The by-election in Sweyne Park Ward following the sad death of Gerry Mockford was a fairly low-key affair, with the campaigning not as intense as usual. Joan Mockford won her late husband’s seat, but we were pleased to see our candidate Lindsay Frend come second in what is traditionally Labour’s […]
Wimpey have finally got permission to build their houses on flats in part of the old Park School playing fields. The first time they tried Ron and Chris got it refused but this time it was passed – although Ron and Chris still objected. Was it worthwhile spending the time […]
There were two parliamentary elections and five county council elections in Rochford District on May 5th – here are the results: Chris Comes Second in the County Council Elections The result for Rayleigh North: Stephen Castle Conservative 3815 (44%) Chris Black Liberal Democrat 2908 (34%) Labour 1382 (16%) Greens 432 […]
Chris writes: You may have seen an article in the local paper about the scheme for some new, pretty large, houses, in Hullbridge Road .The newspaper report said the scheme was “passed unanimously”. This isn’t exactly true… The council officers were recommending that the scheme be approved without it even […]
Earlier this year we reported on problems on the A127 just by the boundary with Southend. First of all, there are seven lighting columns in the central reservation that aren’t working. Secondly, the road surface itself is in a poor state of repair. We ave now had the following reply […]
We have just heard the very sad news that Gerry Mockford , one of the District Councillors for Sweyne Park Ward, has died, following a stroke. Gerry was a conscientious councillor. When he spoke in the council chamber he was closely listened to , because he always seemed to speak […]
After a request from a resident, we have got the District Council to arrange a special, full , clean-up of litter in Sweyne Park. Not just around the play area and the rebound wall, but the whole park.
There’s a planning application for three one-bedroom flats in Rochford Town Centre. There is no garden, and no car parking. Two neighbours are objecting, saying “totally unsuitable for three flats – can’t visualise how these could be allowed in such a small place”. And the applicants are…Rochford and District Conservative […]
The application for the all-weather sports pitch was refused by 23 votes to 2 at the planning meeting on March 22nd. Cllr Mockford proposed refusal on the grounds of overlooking, Chris Black suggested adding noise nuisance as a second reading. Chris Lumley made a particularly good speech. There were aboout […]
We understand that the planning application for an all-weather sports pitch at Sweyne Park School, Rayleigh , will be decided at the district council’s planning meeting on March 22nd. When we have some more news on this we will let you know… Update: The application is recommended for approval by […]
Part of the Park School site is supposed to be for ?Mixed use/ Neighbourhood / Commercial? uses. It wasn?t supposed to be residential.However the District Council has now agreed that some flats can be built above shops here. Ron and Chris asked the obvious questions ? How many shops? How […]
After several complaints from residents, Chris has asked County Highways to consider putting some yellow lines at the junction of Fairland Close and Hambro Hill, just to keep the junction safe for people to use.