During this weeks Castle Point Council meeting (Dec 2014) it was interesting to note cllr Smith managing to turn a most serious debate on child welfare into a promotion to support the new proposal to develop yet another part of Thorney Bay (see below)!
Whilst other councillors were concentrating on making positive efforts to protect family members on Thorney Bay from coming under similar influences and dangers that befell children living in Rochdale, cllr Smith introduced housing.
He rose to state “we are actually housing families in caravans, … which are not insulated have gas fires and have condensation dripping off the ceiling.”
Firstly this statement is in direct opposition to the CPBC regeneration officer who has previously assured councillors and residents that Castle Point Council DO NOT house families in caravans at Thorney Bay.
Secondly, of course people deserve proper living accommodation rather than the box type dwellings on offer to those unable to provide themselves with better dwellings.
However cllr Smith appears to chose not to take heed of the warning of the Environment Agency who are concerned that residents in Flood Zones may in future be unable to obtain house insurance nor remember the words of the then Sir Bernard Braine reproduced here.
For those with little time to read the full transcript here are some snippets that give reasoning that whilst people in Castle Point should not be forced to live in accommodation of this type they should also not be allowed to be in a position that they unknowingly purchase property close to a hazardous industrial site within a Flood Zone.
“ I asked the Under-Secretary of State If in the light of the known hazard posed by the terminal … and the risk of spillages of liquefied gas leading to the release of a gas cloud, he will set out the scientific justification for the Health and Safety Executive to recommend … the establishment of a cordon sanitaire around the installation limited to only 1 kilometre. The hon. Gentleman’s reply was astonishing. No doubt it was drafted by the Executive. It volunteered the information that Experience shows that the worst effects of a flammable gas cloud explosion would be unlikely to extend beyond a radius of 1 kilometre.”—[Official Report, 22 January 1979; Vol. 961, cc. 37–38.] The House will appreciate that the worst effects of that sort of disaster are death and destruction by fire on a catastrophic scale.”
I feel that the councillor must surely have been mistaken in what he said and the officer’s previous confirmation, that CPBC do not house people in inappropriate living accomodation, as this could be construed as a justification for a housing development in a less sustainable area.
Residential development comprising of 89 detached dwellings and 24 flats, including access, landscaping and associated facilities Thorney Bay Park Ltd Thorney Bay Road Canvey Island
Outline application for residential development comprising dwellinghouses (C3 Use) and residential institutions (C2 Use) and access including additional flood risk and highway information. Up to 600 dwellings plus Residential Accomodation. Thorney Bay Caravan Park Canvey Island