Sir David brushed off the inclement weather to lavish praise on the 120 acre wildlife site calling it ”remarkable transformation” The site rests on a thick bed of rubbish and domestic waste and has piled up to form layers that are 30m thick. Sir David said: “We live in a crowded country and need to respect its limits to sustain us. Change like this must become the norm.”
Cllr Phil Anderson, ward member for Stanford East and Corringham Town said: “One of the things most residents say to me is how they want a face-to-face housing service. This surgery provides that opportunity and I urge people to take advantage.” Council estate officers will be at each surgery to advise on all housing-related issues from rent payments, benefits, and finance, to repairs and anti-social behaviour.
WITH roadworks on the A13 causing enough trouble, the last thing drivers needed was the level crossing to get stuck on London Road in Stanford-le-Hope. A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “Stanford-Le-Hope train services through this station may be subject to disruption on all routes at short notice.
THE retention of car parking spaces in the middle of Stanford-le-Hope, despite the sale of the land was welcomed by Thurrock Council Leader Cllr John Kent at Wednesday (10 April) evening’s meeting of the cabinet. Members agreed the sale of the car park in King Street, Stanford-le-Hope which forms part of a mixed-use commercial and residential scheme with planning permission; a strip of a larger council landholding in Baker Street, Orsett; the transfer the freehold of the Beehive, West Street, Grays to Thurrock CVS; and the extension of the option for Dr Devaraja to buy the former Graham James Infant school for the development of new surgery facilities.
To ensure commuters are safe, during major work on the bridge structure, the A13 will be diverted, taking traffic up the junction’s slip roads and back down onto the A13. The majority of this work will take place between Friday 12 April and 6 May and will see the diversion in place all weekends from 20.00 on Fridays until 5.00 on Mondays and on most weeknights from 20.00 until 5.00.
Conservative Councillor Pauline Tolson for Homesteads ward said “We have been campaigning on residents’ behalf about Southend Road for some time. About a year ago we secured funding for signs to help cut speeding, this crossing will now provide a safe place for many local residents, including schoolchildren, to cross. In such an economically tough time, it’s great to see we can still deliver these important community projects”.
STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, showed his support for the Stanford and Corringham Carnival Association when he attended their spring dance and presentation evening last weekend. The Association hold a number of events throughout the year to raise money for some extremely worthy local causes – this year’s beneficiaries are Holiday Homes for the Handicapped, First Responders and ‘Blu’s nu-shoes’.
A LOCAL ward councillor is still demanding answers over flooding issues in Runnymede Road and Ruskin Road, Stanford; an area of the borough which has suffered repeated bouts of local flooding for many years – most recently in spring 2012.
PEOPLE power won the day at a Thurrock Council planning meeting last night (Jan 18) as an application that would see lorry movements on Wharf Road, Stanford-le-Hope was turned down. The evening began with the hardy but determined souls of the Wharf Road action group held a silent protest outside the council offices.
SOMETIMES, when you hear that someone has passed away, you think..”I know him?” or in our case, “Was he not once the subject of a film?”
So, when we heard that keen biker Mike Bailey, 37, Silvertown Avenue, Stanford-le-Hope had died from Leukemia recently, we looked back in our archive, we found Mike in a film from December 2008.
A PROGRAMME of monthly housing surgeries has been rolled out in Purfleet and Stanford to replace the closure of the local offices in those areas.
These surgeries are part of the council’s aim to deliver a more personalised and flexible service for tenants as well as to lessen the amount of time housing staff spend in the office, so that more time can be spent with tenants on the estates and in their homes.
THE FRIENDS of Hardie Park put on a BMX roadshow this week over in Stanford-le-Hope. Hundreds of residents were entertained by the trick cyclists who produced some amazing stunts on Tuesday afternoon in the park.
PROFESSIONAL riders using a mobile stunt ramp will show off their skills to local youngsters at Hardie Park, Stanford-le-Hope during the school half term. The event organised by Friends of Hardie Park aims to consult with bikers, skaters and scooters from far and wide on the proposed layout and design of a new skate park.
THE TRANSFORMATION of the Manorway junction at the A13 begins today (Wednesday). The preparatory work has been going on for some months but the actual work that necessitates lane closures starts just after rush hour at 9.30am.
A very kind driver got out of his (Squibb) lorry and asked us if he could help us. That was nice. And sure enough, a few minutes later, two PCSO’s stopped by and informed us that they had had a call from a “resident” regarding our activities.
The Stanford Forum AGM will take place on Wednesday 12th September from 7.30pm till 9.15pm at the Sure Start Children’s Centre Copland Rd Stanford le Hope. All residents, businesses and employees in the Stanford le Hope West area are invited.
IT IS the nature of news these days that residents. voters, consumers, citizens can express their dismay far more efficiently by simply putting a photograph on a social media site.
WORK will start in October on a £10 million junction to link the A13 with the new super-port at DP World in Stanford-le-Hope. Work is expected to last a yea and will consist of new, three-lane roundabout, with traffic lights and a slip road running from the Manorway onto the A13.
MARTIN Steel from the Rotary Club of Butare, South Rwanda, visited while on Annual leave to update the members on the work of Veterinaires Sans Frontiers. This is an organization based in Belgium that instigated the Proxivet Project where the farmers in Rwanda are taught how to keep their animals healthy and thus the community.
Money was raised through various activities; a rugby game in the baking heat, auction and raffle, waxing, have a go at pole dancing, hog roast and BBQ, Karaoke, and many other silly ideas that raised a few quid to the cause. The original target of £1,000 was set when the idea was purely a game of rugby but it just goes to show the generosity and club spirit as the event took off into a major fund raiser.
UNFORTUNATELY, due to the Mucking level crossing down Mucking Wharf Road, being closed between 1am on Sunday 19th August to 3am on Monday 20th August, Thurrock Thameside Nature Park will be closed.
Perhaps it is worth noting that during the recent elections Cllr Hipsey the Chair of the Planning Committee effectively canvassed the votes of the local shopkeepers in Stanford le Hope with many displaying their support, I wonder how they feel now knowing that he voted in favour of this development.
Organised by Stanford Le Hope Cricket Club and Phoenix Striders Walking and Running Club. Sunday August 19th 2012. Stanford le Hope Cricket Club, The Recreation Ground, Grove Road.
“The low loader had big problems getting between the cars parked just past Hadfield Stores, and it took a while for it to navigate disturbing nearly every home down there !! “I did go down and try and calm one resident down but he was really going for it, in a way I felt sorry for the workers as they are only following orders.”