Illegal Banners, Mobile Hoardings and other Advertising Posters

January 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The principle that RDC stated in its interview with the Echo is correct but why, oh why, does it let the mobile hoardings that permanently live alongside and on our roads stay there and why does it not take down ALL the flyposting? Other indentifiable advertisers should be prosecuted for planning violations and fined. 
Christmas lights banner row

Echo 5th December 2009
A COUNCIL employee has been criticised for taking down banners promoting a Christmas lights launch ceremony.

Rochford Parish Council put up three banners on November 26 in Bradley Way, Cherry Orchard Road and the junction of West Street and Hall Road, announcing the display in the Market Square this Sunday.

But the next day, Friday, November 27, they noticed the banners had all been removed.

A Rochford District Council officer had taken them down because they did not have permission to go up.

Parish council chairman Maureen Vince said: “I’m disappointed they didn’t get in touch with us first to say they were taking them down.

“It would have been a bit more of an amicable approach.”

Mrs Vince said the parish council would put the banners back up again, but was worried about the district council removing them again just days before the switching-on ceremony.

She said: “That would be extremely disappointing so close to the ceremony.”

She admitted the parish council did not have permission, but there had never been a problem in previous years.

The district council’s head of planning, Shaun Scrutton, said: “Whatever the organisation and whatever the event, adverts which are displayed on the public highway require consent before they can be displayed.

“This consent is obtained through a simple process by applying to the local planning authority, who assess the location of the advert based on issues of visual amenity and highway safety.”

Mr Scrutton said to put up an advert or sign, organisations must apply to the planning department to get an application form and must also send in plans and drawings and pay a charge.

Car Wash Outrage In Hockley

December 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Echo Report 21st December 2009 – Outrage as car wash is built without approval

A car wash is being put up without planning permission in Hockley.  Rochford District Council has called on those building the car wash, at the site of a former vehicle rental firm in Alderman’s Hill, to stop work immediately.  But yesterday the Echo saw workers continuing the development and digging a drain.  Residents got suspicious after a 12ft sign went up outside the site advertising James Hand Carwash and Valeting Service.  One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “It is an outrage this is still being built. It is on top of a hill, so our concern is the water and chemicals will run off into the drainage system.  “It will be dangerous at this time of year, creating black ice.  “Also, the emergency services use this as a main route into Hullbridge, causing further concern over accidents from the slippery conditions the valeting service will create. If there is an accident on the road caused by the valeting service, will it be to blame or the council?”  A board has been put up around the site, with work going on behind it.  Shaun Scrutton, the council’s head of planning and transportation, said: “The operator has been informed that works on the site are unauthorised and undertaken at their own risk.  “It has been recommended all works cease until planning issues are resolved. The council has been told a planning application is being prepared for the use of the site as a car wash, and consent will also be sought for the erection of a wall alongside Folly Lane.  “It is understood the underground petrol tanks have been filled with foam and made safe to the satisfaction of the petroleum officer.”  The Echo tried to talk to the workers yesterday, but our questions went unanswered. Residents with concerns have been told to contact the council’s planning department by email, letter or phone.