Article for Tiptree Tribune

I shared the shock and disappointment of residents in Tiptree when I received the decision from the Planning Inspectorate to allow Colchester United Football Club’s appeal to increase the times they can use the Florence Park training ground. Despite the Planning Inspectorate acknowledging that there would be an impact on local residents, they still proceeded to allow the appeal and loosen the planning controls on the site.
 
With the appeal being submitted at the last minute by the Football Club and there being a history of breaches of planning controls at the site, it is understandable why residents once again feel hard done by. Yet again residents have seen a planning decision go against them and will now be affected by affected by the consequences of increased noise and use from Florence Park. 
 
For too long residents have faced a barrage of problems associated with Florence Park, and Colchester Borough Council must finally stand up and take responsibility. They need to start taking some proactive measures to support residents affected by the increased use of Florence Park.
 
As CUFC have also now been awarded Elite Player Performance Plan Category 2 status, local residents will hope that there will be no more excuses for anymore breaches of planning controls. Residents also deserve a period of calm with no further planning applications to increase use of the site lodged. CUFC should use this period as an opportunity to build bridges with the local community and show respect for their needs. We all want to see CUFC become more successful and develop a strong group of players for the future. But this should be achieved in a way that is sensitive to the wishes of residents in Tiptree, particularly those living in the vicinity of Florence Park.
 
Although the House of Commons is not currently sitting as it is the summer recess, I am available to help and support residents with problems they have and enquiries I can make on their behalf. This summer I have held a public meeting, a surgery and met a number of residents and businesses to discuss issues including planning, development and transport. I will be holding further meetings and visits during the rest of the summer recess. 
 
If any residents have an issue they want to raise with me or need help with a problem, they can contact my office by email to: [email protected], by letter to: Priti Patel MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, or by telephone on: 020 7219 3528.
 
Priti Patel
Member of Parliament for Witham
 

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