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July 13th, 2014

Do You Want To Ask A Question?

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The next full meeting of Rochford District Council is on July 29th at 7:30 p.m.

it’s worth reminding everyone that members of the public can ask questions. The questions have to be submitted in writing to the council by midday 7 days before the day of the meeting, though ypun should normally come along and read out your question in the flesh. You get an answer , and you are then allowed one follow-up question. Here are the rules in full:

10. QUESTIONS BY THE PUBLIC
10.1 General
Members of the public may ask questions of Members of the Executive, at ordinary meetings of the Council. The maximum time limit for asking each question is 3 minutes. The maximum time limit for a supplementary question is 1 minute.
10.2 Order of Questions
Questions will be asked in the order notice of them was received, except that the Chairman may group together similar questions.
10.3 Notice of Questions
A question may only be asked if notice has been given by delivering it in writing or by electronic mail to the Chief Executive no later than midday 7 days before the day of the meeting. Each question must give the name and address of the questioner and must name the Member of the Council to whom it is to be put.
10.4 Number of Questions
At any one meeting no person may submit more than 2 questions and no more than 2 such questions may be asked on behalf of one organisation.
10.5 Scope of Questions
The Chief Executive may reject a question if it:-
 is not about a matter for which the local authority has a responsibility or which affects the district;
 is defamatory, frivolous or offensive;
 is substantially the same as a question which has been put at a meeting of the Council in the past six months; or
 requires the disclosure of confidential or exempt information.
10.6 Record of Questions
The Chief Executive will enter each question in a book open to public inspection and will immediately send a copy of the question to the Member to whom it is to be put. Rejected questions will include reasons for rejection.
Copies of all questions will be circulated to all Members and will be made available to the public attending the meeting.
10.7 Asking the Question at the Meeting
The Chairman will invite the questioner to put the question to the Member named in the notice. If a questioner who has submitted a written question is unable to be present, they may ask the Chairman to put the question on their behalf. The Chairman may ask the question on the questioner’s behalf, indicate that a written reply will be given or
decide, in the absence of the questioner, that the question will not be dealt with.
10.8 Supplemental Question
A questioner who has put a question in person may also put one supplementary question without notice to the Member who has replied to his or her original question.
A supplementary question must arise directly out of the original question or the reply. The Chairman may reject a supplementary question on any of the grounds in Rule 10.5 above.
10.9 Written Answers
Any question which cannot be dealt with during public question time, either because of lack of time or because of the non-attendance of the Member to whom it was to be put, will be dealt with by a written answer.
10.10 Reference of Question to the Executive or a Committee
Unless the Chairman decides otherwise, no discussion will take place on any question, but any Member may move that a matter raised by a question be referred to the Executive or the appropriate Committee or Sub-Committee. Once seconded, such a Motion will be voted on without discussion.

These rules are in part 4 of the Council Constitution, which you can download from the council website here.

July 12th, 2014

Attack Of The Giant Leeches

Regal Cinema Being Demolished

Regal Cinema Being Demolished

Back in February, we mentioned that Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass had a feature on the Regal Cinema.

One of our readers, Stephen Pickard, has just left a comment that’s worth repeating as an item in itself:


