Network Rail have been sending out a letter to ‘lineside neighbours’ about upcoming railway works in Rayleigh. They will be carrying out improvement works between Southend and Shenfield from 13 June and lasting until 2019. Presumably each individual bit of track will be undergoing works only once during the four years.
However the main aspect of this is that there will be four access points for the road-to-rail vehicles, and one of these will be at ‘the western end of Rayleigh Station Car Park” and this will be used at certain times at overnight and at weekends. Network Rail say “some disruption is inevitable but we do what we can to minimise this.” They have arranged a drop-in session at the Cloister West of Holy Trinity Church next Tuesday 9th June 6.15-8.15 pm where you can get more info.
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.
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.
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.
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…..
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.
“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.”
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.
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….