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September 5th, 2012 |

Consultation On Priory Chase Parking Restrictions

Proposals from County Highways – click on the plan twice to enlarge it!

County Highways have contacted us today. They are sending out consultation letters to residents re parking restrictions in Priory Chase, Rayleigh:

South Area Office
1 Endeavour Drive
Festival Leisure Park
Essex SS14 3WF
Priory Chase
Rayleigh Date: 05 September 2012
Our Ref: DM/289/1/SGA
Your Ref:
Dear Owner/Occupier
I wish to advise you of our intention to proceed with the introduction of the above orders on Priory Chase. These are shown on the enclosed plan.
The waiting restrictions would prevent long term parking within Priory Chase to reduce congestion and improve turning movements into and out of the Asda car park and loading area. It is also intended to introduce School Keep Clear markings and waiting restrictions outside St.Nicolas Church of England Primary School to improve safety by preventing inappropriate parking on the roundabout and footways.
As this is the informal consultation stage we are asking you to raise any concerns with us so that we may consider these comments before the formal orders are publicised in the local press. Please note that although Priory Chase is currently private any formal Traffic Regulation Order introduced would become enforceable regardless of the status of the road.
I would ask that you send any comments that you may have to my email at or alternatively you may write to me at the above address. All comments should reach me within 21 days from the date of this letter.
Should you wish to discuss this matter further please do not hesitate to contact me at this office.
Yours faithfully

Susan Anker

We are grateful to County Highways for sending us a copy of the letter. If you want to look at the plan in detail, click twice on the picture ….

87 Responses to “Consultation On Priory Chase Parking Restrictions”

  1. 1
    Laburnum Way Resident:

    I trust that Asda will be required to comply with any future restrictions as well as residents? At busy times during the year, for example – Christmas, it is common to see one Asda lorry in their yard and one parked up outside.
    As a local resident I don’t really want to see Asda lorries parked in other local roads either, so if parking restrictions are granted, it would be good if Asda are obliged to could manage their road fleet effectively. One solution might be to hold lorries in laybys on the nearby major routes such as A127, A12 and A130.

  2. 2
    Corey Vost:

    If memory serves, the very issue of lorries parking up was discussed when ASDA and local residents met at the Leisure Centre what must be nigh on 6 years ago now, what ASDA had stated was that during busy periods lorries would park up on the lay-by on the A1245 just before Carpenters Arms Roundabout, and would be told when to come in.

    ASDA already have signage up saying no waiting on the road, which is regularly ignored by drivers and not imposed by ASDA, and with photographic evidence that ASDA have no problem of unloading lorries on the road either, it is clear that they have no regard for their neighbours.

  3. 3
    Laburnum Way Resident:

    If restrictions are granted – who will be responsible for enforcing on-street parking regulations?

  4. 4

    That’s a good question. It’s public highway, even if it hasn’t been adopted yet. So it would be enfored by the South Essex Parking partnership of councils.

  5. 5

    What the hell is going on with this? What progress has been made since these letters were supposedly sent out? Looking like nobody has the backbone to get the proper parking laws enforced.

    The total domination of one side of the road with cars being parked on the double yellow lines is ridiculous and very often dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians.

  6. 6
    Corey Vost:

    Tom, the double yellow lines were painted by ASDA, who were responsible for tarmacing the road from Rawreth Lane to the Temple Way Roundabout. There was no consultation for the yellow lines, and until the road is adopted are not enforceable.

    Letters were sent by ECC, and I believe they were sent to all houses that would be affected by the double yellows, I sent a response (via email) as soon as I received a letter, and received a reply the same day. That said, I have heard nothing further since!

  7. 7

    Hi Corey,

    Oh that’s interesting… ECC never seem to know anything about the road / if it’s going to be adopted etc.

    So you live there? Do those houses not have their own parking?

    How can it be Asda’s responsiblity to tarmac the road when the leisure centre and housing was there before Asda?

  8. 8
    Corey Vost:

    Hi Tom,

    I most certainly do live there – a few weeks shy of 7 years now. The houses along Priory Chase (opposite ASDA) have one garage and one parking space in a communal area.

