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Our Summer 2016 Hawkwell Voice Content

From Your Hawkwell Residents Association Established 1994 - Serving Hawkwell Residents for Twenty One 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.

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Our Autumn 2015 Hawkwell Voice Content

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

(or click on the pdf version: Hawkwell Residents Association Autumn 2015 Hawkwell Voice Newsletter ).

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Barclays Bank Closure

As you are probably aware the last bank in Hockley the Spa Road branch of Barclays Bank is closing on the 9 October 2015. They say It's because the number of customers has fallen by 51 percent in seven years mainly due to the increasing use of online banking. Unfortunately a number of people do not wish to use online banking or ATMs. It also means that shopkeepers in Hockley will need to travel to Rayleigh or Rochford to bank their takings. It appears that banks are now concentrating on larger towns like Southend, Rayleigh and Basildon. This means that Rochford Town which is really no bigger than Hockley is at risk of loosing its banks. Out of the two banks in Rochford, Barclays are now only open 4 day a week, closing Thursdays and weekends. You cannot reverse the internet so unfortunately things can only get worse. We have written to Barclays Bank and our MP Mark Francois with our concerns and have received replies but at the time of writing the closure is still going ahead. The only good news is you will be able to pay in cash and cheques to your personal Barclays account at the Spa Road Post Office and of course get money out of other four existing ATMs in Hockley. Regrettably people who do not wish to or are unable to bank online, use ATMs or get to Rayleigh or Rochford will now be left in the unsatisfactory position of finding someone they can trust to help them.

Auto-Plas and Benchmark Doors

Plans have now been approved to demolish Auto-Plas and Benchmark Doors at 90 Main Road Hawkwell and replace them with 36 homes. We objected, as although we welcome the 27 hopefully affordable terraced houses, we also believe loosing this service and light industrial site is a loss of potential jobs in Hawkwell. It could also be the thin end of the wedge by turning the adjacent service and light industrial sites Stonebridge House, Rawal Pindi Nursery and possibly the adjacent homes on large plots, into more housing and with a further loss of job opportunities. Although it’s a good thing that brown field sites and not green belt are used, we believe that this site has been deliberately allowed to run down for financial gain. The 36 homes are in addition to the 176 homes now being built on the Clements Gate Estate in the agreed Rochford District Council’s long term plans for Hawkwell and the district.

Clements Hall Shelter

A few years ago Hawkwell Parish Council had a shelter built in Clements Hall Sports Grounds near the skateboard ramps. Unfortunately they have now virtually been destroyed. To see before and now photos please see the home page of our website: hawkwell.org

Cake Moments

We now have a new shop in Hawkwell called Cake Moments next to the Shadhona Indian Restaurant in Main Road. We are pleased to see that this shop is now being used again as it has been empty for a number of years. It was last used as a printers but in the past it has been a wool shop and a general store according to local historian Margaret Chambers. The new owners produce cakes for all occasions and we are informed they may add a cake cafe facility. We wish them well with their new venture.

Belchamps

Belchamps Scout Activity Centre has 30 acres of fantastic camping fields set in our beautiful Essex countryside. There are five high quality indoor facilities and a large range of activities for young people. There is something for all ages and abilities and no one is left out of the fun. For full details please see the Belchamps website: belchamps.org.uk

Low Membership

We are experiencing very low membership at the moment and this may have been caused by our spring newsletter clashing with the general election leaflets. We have been serving Hawkwell for 21 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. We would also like to thank our volunteer folders, distributors and deliverers who make our newsletter possible and affordable. If you are not already a deliverer or folder and can spare an hour every 6 months we would be very grateful. We are still 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  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 from contacting you by post. In addition to our twice yearly 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.

Broadband

We have received a number of complaints about the speed of broadband connections in Hawkwell and Hockley. There are a number of online speed checks that can be used to measure download and upload speeds but we would not recommend that you use one that needs to be installed as they may come with unwanted extras. Unfortunately the results are not very reliable as they vary from company to company and on the time of day the test is carried out. We believe it is safe to say that connections in our area are poor. Before we take any action we would be interested to hear your experiences and if any of our readers / members could advise us if anything could be done to improve this situation.

Parking On Corners

We have received a number of complaints about vehicles parking on or close to street corners restricting the vision of oncoming traffic when exiting side turnings. The Highway Code states: do not stop or park opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space. We have brought this issue up with our local police but as we all know they are being stretched to the limit and are therefore unable to act. Offenders could be subject to traffic police but due to cutbacks we don't see much of them in our area these days. We believe at the end of the day it should just be down to drivers thinking and acting sensibly. The other issue we get complaints about is vehicles parking over pavements. The main thing is that you leave sufficient space for prams, wheelchairs and mobility scooters to pass through and not be forced to go in the road. The Highway Code is available online at: gov.uk/highway-code

Coach Trips

The Hockley Residents Association social secretary organises great value coach trips including pick-up points in Hawkwell:

Friday 4th September – Day at the Races, Ascot.

Friday 16th October to Tuesday 20th October – North Yorkshire.

Friday 27th November – Christmas in Faversham & Canterbury.

For further details please visit the Local Events page on the Hockley or Hawkwell RA websites or phone Brian O’Shea on 01702 204334.

                                                            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……………………..............................................................……………


 
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