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Infrastructure Components

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By special request…. here’s a short post to give people a chance to leave comments about infrastructure…

26 Responses to “Infrastructure Components”

  1. 1
    Jim Cripps:

    OK – I can start by listing the RDC committments made in the ( unmanned ) display
    at the Rayleigh Mill in March ’14 , plus some items not listed but within the Allocations document put before the Government Inspector in order to get the nod .
    Hopefully this will act as a checklist to measure what is showing on the Planning Application plot plans put forward by Countryside and others this Summer ? :-

    1. New Primary School – ( already cancelled )

    2. New & Enhanced facilities for RTSSC – ( already cancelled )

    3.Local highway capacity improvements – ( none planned by ECC as yet ?)

    4.Youth & Community Facilities – ( not shown on initial Countryside plot plan ?)

    5.Play Space

    6. Public Transport improvements – ( inc link between London Rd & Rawreth Lane)

    7.Sustainable drainage systems – ( hope so !!!!! )

    8. Commercial Units – ( within the ‘estate ‘ – a Surgery perhaps ? )

    9. A link and enhancements to local Bridleway – ( ? )

    10. Public Park land to provide a buffer between the ‘estate’ and the A1245

    CHRIS – presumably we will get a heads up warning of any planning application, hope
    the above helps for a first glance review of the submission……thanks – JIM

  2. 2
    Christine Paine:

    On sustainable drainage – there are many roads in and around Rawreth that still do not have mains drainage. This inevitably leads to contaminated water flowing down the streets at times of flooding. Given the “natural” increase in flooding that appears to be happening, plus the increase that will come from run off from yet more building shouldn’t someone somewhere be encouraging Anglian Water to connect people to mains drainage, or at least lay the necessary pipework so people can get connections done if they want to. This is an aspect of flooding that seems to have been pretty much overlooked

  3. 3
    Jim Cripps:

    Christine – on the other thread ( Chris Lumley’s letter ) I explained the ludicrous obligation on the Water Co to absorb any and all connections throw at them ,without
    Consultation.
    Most of the “rules” were established many,many moons ago ( as was the sizing of
    Mains ) when the utilities were Nationalised industries. Since then they have all been privatised ( ie:- profit driven ) so I would suggest not the best formulae for a business model – thus a tendency towards ” if it ain’t broke don’t fix it “, which is spin for wait till it goes wrong ( Fairglen Interchange Pumping Unit for example ).
    I am starting to think that rather than a deliberate attack on West Rayleigh ( re:-Allocations Document ) it is just plain incompetance within RDC – given the Planning portfolio has changed hands 3 times in as many weeks ( hot potato ?). Does the new
    man have a CV relating to Planning/ Transportation matters – I don’t think so !!!!!.

  4. 4
    bruce smart:

    No mention of any doctors surgery. How long are people waiting for an appointment at present and it will grow worse with an ageing population. Rayleigh Town Council policy is to try for a new health facility and I hope there will be no back tracking on this.

  5. 5
    Christine Paine:

    Good point Bruce. I have to say I don’t have any problem getting an appointment when I need one, but I do know that people who are with Rayleigh surgeries have a lot of problems, especially those who are at work and can’t sit on the phone all morning from 8.30 trying to get through to the doctors. However, I can see Rawreth having a big problem when these new houses come. The nearest surgery to them is Downhall Park, one full time doctor, one full time nurse, currently one two day a week locum, small premises, essentially a converted private house, no room to expand. Those of us who live Wickford side of Carpenters roundabout and Rayleigh side of Shotgate, already have no choice of GP, it’s one or nothing. Rayleigh won’t take us, their catchment stops at the Carpenter roundabout, Wickford and Shotgate won’t take us, they stop at the roundabout for Shotgate Industral Estate. Some people may be with Wickford or Rayleigh doctors historically, but when we moved here over 20 years ago we were faced with a choice of just one, and it hasn’t improved since then. If Downhall Park gets overwhelmed with new patients, which as the nearest surgery it could well do, then we are the ones who will get caught up in the fall out. And what about Dentists, we aren’t exactly tripping over those every few yards either.

  6. 6
    Jim Cripps:

    So, has anyone else received the notification of the modifications to the submitted outline planning application ( North of London Rd ) ? – Developer has obviously been
    where he needs to tighten it up for approval. Does’nt change any of the root ‘overwhelming the infrastructure issues ‘ as far as I can see.

  7. 7
    Christine Paine:

    Didn’t get one of the letters, but I’ve seen the details. As far as I can see a bit of tinkering to try and get it through doesn’t change the basic objections to lack of infrastructure, flood risk etc.

  8. 8
    Greenbelt:

    I received one due to the fact that, having made formal objections throughout the Local Development Framework proceedures, RDC are obliged to keep me informed unless I opt out.

  9. 9
    Jim Cripps:

    I see Countryside and their chums ( Chelmsford Councillors this time ) are at it again –
    3600 new homes as an extension to Bealieu Park in Chelmsford , but of course it won’t impact local traffic or the A12…..,.,,😱

  10. 10
    Corey Vost:

    Jim, this is nothing new – this has been on the cards for a number of years with plans available to view for at least the last 2, the road infrastructure has long since started complete with a road that will bypass the already congested Springfield Road. Given that this development also gives Chelmsford an additional train station (Boreham) this is a well thought out development.

  11. 11
    Jim Cripps:

    3600 x family of four = 14400 , so a new Hospital? / more Doctors-Dentists? / Social Services ? etc;etc; – I don’t think so………..

