I have just reported this to Essex Council and the reference number is above if anyone wants to check on it. Between a supermarket and a Job Centre, this really needs fixing. I know I have reported it before, hope it is big enough for the Tory council to take action now!
Dear Cllr Chilvers
I refer to your online report received on 03 August 2015 regarding a drain cover on St James Road, Brentwood.
Your enquiry has been reviewed and will require further investigation. We are currently awaiting information from Highways and you will receive a full response as soon as this information is received.
This month, I spy applications in St James Road and London Road. I have already sent in my objection to the St James Road application on the grounds of overdevelopment, overpopulation and lack of parking:
- Single storey side extension and alteration to front fenestration.
80 London Road Brentwood Essex CM14 4NJ
- Redevelopment for 45 flats, landscaped amenity deck and associated car parking.
Land Formerly Known As NV Tools St James Road Brentwood Essex
Please do get in touch if I can help with this or anything else.
Residents have contacted me concerned to see a sign go up next to Brunel House advertising “a development of one and two bedroom flats”. Well, that’s news to me.
You see, there was an application and it got heard in June at the planning meeting. It was REFUSED.
There haven’t been any other applications since so I can only assume that it is one of the following (unfortunately, tory controlled Brentwood are still showing it as “awaiting consideration” so that’s no help to you or me):
- They have won an appeal (but there has been no mention of it going to appeal
- The sign has been put up in error (hmmmmm)
- The developers are arrogant enough to think that they will win an appeal and have put the sign up anyway.
I will do my best to find out what’s going on.
Cllr John Newberry, my superb ward colleague, was awesome last week when he spoke on the above planning application on behalf of Brentwood West, as was the exceptionally good speaker Laura Ngo, who spoke on residents’ behalf.
Another 45 flats here would be, as he said, squeezing a quart into a pint pot and the committee listened and voted AGAINST!
Time and time again,we tell developers that we can’t fit any more large numbers of people in to this area – although there were some parking spaces – one for every two flats – this doesn’t take into account the fact that these residents would have shopping delivered, medical visitors and, oh yes, friends and family.
There’s also quite real concerns about the limited access to properties in St James Road and Rollason Way.
My colleagues also spoke in some detail about the problems that carers have parking there and placing them in danger, supporting the residents and the sustainability of Brentwood.
It’s worth watching THIS bit of video, if not simply to see who is standing up for you but also for the classic piece of Tory living-in-a-fantasy world-nonsense spouted by new Tory councillor William Trump – apparently you should all just get on your bikes (not listening to the points made about visiting health professionals made by Cllr Morrissey!)
We will keep on fighting!
Well, I’ve had better election weekends (2007, 2012 and 2014) and I have had worse ones (2008 and, oh goodness, 2011) but, here I still am…fighting for what’s right, fighting for fairness and fighting for Brentwood West residents.
So, we don’t have Alison Fulcher as new Brentwood West councillor, that’s a terrible shame. This lady is superb and she WILL make an excellent councillor and we will get her elected. I would like to pay tribute to her wonderful campaign and her almost 1,100 votes that, in any other year, would see her elected!
Don’t underestimate this lady – she will be a councillor in Brentwood some time soon!
Although, Brentwood West, it won’t be here I am afraid, you’ve missed out on Alison. It’s me next year and, yes, I fully intend to defend my seat on 5th May 2016!
So, with a big Tory turn out at the general election, the Tories took 11/12 seats – the only one we held was that of super popular Mayor Vicky Davies who will serve Pilgrims Hatch for another four years. Well done Vicky!
Aside from that, the three former Brentwood First seats went Tory, Labour’s Brentwood South seat went Tory and, the most crushing blow of all, we lost Brentwood North by 32 votes and were deprived of Gavin Dadbridge as a new councillor. I hope he will be back next year.
What’s worse, is that now the Tories have the control of Brentwood now. So, expect:
- Old House to go back up for sale
- All the work we have done on the William Hunter Way development – where we finally got something residents wanted – to be thrown away and a return to a nasty development the Tories want
- Community funding and ward budgets to be slashed (this past year, Holly Trees School, Chichester House, Victoria Court, Kings Chase Church and South Weald Parish Hall benefitted)
- Cemetery lodges to remain out of use and empty
- Overdevelopment and back garden grabbing
- Resident communication to cease and an end to transparency
- Good council staff to leave and some to be paid off….
I would like to thank the 1,088 people who did come out and vote Lib Dem for Alison and, of course, John, David and I will continue to work hard for you as your local councillors.
We really did feel it was a privilege to run our town, not a right, and we will continue to represent the people to the council, not the other way around.
#BrentwoodWest – you have two completely separate votes on Thursday – one for a Brentwood West councillor and one for the MP who will represent Brentwood and Ongar. This is how it works:
– You have ONE vote to choose your MP. It’s a white paper which lists six candidates. They are listed here. Some of them even live in Brentwood! I’m sure I can leave it to every news channel in the country to keep you informed about that one.
