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Georgian building to be flattened for parking
6:00am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
BULLDOZERS are edging closer to knocking down a former council building to make way for extra car parking.
Plans to knock down Westleigh House in Clacton town centre were called into question over concerns it could be a waste of a valuable asset.
Tendring councillors Harry Shearing, Garry Calver, and John Hawkins objected to the demolition on six grounds including that no evidence been given against the idea the council-owned building could be reused for housing.
But the council's service development and delivery committee quashed their appeal and agreed with the original proposals put together by the Tendring Council cabinet.
Mr Shearing said: "I am disappointed.
"There is nothing in the way of a valuation for this building.
"I find it astonishing they can come to the conclusion to pull the building down - I don't think they took our points into consideration.
"We weren't asking them not to do it but to take a moment and consider the points."
He added the ten parking spaces created by the demolition would most likely be used by staff from other council offices being closed.
But Peter Halliday, Tendring Council leader, said losing the building was the best option.
"I'm really pleased the decision was upheld, he said.
"Westleigh House is an old Georgian building - it's not suitable to be turned into residential housing, whether that's private or social housing.
"The quicker it's gone the better.
"Let's hope it gets through planning so we can provide spaces for the town and residents.
"We can then explore the possibilities for the site in the future.
"We have had interest but only as a clear site not with a money pit of a building on it."
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