We the undersigned petition the council to reconsider the proposed route through Southend City Centre and along Eastern Esplanade to transport soil to the Gunners Park development.
The council administration stated in June that they would successfully negotiate with the developer to transport the soil by barge or by rail.
The total number of movements suggested in the latest Construction Management Plan would need the vehicles to be capable of transporting twice the weight of the previously approved Construction Management Plan.
Vehicles of this size will cause chaos and misery along a route that is heavily managed by traffic lights, is a major bus route with at least 8 services running along Victoria Avenue, will be disruptive to businesses and put off visitors to the seafront, and the vibrations could cause damage to the Kursaal, a listed building.
If the soil cannot be transported by barge or rail we request that the council divides the movements across multiple routes to reduce the impact on residents, businesse
Bellway need to transport almost a quarter of a million cubic
metres of earth to the development site. On current estimates this
would require 40,000 or more six-to-eight wheeler trucks along a
route that is popular with visitors and residents.
These additional movements could clog up known pressure points
such as Cuckoo Corner, Seaway Roundabout, and the junction at the
The impact to businesses along the seafront could be damaging as
visitors may avoid a heavily trafficked route where soil is
transported and deposits dust.
This ePetition runs from 06/10/2023 to 31/12/2023.
71 people have signed this ePetition.