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Representation 36 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Mr John Akker

Support / Object: COMMENT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Mersea Island, SS17a: Mersea Housing and Employment
Representation: SUBMISSION AS TO WHY THE CURRENT PERIOD FOR CONSULTATION IS UNREASONABLE; FOR THE PERIOD TO BE EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER 2016; PUBLICATION OF PROPOSAL NOT RELATING TO THE LIKLEY DESIRE OF MANY ON MERSEA ISLAND WISHING TO PROVIDE COMMENTS - NOT JUST THOSE ADJACENT TO THE DEVELOPMENTS.

Original submission

I wish to object to the period allowed for consultation; reserve my ability to provide comments on the stated merits of the proposals at a later time; to give notice that depending on the reply received, reserve the right to with others to consider legal action.

Comments on the proposals are required by the 15th
September 2016.

The current date is 25th July 2016. The announcement only received limited distribution by a free newspaper yesterday (The Courier). No broader publicity has been made. The character of the proposal will need to be considered by the whole Island community.

The Island population will be expanded by over 1000 persons. This is a very substantial increase calling into question key services such as health, schools, and transport. At risk is the whole character of an Island known for many generations for its beauty and relaxed spirit of living.

THE MATTER OF EXTREME CONCERN AND OF IMMEDIATE ATTENTION IS - THERE HAS BEEN NO BROAD DISTRIBUTION OF THE PROPOSAL; MANY OF RESIDENT POPULATION OF THE ISLAND WILL BE LIKELY TO BE ON HOLIDAY FOR A SIGNIFICANT TIME DURING THE PERIOD FOR CONSULTATION; MANY COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTARY GROUPS, SOCIETIES, POLITICAL PARTIES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MEET TO CONSIDER REPRESENTIONS GIVEN THE TIME OF YEAR. THE CONSULATION PROCESS WILL BE FLAWED AS A CONSEQUENCE. THE COUNCIL IS PUT ON NOTICE TO DISCLOSE WHAT MEASURES IT HAS UNDERTAKEN TO PUBLISH THESE PROPOSALS OTHER THAN IN THE AREA IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO THE TWO DEVELOPMENTS.

THE PERIOD FOR CONSULTATION IS THEREFORE SOUGHT TO BE THE EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER 2016. IT IS FELT TO BE WHOLLY REASONBLE IN ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

A RESPONSE IS SOUGHT TO THE ABOVE AS A MATTER OF URGENCY SO APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS CAN BE MADE.


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