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October 12th, 2014

A Rubbish Event !

 

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If you  have any questions about waste or recycling, you can get them answered by council staff at the Mill Arts & Events Centre, in Rayleigh, from 11am to 3pm next Thursday, October 30.

This is part of a free event aimed at families, to celebrate the District’s recycling  achievements and marks the 10th Anniversary of its first kerb-side recycling scheme. It includes:

  • A fashion show of recycled and reused clothing created by students from Seevic College and Fitzwimarc School, Rayleigh
  • A ‘recycled rhythms’ performance by pupils from Downhall Primary School, Rayleigh, working with the Mushroom Theatre Company using rubbish to make music
  • A special Halloween performance by Mushroom Theatre Company
  • Children’s activities – fabric and recycled art workshops
  • For the adults – information on reducing food waste, reuse, recycling, sewing workshops

There’s a bit more info on the District Council website here.

October 11th, 2014

Rayleigh Town Council Discusses The 500 Homes Application

The Echo report is here.

by Philip Jones

BATTLE lines have been drawn over plans for 500 new homes west of Rayleigh as councillors insist the town cannot cope with extra traffic.

Developer Countryside has submitted an outline application to Rochford District Council, but Rayleigh town councillors strongly railed against the plans on the grounds of overdevelopment and a lack of adequate roads.

The town council argues righthand filter lanes, for access to the site between London Road and Rawreth Lane, simply will not cope with the extra traffic associated with 500 new homes.

Councillor Chris Lumley said: “In 1777, there was London Road, Rawreth Lane and Downhall Road, more than 200 years later these are still the same basic roads we use.

“They cannot cope with the current traffic in Rayleigh, adding 500 more homes and their cars, will be a nightmare.”

Recent roadworks to Beeches Bridge, Hullbridge, have closed Watery Lane and forced villagers to use Rawreth Lane, leading to long delays on that and surrounding roads.

Councillor Bruce Smart said: “One day there will be an emergency vehicle that will not be able to get where it needs to go because the correct roads have not been put in.”

Rayleigh Town Council’s planning committee voted, almost without objection, against the outline application and called for a full traffic survey to be carried out to assess the impact of the new homes.

Residents were allowed to speak at the beginning of the meeting, with all of them raising similar concerns over congestion.

Tim [sic] Cripps said: “Rawreth Lane is just that, a lane, it is not a highway.

“Putting T-junctions in there, and on London Road, will cause mayhem, to add to the chaos we already have.”

Chairman of the Rayleigh Action Group, Linda Kendall, of Lubbards Close, is currently waiting to hear the result of her High Court challenge to Rochford District Council, which could stop these homes being build.

She said: “We have to stop Countryside getting outline planning because once they do, they will just bulldoze everything else through.”

The outline application will be heard by a meeting of the Rochford District Council development committee on an, as yet, undecided date.

 

October 10th, 2014

Town Centre Study

The County Council was conducting a traffic survey in Rayleigh Town Centre  until 7pm yesterday and will be doing one tomorrow  from 12noon to 4pm.  This is to measure traffic turning movements and pedestrian crossings to create  a proper computer model that can used to examine how to improve traffic flow around the town centre.
You will see black boxes padlocked to the base of lamp columns with cameras on the columns.

October 9th, 2014

The Survey Results

Here are the results of the survey for people who live in the Rawreth Lane area. Thanks again to everyone who helped. The first question was about how many of people’s shopping trips from home by car were to ASDA in Priory Chase. We had 87 responses:

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If you treat “almost all” as being 100%, and “almost none” as being zero , we can calculate a figure of about 58% of these trips being to ASDA. Slightly lower than Countryside’s prediction of 63% , but not vastly different.

 

The second question was about where people who mostly shop at ASDA have as their second choice place:

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The third question was where people go shopping who don’t have ASDA as their first choice:

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Sainsbury is the clear ‘winner’ here, and few people do food shopping in Rayleigh Town Centre, which is a bit different to Countryside’s estimates:

 

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October 8th, 2014

Thank You For Your Help !

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A big thank you to everyone who has filled in our little questionnaire – we have over 80 responses now, not bad in less than 24 hours, bearing in mind we are talking about responses from people who live in a limited number of roads, not the whole of Rayleigh. We’ll post the results here tomorrow evening. They won’t be earth-shattering but hopefully improve our understanding a little.

October 8th, 2014

Planning Problems In Xanadu

As a diversion from the grim reality of road congestion and flooding in our district, those with a knowledge of English poetry might enjoy this parody – an imaginary planning officer’s response to a planning application for Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s Xanadu… It begins :

Dear Mr. Khan:

Further to your application for planning consent (ref X/COL/1797), Xanadu City Council cannot at this time approve the plans for your proposed development. Full documentation detailing our reasons for turning down the application are attached, but in summary our objections are as follows:

  • Our officers were greatly concerned with the description of your development as a ‘pleasure-dome’…..

