Colchester Borough Council

8th August 2017

Local MP Priti Patel has criticised Colchester Borough Council for refusing to apologise for rejecting submissions made by residents to the Local Plan consultation. The Council had claimed that it is helping people but over seventy people have had their comments sent back because of the heavy-handed requirements from the Council. The responses received from residents include the Council telling them that their “representation is not considered valid.” Priti also criticised the Council for trying to blame the Planning Inspectorate for the approach they are taking. Priti said:

“People are getting fed up with this rotten Council’s feeble excuses. They have been caught out trying to block residents from having their voices heard and now look pathetic in their attempts to cover this up. This has nothing to do with the Planning Inspectorate and everything to do with the incompetence of this Council.”

“Residents contacted me because they felt ignored and disrespected by the Council and the Council’s replies clearly show that the Council is burdening residents with unnecessary requirements. Not everyone is able to produce the kind of detailed analysis and assessment that the Council is demanding and many people want to comment on the proposals that are of interest to them.”

“The fact is the Council has a responsibility to consider all responses it receives because it may need to revise its Local Plan proposals based on the consultation replies. With the Local Plan containing controversial proposals it is important that the Council listens to local people. But their actions show that the Lib Dem Labour run rotten Council are failing local people and have lost public confidence.”

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There are two important consultations running at the moment on key strategic road infrastructure improvements - the A12 widening scheme and the upgrading of the A120. Priti has been campaigning to secure new investment in these roads and has welcomed the consultations taking place. Members of the public can review the proposals for the A12 and A120 at the weblinks below, attend consultation events, and respond to the consultation. Feel free to also contact Priti by email to: [email protected] with your views too.

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