    I am guessing you might be fairly new to the neighbourhood? If not, accept my apologies for the assumption. ASDA had a planning application submitted long before we paid our deposit on our house in 2005, indeed when we visited RDC offices to view the plans for ASDA it was a very much different plan to what we ended up with, however it was part of planning that ASDA be responsible for the final tarmacing of Priory Chase upto the roadabout.

    I will email the respondent to my email to see what is happening with the adoption of the road, and line enforcement, and will let you know the response via this thread.


  9. 9

    hi Corey,

    I have lived in Temple way for nigh on 6 years. I risk my life daily turning out of Temple Way into Priory Chase due to parked cars, a fact I have reported to both local police and various council departments. I am afraid for my young grandson and my elderly mother, both of whom are unable to jump back on to the pavement when trying to cross the road from between parked cars, trucks vans and big 4 wheel drive vehicles. May I respectfully suggest that the yellow lines should be enforced to protect innocent pedestrians, and that residents of Priory Chase use their garages and allocated parking spaces as per. the intended use? During the 5+ years I have lived here, Iam yet to see an Asda truck parked in Priory Chase.


  10. 10
    Corey Vost:

    Hi Alison,

    The yellow lines are not enforceable because the law does not permit them to be. The law requires public consultation, and this is currently under way, unfortunately the road currently remains a private road. I totally understand where you are coming from, I live at the very entrance to Temple Way, and have numerous photo’s not only of lorries parked on Priory Chase, but also unloading the lorries whilst parked on Priory Chase and wheeling them into the service yard. Our hand delivered letter of complaint to the ASDA store manager, went unanswered!

    Having been subjected to road rage and physical attack from one young girl who almost hit my car head on by pulling out from behind parked cars at speed without looking, I am very much for the enforcement to take effect and the sooner the better. In my response to ECC when the consultation first went public, I advised that the proposed restrictions did not go far enough and made additional recommendations which I was informed were being taken into consideration. I did email ECC last week for an update on the enforcement, but to date have received no reply.

    If the power were in my hands, these would have been enforced a long time ago, but like you I am just a resident. Perhaps our Cllrs could actually start chasing this matter, and bring it to resolution?

    Warmest regards

  11. 11
    Chris Black:

    I have emailed County Highways this afternoon and will let you know the response !

  12. 12
    Corey Vost:

    Thanks Chris

  13. 13
    Corey Vost:

    Received today from ECC

    “Taylor Wimpey have already completed the street lighting remedials and I have a meeting with them on Thursday, so hopefully a decision will be made as to when they will undertake the remaining works required for Essex County Council and Anglia Water to be able to adopt. I am aware of the inconsiderate parking but would like to discuss the restrictions with Taylor Wimpey before make the traffic orders legal.

    I will update you when I know more.
    Kind regards”

  14. 14

    Beat me to it Corey !

    Similar response from ECC as well today:

    “The developer has completed the street lighting faults and only has works to the small roundabout to do on the highway side. They also need to complete some remedial works to the sewers to allow Anglia Water and Essex County Council to adopt the estate.”

    Also got some information about the parking issue but would like to clarify something before publishing it here…

  15. 15
    Rayleigh Resident:

    Alison, I sympathise with your predicament but I fear you are wasting your time calling the Police. Their sole function is to massively overreact to any road traffic incident, however small, and close the road for hours, oblivious to the traffic chaos all around. However, should there be any instance of, for example, ASB, and they never have enough officers to deal with it.

  16. 16
    Rayleigh Resident:

    As if to prove a point:

  17. 17
    Corey Vost:

    Further email received today following meeting with Taylor Wimpey yesterday…

    “I attended the meeting with Taylor Wimpey and we discussed this site in detail. They are keen to have the estate adopted but they have a programme of works every year to undertake remedials on outstanding sites, Priory Chase being one of them.

    I stressed the level of residents feelings and they have assured me that this will become a priority and are due to update me soon on the timescales for the sewer remedials to take place, I will be following this up.

    With regard to the lines, Taylor Wimpey have agreed to parking restrictions which can be put down prior to the carriageway being adopted. This is something I will undertake but it won’t happen quickly as I need to organising the funding, draw up the final traffic regulation order and arrange for signing and lining.

