Chips get the chop next to Warley Hill Tesco

 Russell Quirk, Cllr Jill Hubbard, Nigel Clarke and Cllr Karen Chilvers with (front) L-R: Lilly, Kaia and Rosie Quirk

Delighted to see that the proposed fish and chip shop next to Tesco on Warley Hill has been refused – this would have been a nightmare for residents in the area who are already having their daily lives blighted by the traffic chaos Tesco has caused.

Photo courtesy of the Brentwood Gazette with the full story here.

Kings Road HMO application refused!

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.

Planning recommendations week ending 10 April 2015

 

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there are recommendations in Hillside Walk and London Road.

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

5 Hillside Walk: FIRST FLOOR SIDE EXTENSION.

Recommended for APPROVAL

Tesco, 6 London Road: CREATION OF A DEDICATED ENCLOSED STORAGE AREA WITHIN EXISTING COMPOUND TO SIDE OF SITE; REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING CANOPY.

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 20 April 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.

Planning recommendations week ending 2nd April 2015

 

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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.

Planning recommendations week ending 27th March 2015

 

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there is a recommendation in Warleywoods Crescent.

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

1A Warleywoods Crescent: 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 Tuesday 7th April 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.

Planning recommendations week ending 6th March 2015

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In #Brentwoodwest this week there are recommendations in South Weald Road and The Terlings.

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

15-17 South Weald Road: OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF 3 NEW RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS WITH ASSOCIATED LANDSCAPING, GARAGES AND CAR PARKING. (APPEARANCE, LANDSCAPING, LAYOUT AND SCALE ARE RESERVED MATTERS).

Recommended for REFUSAL

12 The Terlings: CONSTRUCTION OF PORCH

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 16th March 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.

Parking Fees reduced!

 

 

one hour successParking charges to go down under the Accord Administration!

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.

 

Ward budget news: Flowers!

With just £190 left to spend in this year’s ward budget, we approached housing to see if there was anything we could do to help our elderly residents.

I am pleased to say we have now applied to spend that money at Chichester House for hanging baskets and Victoria Court for some plants for the communal gardens.

Wad budget spend: Church tent bought for Church Youth Group

John and I have spent another £650 of our ward budget on a tent for the Kings Chase Baptist Church’s Youth Group,  This has been approved and the great thing is that this will be used for a variety of events for groups of all ages but the main reason is so that when the youth group go away, they can all eat together in a communal tent, whatever the weather!

Hardworking, conscientious council officer cares for sick father whilst continuing to diligently perform key role…

…not quite the Daily Mail headline – but then that wouldn’t sell papers would it?

A statement from Lib Dem Deputy Leader on Jo-Anne Ireland and her current working arrangements:

Dear Resident,

Today, The Mail on Sunday published an article about Brentwood Council’s Acting CEO, Jo-Anne Ireland. You may already have seen it in the newspaper. If not, you can read it here

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2963332/Town-hall-chief-makes-105k-running-council-Essex-Cyprus-home-2-000-miles-away.html

If you read the quote from William Lloyd (Deputy Leader) before the rest of the article (it’s buried right at the end), you might see that there are two sides to this story. Miss Ireland is paying all her own expenses, so there is no additional cost to the taxpayer. As the article itself says, she has spent 8 days in Brentwood this month and 10 days in January. That works out as 50% of her time spent in the office. I can vouch for the fact that she is easily contactable via email and/or phone for the rest of the week and indeed, into the evenings and weekends.

Looking at this situation another way, we’re in a period of transition, with a new CEO starting in March. We, the Accord Administration, decided that we didn’t want to lose our most senior officer in the run up to the new CEO starting. Allowing Miss Ireland to work part of the time from Cyprus was a management decision taken to retain her essential experience and make sure we had continuity during the transition to the new CEO. This is also the time when we set the budget and, as the most senior finance officer, losing Miss Ireland would have caused a number of problems.
Miss Ireland would have stayed in Brentwood until after May this year and the transition to a new officer would have been smooth and not at all newsworthy. Unfortunately, her father had a stroke late last year. He lives on Cyprus, so her plans to move there had to be accelerated. We are fortunate that Miss Ireland has been so willing to work with us at this time. She could have resigned with immediate effect and we would then have had to recruit interim staff at a much higher cost while looking for a permanent replacement.
I hope that this gives you a different perspective on the Mail article. We were only contacted at 5pm on Friday for our comments and we rapidly came to the conclusion that the journalists were working to someone else’s agenda and weren’t interested in the broader story. Please forward this to your friends so that the other side of this story can be told.
Best wishes
Cllr Graeme Clark
on behalf of the Accord Administration