November 30th, 2013
We know that there’s a lot of unhappiness about the proposed over-development of Rawreth and Hullbridge at the moment, and in the council chamber that feeling is even spreading from the Lib Dem/ Green Party / Rochford Residents corner into some of the Conservative benches. But not all is gloom and doom, there are at least a couple of bright spots on the horizon.
Firstly, the council’s new long-term grounds maintenance contract kicks in from Monday morning. We have a new contractor for maintaining our open spaces and grass verges. This is a good time of year for a new contractor to take over – it gives them time to settle before plants start growing in the spring. Let’s hope – no, let’s expect an overall improvement!
Secondly, things are improving with planning enforcement. Three years ago we raised the issue in the council chamber about the number of planning enforcement cases waiting to be dealt with – the number was a staggering 466
It got even worse – rising to 542 last year.
Even our Conservative administration were starting to feel embarrassed, and so employed an extra planning enforcement officer. We heard today that the number of outstanding cases is now down to 366. Still too high, but it’s still a rapid improvement.
November 29th, 2013
The next Meeting of the Rawreth Parish Council will take place on Wednesday 4th December 2013, at Rawreth Village Hall, Rawreth, at 7.30 pm.
The Christmas meeting is always a very friendly one, but one of the items on the agenda is:
217. VILLAGE REPORT- To receive details of concerns or items worthy of note around the Parish, including a recent increase in Burglaries in and around the Parish
Plus grant requests, the setting of the parish precept for 2014-2015 , and a chance to bend the ears of Parish , District and County Councillors…
November 28th, 2013
There were an estimated 10,000 people in the High Street this afternoon and evening for the Christmas Lights Switch-On. With a fair consumption of candy floss and mulled wine (hopefully not at the same time).
November 27th, 2013
The Christmas Lights going on in Rayleigh tomorrow evening, with events starting at 4:15! The Town Council have advised as follows (click to enlarge)
November 26th, 2013
We understand that if the inspector approves the allocation document, that sometime next year the house builder Countryside Developments will carry out a public consultation on the housing “North of London Road”.
It will involve leaflets to every home in Downhall and Rawreth, Sweyne Park and Grange Wards, exhibitions in 2 or 3 local venues, and a website…
November 25th, 2013
The Essex Police website has information on how to make your home more secure from burglars.
It includes this video with a former burglar that’s worth watching:
It also includes a “Home Security Self Assessment” form which has been issued by Essex Police and Essex Crime Stoppers, by reading this information you may just find there is one extra thing you can do to secure your property. Essex Police would be interested to know if by reading the Assessment you have managed to alter something within your home security and would welcome comments and feed back by contacting them on one of the following.
Rayleigh, Rawreth Neighbourhood Police Team
Non Emergency Telephone 101 – extension 490126 (voicemail available.)
Website page at: www.essex.police.uk
Mobile (for general enquiries only) 07710 046161
Please remember, If you do see any suspicious activity in your street please call 101 for non emergency or 999 in the case of an emergency and take down as many details as possible including vehicle index numbers, descriptions of people, direction of travel etc as these are all very important details.
Note : this post is inspired by an email from Hayley Bloomfield, the Rawreth Parish Clerk
November 24th, 2013
From the District Council website:
For the first time, Rochford District Council has successfully used the Proceeds of Crime Act to claw back money from a woman who falsely claimed more than £16,000 of Housing and Council Tax Benefit and Employment and Support Allowance.
November 23rd, 2013
Before the Council meeting on Thursday night, there was a meeting of the Development Committee.
Three planning applications were considered.
The very small traveller site at The Pear Tree, 750 New Park Road, Hockley was given temporary permission.
The very small traveller site at Land West of The Pumping Station, Watery Lane, Rawreth was refused. Councillors were concerned about highways issues, flood risk and green belt policy.
