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I am writing to you to object to the proposed plans for the development of an estimated extra 350 houses on Mersea Island. In my view the following factors are counter indicative of adequate infrastructure. Road Maintenance- The Current state of repair of roads on the island is dire. Although some recent repairs have been made, including outside my own home, they are clearly of temporary nature as the roads have been patched as opposed to re-surfaced. This indicates that CBC are struggling to hold back the tide of required road maintenance even with the current population. It is therefore arguable that with an extra 350 homes which will bring with them a minimum of 350 vehicles using the roads throughout the year, the general conditions of roads will deteriorate further.
Traffic Management- The current volumes of traffic cause delays and unsafe situations which arguably warrant traffic policing which is rarely available. A significant increase of traffic regularly using the Islands roads will only exacerbate the current problems, thereby increasing the volume of incidents and unsafe situations. notwithstanding this point is the volume of Heavy Goods traffic whilst the proposed housing development is underway. Not only will this cause incredible stress upon the roads maintenance issues but also increase delays and potentially hazardous road conditions.
Medical/dental facilities-Although not my area of expertise I can only comment as a service user. I was recently witness to a request for a booked appointment at the Medical Centre and heard that there were no routine (booked) appointments available until November 2016. That means a 3 month wait should the service user exercise restraint in assessing the urgency of their needs to see a Doctor. The current situation is therefore ludicrous without adding an extra 350 households to the equation. In a relatively short time that I have lived on the island (13 months) I have never attended our main pharmacy, Boots , to find that my prescription is ready there has always been a minimum 30 minutes waiting time. This already unacceptable situation will only increase with the addition of an extra 350 households.
social/Logistical infrastructure-Queues in retail establishments are often lengthy they will inevitably increase with the added influx of an extra 350 households bringing increased frustration and potential difficult situations.
Policing-There is already a marked absence of policing on the Island. whilst I have found that Islanders are generally proud of the lack o necessity for most of the time, almost inevitably an increase in population will bring an inherent requirement for increased policing. I am told that in the good old days there was a permanent Police Station with approximately 6/8 officers on duty at any one time. Has the requirement for Policing reduced so much in recent years therefore that only occasionally see a Police presence.?
Summary- I have tried to avoid Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) approach to my arguments and have attempted to remain objective. There is simply not the infrastructure on Mersea Island to support such a large increase in population.