We wrote last month about a planning application for a white roller shutter for the front of the shop at no. 31 Rayleigh High Street. This would normally be refused as not being suitable for the Conservation Area. but officers are recommending approval if it is painted a less intrusive black rather than white. This is despite objections from Rayleigh Town Council . The reason ? The mess on Saturday mornings. It has been ‘called in’ by Cllr Chris Stanley and will come to the Development Committee tomorrow evening for a vote.
Application No :16/00323/FUL
Zoning :Town Centre
Parish :Rayleigh Town Council
Location : 31 High Street Rayleigh Essex
Proposal :Installation of Roller Grille to Enclose Entrance to Shop
The proposal is for a white powder coated, fully electric, roller grille to enclose
the entrance to the shop….
…The site is situated within the primary shopping frontage area, Conservation
Area and town centre of Rayleigh, as well as being located within the Rayleigh
Centre Area Action Plan.
The applicant has stated within the application that they have to clean up
mess on Saturday mornings due to the use of the recess after the pubs and
clubs have closed. This area is the doorway into the premises and the use of
the area on Friday evenings results in an uninviting access into the shop
which deters customers, and has to be cleaned before it can be used.
Comments from the Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Officer collaborate with
the owner that all of the premises with indented doorways suffer
from people urinating in them. Number 31 is on the main route from the Pink Tooth Brush
to the Taxi rank and given the queue for the rank can extend beyond Ernie
Lane back to the Pink Tooth Brush, many of the shops along that stretch
suffer as they are slightly out of sight. The shops have not made complaints
directly but raise the issues in the various forums and have asked if the clubs
would provide street urinals to reduce the abuse of their frontages. It has now
become a common practice to have to wash doorways and frontage down at
weekends before opening….
You can find the full report here – it’s the second item.