Our "dream home" could be bulldozed to put in a stream

Echo: Stressed – Georgina, Catherine, Adan, Rosalia and Jacqueline Morales, and inset, the possible plan Stressed – Georgina, Catherine, Adan, Rosalia and Jacqueline Morales, and inset, the possible plan

A FAMILY is devastated after learning Castle Point Council’s regeneration partnership wants to buy their “dream home” and knock it down to make way for a stream.

Catherine and Adan Morales, of Waarden Road, Canvey, received a letter from the partnership floating the possibility of using compulsory purchase powers to buy up their home.

The property could then be demolished under a £50million masterplan which would create a stream linking Canvey Lake to a new fountain on the junction of Waarden Road and Knightswick Road.

In the official document for the scheme approved by councillors in April 2012 the stream goes around the couple’s property.

But Mrs Morales received a letter last week which shows the stream going through her land.

It stressed the council wanted to “avoid”a situation where it would have to force the family to sell using compulsory purchase powers.

She said: “We are just completely panicked – we feel so threatened by this.

“We have known about the regeneration for ages and the stream, but at no point were we told our home would be affected.

Clearly, they have moved the boundaries of the stream without any warning.

“This is the first time they have contacted us yet they have known about it for two years.

Obviously, we do not want to sell, so, if we can’t come to an agreement, it appears they will just buy it anyway.”

The couple have lived in the property for 14 years with their daughters, Georgina, 21, Jacqueline, 19, and Rosalia, 14.

Mr Morales said: “My wife has been crying all week about this.

She is devastated, we all are. We wanted this house for years because of the amount of land we would have and the location, so we bought it as soon as it went on the market. We are going to do everything we can to stop this happening.”

Although no formal offer has been made, the letter written by regeneration delivery manager Mark Evershed estimates their house is worth £300,000.

The partnership said the document sent to the Morales family was only a “vision” of what might happen.

A spokesman said: “Thank you for the opportunity to give public reassurance that Castle Point is not considering the compulsory purchase of this resident’s home.

One of the key projects in the Canvey TownCentre Master Plan is to link the town centre and the lake. The masterplan gives an indication of how this could be achieved – it is a vision.

“There are a range of options. No final decision has been made.

“We are making arrangements to meet with Mrs Morales to provide a personal explanation.”

The regeneration partnership will be holding a meeting with owners impacted by the lake link scheme at 12.30pm today at the Oysterfleet Hotel.

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7:10am Thu 30 Jan 14

Ian P says...

We are told that we have insufficient houses and as such we must surrender our precious greenbelt land for building purposes and yet there is a chance that this house may be demolished to make room for an artificial stream. The world has gone mad!
We are told that we have insufficient houses and as such we must surrender our precious greenbelt land for building purposes and yet there is a chance that this house may be demolished to make room for an artificial stream. The world has gone mad! Ian P

7:18am Thu 30 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

" and inset, the possible plan "

where is it..?
" and inset, the possible plan " where is it..? DogsMessInLeigh

8:18am Thu 30 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

i wonder if better use might be made of the funds available ?
i wonder if better use might be made of the funds available ? pembury53

8:34am Thu 30 Jan 14

John T Pharro says...

It may be "a vision", but now this house is blighted and has probably had it's value reduced if not unsellable.
It may be "a vision", but now this house is blighted and has probably had it's value reduced if not unsellable. John T Pharro

10:32am Thu 30 Jan 14

MilesBond says...

John T Pharro wrote:
It may be "a vision", but now this house is blighted and has probably had it's value reduced if not unsellable.
That's a very good point actually.
[quote][p][bold]John T Pharro[/bold] wrote: It may be "a vision", but now this house is blighted and has probably had it's value reduced if not unsellable.[/p][/quote]That's a very good point actually. MilesBond

1:04pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Take the money and run
Take the money and run Howard Cháse

3:45pm Thu 30 Jan 14

whateverhappened says...

ever town should have a showpiece fountain and artificial stream ....nimbys
ever town should have a showpiece fountain and artificial stream ....nimbys whateverhappened

4:05pm Thu 30 Jan 14

the25man says...

What a good opportunity to get off Canvey. Just hold out for as much as you can get then laugh at the Council Tax Payers who helped pay you out
What a good opportunity to get off Canvey. Just hold out for as much as you can get then laugh at the Council Tax Payers who helped pay you out the25man

5:28pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Dan-Hockley says...

surely it's cheaper and easier to put a pipe in and direct the water flow that way ... half of west cliff & prittlewell have this
surely it's cheaper and easier to put a pipe in and direct the water flow that way ... half of west cliff & prittlewell have this Dan-Hockley

6:54am Fri 31 Jan 14

beejiu says...

Unfortunately, wherever the stream goes it is likely to affect somebody at some point. It's not nice having your house compulsorily purchased, but sometimes it is necessary for the wider area. Everyone thinks "Great idea", and as soon as it affects them adversely, they say, "Not in back yard."
Unfortunately, wherever the stream goes it is likely to affect somebody at some point. It's not nice having your house compulsorily purchased, but sometimes it is necessary for the wider area. Everyone thinks "Great idea", and as soon as it affects them adversely, they say, "Not in back yard." beejiu

5:26pm Fri 31 Jan 14

John T Pharro says...

beejiu wrote:
Unfortunately, wherever the stream goes it is likely to affect somebody at some point. It's not nice having your house compulsorily purchased, but sometimes it is necessary for the wider area. Everyone thinks "Great idea", and as soon as it affects them adversely, they say, "Not in back yard."
This is nothing like the usual NIMBY. This is one HOME blighted or to be demolished because of a vision. It is not one house standing in the way of a big appropriate housing development. Much as the area needs improvement this is certainly a ridiculous idea and there must be better way than kicking out a family from their home.
[quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately, wherever the stream goes it is likely to affect somebody at some point. It's not nice having your house compulsorily purchased, but sometimes it is necessary for the wider area. Everyone thinks "Great idea", and as soon as it affects them adversely, they say, "Not in back yard."[/p][/quote]This is nothing like the usual NIMBY. This is one HOME blighted or to be demolished because of a vision. It is not one house standing in the way of a big appropriate housing development. Much as the area needs improvement this is certainly a ridiculous idea and there must be better way than kicking out a family from their home. John T Pharro

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