Colchester Local Plan

23rd August 2017

Priti Patel MP has slammed Colchester Borough Council for systematically misleading residents on its Local Plan consultation. Dozens of residents had been informed by the Council that their responses to the consultation on the future of development in the Borough were “not considered valid” and blamed “requirements” from the Planning Inspectorate. However, in a letter to a resident in the Borough published on social media, the Planning Inspectorate has confirmed that the consultation process is a matter “strictly for the Council” and they “have no statutory powers to intervene.” Priti, who has been questioning the Council’s consultation process and decision to reject submissions from residents, said:

“The Council has been caught out peddling misinformation to people in the Borough. Once they were exposed for rejecting responses to the consultation they systematically misled residents about the reasons. Instead of owning up and taking responsibility they tried to blame the Planning Inspectorate, causing confusion and anxiety to local residents affected. No-one at the Council has apologised and no-one at the Council has taken responsibility for these shameful actions.”

“Although the Council has now conceded that it will accept and consider the responses it has received to the consultation, it should not have got it so badly wrong in the first place. Residents deserve better than this rotten Council.”

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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