25 Sep 2017

Stop 350 Mersea

Stop 350 is a campaign group founded in November 2016 to campaign against Colchester Borough Council plans to build 350 new homes on Mersea Island, which equates to an 11% increase in the island's population.


Stop 350 is on facebook and at www.stop350.org.uk. The other top google hit today was a blog (also from last November) called britains-worst-nimbys-claim-emty-mersea-island-is-full (sic).

John Akker MBE, chairman of the STOP 350 group, was the surprise independent candidate in the Essex County Council election for Mersea and Tiptree Division on Thursday 4 May 2017, when he came a clear second.
  • AKKER, John - Independent 1058 
  • BANKS, Peter - Green Party Candidate 281 
  • BROISE, David - UK Independence Party (UKIP) 474 
  • HAYES, Jo - Liberal Democrats 317 
  • JOWERS, John - Conservative Party Candidate 2555 ELECTED 
  • MOGRIDGE, Bry - Labour Party 533
In the meantime (7 September 2017) there is much consternation that Colchester Council leader Paul Smith is “horrified” at Persimmon Homes' proposals to build new homes off Harwich Road while supporting the West Tey and Mersea developments, which lie are outside his patch. The four fields which are being considered for development are used for arable farming at the moment and are also sandwiched between the ancient Bullock Wood and St John’s Road. Paul Smith (Lib Dem), who represents St Anne’s and St John’s Ward, said: “I’m horrified that a developer is trying to put forward an opportunistic urban sprawl. It is contrary to the ideals of the local plan." 



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