The Rochford District Local Highways Panel met yesterday.
This is the panel where 5 County Councillors and 5 District Councillors are supposed to get together to spend about half a million pounds a year on minor and medium-sized highways schemes. This does NOT include road maintenance.
Here’s a few details:
The only County Councillor to actually turn up was Tracy Chapman, and she played an active and useful part in the meeting. However Stephen Castle wasn’t there – he has missed all three meetings now, which is disappointing. All five District Councillors turned up – Toby Mountain, Gill Lucas-Gill, Chris Black, Mike Steptoe and Keith Hudson. Also Rayleigh Town Councillors Cheryl Roe and Ian Ward visited.
The most difficult problem was Magnolia Road Hawkwell. This is a publicly-adopted byway – which means it is open to traffic but doesn’t have to be maintained by the County Council. However because of the speed of traffic here in a very narrow lane, the residents themselves installed some speed humps. (this was after two dogs had been killed). This has sorted out the speeding problem, but one resident has complained to the ombudsman and because of this, at some stage these humps are going to have to be removed. Tracy Chapman was extremely unhappy about this and said she would be lying in the road if the County come to take them away.
Graffiti came up as an issue and will hopefully be tackled now by the Highways Rangers. Chris Black and Mike Steptoe both identified places where graffiti needed to be removed.
Toby Mountain made some progress in sorting out problems at Tesco’s in London Road , Rayleigh.
The panel agreed not to spend any money on bus shelters.
A vehicle and pedestrian survey has just been carried out in Hullbridge Road to see if we can get a pedestrian crossing opposite Lubards Farm.
It’s still possible that we will get a proper roundabout at the Hullbridge Road / Mortimer Road / Rawreth Lane junction but nothing has been agreed yet.
Chris Black asked for figures next time on how much money the panel has already spent.