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Representation 1810 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Mrs Alison Bielecka

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Mersea Island, SS17a: Mersea Housing and Employment
Representation: The access to and from the island and to the site itself is poor and wil not cope with increased traffic. Schools and Dr already full. Route to and from school already dangerous and too busy. No support available locally for individuals who may move to any social housing included within this development.

Original submission

I do not feel that the site itself is suitable given the narrow and congested roads leading to the site itself and on and off the island. Assuming that a percentage of these homes will include social housing whose residents may require support there is insufficient support available on Mersea and limited (and expensive) transport to Colchester to access services. The school, which has not had a glowing offstead report is already very full and additional children will only make this situation more difficult for overstretched teachers. The route to the school along the main roads is not safe, particularly close to the supermarket and more pupils and cars will only make this more dangerous.

The doctors surgeries and other local services are at full capacity and without full time police or fire services on the island together with an ambulance service which can take a long time to arrive there is inadequate infrastructure these services would be stretched to breaking point.

It is likely that the majority of the people living in these homes will be commuting off the island to work which is already a challenge with narrow country roads and the tides which cause significant tailbacks and accidents which in turn put pressure on the coastguard service.

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