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Railway Work

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 Black Cloud

The Echo reports tonight:

Firefighters are at the scene of a large tyre fire near the Fairglen Interchange on the A130.

A pile of tyres covering an area of 50 metres by 20 metres and stacked two metres high is alight, the incident commander reports.

Two crews from Rayleigh Weir and one crew from Leigh are using three ground monitors and one main jet to control the blaze.

The fire brigade was called to the site at 8.55pm.

Greater Anglia train services between London and Southend Victoria are being cancelled or delayed as a result of the fire.

A Greater Anglia spokesman said: “Due to a fire on property near the railway between Rayleigh and Wickford all lines are blocked.

“Train services between London Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 mins or revised.

“Owing to thick smoke blowing across the railway from a large fire off the railway between Rayleigh and Wickford the line is currently blocked for safety reasons.”

Passengers can use their tickets on c2c services and replacement buses are being arranged to operate between Wickford and Southend Victoria.

At 10:15 tonight there was a massive black cloud drifting northwards , passing above the A128 near the Carpenters Arms roundabout. Police had closed off the A1245 southwards.

The plume of smoke at 7 am Tuesday.
The plume of smoke at 7 am Tuesday.

UPDATE 7AM TUESDAY from BBC Travel:

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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.

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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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.”

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….