Colchester Local Plan

15th August 2017

Local MP Priti Patel has received more complaints from local residents affected by Colchester Borough Council’s incompetent handling of the latest consultation on their draft Local Plan. The consultation closed on Friday 11 August 2017 but Priti has received emails from people living in Colchester Borough who had difficulties submitting their responses and meeting the strict submission criteria set by the Council. This follows Priti raising concerns with the Council earlier this month over them rejecting responses the public sent to the consultation. The Council has now agreed to accept the responses and consider them after Priti pointed out that the Council were acting improperly.

Priti said:

“Residents are alarmed and shocked by the way that Colchester Borough Council have handled this consultation. Many have reported finding it difficult to respond to the consultation and dozens have had their submissions arbitrarily rejected. The Council has now agreed to accept and consider submissions after I pointed out that what they were doing was wrong, but they should not have conducted the consultation in this way in the first place.”

“The Council should have been making it as easy as possible for people to respond as the Local Plan as the proposals are controversial and significant. I will be watching this process very closely. The Council has already been caught out making mistakes and they cannot continue to neglect peoples’ views.”


A12/A120 Consultations

Strategic Road Network Consultations

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.

Widening the A12

Upgrading the A120

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