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Our 2017 Hawkwell Voice Content

From Your Hawkwell Residents Association Established 1994 - Serving Hawkwell Residents for Twenty Three Years

(or click on the pdf version: Hawkwell Residents Association 2017 Hawkwell Voice Newsletter ).

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The State Of Our Roads

When will they get a grip on the state of our roads? Some pot holes have been repaired but as soon as one is done another appears. In the past they seemed to always be resurfacing the roads, now this seems to very seldom happen. In March Essex County Council came round and painted orange spray paint on all the bad areas of paving in many areas and a few days later someone else painted out some of these markings with black spray paint. We rang Essex County Council who said they never use black spray paint and they would investigate. We never heard any more about this and most of the paint marks faded without any repair taking place.
The street lighting is in need of attention, lights not working and lampposts knocked over and missing, and most lampposts still being switched off after 1am, making a very dangerous situation for all road users.

Church Road Through Route

In February the Hockley Residents Association were asked by residents for help with a traffic issue in Church Road, Hockley. They are getting heavy vehicles speeding through the area and getting stuck under the bridge in Church Road and in the very narrow one way Fountain Lane. It is believed that satnavs may be responsible for a recent increases in these incidents plus the building works taking place off Folly Lane. The local residents have now got together and produced a petition that has been signed by more than 100 people living in that area. The local councils (parish, district and county) have been made aware of the situation, which is mainly the responsibility of Essex County Council.

Hawkwell Post Office Refurbishment

After a refit at the end of March, the Hawkwell Post Office in Hawkwell Parade held an official reopening in April attended by our area MP Mark Francois. Please remember that most of your banking can now be done at any Post Office. You can pay cash and cheques, withdraw cash using a debit card, pay bills including utilities and telephone. At most Post Offices you can use the ATMs to draw pensions and benefits, Mail, Drop & Go, Parcel Force Express Services, Foreign Currency, Travel Insurance, National Express Tickets, Savings Accounts, Lotto Tickets and Lotto Prize Payments. In larger Post Offices they also have Passport Check and Send and you can pay your Vehicle Road Tax.

Local Public Toilets Update


At the time of writing no decision has been made regarding closure of any of the public toilets in Rochford District. It has been emphasised that the administration consider it to be a last resort. The Hockley public toilets next to and serving the Hockley Library seemed to be frequently used and are in reasonable condition but could do with a fresh coat of paint. We do not believe this is the last we will hear about these closures but we will try to do all we can to retain these facilities in Hockley and keep you our residents informed.

Vic Leach

We are sorry to hear that the chair of Hawkwell Parish Council, Vic Leach, passed away in March. Vic did a lot for the Hawkwell community serving on the council for over thirty years. We are sure he will be sadly missed by our residents.

Pharmacy Delivery Services


You may have had some information through your door advising you of a pharmacy service that arranges, dispenses and delivers your NHS repeat prescriptions. A nice idea you may think but this could lead to a reduction in our existing excellent pharmacy services that in many cases already provide all these services. Please ask your local pharmacy if they provide the services you require before considering to use other companies as it could lead to shop closures.

Deliverers

We would once again like to thank our volunteer folders, distributors and deliverers that make our newsletter possible and affordable. If you are not already a deliverer or folder and can spare an hour every year we would be very grateful.

Rayleigh Recycling Centre


Rayleigh Recycling Centre in Castle Road is controlled by Essex County Council and they have now made some vehicle and site restrictions changes. We believe that some of these restrictions are the reason we are getting a massive increase in fly tipping. You can draw your own conclusions by reading the following information taken from their website:-
“Vans, pick-ups and other commercial-type vehicles – including those privately owned - are not allowed to use this site. Customers attempting to park prohibited vehicles outside the site and carry waste in will be turned away. Rayleigh recycling centre only accepts the following amounts of DIY waste:
* In any 28-day period you may not exceed three wheelbarrow loads (one car boot) of soil, hardcore or gypsum-based products including plasterboard and dry wall lining.
* In any six-month period you may not exceed three large ceramic items (e.g. toilet or wash basin), one uPVC or wooden window frame, one uPVC or wooden door, three wooden internal doors or any elements of a built-in kitchen.
Your nearest recycling centre that accepts vans and limited DIY waste is Pitsea.
What you cannot bring to recycling centres: Asbestos, Chemicals and other toxic substances, Clinical waste,
Dead animals, Fireworks, ammunition and explosives, Fuel, Hazardous waste, Japanese knotweed, Landlord's waste, Pesticides, Poisons and Trade or commercial waste”.

Eldon Way

We are pleased to see that Eldon Way Business Estate has done well this year. RDC want to replace it with housing but we believe we need it for local jobs and as a useful facility for our residents. Some additions include Howdens joinery, Standout men's online clothing shop, Toymonster shop and online, Digiflex online shop building a large extension, 4edge printers moving to a larger unit, Monkey Bizzness back in use and CJ Bowling reopening.

