Just to let residents know that I have requested that this planning application be referred to committee for detailed discussion.
The following applications are currently “pending consideration”. Please get in touch with any queries or requests for referrals.
- Single storey rear extension. The proposed extension would extend 4.5m beyond the rear wall of the original dwelling, the maximum height of the proposed extension would be 3.75m and the proposed eaves height would be 2.75m.
32 Pennyfields Warley Essex CM14 5JP
- Construction of one dwelling.
Garages Rear Of 5 Tower Hill Brentwood Essex
- Two storey rear extension.
6 Hospital Cottages Crescent Road Warley Essex CM14 5JA
- Two storey side and single storey rear extension.
30 Kavanaghs Road Brentwood Essex CM14 4NE
- T1 Silver Birch, crown reduce by 1/3rd, the tree has a large cavity at the base of the tree which is extensive. TPO8/1981
36 Selwood Road Brentwood Essex CM14 4PX
- Part single storey, part two storey rear extension, first floor side extension and pitched roof over existing garage and fenestration alterations
1 Wansford Close Brentwood Essex CM14 4PU
- Part Single Storey/Double Storey rear extension
5 La Plata Grove Brentwood Essex CM14 4LA
- Change of use from storage to residential, alterations to front, roof lights to side and front and alterations to rear to facilitate first floor accommodation and a glazed link.
2B Tower Hill Brentwood Essex CM14 4TA
Church House Junction Road Warley Essex CM14 5JH
Please get in touch if you want to discuss these any further.
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|
With the Lib Dems, I can’t remember a time when we weren’t fighting to make parking fees more reasonable! Now we have done it – and the Tories voted AGAINST our plans!
We pulled this off by being fair – we introduced an overnight parking charge of £2 to capitalise on the TOWIE visitors. This has yielded around £60,000 in income which has meant we can do the following:
Reduce the all day car parking fee from £10.50 to £8.00
Introduce a new Saturday workers fee of £4 in Westbury Road Car Park
Introduce a new £30 weekly charge in the William Hunter Way Car Park
This will take around ten weeks to introduce once it is advertised and consulted upon.
It is unbelievable that the Tories voted against on the basis that we hadn’t reduced it enough, despite them voting for a 117% increase in the one hour charge in 2012 (and that includes current Brentwood West Tory Cllr Will Russell, who’s up for re-election in May).
It’s also interesting to see that another Tory scaremongering activity didn’t come true. Back in 2011, two days before I lost my seat, they put out a leaflet in Brentwood West saying that, should a night time charge be introduced then people would be forced in to the side streets to park and, therefore, we would all be wading around in “rivers of vomit”. Yes, they put that on a leaflet and people believed it! So, watch what they say when it comes to May’s elections! It turns out not to be the case, so just as well no one opened up a Wellies Shop in anticipation.
I am delighted to announce that Brentwood West resident, charity worker, carer and artist Alison Fulcher will be our candidate for the May 2015 ward councillor elections. Alison would join County Cllr David Kendall, Cllr John Newberry and me working for local residents as your local councillor and continue the work of The Accord administration. I am sure you will welcome her to the team.
Alison has lived within the Brentwood West ward with her family for several years, attending senior school at the Brentwood Ursuline High Convent School (1982-1989).
Alison has considerable experience within the care sector and wishes to contribute this knowledge and experience in her potential role as Councillor. Her past experience includes working alongside patient experience groups for Community Healthcare Services and Inclusion Support work for the local charity The Frontline Partnership.
Having studied Fine Arts as a mature student – Alison has combined her own Art practise with her care work experience. Alison has also supported and run Sensory Art projects, community drawing and drama workshops within schools and community venues within the local area. Further to this experience Alison is a media representative for the national charity Gingerbread and works for a well-known Humanitarian Charity in Brentwood.
If elected Alison, following the example of the Accord, will support cross party collaboration. Listening to residents’ concerns and needs with an awareness of local business and charitable support with a keen willingness to find a solution wherever possible – her promise of relentless hard work and commitment will ensure that she is worthy of your vote and a potential Councillor for keeps.
Allison hopes are that residents will contribute their views and opinions freely as she has done and wishes to see Brentwood’s future shaped in a way that represents the community as fully as possible.
Alongside priority issues such as crime, anti-social behaviour and care in the community whilst paying close attention to the needs of local businesses Alison would also like to see the cultural needs of the community continuing to be met – believing that this is an important way of bringing together community and engaging those sometimes feeling more isolated.
You 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.
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