It seems that there is a delay in faulty streetlights being inspected, due to long-term illness, for which we can only sympathise with the person(s) concerned. However the County Council do need to raise their game on this!
By special request, here are a couple more maps to show the situation in most of Rawreth, Hullbridge and the Wakerings. Green circles are OK, brown circles are known to have a fault – and as you can see, there are a lot of brown circles in Rawreth:
The big application for housing on the Hullbridge / Rawreth borders now has another aspect to consider. The applicants are quite rightly being expected to help fund improvements to the Hullbridge Road / Rawreth Lane junction – and have submitted the below road design. This isn’t definite yet – a planning application cannot determine what happens outside the boundaries of the land concerned. However this what the applicants are proposing.
We are sure that a good roundabout is needed however there are two notable issues with this design:
The first is that it permanently blocks off the junction of Mortimer Road with Hullbridge Road. This means that vehicles could only leave Mortimer Road via Kings Farm or Eastview Drive. The onlineFOCUS team will be talking to residents in Mortimer Road next week to see what they think about this. It would also force a few residents in Hullbridge Road to exit the long way around Mortimer Road
The second point is that there is an extra exit included on the roundabout – straight into the fields of Lubards Farm. Presumably this is intended to provide access for future developments…!
Your views on this would be welcome, especially if you live in Mortimer Road, Ferndale Road, King Farm, Saxon Close, Norman Crescent, Eastview Drive, Fairland Close or Hullbridge Road.
News from the District Council about the big ” SW Hullbridge” application:
The Council has received notification from the applicant to confirm that, following a conversation with the Environment Agency, further fluvial modelling is required of the nearby watercourse. That being the case, the application will not be reported to a meeting of the Development Committee in September. When the modelling work is completed and assessed by the Environment Agency a date for the application to be determined by the Committee will be announced.
For anyone wondering exactly where the “Hullbridge” application is (it also includes a bit of Rawreth parish), here’s the official location plan:
It’s worth mentioning here a recent comment by Councillor John Mason:
I understand that ECC Highways as Statutory Consultee has Recommended as follows. Prior to first occupation, Highway works along the Lower road, Hullbridge Road and Rawreth Lane Corridor shall have been provided entirely at the Developer’s expense. This includes the: i) Provision of a ghost right hand turn at the junction of Watery lane / Lower Road with associated infrastructure . ii) Provision of a roundabout at the junction of Rawreth Lane and Hullbridge Road with associated infrastructure.
As Linda Kendall has mentioned in a comment today, the big housing application on the Hullbridge / Rawreth borders is NOT going to be dealt with on July 23rd. It is being delayed until a later date. This is apparently because the Gibraltar-based applicants want to work on some matters. Though some might think it would be better for it to go to committee as soon as possible , not to make a decision, but for the committee to look at what elements (if any) need improving, and then defer it for a full debate and decision on another night.
As to the “North of London Road” applications, we’re not sure of what’s happening with those either…
The big housing application on the Hullbridge/ Rawreth borders will come to the Development Committee on July 23rd. This will be the only item on the agenda – other planning applications will be dealt with on a different night.
Councillor Michael Hoy writes here about Watery Lane – and he doesn’t mince his words:
Of all the issues that are raised for me to deal with the one which gives rise to most issues is Watery Lane, yet this road falls completely outside of my Division as it comes under, Conservative Councillor, Malcolm Maddocks in Rayleigh North (I cover Rochford West which is basically Hullbridge and Hockley)….
……since the severe flooding of Watery Lane for 3 months in 2013 and the drain clearance at that time, Essex Highways have failed to clear the drains and regular quarterly Culvert clearing, which is supposed to be organised through the Local Highways Panel, has not happened. So now, two years after the drains were originally cleared it looks as though they are blocked again, and this is purely down to the incompetence of Essex Highways and their private Contractor Ringway Jacobs.
Keep plugging away, Michael. It’s appreciated.
This application is just in:
Parish Hullbridge Parish Council
Responsibility: Committee /Weekly List
Use of Land As A Static Caravan Park On A Year Round Basis
Location: Shangrila Caravan Site East Kingsmans Farm Road
From the District Council website:
Compost Awareness Week takes place from 3-9 May, and to mark this Rochford District Council are offering free compost to all residents.
To get your free compost just come along to Pooles Lane Car Park, Hullbridge at 10am on Wednesday 6 May with your own sacks and help yourselves. It’s that simple!
The compost will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, so please get there early to avoid disappointment.
The submission from the Hullbridge Residents Association to the planning application on the Hullbridge/ Rawreth borders can now be found on the council website here.
It’s not a brief letter either, not even a long letter, its 46 pages long….
From the Rochford Independent Facebook Page:
HULLBRIDGE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
Housing Development PUBLIC MEETING 25th Jan 2015
The HRA Committee have been able to book the HULLBRIDGE DAY CENTRE, Windermere Ave., (behind Riverside Medical Centre) for a Public Meeting Sunday 25th Jan from 14:00 till 16:00 in which they will present to the Community what they have been able to identify within the Outline Planning Application 14/0813/OUT to object to.
They will also be collecting residents letters of objection which they will deliver to RDC Planning Office before the 30th Jan 2015. This is a chance for the community to find out more information and ask questions.