Two big names signed up for Vineyard Gate

Two big names signed up for Vineyard Gate

Two big names signed up for Vineyard Gate

First published in News

Two big name stores are signed up to be part of a new £70million indoor shopping centre in Colchester.

Developers have unveiled more details about their plans for Vineyard Gate which, as well as the two anchor stores, will also include about 20 new shops and six or seven restaurants.

The names of the two big retailers are set to be announced around Christmas, with planning permission being applied for in 2015 and work beginning the following year.

The 175,000sq ft shopping centre, which will replace Vineyard Street car park and some buildings in Osborne Street, will create 750 jobs.

On Monday night's cabinet meeting, councillors approved the deal in principle with Caddick Developments, which will see the authority invest £5million.

Leader Anne Turrell said: "This is the first step towards Vineyard Gate.

"I have every confidence in the developers that are doing Vineyard Gate.”

See today's paper for the full story. 

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8:48am Wed 19 Mar 14

jammin says...

If it happens, great! This town needs some life injecting in to it, especially that side of town.

Hopefully this has more of an positive effect on the town than the VAF.
If it happens, great! This town needs some life injecting in to it, especially that side of town. Hopefully this has more of an positive effect on the town than the VAF. jammin
  • Score: 7

9:02am Wed 19 Mar 14

Citizen 139 says...

The only things that can have a positive effect on the town are: 1. Remove the ridiculous bus lane restrictions on the high street. 2. Reduce parking charges.

Until those two happen then the town will continue dying. Of course, local councillors cannot see that as they've got their own agendas and games to play.
The only things that can have a positive effect on the town are: 1. Remove the ridiculous bus lane restrictions on the high street. 2. Reduce parking charges. Until those two happen then the town will continue dying. Of course, local councillors cannot see that as they've got their own agendas and games to play. Citizen 139
  • Score: -16

9:03am Wed 19 Mar 14

Troll* says...

Two big names sign up at VAF FIRST SH*TE 2
and the Early Learning Centre Closes in Culver Square
What A Coup.
Apparently Early Learning Centre Have their eye on Tollgate.
I hear the two big names coming to Town is an old Trick Shop called "Sleight Of Hand" & A Big Supermarket called MorriCo.
Two big names sign up at VAF FIRST SH*TE 2 and the Early Learning Centre Closes in Culver Square What A Coup. Apparently Early Learning Centre Have their eye on Tollgate. I hear the two big names coming to Town is an old Trick Shop called "Sleight Of Hand" & A Big Supermarket called MorriCo. Troll*
  • Score: -12

9:37am Wed 19 Mar 14

Ontheball says...

If they have signed up, why wait nine months to tell us who they are. Pathetic.
If they have signed up, why wait nine months to tell us who they are. Pathetic. Ontheball
  • Score: 4

9:51am Wed 19 Mar 14

seikothrill says...

My only hope is that new development is completely covered like Chapelfields Norwich. I don't mean a canopy I mean a full roof

Even as a child I could never figure out why the then new Culver Square development was approved with no roof to provide protection against the elements. They obviously didn't learn from the mistake of not covering the Lion Walk development

Also as someone has already mentioned why wait until Christmas before releasing names of the stores that have signed up or am I being cynical when I say these stores may have only indicated an 'intention' to sign.
My only hope is that new development is completely covered like Chapelfields Norwich. I don't mean a canopy I mean a full roof Even as a child I could never figure out why the then new Culver Square development was approved with no roof to provide protection against the elements. They obviously didn't learn from the mistake of not covering the Lion Walk development Also as someone has already mentioned why wait until Christmas before releasing names of the stores that have signed up or am I being cynical when I say these stores may have only indicated an 'intention' to sign. seikothrill
  • Score: -3

10:31am Wed 19 Mar 14

catflap1 says...

Sources at CBC say it's the 99p shop and Poundland

this town is ****
Sources at CBC say it's the 99p shop and Poundland this town is **** catflap1
  • Score: -8

12:58pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Scoot says...