    I hope this is helpful.

    Kind regards”

  18. 18

    Is there any update on this? Taylor Wimpey have had sufficient time since February to progress matters. The parking situation is ridiculous.

  19. 19
    Corey Vost:

    I’ve heard nothing further, but if I read the ECC email properly, it seems that although Wimpey agree to the parking restrictions, it is still down to ECC to implement, I’m probably being a little too pessimistic, but doubt it’ll happen any time soon.

    My own experience with Taylor Wimpey would indicate that they work quickly and cut corners to get money, but will move at a snails pace if they have to spend it, so again don’t think the remedial works to the sewerage system or the roundabout will happen anytime soon either!

  20. 20
    Chris Black:

    I have emailed County Highways tonight and asked for an update.

  21. 21

    Waiting still… The lack of progress on this is disgusting at best.

    Am unsure why ….. ECC are being so incompetent in their duties. [EDITED]

  22. 22
    Corey Vost:

    Seriously fed up with the lack of progress on this. I have sent an email to Highways this evening to see what is happening, but not expecting to hear any good news.

  23. 23
    Temple way resident:

    Don’t know if any one else has noticed the inconsiderate, permanent parking of untaxed vehicles in areas clearly designated for visitor and resident parking by those taking advantage of the lack of clarification, as to what is and is not enforceable through law relating to parking issues. Apparently the police are upholding it is ok to keep untaxed vehicles in the area since we are effectively a ‘private road’! Whatever next?

  24. 24

    TWR, untaxed vehicles can be reported to the DVLA. Here is the quote from their website:-
    “Report an untaxed vehicle.
    If you see a vehicle on the public road with an out-of-date tax disc, you can report it anonymously to DVLA. Your report will be investigated and action taken, if needed”.

  25. 25
    Temple Way Resident2:

    I’m a Temple Way resident and can confirm that there are no untaxed vehicles in any of the ten “parking square” spaces. Further, any vehicles on Temple Way can legally be untaxed if not utilised on public roads in any event. The above comment is a fabrication.
    The spaces were created as “overflow” parking for visitors and not as constant alternate parking for inconsiderate neighbours who have their own garages, driveways and plenty of space outside their own properties for their own vehicles, and their visitors, but choose not to use them. Surely if a resident doesn’t have sufficient space available of their own or outside their own property then they should consider moving to a property more suiting their needs and requirements.

  26. 26
    Temple way resident 3:

    Well having lived here for a while now I would like to say that 99% of local residents are considerate and more importantly treat their neighbours and visitors with respect. Anyhow while we are all busy scanning RighMove looking for ‘more suitable’ properties maybe we can look out for a multistory carpark somewhere that needs experienced owners since we obviously have frustrated car park attendants in our midst!

  27. 27
    Temple Way Resident2:

    Well said, Temple Way Resident 3! We’re friendly with many neighbours in both Temple Way and Priory Chase who, like us, wouldn’t dream of parking outside other people’s properties unless out of absolute necessity on rare occasions. Our visitors often park in ASDA and walk across. Like you say, most residents respect others’ privacy and would rather focus on the quiet enjoyment of their own properties. Unfortunately, there’s always one who would rather inconvenience others out of their own laziness or nastiness and that then impacts on others. It’s outrageous for the “frustrated car park attendant” to be falsely accusing others of not displaying their tax discs. Can the police not do a check?

  28. 28
    Canterbury Close Resident:

    Asda now enforce their parking to a couple of hours with their attendant there a lot more frequently over the summer months. Staff are exempt.


  29. 29
    Corey Vost:

    A roundabout sign has been installed today on the exit of Temple Way – can this finally mean that the adoption of the development is about to take place? It would be nice to hear what the decisions have been in relation to the yellow lines!

  30. 30
    Corey Vost:

    Would also just to thank ECC for placing the sign immediately behind a tree on my property (which has been there for nigh on 8 years) which now means that I have to chop down the tree or else fall fowl of the law in blocking the sign! Am sure that ECC won’t care one iota that their sign overhangs my property line as well as a sign on Priory Chase overhanging a property line!