– You have ONE vote to choose your councillor to serve you from 2015 – 2019. I would thoroughly recommend you vote for Alison FULCHER! All the candidates are listed here and this will be the GREEN paper you receive. If you really want to keep the Tories away from running Brentwood, then be aware it is a two-horse race, and ticking the box next to the name Alison Elizabeth FULCHER is the way forward!
If you’re thinking of voting UKIP, they couldn’t even find a candidate.
If you’re thinking of voting Labour then that would be a waste in Brentwood West and could let a Tory in. Labour came a poor fourth last time (2014) and, tactically, if you are a Labour supporter then you have a better chance of keeping Labour in the Brentwood administration if you vote for Alison Fulcher, Lib Dem candidate.
Conservatives – 562
UKIP – 415
Labour – 217 (nowhere near with 12% of the vote!!!)
Let’s be completely honest – Labour have their best chance in Brentwood South where the super clever Dr Tim Barrett is hoping to take the seat vacated by Cllr Mike Le Surf and join his extremely intelligent & jolly decent brother Cllr Gareth Barrett on Brentwood Council. Now I do hope that Tim wins, because if he doesn’t we will get another Tory. It also means that there’s a fairly good chance of keeping the combined non-Tory parties in power and halt their plans that would have bankrupted the council.
Plus, if Tim is as funny as Gareth, then webcasts will be worth a view!
Last year, we made a historic agreement with Labour, Brentwood First and the Independent candidate Cllr Roger Keeble. in order to take power after ten years of the Tories. In my view, it means you get the best of all parties and the worst of none because we work together for the best of Brentwood and we modify each other’s extremes. Although, to be fair, there’s been little disagreement and nothing really extreme at all! For this to continue, we need Tim so, encourage your friends that live in Brentwood South to think tactically and in Brentwood West….well can I suggest you do the same if you are a Labour supporter and vote Lib Dem? It’s your best chance to get a Labour voice in running Brentwood, overall.
I know of Brentwood West Labour members who will vote Lib Dem tactically and I know that more than one Brentwood South Lib Dem member voted for Cllr Mike Le Surf in 2007 when he was first elected to council and won by a majority of ELEVEN so it really can make a difference.
Finally, if you want to know WHY it is important for the combined Lib/Lab/Indies to run Brentwood read THIS but as a quick recap…this is what we did in TEN MONTHS – don’t let the Tories take us backwards….vote Alison in West…..and tell your friends!
- Implemented new Christmas lights in Shenfield and Brentwood and provided free Christmas trees to Ingatestone as well as lighting the Brentwood station area with a tree and lights to welcome people to the town during the festive period.
- Made Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, Iris Close Amenity Green and the William Hunter Way Disabled Car Park community assets, meaning they can not be sold without notice to the council and protecting them for six months.
- Sold Warley Training Centre (derelict for 10 years) for multi-millions whilst a) providing much needed housing b) much needed social housing and c) to not only put a chunk of capital in the bank but also, IMPORTANTLY, a permanent revenue stream based on retaining 5 residential units for rental.
- Sold Bellmead for much needed housing and, again, social housing.
- Agreed £42,000 of community bid funding for local projects and allocated the underspend of £8,000 to ward budgets, giving each councillor £1380 (an extra £380 each) to spend in their wards.
- Saved Old House from Tory disposal. Retaining a much loved heritage asset, returning it to its former glory after the Tories left to to rot and, once again, providing more much needed housing.
- Town Hall: The project to save it and improve it and make it work for the tax-payer continues
- Westbury Rd considered for homes and for retail space in order to a) revitalise the west end of the high street and b) to provide subsidised independent shops. This is another piece of prime real estate that the Tories forgot about.
- Multi-Storey Car Park. Falling apart and stinks. Being clever about this could bring the town centre a better parking facility AND homes AND shops AND possibly a leisure use too.
- William Hunter Way. After 9 years of Tory farce and £300k of tax payers’ money wasted, we’ve overseen the council’s most successful and engaging public consultation ever and actually listened to our residents. The steer from them is yes to a cinema (but no need to be gigantic) and yes to a better choice of shops. A huge capital and revenue gain opportunity and a means to keep Brentwood folk in Brentwood shopping rather than them going elsewhere.
- Property acquisition fund: £10m to be set aside for property acquisitions to actually fulfil our vision of entrepreneurialism and to keep Eric Pickles’ cuts at bay.
- Hutton Community Centre. Rescuing it from the clutches of bankruptcy by seeking community bids to run it infinitum for the benefit of the community.
- Cemetery Lodges: Refurbishing ‘dead’ properties and earning an income from them.
- Asset register: Actually identifying land that the council own so that we can do stuff with it.
- Affordable Housing Sites: Identifying small parcels of land (Fielding Way, Hutton Drive) that can be developed into social housing sites and that have been ‘hidden’ for years.
- Hallsford Bridge: Been on the market for 10 years without a sniff. Brought it to committee, listened to ward members on their wish to develop as housing but was unable to do so and therefore sold to a local business for an additional £450k that, once again, otherwise we would not have had.
