John Baron MP has welcomed the decision by Essex County Council to withdraw its application to site a drug rehabilitation centre in Northlands Pavement, Pitsea. Having voiced his opposition to the proposal, John believes consultation is absolutely essential in such matters. However, the Council has reserved the right to reapply at a later date.
It is absolutely right that Essex County Council has changed its mind on this issue given that, to my knowledge, there was no consultation. Local residents and traders have a right to be consulted when it comes to such proposals.
However, I am concerned the Council has said it has not totally abandoned the idea and so we must remain vigilant about any further proposals.
John is absolutely right, unfortunately the planning application was for an unsuitable site. While we accept the need for alcohol and drug treatment, this cannot impact on the local community. That means any centre has to be well away from residents, schools or shops. Our preference is for a converted commercial location, with decent transport links for the users of the facility. Basildon Council will be working with the County Council to get the right result for all of our residents.