500 raging against green belt housing

Campaigners show their feelings

Campaigners show their feelings

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FRUSTRATED residents collected a 500-signature petition against homes destined for Benfleet green belt.

Members of Residents Against Glyders Expansion (RAGE) handed in the petition at the Castle Point Council offices, in Kiln Road, Thundersley.

Reeds Hill Farm, in Essex Way – referred to as “land off the Glyders” in the plan - is owned by Jill Reeves, Conservative county councillor for Hadleigh, and her husband, Richard Reeves, 67. The site is earmarked for 35 houses.

Robert Baillie, chairman of RAGE, built up 510 signatures in just 30 days and says the overwhelming feeling is one of frustration.

Mr Baillie, 64, of St Mary's Close, said: “We object to the policy of the council for the development of 4,000 new properties in the borough over the next 15 years, in particular proposals for the construction for 35 homes off Glyders, on the grounds that the area cannot sustain this level of development, afford to lose valuable green space and the infrastructure cannot cope with an increase in population and traffic.

“We feel very strongly about this and will be doing all we can to ensure the homes do not get built.”

The committee has 11 members and is looking for more members to attend its meetings.

Mr Baillie also criticised the council for failing to be clear regarding transport improvements due to be introduced alongside the development.

He added: “The online version is more specific than the paper version.”

Castle Point Council’s Local Plan sets out where 4,000 homes will be built in Castle Point by 2031.

The council agreed to extend the consultation period to March 28 after a number of homes didn’t receive a consultation package.

Other concerns were flagged up as the consultation process continued, with residents saying they were unable to read the maps in the packages sent out, due to the lack of road names.

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6:16pm Wed 2 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Robert Baillie, chairman of RAGE, built up 510 signatures in just 30 days and says the overwhelming feeling is one of jubilation, that the proposed build only has 35 much needed homes, where as Jotmans, has 215 planned, joy to the world....
Robert Baillie, chairman of RAGE, built up 510 signatures in just 30 days and says the overwhelming feeling is one of jubilation, that the proposed build only has 35 much needed homes, where as Jotmans, has 215 planned, joy to the world.... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -3

6:21pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Tories aelling their own land off to developers? Qelle surprise.

I suppose the ink is already on the rubber stamp....
Tories aelling their own land off to developers? Qelle surprise. I suppose the ink is already on the rubber stamp.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

7:12pm Wed 2 Apr 14

iknowbetter says...

Has no one noticed a lot of this land having the planning being submitted is owned by Tory Councillors.
Has no one noticed a lot of this land having the planning being submitted is owned by Tory Councillors. iknowbetter
  • Score: 12

7:35pm Wed 2 Apr 14

jolllyboy says...

Dont care who owns it - at this rate there will be no natural green belt left just controlled parks which will be permitted to share space with cycles, dogs and horses and walking like robots.
Dont care who owns it - at this rate there will be no natural green belt left just controlled parks which will be permitted to share space with cycles, dogs and horses and walking like robots. jolllyboy
  • Score: 6

9:44pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Kim Gandy says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Dont care who owns it - at this rate there will be no natural green belt left just controlled parks which will be permitted to share space with cycles, dogs and horses and walking like robots.
Absolutely.
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Dont care who owns it - at this rate there will be no natural green belt left just controlled parks which will be permitted to share space with cycles, dogs and horses and walking like robots.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

8:09am Thu 3 Apr 14

Curbishly says...

Wouldn't it be funny if the County Councillor, in view of the nasty comments here, sold the land to travellers.

Instead of a nice small housing development you have 40/50 traveller caravans. Perhaps Mr Baillie wouldn't be so cocky then.
Wouldn't it be funny if the County Councillor, in view of the nasty comments here, sold the land to travellers. Instead of a nice small housing development you have 40/50 traveller caravans. Perhaps Mr Baillie wouldn't be so cocky then. Curbishly
  • Score: 0

8:27am Thu 3 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Dont care who owns it - at this rate there will be no natural green belt left just controlled parks which will be permitted to share space with cycles, dogs and horses and walking like robots.
yes that is exactly what is going to happen..... all green belt will eventually be built on, as it is not protected in any way, and another bit goes with each round of development........ only designated parks, reserves and commons will be left, as in any city........ to escape this particular way of life you will need to leave the south east
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Dont care who owns it - at this rate there will be no natural green belt left just controlled parks which will be permitted to share space with cycles, dogs and horses and walking like robots.[/p][/quote]yes that is exactly what is going to happen..... all green belt will eventually be built on, as it is not protected in any way, and another bit goes with each round of development........ only designated parks, reserves and commons will be left, as in any city........ to escape this particular way of life you will need to leave the south east pembury53
  • Score: -2

9:23am Thu 3 Apr 14

beverman says...

iknowbetter wrote:
Has no one noticed a lot of this land having the planning being submitted is owned by Tory Councillors.
The land should be judged on it's merits not it's owner.
[quote][p][bold]iknowbetter[/bold] wrote: Has no one noticed a lot of this land having the planning being submitted is owned by Tory Councillors.[/p][/quote]The land should be judged on it's merits not it's owner. beverman
  • Score: 0

10:24am Thu 3 Apr 14

ThisYear says...

Curbishly wrote:
Wouldn't it be funny if the County Councillor, in view of the nasty comments here, sold the land to travellers.

Instead of a nice small housing development you have 40/50 traveller caravans. Perhaps Mr Baillie wouldn't be so cocky then.
Would the Travellers buy the land in the first place?
[quote][p][bold]Curbishly[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't it be funny if the County Councillor, in view of the nasty comments here, sold the land to travellers. Instead of a nice small housing development you have 40/50 traveller caravans. Perhaps Mr Baillie wouldn't be so cocky then.[/p][/quote]Would the Travellers buy the land in the first place? ThisYear
  • Score: 0

5:13pm Thu 3 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

It's more flat dwellers who are need here, joy oh joy, I hear you say, but any green space, will have to be considered, as potential housing grounds..
It's more flat dwellers who are need here, joy oh joy, I hear you say, but any green space, will have to be considered, as potential housing grounds.. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 3

6:15am Fri 4 Apr 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
It's more flat dwellers who are need here, joy oh joy, I hear you say, but any green space, will have to be considered, as potential housing grounds..
The rest of N.Europe has worked that out, just little England left behind where every man and woman still wants their castle.
Change this mentality or the green belt will be gone.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: It's more flat dwellers who are need here, joy oh joy, I hear you say, but any green space, will have to be considered, as potential housing grounds..[/p][/quote]The rest of N.Europe has worked that out, just little England left behind where every man and woman still wants their castle. Change this mentality or the green belt will be gone. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 0

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