Although my constituency is urban, it is surrounded by the beautiful Essex countryside. My constituents are very concerned that the Government should do everything possible to preserve the countryside and its traditional way of life. The petition has been signed by many local residents in Belfairs, Blenheim, Chalkwell, Eastwood, Leigh-on-Sea, Prittlewell and Westborough.
The petition of the residents of Southend, West declares:
that we are concerned about the decisions to sanction plans for new development throughout the countryside.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions to ensure that more homes are built in city areas, instead of the countryside or Green Belt, to breathe new life into our cities and to protect valuable countryside for future generations.