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Lost Walks Of Rochford

Paglesham -lookingouttoWallaseaIsland


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

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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.


Clive Wren

We were very sorry to hear about the passing of former Lib Dem Councillor for Ashingdon, Clive Wren, who died recently , aged 78. Our thoughts are with his family.

We were kindly sent the following obituary and photo, which we are very happy to publish.

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Clive Wren, 78 of Hullbridge, passed away, 2 November 2013.

Clive was born in October 1935 to Robert and Leah Wren of London.
He left school after passing his matriculation exams and joined the RAF to complete his National Service where he gained his pilot’s licence. Like many others in his position he became interested in motorsport and spent his leave designing his own ideal sports car. Unlike many others though he turned his dream into reality and on completing his National Service founded Convair Developments with his brother Terry. They set up their business in a corner of their father’s cabinet making workshop. Clive made a full scale model of his design and set to making moulds using glass fibre. Soon they were producing high quality glass fibre body shells to sell in the embryonic kit car industry.
Similar likeminded pioneers and members of the 750 Motor Club would meet up at The Abbey Hotel on the North Circular to discuss ideas and developments. Clive listened in on numerous heated debates including those between Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus, Leslie Ballamy and others. Terry looked after the commercial side of the business while Clive immersed himself in the engineering mastering a wide range of skills. As a result it was not long before Convair were selling suspension conversions, complete chassis’s and undertaking other bespoke engineering work.
The introduction of the Austin Healey Sprite effectively put an end to their dreams as they realised they could not compete with a mainstream manufacturer. Unlike a number of other fledgling sports car companies of the time Clive and Terry decided to wind up the business and change direction rather than fight on. In all about 130 bodies were made in three different styles and 50 or so chassis. One complete car exists in the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, near Yeovil and several others are in private hands.
The brothers went their separate ways and Clive’s next enterprise was to run a fleet of oil tankers supplying heating fuel to establishments in the East End of London. The flying bug never really disappeared though and the brothers soon got back together and started importing used light aircraft from abroad for resale back home. Again Terry looked after commercial matters and Clive took on the maintenance and restoration work. This led to Clive running an aircraft maintenance company based at Southend Airport dealing mainly with light aircraft and small commercial planes. The business became quite a success and Clive diversified into other areas of aviation acquiring or setting up businesses in ticketing, ground handling, aircraft chartering and a flying club. He also stood for and won a seat on Rochford District Council. He was the instigator, of the then secret meeting, in the early ‘80’a between representatives of Manchester Airport, and the Council Leadersof Essex, Castle Point, Basildon, and Rochford to offer to Southend Airport Committee a “lifeline” to develop the airport rather than Southend hand the running of it over to a subsidiary of Stansted/BAA. His fear was that Stansted would overpower Southend, taking away aircraft maintenance and cargo – and how right he was! Now, 30 years later, Stansted is owned by Manchester Airport!
Southend Airport gradually declined and Clive closed his businesses one by one until he finally retired at the beginning of the new Millennium.
He was survived by his wife Patricia; his daughter Amanda and his two grandchildren. Our thoughts are with them. In lieu of flowers, the family have requested donations to Fair Havens Hospices in Southend.
Angus Dudley/Richard Boyd OBE DL

Rest in Peace , Clive

Some More Police Meetings….

From the Essex Police website:

Hullbridge Neighbourhood Meeting

Date: 24th July 2013 11:00 – 12:00
Where: Hullbridge Sports & Social club,
Lower Road,
Hullbridge. SS5 6BJ
Extra Info: The Neighbourhood Meeting is a monthly meeting for anyone living or working in Hullbridge to attend and highlight issues that directly affect the area. The meeting is open for any member of the public to attend and share their comments and concerns. Please advise us of any particular requirements you have, or of any other arrangements we should make for you, to ensure that you can fully participate in the meeting.
Contact: Email:

Beat Surgery – Hockley Library

Date: 1st August 2013 11:00 – 12:00
Where: Hockley Library Southend Road
Hockley Essex SS5 4PZ
Extra Info: Officers will be available to discuss issues and concerns for Hockley and Hawkwell.
Contact: Mobile: 07710046161

