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The Picnic District 1 – Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park

We’ve used the phrase “The Picnic District” for our district before, and over the spring , summer and autumn we’re going to mention some of the possible places to have a picnic here.

Let’s start with Cherry Orchard Jubilee Country Park, stretching all the way from Rochford to the edge of Rayleigh. The first part of the park was obtained by the deal with the County Council that allowed the building of the Priory Chase / Temple Way development in Rayleigh. These photos were taken on Sunday, there were clear blue skies (with the moon in the sky, just visible in the second photo). Lots of fresh air, a mostly open landscape and some bird song….

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An Uneasy Committee Meeting!

Last week’s Development Committee wasn’t as dramatic as the meeting last month, where the “North of London Road” application was refused. In fact at one stage it was very dull. But there were a lot of twists and turns, and a bit of bad feeling. Cllr Toby Mountain writes a report on it here.

In brief:
Tesco Car Parking application – approved
Tiny cafe in Hockley Woods – refused (even though it was an application by the council!)
Conversion of an outbuilding in Rayleigh Town Centre into a house – approved
Retrospective application to remove mechanical wheel cleansing equipment from the big site in Hawkwell – refused.

Memories Of Matchbox?

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There’s a trick question – “Which company in the world makes the most car tyres?” The answer isn’t Dunlop, or Michelin- it’s Lego. In the same way the company that made the most cars in Britain used to be in Rochford. It was Lesney, who made Matchbox toys.

A chap called David Murphy is trying to create an archive of personal testimonies about Lesneys:


Hello everyone. I’m currently putting together an archive of testimonies from former employees at the Lesney Matchbox factories in Rochford and East London. After a promising response from East London’s community resources about the factories there, I hoped placing a notice on the RDCA might extend the project out to those who worked at the Rochford/Southend plants and who might still remain in the area.

I think this is a hugely valuable part of British Industrial Heritage, and from what I have seen, it is also under-represented in our local history archives. This, along with my love of the toys themselves, motivated me to begin doing something myself, and is what brought me here. The project is still really in its early stages, but I hope that by making contact with relevant individuals, it can be possible to help preserve this important part of social and manufacturing history for future generations to learn about.

An important element of the archive is hearing – and potentially recording – the memories and recollections of former employees and those associated with the Lesney factories in Hackney.

– Did you or a family member work at Lesney’s?
– Did you or a family member work with an associated industry, or as part of the Lesney supply chain?
– Do you have any documentation, photography or film that’s related to the Rochford/Hackney factory in any way?
– Do you have any other material that might be of interest?

If you, or someone you know would like to contribute to this important project please post here, or alternatively feel free to contact me directly on 07881751666 , send an email to lesneyarchive@gmail.com , or write to us at 60 Stamford Hill, London, N16 6XS. Thanks in advance, David

There’s some comments about it here on the Rochford District Community Archive.

Application To Remove Cabinet in Rochford……

It was intriguing to see there’s a planning application to remove an existing cabinet in Rochford, but actually it’s nothing to do with replacing the council leadership !   It’s a more serious matter regarding a mobile phone mas:

 

Application No : 14/00777/FUL
Zoning : Car Parking
Parish : Rochford Parish Council
Location : Telecommunications Mast 4925 At Rochford Railway
Station Car Park West Street
Proposal :
Remove the existing monopole and replace it with a
new 17.5m monopole & headframe which will support
6no. antennas & 2no. 0.3m dishes. Remove 1 no.
existing Cabinet and replace it with 2no. new Cabinets

It is recommended for refusal:

REFUSE
1 The proposed development by virtue of the monopole diameter and the
number, size and bulk of the antenna arrangement proposed is
considered to have an adverse impact on the character and
appearance of this part of the Rochford Conservation Area. Given the
appearanceand height of the proposal, it would be open to views over
a wide area damaging the wider character and integrity of the Rochford
Conservation Area and failing to enhance or preserve the
Conservation Area. As such the development is considered to be
contrary to policy UT4 of the Rochford District Replacement Local Plan
2006, policy CP2 of the Rochford District Council Local Development
Framework adopted Core Strategy and Policy DM6 to the Rochford
District Council Local Development Framework Development
Management Plan (2014)

 

 

Airport Solar Farm Application Recommended For Refusal

The application for a solar ‘farm’ at Southend Airport is being recommended by officers for refusal. Reasons:

  • in the flood risk zone
  • reduces the amount of land available for things like aircraft hangerage
  • more information us needed on the effect on wildlife.
  • Ho Ho Ho!

