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

 

Brentwood’s future: The most important consultation ever

 

Today is the launch of the Strategic Growth Options Consultation – it might sound dull but it really is something you should read, consider and engage with by completing THIS response paper.

Listed in this consultation are all the sites to be considered for development because Brentwood Council is required to meet local housing needs. Evidence, from central government, suggests that need is around 360 new homes per year, or 5,500 new homes over a 15 year period. The capacity of brownfield sites in urban areas over 15 years is 2,500, some 3,000 short of total need and we have to find places to build them.

Please be absolutely clear that this is NOT necessarily where we, as the administration, WANT to develop and in some cases it would be good to see them totally and finally disregarded as sites for development.  Although many Tory councillors will say differently as they accuse of us of trying to build in your back yard.

One clear example of this is Hopefield Animal Sanctuary…over my cold, dead body (and those of Cllr Aspinell, Newberry, Carter, Quirk, Mynott, Sapwell and many more) will anyone build anything here but the Tories are now whipping up a storm and saying that that is what we want.  That’s not true.  I will be making my own very strong representations on this one and this site will, I hope, be rejected as a development site.  However, we leave this, or any inappropriate site, off the list for consideration and it is open season for any developer for fifteen years because it is left in a developmental abyss of “no status” and we cannot argue effectively against a housing proposal.

If a site has been considered and rejected as part of our local plan, that has more chance of holding up against a planning permission appeal.

The following sites are listed as Brentwood West, but you may want to look at the list for those near you that are in other wards that adjoin West (namely Brentwood North, Brentwood South, South Weald, Warley) and anything else that might be important to you:

  • Land north of Highwood Close, Brentwood
  • Land north of Highwood Close including St Georges Court, Brentwood
  • Brentwood railway station car park
  • Land at Honeypot Lane, Brentwood
  • Westbury Road Car Park, Westbury Road, Brentwood
  • Site on corner of High Street / Western Road, Brentwood (Former Napier Arms)
  • Land adjacent and rear of 207-217 Crescent Road, Brentwood
  •  18 Westbury Drive, Brentwood
  • Land at Crescent Road (open space), Brentwood
  • Victoria Court, Victoria Road, Brentwood
  • Hubert Road Industrial Estate
  • BT Offices, London Road, Brentwood
  • La Plata Grove, Brentwood
  • 14-16 Westwood Avenue, Brentwood

I also think it is worth pointing out these, in South Weald ward that are near West (but not all of them in that ward):

  • Land rear of The Bull Public House, Brook Street, Brentwood
  •  Land adjacent 50 Spital Lane, Brentwood
  • Brook Street employment area
  • Academy Place, Brook Street/Spital Lane, Brentwood

and these in Warley ward that are near West (but not all of them in that ward):

  • Former Mascalls Hospital, Mascalls Lane, Warley
  • Land adjacent to Carmel, Mascalls Lane, Warley
  • Land adjacent Hill Cottage, Warley Road, and Mill House, Mascalls Lane, Warley

Once again, please be absolutely clear these are not our intended or favoured sites – they are for consideration and we need your input so we can reject those that are just WRONG!

As an example, let’s look at 14-16 Westwood Avenue.  To my knowledge, there have been four recent attempts at putting an inappropriate development here.  There is no way I want this to be a development site so I will ensure that my feelings are known based on the work I have done with residents in Westwood Avenue.  That being done, should it be rejected as a site for development, it makes it much easier to say NO next time a greedy developer tries to build half a dozen houses there.  If it is not included – open season….we stand no chance.

My views on the other sites are varied – some may be appropriate and some certainly aren’t.  I am not here for my personal opinion though – I am here to represent you and to form a view based on weighing up the views of the people I represent.  So please let me know what you think and let me argue for you but, the most important thing you can do is to take part in this consultation and make sure you get the Brentwood you want in the future.

I am here for advice and discussion if you need me – the consultation ends on 17th February 2015.

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.

ACTION ON TESCO WARLEY HILL CHAOS

tesco shuts evry little store Published in our September 2014 newsletter:

An accident at Beech Spinney, congestion on Warley Hill and rogue late night alarms…yes Warley Hill Tesco has brought with it everything we worried about…and more! However, we do appreciate some residents welcome the new store and we are determined to ensure that they are good neighbours. Karen, David and John are working to achieve this and have an action plan that will mitigate, but not solve the issues, and it includes double yellow lines, more bollards, delivery only area, better disabled parking and more parking and parking enforcement. Karen said: “ Due to the last government changing the law so pubs could be turned in to shops without planning permission, we couldn’t stop it opening but, we have got them to remove some advertising from the bollards, stopped the ATM alarm going off at night and continue to hope they make a contribution and become an asset to the local community and not bring disruption & discord to it.”