Beat Surgery – Hullbridge Library

Date: 1st August 2013 13:00 – 14:00
Where: Hullbridge Library,
Ferry Road.
Extra Info: Officers from the Neighbourhood Team will be at the library to discuss any concerns or issues in your area.
Contact: Mobile: 07710 046161

Rochford Neighbourhood Action Panel

Date: 12th August 2013 19:00 – 20:30
Where: Parish Council Rooms
82 West Street
Rochford SS4 1AS
Extra Info: The Neighbourhood Meeting is open to any member of the public living or working in Rochford. It is held in order for those in attendance to highlight any issues and concerns that directly affect the neighbourhood & also to receive updates as to what’s happening in your area, community & Policing wise. At the conclusion those in attendance will decide on up to 3 priorities that they would like to be actioned and these will be progressed for updates at the following meeting. Please advise us of any particular requirements you have, or of any other arrangements we should make for you, to ensure that you can fully participate in the meeting.
Contact: Mobile: 07710046161

Ashingdon Neighbourhood Action Panel

Date: 20th August 2013 19:00 – 20:00
Where: Ashingdon & East Hawkwell Memorial Hall
Ashingdon Road,
Extra Info: A Neighbourhood Action Panel is a multi-agency, problem-solving group that consists of relevant partner agencies, key stakeholders and, most importantly, members of the local community. The Neighbourhood Action Panel focus’s their work around the main priorities that are identified after consultation with the local community. Members, who are all volunteers, take on responsibility for achieving certain tasks on behalf of their neighbourhood. If you are a member of a partner agency, key stakeholder, or a resident of the local community, then you can attend without prior invitation. If you would like to know more about the Neighbourhood Action Panel then please contact us as soon as convenient.
Contact: Mobile: 07710046161


The Local Highways Panel



Hullbridge Road, next to Lubards Farm

The local highways panel met yesterday . Here’s some snippets:

Ashingdon Road

There was a lot of anger about the state of Ashingdon Road. It is overdue for resurfacing, but despite repeated promises , it hasn’t been done.

After some years of complaints from councillors like Gill Lucas-Gill,  resurfacing was promised for this Easter , then this summer, now next summer. The latest problem is a cast iron gas main that ‘s been found there. And apparently a detailed design for the works  hasn’t been  prepared yet, and the design itself will take seven months. As you can imagine, Mrs Lucas Gill was very critical of County Highways…

And the promise of repairs next summer is ‘if funding is available”.

Pedestrian Crossing in Hullbridge Road, opposite Lubards Farm.

We’ve avoided this being killed off, there will be another traffic and pedestrian survey in September.

800 Designs To Do

Later on in the meeting Chris Black probed further into the question of ”designs’. It seems there are 800 highways schemes  in Essex that are still waiting for designs to be prepared!  There’s about 20 highways officers to do them.

Some of these schemes are very small – the installation of a couple of bollards, for example – but even so it’s another sign of how things have gone wrong at County Highways.

 Safety Schemes Approved

The panel agreed a number of safety schemes at:

Junction of Ashingdon Road with Dalys Road and Roche Avenue, Rochford

Junction of Ashingdon Road with West Street and Hall Road, Rochford

Junction of Lower Road with Church Road , Hullbridge

Junction of Warwick Road with Clarence Road, Rayleigh

Rayleigh Weir – the slip road from the A127 eastbound into Rayleigh.

All of these sites are where there have been accidents in the past. Some of the sites involve some minor engineering works, such as a ‘compact urban roundabout’ at the first location. But it’s noticeable that some of the issues identified in the report are simply proper maintenance. For example, with the 3rd site one road sign is covered with graffiti and another by moss, with the 4th site the road surface and road markings are in poor condition, with the last scheme there is overgrown vegetation!

Hullbridge Road Bus Stop

At a previous meeting it was agreed in principle to move the bus stop opposite Hambro Parade, Rayleigh  a little way up the hill towards Down Hall Road .  The idea is to install a bus layby on the wide grass verge in order to reduce cars queuing behind stationary buses. This is being opposed by neighbouring residents who came along and spoke very eloquently at yesterday’s  meeting, They would prefer to leave the bus stop where it is, or if it has to be moved, down near Ferndale Road. Anyway, a design and safety audit will be prepared to see if moving it is actually feasible.

