The annual Parish meeting for Rawreth took place on Wednesday night, there were about 25 people there.
As usual, the friendly atmosphere, cups of tea and coffee and the classy chocolate biscuits made it a good setting to discuss some serious issues.
Probably the most serious matter was the risk of flooding in times of heavy rain. People felt very frustrated that the Environment Agency weren’t willing to de-silt some of the watercourses.
The Sewage Works Stench came up again. Chris Black said he was still waiting to hear when the proposed meeting between Anglian Water and local residents would take place. In the meantime, he added, Richard Evans (head of Environmental Health at Rochford) was willing to come to June’s Parish Council if invited.
Here’s a summary of other items raised:
Two illegally parked vehicles one not taxed. We have passed this on to the District Council Parking Enforcement people, who responded:
a Civil Enforcement Officer attended the area shortly after your call and issued a Penalty Charge Notice to the untaxed vehicle this vehicle has also been reported to the vehicle removal company authorised by the DVLA to remove vehicles found on the highway, that are untaxed. There was a second vehicle parked in close proximity, however, this vehicle was not parked on the restrictions.
A request for a box junction at Bedloes Corner, and a request for bye-laws against parking on grass verges. A couple of things for us to think about and discuss with council officers. Trying to bring in a new district-wide bye-law would need a lot of public consultation.
A question about what herbicide was used to kill the vegetation around the Rayleigh Leisure Centre. The District Council are going to let us know what they used.
Barbed wire at the edge of a couple of private sports pitches. Rochford DC planning enforcement team tell us this is not a planning matter – but the landowner owes a duty of care to whoever goes there.
Scaffolding in a field by the A1245. Rochford District Council Planning Enforcement are still investigating, but they think it is to do with the electricity pylons and cables. Not an advertising hoarding or something to do with a rave!