Colchester Council held their full council meeting Wednesday evening (17th July). During the meeting, the public were allowed to attend to have their say on local concerns.
I attended the meeting and asked Cllr. Mark Cory, Leader of Colchester Council questions on proposals for Garden Villages in Colchester.
“Proposals for a new ‘Garden Village’ less than three miles from Stanway are being proposed by Colchester Council.
“I understand the proposals include at least 24,000 houses being constructed as part of a wider scheme, including an additional development of at least 9,000 houses on the east of the Colchester.
“In 2018, Colchester Council spent £33,000 of public money to tell residents the ‘Priorities for Colchester’ in a double leaflet drop for all households across the Borough.
“Both leaflets provided information on items such as events Castle Park events and who does what in the Council, but there was no mention of any ‘Garden Village’ proposals.
“I understand North Essex Garden Communities Limited, (a publicly owned Company known as NEGC) has already spent around £3million of public money, partly funded by Colchester residents.”
My two questions to Cllr Cory: “Could the Leader please tell us how the Council has told residents, specifically those in Marks Tey, Copford, Lexden and Stanway, about the Council’s ‘Garden Village’ proposals.”
“Could the Leader please publish a detailed account of how exactly NEGC has spent millions of pounds of public funding.”
A response was given by Cllr. Cory in that NEGC submit financial records to Companies House, and communications with residents took place through consultations.
I personally don’t think this is good enough and residents deserve to know exactly what is happening on their doorstep. Additionally the financial records of NEGC in Companies House are not detailed.