There were only three items up for discussion:
1) Demolish an existing ‘half-bungalow’ and replace it with a 4-befroom house – Clifton Road, Ashingdon. The next-door neighbour spoke against the application- he was concerned about the bulk of the new house and how it would affect his light. He was supported by Tory ward councillor Lucy Cox, who came along to the meeting presumably to speak on this item – she was walking with crutches as she had broken her toe.
However, Lucy’s speech was in vain, as the scheme was passed – by 11 votes to 10.
2) Allow an old grain store next to Rochford Hall to be used for commercial car restoration. This was refused almost unanimously, against officers advice to pass it.
3) New sports pitches off Priory Chase ,Rayleigh.
Chris Black pointed out the restrictions that had been put on other sports pitch applications in this district and then asked for the details of the planting, screening and mounding around the site to be agreed with the four ward members who have residents living near the site-m this was accepted without a vote.
Chris then asked for the formal use of the sports pitch to be restricted to Sundays only. This would hopefully avoid traffic problems , and would be in line with planning permission for sports pitches elsewhere.
However , it became clear that most councillors weren’t bothered about the traffic impact, and wanted to maximise the use of the pitches. This was summed up by Hullbridge Tory councillor Lesley Butcher, who said she would be unhappy with any restriction.
So now the letting times for the sports pitches will be at the discretion of Connaught, the council’s contractor.