Sports Pitches Planning Applications Resubmitted.

The two planning applications from Academy soccer have been resubmitted:

Application :14/00331/ADV
Parish: Rawreth Parish Council
Ward: Downhall And Rawreth
One Non -Illuminated Goal Post Type Sign to Site Entrance
Land North Of A129 East Of A130 Old London Road Rawreth

Academy Soccer
2 Kingswood Crescent

Parish: Rawreth Parish Council
Ward: Downhall And Rawreth

Proposal: Change of Use of Land From Agricultural to Use for 8 No. Football
Pitches. Provide Area for Car Parking, Provide Four Storage
Containers, Provide Four Storage Containers for Use as Changing
Rooms and Toilets and Construct 6.5m High Ball Catch Fencing to
Boundary of Site With A129 and A130
Location: Land North Of A129 East Of A130 Old London Road Rawreth

Academy Soccer
2 Kingswood Crescent

You can see the them online and make representations on the district council website

Do You Pay For Parking By Phone? There’s Going To Be A New Number

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From the District Council website:

If you pay for parking in the Rochford District by mobile phone you will have a new number to call.

From June 1, Rochford District Council will be changing to a service run by ‘PayByPhone’ and the new number will be 0330 400 7275.

Alternatively, you can text ‘REG’ followed by a space and then your vehicle registration number to 65565, or go to to register your details.

Or you can download the free ‘PayByPhone app’ from Google play, Blackberry or the iPhone app store. Click on the sign up button to register your details and pay for your parking.

This replaces the previous service provider – Metric Mobile – and applies to all carparks run by Rochford District Council.

For full details go to:

A Surprise Manoeuvre From The Green Corner !

A surprising development today – the Greens (Diane and Michael Hoy) and the Rochford Residents (Christine and John Mason) have announced they are joining forces to become the largest opposition group in the council chamber. This means that one of them will chair the important review committee, and the number of committee places for each group will have to be recalculated. This is their joint statement:

Rochford District Residents and the Green Party have today formed an alliance on Rochford District Council.

The Group will be called ‘Green and Rochford District Residents’ which means that this Group is now the main opposition to the Conservative controlled Administration by being the largest opposition Group.

Over the last three years the Liberal Democrats Party has been the ‘Main Opposition’ in Rochford but this may not have been as effective as it could have been possibly due to the Coalition in Government blurring some political policy boundaries.

Both Rochford District Residents and the Green Party feel a more robust Opposition is called for in the interests of residents across the whole District.

Both Parties will remain entirely separate in Elections continuing to remain true to their own objectives.

The last three years have demonstrated that our two Groups can work well together when polices coincide but believe that formal co-operation will lead to a more effective and positive questioning of the Conservative Policies which will lead to an improvement in outcomes for residents. Examples of this can be found in our joint opposition to the abolition of FREE Saturday Afternoon Parking and the questions that residents of the District are regularly raising about the capacity of infrastructure to sustain the house building quotas in the Rochford Core Strategy.

The Group Leader in Council will be John Mason and the Deputy Group Leader will be Michael Hoy.

This is not a joining of political parties but an alliance in the Council Chamber.

Each member of the Group will continue to represent their own Wards and the parties will campaign separately as before remaining true to their core objectives.

The 7 Parties.

The District Council website now has this chart showing the seats each party has:


So there are now 6 groups plus a lone Labour councillor. (Legally, you can’t be in a group of one).
It’s going to be an interesting back row in the council chamber with 6 opposition parties sitting there! The first meeting of the new civic year is Annual Council on June 3rd.

Countryside’s Response On Traffic


As one or two of our readers have already mentioned, Countryside have published the results of their consultation on their proposed development in Rawreth. 150 residents sent in comments.
You can find it here.

For future reference, this is Countryside’s response on traffic (we copy over their response on other subjects such as drainage later).
Any thoughts?

Will the development create more traffic around Rayleigh?
We understand that traffic is a concern to many. Countryside has commissioned a traffic impact and mitigation assessment to review potential impacts of the development on the local road network. The results of this assessment, which will include consideration of both Rawreth Lane and London Road, will feed into the detailed proposals and will form part of the forthcoming planning application. It will also identify any improvement works that may be required for local roads and junctions as a result of this development.

Road improvements
Improvements to local roads and junctions are needed
Will any new roads be built?
Will existing roads be repaired or widened?

The traffic impact assessments that we are carrying out will examine the situation at existing junctions and routes. Alterations to junctions to increase capacity will be agreed with Essex County Council as Highway Authority where appropriate; and any necessary improvements will be delivered as part of the development.
Essex County Council will determine when any improvements would be made. We understand this is a priority and we will feed this back to the Council.

