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    Monkey1980 wrote:
    The general consensus on this page seems to be, that Jumbo should be either demolished or left to rot?! Where is your pride in this old piece of our towns heritage?
    "Where is your pride in this old piece of our towns heritage?"

    My dear Monkey are you receiving treatment in the community, or have you escaped?

    It's a water tower and a pretty boring one too. It's ugly and has dominated the skyline since it was built. Surely there must be something more worthy of our pride.

    I say again, it's an ugly utilitarian water tower infested with flying rats. It performed a very useful function in its day. If it was a church or any type of interesting or innovative structure yes, I would agree let's preserve it, but it isn't - it's a boring ugly water tower.

    Knock it down and sell the brick as mementos. And if the lib dem's want to lie down in front of the demolition machines - great, only as long as the booby with the yellow waste coat is first in line."
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Colchester water tower Jumbo up for sale

Gazette: George Braithwaite on the top of Jumbo George Braithwaite on the top of Jumbo

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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