Two Rawreth Issues

Before the meeting Chris Black discussed drainage problems in Rawreth Lane with a couple of officers. (the problem is opposite the junction with Laburnum Way).

Also, the panel agreed to installing a gate in London Road Rawreth, to close off a disused hammerhead that is attracting crime and ASB. Regular attenders at Rawreth Parish Council will know where this is – and in fact the minutes of the JUn 2009 Rawreth PC meeting were included in the agenda as supporting evidence.

Chair and Vice-Chair:

The panel consists of 5 County Councillors: Colin Seagers , Malcolm Maddocks and Terry Cutmore (all Tory) , Michael Hoy (Green) and Keith Gibbs (UKIP) plus 5 District Coucnillors Keith Hudson, Gill Lucas-Gill , Toby Mountain and Mike Steptoe (all Tory) and Chris Black (Lib Dem).Colin Seagers was elected Chair. Keith Gibbs then proposed Chris Black and Vice-Chair (no political clash between UKIP and LIb Dem here!) but Chris declined. Keith Hudson was then chosen as vice-chair.


About Debbie Taylor

Here’s some more information about our candidate Debbie Taylor, who is standing in Rochford North:

  • Debbie Taylor has lived at 24 Larkfield Close for more than 30 years, so knows the surrounding area very well.
  • She is newly retired, so is a suitable age amnd has plenty of time to serve as a County Coucnillor.
  • Debbie worked until recently as a chaplain at Bullwood Hall Prison and as an administrator for the University of East London.
  • Debbie has been involved in the Lib Dems for quite a while, and was previously our constituency chair.
  • Some Good Places To Visit During The Olympics – 2

    Rayleigh Mill

    If you are coming to Hadleigh for the Olympics, you might fancy coming to Rayleigh for a meal. There are plenty of cafes and tea-rooms, and a good range of restaurants – whether you want Fish and Chips, Italian, Spanish, Chinese or Indian. Plus lots of pubs….


    And if you want to go a bit further, and eat by the river, you can have a very good meal at Hullbridge or Battlesbridge.

    If you’ve come from abroad, and are interested in science, then you could drive to Paglesham, where the remains of Darwin’s Beagle are somewhere in the river bed. There’s absolutely nothing of H.M.S. Beagle to actually see, but the pubs do good food and it’s a very tranquil place to walk.

    And if you are more religious-minded, there are plenty of ancient village churches to see, including one at Paglesham. The view from the churchyard at Ashingdon is particularly fine.

    Some More FixMyStreets….

    There’s a few new reports on the FixMyStreet website -as usual potholes are the main issue.

    Near Rayleigh Weir:

    Road surface breaking up in nearside lane of southbound track of A129 100m north from the slip onto the A127

    Potholes in Waltham Road: (Incidentally Chris Black and Chris Lumley have also the Waltham Road potholes via the District Council – it probably has more potholes than anywhere else in Rayleigh).

    I am reporting severe Pot Holes in our road which do not appear to be being fixed. I complained about this to the highways team, when I first moved into the road in September 2011 but as yet I haven’t had any feedback or seen and remedial action being taken. These pot holes have deteriorated since the recent snow fall and we would like them to be filled in as a matter of urgency. In particular there are an accumulation of ‘Bigger’ holes near my drive way which deters me from parking on my drive due to the possibility of damage to my vehicle. However, these are not the only ones – the road is full of them and they continue round into surrounding roads too. Please could you look into this as a matter of urgency. Thank you Mrs Tanya Jenkins

    Pothole in Stanley Road Ashingdon:

    Reported in the Potholes category by Dr j hamblin at 10:38 today
    Sent to Essex County Council 1 minute later
    About 100 yards on near side after the acute right hand corner bend past first house on left. Caused serious damage to two tires and wheels yesterday.

    Street light out AGAIN in Little Wakering

    Reported in the Street lighting category by myra pallen at 14:39 today
    Sent to Essex County Council less than a minute later
    Street light out opposite 4 Oldbury Cottages,Southend Rd,Gt Wakering SS3 0PR It is only about out 6 months since it was last done ! This is very urgent as it is almost the only one on this road, and it lights up our 7 cottages when the traffic ZOOMS past at 100 miles an hour!!!

