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.
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’…..
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:
We 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…
“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.”
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….
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:
Rawreth Parish Council have received the following advice today:
Having spoken to the engineers at the bridge today (Wed) they hope to open the road later today at rush hour provided the re-surfacing is finished and the signs for ‘lack of road markings’ are available.
In any case, it should be open tomorrow for the next fortnight during morning and evening rush hours, ie: shut during the day between 0930 and 1630 hours whilst they continue to finish the job.
However, we are seeing conflicting rumours on Facebook, so we are not 100% sure about this!
3rd October 2014 - Rayleigh Railway Station 125th Anniversary
At 1.30pm on Friday 3rd October we will be involved in a short ceremony to mark the 125th anniversary of the railway coming to Rayleigh. There will also be a small photographic exhibition on the history of the railway.
A helpful warning from Rawreth Parish Councillor Christine Paine:
I wonder if you could put something on OnLine Focus to warn walkers, dog walkers and riders about late season adder explosion, especially on the footpath/bridleway that goes round Dollymans and over the bridge then back to the A129. One of my neighbours dogs has been bitten, fortunately they got it to the vet in time and it’s OK, but he saw several and when I saw some riders yesterday they said six had slithered across the path in front of them. We think the work at the back of the sub-station has disturbed and displaced them as there are far more than usual, and it’s late in the season for there to be this number around, possibly the summer like weather is encouraging them out as well.
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richard lambourne: Christine@ @3 cynic maybe, but I think he has noticed that UKIP have taken over parts of his...
Linda Kendall: Chris. Your comments are all true. At last years hearing one local Tory Councillor, sitting listening,...
James w: Don’t be fooled! He knows he can object and win over some naïve voters, whilst development will...
richard lambourne: Well Angelina @5..why not cite an example where his “concerns ” have translated into...
Chris Black: Any attempts by Mark Francois to improve the situation would have been boosted 10 fold if there had been...
Jim Cripps: @ 5 – well 10 years is enough time to have done something about it…… ;😳
GordC: Way too late Mr Francios.. surely this land she be kept to help feed the country with the crops is...
Angelina: He has had concerns about infrastructure for at least the 10 years I have been dealing with him. I first...
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There's lots of information on the District Council website about the planning application "North of London Road ".
To see it , just click here.
The Core Strategy
This is the official master document for planning policy in our district! To download it, click here
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If you want information on a particular planning application, you can find it on the District Council website here.
If you want to know what new planning applications have been submitted this week, click here.
Reporting A Problem
If you want to report a problem, you can email Lib Dems councillors by clicking here.
There's also an independent website called FixMyStreet. It's very good for reporting minor street problems like holes in the road, grafitti or failed streetlights. You can find FixMyStreet here.