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.

 

William Hunter Way meeting – Monday 5th Jan 2015

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Everyone is invited along to the latest meeting of the William Hunter Way working group meeting tomorrow (Monday) to discuss the future of Brentwood.  I am proud to be part of this group as we have advanced this project significantly in six months and are now in a position to move forward having extensively consulted the people of Brentwood through a borough wide consultation (something the LibDems were calling for back in 2006).  The results of this consultation are HERE.

Now, there are still concerns about any potential development from those close to the site and I have gone on record to say that I am still not wildly enthusiastic about the introduction of a cinema BUT I am elected to represent the people, not force my views on to you so, with the benefit of robust information from the people of Brentwood West and beyond I will vote according to their wishes.  In a nutshell, if a proposal is not right for Brentwood…I just won’t support it but, if it is, then I look forward to seeing a great development in our town that will make us sustainable for the future.

But anyway, do come along and discuss it with us tomorrow – it’s usually an enjoyable meeting!

Westbury Road Car Park – an innovative idea?

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Remember the Butcher, the Baker & the Candlestick maker?  Wouldn’t we like to see these sort of independent traders back to the town?

The Accord administration is looking far in to the future of Brentwood and sometimes this means floating brave new ideas.  That’s just what we are doing with the council-owned and under-utilised Westbury Road Car Park – bringing an idea for debate and out-in-the-open discussion.

To be crystal clear – there are no current plans and we aren’t forcing this on residents.  We would fully consult with residents in the area for sure.

The general idea is to use some space at the front of the High Street-facing side to, potentially, create a run-on from Bennetts to include:

  • Six shops, with three subsidised for independent traders who would not otherwise afford rents of £70-£80K per year.
  • Some flats above
  • Drop off/pick up point out the front
  • Retain much of the car parking

The objective being to establish some viable businesses at the west end of the High Street that is currently very quiet with several businesses closing down.

Now, I am broadly supportive of the objective here BUT there are issues that I need ironed out before I will support it:

  1. The current entrance to the car park is in the wrong place and will cause mayhem in Westbury Road – I would hope this would be an opportunity to re-design it for the benefit of residents and possibly take out the ugly barriers.
  2. The car park is under-used, but I would need to be assured that the cars that are there are not displaced.
  3. I would want assurance that the drop off spaces would be used for just that.
  4. I would want assurance that current residents are not over-shadowed by another Tower of Greed and that this is sympathetic to the older buildings that are already there.
  5. Most importantly, I would want assurance that residents are fully consulted and their views taken in to account.

I am more than happy for residents to get in touch with their thoughts on the principle of this project.

William Hunter Way consultation – a reminder

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Over the weekend, each household will receive a letter addressed to whoever is on the council tax account about the William Hunter Way consultation and here’s why…

On 1st September 2014, after the failure of the former Tory administration’s town centre development (along with eight wasted years and hundreds of thousands of pounds) the Accord administration launched a very genuine consultation – developed in consultation with local residents – that would go to every household in the borough.  It was initially launched online with a paper consultation planned to go through every door.

All was going to plan until a couple of weeks ago when we started to get calls and emails from residents to say they hadn’t received the consultation paper – what’s worse is that this was in areas very close to the site such as Wellesley Road, Weald Road, Gerrard Crescent and huge areas in Warley.

We hoped this would right itself but, with a week to go until the consultation ends in the past week we were still hearing this from our residents and a lengthy conversation on www.streetlife.com confirmed our worst fears.

On Saturday Cllr Russell Quirk, chair of the William Hunter Way Working Group (WHWWG), called an urgent meeting of this group tonight (6th October).  Councillors Quirk, Baker, Mynott, Sapwell and I met with officers at 7pm to discuss how this was going to be sorted out.

And sort it we did.

