Hopefield IS now a community asset

Writing from my hospital bed tonight just to share the news that my committee approved Hopefield Animal Sanctuary as a community asset in front of a chamber packed with the charity’s supporters!

This means that the landowner – Tesco – can’t sell the land from under the animals hooves and paws!

great news for Brentwood and I’m proud to be part of The Accord…Barry Aspinell and I made this happen!

Westbury Road Car Park potential development

Westbury Road tidy up westbury road car parkYou may have heard recently in the news, or perhaps from this post of mine from October, that the council is considering developing a small portion of the Westbury Road Car Park along the High Street stretch.  Well, this is still in the investigation stage and no more but, as it came up on the Asset Committee agenda on Wednesday I went along (although I am not a member of this committee and can’t vote) to, once again, put the case for Brentwood West residents.

You may want to listen to what I said, straight from the horse’s mouth, in case you hear otherwise so just click here to see me speak up for you and your area.  But, an in-a-nutshell version is that:

  • I am supportive of investigating this area for development because it is a vastly underused council asset.
  • As ward member, representing residents, I do have some concerns and, if as this progresses, I am not satisfied that this is right for the majority of residents in that area, I will happily oppose it.
  • There was a misunderstanding that there was going to e a multi-storey car park – there isn’t.
  • Things to be considered include parking, access, traffic flow in Westbury Road and High Street, congestion, times of and access of deliveries.

We are nowhere near this stage yet as this would be considered as part of any planning and this is just to keep you in the loop all the way along.  I am happy to take questions on this from residents, naturally.

 

Tesco Warley Hill – parking chaos update

tesco shuts evry little storeI’m sure everyone has been delayed on Warley Hill by the parking problems caused by the new store….we gave you an update in August on a number of things we were trying to do including the introduction of double yellow lines.

This is now being progressed and a consultation is currently underway (see the signs on Warley Hill).  This probably explains it best:

The South Essex Parking Partnership (Borough of Brentwood)

(On Street Parking and Waiting Restrictions)

(Amendment No.19) Order 201*

STATEMENT OF REASONS

Since the opening of the Tesco store in Warley Hill, Brentwood Councillors have received complaints that vehicles are parking outside the store causing congestion and traffic flow issues, along with reduced sight lines when vehicles exit Tesco car park. Warley Hill, on the east side of the road outside the Tesco store, is subject to a prohibition of waiting from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 9am to 6pm. The request from Brentwood Borough Councillors is to replace the current restriction with a prohibition of waiting at all times (double yellow lines) so that enforcement can be carried out at all times. It is acknowledged that some vehicles park on the current restriction during the prohibited time and take a chance that they will not receive a penalty charge notice. However, it is generally agreed that double yellow lines are more respected and may reduce the amount of vehicles parked in contravention.

The proposed Order will better facilitate the passage of traffic using the road and improve sight lines, at all times, for vehicles exiting Tesco’s car park; which will avoid danger to persons or other traffic using the road and for preventing the likelihood of any such danger arising.

This is a transcript of the order that lets you know what to do if you wish to support or object the proposals, the deadline is 6th February:

The South Essex Parking Partnership (Borough of Brentwood) (On Street Parking and Waiting Restrictions) (Amendment No.19) Order 201*

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Chelmsford City Council acting on behalf of the South Essex Parking Partnership in exercise of the delegated powers of the traffic authority Essex County Council granted under an agreement dated 31 March 2011 (and subsequently varied by Deed of Variation on 15th June 2011 and 27 July 2012) proposes to make the above Order under Sections 1(1), 2 (1) to (3), 4(1), 4(2) and Parts III and IV of Schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

Effect of the Order: To revoke the ‘No Waiting Mon-Sat 9am-6pm’ waiting restriction and substitute with ‘No Waiting At Any Time’ waiting restriction on the following length of Warley Hill in the Borough of Brentwood: 

East Side from a point 15 metres north of its junction with Woodman Road in a northerly direction for a distance of 119 metres

This Order will be incorporated into The Borough of Brentwood (On-Street Parking and Waiting Restrictions) Order No.131 by substituting Area Code plan S51 Rev15 to Rev16.

A copy of the proposed Order, of the plans of the restrictions, and of the Order to be amended together with a copy of this Notice and a Statement of Reasons for proposing the Order are available in the Civic Reception, Civic Centre, Chelmsford CM1 1JE and Brentwood Borough Council, Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood CM15 8AY where they may be inspected during normal office hours, or online at www.chelmsford.gov.uk.

If you wish to object to the proposed Order or write in support of it you should either send an e-mail to trafficreg@chelmsford.gov.uk or write to the undersigned stating the reasons for your objection or support by 6th February 2015

Dated: 15th January 2015

 

Planning recommendations week ending 23 January 2015

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there are applications in Fairfield Road and Gerrard Crescent:

Please note THESE ARE NOT yet a decisions – I am able to refer to planning committee now.

25 GERRARD CRESCENT: THE CONSTRUCTION OF A HIP TO GABLE ROOF EXTENSION WITH DORMERS TO FRONT AND REAR, A SINGLE STOREY REAR AND SIDE EXTENSION AND A RAISED PATIO AREA.