A proposed car boot sale at Rayleigh Station Car park on Sundays was refused. (although they can still hold one for up to 14 days a year without permission)
November 22nd, 2013
Another frustrating council meeting…
The government inspector has asked for a number of changes to the council’s allocations document. The most notable change concerns what happens if development sites are not developed as quickly as expected…
The council has to allocate land so that there is always a 5 year supply of building land available. In case there is a shortfall somewhere , the council’s document allows extra housing at the other sites. However this only happens if
A) there is a shortfall elsewhere
B) if there is still space available for any proposed amenities or infrastructure
C) any extra housing would be capped at 5% of the original proposal. So for example, at the “North of London Road” site, where the proposed figure would be 550, there could only be an extra 5% of 550, which would be 28 extra homes.
However the inspector wants to do away with the 5% cap, which means that some sites could end up with a lot more housing.
The Conservatives pushed this through last night, despite an amendment to keep the 5 percent cap, proposed by Chris Black, seconded by John Mason, and supported by Ron Oatham, Christine Mason plus Michael and Diane Hoy.
At least one Conservative councillor abstained.
This now goes to another round of public consultation…
November 21st, 2013
Apologies for the lack of posts over the last couple of days – we’ve had some server and connection problems. We should be back tomorrow…
November 18th, 2013
We understand the Essex gritting lorries will be working countywide from 3 am tomorrow morning. You can track them here.
November 18th, 2013
We were very sorry to hear about the passing of former Lib Dem Councillor for Ashingdon, Clive Wren, who died recently , aged 78. Our thoughts are with his family.
We were kindly sent the following obituary and photo, which we are very happy to publish.
Clive Wren, 78 of Hullbridge, passed away, 2 November 2013.
Clive was born in October 1935 to Robert and Leah Wren of London.
He left school after passing his matriculation exams and joined the RAF to complete his National Service where he gained his pilot’s licence. Like many others in his position he became interested in motorsport and spent his leave designing his own ideal sports car. Unlike many others though he turned his dream into reality and on completing his National Service founded Convair Developments with his brother Terry. They set up their business in a corner of their father’s cabinet making workshop. Clive made a full scale model of his design and set to making moulds using glass fibre. Soon they were producing high quality glass fibre body shells to sell in the embryonic kit car industry.
Similar likeminded pioneers and members of the 750 Motor Club would meet up at The Abbey Hotel on the North Circular to discuss ideas and developments. Clive listened in on numerous heated debates including those between Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus, Leslie Ballamy and others. Terry looked after the commercial side of the business while Clive immersed himself in the engineering mastering a wide range of skills. As a result it was not long before Convair were selling suspension conversions, complete chassis’s and undertaking other bespoke engineering work.
The introduction of the Austin Healey Sprite effectively put an end to their dreams as they realised they could not compete with a mainstream manufacturer. Unlike a number of other fledgling sports car companies of the time Clive and Terry decided to wind up the business and change direction rather than fight on. In all about 130 bodies were made in three different styles and 50 or so chassis. One complete car exists in the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, near Yeovil and several others are in private hands.
The brothers went their separate ways and Clive’s next enterprise was to run a fleet of oil tankers supplying heating fuel to establishments in the East End of London. The flying bug never really disappeared though and the brothers soon got back together and started importing used light aircraft from abroad for resale back home. Again Terry looked after commercial matters and Clive took on the maintenance and restoration work. This led to Clive running an aircraft maintenance company based at Southend Airport dealing mainly with light aircraft and small commercial planes. The business became quite a success and Clive diversified into other areas of aviation acquiring or setting up businesses in ticketing, ground handling, aircraft chartering and a flying club. He also stood for and won a seat on Rochford District Council. He was the instigator, of the then secret meeting, in the early ‘80’a between representatives of Manchester Airport, and the Council Leadersof Essex, Castle Point, Basildon, and Rochford to offer to Southend Airport Committee a “lifeline” to develop the airport rather than Southend hand the running of it over to a subsidiary of Stansted/BAA. His fear was that Stansted would overpower Southend, taking away aircraft maintenance and cargo – and how right he was! Now, 30 years later, Stansted is owned by Manchester Airport!
Southend Airport gradually declined and Clive closed his businesses one by one until he finally retired at the beginning of the new Millennium.
He was survived by his wife Patricia; his daughter Amanda and his two grandchildren. Our thoughts are with them. In lieu of flowers, the family have requested donations to Fair Havens Hospices in Southend.
Angus Dudley/Richard Boyd OBE DL
Rest in Peace , Clive