- Total approximate value of prospective CAPITAL monies gained through the Asset Panel: £5m.
- Approximate forthcoming capital value of William Hunter Way, MSCP, Westbury Rd outcomes: £12m
- Total approximate value of prospective REVENUE monies through the Asset Panel’s work so far: £500k per annum
- Ensured that all residents are communicated with via a borough-wide bulletin.
- Started a plan of action on potholes that begins with meeting with the Tory leadership at Essex County Council.
- Started the process to give food waste bags to all residents for FREE and for a textile waste collection.
- Discovered that the Tory administration refurbished the Hutton Community Centre despite £100,000 worth of repair work is needed to the roof…and have now ordered an emergency safety investigation…
- Re-couped £16,000 of public money that the Conservatives failed to claim on billboard advertising revenue
- Made sensible decisions on managing public assets to put tax payers’ money back in the bank
- Opened up council workings in a properly transparent way removing the need for Freedom of Information requests
- Introduced a “complaints amnesty” for staff to present current complaints for proper investigation, allowing the council to learn from mistakes made without the fear of retribution for staff
- Restored democracy and focused decision making to the council chamber
- Advanced the Town Hall transformation project
- Identified multiple affordable and social housing schemes
- Introduced a new parking scheme that is better value for residents and shoppers
Introduced a three month night time car parking charge to balance the night and day parking charges
- Launched investigations into monies that have been mis-spent by the previous administration
- Begun an entrepreneurial approach to council resources to provide much needed funds for front line services
- Informed all the staff to call Accord members by the first names rather than their official titles and opened up the door of the Leader & Deputy Leader’s office for an open and transparent way of working
- Introduced a six-monthly staff satisfaction survey to inform the leadership of how the staff feel their contribution is recognised and how they are delivering for the people of Brentwood
- Introduced committees that are focused on specific areas of the council meaning you get the right people making the right decisions
- Appointed appropriate councillors (usually ward councillors) to working groups on William Hunter Way, Crossrail, Member/Officer Communications/ Members Casework, the Local Council Tax Support Scheme, IT Resilience and Business Continuity, Budget Scrutiny and the Community Safety Partnership Annual Review
- Re-structured the senior management team to provide Brentwood with a Chief Executive once again
- Introduced a cross-party front bench of councillors, giving you the best of everyone and the worst of no one.
So, it’s nearly time to vote for Alison Fulcher! If you don’t know where to vote on Thursday 7th 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. If you have a postal vote, you can return it on the day to any of these polling stations.
I have also listed all the roads in the ward along with the 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|
|Hubert RoadJunction Road||Baptist Church, Kings ChaseVictoria 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|
I am pleased to report that this application was refused on Tuesday, unanimously, and you can see me protecting Brentwood West here.
But after the meeting, things took an unexpected turn when I spoke to the beleaguered, and most pleasant, applicant and his agent. You see, my main objection to this one were the proposed living conditions but it seems that they were pushed in to this type of application by officers. I’m not happy with this and have suggested we meet before they put in another application so we can look at what is right for the area. They were warm to this idea and I hope to hear from them soon so we can get this building back in to use, to complement the area around Brentwood station.
Unless I had been actively looking at what is proposed in my ward, this would have just gone through – see I don’t wait for residents to call me, I am there working on your behalf and protecting your interests wherever I can.
In #Brentwoodwest this week there is a recommendation in Kings Chase and an update on the proposed takeaway on Warley Hill:
Please note THIS IS NOT yet a decision – I am able to refer to planning committee now.
44 Kings Chase: SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION AND INCREASE IN RIDGE HEIGHT TO ACCOMMODATE LOFT CONVERSION AND TO INCLUDE REAR DORMER AND ROOFLIGHTS.
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 13th April 2015 to refer the above item to the Planning Committee for further discussion.
PLUS some good news from the other side of Warley Hill in Warley ward:
118 Warley Hill: CHANGE OF USE FROM A1 (RETAIL) TO A3/A5 RESTAURANT/TAKEAWAY
Recommended for REFUSAL
This is going to be a relief for residents in Brentwood West and Warley – a takeaway next to the already difficult Tesco store would have caused a nightmare for residents. The summary also contained a letter from my Lib Dem colleague Cllr Jill Hubbard, working on behalf of residents as you will find our lot do:
A letter of objection has been received from Cllr Hubbard which, in summary, raises the following concerns; concerned about the access; the service road behind the houses in Warley Hill should not be used. The lives of residents have already been affected by Tesco. It is hazardous and residents suffer from cars parking outside their houses, leading to congestion and dangerous traffic incidents. This proposal would make this situation worse. Cars would be a constant nuisance and source of noise close to gardens, residents would be affected by cooking smells and littering and there is already a Fish and Chip Shop opposite Brentwood Station. There are considerable parking problems further down Warley Hill due to the restaurants and take-aways.
For more information on the planning process, please see my advice here.