  • The deadline for the consultation is to be extended to 5th November 2014.
  • Every resident on the council tax register will now receive a letter reminding/informing them to complete this important survey
  • They will be able to complete it on line or have a survey sent to them
  • We will ask for further help from the Brentwood Gazette, Brentwood Weekly News and Phoenix FM (which may include taking out advertisements)

 

I am so pleased that we have been able to find a way to promote this consultation further at this late stage.  What’s better is that these “belt and braces” actions still keep us well within budget for the consultation project and assures residents that we have done everything we can to make sure every one of them has an opportunity to give us their views on the future of their town.

Make no mistake – this is important as it is about the long term future of the town which is why we are not taking it lightly.”

However, even with this unfortunate series of – now solved – problems, officers have confirmed that with well over 2,000 responses already this is the best response for a Brentwood resident consultation since records began.

Planning recommendations week ending 10th October 2014

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

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

21 Firsgrove Crescent: PART SINGLE, PART TWO STOREY REAR/SIDE EXTENSION

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 20 October 2014 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 two Brentwood West applications being heard at the Planning Committee on Tuesday 14th October at 7pm and residents are welcome to attend:

1. LAND AT 141 TO 147 HIGH STREET BRENTWOOD ESSEX  – CONSTRUCTION OF PART FOUR/PART FIVE STOREY BUILDING COMPRISING OF 17 NO. ONE BEDROOM FLATS AND A3 RESTAURANT ON GROUND FLOOR.

2. 134 HIGH STREET BRENTWOOD ESSEX CM14 4AT – DEMOLITION OF EXISTING DETACHED BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION OF NEW THREE STOREY BUILDING CONTAINING SIX FLATS.

Message re Tower Hill Murder

The police investigation is ongoing in Weald Road. (Picture by Joe Sturdy)

I am sure many residents are shocked to wake up and find that there’s been a murder in Brentwood West – a stabbing at the junction of Sir Francis Way, Weald Road and Tower Hill.

The Brentwood Gazette reports that this happened at around 7pm last night and an air ambulance attended.  Unfortunately, the poor man was declared dead at the scene.  Above and beyond that, little more is known but it is important that anyone who heard or saw anything calls the police on 101 as soon as possible.

The roads are still cordoned off and nothing is being allowed to leave or enter the crime scene. Cllr John Newberry and I just want to let residents know that we are in the same position as you with regards to information, but as soon as we know any more we will endeavour to pass it on to you as quickly as we can. We would, naturally, wish to extend our condolences to the family of the man who died and let residents know that we will do all we can to help.

 

Planning recommendations week ending 12 September 2014

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there are applications in Hill Road, London Road and High Street.

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

20 Hill Road: PART SINGLE STOREY, PART TWO STOREY EXTENSIONS TO THE SIDE AND REAR, SINGLE STOREY FRONT EXTENSION AND ALTERATIONS TO ROOF INCLUDING RAISING OF RIDGE HEIGHT BY 500MM.

Recommended for APPROVAL

Tesco, 6 London Road: CLICK AND COLLECT FACILITY WITHIN CAR PARK AND ASSOCIATED WORKS TO INCLUDE REMOVAL OF CAR WASH.

 

Recommended for APPROVAL

Tesco, 6 London Road: THREE NON ILLUMINATED FASCIA SIGNS TO CLICK AND COLLECT FACILITY

Recommended for APPROVAL

134 High Street: DEMOLITION OF EXISTING DETACHED BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION OF NEW THREE STOREY BUILDING CONTAINING SIX FLATS.

Recommended for APPROVAL

If you have any issues with the above officer recommendations then please get in touch with me as soon as possible. The deadline for referral is midday on Monday 22 September 2014 to refer the above item to the Planning Committee for further discussion.

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

Planning recommendations week ending 8th August 2014

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there are applications in High Street and Hillside Walk:

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

11 Hillside Walk: DEMOLITION OF EXISTING BUNGALOW, CONSTRUCTION OF NEW DWELLINGHOUSE, AND FORMATION OF REVISED VEHICLE ACCESS FROM HIGHWAY.

149C – 151 High Street: DEMOLITION OF EXISTING BUNGALOW, CONSTRUCTION OF NEW DWELLINGHOUSE, AND FORMATION OF REVISED VEHICLE ACCESS FROM HIGHWAY.

