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ou may remember in February’s edition of Oracle, Jim Worsdale kindly contributed to Oracle’s local issues regarding the history of the ‘Boris Island’ idea? Since that article local resident Alan Kristian contacted me and wanted to give a response….let the debate continue! If you have something that you would like to highlight about your community/area or just something to share then please contact me as local issue pages are free to anybody. I have been away recently and it was drawn to my attention that the Echo printed a letter from a local resident who had been wrongly informed that the Oracle was owned by the Burges Estate Residents Association and since then an apology has been received. I would just like to make it very clear to all of my readers and my clients that I am the sole proprietor of Oracle Publications UK Ltd. and that I run my business wholly independent of any political party, local faction, pressure group or other controlling influence. Win a pair of tickets to see Lee Mead in concert on Sunday 5th October at the Cliffs Pavilion. The West End star will entertain everyone to an evening of songs from musical theatre to include his personal favourites and much more. www.thecliffspavilion.co.uk To enter please send your contact details to: Oracle/Lee Mead Competition, 39 Alexandra Street, Southend SS1 1BW or email info@oraclepublicaitons.co.uk Closing date Wednesday 30th April. Happy Easter!

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Local Issues

Boris Island – resurrection of an old idea? A response to Jim Worsdale, examining wider implications.

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n the February edition of Oracle, Jim Worsdale, former Southend Echo journalist wrote of old re-discovered documents showing that Southend may have been destined to be no more than a departure/arrival lounge for Britain’s biggest airport. This appears to date back to the dawn of commercial and domestic air flight.

airport in our region, the very revelation of an ancient proposal of this kind clearly cloaks the scheme in some kind of respectability merely because it was long ago mooted and has hovered around our heads ever since like some kind of phantom aircraft with beating propeller blades that would not quite fall silent.

In this light the downside of any Estuary Airport Whilst Jim was very careful neither to champion proposal should be examined; very little will be nor denigrate the need or principle of a major positive, perhaps another correspondent could present a case in favour? Whilst it may have seemed attractive for Southend and Essex to jump on the airflight bandwagon 80 years ago, in the current situation it does not hold water. We now have a thriving Southend (London) Airport with clear expansion plans and London itself boasts an effective City Airport. If a hub is built in the Estuary the flight paths will conflict and both these will close. The Estuary itself has attracted many nature based designations, not least of all as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This means that much is to be learned from the preservation of nature in the region and that it should be preserved for that reason. The hub developers would be required to replace like for like in another area for the disruption to this reserve. APRIL 2014

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Presumably they will learn to emulate Dr. Doolittle in his ability to talk to the animals, birds and fish so that they will understand that their centuries old breeding and feeding grounds have re-located up the river. We have experienced the dredging of the river of late to facilitate access of large cargo ships down to Tilbury. As a suspected result of this, groins and other features, not to mention wartime bombs, have re-appeared on our beaches, having not been seen for decades. Ground water has been seen at the top of Leigh Hill this winter, evidencing the presence of water table throughout the borough at unprecedented levels. The proposed Health Centre at Gunners Park, Shoeburyness seems to have been shelved, possibly as a result of the emergence of new lakes in the area, causing the closure of the children’s play area on the edge of the Garrison Estate. Anyone in their bath tub with an idea of the cause of a certain Greek’s shout of ‘Eureka’ can visualise the cause and effect of construction, floating or otherwise, in the waters of the Estuary. Proposals also exist, at Government behest, for the development of who knows where housing estates of large volume. This effective concreting of land and loss of flood plain will direct water that cannot soak into the former green belt, presumably, to our waterways. This will flow to the Estuary, causing raised levels and pressure on the lamentable sea defences, especially at Shoeburyness and northwards – perhaps only to meet the concrete apron of the Estuary Airport!

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Increase in noise levels. Increase in pollution levels. Increased risk of accident in a built-up area. Increase of congestion on roads and rail. Increase in passenger traffic into the mooted hub airport............................ WAIT A MINUTE! Are we not in a recession, or just coming out of one depending on who you listen to politically? That being the case, from whence comes the extra passengers that justify any further aiport expansion, let alone any new scheme? Finally, might someone advise Boris that his jurisdiction as Mayor ends at the Crowstone – go read the plaque on it for confirmation of that. Curious then that the alternatives to any Estuary development would be on the fringes of London, where Boris does seem to hold some power. And, to end on a political note, in an unprecendented show of solidarity, both Essex and Kent Councillors have unanimously condemned any such plan to turn the Estuary into a new Heathrow. This opposition will, of course, be totally ignored if Boris bees get into Government bonnets. By Alan Kristian

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