I have very fond memories of the Regal Cinema. When I was 11, our family moved to Eastwood in January,1959. Sometime in ’60’61, when I was able to travel on my own, I started taking the bus to Rayleigh high street on Saturday mornings to the Regal cinema and recall being transfixed by the ‘Batman’ serial they showed at the time.
On Sundays they used to show double bills of ‘X’ films of ’50′s horror and science fiction which I was eager to see but at the time there was a restriction to everyone under the age of 16 being admitted, whether or not you were with an adult.
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It seemed that it was a big challenge to kids like me, that were only 13/14 was to challenge the law to try to see an ‘X’ film under age.
So, I sacrificed the ‘Saturday morning pictures’ and decided from now on I would be an adult! I approached the pay-desk, (my heart was beating twice as fast!) I recall very clearly the lady selling the tickets, she was either Scottish or an accent from further north. When I asked for a ticket, she would reply in very concerned voice “Are you sixteen?”. On saying yes, up popped the ticket of which I grabbed and quickly ventured into the darkness of the cinema before the manager saw me.
I recall what the manager looked like. He was in his 50′s or 60′s with grey hair and mustache, always dressed in a suit and shirt and tie.
I felt a little guilty about going in under age, but I will be forever grateful to the Regal for those special memories.
I remember that the first ‘X’ films I saw, for those interested, were “Cage of Doom” (“Terror from the Year 5000″) “Demons of the Swamp” (“Attack of the Giant Leeches”) and “The Fantastic Disappearing Man” (“Return of Dracula”). I still have these movies in my collection and whenever I watch them I always fondly remember where I first saw them. Regal Cinema RIP.

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July 11th, 2014

Officers Recommend : Don’t Allow This Church To Be Demolished

united reform church

There’s a planning application on the latest “Weekly List” to demolish the United Reform Church to be demolished and be replaced by a two-storey garage/ games room for an adjacent dwelling.

The key question here is not whether the building should be kept as a church, because planning permission has already been given to convert it to one residential unit. The key question is whether the building should remain, as part of the Great Wakering Conservation Area.

Officers are recommending refusal of the application because of its ‘positive contribution’ to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.

You can find the officers report here.

July 10th, 2014

Holy Trinity…

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This month’s feature at Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass is on Holy Trinity Church….

July 9th, 2014

Rawreth Lane Traffic Lights Sensors

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We picked up recently on a complaint from a motorcyclist that his bike didn’t trigger the sensors at the traffic lights at the western end of Rawreth Lane. We’ve now had a reply from a helpful person at County Highways:

With regards to the traffic signals at the junction with A1245 Chelmsford Road/ Rawreth Lane.

I can confirm that a fault was raised and an engineer attended site on 27th June. Although no fault was found with the Rawreth Lane detection, the engineer did increase the sensitivity of the detectors which it is hoped will address the issue of motorcycles not being detected.

July 8th, 2014

Lights Out First World War Commemoration

Mametz, Western Front: men, animals and supplies in snow covered valley (oil-on-canvas, 76.2 cm x 127.6 cm, 1919) by Frank Crozier (1883–1948), Australian official war artist.

Mametz, Western Front: men, animals and supplies in snow covered valley (oil-on-canvas, 76.2 cm x 127.6 cm, 1919) by Frank Crozier (1883–1948), Australian official war artist.

From the District Council website:

Rochford District Council will be taking part in the national ‘Lights Out’ campaign, which will see the UK plunge into darkness to mark the start of the First World War.

‘Lights Out’ is an invitation to everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on Monday 4 August 2014, leaving on a single light or candle, for this shared moment of reflection. This will mark the hour that Britain entered the First World War, one hundred years ago.

‘Lights Out’ is the headline project of the cultural programme 14-18 NOW, initiated by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. It will complement a candlelit vigil of prayer being held at Westminster Abbey, which will be attended by the Royal family, at the same time.

It is hoped that over one million candles will be lit across the UK to remember each & every service man or woman who gave their lives in the war to end all wars.

Councillor June Lumley, Chairman of Rochford District Council, said: “The ‘Lights Out’ campaign is a simple but effective and creative way of marking the start of the First World War. I am proud that Rochford District Council is taking part in this national campaign, and urge residents across the district to participate in this important and symbolical act too.”

Rochford District Council will turn off all the lights at the Rayleigh and Rochford Council Offices and Rayleigh Windmill, from 10-11pm on Monday 4 August, leaving just one bright light illuminated at each location. Residents across the District, particularly owners of other prominent buildings, are encouraged to take part at the same time.

The Royal British Legion will be holding a First World War Commemoration Candlelit Service, conducted by the Reverend John Townsend of Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh. This will be held outside the Royal British Legion Memorial area in Rayleigh on 4 August, commencing at 10pm.

