Residents to be consulted on new look Rochford market

Southend Standard: Rochford Market Square the annual Chritmas tree and light switch-on celebration Rochford Market Square the annual Chritmas tree and light switch-on celebration

ROCHFORD residents are to be consulted on how the town’s Market Square could be revitalised.

The District Council will hold the public consultation to ensure residents have a say about how Rochford town centre should look in years to come.

Council planning officers have drawn up two possible options, but any further ideas from the public would be welcomed.

Councillor Keith Hudson, deputy leader of the council, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to plan for the future of Rochford’s Market Square to attract more shoppers to the area.

“It is important that we make it a central point of which we can be proud, and preserve its unique historic character at the same time.

“We really need the input of residents to help us achieve this goal, so I would urge everyone to have a look through the information and make their views known.”

The first plan sees greater priority given to pedestrians with wider pavement areas in the Market Square, give space for 15 parking bays and three taxis while retaining the bus stop.

The second plan sees a more significant intervention could see pedestrianisation of the whole square, with space for up to 10 parking spaces and the bus stop, but the relocation of the taxi rank.

The Council will be exhibiting the information in Rochford during the consultation period, at locations to be confirmed, and online at www.rochford.gov.uk.

Representations must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday, May 8, 2014 and can be submitted online consultation system at http://rochford.jdi-consult.net/ldf Alternatively, send them to Planning Policy, Rochford District Council, South Street, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1BW.

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2:40pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Sensible Man says...

Make the whole square for pedestrians / buses only ( except for access on market day). This will put a stop to all those inconsiderate (and oh so lazy) drivers blocking the whole junction from South Street into the market square as they wait for a spot to park. There is a MASSIVE car park metres away and yet these lazy devils deliberately park right over the "Keep Clear" sign and make it impossible for buses to turn. Shift those bone-idlers out to the car park.

And why does the wonderfully useless Rochford Council do absolutely NOTHING to enforce the "Keep Clear" area - even though it is just a few feet from their offices? Oh sorry - I forgot - they're too busy looking for the next Green Belt area to cover in filthy shoeboxes.
Make the whole square for pedestrians / buses only ( except for access on market day). This will put a stop to all those inconsiderate (and oh so lazy) drivers blocking the whole junction from South Street into the market square as they wait for a spot to park. There is a MASSIVE car park metres away and yet these lazy devils deliberately park right over the "Keep Clear" sign and make it impossible for buses to turn. Shift those bone-idlers out to the car park. And why does the wonderfully useless Rochford Council do absolutely NOTHING to enforce the "Keep Clear" area - even though it is just a few feet from their offices? Oh sorry - I forgot - they're too busy looking for the next Green Belt area to cover in filthy shoeboxes. Sensible Man
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3:20pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Sensible Man says...

Sorry - should have said pedestrians / buses / taxis / only.
Sorry - should have said pedestrians / buses / taxis / only. Sensible Man
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4:08pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

Clear the ratboys out the square scaring the customers off.
Clear the ratboys out the square scaring the customers off. Richy don't shine shoes no more
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7:43pm Tue 25 Mar 14

ddf35 says...

Err because it's not the council's job to police the road traffic rules? it might be outside their offices but its not up to them to enforce it. and if they did, then some jobsworth would say "why are the council doing this, they're not meant to do it why arent they doing a) b) c) d)"

it's a complete pain in the arse but who is going to listen to a council offical coming out wagging their finger? no one, so it would be a waste of time anyway.
Err because it's not the council's job to police the road traffic rules? it might be outside their offices but its not up to them to enforce it. and if they did, then some jobsworth would say "why are the council doing this, they're not meant to do it why arent they doing a) b) c) d)" it's a complete pain in the arse but who is going to listen to a council offical coming out wagging their finger? no one, so it would be a waste of time anyway. ddf35
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8:22pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Sensible Man says...

Yes - sorry - I did not phrase that very well. What I should have said is that - given the close proximity to their offices - one might have hoped that the Council (given the years that this problem has been going on ) could have come to an arrangement with the local Police / PCSOs to keep an eye on the situation. But I suppose that - now Rochford Police Station is just a distant memory - any hope of that is long gone.
Yes - sorry - I did not phrase that very well. What I should have said is that - given the close proximity to their offices - one might have hoped that the Council (given the years that this problem has been going on ) could have come to an arrangement with the local Police / PCSOs to keep an eye on the situation. But I suppose that - now Rochford Police Station is just a distant memory - any hope of that is long gone. Sensible Man
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8:51pm Wed 26 Mar 14

ddf35 says...

ah yes, that makes more sense :-) it is pretty unbelievable how nothing ever gets done by any one of any authority.

near xmas i saw a man who had obviously been stuck on a bus that couldnt get around the corner, must have gone to speak to the cars queing up but worded whatever he was saying not very well and the lady in the car was like "oh my god, how can you be so rude!" - or words to that effect, as his wife dragged him away. i'd love to have known what he said...
ah yes, that makes more sense :-) it is pretty unbelievable how nothing ever gets done by any one of any authority. near xmas i saw a man who had obviously been stuck on a bus that couldnt get around the corner, must have gone to speak to the cars queing up but worded whatever he was saying not very well and the lady in the car was like "oh my god, how can you be so rude!" - or words to that effect, as his wife dragged him away. i'd love to have known what he said... ddf35
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