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I have studied the outline Colchester Borough Council plan proposals. I also recently attended a meeting held by the WMTC at the community centre in W. Mersea where one thousand people attempted to attend that meeting such was their concern re the housing plans within your proposal.
As a resident of Mersea for over 35 years I am once again dismayed by the demand placed upon a small community by a body(CBC) some 15km from the sight of its planned proposals. It would appear yet again that Colchester Borough Council will attempt to impose by dictate a scheme that the Mersea community neither asked for or want. As for the benefits of such a expansion of houses/residents on a already stretched infrastructure barely able to cope at present it is hard to see. The quality of life here on Mersea would diminish exponentially as a result.
Mersea is now at the cross roads in its evolvement , as a sustainable community able to integrate additional people to this island without vast frictions occurring between existing residents and any future residents imposed upon them.
In reviewing your own document/plans it is very apparent that detail within are both contradictory in its own statements and factually incorrect, on not just one but a number of points.
I most strongly oppose any further building on Mersea with the current infrastructure so stretched at present with respect to :
Water supplies, Sewage services, medical services, Local school provision, current road systems and parking facilities, The Strood crossing, and the most recent announcement of the Bradwell Nuclear development.
In the light of the above Mersea is most definitely not the place to add yet more housing, and I will do my utmost to oppose such taking place. In my considered view no further development should occur until such time as existing infrastructure is substantially up graded , and only then should a review on local housing needs take place to meet future local demand.. Excessive building projects as outlined in your plan should have no place in Mersea's future.
I look forward to your earliest response to the enclosed.