  31. 31
    Chris Black:

    Corey, if its OK I’ll come and see you at the weekend on this… Will email you later…

  32. 32
    Corey Vost:

    Thanks Chris, that’s very much appreciated.

  33. 33

    Still no yellow lines huh… Seems that nothing is being done about this ridiculous parking situation.

    There’s also the issue of cars blocking the entrance to Asda so vehicles exiting Asda cannot move into the left lane.

    Also there’s the question of the utter morons who think parking on the corner by the chip shop is acceptable whilst they queue for their dinner.

    Add to that the gym members who cannot use the roundabout properly and shoot out of the leisure centre on the wrong side of the road.

    To add to all of this, more money is being wasted removing the flipping street lights to reinstall them to the correct depth!

  34. 34
    Local Resident:

    Do we have any update on this. I support Tom’s post above, this has gone on for far too long!

  35. 35

    You are quite right, this has indeed gone on far too long…
    We have chased / pressed County Highways again on this and will let you know what their reply is.

  36. 36
    Corey Vost:

    Admin, did you ever get a reply from County Highways? It is nearly 10 months since I last heard that all that was waiting was the funding, which surely would have been available at the start of the 2013/14 financial year. Yet another neighbour narrowly avoided a head on collusion within the past week because of the poor driving skills of people pulling out from behind parked cars without looking. Whilst that is not the fault of County Highways, the wilful neglect from County in sorting this out is. There have now been people resident in Priory Chase for 8 years, 8 years in Temple Way in 2 months time.

    Whilst on the subject of poor driving skills – as the Leisure Centre is owned by RDC and only managed by Virgin, perhaps the council wants to consider what it is going to do with regard to patrons who still have no idea on how to use the roundabout when exiting the leisure centre, and prefer to exit going the wrong way round. Despite this being raised in June with RDC and Virgin in a joint meeting with residents Fire and Police services, and assurances made that this would be addressed, so far nothing has. Highlighting further, perhaps, the total disregard that RDC has when residents have cause to complain.

    OK, will get off my soap box now.

  37. 37

    Still waiting for a reply worth passing on, Corey.

    Last I heard was

    I have picked up on this scheme and am looking to make progress on it. No dates as yet but I will be contacting a colleague tomorrow for some more information.”

    No update since then, but I am still chasing….

  38. 38
    Brian Guyett:

    On the subject of roads, beware of RDC’s new policy on parking. I believe its called “Beggar Thy Neighbour”.
    Our friendly, helpful council want to solve problems around Greensward Academy, Hockley by generously letting residents buy parking permits at £50 a pop. But they are only addressing some of the problem area, so all the displaced traffic will simply move round the corner. Tough on the people that live there but RDC can see no problem in that. No doubt they will at some point offer those residents the same bargain £50 permit to solve the problem the council have themselves created.
    Hey this is a great, endless money-spinning idea. No doubt it will be coming your way soon.

  39. 39

    Corey- another reply from County Highways today:

    “There are no firm dates as yet but there has been progress on the legal process and co-ordinating who will carry out the works on the ground.
    I will in touch with some more information as soon as possible.”

  40. 40
    Corey Vost:

    Thanks Admin, so reading between the lines then, there’s been no real movement since February?

  41. 41

    Still nothing happening… woefully pathetic.
    [edited !]

  42. 42
    Chris Black:

    Having been driving in Priory Chase twice today I can only agree !

  43. 43
    Corey Vost:

    I wouldn’t hold your breath on the development being adopted anytime soon. Speaking to our old neighbour on the telephone yesterday, I discovered that the street our old house is on, has not yet been adopted by ECC – ECC have only been working on the adoption of that VERY small road of 22 houses for 11 years now!

  44. 44
    Chris Black:

    Got another update from County Highways yesterday. Nothing earth-shattering, but don’t want to publish it without getting their OK (which is what I normally do with emails from council officers)

  45. 45
    Corey Vost:

    Have you had the OK to share the news Chris?

