The District Council is apparently still processing the responses to their recent public consultation. Every day a few more are written up on their website. and they are overwhelmingly against the Council’s proposals.
Here’s a couple of examples :
This one just about says it all:
Rayleigh itself cannot support 1800 more new homes, and the Rawreth Lane side has ALREADY been over developed. It seems that until every inch is covered by houses it wont stop. The people of Downhall and Rawreth have voted via the local elections against this over development but I feel very strongly that the local peoples opinion counts for nothing. We lost Park School site to housing and ASDA, the otherside of Rayleigh gained a country park – where are the children, especially seniors going to go, our schools are already full. Traffic in Rawreth Lane/Hullbridge Road area is a nightmare. We have a gym but why no swimming pool? We have no community centre either. And the subject of affordable housing for essential worker’s, what a joke! Flats that my policeman son and two nephews cannot afford. These flatsfor essential workers have been sold to people who are not even moving in before renting them out to anyone. How does this work?
Jobs – Imperial Park Industrial Estate – you have forced Coultard Welding out because the people in the flats on the Reed Nursery Site complained about the noise. Nash Tackel will be next because of the smell. How many more will go! Mind you you could always put up more houses or flats . We on this side of Rayleigh are being overdeveloped by new build. Our families are being priced out of the area and any green space lost. I believe even the utility companies have said that they would not be able to cope with all these properties. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!
Menawhile Rayleigh Civic Society have come out in SUPPORT of the council’s proposals – even though they have misgivings. Did they really mean to support this?
443 SUPPORT Rayleigh Civic Society
We have two major concerns:
The addition of 1800 housing units will presumably be a mixture of flats and houses. The encroachment of the Green Belt to accommodate these units must be resisted, we accept some relaxation might be necessary, but Brown field sites must be exploited to the full to minimise erosion of the Green Belt.
The figure of 1800 units means an increase of 4000+ population. We wish to express our great concern that there only vague references in the core strategy to the infrastructure. This increase in population means enlargement of the sewage system, the road system, public transport, schools, and health.
We support the preferred options relating to housing but question why 1800 units have been allocated to Rayleigh which has already had over 600 units built in the Rawreth area over the past 5+ years.