South East Essex is threatened with a large number of housing schemes that will destroy rich wildlife habitat. There are some extremely important areas of habitat in Benfleet, Rayleigh, Rochford and elsewhere, that are home to some of the wildlife species that are in decline.
Scientists warn us that a quarter of UK mammals are now facing extinction. In addition, the World Health Organisation and other scientists warn that our destructive relationship with nature is making the outbreak of new pandemics, like Covid 19, ever more likely. To stop novel viruses jumping between wildlife and humans it is absolutely essential that we stop the destruction of habitat both abroad and here in the UK.
However, as the UK population continues to grow, we also need to provide enough homes to meet our needs. Instead of building homes in areas that can only be accessed by cars, we provide here the solutions, that not only save precious countryside, but put the homes needed on brownfield sites that make it easier for people to live free of the expense of car ownership.
By building around the public transport hubs and along the public transport corridors we can make it easy for people to get around on bikes, buses and rail, greatly reducing fuel use and helping to tackle the climate crisis. And by building up, typically 5 or 6 floors above a ground floor shop, on a public transport corridor, we can revitalise traditional independent shops and build more inclusive communities.
We can solve the housing crisis, we can save the greenbelt and wildlife habitat, and we can tackle the climate and ecological emergency. We just need to stop doing all the wrong things and make the simple changes that are needed. At the next local elections ever more people will be looking for politicians who will rise to the challenge and stop the destruction of the natural world.26856
Category Archives: Letters
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: London Southend Airport: Environmental Permit Application – Ref EPR/HB3790ND/A001 Dear Sir/Madam, I write to object in the strongest terms to Environment Permit Application EPR/HB3790ND/A001 submitted to the Environment Agency by London Southend Airport. Granting this application will permit … Continue reading
Dear Lord Smith, I wanted to draw your attention, as head of the Environment Agency, to what I regard as unacceptable behaviour from your agency. I have been campaigning against the extremely damaging expansion of Southend Airport since 2008, as … Continue reading
WITH Recycle Week coming up (June 20 – 26), we would like to tell people about Morsbags and the ‘pod’ which we have set up. Most people are aware of the impact plastic bags have on the environment but perhaps … Continue reading
Biofuels have an important role to play in efforts to tackle climate change, if they are produced in a sustainable way, and have a part to play in promoting the security of energy supply. This role is particularly important where there is no viable alternative fuel on the horizon. Continue reading
This is a reply to Michael Downer’s letter of 26th Jan JAMES DUDDRIDGE MP HOUSE OF COMMONS LONDON SW1A 0AA Mr Michael Downer Southend on Sea Essex Our ref: RSE14183 8th February 2011 Dear Mr Downer, Thank you for your … Continue reading
JAMES DUDDRIDGE MP HOUSE OF COMMONS LONDON SW1A 0AA Mr Denis Walker Southend on Sea Essex Our ref: RSE8241 7th February 2011 Dear Mr Walker, Thank you for contacting me and raising your concerns over the future of our forests. … Continue reading
Dear Mr Duddridge I watched the recent Commons vote on selling off our woodlands. I’m disappointed that you voted to support the government policy. So many of us are dismayed that you are choosing to ignore public opinion on this … Continue reading
Dear Mr Duddridge I am really concerned about the proposed sell-off of English forests. I think forests should be kept in public ownership and that the government should not change the law to allow a big sell-off. 84% of people … Continue reading
This is a reply to James Duddridge’s letter allegedly of 29th Nov Michael Downer Southend-on-Sea Essex 26th January 2011 James Duddridge MP House of Commons London SW1A 0AA Dear Mr Duddridge, Thank you for the copy of your … Continue reading
SEEFoE Member Peter Walker writes to the local press regarding recent train timetable changes. As a fairly frequent train passenger from Southend to East Anglia, I was most annoyed to discover how much worse the train service from Southend has … Continue reading