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Far East Hammer 6:30 Tue Oct 17
Canvey Island Independence!?
I believe there are one or two WHOers resident on Canvey. Any takes on this?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/canvey-island-independence-bid-essex-thames-push-ahead-catalonia-a8002866.html

Canvey Island pushes ahead with Catalonia-style bid for independence
'We need our own voice to determine our own future even if that means we have to break away' Ben Kentish

Canvey Island is to push ahead with an audacious bid for independence, amid frustration that it does not have its own local council.

The civil parish is currently managed by the Conservative-controlled Castle Point Borough Council, but residents want more autonomy from the “mainland” because they are fed up with decisions being made by politicians who don’t live on the island.

The Canvey Island Independent Party (CIIP) which has 14 of the island’s 17 seats on the council, is now pushing ahead with plans for a breakaway.

Its elected representatives say they are using Catalonia’s bid for independence as an inspiration. The Spanish region is currently the subject of a major dispute after it voted to become a separate state.

While Catalonia has a population of around 9 million, Canvey Island is home to just 38,000 people and measures seven square miles in size.

The island is cut off from the rest of the UK by the River Thames on three sides and a system of creeks and waterways on the other. It is connected to the mainland by two roads and consisted mostly of farmland until the early 20th Century, when it emerged as a growing seaside resort.

CIIP Councillor Dave Blackwell said: “Canvey people don't want to be told what to do by the mainland and they don't want to be part of Castle Point.

“It is time for us to start a move for proper independence like the Catalonians want and we must begin with a petition. It is simply not fair that there are more councillors sitting on the council from the mainland than from Canvey.

“We need our own voice to determine our own future even if that means we have to break away.”

He added: "I think it will happen as more and more power is eventually handed to town councils but if they had a referendum here like they had in Catalonia about breaking from Spain, I am convinced that 100 per cent of people would vote to leave Castle Point.

"Islanders don't want to be told what to do by the mainland and don't want to be part of Castle Point. We are unhappy at the decisions made for us by people who don't live here."

In 1953, 58 people were killed on the island and 13,000 evacuated as a result of North Sea floods.

In recent months, CIIP councillors have tried to gain more influence by proposing Castle Point Borough Council switches from a cabinet system to a committee system, but their efforts were rebuffed.

Some Canvey Island residents say the current arrangement means they are treated as second-class citizens.

George Whatley, who led campaign to stop the expansion of oil and gas refineries on the island said: “Castle Point council was born from a shot-gun wedding years ago and has had a controlling Tory majority ever since, but Canvey has had mainly independent councillors.

“Castle Point council is run by the Conservatives and they have systematically treated Canvey as the Cinderella district for years. People here are fed up with what historically seems to be unfair planning decisions and a general lack of investment in the infrastructure of the island. Everything favours the mainland districts, which are Tory-controlled.

“Being independent is nothing new — we considered a unilateral declaration of independence in the oil refinery fight in the 1970s and 80s.”

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whu 7:15 Wed Oct 25
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
good stuff mate

see you there

boleynkid 3:07 Wed Oct 25
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
Hope your uncle enjoys the evening and I am sure Bill be delighted to sign his photo's for him.

boleynkid 3:06 Wed Oct 25
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
whu

Yes that is me mate, come up and say hello on the 17th.

I have dissolved my company but I am not too good at this retirement lark so I am still doing bits here and there with others. Nice to still be involved in some capacity.

Hoping to announce something very special soon and I will let everyone know once everything is sorted.

Will be bringing some more t-shirts along on the 17th but looking to finish that now so they will be at a much reduced price.

whu 2:42 Wed Oct 25
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
will be there on the 17th

old uncle of mine don't get out much

got some old b+w photos he wants bonzo to sign

thought last years was your last Boleyn?

whu 2:28 Wed Oct 25
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
You on Canvey Boleyn?

If it's who I'm thinking of, had a t-shirt off you at the last one at Oysterfleet?

Yeah Canvey is proper West Ham all, been there over 20 years and remains mostly 'unspoilt'

boleynkid 1:20 Wed Oct 25
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
Dr Moose

Crossed Hammers and the Boleyn Castle. Canvey Island is West Ham.

Dr Moose 12:34 Wed Oct 25
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
What would be their flag? a tanning booth and the River Island logo?

boleynkid 12:16 Wed Oct 25
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
I know you are aware Soldo but it's a lot nicer than some people would have you believe.

Northern Sold 12:11 Wed Oct 25
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
Gary Tivey, moved to Canvey 28 years ago and still jokes he is a newcomer.
He says the high number of islanders who originated from London's East End brought their morals and values to Canvey.



Just like I said earlier... it's more East End now than the actual East End is... good read that BK

boleynkid 12:03 Wed Oct 25
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
Interesting article on the BBC website today.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-41691003

arsene york-hunt 8:14 Thu Oct 19
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
After8 5:12 Thu Oct 19

"Look how many times they snuck the word Tory in"

It is a bad thing isn't it?

gph 8:07 Thu Oct 19
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
"Look how many times they snuck the word Tory in"

*looks at article"

2, both in statements of fact

"Look how many times they snuck the word Tory in like it was a bad thing."

0

Or are you counting the comments? That would be a marvellous way of criticising the article.

After8 5:12 Thu Oct 19
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
It's not about independence, it's about a couple of puffed up bores who don't like the conservative party. Look how many times they snuck the word Tory in like it was a bad thing.

We need less councils not more of them. We've got far too many puffed up self important busy bodies being given money by the state eg you and I to move bits of paper about.

Northern Sold 4:08 Thu Oct 19
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
My Dad's road is like Millionaire row now.... once upon a time we used to have the newest best gaff down there now he's has the oldest ... some serious dollar on the Rock...

boleynkid 3:50 Thu Oct 19
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
Shouldn't think so. A fairly affluent town where many workers commute into The City.

jim@chickenrun 10:54 Wed Oct 18
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
Canvey could join up with jaywick and become a "super benefits state"!

dealcanvey 6:51 Wed Oct 18
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
People are also misreading the headline. Got nothing to do with wanting to be it's own state. Just want their own council. Just a bit of media fun due to the Catalonia hype.

dealcanvey 6:49 Wed Oct 18
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
Robson

Think it had the highest ratio than any other town in the country.

Also, Benfleet? Where the fuck is that.

Robson 3:34 Wed Oct 18
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
I grew up in Benfleet and always found the Island quite isolationist, so I'm not too surprised by this news. I did wonder for about 5 minutes whether it might be related to Brexit, a bid to stay in Europe, but if anything they probably have a higher ratio of leavers than the national average. I'm convinced a sizeable proportion of people who live there have never set foot on the mainland, let alone Europe.

gph 10:06 Tue Oct 17
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
"A twitchers paradise".

You'll be alright if you only visit.

*looks at rock-steady hand*

Nurse Ratched 9:38 Tue Oct 17
Re: Canvey Island Independence!?
Interesting. Ta.

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