Homes plan could gridlock Billericay and Wickford roads

Echo: Campaigners – Mike Andrews, Henry Kelly, Evelyn Andrews, Sue Adams Jean Compton and at the front, Clive Aldous Campaigners – Mike Andrews, Henry Kelly, Evelyn Andrews, Sue Adams Jean Compton and at the front, Clive Aldous

ROADS will end up gridlocked if thousands of planned homes are built on the green belt in Billericay and Wickford, according to a new report.

Essex Highways fears junctions in the towns will become constant traffic jams under the proposals by Basildon Council.

In Billericay the council proposes 1,400 homes to the west, 430 to the east, and 180 to the south on green belt land, while in Wickford 2,800 homes will be built in total over four sites.

The Essex Highways report predicts seven out of 10 junctions in Billericay, affected by development will fall into a code red category, meaning the junctions are above capacity during rush hour.

In Wickford, two out of five junctions affected would fall into code red.

Mike Andrews, of Outwood Common Road, Billericay, said: “Billericay is already stuffed up. There is no more space for shops or parking. We understand housing has to go somewhere, but why not land at Barleylands which has a road network.”

The fears over congestion on the roads comes as plans for a solar farm the size of 37 football pitches on land off Outwood Farm Road and Coxes Farm Road is also revealed.

Developer MS Power has been in talks with Basildon Council about the 8ft–high panels which would supply power to 2,500 homes.

Clive Aldous of Outwood Farm Road, Billericay, said: “We have been hit with a double- whammy and it’s very intimidating.

“I paid a premium to live here, but this will reduce the value of our property.

“The reason people live around Billericay is because of the green belt, it’s a lovely area.

But Billericay and Basildon will end up merging.

“We are not against these homes because they are behind where we live, it is because we don’t want to lose green belt right around Billericay.”

Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council, said: “The council has spent the past year working with Essex Highways to identify where the capacity issues in the borough’s highway network and is continuing to work with them over the next few months to determine what highway solutions are feasible to address these issues and accommodate the level of growth and development locations in the current consultation document.

“This work is an ongoing exercise right up to the plan's submission to Government.”

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11:05am Tue 4 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Same goes for everywhere.

If Wickford and Billericay will keep voting in Ball Bkake and Buckley they have to take the consequences.....
Same goes for everywhere. If Wickford and Billericay will keep voting in Ball Bkake and Buckley they have to take the consequences..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

11:07am Tue 4 Mar 14

Barry Bas says...

Simon Bird from the Inbetweeners is looking old these days.
Simon Bird from the Inbetweeners is looking old these days. Barry Bas
  • Score: 2

11:43am Tue 4 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Same goes for everywhere.

If Wickford and Billericay will keep voting in Ball Bkake and Buckley they have to take the consequences.....
...and if they vote Labour they'll end up with another Dale Farm possibly on Sun Corner...
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Same goes for everywhere. If Wickford and Billericay will keep voting in Ball Bkake and Buckley they have to take the consequences.....[/p][/quote]...and if they vote Labour they'll end up with another Dale Farm possibly on Sun Corner... Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

1:11pm Tue 4 Mar 14

beverman says...

You can buy a house but you can't buy a view.
So what if you like the green belt surrounding Billericay. We need houses for the next 30 years, for our kids and our kids kids.
This trumps your poxy green belt view Clive Aldous of Outwood Farm Road.
If you are worried about the value of your property, no one is forcing you to stay. Cumbria has nice views.
You can buy a house but you can't buy a view. So what if you like the green belt surrounding Billericay. We need houses for the next 30 years, for our kids and our kids kids. This trumps your poxy green belt view Clive Aldous of Outwood Farm Road. If you are worried about the value of your property, no one is forcing you to stay. Cumbria has nice views. beverman
  • Score: -3

1:36pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

We need more houses - so put in more roads. Or have I missed something?
We need more houses - so put in more roads. Or have I missed something? Jack222
  • Score: 3

3:36pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Jack222 wrote:
We need more houses - so put in more roads. Or have I missed something?
Just like that? Where do they put them? And who's paying? That's right. You.

And me.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: We need more houses - so put in more roads. Or have I missed something?[/p][/quote]Just like that? Where do they put them? And who's paying? That's right. You. And me. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 0

5:42pm Tue 4 Mar 14

John T Pharro says...

It isn't just roads that need to be addressed with major home development. It is all infrastructure not least surface water run off and sewers which already cannot cope. Always alluded to be addressed, but never properly addressed, as recent weather proves the infrastructure cannot cope now.
It isn't just roads that need to be addressed with major home development. It is all infrastructure not least surface water run off and sewers which already cannot cope. Always alluded to be addressed, but never properly addressed, as recent weather proves the infrastructure cannot cope now. John T Pharro
  • Score: 3

7:41pm Tue 4 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Howard Cháse wrote:
Same goes for everywhere.

If Wickford and Billericay will keep voting in Ball Bkake and Buckley they have to take the consequences.....
...and if they vote Labour they'll end up with another Dale Farm possibly on Sun Corner...
Your stupidity and bigotry has no levels...both are immense.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Same goes for everywhere. If Wickford and Billericay will keep voting in Ball Bkake and Buckley they have to take the consequences.....[/p][/quote]...and if they vote Labour they'll end up with another Dale Farm possibly on Sun Corner...[/p][/quote]Your stupidity and bigotry has no levels...both are immense. ThisYear
  • Score: 0

1:48am Wed 5 Mar 14

Nebs says...

beverman wrote:
You can buy a house but you can't buy a view.
So what if you like the green belt surrounding Billericay. We need houses for the next 30 years, for our kids and our kids kids.
This trumps your poxy green belt view Clive Aldous of Outwood Farm Road.
If you are worried about the value of your property, no one is forcing you to stay. Cumbria has nice views.
No one is forcing anyone else to stay either. Cumbria, and various other northern towns, have plenty of houses for sale that can be purchased on £200/month mortgages. Lots more space up there too.
[quote][p][bold]beverman[/bold] wrote: You can buy a house but you can't buy a view. So what if you like the green belt surrounding Billericay. We need houses for the next 30 years, for our kids and our kids kids. This trumps your poxy green belt view Clive Aldous of Outwood Farm Road. If you are worried about the value of your property, no one is forcing you to stay. Cumbria has nice views.[/p][/quote]No one is forcing anyone else to stay either. Cumbria, and various other northern towns, have plenty of houses for sale that can be purchased on £200/month mortgages. Lots more space up there too. Nebs
  • Score: 1

8:12pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Neilsumner123 says...

Just curious: did anyone in this group of objectors actually view the consultation for the solar farm.? It's going to be a great asset to wildlife and will make walks along the footpaths in that area a much nicer experience, due to the landscaping around it.
Just curious: did anyone in this group of objectors actually view the consultation for the solar farm.? It's going to be a great asset to wildlife and will make walks along the footpaths in that area a much nicer experience, due to the landscaping around it. Neilsumner123
  • Score: 2

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