“Progressing Rapidly”? No !

From the Echo on Friday:

A CRISIS meeting will be held by council bosses and contractors over the Sadlers Farm roadworks.
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The meeting will take place on Monday after Essex County Council admitted it had missed another deadline for the completion of the £63million project.
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The two-year roadworks were designed to remodel the notorious Benfleet junction and improve journey times in south Essex.
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But they were originally supposed to finish in the spring and then by yesterday, but both deadlines have passed and there are still no guarantees the work will be finished by the time the Olympic mountain bike event takes place at Hadleigh Farm, on August 11 and 12.

Full article is here.

Things have definitely got better recently , but even so the delays are disappointing….

Meanwhile the County Councillor in charge of highways apologises here:

“Unfortunately there is still a degree of work required at Sadlers Farm that will not be completed by 27th June as we had expected.
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“Although all individual elements of the scheme are now open, traffic is in the main flowing freely and we have received positive feedback on journey times, there is still some work that needs to be completed on the scheme before we can safely move away from the network as planned.
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“We are now in discussion with the Olympic Delivery Authority around the best way forward on this. While my priority is ensuring that this work is completed as soon as possible, we also need to avoid causing any traffic disruption around the 2012 Games. I will provide an update on this as soon as a decision is taken. In the meantime completion work will continue.
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“I am very disappointed that work has not been completed, and would like to sincerely apologise to residents for this further delay. I assure you I that am doing everything in my power to get this scheme completed as soon as possible.”

Oddly enough, below this apology, there’s still some old spiel about how the works are ‘progressing rapidly’!:

They can’t even properly update their own website…

Two Questions To Council

Chris Black has submitted the following questions to the next Full District Council on July 17th:

1) To the Leader of The Council.

Policy CLT5 of our Core Strategy begins:

“New public open space will be required to accompany additional residential development,
having regard to local current and projected future need. Standard Charges may be applied
to developments as necessary.
In particular the Council will seek the incorporation of a significant amount of public open
space to accompany new, and be integrated with existing, residential development in the
west of Rayleigh…..”

The creation of Sweyne Park was one of the major successes of the District Council in the last 30 years, and the future of the park has been safeguarded by placing it in the ownership of the National Playing Field Association. (Now known as “Fields In Trust”)

Does the Council plan to protect new open spaces created under CLT5 in the same way as with Sweyne Park, and transfer the ownership of them as quickly as possible to Fields In Trust , whilst continuing to manage them ourselves?

2) To the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation

It is very likely that the planned development in West Rayleigh will result in the need to either enlarge St Nicholas School (which has been specifically designed for future expansion) or to build a completely new primary school.

How do we ensure that this new facility is available when the new houses are first occupied?