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Representation 2148 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Miss Sophie Weaver

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Mersea Island, SS17a: Mersea Housing and Employment
Representation: With plans now moving forward for Bradwell B nuclear power station, this must be a priority in safety and emergency planning, especially if extra homes are to built and there is only 1 road off the island.

Infastructure and facilities/amenities already overstretched. Upgrading of roads, school, doctors etc must happen before extra homes are built, otherwise the island cannot sustain the population increase.

Original submission

CBC's plan to build up to 350 extra dwellings, adding to the population by approximately 1000 will put the island community at risk. The infrastructure is not adequate, with roads not able to cope presently with volumes of traffic, especially with just 1 road on and off the island. In light of the government's announcement that will allow Bradwell B to go ahead, surely there must be policy on safety of communities nearby, and especially Mersea with its uniqueness of being an island. Evacuation of the island in any emergency is via the one road off. The greater the population, the greater problem.
In addition to safety issues, facilities/amenties are already stretched to capacity. Anglian Water has said its at capacity re sewerage. The school, doctors and dentists are struggling and need better facilities. Without upgrading infrastructure and amenities first the island cannot sustain the extra 350 homes.

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