The application for a solar ‘farm’ at Southend Airport is being recommended by officers for refusal. Reasons:
The application for a solar ‘farm’ at Southend Airport is being recommended by officers for refusal. Reasons:
Chairman announces local schools’ Christmas card competition winners
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”.
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)
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.”
“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…
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.
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 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.
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.“
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.
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’.
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.
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 .
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.
We know some residents are unhappy about the state of the bridle path in Sweyne Park.
Here’s a photo before Xmas:
and here’s a photo this week: (photocredits: Claire Priest Smart)
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.
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.
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.”
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