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A Busy Planning Night This Thursday…

The Development Committee  meets this Thursday at 7:30 in the Civic Suite , Rayleigh.  There are 4 items on the agenda:

  1. ) A proposal to change one of the conditions regarding the approved roundabout at the Rawreth Lane /Hullbridge Road junction. Instead of having a condition in the Section 106 that stipulates:
“Details for the provision of an area clear of the highway for the parking of operatives vehicles and the storage materials of plant and construction vehicles to be used for the duration of the construction period.”
There would be an extra  planning condition that states:
“Prior to the commencement of the development the applicant shall submit to the Local Planning Authority a construction management plan to demonstrate the provision of areas within the applicant’s control for the provision of the storage of materials, plant, equipment and operatives’ parking. The development shall be implemented in accordance with such details as may be agreed.”
2.)  For the building 34 Rocheway, Rochford:

3.) More housing proposed along London Road, Rayleigh :

4. Scout Hut at the end of Priory Chase, Rayleigh:
They are all recommended for approval, you can find the agenda here.

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Two Applications Recommended For Refusal

On this week’s ‘yellow list’ of planning applications, there are two proposals recommended for refusal – if no councillor calls them in, they will be officially refused at Wednesday lunchtime.

The first is to subdivide a garden in 16 Morrins Close ,Wakering and build a house there. But it is in flood zone 3 – the zone at most at risk from flooding. For this reason officers recommend refusal – plus there is no on-site parking, and would also cause overshadowing.

The second is more unusual. It is a retrospective application to  allow a wooden outbuilding already built within the grounds of St Andrews Church in Rochford. Offices recommend refusal as follows:

The outbuilding is an unattractive addition which would be unduly obtrusive and cause harm to the setting of a designated heritage asset,
the Grade II * Listed St Andrews Church particularly given the proposed siting to the north which would detract from the way in which
the church is viewed and experienced. There is no public benefit that would outweigh the harm. The outbuilding would also not make a
 positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Rochford Conservation Area


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More Election Battles : Rochford

roche north and ruralThere’s a wide range of candidates For Roche North and Rural – 3 Conservative, £ Labour, 1 Lib Dem (Daniel Irlam) and 1 UKIP.  Labour’s Jerry Gibson is stepping down, and we send him our very best wishes. Meanwhile Labour stalwart Myra Weir BEM is seeking to returning to the council chamber.

Following previous results in Rochford, the Conservatives look a bit vulnerable here. The result may depend  on how much helpers each party has on the day.

roche south

3 Conservatives v 3 Labour v 2 UKIP. Could be another close one,  with possibly a split result.



A New Clock Tower In Rochford?

A new planning application is just in for a 6.4 metre high Clock Tower in Cherry Orchard Way. Unfortunately there’s a problem on the RDC website tonight, so we can’t look at the details yet…


Work On The Rochford 600 About To Start

From the Echo tonight:

WORK is finally set to start on a mini-town of 600 new homes and a new primary school in Rochford.

Building work on the new homes planned for fields off Hall Road, Rochford, will begin later this month, years after the initial planning application was put in to Rochford District Council.

The council confirmed the work would begin by January 17 at the latest.

Full report here.

We wrote about the application here back in January 2012.

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Teenager Charged

From the Echo tonight:

A TEENAGER will appear in court charged with criminal damage in relation to the Rochford Christmas tree being cut down just before the switch on of the Christmas lights.

The 15-year-old boy from Rochford was arrested on Tuesday (December 1) following the felling of the tree in Rochford Market Square over the weekend.

Nearby residents heard a commotion at 3am on Sunday and looked out to see teenagers with a bow saw chopping the tree about 4ft up from its base before running off.

Full report here.

tree down

The Best And the Worst Of Rochford

As reported on the BBC today:

Residents of Rochford in Essex came to the rescue of the organisers of the town’s festive lights switch-on when the Christmas tree was felled overnight by vandals.

District Council chairman Heather Glynn said she was proud of the way the town’s community spirit shone through.

The festive light celebration organiser Pete Tobit said: “It was great that so many people pitched up to help us restore the tree and for them to show such a strong community spirit.”

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A Good Night For Labour In Rochford

Labour won the Rochford Ward by-election last night – by just 4 votes!

Matthew Softly Labour             332
Michael Lucas-Gill  Cons.         328
Nicholas Cooper UKIP              250
Dan Irlam  Lib Dem                114
Labour Majority                     4

Labour GAIN from Conservative. The turnout was only 17.95%.

The share of the vote , compared with the last election last May, was as follows:

Labour 32.4%. Up by 3.2% on May
Conservative 32.0%. Down by 8.2%
UKIP 24.4%. Down by 6.2%
Lib Dem 11.1% Up by 11.1%

So congratulations to Mr Softly. This now means there are 2 Labour Councillors on RDC – they can now form their own group. Rochford has always bean the strongest ward for them in the district, represented in the past by such great figures as Maureen Vince and Charlie Stephenson. Also our commiserations to Mr Lucas-Gill, coming second by such a narrow margin in such very difficult circumstances.

As for us – we started this election campaign in Rochford with an eighteen year old inexperienced candidate, with no history of standing in the ward since about 2003 (we got 7% then). We finished it with a much more experienced, enthusiastic candidate who is getting very well known, attracting helpers and with a position just 218 votes behind the winner. There is much to look forward to at future elections around Rochford, as part of our campaigning to try to help in the local area.

To win in local elections you really need a big team of leafletters. If you can help Dan for future leaflet deliveries please let us know!

dan irlam

Election Day Tomorrow !

So the council by-election in Rochford Ward takes place tomorrow

Having a Lib Dem candidate standing here has been a pleasant surprise for some people – they”ve like the way we have concentrated on local issues and carried out our local survey. We think that’s what council work should be about, and we want the council to be open and more democratic – not just ruled by a cabinet.

We’re sorry if we didn’t call on everyone – it’s a big ward to canvass! But we made a big effort.

If you are a voter in the ward …. please vote for Dan Irlam.

Five Go Canvassing Again In Rochford

Five Go Canvassing Again In Rochford….

(Photo: Chris Black)

It was cold, windy and a bit wet , but we had a good morning. Dan’s youth is proving to be a plus rather than a minus, and Jeremy Corbyn isn’t very popular….

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Ambulance Facility Application In Rochford

You can the latest planning applications here.

This is probably the most interesting one:

new ambulance facility

dan irlam

Good Luck Dan !

We are are very pleased to see Daniel Irlam standing for the Lib Dems in the forthcoming District Council Election in Rochford Ward. Dan lives in the ward, works in the ward and certainly cares about the ward. He is a dedicated young campaigner and would make a fine councillor.

And when we say young, we certainly mean young. Dan is eighteen years old and if elected would be the youngest person ever elected to our District Council – we’ve had a few people in their early twenties but never in their late teens. In fact at the moment we only seem to have one councillor under thirty, not many under fifty.

Rochford has another two councillors already serving (one Independent Tory and one Labour) so electing a young Lib Dem would give a a good balance to the town’s representation.

The election has been called to fill the vacancy after the very sad and untimely death of previous councillor Gill Lucas-Gill. Whoever is elected would only serve for about six months until the main council elections next May.