Say NO press release: Campaign Launch - 21 Nov 2016

South Essex resident Campaign Groups step up their opposition to build plans for between 75,300 – 86,100 new homes

Action groups are backing a new campaign - ‘Say NO (No Over-development)’ in their battle against unprecedented growth plans for South Essex by 2037.

Campaign Leader Dr Philip Gibbs said “The quantum of development planned for South Essex is ludicrously high and will impact negatively on the well-being of individuals, and communities within the area. During the 2015 General Election local people in Basildon, Thurrock, Southend, Castle Point and Rochford knew nothing about the Government’s plans for a Thames Estuary Growth Commission whose objectives would include pushing for at least 75,000 new homes in the area. In fact most Prospective Parliamentary Candidates electioneered on saving our green belt!” He went on to say “South Essex is already at breaking-point. Existing services like hospitals, GP services, and schools are creaking at the seams. Our roads grid-locked, air quality deteriorating daily, lack of parking is reducing residents to fisticuffs, and rail travel is standing room only.

Dr Gibbs explained “Over the coming months our campaign will be exposing some of the myths around the assessed level of housing need (OAN) – we need new homes but not 75,000+. How some local communities will benefit but at what cost, why this quantum of new homes is being forced upon us by elected Borough Councillors, the impact on house prices and private rents, and how residents can engage with their local councillors and MPs. We live in a society where ‘ordinary folk’ believe that nothing they do or say will bring about change. People power is a powerful tool.” Appealing to residents he said “please get off your sofa – we are all in this together and the political elite are ignoring you.” To find out more about existing campaign groups in your area visit

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Contact campaign spokesman: Philip Gibbs:, 07516 461173
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