Harlow and Gilston Garden Town keen to discuss town’s future with residents
Business / Wed 3rd Aug 2022 am31 09:58am
HARLOW AND Gilston Garden Town (HGGT) with independent charity, the Quality of Life Foundation, have recently launched a summer of online and face-to-face community engagements that will give local people a chance to shape the future area.
Launched on Friday 15 July and funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Your Quality of Life project will place local people centre stage, giving everyone the opportunity to comment via an interactive map about their own wellbeing and day-to-day lives, from local nature and travel to health and community.
YH spoke to HGGT’s Ione Braddick in order to find out a little more about the project and how they will get Harlow residents involved.
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This whole exercise is just a tick box exercise to try and justify the building of thousands of homes around Harlow. We were never consulted about a move to create the HGGT. Decisions about the development to the North, West and South of the town will be taken by those in the Civic Offices in Epping and Hertford, Councillors here have already stated that at best all they can do is try and influence what is going on around the town. There is no financial benefit to Harlow Council or the services in the town. The trashing of the River Stort is one consequence, others include PAH becoming even more overwhelmed in the next 10y ears and our roads becoming even more congested. Many towns across the South East of England have already seen huge developments being built on their outskirts without the necessary infrastructure. And of course not a single Council home for those in most need.
We are teetering on a hosepipe ban now...add another 50‐100,000 houses into the mix and we will all be condemned to filling up from stand pipes
The increased number of new houses planned under the HGGT project is nowhere near the numbers suggested by Neil. In fact, one only needs to visit the HGGT website to see the planned new builds: https://hggt.co.uk/ The planned new builds for all areas under HGGT are as follows, assuming all are eventually built: * Gilston Villages - 10,000 (3,000 by 2033 and 7,000 after 2033) * Latton Priory - 1,050 * Water Lane - 2,100 * East Harlow - 3,350 Therefore, the total to be built over the next estimated 5-15 years is 16,500; far short of the 50 -100,000 suggested.
We will have no green spaces left soon, Council won’t consult because they know residents would object. We have been sold up the river [Stort] . Council Know best, not.
What is the point in discussing the HGGT with resident's of Harlow, when all it is, is a public relations exercise so they can say people were given the chance to have their say. Everything has been done and dusted years ago, Same as the new M11 J7A, which I still say is in the wrong place. Ok it may be helping ease traffic congestion at the moment. But once the new development at Gilston is built, the congestion will be worse than ever, whether or not the new flyover is built. Hundreds of motorists From the Garden Town will want to access the M11 at J7A. Add to that the increased congestion around J7 at Hastingwood when the Latton Priory site is built on. And of course the planners won't wait until the proposed (?) new hospital is built before going ahead with the development. Madness.
Hggt never listened to Friends of Latton Island who came up with ways of avoiding the trashing of the Stort Valley, ways of employing railheads and the existing railway to vastly reduce pollution and congestion, and ways of preventing the additional flooding and increasing frequency of sewage discharges into Harlow. East Herts Council and the developers are laughing all the way to the bank, Harlow gets every disadvantage.
You speak of wellbeing You speak of environment When all your doing is taking all theses things away from us. All that I believe in has been said in all theses comments. Your trashing every green space we have, you carnt even leave our river stort valley alone.shame on you. Your all out for greed and profit. Which I may add was not sir Frederick Gibberd s plans at all. So tell councils, your people that, and stop saying it is. Trashing the river stort valley is nothing to be proud of, your destroying everything we love. But you don't want to hear this, because at your consultation s, we wasn't allowed to speak of the river. Says it all , don't it.
I always understood that the waste water pipe from Harlow to the treatment plant is not big enough to carry the extra sewage from this new development and the cost to put a bigger one in was prohibitive. This I thought was why talk about this went quite some years ago. So what has changed. Have they found a magic money tree, or are they planning to tax al the residents of the development and Harlow for the new infrastructure that is required. Sadly we won’t find out till after the event as the development is not under the control of our council in Harlow. Where is Swampy when you need him.