    Some Of The New Planning Applications This Week – Feb 17th – EXTENDING THE AIRPORT TERMINAL

    The latest list of new planning applications can be found on the District Council website here. It’s the list dated February 17th.

    There’s quite a lot of medium sized or large applications this week:

    Application for a mobile home that’s already there:

    Parish: Ashingdon Parish Council Ward: Ashingdon And Canewdon
    Retrospective Application for the Use of the Site for Siting of Mobile Home for Residential Use Including Retention of Hardstanding for Parking of Domestic Vehicles, Hardstanding Base for Mobile Home and Access Track.
    Location: Land End Of Oakfield Road New Park Road Hockley

    Four flats in Rayleigh (a similar application has already been passed here) :

    Parish: Rayleigh Town Council Ward: Downhall And Rawreth
    Amended Application to Demolish Existing Dwelling and Construct Two Storey Building with Rooms in Roofspace Comprising 4no. One Bedroomed Flats, Parking, Amenity Areas and Garden Shed
    Location: 138 Down Hall Road Rayleigh Essex

    A barn in Canewdon:

    Parish: Canewdon Parish Council Ward: Ashingdon And Canewdon
    Construct Barn to Contain 3 Stables and Feed/Tack Store
    Location: Mill Hatch Lark Hill Road Canewdon

    2 bungalows in Hawkwell:

    Parish: Hawkwell Parish Council
    Ward: Hawkwell North
    Demolish Existing Dwelling and Construct 2No. 3-bed Detached Bungalows With Off-Street Parking
    Location: 1 Clifton Road Ashingdon Essex

    Change of use in Hockley from warehouse to “retail warehouse”:

    Parish: Hockley Parish Council Ward: Hockley Central
    Change of Use from Warehouse to Retail Warehouse Including New Front Facade, New External Staircase to Rear to Provide Access at First Floor Level.
    Location: 27 Eldon Way Hockley Essex

    Keep a temporary road at Southend Airport:

    Parish: Rochford Parish Council
    Ward: Rochford
    Retention of the existing vehicular access off Southend Rd for emergency access (access having previously been constructed pursuant to a temporary planning permission), Retention of vehicular access track and retrospective permission to retain reprofiling and grading of site
    Location: Land On The Eastern Side Of Southend Airport Rochford

    Extend the airport terminal !

    Parish: Rochford Parish Council Ward: Rochford
    Extension Of Passenger Terminal Building; Configuration Of An Aircraft Parking Area For 5 Aircraft Stands; Passenger Walkways; And Associated Works
    Location: London Southend Airport Southend Airport Rochford

    Knock down a bungalow in Hullbridge , build a house:

    Parish: Hullbridge Parish Council Ward: Hullbridge
    Proposal: Demolish Existing Bungalow and Construct Detached Four Bedroomed House With Integral Garage. Widen Existing Vehicular Crossing.
    Location: 37A Hilltop Avenue Hullbridge Hockley

    Covered parking at the new flats in front of Asda:

    Parish: Rayleigh Town Council Ward: Downhall And Rawreth
    The installation of 3 double carport photovoltaic systems to provide covered car parking for the approved commercial/retail units.
    Location: Land At Junction Of Rawreth Lane Priory Chase Rayleigh

    Convert a pair of industrial buildings in Rayleigh into a home:

    Parish: Rayleigh Town Council Ward: Wheatley
    Proposal: Change of Use of Two Light Industrial Buildings to a Single Dwelling. Extend External Wall/Roof and Form Porch and Covered Parking Area 72 High Road Rayleigh Essex

    Have we missed out anything that you think we should mentioned? If we have, please let us know.

    “It’s Very Fulfilling”

    Rochford Life has an interview here with Kelly Holland, the Parish Clerk for both Ashingdon and Canewdon Parish Councils.

