The future redevelopment, or should we say “regeneration” of the Paddocks site on Canvey Island is causing some consternation and confusion amongst, it appears, not only Canvey residents but also those at Runnymede Towers CPBC, this following the CPBC Scrutiny committee meeting on the matter!
For those councillors, including the Leader, who may feel that residents are convinced by their conjecture, regarding there NOT being development in the form of Housing or Flatted development on the site to pay for a new Community Centre, let’s attempt to clear this up.
Extract from Castle Point Cabinet meeting 17th January 2018:
“4.16 In order to test the financial viability of the feasibility study it is now necessary to prepare a detailed business case setting out the likely costs of developing the site in the way envisaged, the likely contribution from the potential future “enabling development” and the potential future arrangements with the NHS regarding car parking for the Canvey Primary Care Centre.”
Reference not only in consideration of development, but also Car Parking Charges.
Extract from the Scrutiny Committee meeting into the Paddocks Consultation, agenda paper appendix, also CPBC Cabinet minutes 17th January 2018:
“6.3 The construction of a new Community Centre will be dependent on “enabling development” on other parts of the site.”signed off by S.Rogers.
As we should all be aware, it is not what is said within committee meetings, but what the Minuted document from the meeting says! Let there be, NO CONFUSION!
Local Authorities are encouraged to seek to make “best use” of “their” properties and assets, including disposing of any sites considered superfluous, or a drain on public purses. The CPBC lead group, have shown a preference throughout the protracted Local Plan process and historically beyond, as population growth indicates, to develop on Canvey Island, particularly where it comes to protecting politically sensitive mainland Green Belt sites.
The Paddocks site would assist fulfilling this desire!
It can be agreed that the paddocks Consultation was flawed, undertaken by the Lead group rather than Castle Point Council with officer, or Agent involvement.
Consultation as a two part process, originally should have been undertaken as an informative during CPBC Cabinet exploration of the best means of regeneration.
Hard Facts and Figures estimates, should have been collected and made available as information for Cabinet, Councillors and Residents, Not the Guestimates of £4,000,000 plus figures, as has been the case.
As we have pointed out before Marshland St James, multi facility Community Hall opened in 2018 costing £1.1 million (see HERE). Even if a two storey facility was provided at the Paddocks, due to Canvey being in a Flood Risk zone and the build estimate was 3 times that of the Marshland St James facility, CPBC should still explain why their (guess)stimate is a further £1,000,000 more expensive!
A 50 year old facility, the Paddocks, considered past its useful life, can only be down to chronic mismanagement of a maintenance Budget!
Now the CPBC leader is quoted in the Echo as suggesting that this “deceit” and dispute will not be allowed to halt CPBC cabinet’s plans for the Paddocks site.
I can only refer readers to this LINK !