THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price has called on planning minister Eric Pickles to veto controversial plans for 501 new homes on the site of the former London Fire Brigade sports and social club at Aveley reports the Thurrock Enquirer. The application was approved, against the advice of officers, by a narrow majority of councillors at last month’s planning meeting. Those councillors who backed it said they were doing so primarily because of the community benefits including a £500,000 donation to Treetops School, contributions to new school places in the Borough, a £1m contribution to Aveley Community centre and provision of news sports pitches and changing rooms at Belhus Park.
THE celebrations continue on Sunday 1st December between 11am and 3pm when our Christmas Spectacular takes place in the High Street. With a wide range of market stalls to buy your Christmas Presents from there is also lots to enjoy. Visit Santa in his Grotto, Try your hand at riding a Christmas Pudding, go snowboarding or watch the Sumo Santas plus lots more. INCLUDING The Media Mayhem Christmas Show. This is where our young people are showcasing their entertainment talents. There will be solo spots, groups and performances from the Ormiston Park Academy Glee Club and Cinderella Flash Mob
IT seems like the young people at the Aveley Youth Centre have been baking cakes for weeks. They have held two fund raising events with homemade cakes as the centre point. At the first they made cakes at home and brought them into the centre to sell and raise money for McMillan Cancer Support. Then it was the turn of Children in Need.
THE AVELEY community were left disgusted at the weekend after mindless yobs vandalised a land rover that belongs to the father of fallen war hero, Nicky Mason. Dennis Mason had parked the khaki coloured Land Rover on Aveley High Street on Saturday night, close to the war memorial, in preparation for the remembrance service on Sunday.
IN TODAY’S economic situation every penny is vital but if you live in Aveley getting to a bank is not always easy. To help out local people Aveley Village Community Forum have partnered up with Essex Savers to bring their services to the Village. Essex Savers is a savings and loans co-operative who help people to save money and provides loans at an affordable rate. It can also help with budget planning, issue pre-paid debit cards or set up special accounts for housing benefits plus many other services.
AVELEY might be a village but it’s going to town this Christmas. Their regular Christmas Market is now a Christmas Spectacular!. So what makes it so special? Well this year local young people will be showing off what they can do.
FAMILIES from Aveley and Ockendon enjoyed an afternoon of celebration at the official opening of the Indian Village garden at Aveley Children’s Centre recently. Cllr Tony Fish, Mayor for Thurrock, was at the event and was introduced to all who had made this project possible, including the parents, carers and volunteers who donated homemade cakes for this fun filled Garden Tea Party.
RECENTLY, we were invited, along with local residents and councillors, for a tour of the Ormiston Park Academy building. You can tell how excited principal Tess Walker and deputy principal Huw Derrick are as they show us around the building.
A FESTIVAL near to Aveley left local residents with a sleepless night in Thurrock. The One Love Festival is billed as the number one reggae and dub festival in the UK. But there was not a lot of love in the room in Aveley, South Ockendon and even as far as Kent as residents complained about the levels of noise.
Courtney-Lee is also keen to raise more money for charity during her reign. She has raised money so far for Clik Sargent, Puffin Ward at Basildon Hospital, Treetops school and Essex Air Ambulance. She has taken part in a 5 hour and 7 hour dance-a-thon for St Lukes Hospice and most recently a 6 hour dance-a-thon raising £205 for the Follow Your Dreams charity in just three days.
The club’s vision is to create a purpose built facility to cater for the football club and wider community, made possible through the development and sale of their current ground at Mill Field. This will release value that can be invested in new, sustainable sports facilities. Mill Field had previously been identified by Thurrock Council as a suitable site for new housing, allowing proposals to comply with their emerging planning policy framework.
THIS summer, Mardyke Woods in South Ockendon is hosting fun, free activities for the whole family to enjoy, with the help of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Veolia North Thames Trust.
For a fun afternoon with your little ones, bring a picnic and favourite teddy to a Teddy Bears Picnic on Thursday 15th August 12pm – 3pm by the Cherwell Grove playground. Activities will include meeting farm animals, giant garden games, face painting and a soft play area.
KENNINGTONS primary academy sports day made national headlines last month after the Aveley school decided to ban parents from sports day as it was a “very stressful occasion”. But we are glad to report that the sports day has, according to sources, taken place without incident.
A MAN suspected of being an illegal immigrant was arrested in Aveley on Friday afternoon. A member of public alerted police at just after 2.50pm after a number of men were seen to leave a lorry near to Hall Avenue.
AVELEY Village Community Forum will be holding its AGM on Tuesday 23rd July at 7.30pm at the Aveley Youth & Community Centre. This meeting is open to anyone and we would invite our local residents to join us.
NGAGE, the Community Organisation and Volunteer Centre for Thurrock has launched a new pilot project called ‘VCLocal’. The project aims to launch smaller satellite volunteer centres across Thurrock in order to encourage more local people and organisations to access volunteering opportunities within the local area.
THE GOOD people of Reem Tanning in Aveley are always keen to support charities. So it was no surprise when Linda Cooper and the team contacted YT to let us know they were supporting MacMillan cancer support. Of course, we did not expect Elvis to be singing out on the high street in Aveley.
“As much as I would like Thurrock Council to challenge the permission this would not stand up in a court of law and not without huge legal costs having to be borne by the Thurrock tax-payer. I will not encourage false hopes in my community that this development will be stopped.
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THIS WAS not the first time that council officer, Richard Hatter had faced an angry residents meeting to address concerns regarding planning applications and it will probably not be the last. Over 200 residents packed into the main hall of the Aveley primary school to discuss the large number of applications that could change the way their village looks forever.
ONE OF THE busiest corners of the borough is the Aveley Community Centre. Boosted by a lottery grant last year of £10,000. The money has enabled a host of services to be provided. But most of all one of them is fun.
AVELEY Village Community Forum is holding its next open forum meeting on Tuesday 19th February at 7.30pm.Top of the agenda will be representatives of Thurrock Council’s planning department who will be talking about possible developments in housing and other building in and around Aveley and the new Local Development Framework.
2013 could be the year that the landscape of Aveley changes forever.
For years, the campaigning community leaders, residents and councillors have tried to control, petition and negotiate over the possible changes to the area. For some it is a futile, King Canute type exercise. For others it is a vital attempt to prevent a small community, a village in many ways from being engulfed by the town called London which it borders.
AVELEY’S Christmas Market returns to the Village this year. Sunday 2nd December will see Aveley High Street taken over with a FREE Skating Rink, Father Christmas, entertainers and a range of stalls to help you find just the right Christmas Presents. The fun starts at 11am and goes on to 3pm. The High Street will be closed to traffic to create a safe environment for all (diversions will be signposted).
WHILST interviewing UKIP councillor Robert Ray as well as UKIP Essex Police crime commissioner candidate, Andrew Smith on Saturday in Aveley, we walked across the the Aveley Recreation Ground.
Cllr Ray has questioned the plans by Thurrock Council to spend nearly £150,000 on further youth provision when some of the facilities have been wrecked.