Last night at the Parish Council meeting I brought up the issue of the 450 new houses planned for Hullbridge. While Hawkwell and Rawreth have put up vocal opposition to planned developments in their areas Hullbridge has been strangely subdued.
Why is this? Is it because people do not know about the plans, is it because they welcome a development which will increase the population of Hullbridge by around 30%, or perhaps they feel powerless to stop it because, whatever they do, it will happen anyway?
To give you some idea about the size of this development the new housing in London Road by Asda consists of 160 houses, we will be getting nearly three times that number. However with the development by Asda money was forthcoming from the developers for other projects such as sports pitches, the leisure centre etc.
If, as a whole, we believe this development will happen anyway I think we should start influencing the outcome now. This can be done in various ways but the first of these I am proposing is a village plan.
The Parish Council last night decided to start the process and we will soon be holding a variety of meetings to get this up and running. Obviously we need a committee to run this which should only have token Parish presence so the more people who get involved the better.
Whether you want these houses or not we must start acting now to let people know what is going on and either try to reduce the numbers or at least get something back from the developers.