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  • "I'm sure Jumbo could be a wonderful emblem for Colchester. Sadly it is destined to remain an eyesore until it either falls or burns down because the cost of improving and maintaining it is too high. The last set of plans for Jumbo would have changed the building but it would have survived. Now the future is uncertain and the tower is a hideous wreck welcoming Colchester's visitors. Put up, shut up or pull it down!"
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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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