Christmas Wonderland Closed
A POPULAR Christmas Wonderland has been forced to close for the remainder of the festive period following concerns over “traffic chaos”.
Tendring Council said the seasonal sale of Christmas items, a Santa’s grotto and a miniature train are being run without planning permission at the St John’s Plant Centre site in Earls Hall Drive, off St John’s Road.
Officers visited the site on Tuesday and issued a stop notice, which means the unauthorised use must cease immediately and for 28 days.
The move comes after Essex County Council highways bosses lodged an objection to a planning application stating that in the run-up to last Christmas there were numerous complaints about traffic.
Has anyone tried to get along St Johns Road. The traffic from Colchester is tailed back to the bend where you turn off at the first turning to St Osyth, and back to the junction at Close lane from Clacton.
As we have relatives in Brigtlingsea we have to do a 10 mile detour to visit them . People living in St John's Road can't get out of their houses. No emergency services can get through. The entrance is only one way this is shared by the farmer who lives furher down the lane who cant get out , and is unable to do his work. They were only given permission to sell to retail but have flaunted the rules all along. No sorry if you haven't got permission you should be closed down. What if we all flaunted the rules?
Had a look at the Planning Application the owner submitted back in July and according to the Statement attached to the Application he owns the bungalows on both sides. The plan was to demolish an outbuilding and part of an extension on one of the bungalows to allow the construction of a 5.5metre wide road and a 2metre wide footpath on either side. A plan that Essex Highways did not raise any objections to. The only objections raised were by the Lord family, Roger et al, who insist that they have ownership of the road and that the Garden Centre owners only have the right to use the road for Horticultural purposes, and the St Osyth Parish council who submitted pictures of a line of traffic from period of the St. Johns summer sale.
But having been told of some of the disagreements between the two parties, I think it may be more a question of finance than principle.
The original Application was in July and rejected but seems to have been re-submitted in November awaiting a decision - https://idox.tendringdc.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=OTFPZCQB0EL00&activeTab=summary