Please write to the local M.P.

Stephen Metcalfe MP
Member of Parliament for South Basildon & East Thurrock
House of Commons
Or email: [email protected]
  • Firstly, make the letter/email courteous, factual, and non partisan.
  • Refer to the current Council membership and administration of Basildon Borough Council as – the current Conservative Administration, rather than be abusive.

Incorporate some or all of the following and maybe you may have other things to include in your reasons for opposing the development of Dry Street:
• The land at Dry Street is not waste, scrub or brownfield, but has special ecological status as a local wildlife site with even Basildon Council recognising the site’s importance and having given it special status as a local wildlife site (LoWS).
• Nothing has changed since 2006 when the battle was won against development of the site, except it seems the prospect of a deal for some of the proceeds of the sale of the land by the Housing and Communities Agency- who own the land, of reportedly £25-£30 million, going towards the relocation of the South Essex College to Basildon Town Centre.
• The development of the Dry Street site and sale of the 20 acres of the College site will put even more pressure on the over-stretched and inadequate infrastructure on Nethermayne, the Hospital site and access to and from Basildon Town Centre.
• The current college site is ideal for its purpose with room for expansion if necessary and adequate parking facilities. Also it is only a 10 minutes walk from the Town Centre. There is nowhere big enough in the Town Centre to accommodate a new College without squeezing a quart into a pint pot with all its accompanying parking problems and likely costs.
• Development of the Dry Street site will encourage Essex County Council to attempt to sell off land for building on the south side of Dry Street as they were planning to do in 2008, which was crushed after protests.


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