 

Planning recommendations week ending 27 June 2014

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APOLOGIES FOR THE LATENESS OF THIS POSTING…

In #Brentwoodwest this week there are applications in Copper Beeches (Warley Hill), Hill Road and Vaughan Williams Way.  There is also some news about the planning application in South Weald Road.

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

6 Copper Beeches: COPPER BEECH – CROWN REDUCTION.

Recommended for APPROVAL

20 Hill Road: PART SINGLE STOREY, PART TWO STOREY EXTENSIONS TO THE FRONT,
SIDE AND REAR

Recommended for APPROVAL

100 Vaughan Williams Way: CONSTRUCTION OF SINGLE GARAGE TO FRONT TOGETHER WITH THE CHANGE OF USE OF THE EXISTING STUDIO ANNEXE INTO A SELF CONTAINED DWELLING UNIT AND CONSTRUCTION OF FENCE TO FRONT

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 7 July 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 APPEAL RECEIVED

I am sorry to report that the council has received an appeal against the refusal of 15 & 17 South Weald Road.  I can assure you only at this stage that the council will defend its decision vigorously and that I will keep you fully updated but that is all I know now.

 

Tesco Warley Hill – accident no 1

Tesco accident 1

So, it seems the chickens have come home to roost as the first accident caused by deliveries to Tesco Warley Hill has demolished a wall at Beech Spinney, the assisted living apartments on Warley Hill.

Thank goodness no-one was walking there at the time.

We put up with some serious mocking from some people as we tried to get Tesco to be good neighbours…I’m not happy to be able to say “told you so” but it hardly needed Einstein to work out that there wasn’t enough room for a supermarket here.

I have, by the way, tried talking to the Tesco management team but they really don’t give two hoots about the parking and delivery chaos….

 

Planning recommendations week ending 6 June 2014

 

lego-house

In #Brentwoodwest this week there is an applications in Weald Close.  I also bring you an update on Tesco Warley Hill.

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

Bushey Mount, Weald Close: LTWO STOREY AND SINGLE STOREY FRONT EXTENSION, TWO STOREY SIDE EXTENSION, SINGLE STOREY REAR EXTENSION AND FORMATION OF NEW CROSSOVER.

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 16 June 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.

With regards to Tesco Warley Hill, you may have noticed that the advertising sleeves on the safety bollards have gone.  That’s because these were put there without planning permission and, being very close to the road, could be distracting to motorists and, let’s be honest, distraction isn’t something we need with all the traffic and congestion problems it is causing (more of this soon).  We are still putting pressure on Tesco to be good neighbours and have a number of issues to raise with them.

 

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

Talking Bollards

I have two updates for you on the subject of bollards!

Firstly, Tesco on Warley Hill won a planning application to have bollards installed for “customer safety” but they never asked to use these for advertising.  They have now adorned them with advertising sleeves which, I feel, constitute a road safety hazard.  I asked for enforcement to visit and they confirmed that they did not have permission for the advertising.  They now have about 18 days left to remove them and they will need to apply for planning permission for them.

Secondly, in Rollason Way outside Boardman Place they have installed a much-needed bollard for resident safety but, it still isn’t enough to stop the erroneous parking.  There needs to be another one.  Crest, the developer, were still pushing back saying that the problem was “the cost of installation and the ongoing maintenance”.  A resident offered to pay, but that didn’t help!  The inference given was that residents would need to pay more through their maintenance charge.

So I asked how much it was and Crest then – privately – responded that it would be down to the County Council and not a block maintenance cost.

Having tied the poor man up in knots, he’s now off to talk to his boss.

“Sell alcohol at 6am on Warley Hill” says Brentwood Tory councillor

tesco lager

I tend to like a cup of tea at 6am, if I am up, but not Tory councillor Roger McCheyne….as he pours wine on his cornflakes from the safety of his tractor on his farm out in rural Brentwood…knowing that it’ll just be the poor folk of Brentwood West and Warley who will be dealing with any issues arising from selling alcohol next to their homes whilst most of us are still dusting the sleep out of our eyes….

I am shocked that he wanted to agree to Tesco’s request to sell booze at 6am and thankful that two opposition councillors were there to dish out some common sense and agreeing to a 9am start, still earlier than they’d like but sensible enough for a compromise.

Common sense and Tory councillors?  Just don’t go together do they!

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