     

    Christmas-Cover

    From the District Council website:

    Chairman announces local schools’ Christmas card competition winners
    Date:
    Thursday, 11 December 2014

    Prizes were presented to Rochford Primary School pupils by Rochford District Council’s Chairman, Cllr June Lumley, for their impressive Christmas card designs.

    Children from schools around the District were invited to take part in a competition to design the official Civic Christmas Card. Many schools took part, but Rochford Primary School stole the show with so many superb entries it was difficult to choose one clear winner!

    Eventually, year 4 student Safina’s design was picked as the overall winning entry, and she had the honour of seeing it professionally printed as the Chairman’s official 2014 Christmas Card. Safina also received a £10 Amazon gift voucher and certificate.

    Runners up from each key stage won £10 Amazon gift vouchers, and they plus nine Highly Commended designers each received a certificate marking their achievements.

    The school was also presented with a cheque for £150, to be shared between each year group on a prize of their own choice.

    Rochford District Council’s Chairman, Cllr June Lumley, said: “I was pleasantly surprised to receive so many outstanding entries this year. This is an excellent reflection on the local schools, and the talented children who live in the district. Competitions like this give children the chance to use their imagination and be creative, and possibly even win a prize, boosting their confidence. Well done to every child who submitted an entry, and congratulations to the winners”.

    Three Applications : A Dance School, Later Hours For Marco’s And A Rawreth Golf Course

    There are three particularly interesting planning applications on today’s “Weekly List”. All of them are recommended for approval, unless any district councillor calls them in by 1 pm next Wednesday. You can download the full list (with detailed officers’ reports) here. (261kb) The start of each of the officer’s reports are shown below (click on them to enlarge)

    DANCE SCHOOL

    MARCOS

    GOLF COURSE

    Solar Farms and Other Enviromental Applications

    As the Echo has reported here, there’s an application in for a big solar “farm” in Canewdon

    A MONSTER solar farm generating enough energy to power 4,125 homes could be built in Canewdon.

    Under plans submitted to Rochford Council, farmers Paul and Mark Woodford would lease the 50-acre stretch of farmland between Fambridge Road and Canewdon Road to solar panel company Solar Assets.

    The deal would be for 25 years, and the solar farm could be generating renewable energy for the area as early as April next year.

    Canewdon Parish Council has already voted overwhelmingly to support the plans for approval ahead of them going before Rochford councillors in January.

    The three-metre-tall panels would be positioned at an angle facing the River Crouch and would have a wildflower meadow around it, with sheep keeping the grass short….

    You can find the application here on the council website here.

    There is also an application for a ‘solar farm’ at Southend Airport – you can find that one here.

    Meanwhile there are also two applications in connection with the creation of the wildlife reserve on Wallasea Island:

    “Continuation of the importation of waste to develop a coastal nature reserve without compliance with condition 2 (compliance with submitted details) attached to permission ref ESS/09/14/ROC to allow modifications to the landform design within Cells 1 and 5, including a net reduction of suitable natural waste material in Cell 1 by approximately 450,000m3.”

    and

    “Continuation of the importation of waste to develop a coastal nature reserve without compliance with conditions 2 (compliance with submitted details); 39 (cessation of operations and restoration by 31 December 2019); and 40 (removal of construction in frastructure) attached to planning permission ref ESS/54/08/ROC to allow importation of suitable natural material and to require cessation of site operations and restoration by 31 Decmeber 2025, together with the inclusion of previously agreed non-material amendments to permission rf ES/54/08/ROC. Condition No 8. Noise monitoring.”

    Looks like the Wallasea project is going to take 6 more years than expected…

    Getting The Square Right….

    Good to see an instance of  the District Council listening to the public – in this case, regarding the Rochford Market Square. Instead of reducing parking spaces there, the council is going to increase them.

    There’s more info on the council website here.

    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.“

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