Colchester Borough Council

7th August 2017

Local MP Priti Patel has called for a clear out of the senior leadership at Colchester Borough Council following the Council losing the Tollgate Village planning appeal. The Council had refused planning permission for the multimillion pound job-creating development in Stanway but its decision was overturned by the Secretary of State after an appeal heard by a Planning Inspector. This follows a previous planning appeal which the Council lost for the Stane Park development, were the Council was criticised for double standards in treating the development differently to developments on sites where the Council had vested interests. Priti has written to the Council’s Leader and Chief Executive to call for them to consider their positions and said:

“The senior leadership at the Council must consider their positions and resign. The Council has lost two very serious and important planning appeals and in both cases they spent vast sums of taxpayers’ money doing everything that they could to block these developments. The public wanted these developments to take place and the Council’s grounds for refusal were unjustified.”

“Not only has taxpayers’ money been squandered by the Council, major investment and the creation of hundreds of jobs has been delayed. Residents have lost out because the Council’s leadership has put its own vested interests above the needs of Stanway. With large-scale and controversial developments being proposed through the new Local Plan, the public will have no confidence in the Council’s actions and decision-making. This rotten Lib Dem and Labour run Council needs fresh leadership.”

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: WithamMP@parliament.uk with your views too.

Widening the A12

Upgrading the A120

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