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Re : West Mersea Planning Policy
Before any decisions are made to build any large scale developments on a small and already overcrowded island, perhaps the people responsible would like to take the following into consideration.
1.One road on and off the island. This floods every two weeks at high tides.
To improve accessibility and meet satisfactory safety standards the Strood and its access roads would need to be widened to three lane highways, and the Strood itself raised to a level that would ensure it would not flood at any time, and would not be blocked by very minor incidents. e.g. Failure of road works traffic lights.
2.New sewage works. The current works are old, inefficient, and are not able to cope with the current housing stock.
3.Power supplies. Gas is not available at certain points on the island and all the power lines are again old and would need replacing.
4.Roads. The roads on Mersea are notoriously bad, narrow, poorly maintained, and in the summer months the majority of the roads on the south and west side of the Island are constantly blocked by visitor parking.
5.Parking is an on-going problem, particularly in the village centre.
6.A new school would be required, or major development to the existing one.
7.The medical centre building is too small, unfit for purpose, and the surgery cannot cope with the number of existing patients.
8.There are no police, PCSOs, or traffic wardens on the Island.
9.Increasing number of caravans are adding to the existing problems listed above, and we suspect that more people are illegally living there all year round.
These are just some of the concerns we all have.
Building 350 houses and everything that would go with them on a small, already overcrowded island is simply unsafe, unsustainable, and would ruin our already precariously maintained but highly valued way of life.