New Business Park


The new £150m airport business park is now being built off Cherry Orchard Way in Rochford, meaning further loss of green belt and good farm land. Will this development really be fully built? as the original Rochford Business Park on the west side of Cherry Orchard Way, that was built over 20 years ago, has still only developed a third of the site. What really concerns us is that the only change to the infrastructure for this development is a new roundabout being built on Cherry Orchard Way that will just slow up the existing traffic. We now have 600 homes being built in Hall Road, 36 off Main Road in Highwell Gardens, 70 off Folly Lane, 60 at Bullwood Hall and 176 that have recently been finished at Clements Gate and nothing has been done about the daily traffic jams that occur at the Hockley Spa roundabout. The problem is that Rochford District Council decide on the buildings and Essex County Council decide on the roads. Neither the 600 homes in Hall Road nor the new business park are on an existing bus route and we have not heard of any new bus route being proposed. At the moment you would need to walk at least a mile to get a bus from these locations, which means even more cars on our roads.

2017 Coach Trips

Saturday 1st July – Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire.
Thursday 14th September – Euston Hall & Bury St. Edmunds.
Thursday 26th October – Broughton Castle & Sulgrave Manor.
Sunday 3rd to 4th December – Salisbury & Winchester Christmas Markets.
We pick up at various places between Rochford and Rayleigh. If you are interested in any of these outings please contact Brian on 01702 204334.

AGM

Your Hawkwell Residents Association AGM will be held at 6pm in the Hawkwell Village Hall Annex on Thursday 10 August 2017.

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If you have not already paid your subscriptions for this year, please send it to: Hawkwell Residents Association at 2 Englefield Close, Hawkwell, SS5 4LE or 25B Belchamps Way, Hawkwell, SS5 4NT.

No cash by post please – however 1st and 2nd class stamps only or cheques payable to Hawkwell Residents Association are fine.

I enclose £……………. being my / our subscription for this year (£1 per person per calendar year) together with any additional voluntary donation. In order to reduce costs a receipt will not be issued unless a stamped addressed envelope is enclosed.


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Our Summer 2016 Hawkwell Voice Content

From Your Hawkwell Residents Association Established 1994 - Serving Hawkwell Residents for Twenty Two Years

(or click on the pdf version: Hawkwell Residents Association Summer 2016 Hawkwell Voice Newsletter ).

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Another Bank Closure

As you know the last bank in Hockley, the Spa Road branch of Barclays, closed on the 9 October 2015 even after one of the Hockley Residents Association members Shirley James made considerable efforts to stop it. Now NatWest in Rochford, used by many Hawkwell residents, have announced that they will be closing on the 14 July 2016. The Rochford Barclays only opens 4 days a week at the moment but unless they get a lot more business from ex-NatWest customers, it's doubtful they will increase their opening days. It's probably just a matter of time that Rochford Barclays goes the same way as Hockley's did. At least most of our banking can now be done at any Post Office.
* You can pay cash and cheques in for 96% of UK banks with a 'paying in' slip free of charge.
* You can withdraw cash using a debit card up to a daily limit pre agreed with your bank - most are set at £300 a day but this may be increased.
* You can pay most bills in a post office, including utilities, telephone bills for free except £3.02 charge for water bills. Best to check for any charges before paying.
* The Post Office ATMs can be used for all UK banks, to draw pensions and benefits. Some ATMs are external and available 24/7.
The Post Offices also supply the following services:
Mail, Drop & Go, Parcel Force Express Services, Foreign Currency, Travel Insurance, National Express Tickets, Savings Accounts, Lotto Tickets and Lotto Prize Payments. In larger Post Offices they also have Passport Check and Send and you can pay your Vehicle Road Tax. My thanks to Hawkwell Residents Association committee member Nick Astdon who runs the Hawkwell Parade Post Office for supplying this Post Office information.

Local Developments

The 176 new homes on the Clements Gate development is nearly complete and they have now started building 36 new homes on the demolished Auto-Plas site. Although we will have 212 new homes the only road infrastructure improvement that has been made is an additional lane on Rectory Road at the approach to Nursery Corner mini roundabout, even though we will be badly effected by the 600 additional homes now being built in Hall Road Rochford. In Eldon Way Hockley Rochford District Council (RDC) has granted planning permission to replace units 27, 28 and 29 with 20 aesthetically unattractive flats above 5 shops in Eldon Way with the possible additional replacement of units 23, 24 25 and 26 with 30 flats above 8 shops. We believe this is not what was proposed in the RDC 'Hockley Area Action Plan' or in keeping with the residents 'Hockley Parish Plan'. These units appear to be in full use at the moment, which would mean relocating these businesses or loosing these businesses and associated jobs completely. These flats and shops will be in the wrong location surrounded by existing industrial units and a lack of sufficient parking facilities. Hockley that has bucked the trend of mass closures now has a Costa Coffee Shop, which we believe can only be a good thing for the village. People say that shop and food outlet chains turn shopping centres into clones but people also like to know they are going to get a certain standard that they have experienced in other locations. Domino's was probably the turning point in Hockley and hopefully will lead to attracting a restaurant chain and maybe a shop chain with all the additional visitors and customers they attract.

