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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.

Two Premises Have Their Licenses Facing Review

The District Council website shows a “Notice of Application for Review of Premises Licence” for two places – the Travellers Joy pub in Rayleigh, and Lords Golf Club.

LICENSING ACT 2003
Notice of Application for Review of Premises Licence – Section 51
The Licensing Authority, Rochford District Council, hereby gives notice of an application for review of a Premises Licence in respect of
Travellers Joy, Downhall Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9JF.
The grounds of the application for review are that the premises are failing to promote the licensing objectives of the prevention of crime and disorder and the prevention of public nuisance. The review will consider allegations of crime and disorder in relation to drug issues as well as a number of incidents associated with public nuisance.
Interested Parties or Responsible Authorities may make representations to the Licensing Authority (Rochford District Council). All such representations shall be made in writing, between the date of this notice and 14 August 2011.
Representations should be sent to the Licensing Unit, Rochford District Council, 3 – 19 South Street, Rochford, SS4 1BW.
A record of the licence, the grounds for the application for reviewing it and the statutory register of the licensing authority, may be inspected at the Council’s office address given above, between 0900hrs & 1600hrs Monday – Friday at the address below, or on the Authority’s website at: www.rochford.gov.uk/
(http://www.rochford.gov.uk/business__licensing/licensing/alcohol_and_entertainment/reviews_of_licenses.aspx)
It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction is £5000.
Dated 18 July 2011

LICENSING ACT 2003
Notice of Application for Review of Premises Licence – Section 51
The Licensing Authority, Rochford District Council, hereby gives notice of an application for review of a Premises Licence in respect of
Lords Golf and Country Club, Hullbridge Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9QS.
The grounds of the application for review are that the premises are failing to promote the licensing objective of the prevention of public nuisance. The review will consider allegations of loud music emanating from the premises and accompanying noise nuisance.
Interested Parties or Responsible Authorities may make representations to the Licensing Authority (Rochford District Council). All such representations shall be made in writing, between the date of this notice and 14 August 2011.
Representations should be sent to the Licensing Unit, Rochford District Council, 3 – 19 South Street, Rochford, SS4 1BW.
A record of the licence, the grounds for the application for reviewing it and the statutory register of the licensing authority, may be inspected at the Council’s office address given above, between 0900hrs & 1600hrs Monday – Friday at the address below, or on the Authority’s website at: www.rochford.gov.uk/
(http://www.rochford.gov.uk/business__licensing/licensing/alcohol_and_entertainment/reviews_of_licenses.aspx)
It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction is £5000.
Dated 18 July 2011

Comments are closed on this. If you have any questions on this, contact the council or email us.

No Response!

We know that many people find it difficult to respond to all the different consultations that the District Council carries out.

They aren’t always simple to respond to.

But now the council has achieved a new ‘record’ . It carried out an official consultation – on air quality around Rawreth Industrial Esate – and not had one proper response.

To quote the council report:

A public consultation exercise was undertaken between 17 February 2010
and 6 April 2010 in order to seek views about the creation of an AQMA. This
related to the target level for particulate matter, also known as PM10 being
exceeded in the area shaded red on the map attached at Appendix 1. The
consultation included a presentation to West Area Committee on 4 March
2010.
.
Although some general enquiries were answered, no specific consultation
responses were received.

What’s more alarming is that a lot of businesses on Rawreth Industrial Estate feel completely in the dark about the propoals to relocate it.

A Busy 130 Minutes

The West Area committee meeting lasted 2 hours 10 minutes last night, with some decent presentations by officers and visitors and plenty of comments from residents.

Sadly, some District Councillors started to show their irritation that the meeting was going on so long. They have become used to Full Council meetings where only the officers, Terry Cutmore, some Lib Dems and John Mason speak, and everyone goes home after 45 minutes!

Two District Councillors seemed on the verge of falling asleep.

Shaun Scrutton wasn’t present, so planning issues weren’t really touched on.

Anyway, this is broadly what happened (apologies for not including everything!)

We began with a presentation on the Essex Youth Service, given by Mark Hughes from Essex County Council, and two representatives from the Rochford District Youth Council. It’s difficult to summarise briefly what they said, but councillors were interested in the annual one-day conferences that the Youth Council have held. Tory Mavis Webster, who is deputy leader of the whole District Council was concerned that she hadn’t heard about these.

We then went onto the thorny subject of a possible temporary teen shelter in Sweye Park. No decision was taken – that power is given to just one person, Councillor Lesley Butcher. But a lot was said:

  • Chris Black got assurances that all adjoining residents will be consulted before a decision is taken.
  • Conservative District Councillor Simon Smith stressed that the proposal hadcome from pupils at Sweyne Park School.
  • Conservative District Councillor Joan Mockford said the one in John Fisher field was too small , there was only enough room for 2 or 3 people, causing others to move off elsewhere and cause trouble. Officers told her that the proposed shelter held 6-8.
  • The police had mixed views, saying that the one by Websters Way has been a success, but even so there had been 3 arrests there in the last 3 weeks.
  • Dave Sperring , Conservative Chairman of the Town Council, said it had helped to reduce crime in Rayleigh town centre, but there was no guarantee what it would do in Sweyne Park.
  • One resident who lives near the park spke at length about problems of vandalism and was very critical of the District Council for considering this.
  • Resident Chris Stanley said that youths were already gathering in the wooden bus shelter in Downhall Road, spitting and swearing.
  • Another resident said that a teen shelter isn’t going to solve the overall problem- what happened to youth clubs?
  • The reps from the Youth Council said that they do work – and there was nothing else in Sweyne Park
  • Lib Dem District Councillor Chris Lumley emphasised the responsibility of parents
  • When pressed by Chris Black, officers said that the shelter shouldn’t be placed too close to homes, but shouldn’t be hidden in the centre of the park either.
  • Tory Rayleigh Town Councillor Ian Ward said we needed more youth facilities in Rayleigh
  • One resident just moved from Romford was very unhappy that there was nothing like a bowling alley or ice rink in the town centre
  • One of the Youth Council reps said that she wouldn’t walk through Sweyne Park in the dark.
  • We then had an update from Acting Inspector Andy Clarkson. the most interesting bit of news – last month two cars from Hullbridge were crushed because they weren’t taxed.

    Finally,we has an officers report on the relatively high levels of fine air particles in the area close to the Rawreth Industrial estate, which woudl raise the risk of respiratory diseases . (You can download the report and a map here). Most of the dust was just naturally occuring, but was being stirred up by the large vehicles that go into the industrial estate. Only aa small amount apparently came from industrial processes at the site.

    The council is tackling the problem by increasing the amount of road sweeping from montly to fortnightly. However one person based on the estate said that previously the road was only swept once a year and that the road service is very poor!. Chris Stanley asked when the last testing had been done there – and the answer was 2007 – no testing for almost 3 years.

    Other people connected with the estate were concerned about the District Council’s proposals to relocate it….

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