    Here’s some extracts:

    RL: How would you sum up the purpose or role of the Clerk?
    Kelly: It’s so difficult to define the role because there is so much that we do. We are minute takers, we do the finances, we instruct contractors, we get grants, we get consultations from government that we have to put into normal terms for the Parish Council to comment upon. There is just so much. In Canewdon we do the allotments, we have the street lights, we’ve got benches; basically it is managing the Parish Council.
    RL: You are essentially the executive arm of the Council?
    Kelly: Yes we are, but in so many people’s eyes we’re just secretaries. Writing letters is about 1% of the job; a lot of it is around the law and all the things that are coming in from the Government like the Localism Bill. We have to know exactly what they are talking about and then inform the Parish Council accordingly……

    …….RL: Do you see being a Clerk something that will just go on, perhaps as part of your lifestyle now?
    Kelly: Yes, it’s very fulfilling; no two days are the same so it’s not a job you get bored with. It’s a profession even though it is not seen as a profession, and now I have the two it’s full-time hours so it’s what I hope to continue to do.

    Three New Services From Regal Busways


    Today we received the following press release from Regal Busways

    Regal Busways are set to introduce three new bus services from Tuesday 30th August. Two of the new services, numbers 2 and 6 are special shopper services and the third service, the R3, is a special commuter service to Rayleigh rail station, connecting buses with morning and evening London train services.
    The number 2 service will link Southend, Ashingdon, Hockley and Rayleigh to Chelmsford and operates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The service will provide a direct link to Chelmsford for Ashingdon and Hockley residents for the first time.
    The number 6 service will link Southend, Eastwood and Rayleigh to Chelmsford every Tuesday and Thursday.
    The R3 service will inter-work with Regal Busways’ existing number 3 service and operates between Rawreth Lane (Asda) and Rayleigh rail station. The services will see the number of journeys between Rawreth Lane (Asda) and Rayleigh rail station in the morning peak increase from 2 to 7 and similarly on the return evening services.
    A special promotional ticket will also be introduced on the R3 service until the end of the year. Daily fares will be just £1 single, £2 return or £10 for a weekly ticket.
    Adrian McGarry, Managing Director of Regal Busways said, “Using the new R3 service to Rayleigh station rather than the car is an excellent way to make significant savings on station car parking and fuel costs and helps to reduce congestion on the road at peak times. I’m also delighted to offer two new shopper services to Chelmsford, which will open up new journey opportunities for Ashingdon and Hockely residents”.
    For more information about the services visit or call Regal Busways on .

    Inpector Dismisses Appeal For A Green Belt Extension That’s Already Been Built

    This might particularly interest you if you live in the Green Belt, or are a parish councillor….

    A government inspector has dismissed an appeal for a house extension in the Green Belt. The house is in Ulverston Road , Ashingdon, and the extension is a loft conversion to create two bedrooms and a bathroom, plus a garage conversion to create a larger kitchen. We say ‘is’ because the work has already been carried out - the applicant claimed that he thought he could do this without planning permission, under the category of ‘permitted development’.

    However the inspector has now ruled that there are no exceptional circumstances to justify the breaking of Green Belt policy. The applicant wanted the bedrooms for his children, and claimed that any disruption to the arrangements would be a breach of their human rights in terms of their private family life. However although the inspector did consider the disruption, he didn’t think it outweighed the importance of Green Belt Policy.

    The applicant also referred to other extensions being built nearby.

    You can find the appeal here.

    Presumably the extension will have to come down now. Green Belt policy can seem very harsh, but overall it does protect the semi-rural nature of our district. So it’s important that it applies equally and fairly – whether you are travellers, occupiers of houses, or big developers.

    The Non-Contests

    In three wards of the district the Conservatives were not opposed by any other candidates, so three Conservatives are automatically re-elected:

    Ashingdon & Canewdon Con unopposed – Tracy Capon
    Barling and Sutton Con unopposed (Mike Steptoe)
    Foulness & Great Wakering Con unopposed – Colin Seagers (so hopefully we will still get some detailed comments

    This seems to happen nationally in some hundreds of seats every year. There’s some national coverage of this (mentioning Rochford as an example) on the political betting website here.

    “No doubt there many many more instances like these and several hundred candidates, mostly Tories, have been elected unopposed.

    My guess is that the Lib Dems have, in many cases, pulled back from fielding candidates with the aim of putting available resources into defending the seats where they are incumbents.

    On top of that I wonder whether being a councillor is simply not an attractive a proposition as it was – after all, for the foreseeable future their main role will be over-seeing cut-backs. “

    Incidentally, the Lib Dems are still fighting the same number of seats in Rochford District as four years ago. And in 2007 four Conservatives were elected unopposed.

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