Lib Dems unite Southend City Council on Housing Development Plan
Carole Mulroney, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Leigh Ward and Southend City Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Culture, Tourism & Planning commented: "The issue of housing development is never far away from people's minds across Southend.
"We all want to protect our Green Belt. But Government requirements make that difficult if we don't have the evidence to overcome the Tory urge for more new homes in South East Essex, which causes great problems for Southend. We have to look at all potential sites, wherever they may be, in order to produce a Local Plan that the Westminster Government will accept. For months the Tories on Southend City Council have been arguing that we should ignore their own Government. In Basildon this has happened and the outcome is a potential transfer of their planning powers to Essex County Council. We don't want that for Southend.
"Last Thursday, the Southend Tories finally saw the light and agreed my recommendation as to how we go forward, following the rules and producing a sound plan for the future of Southend."
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