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    Angry of Lexden wrote:
    DL1970 wrote:
    Angry of Lexden wrote:
    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?
    You totally overlook the fact that Jumbo is a grade 2* listed building, and the law has to be taken into account when any decision is made regarding Jumbo's future. It cannot be demolished as you so strongly advocate because of its listed building status. The fact that jumbo is in the top 9% of all buildings of historical and architectural importance in England somewhat destroys you argument that is an ugly useless pile of bricks only worthy of demolition.
    DL, you still miss my point - I repeat, and this time I will be asking questions, - "it is my personal opinion........."

    Hope in the land of bob I am still permitted an opinion!

    I reserve the right to challenge people's sometimes blind almost dogmatic pursuit of regulation. It is my personal opinion on this matter that regulation is strangling opportunity. You will know more about it than me but I would hope that somewhere in the great book of regulation - God bless it - there is a section to enable de-classification, to make better use of what otherwise has proved to be a problematic structure.

    Perhaps we can screw some cash out the other great God of lib dem regulation, the E.U.
    Have you actually studied Jumbo up close and looked at the amazing brickwork with all the arches and buttresses? Have you taken the time to appreciate the stone masonry and the sheer engineering prowess which went into its design and construction? Have you been up the tower and seen the wonderful cast iron staircase at the top or the massive gate valve arrays beneath the tank? Maybe you'd see more than a useless pile of bricks not worthy of preservation."
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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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