  46. 46
    Chris Black:

    Hope to have an answer soon Corey – otherwise I’ll speak to you,

  47. 47
    Corey Vost:

    Hi Chris

    Are you able to give out any info on the news you received?

  48. 48

    Let’s risk it Corey…

    Basically County Highways have been out (I think last month) to measure the site up to check that the plan for the Traffic Regulation Order is ok. Taylor Wimpey will be carrying out some work for County Highways to save time. County Highways are hoping to get the formal consultation out soon.

    We believe the water authority are now happy to adopt but they are waiting for the contractor that undertook the manhole constructions to go back to site and complete some remedial work.. There also needs to be a street lighting inspection as all works to these have been completed. There may be some more work to do on the small roundabout (would you like me to find out some more about that?)

    No date for adoption yet, but we are told that things have moved along substantially.

  49. 49
    Corey Vost:

    Thanks Chris

    There was a lot of work carried out on manholes two weeks ago by Edenway.

    Would be interested to hear anything on the roundabout.

  50. 50

    Still no progress then? Can’t say I’m surprised.

  51. 51
    Local Resident:

    Any update?????

  52. 52

    Nothing recent, will ask again…

  53. 53
    Corey Vost:

    It is becoming increasingly obvious that ECC Highways have precious little intention of adopting this estate. The last I heard was that funding was the issue, we are now into the second financial year since that declaration was made!

    Is there seriously nothing that can be done to get this sorted once and for all?

    In June 2013, an RDC representative in a meeting with residents to address the anti-social activities on the estate clearly stated that they would address the ongoing issues of gym users exiting the gym using the roundabout incorrectly. To be honest I am not surprised that RDC have done nothing about this!

  54. 54

    Corey, agreed, seems that RDC are being completely negligent in dealing with this matter. I cannot fathom 1) the idiocy of people unable to go AROUND the roundabout when exiting the gym. 2) why people think it is acceptable to park on the corner of the roundabout. 3) why some feel it is ok to abandon their car by the chip shop to go pick up their dinner.

    Someone needs to take action into their own hands if RDC won’t pull their finger out. Pathetic that they will not act to correct such a ridiculous and dangerous parking situation.

  55. 55

    Tom, do you think a sign on the leisure centre land (not the public highway) reminding the drivers they are coming onto a roundabout would help?

  56. 56
    Jim Cripps:

    I feel for you people , a modern estate that has suffered flooding due to poor design and traffic issues – sound familiar ? ( all predicted for the coming Core Plan impact).

    Seems to me every Town & Village now has to form an Action Group to get noticed,
    maybe that now needs to be individual estates with Community Groups and direct action ( attend Town & RD Council meetings in large numbers ) and demonstrate.
    Different estate groups could support each other to swell the ranks on demo days.

    You could start by writing to the Health&Safety Executive Office ( Chelmsford ) , they
    will refer you to ECC Highways but will also approach the Council ( H&S will not
    completely ignore a written safety concern – they will cover their own rear ). That might just get a reaction from RDC/ ECC.

  57. 57

    Admin, It’s not only the public misusing the roundabout, a couple of weeks ago I witnessed the RDC contractors rubbish collection vehicle, heading northward from the direction of St. Nicholas School, pass the roundabout on it’s eastern side at a fairly high speed for such a location. Presumably the driver did not want to slow down and keep left around the roundabout. Totally irresponsible in my opinion.

  58. 58
    Local Resident:

    Admin. Can we not just get RDC to get on with the original plan of putting restrictions in place. This thread started on the 5th of Sept 2012. This is now beyond a joke. Taylor Wimpey have been on the estate and done remedial drain works, they have also in the last month replaced 2 dead trees that they planted in 2006! Surely we can’t be that far off adoption by now. Do you have the details of who at RDC is responsible for all this so the many of us who have followed this issue can approach them direct and apply some pressure?
    With regards to a sign at the leisure centre, this was done before and had no effect.

  59. 59

    Local Resident, parking restrictions are a county council matter rather than RDC, and indeed this is beyond a joke. As soon as I have more info I will publish it here (unless told to me confidentially)

  60. 60
    Corey Vost:

    Admin, further to your post #55 and my post #53, RDC have already said that they would put a notice up reminding their patrons on how to use a roundabout – just another RDC empty promise. Just like RDCs inability to curb the increase of drug sales and drug taking that are yet again occurring on their premises (at the Rayleigh Leisure Centre) all of which is taking place underneath repositioned CCTV cameras!!!

