Creating a Place for Life – Edition 4 (February 2021)

24th Feb 2021 | Blog

Welcome to the latest edition of the Creating a Place for Life blog. 

In December 2020 we published our Engagement and Consultation Strategy. In that, we talked about the importance of doing things differently – both to make our engagement more appealing and accessible, and to combat the current social restrictions due to the Covid 19 pandemic.  

I am really pleased to say that we have now launched our engagement website. This website will be a crucial part of our engagement over the next few years, and it will continue to evolve and develop over time.  

Our engagement website is a safe place to share your ideas, and all ideas are welcome. We want to open up a constructive and creative dialogue with our communities and stakeholders about the Garden Community We want to know about what’s important to you for living now, and in the future. What sort of lifestyle would you like for future generations? Visit the website today at and share your ideas. 

The Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Member Group met again this month and we discussed how pleased we are to officially begin the engagement process. We also talked about the timescale of the project. In case you haven’t seen it, we’ve added a new FAQ to our information website, which outlines a highlevel timescale for the project.  

We have been discussing what is important to us all, in terms of the priorities for the project. We all agree on the importance of delivering on the ten Garden Community principlesThis is a very big and long-term project, and we all acknowledge the importance of sustainability and climate change, and how this will influence our approach. 

We are delighted to have secured the Housing Infrastructure Funding of £99m for the Rapid Transit Scheme and the new Link Road, ensuring we can deliver on our commitment to infrastructure first housing. With our partners, Essex County Council are now focussed on getting the infrastructure in place by March 2024. We all agree that we want the very best for this Garden Community, and to mark it out as a place to live for a good quality of life. 

 Cllr Tony Ball 

Chairman of the Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community Member Group