Campaigners win bid to extend consultation on 4,000 homes plan

Echo: Pam Challis and Norman Smith with the local plan Pam Challis and Norman Smith with the local plan

CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after Castle Point Council agreed to extend a consultation on 4,000 homes for the borough.

After the Echo revealed yesterday that hundreds of people have not received information about the controversial plan, the authority decided to give people more time.

Now residents will have an extra week to submit their views on the plan, which sets out where houses will be built up to 2031.

The consultation was supposed to finish on Friday, March 21, but this will now stretch to midnight on Friday, March 28.

More than 3,000 people have responded to the consultation since January.

Patricia Mayes, of Hilltop Avenue, Benfleet, said the council had made a “sensible decision”.

She said: “It makes sense and is the right decision in this case.

The council needs to accept that something this important is given enough time for a response.

“As a person entitled to vote, I am disappointed to say I have still not received anything.

“This is a victory for people power and the council must listen to what we have to say.”

Julia Burch, 47, of Badgers Way, Thundersley, added: “I am very pleased the council has taken this decision.

“Hopefully, more people will now get involved and have their say on something that is hugely important to the future of the borough.”

Yesterday, the Echo reported residents had taken matters into their own hands and were handdelivering a stack of consultation packages to streets that hadn’t received them.

Pam Challis, leader of the council, said: “I am delighted so many people have taken the time to look at our draft plan and provide us with their comments.

“There is still time for others to comment – please make your views known, so we can be sure we have heard every point of view.”

Councillor Norman Smith, councillor responsible for economic development and business liaison, said anyone without a leaflet should contact the council.

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12:34pm Wed 12 Mar 14

iknowbetter says...

“This is a victory for people power and the council must listen to what we have to say.”
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Good luck with that one.
The Council have had to rush this latest core strategy through due to the incompetence putting together the last one, which incidentally cost the tax payer £500.000. They are now up against time and need to finalize this latest draft, (daft), plan before the Government take action. Looking at it it really isnt that dissimilar to the one which was thrown out, just slightly reworded.
There is no way on this earth are the Council going to take any notice of what the people have to say about this latest plan. It will happen irrelevant to any objections.
“This is a victory for people power and the council must listen to what we have to say.” ** Good luck with that one. The Council have had to rush this latest core strategy through due to the incompetence putting together the last one, which incidentally cost the tax payer £500.000. They are now up against time and need to finalize this latest draft, (daft), plan before the Government take action. Looking at it it really isnt that dissimilar to the one which was thrown out, just slightly reworded. There is no way on this earth are the Council going to take any notice of what the people have to say about this latest plan. It will happen irrelevant to any objections. iknowbetter
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12:42pm Wed 12 Mar 14

blackheart says...

Time to buy shares in a concrete mine, the Council aren't going to listen to the people who elected them.
Time to buy shares in a concrete mine, the Council aren't going to listen to the people who elected them. blackheart
  • Score: 1

12:50pm Wed 12 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

iknowbetter wrote:
“This is a victory for people power and the council must listen to what we have to say.” ** Good luck with that one. The Council have had to rush this latest core strategy through due to the incompetence putting together the last one, which incidentally cost the tax payer £500.000. They are now up against time and need to finalize this latest draft, (daft), plan before the Government take action. Looking at it it really isnt that dissimilar to the one which was thrown out, just slightly reworded. There is no way on this earth are the Council going to take any notice of what the people have to say about this latest plan. It will happen irrelevant to any objections.
spot on..... people are deluding themselves big time if they think these builds aren't happening..... a delaying tactic at best but not for long
[quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: “This is a victory for people power and the council must listen to what we have to say.” ** Good luck with that one. The Council have had to rush this latest core strategy through due to the incompetence putting together the last one, which incidentally cost the tax payer £500.000. They are now up against time and need to finalize this latest draft, (daft), plan before the Government take action. Looking at it it really isnt that dissimilar to the one which was thrown out, just slightly reworded. There is no way on this earth are the Council going to take any notice of what the people have to say about this latest plan. It will happen irrelevant to any objections.[/p][/quote]spot on..... people are deluding themselves big time if they think these builds aren't happening..... a delaying tactic at best but not for long pembury53
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1:26pm Thu 13 Mar 14

beverman says...

Mr Canvey is going to be ok once these plans go through and he has a 50 bed care home on his land.
You scratch my bad and l'll scratch yours!!!!
Mr Canvey is going to be ok once these plans go through and he has a 50 bed care home on his land. You scratch my bad and l'll scratch yours!!!! beverman
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