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Amenity Space Saved, Wakering Development Squeaks Through……

At tonight’s meeting of the Development Committee:

The outline  application for 6 dwellings on the amenity space at Brocksford Avenue was refused by an overwhelming vote of councillors. Refusal was moved by  Ian  Ward and seconded by Heather Glynn. This pleased the public gallery, which was packed with concerned residents.

The application for 116 dwellings at the old Star Lane Brickworks in Great Wakering was passed – but only just. This is another one of the big sites that has come forward as part of the local plan. Chris Black and Ron Oatham moved refusal, saying that the application was contrary to our core strategy, because extra funding for the local primary school wasn’t being provided. We lost the refusal  11-9. Interestingly , none of the ward councillors supported our refusal. Cllr Mrs Wilkins voted against our refusal , Cllr Hookway was absent and Cllr Seagers declared an interest and quite properly left the chamber.  A motion of approval was then moved and the scheme was passed 14-5

The District Council applied to itself for planning permission to install a banner in Bradley Way to advertise public events – and the committee refused this , on the grounds of it being a conservation area.

The Rochford Art Trail

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The Rochford Art Trail kicks off tomorrow and you can find out more on the District Council website:

Rochford’s award-winning Art Trail returns for a fifth year and Trail visitors can download the 2014 Guide and Trail Map by scrolling down to the Related Documents section.

Visit the town of Rochford to discover a ten day showcase of arts and creativity that connects local artists with local businesses…..

This year’s Trail includes temporary art exhibitions in shop windows, retail premises and public spaces; guided walks; an arts, craft and design market at the WI Hall and a community launch that everyone is invited to.

Dates and details for events and locations can be found in the 2014 Guide, which can be downloaded in the Related Documents section below. Also in the Related Documents section is a list of special offers and discounts arranged by local businesses.

Rochford And The EU

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Local Labour blogger Matthew Dent writes here about how Southend Airport (which is really in Rochford) has benefited from the EU:

….Alongside the obvious bonus to Southenders of cheap, easy holidays on their doorstep, it has also brought money and business into the town.Why do I bring all of this up? Because this expansion has been driven by EasyJet, the budget airline. They fly to fourteen locations from Southend, and to what do they credit their success as a company?

“EasyJet is a product of the EU’s deregulation of Europe’s aviation market. Without deregulation we would not exist.“

Parking Permits In Parts Of Rochford ?

From the Rochford Life website:

Democratic Power or Local Indifference

We have in the past observed and recorded some of the local struggles with planning in respect of housing, noting the local efforts to thwart the ongoing juggernaut of ‘progress’, and just recently (end of April 2014) we have heard of another similar ‘public concern’ issue in the town, but this time in respect of parking.
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In 2013 the County Council carried out an ‘informal consultation’ of residents living on the Stambridge side of Rochford in Stambridge Road, Weir Pond Road, East Street, Rocheway & Mornington Avenue. We are told that the cause of the consultation was concerns by 5 local residents about a lot of ‘commuter parking’.
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As a result of that consultation the Council have proposed a change to parking so that if the proposals are adopted – and the end of the present formal consultation period is the 7th May – the following will at some point in the future become operative:
1. To park on your road at ANY time you will need a permit costing you £50 pa. (Maximum of 2 per household).
2. If you have friends or family visiting, at ANY time, you will need to have 4 hour parking permits for each car, sold in books of 10 for £5.

The proposals are available on: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/proposed-traffic-regulation-orders and are downloaded by clicking on the Rochford Order.

Local campaigners point out that out of 207 households consulted, only 49 voted yes to permit parking i.e. 24% and, further, that:
55 houses were consulted in Mornington Avenue and only 24 responded.
26 houses were consulted in Rocheway and only 16 responded
126 houses were consulted in Stambridge Road and only 46 responded…..

….. As the closing date for the present consultation is 8th May, local residents have only a short time now in which to take action by….

Full article here.

Uncontested Parish Elections!

There aren’t going to be any contested parish council elections for either Rawreth Parish or Rochford Parish this year – there were fewer candidates than spaces available. So there are two vacancies in Rawreth and five vacancies in Rochford.

Additional councillors will now have to be co-opted, this is quite common at the parish level .

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.

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