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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)

A Rubbish Event !

 

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If you  have any questions about waste or recycling, you can get them answered by council staff at the Mill Arts & Events Centre, in Rayleigh, from 11am to 3pm next Thursday, October 30.

This is part of a free event aimed at families, to celebrate the District’s recycling  achievements and marks the 10th Anniversary of its first kerb-side recycling scheme. It includes:

  • A fashion show of recycled and reused clothing created by students from Seevic College and Fitzwimarc School, Rayleigh
  • A ‘recycled rhythms’ performance by pupils from Downhall Primary School, Rayleigh, working with the Mushroom Theatre Company using rubbish to make music
  • A special Halloween performance by Mushroom Theatre Company
  • Children’s activities – fabric and recycled art workshops
  • For the adults – information on reducing food waste, reuse, recycling, sewing workshops

There’s a bit more info on the District Council website here.

Rayleigh Town Council Discusses The 500 Homes Application

The Echo report is here.

by Philip Jones

BATTLE lines have been drawn over plans for 500 new homes west of Rayleigh as councillors insist the town cannot cope with extra traffic.

Developer Countryside has submitted an outline application to Rochford District Council, but Rayleigh town councillors strongly railed against the plans on the grounds of overdevelopment and a lack of adequate roads.

The town council argues righthand filter lanes, for access to the site between London Road and Rawreth Lane, simply will not cope with the extra traffic associated with 500 new homes.

Councillor Chris Lumley said: “In 1777, there was London Road, Rawreth Lane and Downhall Road, more than 200 years later these are still the same basic roads we use.

“They cannot cope with the current traffic in Rayleigh, adding 500 more homes and their cars, will be a nightmare.”

Recent roadworks to Beeches Bridge, Hullbridge, have closed Watery Lane and forced villagers to use Rawreth Lane, leading to long delays on that and surrounding roads.

Councillor Bruce Smart said: “One day there will be an emergency vehicle that will not be able to get where it needs to go because the correct roads have not been put in.”

Rayleigh Town Council’s planning committee voted, almost without objection, against the outline application and called for a full traffic survey to be carried out to assess the impact of the new homes.

Residents were allowed to speak at the beginning of the meeting, with all of them raising similar concerns over congestion.

Tim [sic] Cripps said: “Rawreth Lane is just that, a lane, it is not a highway.

“Putting T-junctions in there, and on London Road, will cause mayhem, to add to the chaos we already have.”

Chairman of the Rayleigh Action Group, Linda Kendall, of Lubbards Close, is currently waiting to hear the result of her High Court challenge to Rochford District Council, which could stop these homes being build.

She said: “We have to stop Countryside getting outline planning because once they do, they will just bulldoze everything else through.”

The outline application will be heard by a meeting of the Rochford District Council development committee on an, as yet, undecided date.

 

Town Centre Study

The County Council was conducting a traffic survey in Rayleigh Town Centre  until 7pm yesterday and will be doing one tomorrow  from 12noon to 4pm.  This is to measure traffic turning movements and pedestrian crossings to create  a proper computer model that can used to examine how to improve traffic flow around the town centre.
You will see black boxes padlocked to the base of lamp columns with cameras on the columns.

An Experimental Survey – Where Do Residents Who Live Around Rawreth Lane Go Shopping?

If you look at the traffic impact assessments from Countryside, they predict that most of the traffic from their 500 dwellings will go via London Road, instead of Rawreth Lane. On this basis they predict that the new homes will only have a tiny impact on the Rawreth Lane / Hullbridge Road junction. In fact they predict only 7 extra vehicles in the morning peak and 8 in the evening peak!

Obviously, Countryside have to make some assumptions before they can prepare these figures. One of them is about where people in the new homes will shop. They predict that 63% of their shopping will be done at the nearby Asda:

shoppingWe are wondering just how realistic that 63% figure is. It might give us a clue about how accurate their other assumptions are. So if you live on Rawreth Lane, or on Downhall Park Way, or on one of the many side roads , we’d be interested to know where you go shopping. So, after about 11 years of onlineFOCUS, here’s our first ever survey. We are not sure how well it work , or if anyone will answer, but let’s try it…

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Keep Vulnerable People Safe In Rayleigh

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From the District Council website: – a welcome initiative:

“Keep Safe”, an innovative scheme which raises awareness of vulnerable people and how to protect them, has been launched in Rayleigh.

The scheme, which provides members with free cards and key rings containing essential contact numbers, can be used in situations such as feeling unwell or losing a purse. Once people have signed up they can go to a Keep Safe venue and ask for help to contact a family member, friend or carer. Local venues identified as safe places provide free access to use of a telephone or will make a call on behalf of someone producing their Keep Safe card. Being able to access a Keep Safe venue in times of need can increase people’s confidence when they are out in the community, and provide reassurance to relatives that help is available for their loved ones if needed.

Rayleigh is the latest town to join the “Keep Safe” scheme, which already operates in Chelmsford, Maldon, Braintree, Witham, Halstead, Colchester and Clacton.

