Residents Resist Reading Room Revelations

Image of The Reading Room, North Ockendon showing a brick face with a large window inset and topped by a brick arch below a high steeply pitched roof

The Reading Room, North Ockendon

The Reading Room was built in 1885 in Church Lane for the public by the lord of the manor for locals and farm workers to provide somewhere for them to read news papers and other material. In 1895 it had 40 ordinary members. Vestry meetings were held there from 1906 to 1910. It is at the centre of the village and has been used over the years for parties, village meetings, hand bell ringing, sports and entertainment. It was used by the Sports and Social Club for many years. The villagers purchased the property from the estate of H. Benyon in 1964 for the cost of six pence per household to cover the cost of £20 (negotiated down from £2000) plus expenses. It is a building of historical importance to the village with a wonderful interior and is in keeping with the other buildings locally, a link back to the by-gone age of benevolent land ownership.

Planning submission has been put in to Havering council  application 1989 (click on link) to have a change of use of the building from a community amenity to a 2 bedroom residential property – we would like to bring this building back from the brink once more, and revive it’s use in the advancement of local community development, of the arts, culture, and the local heritage.

 

 

 

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Dogs Are Not Just For Christmas

Notoriously dogs are abandoned in their droves during the post-Christmas period when the realities of keeping a dog as a pet dawn on people in the new year, but this Christmas period has brought some good news for at least some dogs.

The government in it’s uncommon wisdom has for a second and we hope final time refused permission for the Kennels site to be turned into a unsightly housing estate of low-rise low-quality chicken-hutch come houses. More details will be published as they become available, in the meantime, please raise an extra glass of Christmas Eggnog in celebration and cheer that at least the kennels dogs will not be made homeless.

K’nel!

I’m not going waste more words than I have to on this one. The applicant for the Kennels development is appealing to the Government Havering Council’s decision to refuse permission.

Please see previous post on objecting to an appeal here.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Albert Einstein

Kennels Development Barking Up the Wrong Tree

As widely predicted the latest proposals for the unsightly development of the Kennels site with a 22 prefabricated unit housing estate didn’t stand a dog’s chance of getting the green light to destroy the green belt,  we could all have done with some good news.

This decision is of course, subject to the applicant making an appeal, if she wishes to throw another £4080 of good money after bad to pay for the for the Mayor of London Community Infrastructure Levy along with any other costs that would be occurred, in trying to push the dog’s dinner of an application through.

SAY NO TO THE PROPOSALS FOR A NEW LOWER THAMES CROSSING

Sunday demonstration – Grays Town Centre, 12 noon meet by the War memorial

We need everyone, a real show of strength.  Please talk to friends, family and neighbours.   For the sake of one hour we can make a real impact.

Police have been informed, council aware and all councillors invited.

 Fighting together against increased traffic, increased air pollution and the destruction of the green belt.

Download #NoNewCrossing Posters

You can download objection posters here.

Detailed Poster with map of proposed routes and useful links.

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Shouty NO NEW CROSSING poster

NONEWCROSSING

 

Destruction Of North Ockendon

Continuing from the previous consultation the Department for Transport (DfT) has launched another consultation process on the New Thames Crossing. With the tarmac from the widening of the M25 and the paint of the white lines from introduction of the new so-called “free-flow” toll hardly dry and the chaos caused by work on the A13 junction it cannot be believed that appropriate time and analysis of the affects they have had on traffic and congestion.

The DfT seems to be pushing very hard for the worse possible of all options, Option C, cutting across the end of Church Lane and very close to Norman Church and barn conversions with elevated sections running down the middle of all the green belt land all the way from Tilbury. The entire area will be blighted by this unnecessary and expensive tar and cement white elephant.

Read the details that DfT are prepared to make public here.

Have your say to the DfT “consultation” here.

You must sign the on-line petition against the development for us to have any chance of objecting or having a real say here.

Upminster and Cranham Residents Association “Have your say” can be found here.

Follow @NorthOckendon and @ThamesCrossing on twitter.

Facebook? Facebook page on NO to the crossing can be found here.

There are public information events held by DfT (where information based on maps that are 13 years out of date) at the following locations and dates.

Full information about these events is at Highways England: Lower Thames Crossing upcoming events.

Date Time Place Address
16 February 2016 11am to 7pm East Tilbury, Essex East Tilbury Primary School, Princess Margaret Road, East Tilbury, RM18 8SB
17 February 2016 11am to 7pm Brentwood, Essex East and West Horndon Village Hall, Thorndon Avenue, West Horndon, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3TP
18 February 2016 11am to 7pm Tilbury, Essex Lansdowne Primary Academy, Lansdowne Road, Tilbury, RM18 7QB
19 February 2016 12:30pm to 9pm Bluewater, Kent Bluewater Shopping Centre, Bluewater Parkway, Greenhithe, Kent, DA9 9ST
20 February 2016 10:30am to 4pm Bluewater, Kent Bluewater Shopping Centre, Bluewater Parkway, Greenhithe, Kent, DA9 9ST
22 February 2016 11am to 7pm Bexley, Kent Hurst Community Centre, Hurst Place, Hurst Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 3LH
23 February 2016 11am to 7pm Northfleet, Kent Eastgate Events Venue, 141 Springhead Parkway, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 8AD
26 February 2016 11am to 7pm Dartford, Kent Temple Hill Community Centre, Temple Hill Square, Dartford, Kent, DA1 5HY
27 February 2016 10:30am to 4pm Dartford, Kent Orchard Shopping Centre, High Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1DN
1 March 2016 11am to 7pm Basildon, Essex The Towngate Theatre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1DL
3 March 2016 11am to 7pm Grays, Essex Thurrock Council of Voluntary Services, The Beehive Resource Centre, West Street, Grays, RM17 6XP
4 March 2016 11am to 7pm Grays, Essex Lakeside Shopping Centre, West Thurrock Way, Grays, RM20 2ZP
5 March 2016 10:30am to 4pm Grays, Essex Lakeside Shopping Centre, West Thurrock Way, Grays, RM20 2ZP
7 March 2016 11am to 7pm Maidstone, Kent Kent County Council, Sessions House, County Hall, County Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ
8 March 2016 11am to 7pm Rochester, Kent The Corn Exchange, Northgate, Rochester, Medway, Kent, ME1 1LS