Pitsea residents object to electrical substation built to power new Morrisons supermarket

Echo: "Power substation will be an eyesore" Pitsea residents object to substation in residential street "Power substation will be an eyesore" Pitsea residents object to substation in residential street

AN electricity substation set to power a supermarket is being built outside family homes.

Residents in Rectory Park Drive, Pitsea, say they were given just a day’s notice before work on the 6ft high metal box began.

It will supply power to a 75,000sq ft Morrisons supermarket being built on the site of the current Aldi store.

Residents claim they were left in the dark about the “eyesore’’ substation when plans for the £30million regeneration of Pitsea were revealed.

However, Basildon Council insists no planning laws have been broken as the sub-station was scheduled to be built in the area, although a location was not pinpointed.

Homeowners in Rectory Park Drive were sent letters by Vinci Construction, the contractors carrying out the regeneration work on behalf of developers London and Cambridge, on Tuesday afternoon.

Workers arrived at the site yesterday to begin digging for the sub-station, which is expected to be up in four days.

Resident Sharon Packman, 57, said: “It will be right in front of my living room, with just a path in between.

“We looked at the plans for the regeneration really carefully and there was never a sub-station.

“We would definitley have challenged that. Instead, we were given a day’s notice and there is nothing we can do.

“We were supportive of the regeneration until trees were cut down, despite having preservation orders on them.

“To be honest, we just went with it because it is all to boost Pitsea. But this latest development is just unbelievable.’’ Neighbour Theresa Cronin, 39, said: “Wewere told when regeneration started house prices would go up, but a sub-station outside our house isn’t going to help.

“We don’t know about noise levels, or if there are any health risks.’’ Utility companies are able to carry out work on public land without specific planning permission, if they can prove it is essential.

A council spokesman said the plot in Rectory Park Drive was the best location.

He said: “This work falls under the rights of statutory undertakers and does not require planning permission. However, the sub-station was included in plans submitted to the council prior to permission being granted.’’

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2:10pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Matt - Kent says...

So don't use the supermarket then, all that protest!
So don't use the supermarket then, all that protest! Matt - Kent

2:18pm Fri 7 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

They could always give it a makeover, how about in Capitals getting smaller and smaller FREE CASH, FOR THOSE UNABLE TO WORK
They could always give it a makeover, how about in Capitals getting smaller and smaller FREE CASH, FOR THOSE UNABLE TO WORK You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

3:37pm Fri 7 Feb 14

the25man says...

Utility services can do very much what they like so even if the substation was not shown on the plans it's going in like it or not. To really rub it in substation give out a low buzzing noise
Utility services can do very much what they like so even if the substation was not shown on the plans it's going in like it or not. To really rub it in substation give out a low buzzing noise the25man

12:11pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Unhappy of Pitsea says...

Anyone that thinks us not using the supermarket will make any kind of difference is very much mistaken. The issue here is that we have been 'done unto' by the big boys with no right to reply. As the newspaper report says, the sub-station was in the original plans but not the location. It would be naive to think a sub-station was not needed but to place it directly in front of private residences is ludicrous especially when there is 75,000 sq ft of Morrison's land to position it on - after all, it is for their use, not ours!
Anyone that thinks us not using the supermarket will make any kind of difference is very much mistaken. The issue here is that we have been 'done unto' by the big boys with no right to reply. As the newspaper report says, the sub-station was in the original plans but not the location. It would be naive to think a sub-station was not needed but to place it directly in front of private residences is ludicrous especially when there is 75,000 sq ft of Morrison's land to position it on - after all, it is for their use, not ours! Unhappy of Pitsea

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