 

 

Recommended for REFUSAL

If you have any issues with the above officer recommendations then please get in touch with me as soon as possible. The deadline for referral is midday on Monday 18 August 2014 to refer the above item to the Planning Committee for further discussion.

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

William Hunter Way – it’s OVER TO YOU!

Many residents are concerned that they will again be told what’s going in William Hunter Way without any choice.  Not so!

The Brentwood Accord held the second meeting of the William Hunter Way working group in the car park itself on Monday, and there’ll be another meeting next Monday at 6.30pm at the Town Hall to finalise the consultation paper.

Brentwood residents are invited to attend this meeting.

This consultation paper will go through every door in the borough for their thoughts, with weighting given to those who live closest to the site.  Music to the ears of those in Weald Road, Tower Hill, High Street and Sir Francis Way I’m sure!

Please participate – unlike the last administration The Brentwood Accord are listening!  Read more here.

 

 

Where’s my polling station?

So, it’s nearly time to vote! If you don’t know where to vote on Thursday 22nd May, here’s my guide:

There are four polling stations in Brentwood West, they will be on your polling card, but just in case, here’s a map for each:

Victoria Court, Victoria Road (Polling card numbers starting CA)
Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way (Polling card numbers starting CB)
South Weald Parish Hall, London Road (Polling card numbers starting CC)
Baptist Church, Kings Chase (Polling card numbers starting CD)

If you are unsure which polling district you are in, need to return a postal vote on the day or have any other queries, just call me on 07774 248362.

I have also listed all the roads in the ward along with the polling station:

ROAD POLLING STATION
Ashford Avenue South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Batemans Mews Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way
Belvedere Road South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Brook Road South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Burntwood Baptist Church, Kings Chase
Chase Road Baptist Church, Kings Chase
Crescent Road Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Cromwell Road Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Deans Road Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Downsland Drive Baptist Church, Kings Chase
Drover’s Mead Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way
Elm Way South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Fairfield Road Baptist Church, Kings Chase
Fantasia Court Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way
Firsgrove Crescent Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Firsgrove Road Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Gerrard Crescent Baptist Church, Kings Chase
Greensleeves Drive Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way
Halfhides Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Hanover Place Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way
High Street Baptist Church, Kings Chase
Hill Road South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Hillside Walk South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Hive Close South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Honeypot Lane South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Hospital Cottages Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Junction Road Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Kavanaghs Road South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Kavanaghs Terrace South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Kings Chase Baptist Church, Kings Chase
Kings Road Baptist Church, Kings Chase
Kipling Close Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way
La Plata Grove Baptist Church, Kings Chase
Langley Drive South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Lark Close Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way
Link Way Road South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
London Road South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Lorne Road Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Manor Way South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Milton Road Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Oldfields Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Osborne Heights Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way
Pastoral Way Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way
Pennyfields Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Potiphar Place Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way
Railway Square Baptist Church, Kings Chase
Red Road Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Rhapsody Crescent Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way
Rollason Way Baptist Church, Kings Chase
Selwood Road South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Sir Francis Way Baptist Church, Kings Chase
South Weald Road South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Spital Lane (nos 41-51) South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
St. James Road Baptist Church, Kings Chase
St. Peter’s Road Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Sussex Road Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Talbrook South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Tallis Way Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way
The Beeches Baptist Church, Kings Chase
The Chase, Cromwell Road Victoria Court, Victoria Road
The Mount Baptist Church, Kings Chase
The Terlings South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Tower Hill Baptist Church, Kings Chase
Vaughan Williams Way Holly Trees School, Vaughan Williams Way
Victoria Road Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Wansford Close South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Warley Hill Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Warleywoods Crescent Victoria Court, Victoria Road
Weald Close South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Weald Road Baptist Church, Kings Chase
West Park Hill South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Westbury Drive Baptist Church, Kings Chase
Westbury Road Baptist Church, Kings Chase
Westway South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Westwood Avenue South Weald Parish Hall, London Road
Wharf Road Baptist Church, Kings Chase