In today's Gazette: Old police station's £2 million revamp

Colchester's former police station is set to be furned into a business centre for creative industries.

The building, which is now a bar, will be turned into a cafe with 22 studio spaces over two floors while the cells will be turned into meeting rooms under the £2 million revamp.

* The family of missing man Jamie Toomey have begged him to return home.

Dad-of-four Jamie, 45, of King's Parade, Holland-on-Sea, was last seen in Clacton on January 6.

* A troubled care home, which closed after concerns were raised over the treatment of residents, is up for sale.

Ashcroft Care Home in Eight Ash Green shut down after failing to meet four our of five standards of care. It is now on the market for £850,000.

* A supermarket chain is planning to open a third store in Colchester.

Iceland wants to take over the Fitness First premises at Turner Rise Retail Park. It already has stores at Tollgate and St John's Street, Colchester.

For more on these and other great stories, see today's Gazette. There is always more in the paper than there is online.

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9:48am Mon 14 Jan 13

AnotherWivResident says...

'furned into a business centre' does nobody proof read these posts?
'furned into a business centre' does nobody proof read these posts? AnotherWivResident

11:06am Mon 14 Jan 13

Mr Honest says...

I thought the old police station was in Queen Street where Tom Peppers is?
I thought the old police station was in Queen Street where Tom Peppers is? Mr Honest

1:11pm Mon 14 Jan 13

hughie-s says...

Mr Honest wrote:
I thought the old police station was in Queen Street where Tom Peppers is?
From this back in March 2011 it would appear it's in the "Cultural Quarter".

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From what was quoted then this looks like another project that has doubled in cost.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Honest[/bold] wrote: I thought the old police station was in Queen Street where Tom Peppers is?[/p][/quote]From this back in March 2011 it would appear it's in the "Cultural Quarter". http://tinyurl.com/b 8j6yt9 From what was quoted then this looks like another project that has doubled in cost. hughie-s

2:20pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Toneloc says...

Mr Honest wrote:
I thought the old police station was in Queen Street where Tom Peppers is?
That's correct.
Formerly Chicago's
The article says it is currently a bar.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Honest[/bold] wrote: I thought the old police station was in Queen Street where Tom Peppers is?[/p][/quote]That's correct. Formerly Chicago's The article says it is currently a bar. Toneloc

2:22pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

More cash wasted on the 'arts elite'. £28m golden turd, 15 Queen Street handed over at mates rates and now this. The council must be stupid or in awe of the 'creative' crap (that's you Doris) and bogus statistics pumped out by those who benefit and continue to suck money out of the system.

With so much fundamentally wrong in this town, why is so much money wasted on vanity projects that benefit so few?
More cash wasted on the 'arts elite'. £28m golden turd, 15 Queen Street handed over at mates rates and now this. The council must be stupid or in awe of the 'creative' crap (that's you Doris) and bogus statistics pumped out by those who benefit and continue to suck money out of the system. With so much fundamentally wrong in this town, why is so much money wasted on vanity projects that benefit so few? Bert_Stimpson

2:41pm Mon 14 Jan 13

jut1972 says...

The plan is it will make money. It will also set up competition for 15 queen street and so give them a kick up the artists palette.

I think CBC is onto something here, at least they are having the balls to go for it and try something new. I moaned about the recently annouced council tax rise, but primarily that is because CBC doesnt publicise its successes or plans well enough. I'm happy my 1.95% goes to something that
a) gets rid of a bar
b) helps clean up Queen Street
c) generates money for the local ecomony
The plan is it will make money. It will also set up competition for 15 queen street and so give them a kick up the artists palette. I think CBC is onto something here, at least they are having the balls to go for it and try something new. I moaned about the recently annouced council tax rise, but primarily that is because CBC doesnt publicise its successes or plans well enough. I'm happy my 1.95% goes to something that a) gets rid of a bar b) helps clean up Queen Street c) generates money for the local ecomony jut1972

3:08pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Boris says...

The so-called regeneration proposed for the St Botolph's area is in fact municipal vandalism, aided and abetted by the self-appointed artyfarty set.
If artists want to take over the old police station, let them find the money themselves and pay a commercial price for it. They do not need any public funding, of which they have had plenty already.
The so-called regeneration proposed for the St Botolph's area is in fact municipal vandalism, aided and abetted by the self-appointed artyfarty set. If artists want to take over the old police station, let them find the money themselves and pay a commercial price for it. They do not need any public funding, of which they have had plenty already. Boris

5:47pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Barside1 says...

At £2 million to upgrade the building I don't see how it can ever return a profit.

The Gazette need to get hold of the income projected from the 23 units from CBC.

I started the first 'Creative Business Centre' in Colchester in 1987 by purchasing a freehold building.

It turned out to be to be one of he most successful models of its kind in the UK - one of my tenants went on to employ many hundreds of people.

Thank God this was in the days before those stupid business award scheme things, we probably would have cleaned up at the time.
At £2 million to upgrade the building I don't see how it can ever return a profit. The Gazette need to get hold of the income projected from the 23 units from CBC. I started the first 'Creative Business Centre' in Colchester in 1987 by purchasing a freehold building. It turned out to be to be one of he most successful models of its kind in the UK - one of my tenants went on to employ many hundreds of people. Thank God this was in the days before those stupid business award scheme things, we probably would have cleaned up at the time. Barside1

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