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Representation 586 on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) by Joyce Jenkins

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - Glemsford
Representation: I have already seen the village grow tremendously even though the school and Doctor's Surgery haven't increased. The bus service has been reduced to one every 2 hours and refuse collections are fortnightly. The roads have deteriorated due to the extra traffic of residents. In Kings Road we have had Anglian Water digging the pavements and road for the past 3 months trying to repair the services for residents as it stands without adding more.

We do not have the facilities i.e. Doctors, school etc to cope with an increased population.

Original submission

As a resident of Glemsford for the past 43 years I am somewhat concerned about proposed plans for new developments.

I have already seen the village grow tremendously even though the school and Doctor's Surgery haven't increased. The bus service has been reduced to one every 2 hours and refuse collections are fortnightly. The roads have deteriorated due to the extra traffic of residents. My own road, Kings Road is used in the summer by a Farmer who brings his Tractor and Combine Harvester through as he his unable to use Bells Lane due to the extra cars and parking as a result of the two new dwellings and the Spar development. This also delays the bus at various times. In Kings Road we have had Anglian Water personnel digging the pavements and road for the past 3 months trying to repair the services for residents as it stands without adding more. The roads deteriorate as fast as a spade full of asphalt can be thrown in the pot hole providing they are 3 inches deep and the size of dinner plates.

With all this in mind the thought of having three more sites for the development of more housing is bordering on the ridiculous. We do not have the facilities i.e. Doctors, school etc to cope with an increased population. This would result in waiting time for an appointment at the Surgery would be longer providing, of course, staff could be recruited. It has been publicised on the Television that it is very hard to recruit Doctors and also Teachers due to this area being lower paid. Suffolk does not rate high in the National education tables do we want to drop even lower in the tables due to bigger class numbers?

I would ask that the Council re-think allowing Planning Permission to be given for any of these three sites and instead of concentrating on the financial benefits please consider the welfare of the existing residents.


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