Construction traffic
What will be done to manage construction traffic?

All large new developments are subject to Construction Management Plans which are documents submitted to the Council for approval, and which deal with the practical issues of construction, such as routing of large vehicles to the site. The Construction Management Plan will also make provision for on-site parking of contractor’s vehicles, and for wheel wash facilities and road sweeping to keep the adjoining roads clean.

Access to the development
How will the site be accessed, and have any other options been considered?

The Council’s Site Allocation Plan specifically requires us to provide an access from Rawreth Lane and from London Road, within the allocated site area. Our proposed points of access are designed to comply with these requirements.

Public transport
A new bus service serving the development is required

The development will be linked to the local public transport network. The estate road running through the development will be designed to accommodate a bus service (the nature of the service will be agreed with the Councils and bus service provider).

Local rail service
The local rail service into London is at capacity, will the development make this worse?

It is the responsibility of the railway service provider to address any deficiencies there may be in service capacity.

Estate road
Concern that the estate road running through the development could become a rat run

The road will be designed as an ‘estate road’ and will be traffic calmed to ensure that a low speed limit (20 or 30 mph) is adhered to, linking London Road and Rawreth Lane, which provides access to the various areas of the development rather than being a fast, straight road used as a quick route. This road will be designed to best serve the development in terms of getting around the town and to the wider road networks.

Traffic surveys
What surveys have been carried out and at what time of day etc?

The Transport Assessment to be submitted with the application will provide further details in due course.

Election Result : UKIP gain 3, Labour gain 1, Lib Dems Lose 1, Tories lose 3

Rayleigh at dawn this morning
Rayleigh at dawn this morning

The final results came just after 4 this morning and we left the count as the dawn broke over Rayleigh.

Here’s the outcome :

UKIP gained their first 3 seats – Great Wakering & Foulness, and Trinity ward from the Conservatives, and Grange Ward from the Lib Dems. But after two early gains their challenge fizzled out a bit. They failed to take Hawkwell North (where they only lost by 25 votes last year) and Whitehouse (where they only lost by 7 last year). UKIP now have 3 seats , and are equal in size to the Lib Dem group.

Labour gained a seat, after being completely absent from the council for some years. The Labour candidate Jerry Gibson, beat James Cottis.

The Lib Dems lost Grange to UKIP, which is really disappointing for us after having a good candidate in Chris Stanley to follow Chris Lumley. However at least Chris Black was a comfortable winner in Downhall and Rawreth.

Michael Hoy comfortably held Hullbridge for the Greens and John Mason did the same for the Rochford Residents Party in Hawkwell West.

The Conservatives lost 3 seats but had comfortable wins in Hawkwell South (Heather Glynn) and Hockley Central (Carol Weston). . They had narrower wins in Hawkwell North, Rayleigh Central, Wheatley and Whitehouse.

And now… off to bed after being up for 23 hours!

A Year After Rayleigh South

Last year Keith Gibbs (UKIP) beat John Flack (Conservative) in the County Council election for Rayleigh South.

They are both standing for election tomorrow.

Even though Keith Gibbs is already a County Councillor for Rayleigh South, and so has to deal with Rayleigh’s highways, education , social services issues etc, he is standing for the District Council in Hawkwell North. Which is pretty odd, and it’s hard to see how it can help his present constituents in Rayleigh.

Meanwhile John Flack is on the Conservative list for the European elections..

Bruce’s Environment Committee Report


Rayleigh Town Council’s Environment Committee met last night. Bruce Smart reports as follows:

1. I suggested that the Rangers team should;
a. clear the pavement of weeds on Hullbridge Road from Ferndale Road to Lubards Farm
b. clear area on Norman Crescent where vegetation has grown
c. clear pavement of weeds on Rawreth Lane from Makro turning to recreation ground
d. clear area around Hambro Parade shops of weeds
e. clear tree grids in Priory Chase outside Pegottys and Barnados. I asked that it be minuted that I was disappointed this had been turned down in 2013 as this is an unadopted road.

2. there was general unhappiness at the poor response of the Highways Dept to reports of potholes etc.

3. Suggestions of areas for 20mph limits have been passed on to Highways. Teignmouth Drive and Exmouth Drive were in this.

4. Parking fees for Saturday’s will be reviewed by R.D.C. on29th July. Town Council opposes introduction of Saturday afternoon charges.

5. Recycling Banks – I asked that Town Council says no to recycling bank in Priory Chase. Reasons being it is a cul de sac and is not used a lot, there are banks within 200 yards at Asda, near a school and not appropriate so close by. I asked for it be minuted that I did not think it right to put a Council facility in a road that it has consistently refused to adopt.