Flooding – is this old news?
I don’t think so! The flooding we saw in Rayleigh, was something that really hit the community hard, especially in the Sweyne Park & Grange ward. Besides the council leaders helpful response “Sandbags are what you need” we’ve had the incarnation of the Flood Forum. I’ve yet to get along to it as its held in the daytime, but I’m keen to hear what and how the council and other agencies are going to help protect residents in this flood zone in the future.
The problem of flooding has not gone away and mother nature can be a nasty beast.
This weekend we’ve been out and about speaking to people in the Sweyne Park & Grange ward. Luckily the weather has been on our side.
It’s been really enlightening to speak to so many people and listening to their views and concerns about our area. One concern that is always mentioned – TRAFFIC! It’s clear that the current Tory council have really not done their job with public consultations. Traffic is a bug bear for everyone and whilst car ownership has increased over time, the roads around Rayleigh have not kept pace. Lack of investment in our infrastructure has certainly shown what can happen to a small town like Rayleigh with almost guaranteed traffic jams at least a daily occurrence – the only thing that changes is the severity!
With the ‘lurking’ of the inevitable ‘mini village’ we need to ensure that we get the investment from the developers for the infrastructure and that the money is utilised in the best interests of the local residents.
I will be fighting to see that our residents are consulted before any infrastructure changes are made and that money is invested in the right areas.
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We are all aware of the reduction in funding by central government. We all need to feel safe in our local community. We would welcome more policing and the Lib Dems are pressing for adequate funds for our bobbies and a better use of resources. This may not be easily achieved, but together we can promote safer communities giving more help for Neighbourhood Watch Schemes. If you’d like to get involved, please register your interest here
I share local residents concern about the parking chaos and litter problems caused by the Tesco Express. We all need local shops, but when the plans come forward the Council need to ensure changes in shop usage are a ‘good fit’ in the area they are sited. They should not cause the chaos we see at the Vernon Avenue / London Road junction – seven days a week! This has been ongoing since Tesco’s opened, now is a time for a fresh pair of hands to deal with this local problem. I will work with residents and both the District Council and Essex County Council to try and solve the problem.
Bad parking can be a real issue in our already congested town. Local hotspots for bad parking in our area extend from
It seems a never ending list of the odd few leaving their cars in the place where car’s really shouldn’t be left. The problem can really intensify at peak times, and I’ve witness a few occasions car’s being damaged in the Tesco Express car park due to sheer overcrowding and inconsiderate parking.
I’d like to see more regular patrols by parking enforcement in our area to send a clear message that we need to think a little bit more about where and how we park our cars.