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Decision time for Colchester's Jumbo
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- THE future of Colchester’s iconic water tower Jumbo will be debated by Colchester councillors tonight. Developer George Braithwaite wants to convert the Grade II* listed building into offices, flats and a restaurant with a museum created in the water tank and a belvedere giving views across the town.
Lead opponent Brian Light: "I am absolutely delighted."
Jumbo plans failed. Read all about it in tomorrow's Gazette.
Councillor Gerard Oxford describes the application as hideous. Not pulling his punches today.
Pendulum swings back. Councillor Stephen Ford opposed.
Councillor Peter Chillingworth says Jumbo is a national heritage asset which should be enjoyed by everyone. Proposes approval.
Councillor Laura Sykes also unhappy. Asks how people would go for a smoke.
Councillor John Manning not convinced by plan: "You only get one chance to mess up heritage.".,,,
Flurry of applause from opponents of the plans.
Councillors Jo Hayes and Nick Barlow both speak against the plans. Mr Barlow says: "We must take the time to get the best possible thing for Jumbo."
Tory councillor Will Quince says we should welcome the chance to bring "this magnificent building" back into use. "We are on the precipice of greatness."
Brian Light says Jumbo would become Colchester's Canary Wharf -urges refusal. Applause from supporters!
Key opponent Brian Light first to speak. Claims redevelopment would "transform the present cultural oasis into a busy and noisy commercial area".
If approved, council would ask for a bond to ensure Jumbo could revert back to its former state if developer did not complete the project.
Council officers recommending approval of Jumbo plans.
And the briefing on the application begins... Including views of Jumbo from around the town. How lovely!
However, councillors are told the monitoring officer has investigated the assertion and said no declaration is needed.
councillor Peter Chillingworth tells the committee Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell has contacted council chief executive Adrian Pritchard suggesting Conservative councillors should declare an interest in the Jumbo Application because of a donation made by Owner George Braithwaite to the North Essex Conservative Association.
#Colchester just bumped into two legendary Colchsfc academics - total support for Jumbo plans #museumInTheSky— @dariusglaws 31 October 2013
I hope you’ll all still love me, no matter what happens… #colchester #jumbo— @JumboColchester 31 October 2013
If #jumbo development is approved the downside will be the Tories telling Colchester that its all down to them which would be a blatant lie— @markwarner4 31 October 2013
Will be interesting to see the #Jumbo decision tonight. Can't be there in person so relying on ceefax/twitter for updates #Colchester— @domcgraham 31 October 2013
Cool. @TheGazette have a live feed on the #Jumbo decision. Decide wisely councillors. http://t.co/fgEQOMUQtR— @benlocker 31 October 2013
Tension starting to build as the Moot Hall fills up.
Architect Simon Plater and Darius Laws, who has spoken out in favour of converting Jumbo, have also arrived for the crunch meeting.
Former mayor and history enthusiast Henry Spyvee also here.
Brian Light from the Balkerne Tower Trust, which is opposed to the plans to develop Jumbo, is the first at the meeting.
The meeting will start at 6pm.
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