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Damage to property in St Osyth
Douglas Carswell M.P.
offers a way forward

The Parish Council has continued to receive complaints about the activity emanating from the base at Shoeburyness, where Qinetiq undertake work for the Ministry of Defence, much of which consists of severe explosions that vibrate properties in St Osyth, particularly along the areas close to the Coast.

These vibrations cause damage to some properties leaving them with cracked walls and ceiling and other damage including for example, double glazed patio doors that seem particularly vulnerable.
Our Parish Council Chairman Sonia Grantham, after an exchange of correspondence with our Member of Parliament, set up a meeting with Mr. Douglas Carswell M.P. on Friday 13th May to discuss the problem and seek his advice on a way forward.


Mr Carswell (right) listened to a brief history of the actions and consultations undertaken by the Parish Council from year 2000 onwards.
This included meeting other authorities, encouraging our own Tendring D.C. to contact other Thames Estuary M.P.’s, visits to the Shoeburyness Base, including a meeting with the new management when the base was taken over by Quinetiq and a deputation to the House of Commons, but he observed, quite correctly, that these actions had produced no positive results and suggested that there was another way forward.




He said that the action MUST be taken by those individuals actually suffering the damage. He said they must keep an individual log, with photographic evidence where available, accurate descriptions of the damage and the dates and times when the damage has occurred. When they have done this write to:  MOD DEFENCE ESTATES, OPERATIONS HOUSE, STIRLING ROAD, DENNY END BEACH, WATERBEACH, CAMBRIDGE, CB5 9QE.  claiming compensation for the damage suffered and saying they are copying the letter to their M.P. and then actually sending a copy to him of any correspondence you either sent or received on your claim.

He felt this was a way forward and likely to succeed where discussions with various other bodies had failed so far to produce any relief for residents.




Mr Carswell said he had tackled those responsible in Parliament and the Ministry of Defence, from whom he received the Cambridge address for complainants to use, but he stressed that individuals must take action themselves and if enough complained and received compensation, that was more likely than anything else to bring a reduction in activity at the Base.  He also observed that only genuine claims should be submitted and a claim for damage should not be ‘invented’ to repair the ongoing deterioration that happens to all properties!

(pictured left is a map of the base showing that it is only 14 miles from St Osyth and is in a direct line of sight!)


Parish Councillors speaking to each other after the meeting felt it was fruitful and worthwhile and found Mr Carswell genuinely trying to help our residents with their ongoing problem!

The Chairman said the Parish Council should make every effort to publicise the route suggested by Douglas Carswell, using the Parish Web site and the Parish Magazine - hence this article!

14/5/2011
M.J.T.



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