So why are they waiting till Christmas ? its either 1/. They are not sure the so called 'big names' will be around by then or 2/. They haven't really got them signed up, probably just a letter of intent with no guarantees which they can show the planners. But looking at it positively (if you can) who can the big names be ? John Lewis have said they aren't interested in Colchester now they have Ipswich and soon to be Chelmsford, Fenwicks have Willy G's, House of Fraser have said they are interested in Tollgate, and the rest all have stores in the town or at Tollgate so with them it would be moving from one part of the town to another. So unless you count Primark as a real 'big name' as opposed to an 'unethical, pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap store' then who is big ??
As to it being covered all that will attract is the gangs of teenagers looking to keep themselves warm on a Saturday afternoon and a few skateboarders.
I am though with others who comment about the car park charges and Bus lanes. I find it easier, cheaper, and quite often a lot quicker to drive further to Ipswich to shop than to sit in traffic and get ripped off in the Colchester car parks.
So why are they waiting till Christmas ? its either 1/. They are not sure the so called 'big names' will be around by then or 2/. They haven't really got them signed up, probably just a letter of intent with no guarantees which they can show the planners. But looking at it positively (if you can) who can the big names be ? John Lewis have said they aren't interested in Colchester now they have Ipswich and soon to be Chelmsford, Fenwicks have Willy G's, House of Fraser have said they are interested in Tollgate, and the rest all have stores in the town or at Tollgate so with them it would be moving from one part of the town to another. So unless you count Primark as a real 'big name' as opposed to an 'unethical, pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap store' then who is big ?? As to it being covered all that will attract is the gangs of teenagers looking to keep themselves warm on a Saturday afternoon and a few skateboarders. I am though with others who comment about the car park charges and Bus lanes. I find it easier, cheaper, and quite often a lot quicker to drive further to Ipswich to shop than to sit in traffic and get ripped off in the Colchester car parks. Scoot
  • Score: 0

2:33pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Cllr Martin Hunt says...

Citizen 139 wrote:
The only things that can have a positive effect on the town are: 1. Remove the ridiculous bus lane restrictions on the high street. 2. Reduce parking charges. Until those two happen then the town will continue dying. Of course, local councillors cannot see that as they've got their own agendas and games to play.
I don't know why people keep pedalling this parking charges rubbish. Council parking charges in Colchester are comparable with other towns with some great offers if you bother to look. And the number of people parking in Colchester this year has risen. Of course if you park in NCP they are higher as they are a commercial business..
[quote][p][bold]Citizen 139[/bold] wrote: The only things that can have a positive effect on the town are: 1. Remove the ridiculous bus lane restrictions on the high street. 2. Reduce parking charges. Until those two happen then the town will continue dying. Of course, local councillors cannot see that as they've got their own agendas and games to play.[/p][/quote]I don't know why people keep pedalling this parking charges rubbish. Council parking charges in Colchester are comparable with other towns with some great offers if you bother to look. And the number of people parking in Colchester this year has risen. Of course if you park in NCP they are higher as they are a commercial business.. Cllr Martin Hunt
  • Score: 0

3:10pm Wed 19 Mar 14

wearebeingwatched says...

Would not surprise me if one of the stores was Next, they have been looking for a suitable bigger site in town for years and despite expanding in Tollgate are still committed to the town. The other being someone like Wagamama (noodle restaurant)
Would not surprise me if one of the stores was Next, they have been looking for a suitable bigger site in town for years and despite expanding in Tollgate are still committed to the town. The other being someone like Wagamama (noodle restaurant) wearebeingwatched
  • Score: -4

3:40pm Wed 19 Mar 14

HARRY438 says...

Claustrophobia is a big name.
Claustrophobia is a big name. HARRY438
  • Score: -3

4:31pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Scoot says...

Sorry Cllr Hunt but if you are a visitor to the town you don't have time to 'look' and if you do find a machine that has 'offers', by the time you've got half way through reading the restrictions/all the blurb either your kids are pestering you or you've got a queue of tutting people behind you, so like others you just end up putting in the full fee not the 'discounted/offer fee'.
Also as others have said the council needs to re-visit the bus lane issue. For example if you are coming into town via the North Station area you can sit in traffic when a large proportion of it wants to go down Cowdray Avenue Eastbound. This is often gridlocked by traffic heading northbound across the roundabout that disects North Station road and Cowdray Avenue preventing traffic crossing heading Eastbound thus backing right up to North Station If that small piece of North Station road was made two-way again then some of the congestion would be alleviated because traffic wanting to head Eastbound from this area would use that stretch of road rather than adding to the congestion. I am sure there are other places where a review of bus lanes could make traffic flow better and thus make shopping in Colchester more appealing.
However as I have said in my earlier post as things stand at the moment, I find it easier, cheaper (because the meters are clearer), and quicker (because theres less congestion) to drive from Clacton to Ipswich rather than into Colchester.
Sorry Cllr Hunt but if you are a visitor to the town you don't have time to 'look' and if you do find a machine that has 'offers', by the time you've got half way through reading the restrictions/all the blurb either your kids are pestering you or you've got a queue of tutting people behind you, so like others you just end up putting in the full fee not the 'discounted/offer fee'. Also as others have said the council needs to re-visit the bus lane issue. For example if you are coming into town via the North Station area you can sit in traffic when a large proportion of it wants to go down Cowdray Avenue Eastbound. This is often gridlocked by traffic heading northbound across the roundabout that disects North Station road and Cowdray Avenue preventing traffic crossing heading Eastbound thus backing right up to North Station If that small piece of North Station road was made two-way again then some of the congestion would be alleviated because traffic wanting to head Eastbound from this area would use that stretch of road rather than adding to the congestion. I am sure there are other places where a review of bus lanes could make traffic flow better and thus make shopping in Colchester more appealing. However as I have said in my earlier post as things stand at the moment, I find it easier, cheaper (because the meters are clearer), and quicker (because theres less congestion) to drive from Clacton to Ipswich rather than into Colchester. Scoot
  • Score: -1

5:31pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Carlosfandangles says...

