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Two Decisions

There are quite a lot of items at tonight’s meeting of the District Council Development Committee. However 2 of the items were:

35 London Hill, Rayleigh- build 3 houses in the garden. This is a very unusual , large , sloping garden bordering on Rayleigh Mount and the Windmill, largely hidden from the road. Ward councillor John Griffin moved refusal with a lot of help from other councillors, and it was indeed refused, on the grounds of (roughly) , effect on the Rayleigh Conservation area, lack of information on drainage, and being detrimental to the residential amenity of neighbouring properties.

The Lawn, Hall Road, Rochford. Install 6 rows of solar panels. This was recommended for refusal by officers on the grounds of being in the Special Landscape Area, and effect on the listed building. However ward councillor Keith Gordon successfully moved approval.

Sweyne Park Update

We know some residents are unhappy about the state of the bridle path in Sweyne Park.

Here’s a photo before Xmas:

sweyne park before xmas

and here’s a photo this week: (photocredits: Claire Priest Smart)

sweyne park jan 7th

We’re pleased to say that council officers are also concerned – they care about the park too – and want to carry out remedial work when the weather improves. They have told us:

“We are aware of the issues on the bridle path at Sweyne Park, especially the area between Canterbury Close and the school. We will be carrying out reinstatement works to our bridle paths at Sweyne Park, Cherry Orchard and Hockley Woods when the areas have dried out.
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Until the areas have dried out its very hard to say exactly what is required to the areas. We usually top up the bridle paths with a granite dust type material which goes over the top of the larger sub base, and it may be that the path only requires this. If the areas have suffered substantial damage which has caused the sub base to be washed away then we would have to look at replacing the sub base and terram. It would surprise me if we have suffered this much damage as the path that washed away in the 24th August storms at Cherry Orchard (adjacent to the River Roach) still had the terram and sub base in remaining and only required the top redressing. Once the paths have dried out we’ll carry out a proper look and see exactly what work is required and programme it in to be carried out.
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You may also be interested to know we will be carrying out some work to the hedges in Sweyne Park. We will be lowering the hedges (to the height of the old ascot fencing) at the following entrances; the car park, Pooh House, Canterbury Close, Victoria Avenue, Priory Chase/Asda. We will also be reducing the section of hedge from Victoria Avenue to Priory Chase/Asda, if this proves successful we may look to reduce more sections of hedgerow in the future . This work is being carried out to improve visibility along the bridle path, to make it easier to maintain the hedge and to show off the view of the park & Rayleigh when you are walking/cycling/horse riding, along the path.”

Congratulations To Myra Weir BEM

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Congratulations to former Labour councillor Myra Weir for being awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List. Myra is one of those people whose devotion to her community didn’t end after she stopped being  a district councillor.

 

As the Daily Telegraph reports:

Mrs Myra Anne Weir. For services to the Rochford Day Centre and to the community in Rochford and Hawkwell, Essex. (Hawkwell, Essex)

Myra was a Labour councillor for Hawkwell West until 2003, serving on the council alongside her husband, Jock.  They are both still  members of Hawkwell Parish Council.

 

 

Rochford Art Trail Wins An Award

Very nice to see Rochford’s  Arts  Trail coming first in the East of England  ”Towns Alive” awards.

Also good to see that Rayleigh’s market got a ‘commended’ rating.

There’s A Ghost In Our House?

The Old House in Rochford is a handsome thirteenth century timber-framed house. It’s owned by the District Coucnil, is part of the Council Offices and in fact the Chief Executive has his own office upstairs there.
Curiously, a local Essex Ghost Hunters group recently stayed overnight with some equipment. After their visit they believe there are one of more ‘presences’ in the building, including one of a cat….. If they announce any more findings, we will let you know.

March Hares & Monkeys Uncles

It’s always good to see an interesting new shop opening up….”March Hares and Monkeys Uncles” is the name of a fairly new little shop tucked away at 4 North Street Rochford. A bit of a hidden gem that sits in its surroundings beautifully.

It’s run by Kerry Baker Davis and Christine Wills. They sell original hand-painted furniture, their own ceramics and textiles, and quite a bit more. Many of the items they produce themselves, and they will take on commisioned work. If you are looking for unique arts-and-crafts gifts, not a mass-produced item made thousands of miles away, its well worth a visit. They say “We are trying to keep prices reasonable!”

The Rochford Life website has a selection of photos and more information.

Some FixMyStreet Reports For County Highways

Here are a few recent FixMyStreet reports – hopefully the County Council – and our County Councillors – will sort out the first two and think about the third one.

 

Potholes in Cecil Way, Rayleigh

Potholes & Worn Out Road Surface

Reported in the Potholes category by Tony Holland-Martin at 14:17 today
Sent to Essex County Council 3 minutes later

The road was recently resurfaced at each end, however the middle section of the road is in appalling condition. There are now several potholes appearing, which are getting worse.

The road should have been fully resurfaced when the junctions were done

Potholes along Purleigh Road, Rayleigh

The whole road!!

Reported in the Potholes category anonymously at 12:33, Wednesday
Sent to Essex County Council 3 minutes later

This road is in such a state of ruin, I no longer can afford to use it as it damages my car…

Please fix it all…

 

Rochford Square…

Queueing vehicles blocking the road

Reported in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 13:38, Tuesday
Sent to Essex County Council 2 minutes later

Drivers queue to use the one hour free parking in the square off West Street. These queues go across the ‘keep clear’ area marked on the road and can reach across the junction, blocking traffic from both East and South Streets, as well as stopping the bus from turning the corner into West Street. As far as I am aware, this is keep clear area is never enforced, and no traffic warden or police officer has ever moved the drivers on. It is a ridiculous situation, and is dangerous for pedestrians, causes delays in car and bus journeys, and makes it virtually impossible for wheelchairs and pushchairs to cross the road safely.

The Flooding In Rochford Town

The Echo have a report here.

Last night all access to Rochford was closed apart from via Hullbridge, due to the flooding, Rochford train station for Hall Road was closed due to around 3 feet of flooding, the bridge at Rectory Road was closed due to around 3-4 feet of flooding and then the main access from southend by the Horse and Groom pub had to be closed as it was too deep and dangerous for vehicles to go through….

London Southend Airport Is Rated Best In The UK

From the BBC website:

London Southend Airport has been named as the UK’s best in a passenger survey.

The Essex airport achieved a customer satisfaction score of 84% in the survey of more than 11,000 people by consumer magazine Which?

Customers praised speedy check-in and arrivals at the airport, which was acquired by Stobart Group in 2008.

Smaller airports out-performed larger hubs in the online poll. London Luton came bottom with a customer score of 43%.

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: hullbridgenpt@essex.pnn.police.uk

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.
SS5 6ET
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
Email: hullbridgenpt@essex.pnn.police.uk

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
Email: michelle.rawson@essex.pnn.police.uk

Ashingdon Neighbourhood Action Panel

Date: 20th August 2013 19:00 – 20:00
Where: Ashingdon & East Hawkwell Memorial Hall
Ashingdon Road,
Ashingdon,
Rochford,
Essex.
SS4 3HF
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

 

That Must Be A REALLY Loud Alarm….

Here’s details on some more enforcement action:

“On June 4th, a noise abatement notice was served upon the occupier of 17 Sandon Close, Rochford as a result of the soubnding of a clock/radio alarm disturbing neighbouring residents. A warrant of entry was secured from Southend Magistrates Court and officers forced entry into the property, disabled the alarm and left the property as secure as it had been found. Officers will now seek to recover the Council’s costs.”

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.

 

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