped Conservative Group.

    For the local Lib Dems , this gives us the chance for more some vigorous campaigning and recruiting in Grange Ward. In a period of 10 years, we found 7 good candidates in Downhall and Rawreth to stand for us around Rayleigh. No new candidates came from Grange Ward.

    When Rayleigh Had Speedway, Stock Car Racing , Greyhound Racing And Harness Horse Racing

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    This month Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass looks at the old Rayleigh Stadium. Back in the 50s the Stadium was probably the most famous thing about Rayleigh….

    A Dozen Exceptional Rayleigh Characters

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    On the Rochford District Community Archive, Sid Barker writes about a dozen Rayleigh characters, from the 1950s to the early 1990s. Including Albert Cable, the polio victim who sold newspapers outside Rayleigh Station, and Frank Fremlin, the American who lived in the only house in Preston Gardens.

    Do you remember any of them?

    Air Pollution In Rayleigh Town Centre Is Too High

    The District Council has just announced that an “Air Quality Management Area” (AQMA) has been created in Rayleigh town centre, because air pollution is too high there.

    The annual average level of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – a pollutant associated with vehicle exhaust emissions – is just over the National Air Quality Objective at some areas within the town centre.

    Air quality has been monitored there for a number of years and although there has been a small reduction in nitrogen dioxide levels in 2012, since then there had been no further improvement.

    The area covers Brook Road, Crown Hill, Eastwood Road, High Road, High Street, Hockley Road, parts of Southend Arterial Road, and Websters Way.

    The District Council must now start a process to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels to below the target level. This will involve the creation of an Action Plan, explaining how the District Council will try to deal with this. It’s not easy, because the council’s powers are limited.

    There’s a bit more on the council website here.

    Countryside’s Response

    countryside0From their website:

    Following the Development Management committee meeting on Thursday 29th January, Andrew Carrington, Managing Director at Countryside comments: “We are very disappointed and surprised by Rochford Council’s decision to refuse the planning application for the site west of Rayleigh, which goes against the recommendation for approval made by the Council’s planning officers. We will be reviewing our options over the coming days in order to ensure that we can bring forward this allocated housing site for development at the earliest opportunity.”

     

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    500 HOUSES BETWEEN LONDON ROAD AND RAWRETH LANE

    There's lots of information on the District Council website about the planning application "North of London Road ". To see it , just click here.

    The Core Strategy

    This is the official master document for planning policy in our district! To download it, click here click here. (2.5mb)

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