Dad-of-two sets up new pressure group to encourage affordable housing in Burnham

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Burnham High Street Burnham High Street

Burnham has become a divided town after a new pressure group encouraging more affordable housing has been set up.

Dad-of-two Terry Woolnough, has this week set up BRIM - Burnham Residents Incorporating Modernisation - in the hope of supporting the town’s younger generations by welcoming affordable housing and offering more youth activities.

The local scout group leader claims he is fighting refusals to modernise Burnham with development, such as current campaign group Burnham Residents Oppose Over-Development (BROOD), who he feels stopped a much-needed supermarket, surgery and school from being built.

He said: “There have been so many pressure groups set up in recent years, with the main purpose of fighting any development of the town and its surrounding areas, but they do not appear to be looking at the longer term implications of the refusal to incorporate a degree of modernisation.

“Without new housing the youth of the town are going to be pushed out.”

BROOD chairman Dennis Price said that BRIM’s aims were similar to his own.

See this week's MBS for the full story.

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11:25am Thu 2 Jan 14

Opsiomath says...

Everyone in the county supports the right number of small starter homes to try to keep extended families together

But over-build these small homes in a remote location and Burnham will turn into a Clacton or a Great Yarmouth .. Stuffed full of unemployed immigrants on benefits; marooned in an area where they can't find jobs

Homes are really only 'Affordable' when youngsters can get good local jobs or can afford to commute to where there are good jobs to pay the rent or mortgage
Everyone in the county supports the right number of small starter homes to try to keep extended families together But over-build these small homes in a remote location and Burnham will turn into a Clacton or a Great Yarmouth .. Stuffed full of unemployed immigrants on benefits; marooned in an area where they can't find jobs Homes are really only 'Affordable' when youngsters can get good local jobs or can afford to commute to where there are good jobs to pay the rent or mortgage Opsiomath

9:09am Fri 3 Jan 14

TerryWoolnough says...

That is the point of BRIM, sadly only a small part of what BRIM stands for has been included within the paper. Please find out Facebook Page and like for further details. Our press release will be following shortly.
That is the point of BRIM, sadly only a small part of what BRIM stands for has been included within the paper. Please find out Facebook Page and like for further details. Our press release will be following shortly. TerryWoolnough

6:22pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Caroline S says...

As a newcomer to Burnham I have to agree that it is a crying shame that there are so very few affordable houses for young families. We have an aging demographic and if all the proposed new development is mostly upmarket housing the only people who can afford that are the middle aged and older.
In the long term we need younger people if the town is not to stagnate and die. This also means we need real jobs and all the expensive stuff that has to be provided for kids, such as additional school places and doctors surgeries.
Burnham already has plenty of unaffordable housing. If we have to have development it would be nice to think it would benefit families with roots in the area or new residents who will bring new blood to this lovely town.
As a newcomer to Burnham I have to agree that it is a crying shame that there are so very few affordable houses for young families. We have an aging demographic and if all the proposed new development is mostly upmarket housing the only people who can afford that are the middle aged and older. In the long term we need younger people if the town is not to stagnate and die. This also means we need real jobs and all the expensive stuff that has to be provided for kids, such as additional school places and doctors surgeries. Burnham already has plenty of unaffordable housing. If we have to have development it would be nice to think it would benefit families with roots in the area or new residents who will bring new blood to this lovely town. Caroline S

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