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A 12 Week Road Closure !

Beeches Bridge  in Beeches Road in Rawreth will be closed for much of the summer to allow  reconstruction work on the bridge.

  • From July 14th there will be temporary traffic signals.
  • On July 20th the signals will be removed to allow the London to Southend Bike Ride to pass unimpeded.
  • Then the road will be closed for 12 weeks, with only a temporary footbridge for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.

And if you are not sure where Beeches Road is, it’s to the west of Watery Lane. So nobody will be able to drive directly along Watery Lane to Battlesbridge , this will force most of the Watery Lane traffic onto Rawreth Lane for 12 weeks.  :(

A Slight Improvement…

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One of the items discussed at last week’s local highways panel was the junction of Watery Lane ,  Hullbridge Road and Lower Road. There have been five ‘personal injury collisions’  in the past five years – one of them being serious. Three of them involved turning right into Watery Lane; all of them were in the morning rush-hour.

So County Highways engineers proposed some modest improvements which have now been agreed:

  • Refresh all the roads markings as they had become worn or damaged
  • Add an ‘informal domed island’ at the Give Way marking in Watery Lane to improve the visibility of the turning point of the junction and deter road users from cutting across the junction
  • Reposition the black-and white chevrons signs to improve sight lines and declutter the junction
  • Consider installing a short section of kerbing and reinstate the grass verge to maker the edge of the highway more obvious
  • Cut back vegetation to 3 metres away from the carriageway to improve visibility and allow the chevrons sign to be repositioned
  • Remove part of the hatch lining to highlight the turning point from Lower Road into Watery Lane.

Total cost of this is £6,500 and should make the junction a bit safer. Though it’s a pity you have to have an accident analysis to get road markings repainted…

 

 

 

Lost Walks Of Rochford

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From the District Council website

 

Help us rediscover lost walks and hidden heritage in rural and coastal Rochford District.

Join us on foot or online and help reveal the stories of Rochford’s changing landscape through a series of public walks.

Walk 1: Barling – Wakering
Wednesday 9 July 2014
10am to 2pm
Meet at All Saints Church, Church Road, Barling
Ends at St Nicholas Church, 2 New Road, Great Wakering

Walk 2: Hullbridge – Hockley – Hullbridge
Wednesday 9 July 2014
4pm to 8pm
Walk starts and ends at the Anchor Riverside Pub, Ferry Road, Hullbridge
Free Public Car Park next to the Anchor Inn

Walk 3: Ashingdon – South Fambridge – Canewdon
Thursday 10 July 2014
10am to 2pm
Meet by Ashingdon Primary Academy, Fambridge Road, Ashingdon
Ends at St Nicholas Church, High Street, Canewdon

Walk 4: Canewdon – Wallasea Island – Paglesham East End
Thursday 10 July 2014
4pm to 8pm
Starts at St Nicholas Church, High Street, Canewdon
Ends at The Plough and Sail Public House, East End, Paglesham

Please further information please phone 01702 318171or email arts@rochford.gov.uk

Share your stories and photos of rural and coastal Rochford on the Facebook page in related links

Follow the walks on Twitter @RochfordWalks

Lost Walks of Rochford is led by artists Ali Pretty and Richard White, working with Rochford District Council Arts Development. Ali and Richard regularly collaborate on creative walking projects described as ‘feet on the ground and digitally connected’. Their walks through Rochford District will be documented and archived using social media, mapping and tracking technology.

 

Landhold’s Ideas For the “West Of Hullbridge” Site

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If you are interested in the big planning application or applications coming on the Hullbridge / Rawreth borders , you can find out more and offer comments (until June 30th) on Landhold Capital’s website here.

Here’s something on flooding:

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And here’s what they say about transport (nothing very dramatic here….)

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And these are their design principles:

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Schools Holidays Petition … And Flood Prevention Funds

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The “A Green Read” website , run by Councillor Michael Hoy, has had a lot of new stuff recently, including


Hullbridge Woman to have her petition debated in Parliament.

Donna Thresher started her Government e-petition back in March 2013 with the simple statement.
“Stop Holiday companies charging extra in school holidays”
The petition is a response to the belief that holiday companies are profiteering during school holidays charging excessive prices far above those that would be dictated by normal supply and demand….
…Lib Dem MP John Hemming has proposed the e-petition for debate in Westminster Hall for 24 February 2014 after the e-petition went viral due to Paul Cookson linking it to his Facebook Group Holiday Price Increase.