  61. 61
    The Mighty Oz:

    Surely drug misuse is a police matter ?

  62. 62
    Jim Cripps:

    DRUG sales/ taking – a police matter surely, or don’t they even respond to that nowadays? , never mind Action Groups / Community Teams maybe it is time for
    a Vigilante Mob!!!!!. What is this country coming to…….

  63. 63
    The Mighty Oz:

    Mmmmm, time to take a step back here, if we are talking about a few useless yoofs then (1) Corey, is this true, do you have evidence ? and (2) if you do have you called Rayleigh Police and / or our local beat officer to make them aware ? If you have have they taken any action ?
    Not sure we are at the vigilante patrols just yet……

  64. 64
    Jim Cripps:

    I was only joking Oz – one man with a bazooka would be enough…..” “

  65. 65

    The information regarding drug dealing/taking was passed onto me when my neighbours children arrived home early from the skate park and they told their mother why they were home early.
    This has been an ongoing matter for several years now. The Police are very well aware, as are RDC, who repositioned the CCTV cameras last year to deter such behaviour on their property.

  66. 66

    Now Middle of May. Are RDC totally incompetent?

  67. 67

    Tom, like you I’m totally fed up with the non existent progress with this, I have today sent a Freedom of Information request to ECC asking for a timetable on the adoption and information on the current standing of the adoption. Will let you know when I hear more.

  68. 68

    Sounds good Cjav, thanks.

  69. 69

    Yes, good idea Cjav!

  70. 70
    local resident:


    Surely as our elected representative (congrats, still wish you were an independent though, I voted for the man rather than the party) for our ward you could obtain an update without the need for a FOI request?? This issue affects over 80 households and as you are aware the unadoption has caused many issues many of which are mentioned within this thread.

  71. 71
    Chris Black:

    Local resident- all I can say is that I haven’t had a reply to my last request for an update and a FOI request from a resident is very helpful.
    Thanks for your support in the election, and I understand what you are saying. But we have a good team in our area, with a good local reputation and incidentally I’m sure that I would be a less effective councillor if I was an independent.

  72. 72

    I have today received a response to my FOI request – as the response is published on the ECC website, I see no problem with posting the response here…..

    As Taylor Wimpey have never entered into a S38 agreement for this estate the adoption process will by notice on site under section S228 of the Highways Act 1980. To enable this to happen the developer has to bring the private estate up to an adoptable standard, therefore the timetable for the adoption is dependant on when they complete any remedials identified.

    Bi-monthly meetings are held with Taylor Wimpey to discuss their sites in Essex the last being on the 5th June 2014, the outstanding items discussed for this site are as follows:

    Drainage – contractors have completed the remedial works on the drainage and Taylor Wimpey are waiting for Anglia Water to inspect and sign off.

    Lighting – The majority of the lighting faults have been completed with some minor faults outstanding.

    Roundabouts – further works are required to install all signage required and improve the design of the mini roundabout due to recurring damage.

    Parking restrictions – The final plan has been sent to the Parking Partnership and Network Management for their agreement, the documentation to allow us to go to a formal consultation on the restrictions has been drawn up ready. If we get prompt replies we can request the start of the consultation next week. Taylor Wimpey will be undertaking the works once the consultation has been completed. Traffic Regulation Orders normally take up to 8 weeks to complete, however if objections to the scheme are received this could take a minimum of 14 weeks. The finalisation of the traffic regulation order does not impact on the adoption of the estate roads.

  73. 73
    Jim Cripps:

    Yes Minister…….

  74. 74

    Many Thanks Cjav

  75. 75

    Sorry Jim?

  76. 76
    Jim Cripps:

    It was a parady on the old TV series ‘ Yes Minister’ , that summed up the sort of statements that are issued by authorities – completely ignoring the timescales
    that are being completely overlooked.
    Still talking weeks and months – without taking the negligent contractor to task ( Grrrrrr), you have my sympathy.

