The developer did not really have to tease us simple Islanders with our new Costa Coffee, Marks and Spencers, Waitrose, Sports Direct and B+M stores.
The focus of development in Castle Point remains, as it always has since the formation of the Borough, on Canvey Island. This much is clearly revealed in the brochure produced in the effort to squeeze £24,500,000 out of the Government coffers supposedly to alleviate the Island’s broken drainage system.
Despite what is contained in the daft New Local Plan or the Local Plan2016, the end target, it appears, is to build 1,500 dwellings on Canvey Island to go alongside the retail and industrial sites that intends to create over 1,100 jobs for Canvey Islanders!
The revelation to Government, contained within the flood funding appeal brochure contain these proposals that will see much of Canvey developed over;
With over 6,100 jobs already based on the island, plans submitted to the government through the South East LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), propose to create over 1,100 new jobs. Further development opportunities have also created the potential for the construction of over 1,500 new homes across Canvey.
The Essex Economic Growth Strategy highlights the numerous industrial opportunities located along the Thames riverside in Thurrock and on Canvey Island; recognising the strong growth potential in the area.
It is vital that all relevant agencies and central government work together, to ensure this growth potential is not inhibited by the significant risks associated with future flooding on the island.
It is apparent that the drainage, the highway infrastructure and NHS cannot cope. Despite this planning proposals for Canvey keep being approved, despite the hand wringing concerns of some councillors.
The explicit need for a hotel on Canvey was mentioned in support of one industrial park development, strange how the proposal for a hotel based centrally off of Sadlers farm roundabout received zero support from cpbc!
Cllr Anderson complained the design of the new Canvey hotel was poor and inappropriate, to be told by officers that the design and look of the development was not for their consideration!
Perhaps the officers were aware of the intended use of the hotel, possible accommodation for those on the local authority’s waiting list, overnight stay for haulage drivers etc etc?
Still, a nice coffee shop drive-through whilst commuters are stuck in traffic should be just the ticket, just please don’t forget to not throw your paper cups out of the car window until you are off the Island, otherwise they may end up adding to the blocked drainage ditches!
Well not until the £24,500,000 is safely banked!
Photograph copyright; Dave Lavington Daily Mail