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  • "Strong words from Mr Braithwaite, who can blame him for cutting his losses. Now perhaps Bob Russell and The Balkerne Gate Trust who were against his plans for Jumbo will come up with the money to buy the building!

    Somehow though I suspect they won't bother. Will we see the structure gradually deteriorate even further until it is either demolished or is struck by a mysterious fire?"
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Colchester water tower Jumbo up for sale

Colchester water tower Jumbo up for sale

George Braithwaite on the top of Jumbo

George Braithwaite on the top of Jumbo

First published in News by

COLCHESTER'S iconic water tower is to be sold.

Developer George Braithwaite today said he had had enough of opposition to his plans to convert Jumbo into luxury flats and offices as well as a restaurant and museum.

After nearly a decade, he revealed he is to put the Grade II listed building back up for sale.

It will be listed for auction next month. He blamed Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell for standing in the way of the development.

He said: "I can't fight that MP. He has ruined it for Colchester, for the country and for the building."

See today's Essex County Standard and Gazette for more on this story.

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