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  • "DL - you seem to chosen to, or missed my point. Of course Colchester has exquisite examples of antiquity in terms of buildings which must be preserved at any cost. But there are buildings which don't make that grade, and in my personal opinion Jumbo is not worth preserving at any cost. I would support Incorporating Jumbo in a new facility for the community, say a general venue for young people at a sensible conversion. The problem Colchester has are the dinosaurs amongst the all powerful town fathers who don't have the sense to grasp the synergy of compromise - keep the bones of Jumbo within a new development. The lib dem's seem to want it preserved as a water tank at any cost - how can we justify, or find the funds to do that?"
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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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