47 New Dwellings for London Road – Approved


Last nights development committee discussed the application for 47 dwellings on London Road (15/00736/FUL). The officers report can be read here. [download id=”852″] This application have been previously deferred for clarification on a number of points. The location and type of pedestrian crossing, taking account of the speed limits on the A129 London Road. What Highway […]

Crime Fighting Time


Tonight I attended a presentation given by Roger Hirst (Essex Police & Crime Commissioner) and ahem, a couple of invisible police chiefs (not quite sure where they went), about the new Essex Police & Crime plan. This plan lays out 7 key areas that Mr Hirst wants Essex police to focus on. 1. More local, […]

Notable Planning Applications in Sweyne Park & Grange Ward


There are a couple of more notable applications that have been submitted to the council. The first is application an application by Sweyne Park School for a new building for the sixth form. The Sweyne Park School, Sir Walter Raleigh Drive, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9BZ Reference: 16/00870/FUL Date received: 9/7/2016 12:00:00 AM Planning for: Construct […]

The Consultation Process 


Today was the first of a number of consultation workshops for members of the public to have a say on the new local plan. Cllr Ian Ward was quick to remind members of the public that this is a ‘fresh start’ and that he is doing things differently. About 15 members of the public attended […]

Have you spotted an empty home?


Rochford District Council are currently running an Empty Home scheme. I don’t know how many empty homes there are across our district but whatever the figures it’d be good to bring them back into use, maybe we wouldn’t have to build so many new houses then or is that just wishful thinking? If you spot […]

Have Our Footpaths & Openspaces gone to the dogs?


 I’m a regular user of a lot of the parks and open spaces in the Rochford District, as I’m sure many of the residents are. However there seems to be a blight that is taking over the pleasure of using these areas – Dog Fouling. There clearly is a growing trend amongst some inconsiderate/irresponsible dog […]

Tesco’s reinstate bollards


Yes it may seem to some a minor problem, but the residents who live in close proximity to Tesco’s Express on London Road, have endured the problem of people exiting onto Vernon Avenue for far too long. I’ve (along with RDR Toby Mountain) been in constant contact with the council since been elected in May […]

Think before you share those summer holiday photos!


As I see my social media being filled with images of fancy cocktails and swimming pools, remember this article posted last year by the Daily Mail. Insurance companies actually checking people’s social media accounts to see if they are ‘advertising’ the fact their homes will be vacant whilst they enjoy the summer holidays. If you […]