We had enough trouble last winter with slippery roads in our district . Next winter is likely to be much worse, because there will only be one-third as much money for road salting and snowploughing! We have just found out that the budget for salting and snowploughing in our district […]
When the government announced plans for new roadbuilding and road widening, we checked to see if they proposed building a Rochford bypass. The answer was that there is nothing in the government’s announcement about a bypass here – which will relieve some people and disappoint others.
There’s been some publicity on local radio and in the local papers about the proposed new Sports Centre at Park School. A lot of this publicity centres around the increase in the council tax that will pay for it. There probably will be a big council tax rise next spring. […]
Last month we reported on the proposal to have skateboarding in King Georges Field . We explained that there was a 970 name petition in support of the skateboarding area, but that some residents were against. Our question is : Why didn’t the Rayleigh Times in its own report mention […]
According to County Highways, it looks like we’ll get maybe one or two new pedestrian crossings in Rayleigh in the next three years. The road outside Rayleigh Station should be top of the list, but there are visibility problems there. Perhaps it will be provided as part of other interchange […]
The Evening Echo has been reporting on the latest Census information about Southend, but they didn’t mention anything about our area. So we looked up Rochford District on the 2001 Census website. We found that: Crime figures are relatively low in our district : – burglary levels are less than […]
Countryside are already building on the Read’s Nursery site, but they have sold part of the land to another developer called Bellwinch. Bellwinch will naturally want to build their own design of houses – so we are expecting a new planning application for their site. As soon as we have […]
The District Council will decide what to include in the replacement sports centre at the Park School Site at a meeting on June 26th. Nothing is certain yet – but we expect to get: – a sports hall for basketball , 5 -a-side football, badminton etc. – netball, tennis and […]
We have just received a copy of the planning application from Bellwinch for the part of the Read’s Nursery site that they have bought from Countryside. Bellwinch are applying for permission to build 81 homes, mainly small houses and flats. This is 19 more than Countryside were planning to build […]
The District Council’s Planning Committee has voted 17 -7 to approve an application by Rayleigh Town council for a hardstanding area in King Georges Field to be used for skateboarding. It was a tense debate , with residents calling out from the public gallery.(some supporting the application, some against) There […]
Lat Night the District Council supported proposals for a new hospital facility at the Cherry Orchard Brick Works in Rochford. The site is currently in the Green Belt. The Southend Hospital Trust propose having a new hospital facility here for outpatient treatment. The hospital in Southend could then concentrate on […]
Residents have complained to us about speeding traffic at the western end of Beeches Road. Ron is now discussing speed limits with County Highways. If you are interested in this issue and haven’t spoken to us yet, please feel free to contact Ron.