Find the rest of the officers response here

October 7th, 2014

An Experimental Survey – Where Do Residents Who Live Around Rawreth Lane Go Shopping?

If you look at the traffic impact assessments from Countryside, they predict that most of the traffic from their 500 dwellings will go via London Road, instead of Rawreth Lane. On this basis they predict that the new homes will only have a tiny impact on the Rawreth Lane / Hullbridge Road junction. In fact they predict only 7 extra vehicles in the morning peak and 8 in the evening peak!

Obviously, Countryside have to make some assumptions before they can prepare these figures. One of them is about where people in the new homes will shop. They predict that 63% of their shopping will be done at the nearby Asda:

shoppingWe are wondering just how realistic that 63% figure is. It might give us a clue about how accurate their other assumptions are. So if you live on Rawreth Lane, or on Downhall Park Way, or on one of the many side roads , we’d be interested to know where you go shopping. So, after about 11 years of onlineFOCUS, here’s our first ever survey. We are not sure how well it work , or if anyone will answer, but let’s try it…

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October 6th, 2014

Keep Vulnerable People Safe In Rayleigh

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From the District Council website: – a welcome initiative:

“Keep Safe”, an innovative scheme which raises awareness of vulnerable people and how to protect them, has been launched in Rayleigh.

The scheme, which provides members with free cards and key rings containing essential contact numbers, can be used in situations such as feeling unwell or losing a purse. Once people have signed up they can go to a Keep Safe venue and ask for help to contact a family member, friend or carer. Local venues identified as safe places provide free access to use of a telephone or will make a call on behalf of someone producing their Keep Safe card. Being able to access a Keep Safe venue in times of need can increase people’s confidence when they are out in the community, and provide reassurance to relatives that help is available for their loved ones if needed.

Rayleigh is the latest town to join the “Keep Safe” scheme, which already operates in Chelmsford, Maldon, Braintree, Witham, Halstead, Colchester and Clacton.

Rochford District Council’s portfolio holder for Community, Councillor Jo McPherson, said: “The Keep Safe scheme helps us to work together as a community to support those who are vulnerable and in need of help. Our shops in Rayleigh have joined many venues across Essex as places where people can turn in a crisis. I am very pleased that shops in our district have joined this valuable scheme, and urge older and vulnerable people to sign up at the earliest opportunity, as you never know when you might need help.”

For more information or to join the scheme, contact the Community Safety Team at communitysafety@rochford.gov.uk or 01702 546366.

 

 

October 5th, 2014

Well Done Liberal England

 

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Congrats to Jonathan Calder – his “Liberal England”  has won the  Lib Dem Blog of  the Year  award.

This weekend he has written about the late Lynsey de Paul,  the Queen Mother in Market Harborough in 1927, and a walrus in St Pancras.

Another worthy blog belongs to Mark Pack. He shows a remarkable bit of  wartime “town planning” here.

 

October 4th, 2014

“This Mythical Place , Somewhere In the Middle Of Essex, That Played Decent Music”

This month the Pink Toothbrush in Rayleigh celebrates 30 years as “the UK’s most famous alternative venue”.

Find out more at Schpunk magazine here . For example:

Over the years have seen live shows from the likes of Blur, Ice-T, Supergrass, Edwin Starr, Lee Scratch Perry and not forgetting Radiohead who were paid £50 and a few beers to support The Sultans of Ping FC.

And if the Brush is a complete mystery to you, try watching this new documentary. But we don’t condone excessive drinking….

October 3rd, 2014

What Is A Woonerf?

Improve your knowledge of international town planning by having a look at the Twelve Mile Circle Blog here.….

Residential, woonerf by La Citta Vita, on Flickr via Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/la-citta-vita/5978247770

Woonerf by La Citta Vita, on Flickr
via Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/la-citta-vita/5978247770

October 2nd, 2014

How Voluntary Organisations Can Apply For A Grant From The District Council

From the District Council website:

The Council has a small annual budget for grants to voluntary organisations to assist in the delivery of their organisations activities. The grants are normally allocated once a year. Any organisation that has been funded in previous years that does not submit an application will not receive funding.

Please click on the ‘guidance notes’ link below for further information on submitting an application.

All applicants must complete the form located in the Related Documents section and return it with the required financial information (see bottom of form for information) by email or post by Friday 21 November 2014:

Andrew Lowing, Strategic Partnership Officer, Rochford District Council, South Street, Rochford, Essex SS4 1BW or communityplanning@rochford.gov.uk

For further information please contact 01702 318061. If you would like this information in large print, Braille or another language please contact 01702 318111

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