Deal gets Typmerleys building out of a jam

Lyn Barton in the under-discussion alley

Lyn Barton in the under-discussion alley

First published in News

AN eleventh-hour deal has been struck over access to Colchester’s former clock museum.

Colchester Council wants to lease the Tymperleys in Trinity Street to jam-makers Wilkin and Sons, which wants to open it as a tea room.

Talks were halted when the landlord of the adjacent Art Cafe, who owns the archway and passage leading to Tymperleys, said there was no public access.

However, an agreement has finally been reached two years after Tymperleys closed and talks to open a tea room will resume soon.

James Weaver, who runs the Art Cafe in Trinity Street with wife Maggie and daughter Jenny for six years, said he was glad the situation had been resolved.

He said: “The Art Cafe is our pride and joy, it is our income and this whole issue has been a horrible distraction.”

Colchester Council had argued there was an established use of the passageway and applied to the Land Registry to settle the dispute.

The issue was due to be debated through two days of legal argument but a deal was reached hours before the case was due to be heard.

Andrew Weavers, the council’s legal services manager, said title deeds relating to Tymperleys and the Art Cafe will be amended.

He said work will be carried out to ensure the agreement will also apply to the use of Tymperleys as a tea room.

Mr Weavers said: “Public access through from Trinity Street to Tymperleys has existed for decades.

“Bernard Mason, who used to own Tymperleys, used to drive his car through the passageway and park it in his garage and our research has found Tymperleys was used as a doctor’s surgery at one point.

“Now the public right of way will be officially recorded by the adjudicator for the Land Registry.”

Colchester Council closed Tymperleys, a 16th century listed building, once the home of Royal physician William Gilberd, in 2010 to save money.

The clocks have been moved to Hollytrees Museum or are in storage.

Lyn Barton, borough councillor who has fought for a new use to be found for Tymperleys, said: “I am delighted the matter has been resolved.

"A Wilkin tea rooms would be a major tourist attraction for Colchester town centre and also be a boost for retail in that area.”

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10:43pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Simon Taylor says...

Bingo!
Bingo! Simon Taylor
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11:17pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Reginald47 says...

Basically the guy who was being b-awkward lost then. Well done - you've managed to hold this splendid scheme up for a whole year. Wilkins deserve a medal for sticking with it. Scones and jam, here I come!
Basically the guy who was being b-awkward lost then. Well done - you've managed to hold this splendid scheme up for a whole year. Wilkins deserve a medal for sticking with it. Scones and jam, here I come! Reginald47
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8:51am Fri 4 Jan 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Reginald47 wrote:
Basically the guy who was being b-awkward lost then. Well done - you've managed to hold this splendid scheme up for a whole year. Wilkins deserve a medal for sticking with it. Scones and jam, here I come!
No mention of him losing, perhaps the agreement reached involved a financial settlement? One he's happy with.

Whatever the reason, its good to see Tymperleys come back into use, even if its not going to be used as originally intended.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: Basically the guy who was being b-awkward lost then. Well done - you've managed to hold this splendid scheme up for a whole year. Wilkins deserve a medal for sticking with it. Scones and jam, here I come![/p][/quote]No mention of him losing, perhaps the agreement reached involved a financial settlement? One he's happy with. Whatever the reason, its good to see Tymperleys come back into use, even if its not going to be used as originally intended. Say It As It Is OK?
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12:10pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

Doesn't sound like he lost to me. Be interesting to know more details about 'the agreement' that has been struck...
Doesn't sound like he lost to me. Be interesting to know more details about 'the agreement' that has been struck... Bert_Stimpson
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5:50pm Fri 4 Jan 13

catflap1 says...

Hmm that should create 5 or 6 jobs in the town. Really newsworthy

suppose the next thing will be to sell off the clocks
Hmm that should create 5 or 6 jobs in the town. Really newsworthy suppose the next thing will be to sell off the clocks catflap1
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5:50pm Fri 4 Jan 13

catflap1 says...

Hmm that should create 5 or 6 jobs in the town. Really newsworthy

suppose the next thing will be to sell off the clocks
Hmm that should create 5 or 6 jobs in the town. Really newsworthy suppose the next thing will be to sell off the clocks catflap1
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7:44pm Fri 4 Jan 13

wellnow says...

Just shows what you can do if the moneys right.
Just shows what you can do if the moneys right. wellnow
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9:15pm Fri 4 Jan 13

jut1972 says...

catflap1 wrote:
Hmm that should create 5 or 6 jobs in the town. Really newsworthy

suppose the next thing will be to sell off the clocks
It is newsworthy... your paying for its upkeep from your council tax. Now you wont have to.

Colchester will have a new attraction and the buildings future is hopefully secured, what more do you want?
[quote][p][bold]catflap1[/bold] wrote: Hmm that should create 5 or 6 jobs in the town. Really newsworthy suppose the next thing will be to sell off the clocks[/p][/quote]It is newsworthy... your paying for its upkeep from your council tax. Now you wont have to. Colchester will have a new attraction and the buildings future is hopefully secured, what more do you want? jut1972
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8:21am Sat 5 Jan 13

catflap1 says...

@jul1972 from experience, the passing of properties such as this from public to private hand means that that they are more at risk of neglect.

what right does the council have to sell off a property that was left to its trust for the people of Colchester to use.

where will to money go ? probably to line to pockets of some ......

Thatcherism at its best
@jul1972 from experience, the passing of properties such as this from public to private hand means that that they are more at risk of neglect. what right does the council have to sell off a property that was left to its trust for the people of Colchester to use. where will to money go ? probably to line to pockets of some ...... Thatcherism at its best catflap1
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7:20pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Hamiltonandy says...

Time will tell if the jam people find Tymperleys economic to run.
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Colchester Council was so desperate to get a prestige lessee that they ruled out other bids. Charities found the lease periods were awkward and so could not raise funding (See Gazette reports on the heritage body that looked at it). An office management company bid was ignored. As I found even those with funds for a charitable use were stopped by deliberately refusing to unlock the gates so myself, the estate agent and a civic society representative could not enter.
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Complaints to the responsible councillor and at several council meetings were ignored.
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I did find Colchester Council sale documents misleading. No mention of the ownership of the only access. Also a huge underestimate of the repairs needed at only £5000.
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But the reprehensible behaviour of Colchester Council is only to be expected from this culturally barbaric public authority. Another shameful example was the sale of 15, Queen Street to only one bidder - the parasites called Firstsite. An instant sale at an undervalued price and no advertising. No doubt Colchester Council already have a developer lined up the the museum building near the Castle park and no one else will be considered.
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Time will tell if the jam people find Tymperleys economic to run. . Colchester Council was so desperate to get a prestige lessee that they ruled out other bids. Charities found the lease periods were awkward and so could not raise funding (See Gazette reports on the heritage body that looked at it). An office management company bid was ignored. As I found even those with funds for a charitable use were stopped by deliberately refusing to unlock the gates so myself, the estate agent and a civic society representative could not enter. . Complaints to the responsible councillor and at several council meetings were ignored. . I did find Colchester Council sale documents misleading. No mention of the ownership of the only access. Also a huge underestimate of the repairs needed at only £5000. . But the reprehensible behaviour of Colchester Council is only to be expected from this culturally barbaric public authority. Another shameful example was the sale of 15, Queen Street to only one bidder - the parasites called Firstsite. An instant sale at an undervalued price and no advertising. No doubt Colchester Council already have a developer lined up the the museum building near the Castle park and no one else will be considered. . Hamiltonandy
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