Essex County Council releases £1m of emergency funding for flooded roads
Essex County Council have at last listened to the concerns of residents and have at last decided to act on the flooded roads of the County. Below is the press release allocating £1 Million to tackle road flooding in the County….
….. Within Rochford District the one road needing flood alleviation methods that immediately springs to mind is Watery Lane in Rawreth. Some schemes have been put forward including installing a drainage system on the field to the South of the to prevent it draining onto the road as it currently does (and is allowed to do quite legally) and I will be pushing for watery Lane to be put into the top 5 as we all know it floods every year not just in this one.

“Hullbridge Memories” Is Back

Noddy and Big Ears

Noddy and Big Ears

The website “Hullbridge Memories” is back:

“Hello we are back and hopefully you will get some enjoyment reliving memories.
Regretably I had to take the site down as I had found images from the site had been copied and were being sold on Ebay. At long last I have found a way to watermark images in batches so I will be gradually bringing back the images and hopefully adding new ones in the days ahead.”

 

There’s lots of stuff there – starting off with a mammoth tusk from 12000 BC…..

The Hullbridge Road Ditch

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Earlier this week we wrote about the ditch alongside Hullbridge Road. County Highways have advised that this is one of two sections of ditch that Highways are actually responsible for in Rochford District, the other being along London Road opposite Vernon Avenue.

They seem to have overlooked this, following their last reorganisation – but the right people are now aware of this, and hopefully clearance and maintenance work will now be carried out.

Hullbridge Road Ditch

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We are trying to get the ditch along Hullbridge Road cleared of branches and debris…the ‘official’ method could be slow but let’s see how we get on…

Flooding

We hear there are major flooding problems right now in Watery Lane, Church Road Rawreth, Old London Road and London Road Rawreth

Lubbards Farm Petition Update

Hullbridge Road, next to Lubards Farm

Hullbridge Road, next to Lubards Farm

Many thanks to Tracey at Gladwells Pet and Country Store for sending the first forms back to us. That’s 44 names to get us started.

Time To Fight Again For A Crossing – Please Sign Our Petition

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Here’s very some disappointing news.

Last summer the County Council agreed to have a pedestrian crossing in Hullbridge Road opposite Lubards Farm. It was ‘signed off’ by the the councillor who was in charge of highways at that time.

However since then a new councillor has taken over, Rodney Bass, and he has rejected the crossing on the grounds that there isn’t a pavement on both sides of the road. :(

But we also get the feeling that the officers advising him in County Hall in Chelmsford, who hadn’t been to the local highways panel that discussed this, didn’t have a clue as to what activities happen at Lubards Farm or why people wanted a crossing.

We are not giving up. We are starting another petition and will battle once more to get a crossing – it will be discussed at the next Local Highways Panel on January 14th.Any help with the petition will be gratefully received.

BREAKING NEWS : Beeches Road / Watery Lane Closure Put Back Till Next July

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We have received the following email today from the Structures Manager at County Highways:

Earlier today I was in a meeting with Cllr Bass, Cllr Hoy and Paul Bird regarding the commencement of the works to Beeches Bridge in Beeches Road and Watery Lane. A sub contract order has been placed on Jackson’s Ltd for them to commence on site on the 14th October 2013 with a estimated completion date of just before Christmas 2013.
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Cllr Hoy is very concerned about the affect this work will have on school children trying to gain access to the local secondary school which is located close to the diversion route due to the higher volume of traffic that will be using this route. He is especially concerned that the children will be undertaking exams in November and will miss the start of the morning exams. The other concern was to do with the downturn in trade the closure will cause.
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Councillor Bass has therefore instructed that the scheme is postponed until the beginning of July 2014.
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The road closure signs will be taken down and replaced with signs stating that the scheme has been postponed until July 2014. Also on Thursday we will be leafleting the local residencies again informing them of the scheme postponement…
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…Once Beeches Bridge has been strengthened the weight restriction will be removed and immediately placed on Hannover Bridge which carries Watery Lane and is located near the Hullbridge junction; this should stop HGV’s continuing to use Beeches Rd/Watery Lane as a rat run.

So one road closure is delayed until next summer, and the other is cancelled. Credit to Cllr Michael Hoy for a very effective intervention – and to the much-maligned Cllr Rodney Bass for listening and responding.

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