Is it Apathy, or a case of Formophobia, that prevents Canvey Island residents from letting Castle Point Council know what they think of what is Planned for our Future?
Just over two weeks into the 6 week Local Plan2016 Consultation and the Council website is showing just 220 entries from the local population of 38,459!
And this includes entries from the mainland residents, who added together make a total population of 88,011!!
Now it maybe this lack of involvement will be used to emphasise CPBC’s claim that Canvey residents are;
Compared with other parts of the borough, Canvey Island is relatively more deprived, with pockets of income and employment deprivation, and wider issues associated with the education and skills of residents.
Perhaps the implication with the reference to “skills” they may mean “form-filling”.
It could be correct when Cllrs Mumford and Blackwell suggested through the Echo 17th May, that Canvey residents may be confused and find the consultation to be complicated. That we may require some schooling on the Local Plan and suggested that it was councillors “duty to explain” the Local Plan document.
And there the offer was left!
So left to our own devices, do we just forget the Consultation, possibly our forms and brochure are already in the recycling bin?
Well if you live on Canvey you may feel we are already over crowded, that public services and infrastructure cannot cope, that the roads too congested, that the Hazardous Industries pose an unacceptable level of Risk, that Tidal Flooding would have a catastrophic effect should it ever happen, or that the drainage problems cannot cope with more large scale development, through the Consultation, LET THE INSPECTOR KNOW!
Go directly from the link below to the Castle Point website, there, at the top of the screen you can “Register”, then click on Read and Comment on Document”.
On the left hand side will be the chapters and you may want to comment on 5 Spatial Portrait, 13 Delivering Homes, 16 Protecting the Green Belt, 17 Flooding.
No need to get involved with answering whether the Plan is Legal – even CPBC can’t be certain, however it does need to be “Justified” to be considered “Sound”.
But be sure to leave your Comments.
Remember that previously the Council used the numbers of Residents that failed to comment, to be “in support” of their Plan!
In the meantime we will let you know should an information meeting ever be arranged by our councillors.
And you will be glad to know Formophobia only exists in the mind, and that Apathy is curable by a large dose of the effects of Bad Planning!
The link to the CPBC Local Plan 2016 Consultation is HERE.
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