November 3rd, 2009 |
Rayleigh Town Centre Is Next
We had the following message from onlinefocus regular ST1 today:
Did anyone see this item in the Echo, relating to development ideas for Rayleigh town centre? Is this some kind of formal request for suggestions, and if so, how do they intend communicating it with the residents?
The answer is yes, we saw it.
What’s happening is that, just like Hockley and Rochford, the District Council will be carrying out a consultation on how to improve Rayleigh Town Centre soon. We will be wriying more when it appears on the council website, possibly in a few days time.
We very much hope that our readers will respond to the consultation when it starts- the document is quite long but pretty thoughtful ,and is worth looking at.
The Town Centre study in Hockley has caused a great deal of strife – we hope Rayleigh’s one goes more smoothly because:
By the way, this study was at Chris Black’s suggestion – the Council originally planned to do studies for Hockley and Rochford only. But Chris didn’t think Rayleigh should be ignored for the next 10 years, there were government funds available to pay for the consultants, and Terry Cutmore the Conservative leader readily agreed.
And the article in the Echo refers to ideas from the Chamber of Trade – not the council consultants.