The meeting in Hullbridge tonight had a very big attendance – around 250 people , in a village with a population of around 7000. Some people possibly turned away because it was so crowded.
It’s certainly rare to see people walking to a council meeting in large groups as if they were on their way to a football match!
Parish Council Chair Angelina Marriott faced a very tough task in trying to chair such a large meeting- but she made an admirable attempt, and held things together.
The District Council had it’s ‘big guns’ of Cllr Terry Cutmore, Cllr Keith Hudson and Shaun Scrutton present at the front. Standing in the public section were councillors Chris Black (Lib Dem), Alistir Matthews (Independent ) and Michael Hoy (Green)
Residents of Hullbridge are suddenly waking up to the fact that the District Council has already voted for a strategy that puts 500 houses on the Hullbridge / Rawreth borders. They are concerned about traffic, schooling, drainage and the overall increase in the size of the village.
People at the meeting were: