A report on tonight’s meeting will follow. Please do not forget to attend. 7.30pm at the Hullbridge Centre, Windermere Avenue. Two Officers from Rochford District Council will be in attendance.
There was a very good attendance at the Parish Council meeting last night, most people estimated the numbers at over 250 and some could not get in the doors.
As with the meeting of the District Council when the 500 houses were approved none of the Hullbridge District Councillors attended last nights meeting although Cllr C Black from Downhall & Rawreth did come to support us. Cllr T Cutmore, Leader of the District Council, did make an appearance but appeared embarrassed by his no-show councillors.
Mr Sean Scrutton, Head of planning, then made a presentation which he had to cut short due to the many questions he received from the floor. Throughout the evening many questions were put and were evaded by both Mr Scrutton and Cllr Cutmore.
They Insisted consultation took place but the vast majority of people in that room did not know about it until the small article in Ripples appeared. Cllr Cutmore appeared evasive in replying as to when, where and how consultation took place often returning to the fact it was in Rochford Matters.
Broadly not much was achieved directly but the Council now know that Hullbridge will not stand for having the rest of the Districts Housing needs dumped on us, at one stage we were told these 500 houses are for the people of Hullbridge and not for people moving into the area which was met by a stunned audience.
This meeting now has to be followed through with more action. The petition will continue and I will carry on campaigning against any housing development on Green Belt Land. Hopefully we will shortly have arranged another meeting to move this forward.