Rayleigh Town Council in park safety wrangle

Rayleigh Town Council in park safety wrangle

Rayleigh Town Council in park safety wrangle

First published in Echo News by

RAYLEIGH Town Council has refused to fork out nearly £13,000 to secure parks managed by Rochford District Council in the town.

The district council excluded the expense of locking and unlocking parks from their budget when it was agreed in 2013, meaning gates were permanently left open.

Rayleigh Town Council raised concerns about how safe the parks are at night, but the district authority has asked it to pay the fee itself.

A quote for £12,775 was received to lock and unlock the five gates at King George’s playing field in Ashingdon and Brooklands and Fairview parks in Rayleigh.

At a recent full council meeting, the cpouncildecided not to pay the fee.

In an e-mail to the town council, Rochford District councillor for environmental health services, Richard Evans, said antisocial behaviour in the Rayleigh parks is not significant compared to other areas.

He said: “I can advise that while the district is prepared to provide some funding for this purpose it is considered essential that your council also contributes towards these costs.”

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4:00pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

"A quote for £12,775 was received to lock and unlock the five gates at King George’s playing field in Ashingdon and Brooklands and Fairview parks in Rayleigh."

How on earth can it cost that much to unlock a few gates.

On second thoughts, give me the 12 grand and I'll do it.

"In an e-mail to the town council, Rochford District councillor for environmental health services, Richard Evans, said antisocial behaviour in the Rayleigh parks is not significant compared to other areas."

...and with a Dale Farm sized traveller site planned for Rayleigh does he think it's a good idea to leave the gates open? As soon as the pitches become full, they'll be looking for green open spaces to stick their caravans on. If they can do it in supermarket car parks and green belt, they can do it in a park.

And it's coming up to Easter....

Dear God. Who voted this lot in?
"A quote for £12,775 was received to lock and unlock the five gates at King George’s playing field in Ashingdon and Brooklands and Fairview parks in Rayleigh." How on earth can it cost that much to unlock a few gates. On second thoughts, give me the 12 grand and I'll do it. "In an e-mail to the town council, Rochford District councillor for environmental health services, Richard Evans, said antisocial behaviour in the Rayleigh parks is not significant compared to other areas." ...and with a Dale Farm sized traveller site planned for Rayleigh does he think it's a good idea to leave the gates open? As soon as the pitches become full, they'll be looking for green open spaces to stick their caravans on. If they can do it in supermarket car parks and green belt, they can do it in a park. And it's coming up to Easter.... Dear God. Who voted this lot in? Kim Gandy
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10:51pm Fri 7 Mar 14

woolstone says...

Is it about time that Rayleigh had its own council and no longer come under Rochford as Rayleigh will soon have more residents after the new houses are built and therefore should be responsible for its own policies. I for one do not like the way we are governed by the so called cabinet of eight which I think is very undemocratic and Rayleigh does not have a fair deal with this system. I know at the moment we have a Town Council without any teeth.
Is it about time that Rayleigh had its own council and no longer come under Rochford as Rayleigh will soon have more residents after the new houses are built and therefore should be responsible for its own policies. I for one do not like the way we are governed by the so called cabinet of eight which I think is very undemocratic and Rayleigh does not have a fair deal with this system. I know at the moment we have a Town Council without any teeth. woolstone
  • Score: 2

1:10pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

The local junkies got to have somewheere to cook up and mainline....
The local junkies got to have somewheere to cook up and mainline.... Howard Cháse
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