IMPACT

Over the next 5 years with 200 houses proposed at Brierley Paddocks leading to other land nearby becoming available plus the infilling proposed, the amount of new houses in West Mersea could exceed 425 bringing with them 1000+ people.

T​​he Doctors on Mersea do a great job, IF YOU CAN GET IN TO SEE THEM.  Their premises are limited and despite years of wrangling the moving of the surgery to a better site is no further forward.  Trying to get through to get an appointment is extremely difficult because of the amount of people.  Extra houses without extra resources are only going to make this worse.​​​
Mersea School is already full to bursting with large class sizes. Yes, they can increase the number of classrooms available but ​​increasing buildings means losing playing space.  And where doe all the kids go when they leave primary school?  Colchester Council's new senior school provision is concentrated on the Stanway area which does nothing for the children of Mersea.
ARE THESE HOMES REALLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY? ​Where are the affordable, decent sized homes for the people struggling to stay on the island or get on the property ladder? Or are they for Colchester or London overspill?   Everyone would welcom affordable homes for local people but not where it is in addition to any other housing approved.
The roads in Mersea are not able to cope with existing traffic - the bus regularly can't get down Yorrick Road because of parked cars. When the sun shines, day trippers park wherever as soon as the car parks are full causing huge inconvenience to local people.

We are an island community - officialdom does not seem to appreciate this.

T​​​​​he UNEXPECTED tidal surge on January 4th caused 14.5 miles of tail backs with the tide taking 1.5 hours to recede enough for cars to resume crossing.  If you were at the back of the queue somewhere near Salcott - it would have taken you 3 hours to get on to the island. Traffic was backed up all through the town. ​​HOW is this going to work with MORE people on the island AND thousands of new houses at Middlewick ranges?
T​​​​​​he water supply and sewage system on the island is a one pipe system.  We all experience low water pressure already - can you imagine what any new houses will do to it? Anglian Water have said that it can cope but really? Local fisherman & oysterman have already expressed concern about the effect of sewage on the waters around the island.
The Chinese have been given the go ahead to take over Bradwell.  The latest evacuation plans say that any problems at Bradwell would be treated like a flood with caravaners and holdiay makers being taken off the island first and people who live here being told to ​STAY IN THEIR HOMES.
The proposal takes no account of the caravan owners living almost full time on the various sites on the island or the huge influx of tourists during the summer which can be 5000 on a hot summers day.  Let alone the applications by the holiday parks to increase their capacity..
Colchester Borough Council's plans are unreasonable. Read the full proposal here. CBC