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    tallbird wrote:
    Can I just mention the arts Centre, a converted building still keeps it's looks , but is useful to the community. If we want to keep jumbo then it needs to be useful, otherwise, as someone mentioned above,it will rot till it falls down, or it will mysteriously burst into flames!!
    Tall bird, good point. Why not post a competition for British architects to offer a low cost conversion of Jumbo to a sustainable venue, maybe a few small studios for performing arts - young persons theatre - occasional markets for whatever - new visitor centre with high level viewing gallery - coffee shop. Could be quite an inspiring project. It would still be an ugly water tower but with a purpose for all to embrace.

    Above all in its aims and ambitions only to be managed by local volunteers with no fat salaried carpet baggers.

    Any takers?"
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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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