  12. 12
    Corey Vost:

    I think your calculations are somewhat flawed, will EVERY house have 4 people living in it? I find that highly unlikely. I kind of feel that there is not a housing development in this country that would meet with your approval! We have an increasing population in this country, where would you like to put them? Or perhaps we should turn our parks to tent cities? You consistently moan about the lack of infrastructure with the development proposed in Rayleigh, yet that is not an issue with this development, yet it’s still not good enough for you! Perhaps you don’t think it’s a well thought out development. I do!

  13. 13
    Jim Cripps:

    Fine , we are all entitled to an opinion – I just do not share your faith in ‘Developers’ working in the public interest , and the fact is that most elements of the Infrastructure
    ( ie: the NHS ) cannot cope with this county wide development ( Similar schemes in Brentwood/Basildon/Rochford/Castle Point/Southend ).
    As to the housing need , the facts are that local indigenous Demographics show only
    a medium/ steady rise over the last 20 years , which could be covered by Brown Field and Infill building – the propaganda is for accommodating the displacement from the myopic London expansion plans. And the developers are rubbing their hands in glee.
    We can argue about individual development numbers of people but add it all together
    accross the county and it will significantly impact all of us – have you tried A+E lately?.

  14. 14
    Jim Cripps:

    SO , billions to be spent on the NHS and millions on the roads now announced – anyone would think there is an election coming up ………😜

  15. 15
    Chris Black:

    Well Jim, as Nick Clegg said (I think today), the money for the roads isn’t new , the amounts involved had already been announced , today’s news was about where it would be spent.
    And as for the NHS – the coalition is sorting out the economy, the economy is better now, unemployment is down, so lets improve the NHS.

  16. 16
    Jim Cripps:

    Well according to my paper today ( i ) ” British Government borrowing to rise by a further Β£75 Billion ” – I don’t see that as sorting out the economy , that’s just living on the never-never ( again )- just like the so called Labour Party did.

  17. 17
    Linda Kendall:

    Before everyone jumps up and down with glee did you happen to notice that virtually all the money for roads is in marginal constituencies. Check how much is coming to South East Essex to sort out our traffic nightmares! Note:- You wont need a calculator.

  18. 18
    Linda Kendall:

    I suppose our politicians can’t work out that if you ‘import’ a million low paid workers and then have to give them tax credits to pay for their rented homes and council tax it is a false economy. Plus when these low paid workers decide to bring their aged parents over to live with them they impact on our NHS without contributing one penny. The qualify for income support even if they can’t get a state pension. Plus again perhaps it would do a few MP’s a power of good if they visited a boot fair locally and spent five minutes counting the number of pregnant women from the immigrant communities, all costing the tax payer and the NHS a fortune again having not contributed a penny/euro or any other currency towards their situation. We are being made mugs at every turn and the people are now waking up to that fact. A little too late.

  19. 19
    The Mighty Oz:

    Linda @ 18, be careful, you will have the do gooder right on lefty liberal brigade getting up a posse to drive you out of town soon, but hey, don’t worry too much, Nigel is coming over the horizon to save us all.

    I note that Euro Claggy was absent in Parliment today but it did not matter, nobody listens to a word he says anyway………

  20. 20
    Chris Black:

    Oz, I like the way you gently mock Nigel in almost the same way that you mock Nick, but if successful UKIP aren’t going to save us from anything!

    Just make the economy worse (though maybe some bankers will do OK), lead to the break up of the UK (because I don’t see Scotland staying in a UKIP-run UK) and have just about everything here owned by China or India in 20 years. There’s something worse than a country with immigration issues … and that’s a country with too much emigration, particularly among its young people…

  21. 21
    Jim Cripps:

    I think it is much worse than just Scotland breaking away , both Northern Island and Wales are already semi-detached and the big cities/generic regions are already asking for the same deals – so you have to ask why.
    Mrs Thatcher ( advised by her fiscal guru from the USA ) pulled the plug on the manufacturing base of this country in favour of the “service industries “.
    Her biggest disciple ( Tony Blair ) carried on her legacy by betraying the working class
    and courting the ‘floating middle class vote’ to get into office and open the door to further the “service industries” ( ie: cheap labour ).
    In the last few weeks the coalition have been making much of measuring their success by referring to our manufacturing base statistics – so manufacturing does matter then ?. And where is the service industry – minimum wage / zero hour contracts and still , we are told , we need unrestrained immigration to fulfil the need.
    We all live in the comfortably middle class South East , it is a very different world North of the Watford Gap and that is why this country is breaking up into the old tribal regions where we began – get set for a multi- party coalition government ( like Italy ).

  22. 22
    Jim Cripps:

    WHOOPS – I meant Northern Ireland 😝

  23. 23
    admin:

    That’s a fair analysis Jim.

  24. 24
    Jim Cripps:

    But I forgot to mention one of the biggest impacts of those previous government decisions and that is Apprenticeships – by dismantling our manufacturing base it
    took away the need for training the next generation. Now we are told that we need
    to welcome young / clever people from overseas to resource our technical needs!!!!.

    NO – we need well thought out ,long term policies for the future ,that serve our own youth not the rest of the worlds problems , what we have/are doing is always short term – serving only the established vested interest.

    I know it makes you smile when I say we need a British Spring – but we do!!!!.

  25. 25
    admin:

    I think the government is awake now to the need for apprenticeships – there are plenty of adverts on the radio promoting them to companies.

    In thus instance it may be short-termism on behalf of companies.

  26. 26
    The Mighty Oz:

    This is why we love Cpt Farage…..and why he will be in No10 next year….

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30326628

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