4,000-home map’s so bad we had to find our road on Google!

Echo: 4,000-home map’s so bad we had to find our road on Google! 4,000-home map’s so bad we had to find our road on Google!

“SHODDY” Castle Point Council maps are making it hard to make sense of an important planning strategy document, residents have complained.

The council called five public meetings to seek views and explain its Local Plan, which sets out where 4,000 homes are likley to be built between 2015 and 2031.

However, people who went along to the first meeting say maps put up by the council to illustrate the proposals did not include street names and left it unclear which roads would be affected.

Some say they had to resort to comparing the council maps with street maps on Google in an effort work out which areas would be built on.

Sandra Smith, 70, of Thundersley Park Road, said she was very disappointed after attending the first session, at the council’s Thundersley offices, on Tuesday.

She said there was just one large-scale map and it failed to clearly identify the development areas .

She added: “I think, with a project of this size, the council should be doing all it can to make this easy for residents to understand.

“Instead, I am having to go out of my way to mark where I live on the map.

“I had to use Google Maps to do it, but I’m sure a lot of older people either won’t have the internet, or won’t know how to search for their home on it.”

Mrs Smith and her husband, Leonard, are particularly concerned 200 homes could be built on land between Felstead Road and Catherine Road, which is close to their home.

Mr Smith said: “I think access to the A13 is something which needs to be addressed, as traffic on Bread and Cheese Hill is bad enough at times already. If there are hundreds more homes, then the traffic will be terrible.

“There are a lot of questions that need to be answered.”

Mark Baillieul, 32, of Warren Chase, Thundersley, was also disappointed by what he saw at the meeting.

He said: “I came because I didn’t know how this directly affected my parents, who recently moved to the area, but this map isn’t helping answer any questions.”

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6:15am Mon 17 Feb 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

They are going to do what they want anyway, thats what consultation means.
They are going to do what they want anyway, thats what consultation means. Keptquiettillnow

8:12am Mon 17 Feb 14

changetheplan says...

This "draft" plan makes no sense at all to most of the residents of Castle Point. Please keep an eye on www.changetheplan.or
g as there is about to be a serious challenge mounted to these proposals. The website will carry full details over the next few weeks. Please spread the word...
This "draft" plan makes no sense at all to most of the residents of Castle Point. Please keep an eye on www.changetheplan.or g as there is about to be a serious challenge mounted to these proposals. The website will carry full details over the next few weeks. Please spread the word... changetheplan

8:17am Mon 17 Feb 14

changetheplan says...

Visit www.changetheplan.or
g

Full details will appear over the next few weeks...
Visit www.changetheplan.or g Full details will appear over the next few weeks... changetheplan

8:46am Mon 17 Feb 14

upset says...

The CPBC map does not even show the road to nowhere (Roscommon way)!!!
The CPBC map does not even show the road to nowhere (Roscommon way)!!! upset

9:24am Mon 17 Feb 14

InTheKnowOk says...

We wouldn't get away with shoddy plans like that if we were submitting them to the council so why should they?
We wouldn't get away with shoddy plans like that if we were submitting them to the council so why should they? InTheKnowOk

12:08pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

They don't want to make it easy to understand so people are deterred from commenting which makeze it easier for them to go full steam ahead with their already formukatex plans regardless.

Basildon Council do very much the same by presenting Option 2 (a, b& c) pushing theur peeffered result without making clear what option one and three are or whether they actually exist even. Then offer about three feet high of documentation that has to be read and commented on.

It means that probably less than five percent of people who start to look at it can be bothered to fill in the questionnaire thus giving them free rein to claim that their option is the public choice and steam ahead regardless.

It's the baffle and blind them with bulls crap approach....
They don't want to make it easy to understand so people are deterred from commenting which makeze it easier for them to go full steam ahead with their already formukatex plans regardless. Basildon Council do very much the same by presenting Option 2 (a, b& c) pushing theur peeffered result without making clear what option one and three are or whether they actually exist even. Then offer about three feet high of documentation that has to be read and commented on. It means that probably less than five percent of people who start to look at it can be bothered to fill in the questionnaire thus giving them free rein to claim that their option is the public choice and steam ahead regardless. It's the baffle and blind them with bulls crap approach.... Howard Cháse

7:24pm Mon 17 Feb 14

the25man says...

Of course the plans in draft form aren't that clear so they can alter them later
Of course the plans in draft form aren't that clear so they can alter them later the25man

9:05pm Mon 17 Feb 14

changetheplan says...

Please visit www .changetheplan. org and spread the word. This plan can be challenged and changed but it is essential to have as much public support as possible. Let's change the plan together!
Please visit www .changetheplan. org and spread the word. This plan can be challenged and changed but it is essential to have as much public support as possible. Let's change the plan together! changetheplan

9:54pm Mon 17 Feb 14

whataday says...

If these developments are going to be allowed on greenbelt land (which purpose is to prevent urban sprawl) by Castle Point and other surrounding councils will we be dispersing some of the councils and having just one council covering the area from Thurrock to Shoeburyness and out to the borders of Havering through to Chelmsford as there will be no distinction between one town to the next
That should bring council tax down!
If these developments are going to be allowed on greenbelt land (which purpose is to prevent urban sprawl) by Castle Point and other surrounding councils will we be dispersing some of the councils and having just one council covering the area from Thurrock to Shoeburyness and out to the borders of Havering through to Chelmsford as there will be no distinction between one town to the next That should bring council tax down! whataday

5:35am Tue 18 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

It's to allow those Canvey Thickos to see the places the build will happen, not to give out a free ordnance survey map.
It's to allow those Canvey Thickos to see the places the build will happen, not to give out a free ordnance survey map. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

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