Rochford District Council’s portfolio holder for Community, Councillor Jo McPherson, said: “The Keep Safe scheme helps us to work together as a community to support those who are vulnerable and in need of help. Our shops in Rayleigh have joined many venues across Essex as places where people can turn in a crisis. I am very pleased that shops in our district have joined this valuable scheme, and urge older and vulnerable people to sign up at the earliest opportunity, as you never know when you might need help.”

For more information or to join the scheme, contact the Community Safety Team at communitysafety@rochford.gov.uk or 01702 546366.

 

 

“This Mythical Place , Somewhere In the Middle Of Essex, That Played Decent Music”

This month the Pink Toothbrush in Rayleigh celebrates 30 years as “the UK’s most famous alternative venue”.

Find out more at Schpunk magazine here . For example:

Over the years have seen live shows from the likes of Blur, Ice-T, Supergrass, Edwin Starr, Lee Scratch Perry and not forgetting Radiohead who were paid £50 and a few beers to support The Sultans of Ping FC.

And if the Brush is a complete mystery to you, try watching this new documentary. But we don’t condone excessive drinking….

Rayleigh Railway Anniversary

From Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass:

 

3rd October 2014 - Rayleigh Railway Station 125th Anniversary

At 1.30pm on Friday 3rd October we will be involved in a short ceremony  to mark the 125th anniversary of the railway coming to Rayleigh. There will also be a small photographic exhibition on the history of the railway.

Highways And Potholes

There was a lot of discussion at the Local Highways Panel last week about the frequency and quality potholes – even though the panel is not supposed to touch maintenance issues.

Chris Black took the opportunity to mention the big pothole at the junction of Mortimer Road and Eastview Drive, that Bruce Smart had reported it in January, and that the Smart household would be baking a cake to celebrate its first birthday. This caused people there to pay attention, and hopefully we will have a cake to celebrate the repair, rather than the birthday.

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In the meantime, the following roads in  Downhall and Rawreth Ward are on the list for thorough repairing:

 

Bedloes Avenue

Deepdene Avenue

Hambro Parade

Kings Farm

Manns Way

 

 

 

The Cabinet System Should Be Scrapped

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If anyone is looking at the District Council website to try to find out who initiated the idea to build houses on Brocksford Green – well it’s not easy!

But the decision seems to have been made by the Council Executive  (the Cabinet) back in December 2012 under “Asset Review”. The officers report was private and confidential , and isn’t shown on the council website. However these are the minutes(click on them to enlarge). We can’t be 100% that this was the decision, without seeking out a copy of the confidential paperwork.

 

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As you can see, it deals with quite a few sites. Also note that this was a meeting of the cabinet, which at that time consisted on 8 councillors, all selected by Cllr Cutmore, none of them from Rayleigh!  Ordinary ward Councillors are NOT permitted to speak at cabinet meetings ! Which meant that no Rayleigh member could have spoken on this.

If the ward Councillors had wanted to challenge this decision – well, at that time any 3 councillors could have got together to refer it to Full Council. But none of them did. And by the way, that right of referral has since been taken away by the Conservatives.

It’s time the Cabinet system was scrapped. It’s undemocratic and expensive. And it’s not even that effective – if there had been an open debate involving all Councillors in 2012, the idea would have been squelched back then, saving council officers much-needed time and money.

Amenity Space Saved, Wakering Development Squeaks Through……

At tonight’s meeting of the Development Committee:

The outline  application for 6 dwellings on the amenity space at Brocksford Avenue was refused by an overwhelming vote of councillors. Refusal was moved by  Ian  Ward and seconded by Heather Glynn. This pleased the public gallery, which was packed with concerned residents.

The application for 116 dwellings at the old Star Lane Brickworks in Great Wakering was passed – but only just. This is another one of the big sites that has come forward as part of the local plan. Chris Black and Ron Oatham moved refusal, saying that the application was contrary to our core strategy, because extra funding for the local primary school wasn’t being provided. We lost the refusal  11-9. Interestingly , none of the ward councillors supported our refusal. Cllr Mrs Wilkins voted against our refusal , Cllr Hookway was absent and Cllr Seagers declared an interest and quite properly left the chamber.  A motion of approval was then moved and the scheme was passed 14-5

The District Council applied to itself for planning permission to install a banner in Bradley Way to advertise public events – and the committee refused this , on the grounds of it being a conservation area.

A New Comedy Club For Rayleigh

The Echo reports today:

COMEDIAN and TV presenter Jason Manford is opening a comedy club in Rayleigh

The star, who presented BBC 1’s the One Show and regularly appears on shows 8 like Out of 10 Cats, will open a Manford’s Comedy Club, at the Rayleigh Mill Arts Centre, on Friday, October 3.

The full report – plus Jason’s own description of Rayleigh as a “Sleepy Essex Town” – is here.  Let’s hope it is a success.

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  • Jim Cripps: Been away for a few days , just noticed more road survey wires set up in both Rawreth Lane and Hullbridge...
  • Jim Cripps: Oz at # 8 – I know, you are probably right , I’ve always thought it will happen but if you...
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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.

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