Why are we against over-development?
We do want to see improvements to the town, which has suffered for many years from neglect by Basildon Council. Local roads are a disgrace, and the traffic congestion at peak times is almost unbearable. When the Wickford Town Centre Masterplan was adopted in 2006, it had some good things to offer, but we were told that this could only be achieved at the expense of some 598 new dwellings within the town centre area. This number rapidly increased, and many planning applications were passed and the developments built, but the promised improvements were not forthcoming!
We are not happy about this, and dispute the council's view that almost 600 new dwellings were needed to pay for improvements. By attending council planning meetings, holding our own public meetings, and using this website, we hope to raise public awareness and participation, so that the council does what the residents want, and not the other way round!
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