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  • "As the whole planning thing was decided on the basis of the political parties, the best thing to bring change would be a change in leadership in the town hall. It shouldn't be that way but conversion as proposed by Mr Braithwaite is the only thing that will preserve this wonderful building. What sickens me is the fact that politics has anything to do with this. We voted for the shower that governs us so we only have ourselves to blame. Unless, of course, the Balkerne Trust can find enough money to buy the building and to preserve it in aspic, as they clearly want to do. I will put £5000 towards that option. Any other offers?"
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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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