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Representation 649 on Preferred Options Local Plan by Kate Nightingale

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: Preferred Options Local Plan - Sustainable Settlements, Mersea Island, SS17a: Mersea Housing and Employment
Representation: 1) the surgery is already overstretched. any additional resources received will take some time to be realised and are unlikely to cover the cost of extra resources needed
2) school already at maximal capacity
3) increasing traffic/busy roads/road safety

Original submission

Insufficient infrastructure to support significant increase in the population. In particular:
1) the surgery does a great job but is already extremely busy. even with the planned move to new premises the surgery won't have any additional resources/staff to help look after these additional patients. although having additional patients should attract financial resources, it will be some time before this extra money is realised as disposable income that the surgery can reinvest in staff/resources, and may not be sufficient to pay for the extra resources needed. To continue at current dr:patient ratios it is likely that the surgery would need at least an additional half time gp the cost of which is likely to exceed £40,000/yr, significantly more than the practice is likely to receive for it's additional patients.
2) the school is also doing a fantastic job, but is already one of the largest primary schools in essex and is at maximal capacity - where are the additional school places required by the proposed development going to come from?
3) In the busier summer months particularly, the main village can become extremely busy and at peak times the roads can be quite dangerous. It's not uncommon to see young children cycling around mersea, and as a parent I hope to see my own children having the freedom to do the same. However, increasing the population significantly is likely to exacerbate the problems regarding road busyness/safety, particularly for our younger residents

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