Recommended for APPROVAL

12A FAIRFIELD ROAD: SINGLE STOREY SIDE EXTENSION

Recommended for APPROVAL

If you have any issues with the above officer recommendation then please get in touch with me as soon as possible. The deadline for referral is midday on Monday 2 February 2015 to refer the above item to the Planning Committee for further discussion.

For more information on the planning process, please see my advice here.

Working with residents in Firsgrove Crescent

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It was gloomy, rainy and we even had snow but Cllr Newberry and I also had a very professional, friendly and fruitful meeting on Saturday morning!  We met the group from Firsgrove Crescent in Vaughan Williams Way to study the wooded area behind their homes.  The problem was that the council, with every good intention, had started to clear this woodland but this is the screen for these residents from the substantial Clements Park development.

We agreed in the end that they would prefer to maintain it themselves, calling off the council for all but essential maintenance.  There’s pocket money to be earnt here for the kids in that road!

This is a council administration – The Accord – that listens to its residents and we were happy to make that happen.

Securing a future for Hopefield (we hope)

leona lewis supports hopefield@Hopefield_Essex

I have called an urgent meeting of my Community Committee on Tuesday 27th January 2015 at 6.45pm with one agenda item – making Hopefield Animal Sanctuary a Community Asset.  It is a public meeting at the Town Hall so please come along and show your support for Hopefield and this important step in protecting it.  The agenda will be published HERE on Monday.

I was on Phoenix FM today talking about it.  Our vision in the Lib Dems, headed by Cllr Barry Aspinell, is to expand and enhance Hopefield to make it a tourist attraction and one of the first steps is to protect it as a Community Asset.  This means that Tesco would not be able to sell the land without telling Hopefield and we would then have six months to raise the funds (you can give them a head start by making a donation here).

The other issue surrounding Hopefield is the fact that it is an identified site in the consultation on the future of Brentwood.  I would like to see this site rejected as a potential development site and we need you to let us know if you agree with us.  Have your say HERE.

Cllr Aspinell would like to see the land changed to recreation and Hopefield also want this – you can sign the petition HERE.

So, a recap for all Hopefield lovers:

1. Attend the meeting at the Town Hall on 27/01 at 6.45pm OR watch the webcast OR write to me in support.

2. Complete the consultation having your say on the Hopefield land and how it should be designated.

3. Sign the petition

4. Join the Hopefield Facebook site- https://www.facebook.com/hopefieldsanctuary?fref=ts or follow them on Twitter @Hopefield_Essex

5. Donate!

THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF THE ANIMALS!

Planning recommendations week ending 16th January 2015

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there is an application in Crescent Road:

Please note THIS IS NOT yet a decision – I am able to refer to planning committee now.

205 CRESCENT ROAD: FIRST FLOOR SIDE EXTENSION AND HIGH LEVEL GROUND FLOOR WINDOW
TO NORTHWEST ELEVATION

Recommended for REFUSAL

If you have any issues with the above officer recommendation then please get in touch with me as soon as possible. The deadline for referral is midday on Monday 26 January 2015 to refer the above item to the Planning Committee for further discussion.

For more information on the planning process, please see my advice here.

 

Boutique Cinema – it can be done in William Hunter Way

Cafe Kitchen

Genesis-neon 320x230Six years ago, I suggested that a small, boutique cinema would be perfect for Brentwood – and the Tories laughed at me and continued with their horrible monstrosity until it finally died last year.

On Monday, the William Hunter Working Group had the pleasure of hearing that this CAN work and proved it by giving us a virtual tour of the Genes in Mile End.

I could have kissed him!

We councillors, especially Cllr Morrissey and me, were so excited we looked the cinema up on our phones (this is a pretty informal meeting) and were delighted to hear of things like new films, classic films, blankets on your knees and posh pie and mash!

Further investigation showed the marvellous offer of marmalade sandwiches to accompany a morning showing of Paddington!

This is what Brentwood needs and residents seemed to agree…to the point where you could almost reach out and touch the excitement and enthusiasm in the room.

 

 

Planning recommendations week ending 9 January 2015

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there are applications Weald Road and Kings Road,

Please note THIS IS NOT yet a decision – I am able to refer to planning committee now.

LEIGH HOUSE, WEALD ROAD: OUTLINE APPLICATION TO EXTEND THIRD FLOOR AND CREATE ADDITIONAL FOURTH FLOOR FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT ON  FIRST,SECOND, THIRD AND FOURTH FLOORS TO CREATE 11 x 1 BED FLATS. (ACCESS, APPEARANCE AND LANDSCAPING RESERVED MATTERS).

Recommended for REFUSAL

If you have any issues with the above officer recommendation then please get in touch with me as soon as possible. The deadline for referral is midday on Monday 19 January 2015 to refer the above item to the Planning Committee for further discussion.

For more information on the planning process, please see my advice here.

IN ADDITION there are is an application on the border in Brentwood South on Kings Road opposite Premier Inn which I would have to ask one of the Brentwood South councillors to refer:

1. CONSTRUCTION OF FOUR AND A HALF STOREY BUILDING COMPRISING A COMMERCIAL UNIT AT GROUND FLOOR AND A RESIDENTIAL UNIT ABOVE. CONSTRUCTION OF A SMALL OFFICE ABOVE PARKING SPACE TO REAR.

Recommended for REFUSAL