Canvey Island due to be the Scapegoat yet again, following the Local Plan consultation? Mainlanders getting their Act Together!

The Castle Point Local Plan consultation, will mean different things to different people.

A pain in the rrr’s to most, a waste of public funds or a tick box exercise to others.

But to Benfleet mainlanders it is definitely a means of registering disapproval with their council representatives. Previously these consultations have resulted in changes of the Local Plan content in favour of, in particular development of their Green Belt, concerns.

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Like a bad Smell, this just will not Go Away!

It is evident that there is hope that a concerted effort may achieve more of the same for them, as unlikely as it may seem, in the efforts employed by cpbc to avoid Intervention.

A mainland campaigner has circulated some encouragement to respond to the consultation and advice on how to answer certain questions.

How will your (Canvey Islanders) responses be interpreted by cpbc, I wonder! 

Dear Mainlanders,

A reminder please (hope u don’t mind) regarding the importance of resident’s responding to the CPBC LP consultation.

Apart from the traffic congestion and infrastructure issues and pressures that will be put on our schools, doctors etc………..

It maybe worth noting in your consultation returns such items as:

The SOS has defended the principle of saving green belt sites.

High Court judges have turned down developer’s green belt application appeals on more than one instance.

CPBC should look seriously at increasing density of development on brownfield sites.

Other councils should be approached to consider taking CPBC’s unmet housing need.

Please also read the questions carefully for possible double meanings i.e. ticking Yes to supporting road dualling and new junctions on the A130 may mean you are agreeing to building on green belt land adjacent to the A130.

Yours, T.S.

Direct Link to the Local Plan Consultation portal, where you will need to go through the simple registration process before gaining access to the questionnaire, can be found via this LINK.

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One response to “Canvey Island due to be the Scapegoat yet again, following the Local Plan consultation? Mainlanders getting their Act Together!

  1. Steve Sawkins

    Dear Editor
    I make no apology for repeating your recent warning
    “For all of the Canvey Island Petitions and Referendum the past has proved that election words and promises are cheap, we need to accept that due to our location, the area is seen as Developable, whether Housing, Business or Industrial, yet little benefit or financial return is gained by Infrastructure improvements.
    As it stands your Local plan consultation response, in the first instance, will be weighed against mainland responses.
    If you as a Canvey resident consider;
    that Canvey Island has become over developed to the point that New Large Housing development sites are unviable,
    that the Traffic Issues mean the potential congestion is unreasonable,
    that Tidal Flood Risk is not taken seriously enough when distributing Housing Growth,
    that the whole of the increasing Urbanised area of Canvey Island is a Critical Drainage Area and the ever increasing development is putting too greater strain on the drainage system,
    that the Road Access is inadequate for the current population, many of whom commute, and unsuitable and especially inadequate in the event of an Emergency Evacuation,
    that in a severe Emergency, whether Flood Risk or Industrial, the sheer number of Residents on Canvey Island and the island’s location, mean that any response by the Emergency Services will be inadequate and a Danger to Life, despite responders best efforts,
    that our Green Spaces and Green Belt are important to our well-being and should NOT be developed,
    that our Town Centre is badly in need of Regeneration and Re-development and under serious threat from out of town shopping areas,
    then you really should make the effort to Log onto the Castle Point council website and respond to the Consultation.
    Otherwise it will be left to the Government, Council officers and the majority mainland representatives to impose on us “their” Local Plan”
    I have to commend the work that the mainland groups are taking on once again endeavouring to protect what was considered already saved.
    However it has to be said that even with the best intentions there is no place in the Local Planning process for another petition highlighting the considered poor representation of Canvey Islands interests.
    The missed opportunities of Canvey Independent Party Councillors and the Town Council reluctance to undertake a Neighborhood Plan are confined to history.
    All efforts need now to be aimed at the dissemination of the details and requirements designed within the CPBC local plan consultation process so as to promote a massive response from the community of Canvey Island. without such an approach we get what’s given.

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