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February 11th, 2014 |

Schools Holidays Petition … And Flood Prevention Funds

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The “A Green Read” website , run by Councillor Michael Hoy, has had a lot of new stuff recently, including


Hullbridge Woman to have her petition debated in Parliament.

Donna Thresher started her Government e-petition back in March 2013 with the simple statement.
“Stop Holiday companies charging extra in school holidays”
The petition is a response to the belief that holiday companies are profiteering during school holidays charging excessive prices far above those that would be dictated by normal supply and demand….
…Lib Dem MP John Hemming has proposed the e-petition for debate in Westminster Hall for 24 February 2014 after the e-petition went viral due to Paul Cookson linking it to his Facebook Group Holiday Price Increase.

Essex County Council releases £1m of emergency funding for flooded roads
Essex County Council have at last listened to the concerns of residents and have at last decided to act on the flooded roads of the County. Below is the press release allocating £1 Million to tackle road flooding in the County….
….. Within Rochford District the one road needing flood alleviation methods that immediately springs to mind is Watery Lane in Rawreth. Some schemes have been put forward including installing a drainage system on the field to the South of the to prevent it draining onto the road as it currently does (and is allowed to do quite legally) and I will be pushing for watery Lane to be put into the top 5 as we all know it floods every year not just in this one.

5 Responses to “Schools Holidays Petition … And Flood Prevention Funds”

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    Chris Black:

    This is probably heresy, but I don’t really agree with the modern view that children can’t take time off in the term once a year for a holiday. When I was a boy – well actually when I was a five year old boy I was off sick for over 6 weeks because I had measles, mumps and chicken pox all in 1 year. And I don’t really think my schooling suffered much for a total 6 weeks absence in one year.

    Regarding flooding, the ditch between Hedgehope Avenue and Downhall Close should be a priority as well, to help people downstream in Down Hall Road, Deepdene Avenue and Canterbury Close.

  2. 2
    The Mighty Oz:

    Chris,
    Heresy indeed, What about the people who want to take a holiday without having their break ruined by other peoples revolting screaming brats. Not everyone feels the same way about kids….

  3. 3
    A.mattbhews:

    I have said before on this site it is NOT the two 6 inch field drains that are causing the floods BUT it is the amount of water coming down the brook from the developements in Rawreth lane and other existing built up areas in the Downhall area.If the Tide is high in the main river there is a back up which slows the flow over what is a flood plain.There are three sluices which will not open if water in the river is higher than the brook ,very similar to the Somerset Levels situation in miniature . The obvious solution will be for all the developers in East Rawreth to finance an automatic pump at outfall ,also to improve flow of the brook from the pinch point where it crosses under Watery Lane towards the river . Do not think a ditch in the fields will solve the problem ,it will increase the threat to existing small settlement in beeches road and watery lane area.The field is Five Feet higher than the road at some points ,It would entail a ditch at minimum eight foot deep which would need a large area of land width to accommodate .Most people have forgotten that the road was the stream bed and that the diversion was not dug until the70s/60s .The problem NOW is run off from built up areas what will it be after the extra houses in East Rawreth,one field ditch for two 6 inch land drains will not solve the problem ! It would help if the gullies were cleaned each month as well!

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    Christine Paine:

    I agree Oz. When I was working I always avoided school holiday times like the plague. Everywhere is much nicer when it isn’t over run during the high season. I do agree though that the way prices hike up the minute the schools are on holiday does often seem like profiteering.

    A lady I worked with took her child out of school for 3 weeks which were split either side of the Christmas school holidays so she could visit relatives in Australia. First time she had seen her sister in 10 years. She had a lot of hassle with the school over it. Now to me travelling to Australia and seeing things you would only otherwise read about is pretty educational for a 9 year old. If the teachers got them to do a presentation to the rest of the class on what they had seen and done when they got back then I don’t think missing a small amount of schooling at that age is really any big deal.

  5. 5
    Corey Vost:

    As an ex-teacher, I get so angry when parents think it’s OK to take kids out of school to go on holiday. It will be these parents that blame the school because their precious little darling only got a C in their exams and not the predicted B. Perhaps they should consider that if their child was at school, they may not have missed the lesson that would have given their child the knowledge they needed to get that B grade. Often schools give pupils work to do whilst they are on holiday, however, this is rarely completed.

    I was raised to believe that if you can’t afford to do something you either save for longer or you don’t do it.

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