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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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Canvey Residents Petition disrespected – Mayor to act ahead of LocalPlan2016 debate?

The Petition containing 8,554 Canvey Island Residents signatures is scheduled to be ignored, unless the Castle Point mayor cllr Sheldon, intervenes!

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On Wednesday Castle Point Council will discuss the new New Local Plan2016 and its appropriateness for final consultation, with a view to adoption.

Controversy has dogged the CPBC Local Plan process, chiefly concerning housing numbers and site selection. Initially the Lead Group of councillors selected a Plan that included just Canvey Green Belt land for development.

Following this approach, that led to a “red faced” rejection from the Planning Inspector, who sited Local Factors having added a bias to site selection, CPBC set about approving a further Plan with more contentious and unpopular Green Belt sites selected, plus the original Canvey sites.

This time around though, in addition to the Canvey sites Thorney Bay was considered “timely” to be brought forward to support the all important 5 Year Housing Supply.

You will remember the  December 2015 council meeting in which only 6 councillors remained content to proceed with the version 2.0 of the New Local Plan, leading to the latest new New Local Plan2016 version, which will be debated on Wednesday 23rd March.

However, many of you will be aware of the group of Canvey residents who, following the old New Local Plan information meeting arranged by Cllr Tucker, became motivated enough to organise a protest Petition against further large scale development.

Compared with the Castle Point Local Plan’s consultation response numbers, the Canvey Petition is impressive.

And yet Castle Point Council, whilst agreeing to allow Cllr Tucker to formally present the Petition, will do so, ONLY AFTER THE LOCAL PLAN2016 DEBATE and VOTE HAS BEEN COMPLETED!

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Item 12 Local Plan2016

Item 14 Presentation of Petition

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Whoever arranged the Agenda schedule appears to have planned to deny councillors the knowledge of the level of feeling regarding everyday issues of Canvey folk.

Those CPBC councillors who during the previous council meeting said that they had spoken to some of the Petition signature collectors, and claimed they were ill informed, should learn to respect the voting public.

They were elected to their lofty position to represent those same residents. The reasons residents may have not been well versed in Local Plan and planning issues, might just explain the lack of transparency that allowed said councillors to be elected in the first place.

This we consider disrespectful of residents views and we call upon the council to accept the Petition ahead of the Local Plan2016 debate, so that the debate is held in the full knowledge of the level of concerns the impact further development will have on the environment and infrastructure.

The Petition itself covered the issues affecting Canvey Island.

There are 2 Hazardous Industrial plants, OIKOS and Calor Gas sited on the Island. Most of the population reside within a Hazard Range.

The Drainage network is in urgent need of Repair. Following the Rainstorms of 2013 and 2014, many Hundreds of Homes were Flooded. The projected costs of Improvement to the Drainage System are estimated to be £24,500,000. Funding has not been secured.

Congestion. All access / egress routes converge at Waterside Farm Roundabout. Evacuation in an Emergency may take up to 19 Hours.

Lack of a suitable for purpose Emergency Plan. In the Event of an Emergency; “Go In – Stay In – Tune In” is unsuitable advice for those in single storey accommodation. There is no list to identify those vulnerable or the disabled in the Canvey Island Community.

Green Belt Land is ear-marked for large Housing and Business Developments in the Castle Point draft Local Plan. Canvey Island’s Green Belt serves as valuable amenity space. In the event of a Flood it would serve as a Water Storage Area.

Signing this Petition, led to Canvey Island losing one councillor from the Local Plan debates. Given some of the interests other councillors have declared, yet remain involved with the Local Plan process, should signing a petition with the concerns listed above warrant a council member being excluded?

Government and the insurance industry give clear guidance, it is unsustainable to seek to develop on constrained Flood Risk Zones. The trend of the last 45 years, since Castle Point was formed, to develop-out Canvey has reached a tipping point. Residents health and well being and quality of life will be affected.

We respectfully call upon our mayor Cllr Sheldon to adjust the council meeting running order, and in acknowledgment of the efforts made by the concerned group of Canvey Residents, formally accept their Petition of 8,554 signatures ahead of the Local Plan 2016 debate.

The motivated and determined group of Canvey Island residents that set about collecting the Petition were led by Karina, Frances, Linda, and Sue.

Others assisting were Amelia, John, Colin and Neil plus other residents such as our own friendly milkman and Avon distributor.

 

 

Calling Canvey Residents – sign the Petition and Shop Local!

The Canvey Island community Petition initiative, that emerged from the residents CPBC Local Plan information, meeting arranged by Castle Point councillor Martin Tucker, continues to gain momentum.

Concerned at the level of proposed housing development on an Island with well known infrastructure issues led to both an on-line Petition and a Paper version.

Signing the petition did lead to Cllr Tucker losing some of his voting rights at Castle Point Council where Canvey Green Belt issues are concerned, however this reflects worse on the Borough Council than Cllr Tucker as the focus of the petition is on large scale development rather than Green Belt in particular.

It could be suggested that for Castle Point Council to adopt their approach against a Canvey councillor protects the balance of power that the mainland enjoy.

A similar approach has not been taken towards certain senior councillors who have made public their particular Green Belt interests.

The response on Canvey to the petition has not been confined to residents, even businesses have actively shown support by displaying petition forms for shoppers to sign.

Well done to those residents collecting signatures, the Petition will sit nicely alongside the Canvey Green Belt Campaign’s Referendum in reminding our Borough and Town councillors that more should be done through the Planning process to protect residents in a vulnerable area.

Businesses supporting the Petition include:                                                                                     DISCOUNT PET SUPERSTORE
WELL PHARMACY                                                                                                                                     FORTUNA STORES
MACE STORE IN THE HIGH STREET NEAR MAURICE Road
THE PLAYGROUP AT TEWKES CREEK
CISCA HOUSE
SMALL GAINS HALL
CANVEY FITNESS, FURTHERWICK ROAD
CANVEY HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
ISLAND FABRICS
PIT STOP
CANVEY ON SEA POST OFFICE
SOPHISTICUTS HAIRDRESSERS
HAPPY DAYS CARD SHOP
ISLANDERS FISH RESTAURANT
THE CORNER CLUB
CANVEY CLUB
THE ADMIRAL JELLICOE PUB
PHARMA HEALTHCARE
GMD
HIGH STREET POST OFFICE
PINKIES CRAFTERS CAVERN
HOBBITS HAIRDRESSERS
ANNS HAIR SALON
BODYZONE HAIRDRESSERS
KIRSTYS CAFE, CHARFLEETS ESTATE
HOME TEC, JONES CORNER
JONES CORNER CAFE
PENNIES TO POUNDS
CAMPING AND GENERAL

 

Petition launched against Castle Point Local Plan!

Following on from Castle Point Borough Council member Martin Tuckers information meeting on the Castle Point Local Plan and its potential impact upon Canvey Island last evening, a call for a Petition to be launched was made.

We are glad to say that we are able to launch the online version.

This online version below will send an email notification directly to the CPBC Head of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods office!

A paper version will be available shortly.

It is imperative that residents sign just one version, and once only.

Any more would diminish the Integrity of the Petition.

This is intended to be a back up to the Referendum Poll that was held back in 2009 in which over 6,500 responses were received.

SIGN THE PETITION NOW VIA THIS LINK. 

To date less than 24 following the meeting, a report on Facebook by Mr THollingsworth, has seen over 700 comments and 340 Likes. We need that and more from the Petition!

Thank you for your continued Support.