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I write to you concerning more housing development on Mersea Island.
A number of houses are still built on the few remaining plots adjacent to established services, but the two greenfield sites adjacent to East Road away from the village centre are a major concern as to their large impact. These are much larger than the Wellhouse Green development which had more houses on it than in the original plans.
The doctors at present are looking for new premises, the use of the old police station is unlikely to be he answer, as it is small and has restricted parking and is close to a major road junction with poor access.
The growth of the caravan sites with most being now open 12 months of the year has increased traffic onto the island and put pressure onto the school and doctors. I understand caravan owners pay no community tax, although it seems some certainly spend most or all of their time living in Mersea.
The Strood, the only road into Mersea is covered and closed by the tide frequently. The much increased traffic leads to long traffic build ups, which mean cars, buses and emergency vehicles are unable to come onto or leave Mersea for long periods. We are told global warming will lead to sea level rise.
The two greenfiels sites it is proposed will have access onto East Road and I cannot see how or where smooth access can be achieved. East Road a bus route is already busy, narrow in places and without pavements at several places. 350 new houses will generate 400 cars, which will impact both on village services and the Strood.
Dawes Lane is in need of upgrading to modern standards.
I feel Mersea has contributed a lot over the years and doubled in size in the last 40 years, but that has now reached a level where it is at capacity, a further large estate will be too great an increase.
Your remit should be to allow building which will not affect the village adversely.
The present large school is under heavy pressure, and a second school on the island would be a good idea.