New plans for Ekco site homes unveiled

New plans for Ekco site homes unveiled

New plans for Ekco site homes unveiled

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A DEVELOPER has changed plans for a 200- home estate on a key Southend site after residents raised concerns about traffic.

Bellway Homes has moved the exit from the estate it wants to build on the former Ekco factory site onto Thornford Gardens to reduce the impact on residents.

The developer unveiled the new layout, showing the exit next to the Ekco Sports and Social Club, about 70 yards closer to Manners Way, at an exhibition at the club.

Steve Read, planning and development manager for the firm, said: “We have taken on board the comments about lights shining in bedroom windows and changed the whole direction of the site entrance and exit.

“We have looked at the options for the junction there, with a view to try to prevent residents from the new estate going in and exiting Thornford Gardens.

“We believe we have come up with options to appease local concerns.”

The pavement would be widened at the new junction and new road markings painted to give priority to cars leaving the estate, and narrowing traffic coming from the other two “arms” of Thornford Gardens.

“No entry” signs could prevent cars leaving the estate from turning right and racing up Thornford Gardens to the other exit onto Manners Way, to avoid any queue.

Residents suggested using a “no right turn” sign at the exit of the estate rather than “no entry” signs to prevent cars using the rat run without stopping Thornford Gardens residents accessing their homes.

But many of the more than 100 people who visited the exhibition yesterday, still opposed the re-drawn plans.

Kathleen Balaam, 80, who has lived in Thornford Gardens for 34 years, said: “It’s an absolute abomination they are thinking of.

“The volume of traffic is going to be one a minute going past. It’s unacceptable.”

As well as the new housing estate, a new 16-bed Havens Hospice will be built as part of the development on Priory Crescent.

The £16.5million hospice will have landscaped gardens overlooking the Ekco sports ground and patients will have access to a chapel from both the ground and first floor. The number of bicycle parking places has also increased from the original plans from 30 to around 40, to encourage more staff to cycle to work.

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8:49am Fri 6 Jun 14

rodgdodge says...

I hope they raise the wall along Prittle Brook, which passes along there.
With climate change, this will cause flooding occasionally .
I hope they raise the wall along Prittle Brook, which passes along there. With climate change, this will cause flooding occasionally . rodgdodge
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4:23pm Fri 6 Jun 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Flooding seems to follow any big housing development these days. Houses will be an improvement - but how will the already croweded roads cope? And what about schools - aren't those in the area aleady full? Is this another example of house building with little thought to long term effects?
Flooding seems to follow any big housing development these days. Houses will be an improvement - but how will the already croweded roads cope? And what about schools - aren't those in the area aleady full? Is this another example of house building with little thought to long term effects? I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 6

5:42pm Fri 6 Jun 14

jolllyboy says...

More traffic around the airport - allow much longer to get there. rodgdoge if you are worried about prittlebrook then you should be worried that southend airport have requested the environment agency permission to allow the run off from the airport into the two brooks - which then will run out into the Roach. To my mind this is a no go for pollution and raising the levels on what is already a flood plain.
More traffic around the airport - allow much longer to get there. rodgdoge if you are worried about prittlebrook then you should be worried that southend airport have requested the environment agency permission to allow the run off from the airport into the two brooks - which then will run out into the Roach. To my mind this is a no go for pollution and raising the levels on what is already a flood plain. jolllyboy
  • Score: 5

9:02pm Fri 6 Jun 14

chillyfeet says...

Those residents that have liked living in a quiet residential street are now going to be subject to a constant stream of cars going past there homes day and night.
Its logical to me and those with more than one brain cell, so that does not include the planners, that the housing traffic should exit on Priory Crescent and the Hospice traffic should exit through Thornford gardens.
NOT the other way around.
Manners Way is the main road to the Airport and the trading estate and at weekends traffic queues along a large part of the road. So residents eager to get out of the new houses and onto Manners way will cause yet another nightmare road and an accident waiting to happen.
Never mind our wonderful councillors will sort it out, I`m sure. NOT.
Those residents that have liked living in a quiet residential street are now going to be subject to a constant stream of cars going past there homes day and night. Its logical to me and those with more than one brain cell, so that does not include the planners, that the housing traffic should exit on Priory Crescent and the Hospice traffic should exit through Thornford gardens. NOT the other way around. Manners Way is the main road to the Airport and the trading estate and at weekends traffic queues along a large part of the road. So residents eager to get out of the new houses and onto Manners way will cause yet another nightmare road and an accident waiting to happen. Never mind our wonderful councillors will sort it out, I`m sure. NOT. chillyfeet
  • Score: 2

11:12pm Fri 6 Jun 14

the25man says...

What a laugh putting in no right turn in certain places the no right turn doesn't work Cokefield Road into Hamstel Road
What a laugh putting in no right turn in certain places the no right turn doesn't work Cokefield Road into Hamstel Road the25man
  • Score: 0

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