The Government Attitude to Jaywick

Yesterday, 7th December 2015, Douglas Carswell got an answer to a question he posed to the Secrtetary of State for Communities and Local Government on the 15th October 2015.

When the regeneration strategy for Jaywick will be fully implemented; and if his Department will (a) provide additional resources to improve the (i) standard of housing and (ii) quality of life and (b) liberalise planning rules for house building in Jaywick and Brooklands.

The reply he got from the always self satisfied Brandon Lewis was:

The Jaywick Coastal Community Team are preparing their Economic Plan, to be completed by the end of January 2016. The Plan will outline the key economic issues facing Jaywick, setting out both the short term and longer term priorities for the Coastal Community Team.

The Chancellor confirmed at Autumn Statement last week that the Coastal Communities Fund will be extended from 2017-18 to 2020-21 with at least £90 million of new funding. Details of the next bidding round will be announced in the New Year. The focus of the Fund will remain on support for sustainable jobs and growth.

Tendring Council received £1.8 million in New Homes Bonus in 2015-16 and a total of £5.2 million since the scheme started in 2011-12. All new homes are constructed in accordance with Building Regulations, ensuring they meet minimum standards in respect of health, safety and sustainability.

Sounds to me like to usual Civil Service double speak, Sir Humphrey Appleby would be proud. Would have been nice if the answer actually addressed to issues raised in the question, but then I’ve never heard Brandon Lewis spout anything that has not been from the party whips.

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