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Representation 448 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Mr Stephen Watkins

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Mersea Island, SS17a: Mersea Housing and Employment
Representation: 1 Percentage population increase too much and unfair.
2 Gross overstretch of medical dental and educational facilities.
3 Roads and island not suitable for the increased amount of traffic.
4 Traffic and change of character of island detrimental to tourist industry.
5 Increased need for police presence

Original submission

Sir/ Madam,
I wish to object to the proposed developments at Dawes Lane and Brierely Paddocks for the following reasons.
1 The increase in population of West Mersea caused by both of these developments would be far greater than that currently being imposed on any other community and is both unfair and will have a detrimental effect on community balance.
2 That increase, in combination with the ever rising number of people residing in caravan sites with a 12 month licence, will stretch medical and dental services, which are already stretched at sometimes to the point where medical access is impossible. This is both inconvenient and potentially dangerous.
3 The number of cars that this would place onto the island would mean that at peak hours there could be an increase in the order of 500 cars going to and returning from the island. The roads are simply not big enough or in a state of repair to cope with that volume of traffic.There is only one narrow road to and from the island and even that only leads to a narrow road to Colchester or an even narrower road towards Maldon. Currently, particularly in the summer, the narrowness of the roads and the fact that there is only one road is a serious problem with which residents cope increase the number of car journeys by the percentage that these developments will lead to and life will become very unpleasant for everyone.
4 The primary school on the island is already very big. The number of extra pupils that this would cause would concern me.
5 The increase in population and the traffic problems associated with that would be to the detriment of the tourist industry on the island.
6 There is currently no permanent police presence on the island. Increasing the population by the percentage proposed would make this situation even more unsatisfactory.


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