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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….

Rawreth Parish Council’s Submission On The SW Hullbridge / NE Rawreth Application

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Access
The junction onto Lower Road is not adequate. Even with a new roundabout it is too
close to Watery Lane and will only add to the traffic congestion further down the road at
the Rawreth Lane junction. If (or rather when) Watery Lane is closed the development
will add to the inevitable gridlock. The possible secondary acess via Maylands Lane is
even worse. The road is a rural road and is really not suitable for volume traffic, the
simple T junction at the end will be dangerous.
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Flood
The developers acknowledge that the site slopes towards Watery Lane. At the moment
fields take up quite a lot of water, yet Watery Lane and surroundings still flood. Building
on fields reduces the capacity of the ground to take up water and will exacerbate the
already bad flood situation. Even with attenuation tanks, balancing ponds etc. this
development will increase the flood risk. The potential impact downstream on Church
Road, London Road does not seem to have been considered
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Infrastructure
Hullbridge is a village with village roads. These were not designed to take volume traffic
and are already subject to severe traffic problems, it takes only a minor incident to
impact on a radius of several miles and adding to the traffic will only make this worse.
The application mentions schools, healthcare etc. and does in fact say that Downhall
Surgery will be able to take some extra patients. It also mentioned dentists and opticians
in Rayleigh. It completely ignores the impact that the North of London Road development
will have on local healthcare, schools etc. Southend Hospital has been on a black alert
several times this winter, it is doubtful if they have the capacity to deal with all the
potential residents of new developments
There are few completely local employment opportunities so most new residents will be
commuting to London/Basildon/Southend/Chelmsford. Despite the lovely words about
walking and cycling most of them are going to drive to work, the station etc. which will
bring them into the already congested Rawreth Lane area, to add to the extra traffic
coming from North of London Road.
Overall it is hard to see how this application can be considered in isolation. Local roads
are already at capacity before a single new house is built anywhere. The residents won’t
be living on the new development in isolation, they will commute, shop, go to school and
will put more pressure on already overstretched facilities.

Meeting In Hullbridge

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.

 

Hullbridge / Rawreth Planning Application Now In….

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Another big planning application, part of the District Council’s Core Strategy has now been submitted.You can find more on the council website here. A lot of resident’s comments have already been submitted over the weekend.

The outline proposal includes:

“Residential development for 500 dwellings including a proportion of affordable housing, associated open space, landscaping and drainage and infrastructure works”

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Incidentally, the Council website shows the parish for this application as Hullbridge, but we believe it also includes part of Rawreth, so that Rawreth Parish Council should be consulted as well.

Watery Lane Update

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Watery Lane

Ron Oatham went to a meeting last Monday regarding Watery lane. The consultant presented a report which basically put forward nine possible options, none of which significantly reduced the the flood risk enough to attract Flood Defence Grant Aid.
The option to raise the road by 1.2 Metres was clearly out of the question financially.
ECC agreed to look at the possibility of a new ditch on the south side of the road and the installation of a pump to route water direct to the River Crouch. This wouldn’t deal with once-in- 30-years events but might help with the less extreme rainfall.
It was frustrating that some of the bodies involved wanted another body to take a step before they would take a step…

Watery Lane Open Tomorrow For The Rush Hour??

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Rawreth Parish Council have received the following advice today:

Having spoken to the engineers at the bridge today (Wed)  they hope to open the road later today at rush hour provided the re-surfacing is finished and the signs for ‘lack of road markings’ are available.
In any case, it should be open tomorrow for the next fortnight during morning and evening rush hours, ie: shut during the day between 0930 and 1630 hours whilst they continue to finish the job.
However, we are seeing conflicting rumours on Facebook, so we are not 100% sure about this!

 

Michael Hoy Starts Campaign Against School Bus Ruling

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Councillor Michael Hoy writes here about a new County Council policy:

“With effect from September 2015 Essex County Council have changed the policy on Home to School Transport for new pupils meaning parents or carers will have to pay themselves if their children go to Sweyne-Park School even though they may live over 3 miles away and would currently be entitled to free transport.  Sweyne-Park is the Catchment School for Hullbridge and currently has 248 Hullbridge children over the years 7-11…

…..I have opposed and remain opposed to this policy and will be campaigning against it.  I will post on here proposals for how the campaign will be formulated later….

…..The Echo will be taking a photograph at 3.30pm on Monday by the bus stop in Ferry Lane by the Car Park. As many people as possible are needed to be in it.

Traffic Petition

Hullbridge Road, next to Lubards Farm

Hullbridge Road, next to Lubards Farm

Gary Congram has an e-petition on the County Council website that onlineFOCUS readers might be interested in signing:

Petition Overview:
We wish a traffic analysis to be conducted for 7 consecutive days of Lower Road, Ferry Road, Hullbridge Road and Watery Lane at a time when all roads are functional and no school or public holidays are happening during this period. Previous analysis have been done between Sept and Nov.,
Further Details:
In accordance with the Essex Resilience program and also community safety the community of Hullbridge would like to understand and identify the risks to them relating to the local highways. In order to achieve this the community need to understand, volume of traffic, types of traffic, speed of traffic, per each direction on the above mentioned roads. This needs to be per hour, per day. The community believe there has been a significant increase in the past 5 years of vehicles passing through the village especially HGV’s. The services infrastructure for the village and surrounding area run along and under these roads and some were built and not upgraded since the 1930’s and 50’s. As a result there has been a number of breakages in pipe work. There is also an increase in traffic accidents being reported as per essex highways Traffweb application http://www.essexworkstraffweb.org.uk/main.html#

You can find it and sign it here.

A New Set Of Ward Boundaries In 2016 !!!

Every once in a while a government commission looks at the ward boundaries in each council area to make sure that everyone is being fairly represented. For example, areas where there has been new housing might merit having an extra councillor, which might mean an area somewhere else might lose one. At the moment the  Local Government Boundary Commission is looking at our district.

 

It’s already been agreed that we will stick with 39 councillors. The commission are also keen on having 3 councillors per ward, which means having 13 big wards. The District Council has come up with some proposals . They are actually suggesting 14 wards – 12 big wards with 3 councillors each, plus a “Roche North” ward with two councillors and a “Roche South” ward with one.

If you double click on this new map, you will see the new wards (though because of the small scale of the map it’s not completely accurate):

election map 2016

Looking at two wards in particular:

Hullbridge Ward stays exactly as it is now – same boundaries, and still with 3 Councillors.

Downhall and Rawreth Ward goes from 2 councillors to 3. It has to get bigger, but not that much bigger. The new Downhall and Rawreth Ward will include all the roads it does now, but with two expansions.

The first expansion is slightly southwards along Down Hall Road, taking in Preston Gardens, Hedgehope Avenue, Downhall Close and that bit of Downhall Road between Preston Gardens and Downhall Close:

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The second expansion  is to take in part of Sweyne Park ward that is closest to Rawreth – double click on this map to see more:

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This includes :

  • The north side of London Road as far as the junction with Victoria Avenue.
  • The western side of Victoria Avenue, up to the junction with Cheapside West..
  • The western half of Cheapside West
  • Maine Crescent
  • Sweyne Close
  • Fairmead
  • Boston Avenue
  • Grosvenor Road
  • Gunn Close
  • The new development at the old Eon site.

The new ward will also include all the proposed housing “North of London Road”, because if it is approved, it is all in Rawreth.

These new wards still have to be approved by the commision, so there might be some changes. If approved , there will be elections in all the new wards in 2016.

 

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.

 

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