  77. 77

    Oh I see! If only it were weeks and months – I think we’re talking years before Wimpey actually do what they are supposed to do to get this development adopted, especially if past experience is anything to go by!

  78. 78
    JIM Cripps:

    A simple up front” retainer” deposit by contractor to council at the planning stage – only refundable on adoption might be a way ahead in future!!!!!! – but we would’nt want to upset Developers now would we.

  79. 79

    Utter morons parking outside the chip shop yet again the other day. Are people SO stupid as to not realise the disruption this causes / so lazy that they cannot park in asda car park and walk 10 seconds to collect their dinner!

  80. 80
    The Mighty Oz:

    I see our local Useless Yoofs are keeping themselves busy breaking the new low “fence” alongside ASDA and Priory Close. I am amazed that nobody sees or hears them doing it, is the criminal damage occurring when the lights go out ?

  81. 81

    The lights do not go out in Priory Chase. Why the assumption that it is ‘yoofs’? as the posts are not damaged or out of place, I believe it is a result of the rails being slightly too short and have fallen. Very quick to judge without any evidence!

  82. 82
    The Mighty Oz:

    Really ? Fallen on at least three occasions all by themselves…..despite being replaced each time. But your right, might not be Yoofs, could be pensioners, middle aged women, all sorts really. You know, the same types that spray graffiti and break saplings in the park, yes, I’m sure it’s the work of responsible adults. Let’s get up a posse and hunt them down.

  83. 83

    Somewhat patronising aren’t we?

  84. 84

    I believe this was a malicious act carried out during the evening of Friday 27th June or into Saturday morning. I say this as when I walked to Asda on the Saturday morning noticed a shopping trolley on the pavement near Rawreth Lane. I reported it to Asda and the employee thanked me saying that another trolley had also been reported off site. He also commented that the fence referred to above had been broken during the night. Further evidence of vandlism was that some of the Estae Agents boards that now lay permanently on the grass in front of the flats, had been dragged and broken up along the Rawreth Lane pavement as far as Laburnum Way. I also witnessed this. There had been a teenager party going on in Laburnum Way that evening and after midnight a few youngsters were congregating in the pitch dark at the entrance to Laburnum Way. At least three of them were shining torchlights around but nothing other than that apart from raised voices, was going on.. I watched them for some time and then they dispersed. At the time I did not know of the Priory Chase events hence I had no evidence of problems. Had I known this I would have called the police.
    A number of problems including back garden hopping after midnight at this location have been reported to the police including clear trainer shoe footprints in our back gardens but I don’t know of any arrests or convictions. I strongly believe that turning off the lights has increased the incidents of crime in whatever form and the lights, particularly at this stretch of Rawreth Lane, should be returnrd to ‘all night opperation’.
    To conclude, when the ‘extra tall’ lamp posts were initially installed at this location, residents were told that they were necessary for safety reasons as a third lane to faciltate vehicle turning into Laburnum Way required a higher level of lighting. Apparantly the shorter ‘standard version’ would not give sufficient illumination to make it a safe junction. How about that for a County ‘U’ TURN. No pun intended.
    I have heard reports that all areas in the County should have had compulsary safety assessment reports completed before any decision could legally be made to switch off lights. Apparantly this was ignored.

  85. 85
    The Mighty Oz:

    Patronising no, realistic yes. Let’s have less of the lefty do gooder attitude and a bit more of a tough approach to this sort of behaviour. Unless, of course myself, and Greenbelt, are completely wrong……..

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    Totally agree with Oz. Flipping so something about antisocial behaviour!

    So, STILL no progress on fixing the parking situation? Not sure what point there is having a council when they don’t so ANYTHING.

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    What happened with the notice of intent that was published months ago? Still no action taken I see. Still idiots parking on the roundabout and now we have unsupervised children using Temple Way as a playground rather than observing good sense and avoiding playing in the middle of a road.

    Additionally I propose we get many drivers back to school as many times I see people struggling to indicate to turn into asda and others who don’t know they have to drive AROUND the roundabout when leaving the gym.

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