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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.

New Review Committee Kicks Off – Air Quality And Highways Rangers

 

The Review Committee, which scrutinises council activities, had its first meeting of the civic year tonight. It has a new chair, Michael Hoy, who did a decent job tonight (the first time he has ever chaired a district council committee).

 

Two of the items discussed were:

Air quality in Rayleigh Street and High Road.

Levels of air pollution from traffic in the High Street and High Road are probably high enough for the District Council to declare the location as an “Air Quality Management Area”. This isn’t a magic wand to solve the problem. However the local highways panel may be looking soon at adjusting the pedestrian crossings in the town centre to improve traffic flow and reduce all the stopping and starting, which would reduce traffic emissions. Declaring the area might help persuade the County Council to fund and carry out the scheme.

Highways Rangers

The County Council has teams of highways rangers to carry out minor works, such as clearing vegetation. However many councillors feel the system doesn’t work properly. Discussions are taking place about the District Council taking over the management of the Rangers. Nothing is decided yet…..

 

 

44 Air Pollution Deaths In Our District Each Year – That’s The Estimate.

The Echo has reported today:

AIR pollution kills 375 people a year in south Essex with many more having years shaved of their lives, health experts estimate Councils are considering lowering speed limits and urging people to reduce car use as new figures from Public Health England laid bare the impact of car emissions and industry on people’s lives…..

Their complete article is here, but although it quotes estimated figures of 115 deathes per year in Southend from air pollution, it doesn’t quote a figure for our district. So we’ve hunted around on the web and found the information from Public Health England here They estimate that 5.7 % of deaths in our district of people over the age of 25 were attributed to air pollution – 44 per year.
 

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Another Sweyne Park Mention…

Sweyne Park grass 2

One of our leaflet deliverer volunteers in the Downhall Park way area heard what sounded like a scramble motorbike on Sunday morning. Did anyone else hear it – was it inside Sweyne Park?

Acoustic Fence Planning Application

Just come in….. a planning application for an acoustic fence,  presumably to try to reduce the noise problems…

Application Reference  13/00510/FUL
Unit 12A, Rawreth Industrial Estate, Rawreth Lane, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9RL
Erect 4.5m High Acoustic Fence To Rear Of Site
Parish: Rawreth Parish Council
Ward: Downhall And Rawreth
Applicants’s Name Scrapco Metal Recycling Limited – Mrs Karen Frost
Applicants’ Address : 2A Landau Way, Darent Industrial Park, Erith, Kent, DA8 2LF

If you are interested in this one, you can find the application here.

That Must Be A REALLY Loud Alarm….

Here’s details on some more enforcement action:

“On June 4th, a noise abatement notice was served upon the occupier of 17 Sandon Close, Rochford as a result of the soubnding of a clock/radio alarm disturbing neighbouring residents. A warrant of entry was secured from Southend Magistrates Court and officers forced entry into the property, disabled the alarm and left the property as secure as it had been found. Officers will now seek to recover the Council’s costs.”

Enforcement Action

We’ve heard that last month a noise abatement notice was served upon Scrapco Metal Recycling Ltd and each of its two directors.This was a result of noise from the scrap metal activities at 12A Rawreth Industrial Estate affecting residents in Grosvenor Avenue and Victoria Avenue. They have until September 1st to comply.

Dust, Noise And Vibration ?

We’d be interested to hear from anyone if they are noticing an increase in noise, dust or vibration from the Rawreth Industrial Estate.

Something In the Air Tonight ?

We’ve had an email this evening from a resident in the Trenders Avenue area of Rawreth:

As of todays date (28/05/2012) and time (19:05) there is a dreadful stench which can be smelt from our back door. It could also be smelt over the weekend.

We’d be very interested to know how far afield this can be smelt – so if you can smell it yourself, please leave a comment and tell us your approximate location. If you can confirm the source , so much the better….

“A Most Disgusting Stench”

We’ve been contacted this evening by a resident in the plotlands area of Rawreth – complaining about a ‘most disgusting stench’. Possibly from the sewage works (although maybe the wind direction isn’t right for that?)

Anybody else smelling this? And if so roughly where did you live?

The Council Executive Meets Next Wednesday

The ‘cabinet’ of the Distict council meets next Wednesday at 7:30. You can download the agenda from this page.

One of the items on the agenda is to start public consultation on a plan to reduce air pollution from the Rawreth Industrial Estate. The council is particularly thinking about the impact on residents in Victoria Avenue, Rowan Close and Stirling Close in Rayleigh.

Another item is the future of our public toilets. As Councillor Michael Hoy has already written, this is likely to be discussed in private and confidential session. So the public can’t watch and we can’t tell you much afterwards!

What’s perhaps worse though, are the ultra-strict rules that the Conservative Group have chosen, which currently mean that no Rayleigh Councillor is allowed to speak at these meetings. Cllr Joan Mockford and Cllr Toby Mountain are the ward members for Victoria Avenue and Stirling Close, Chris Black and Ron Oatham for Rowan close. It is bizarre that they don’t have a right to speak on the air pollution issue.

Time for the Tories to re-think this.

Environmental Permit Application In Hockley

The District Council website has a notice telling people about an ‘environmental permit application’ in Hockley. This doesn’t seemed to have cropped up before – apparently under new regulations from last year, the public are consulted on these now.

Anyway, you can find details here. The application is for Greenacres Nursery, Folly Chase, Hockley and is for a ‘recovered oil burner’.

Consultations opened on August 22nd and are open for 4 weeks.

There’s more info on these regulations here.

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