Further information is available on the ‘Lights Out’ website, http://www.1418now.org.uk/whats-on/lights-out.

July 7th, 2014

Big Spending On Big Roads In South Essex (Though Not Much In Rochford)

From the Echo:


WORK is set to begin on three major transport schemes in South Essex after the Government agreed to plough in £155.8m of funding.
A four-and-a-half mile stretch of the A13 between Pitsea and the Orsett Cock, in Thurrock, is to be widened to six lanes while the A127 will get an overhaul at four-pinch points.
Southend’s Victoria Avenue will also get a facelift, while transport in the town will get a £7million boost.

The A13 needs to be widened to 6 lanes largely because of the the new London Gateway container port.

The only improvement in our district is actually on the very edge – a planned £15 million pound improvement to the Fairglen interchange, which will be welcomed by many commuters. Though what impact will this have on the proposed employment land and traveller site that RDC are planning there?

July 6th, 2014

The Tour De France Essex !

A big day for Essex tomorrow, with the Tour De France passing through our county:

tour de france

The official Tour De France website is here. There is also information on the Essex County Council website.

The Guardian describes the stage as follows:

Relatively short and definitely flat, with not one rated climb en route through Essex, but scenic villages aplenty like Finchingfield and Radwinter before the lengthy run-in past the Olympic park and across the capital to the Mall, replicating the finish of the 2012 Games road race.

July 5th, 2014

A Deluge Of Data

“Datashine” is an impressive new online tool for looking at census data. It’s been developed by James Cheshire and Oliver O’Brien at University College London. If you are curious about our district it’s definitely worth a look (especially if you are a councillor!)

If you click here you go to a map centred on Rochford.

Then you can play around with the “Data Chooser” and select from a deluge of census data. For example, if you adjust the data chooser for 1 ) “Health” 2) “General Health” and 3 “Very Good Health” you get the following display, where the green roads have the highest number of healthiest people. As you move your cursor around , the key tells you what council ward you are in. So with the cursor at the top of the image you can see that only 22% of people on one of the caravan sites in Hullbridge said they were in very good health. (Click on the image to enlarge):

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Here’s some more examples (in each case with the cursor pointing to Brixham Close in Rayleigh).

Percentage of families with dependent children:

datashine2

Percentage of adults with a university degree:

datashine3

Percentage of adults aged 17-74 who commute by train:

datashine4

Percentage of people who are Christians:

datashine5

Percentage of people aged 75 or over:

datashine6

Hat-tip: The Guardian

July 4th, 2014

“Fifty Ways With Spuds”

 

spuds

We frequently link to Rayleigh food blogger Gary Fenn.. He seems to be going from strength to strength , and now has an e-book published now, called Fifty Ways With Spuds.

You can find it for sale here.

July 3rd, 2014

A Sad Situation…

Susan Gaszczak , who was the Lib Dem candidate for Rayleigh and Wickford at the last general election, resigned yesterday  from the party over the handling of the Lord Rennard allegations. Other members of her family have also resigned.  We wish her well for the future.

The website Liberal Democrat Voice has an item here  on this sad situation -  including her resignation letter and lots of comments from Lib Dems.

Comments on this issue are disabled.

 

 

 

July 2nd, 2014

A 12 Week Road Closure !

Beeches Bridge  in Beeches Road in Rawreth will be closed for much of the summer to allow  reconstruction work on the bridge.

  • From July 14th there will be temporary traffic signals.
  • On July 20th the signals will be removed to allow the London to Southend Bike Ride to pass unimpeded.
  • Then the road will be closed for 12 weeks, with only a temporary footbridge for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists.

And if you are not sure where Beeches Road is, it’s to the west of Watery Lane. So nobody will be able to drive directly along Watery Lane to Battlesbridge , this will force most of the Watery Lane traffic onto Rawreth Lane for 12 weeks.  :(

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