Tuesday night’s West Area Committee was held in a room at Sweyne Park School. There were about 18 members of the public present , most of them asked a question or two, and there was a good atmosphere. One resident publicly thanked Jackie Dillnutt for her last Focus that told Sweyne Park residents about the meeting taking place.
Here?s a flavour of what happened:
One resident of Church Road, Rawreth spoke about the problems of flooding in his area, increased by extra building in Basildon District and he wanted help in getting information and risk assessment calculations etc from them.
At various times during the meeting there was some discussion about Rawreth Lane traffic. Parish Councillor Rita Coombs said that since she spoke at the last meeting, there had been two separate accidents involving young pedestrians. The chap from County Highways , Dave Lawrence, said that his office were aware of the issues in Rawreth Lane and they were studying the situation. After the Asda works were finished, the County would be do some work on the pedestrian footway. Chris Black said that residents would be generally glad to see the footway improved but wouldn?t enjoy having more roadworks straight after all the rest! County Councillor Mavis Webster said that the County Council were thinking of altering the min-roundabout at the Rawreth Lane/ Hullbridge Road junction.
Chris Black asked what was happening about the attempt by Asda to get yellow lines in Priory Chase. Chris Lumley then made the previously-overlooked point that there couldn?t be any lines there until County Highways have adopted the road (which doesn?t happen quickly!)
Residents spoke at length about the traffic problems in Little Wheatley Chase and Bardfield Way- ?It?s like at racetrack near Langham Drive?. Jackie Dillnutt spoke briefly about the efforts she was making with County Highways to improve things near there.
Ron Oatham reminded County Highways that the hedgerow at the Hambro Parade shops was supposed to be replanted this month.
Mavis Webster asked about having a 20 mph speed limit in Glasseys Lane and possibly some of the turnings off Eastwood Road.
The other important discussion was on our leisure and arts centres run for the council by Virgin Active:-
Although the summer programme at Rayleigh Leisure Centre was poorly attended , normal use was about 12000 visitors per month and Virgin?s ?mystery shopper? testing of the centre gave it very high ratings. Staff member at the Rayleigh Centre Greg Goodrem is leaving this month to join the British Bobsleigh Team!
Chris Black then asked the operational director from Virgin Active whether if the money could be found, there would be room at the Rayleigh Leisure Centre for a swimming pool. The response was ?yes? ? and that they would be ?more than willing to open a conversation on this?.
Cllr Tony Humphries said that ?the demand for a pool hasn?t been established?. Jackie Dillnutt said ?Rayleigh is desperately in need for a pool?. Mavis Webster said she had recently asked pupils at Love Lane school what they liked and disliked about Rayleigh and none of them had mentioned a pool.
Chris Black also asked about the ?Baker Events? at the Mill as one person had been worried about them stopping ? the response was that there were no plans to stop them.