Oh the Irony! Councillors Propose a Referendum!

Canvey Islanders feel they are Not Listened to!

Hence they held a Referendum to Protect what is left of the Island’s Green Belt, then a Petition was completed objecting to large scale development.

All to No Avail.

Both Referendum and Petition were Ignored by castle point borough council!

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Now we learn that it is the intention of Rochford councillors to carry out a Referendum over the district’s Local Plan.

Councillor John Mason, leader of the Green and Rochford District Residents Group said that during the early stages of the new housing plan, residents have complained “they feel that they will not be listened to” about their council and councillors.

No doubt Rochford council will spot the opportunity of the “Tick Box” exercise, as have castle point council, in suggesting this fills the community involvement requisite!

You may well remember that the Canvey Green Belt Campaign supporters went out in 16 groups of 2, over a two week period seeking the views of residents about cpbc plans to develop Canvey Island Green Belt.

Over 6,500 votes were cast and under MP Rebecca Harris, cllrs Ray Howard and Dave Blackwell’s observation an objection via 99.13% of voters was recorded!

Typically the daft Local Plan 2014 ignored these views!

Following this a Petition was raised by a group of 6 Canvey Ladies and a total of 12,000 names were added to their Petition list. The Petition was against large scale development on Canvey, whilst the opportunity to protect the local builders could remain.

The Petition has also had No Impact with those controlling cpbc!

This despite the constraints that would normally be applied to development in areas such as Canvey!

Whilst Rochford does not have constraining issues, such as 2 Hazardous Industrial sites, being in a Flood Risk Zone 3 area, having the access issues that Canvey is restricted by nor the whole of the town being a Critical Drainage Area, we do wish the Rochford councillors success in their Referendum.

Far greater success and acknowledgement than Canvey Island residents received by the controlling group of our local authority!

The Echo article on the Rochford Referendum news is available via this LINK HERE.

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One response to “Oh the Irony! Councillors Propose a Referendum!

  1. Editor
    What could be a real problem for the good people of Rochford is that along with CPBC, Rochford is part of a South Essex Authorities Group plotting Strategic Planning requirements for our part of Essex.

    This assembly consists of Planning Officers and Council Leaders who are working together on strategic planning matters and based on the work well under way such as the Strategic Housing Market Assessment, will design the future needs as they see necessary.

    This same Group have strengthen their position by recently agreeing to act as a pilot for a Statement of Common Ground on Strategic matters within the DCLG.

    Furthermore this same group have signed up to a Memorandum of Understanding for Strategic Planning in South Essex.

    What chance then has a Local Councillor, when sitting on Planning Committees, being face with Planning Officers recommendations for approval of large scale developments, being told that appeals would be at the cost of their relevant Council.

    Looking for support via another means is therefore not unreasonable.

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