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Neighbours prepare for new fight against homes on Canvey
9:00am Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
REVISED plans for 99 homes on Canvey have sparked another round of heated objections from residents.
Canary Wharf Co’s original plans to build 106 homes on land in Point Road were turned down by Castle Point councillors who ruled the site was too small.
Now the company has come back with a more modest proposal, for 83 flats and 16 houses on a small trading estate site behind building materials firm Canvey Supply, at 101 Point Road.
Neighbours have until September 21 to register objections with the council, but some have wasted little time in making their views known.
They fear the development is still too ambitious, would devalue their homes and aggravate parking problems, noise pollution and traffic congestion in the area.
Some are also concerned the island’s sewer network would not cope with the prospect of hundreds of new resident.
One letter of objection says: “The infrastructure is woefully inadequate. Canvey is becoming a dumping ground, with properties being squeezed into small spaces.”
Another reads: “It is not rocket science to work out how many extra cars there would be on the roads.
“It would not only be an eyesore, it would make a dangerous road even more dangerous.”
Objectors packed a Canvey Town Council meeting to urge it to back their objections.
Tory councillor Ray Howard , who chaired the meeting, said: “It got a bit heated at times, but there wasn’t any nastiness. Residents are just concerned about the development.”
Police and water company officials have not objected to the proposals, but Essex County Council archaeologists have suggested Iron Age or Roman artifacts might lie beneath the land and would like to see a dig there before builders move in.
Last week furious islanders and councillors stormed out of a heated meeting as outline plans for as many as 600 homes at Thorney Bay Caravan Park, Canvey, were approved by the borough council.