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Representation 2533 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Mr M Hillyard

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Mersea Island, SS17a: Mersea Housing and Employment
Representation: The proposal is not feasible in that geographically the Island is not big enough to support the potential populous.

The facilities already in place to cater for the present population is under real strain. The roads are unable to cope with extra vehicles, especially during holiday periods as the many caravan parks on the Island put them under strain. The school, doctors and dentists are over subscribed and under intense pressure.

One of the more concerning issues is that there is only one exit and one entrance (The Strood) onto Mersea Island, particularly in light of proposals at Bradwell.

Original submission

The proposal to build 350 homes on Mersea Island is not feasible in that geographically the Island is not big enough to support the potential populous.

The facilities already in place to cater for the present population is under real strain. The roads are unable to cope with extra vehicles, especially during holiday periods as the many caravan parks on the Island put them under strain. The school, doctors and dentists are over subscribed and under intense pressure.

One of the more concerning issues is that there is only one exit and one entrance (The Strood) onto Mersea Island. Island being the operative work, it is tidal and on spring high tides it is impassable and dangerous. The Strood was so busy on the evening of the recent Bank holiday that getting across it in order to get off the Island took a very long time in a queue of traffic which was barely moving. I can only imagine the chaos which would ensue should there be an emergency evacuation in the future. In view of the possibility of a nuclear power station being reinstalled at Bradwell or nuclear waste being stored at Bradwell which has been considered. I implore you to re-evaluate the proposal for a development of this size before going ahead with any plans.


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