Burnham campaigners want town to 'stagnate' says councillor

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Campaigners against mass housing have been accused of wanting their town to ‘stagnate.’

The comments came during a discussion about a planning application for 55 homes at Petticrows Boatyard in Belvedere Road, Burnham.

Burnham Town Council’s planning committee objected to the plans, on the grounds that Maldon District Council’s Local Development Plan setting out where new homes could be built has yet to be finalised and the road access was insufficient.

Members of Burnham Residents Oppose Over Development (BROOD) had given a letter outlining their own objections to the plans to councillors before the meeting.

Councillor Babs Owers said: “BROOD’s attitude seems to be that they want the town simply to stagnate.”

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11:35am Thu 8 May 14

Jack222 says...

I think I agree with this comment - the NIMBYs do want their towns to stagnate and reject change just because they are comfortable and see no reason to accept change.
I think I agree with this comment - the NIMBYs do want their towns to stagnate and reject change just because they are comfortable and see no reason to accept change. Jack222
  • Score: -7

1:24pm Thu 8 May 14

El Presendente says...

Quite rightly councillor Owers is entitled to her opinion and I (personally) applaud her for making her views known public.

However, she would also be aware that there's a surplus of new & existing housing stock locally that remains unsold, like those constructed in Coronation Road as just one random example. With no doubt more stock coming onto the market as the decommissioning at Bradwell reaches it's final stages, and no immediate prospect of a new plant being built.

Furthermore, the site at Rice & Coles is below sea-level and given the fact that our weather is 'weirding' and local flooding occurring more frequently would set alarm bells ringing with anyone, of course developers don't care about this, they just see £££'s signs wrapped-up in carefully crafted PR that BTC and MDC seems to be lapping-up.

Given the fact there have been several incidents involving HGV's in quick succession on the main road into Burnham in recent months, does councillor Owers really want to encourage the possibility of more? after all construction traffic would have to negotiate 'the bends' then tackle the bottle-neck at Woodfords garage, and that's before getting to the High St and other bottlenecks especially near the war memorial, before finally reaching the 'proposed' construction site.

At the end of the day Burnham is 'unique' it has remained the way it has for so long because past generations have realised that the infrastructure and local employment opportunity's are not conducive to wholesale expansion on the scale that MDC seem to think Burnham needs...It's not rocket science, just good old common sense!

Finally...'IF' councillor Owers wants the town to 'flourish' then 'maybe' she could channel her energy into doing something about the redundant caravan site in Millfields, that would allow visitors (mobile homes & campers) to stay and enjoy all that's good about Burnham. Instead after what was heavy-handed tactics, the site has remained redundant for years, and (I imagine) many thousands of pounds of useful revenue lost for good, revenue which would be useful to the town in these 'austere' times and without the need to significantly alter Burnham's character forever!
Quite rightly councillor Owers is entitled to her opinion and I (personally) applaud her for making her views known public. However, she would also be aware that there's a surplus of new & existing housing stock locally that remains unsold, like those constructed in Coronation Road as just one random example. With no doubt more stock coming onto the market as the decommissioning at Bradwell reaches it's final stages, and no immediate prospect of a new plant being built. Furthermore, the site at Rice & Coles is below sea-level and given the fact that our weather is 'weirding' and local flooding occurring more frequently would set alarm bells ringing with anyone, of course developers don't care about this, they just see £££'s signs wrapped-up in carefully crafted PR that BTC and MDC seems to be lapping-up. Given the fact there have been several incidents involving HGV's in quick succession on the main road into Burnham in recent months, does councillor Owers really want to encourage the possibility of more? after all construction traffic would have to negotiate 'the bends' then tackle the bottle-neck at Woodfords garage, and that's before getting to the High St and other bottlenecks especially near the war memorial, before finally reaching the 'proposed' construction site. At the end of the day Burnham is 'unique' it has remained the way it has for so long because past generations have realised that the infrastructure and local employment opportunity's are not conducive to wholesale expansion on the scale that MDC seem to think Burnham needs...It's not rocket science, just good old common sense! Finally...'IF' councillor Owers wants the town to 'flourish' then 'maybe' she could channel her energy into doing something about the redundant caravan site in Millfields, that would allow visitors (mobile homes & campers) to stay and enjoy all that's good about Burnham. Instead after what was heavy-handed tactics, the site has remained redundant for years, and (I imagine) many thousands of pounds of useful revenue lost for good, revenue which would be useful to the town in these 'austere' times and without the need to significantly alter Burnham's character forever! El Presendente
  • Score: 7

11:03am Sat 10 May 14

Treeman1963 says...

Jack222 wrote:
I think I agree with this comment - the NIMBYs do want their towns to stagnate and reject change just because they are comfortable and see no reason to accept change.
I agree.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: I think I agree with this comment - the NIMBYs do want their towns to stagnate and reject change just because they are comfortable and see no reason to accept change.[/p][/quote]I agree. Treeman1963
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