The long-awaited regeneration of Jaywick Sands is finally set to get under way, at least according to this week’s Gazette.
What will hopefully be the first visible sign, the construction of ten new Flood resilient homes.
It is hoped to encourage commercial investment to enable the development of more affordable rented and for purchase homes.
I notice in the Gazette article the usual comments from naysayers. As usual initially deriding the idea that Jaywick Sands could improve. Then asking why when “I just don’t see the point in trying to force regeneration in an area with a hardcore of residents who like it the way it is, but are hoping for a handout or two.”
Like some residents I have spoken to, I have my doubts as to whether the scheme will ultimately succeed, but given the ‘slash and burn’ policies that have been advocated by all in power previously. Plus the fact that whatever government we end up with, ‘handouts’ are not likely to be forthcoming, commercial investment is the only real route, if existing residents want to retain what they have
I take particular objection to comments like “Big investors want returns on their cash, that means people and customers who are prepared to pay good money for things and for other people, once they are built, to maintain them to a high standard. Good luck with that in Jaywick.”
Given the drastic improvement that has happened since the road improvement, I would beg to differ. Both Freeholders and Tenants, obviously not all, but a heck of a lot have gone out of their way to improve their surroundings and their own homes. Basically a more optimistic outlook on the place you live and life in general.
Another comment that was made, very reasonably was: “Why is Jaywick the most deprived place in the country? Thats quite an achievement, beating entries from Glasgow, South Wales and Tyneside is really something. I really don’t get it, so all answers considered”
I would suggest that it keeps being judged so low because of the fact that the 3 areas mentioned have received, at least according to official figures, millions in subsidy and grants and whilst ECC have calculated Jaywick Sands as having the socio-economic characteristics of an inner city area and the 2006 Masterplan fiasco was referred to as Urban Regeneration. It continues to receive crumbs from the table rather than proper funding.
I really would love to see comments from Residents of Jaywick Sands, but particularly Brooklands and Grasslands who will inevitably see the biggest changes.
From the TDC News Page 26/5/2017:
Plans have been submitted for ten new two bedroomed homes to be built in Jaywick Sands.
An application has been submitted to Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Planning Department for the £1 million-plus scheme.
Five of the new three-storey homes will be Starter Homes, sold at a discounted price and five will be Council homes for local residents.
The application will now go through the normal procedure and be determined in due course.
Work was carried out earlier this week to remove and relocate any reptiles from the site on the corner of Tamarisk Way and Lotus Way this week.
That has now been completed under the guidance of a team from Essex Wildlife Trust and further ground preparation works will begin.
The land is part of 28 hectares which has been bought by Tendring District Council (TDC) as part of the continued regeneration of the area.
There will be no living accommodation on the ground floor which will be for garaging and a pre-constructed high-efficiency timber-framed system has been designed for the top two floors which will include two bedrooms.
The main work will require putting in piling for the structures which can then be delivered, made water tight and put onto a prepared base within the day.
The roof and external cladding can then be fitted.
Nigel Brown, TDC’s Communications Manager, said that the submission of the planning application is a further step forward for the proposal.
“The clearance of the ground of any reptiles was concluded satisfactorily and a number of slow worms were discovered and have since been relocated,” he said.
“Residents in Jaywick Sands will soon see other preparation work being undertaken on the site and if we get the necessary planning permission the Council will proceed with putting up the homes.
“We hope if everything goes to plan that will begin later this summer.”
Hopefully, there then might follow some real improvement, only time will tell.