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I would like to make the following comments in relation to the Colchester Borough draft Local Plan where it relates to Mersea Island.
1. The proposal is for an additional 350 units of housing at two locations. This will have a hugely negative impact on the Island Community as there is insufficient capacity for medical ,school and other local facilities for these additional circa 1000 population. Whilst it is stated in the plan that there are 3200 dwellings on the island , it is understood that the actual Council Tax records indicate over 3500 properties existing. Thus the 'headroom' for facilities indicated in the Plan has already been taken up and this is confirmed by the current strain on these facilities. This is exacerbated by the fact that West Mersea is considered to be a District Centre and thus provides services to a wider population off the Island. In addition, the recent development to 12 month occupation at the caravan sites on the Island further exacerbates the pressure on local services such as medical.
2. The road capacity of the island is a constraint on further development and would need considerable improvement , confirmed by the recent traffic incident when the temporary closure of the west side fork at the Strood led to much congestion along Dawes Lane.
2. There are currently plans for a Bradwell B nuclear power station , although no dates for this development appear to be available at present. It does not seem to be a responsible policy to be encouraging development at such a close (2 mile) proximity to such an installation. Furthermore , increasing the population of the island will only exacerbate the exiting issue of evacuation of the Island at time of high tide across the Strood. This will only become worse with the rising sea level made worse by future climate change.
In summary, I would like to record my objections to the Local Plan proposals for Mersea Island due to the insufficiency of local infrastructure to cope with such development and the safety risk from a future Bradwell B power station and the difficulty of evacuation.