Police Meetings

We attended the monthly Hawkwell West and Rochford (including Hawkwell North) police meetings for something approaching ten years. There used to be a separate meeting for Hawkwell West but that was amalgamated with the Hockley meeting a couple of years ago. About a year ago they changed to having meetings every two months and now they are around every 3 months in various locations due to police cut backs. Normally there has been a local PC / Sargent in attendance that was able to answer local issues but now there may be no one from the police in attendance and they have decided call them a ''Community Meeting'' not a ''Police Meeting''. We have decided that we will no longer attend these meetings, as the Hawkwell and Hockley Residents Associations already have monthly meetings that the community may attend and we believe we do not need an additional three monthly community meeting. We will however continue to post Essex Community Messaging (ECM) information including police items on our website and on Streetlife.

Summer Newsletter

We have for some time now produced and delivered two newsletters per year, one in spring and one in autumn. Unfortunately this has become too costly and we are forced to reduce to just a summer edition. This has mainly been caused by low membership and increased printing cost. This year we have also tried to avoid the spring local elections and June referendum leaflet deliveries. We do however put our newsletters online together with other local and topical information. We have been serving Hawkwell for 22 years now helping with issues such as street lights and signs, bus stops, overgrown bushes, crossings and parking. If you have not already paid your subscriptions for this year, please send it to: Hawkwell Residents Association at 2 Englefield Close, Hawkwell, SS5 4LE or 25B Belchamps Way, Hawkwell, SS5 4NT using the cut off slip below. We would like to thank our volunteer folders, distributors and deliverers that make our newsletter possible and affordable. If you are not already a deliverer or folder and can spare an hour every year we would be very grateful. We are especially looking for deliverers that can deliver to Meesons Mead, Parklands and Stanley Road. We are also looking for new members to join our committee. If you are interested, reside in Hawkwell and are over 18 years of age please contact us at the addresses above or through the contact page on our website at hawkwell.org . In addition to our newsletter together with the Hockley Residents Association we have a short monthly article in Hockley Living that we believe most of Hawkwell receives through the door. Let us know your phone number and email address especially if you have an issue in Hawkwell that you would like us to address or help you with and we will try our best to resolve them. Unfortunately cost now prevents us contacting you by post.

Pay More Get Less

Before the local elections there were proposals from Rochford District Council to put the council tax up by 2% and charging more to use the council car parks. They also planed to close all the public toilets and to charge £40 to empty the green bins. They already charge to park at Hockley Woods now they want to start charging to park at Cherry Orchard Park. We believe we should be encouraging visitors to our towns and villages so they can spend money in our shops. Putting up parking charges and closing public toilets is not just an additional cost inconvenience for locals, it also another discouragement for visitors to our area. As for charging to empty green bins, most residents don’t fill these up very often and rather than paying the extra £40, green waste will end up in the general waste bin.

Stop The Surveys

At the end of 2015 Rochford District Council (RDC) run a Budget Survey that closed on the 8 January 2016, there was an article in their newspaper Rochford District Matters. There are around 85,000 residents living in the RDC area, but from a Freedom Of Information (FOI) request, we have found out that only 344 people responded, which is just 0.4%. We don’t how much RDC spent on this survey but it was probably in the thousands. It would be difficult to come up with a precise calculation, as some of this work could have been done by staff that are not being paid directly for this task but are spending time on it. Why are councils still wasting our council tax and resources on these surveys and consultations when councils are short of funds? We believe residents are not doing these surveys and consultations because of frustration with RDC who have ignored past results that do not agree with RDC plans.

Coach Trips

17/09/2016 – Wiltshire Golden Triangle.

27/10/2016 – Royal Hospital Chelsea & Eltham Palace.

Pick up points at various places between Rochford and Rayleigh. For additional information and to book please call Brian O’Shea on: 01702 204334.

AGM

Your Hawkwell Residents Association AGM will be held at 6pm in the Hawkwell Village Hall Annex on Thursday 4 August 2016.

                                                           Please Join Us - Help Us to Help You

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If you have not already paid your subscriptions for this year, please send it to: Hawkwell Residents Association at 2 Englefield Close, Hawkwell, SS5 4LE or 25B Belchamps Way, Hawkwell, SS5 4NT.

No cash by post please – however 1st and 2nd class stamps only or cheques payable to Hawkwell Residents Association are fine.

I enclose £……………. being my / our subscription for this year (£1 per person per calendar year) together with any additional voluntary donation. In order to reduce costs a receipt will not be issued unless a stamped addressed envelope is enclosed.


If you are not already a deliverer, would you deliver the Hawkwell Residents Association Newsletter in your road or another road? (please circle) YES / NO

Is there an issue in Hawkwell that you would like us to address or help you with?

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I am Interested in joining the committee (please circle) YES / NO

Name(s)……………...................................………..……...................................................................................................................

Address………………………………...............................................................................................................................……………

Home Phone Number.........................................Email Address……………………........................................................……………