Works on the Junction of Wingletye Lane and Upminster Road
Works on the Junction of Wingletye Lane and Upminster Road
For the last few years, residents of Hubbards Close and Hubbards Chase , along with EPAGRAs and Councillor Ramsey’s support , have been trying to restrict access from the A127 as the Road has been used as a rat run.
At peak times, over 300 vehicles an hour have been recorded using the road to avoid queuing in the traffic up to Wingletye Lane. Some of the drivers have been verbally , and in some cases physically abusive when residents have pointed out that it is a private road.
Electrically controlled gates have been put in by TFL working with Havering Council to restrict access. . Speaking to residents this morning they stated they are delighted with the result and are enjoying a more peaceful life.
The road is private and is not, and never has been ,a public right of way
I am writing to let you know that, unfortunately, the works to replace Ardleigh Green Bridge will take longer than expected. All four lanes of traffic on the A127 Southend Arterial Road will now re-open in spring 2019. We had planned to reopen the road in December 2017, and I am very sorry for this substantial delay. TfL is committed to looking at ways to minimise local disruption and get the bridge fully open as soon as safely possible.
Why is the project delayed?
The critical demolition and rebuilding phases for this project can only be completed while both the road and the railway below the bridge are closed.
In November 2016 we began demolishing the eastern side of the bridge. Unfortunately, installing and removing the track protection required took longer than expected. In order to avoid over-running into the Monday morning peak and causing severe disruption to both road and rail users, we were forced to halt the work before the demolition was complete.
We completed the demolition of the eastern side of the bridge during the three day Early May Bank Holiday closure earlier this year. Several further road and rail closures of three consecutive days (72 hours) at a time are required in order to complete the demolition of the western side of the bridge. We have worked very closely with Network Rail to secure this.
We apologise for the ongoing inconvenience this delay will cause and assure you we are doing absolutely everything we can to speed up the overall programme.
Since November, we have made good progress on the new bridge foundations, a ramp to provide access to the railway line, and preparation works for installing the new bridge sections. The next stage of works involves moving the eastern
side of the bridge into place and rebuilding the Essex-bound side of the carriageway.
67 Butts Green Road: We still await the Council’s decision on the application for a rear extension to both ground and first floor, with conversion of the existing building into three separate self contained apartments with associated amenity and parking.
13 Burntwood Avenue (The former Convent): We await the Council’s decision for the application for Outline Planning permission for the erection of 5 dwellings and an access road. We have not been contacted by any local residents.
Division of Houses: 11a Nelmes Road: We were informed by a local resident about this and RR has taken it up with the council. (No planning application has been submitted for this.) We have had no further contact from the Enforcement Dept.
65-67 Wingletye Lane: Application has been submitted for a change of use to convert the existing fish & chip shop to a restaurant. It has been called in by our Councillors and is going to Committee tonight. The Council are recommending approval.
As you may be aware Havering Council have proposed, as part of a scheme to sell off part of Elliot’s Field for building on . Local members of EPAGRA, and residents of County Park Estate attended our last monthly meeting to hear more details of the proposals and how to express their support or objection to the councils proposals.
A lively and spirited discussion ensued and the chairman advised residents to write in to the council if they objected, and to copy him their letter.
At the closing date he had received copies of over 100 letters. Well done to all those took the time to get involved.
We now await the councils decision which we understand will not be until mid September
WHY IS IT NECESSARY TO REPLACE THE BRIDGE
The bridge is at the end of its useful life and is beyond simple repair and maintenance. Replacing the bridge will ensure it is safe, avoid the need to restrict the weight of vehicles using the bridge and reduce the need for unplanned closures for repair or maintenance.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ?
Transport for London is investing around £32m to replace the bridge.
The replacement of Ardleigh Green Bridge is part of the Road Modernisation Plan. The Road Modernisation Plan is the biggest investment in London’s roads for a generation, consisting of hundreds of projects to transform junctions, bridges, tunnels and pedestrian areas. Working with London’s boroughs, it will make our roads safer and more reliable, and London will be a better place in which to live, work and travel. Read More »
Over 3 years ago one of our members started to be concerned about the poor condition of the paving outside of the shops in Essex Gardens.
She contacted Street Care about the condition of the paving, at one point there were over 63 cracked paving slabs, many of which were uneven and created a tripping hazard.
Emails and phone calls went back and forth to Street Care regarding the problem and not a lot happened. The main reason for the delay appeared to be the inability to determine who actually owned the forecourt outside the shops. Read More »
Tesco has applied for a drinks licence. This was considered at the Licensing Committee 0n 25 June although we do not yet have a decision. (Cllr. Ron Ower spoke against it.)
N.B. There were no representations sent to the Council apart from the one sent by EPAGRA.
Application submitted for a change of use to a take-away (fish and chips). This was called in by Roger Ramsey and went to Committee on 27 June. Several local residents attended, as did Trevor and Jackie Lawrence. David Crowther spoke in opposition to the application, which was refused unanimously, despite the officers recommending approval. There was confusion over the police response. No appeal submitted yet.
Appeal dismissed on 3 July (including an application for costs).