THURROCK Park residents held a public meeting today (Sunday) to show continued opposition to the upcoming planning appeal being heard at the council offices commencing Tuesday 15th May for four days after a failed planning bid by the developer in June 2017.
All local residents remain adamant and opposed to another 280 houses to be built on marsh land and greenbelt which, the campaigners state is “constantly flooded and are in fear of the consequences of approved”.
Chair of Thurrock Park Residents Committee, Tony Coughlin said “It is total madness to even consider putting homes on this land when it is often looking like a lake after heavy rain, not to mention it is greenbelt and a habitat for much natural wildlife .
“The area has suffered enough with other large developments taking place and we see more and more of our open spaces being desecrated. How much more are we to lose at the expense of our quality of life .
“Other major concerns are, if approved, we will see another 600 cars per day going up and down Churchill Road which is the only access route to these houses once built, the required piling needed will mean high noise disturbance for residents for years to come and be heard for miles around , and with Tilbury 2 on the horizon the increased traffic along the A1089 will be unbearable for those living on this new development living so close to the road with high pollution levels causing major health concerns .
“The original application was refused by the planning committee in June 2017 but sadly the developers don’t respect local democracy of the planning committee so are trying to get this approved through the back door “.
“Many residents will be attending the appeal and intend to address the inspectorate giving there reasons for their strong opposition” .