Dear Cllr Hunt..........unfort
unately whatever the facts and I do not dispute your knowledge, is that the perception is that it is expensive to park. As an infrequent visitor to town (it holds no attraction), I am completely ignorant of so called deals. I tend to park in either St Marys, Osbourne Street or Priory Street. The latter is poorly kept, tight spaces and had a massive reduction in space for disabled parking recently - of course, I understand the latter however unattractive it may be.
Should I use public transport? - of course, but the cost of lugging ones missus and two children to sit on a magical mystery tour around the Colchester estates is in fact more expensive than parking - let the tree huggers get their head around that one....a single from Highwoods to North Station for one person is £1.70 for example.

Bottom line and it is completely off tangent to the lead story is that ill thought out congestion,high parking charges (whether they are comparable to other areas is irrelevant as they have an enjoyable experience to look forward to) and a poor shopping prospect is the reason that Colchester town is dying.
I tend to "nip in" on one of my scooters, visit a particular shop and then come out again - the idea of taking the whole family in and "wandering" is enough to fill me dread and high blood pressure!!! Not much spend from me in town as a result.
Coherant traffic management by someone with an ounce of sense, a little investment in the well known bottlenecks rather than the "Bus is king" to tick your green credentials box and you may beat the apathy and malaise that is affecting Colchesters shoppers.
Would I love the out of town area to expand - you betcha!
Dear Cllr Hunt..........unfort unately whatever the facts and I do not dispute your knowledge, is that the perception is that it is expensive to park. As an infrequent visitor to town (it holds no attraction), I am completely ignorant of so called deals. I tend to park in either St Marys, Osbourne Street or Priory Street. The latter is poorly kept, tight spaces and had a massive reduction in space for disabled parking recently - of course, I understand the latter however unattractive it may be. Should I use public transport? - of course, but the cost of lugging ones missus and two children to sit on a magical mystery tour around the Colchester estates is in fact more expensive than parking - let the tree huggers get their head around that one....a single from Highwoods to North Station for one person is £1.70 for example. Bottom line and it is completely off tangent to the lead story is that ill thought out congestion,high parking charges (whether they are comparable to other areas is irrelevant as they have an enjoyable experience to look forward to) and a poor shopping prospect is the reason that Colchester town is dying. I tend to "nip in" on one of my scooters, visit a particular shop and then come out again - the idea of taking the whole family in and "wandering" is enough to fill me dread and high blood pressure!!! Not much spend from me in town as a result. Coherant traffic management by someone with an ounce of sense, a little investment in the well known bottlenecks rather than the "Bus is king" to tick your green credentials box and you may beat the apathy and malaise that is affecting Colchesters shoppers. Would I love the out of town area to expand - you betcha! Carlosfandangles
  • Score: 1

6:01pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Jon-Vencato says...

Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
Citizen 139 wrote:
The only things that can have a positive effect on the town are: 1. Remove the ridiculous bus lane restrictions on the high street. 2. Reduce parking charges. Until those two happen then the town will continue dying. Of course, local councillors cannot see that as they've got their own agendas and games to play.
I don't know why people keep pedalling this parking charges rubbish. Council parking charges in Colchester are comparable with other towns with some great offers if you bother to look. And the number of people parking in Colchester this year has risen. Of course if you park in NCP they are higher as they are a commercial business..
This may be true Mr Hunt, but why should we be copying or basing our needs and requirements in line with what other towns and cities do.
At the end of the day we are all from Colchester and proud colcestrians in the making.
Just because another town charges X Y Z for this and that, surely it does not mean we have to dopplegang those actions or effects, that others levy or dictate on their residents and visitors.
Colchester used to be a very polite, cordial and charitable town of years ago, my dad when he was alive could walk the thoroughfare at all hours and would stop and have a drink with all his friends, there was always time for each other in a cafe, cosmopolitan culture of an enviable quality. (After all we are steeped in Italian heritage and other cultures):
The new precinct will be a huge and massive bonus to the borough in many ways. However the argument and worries here about parking charges are a concern and justifiable.
The councils consideration in removing free restricted parking in Lexden, is a worry for many that live on the outskirts or peripheries.
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Citizen 139[/bold] wrote: The only things that can have a positive effect on the town are: 1. Remove the ridiculous bus lane restrictions on the high street. 2. Reduce parking charges. Until those two happen then the town will continue dying. Of course, local councillors cannot see that as they've got their own agendas and games to play.[/p][/quote]I don't know why people keep pedalling this parking charges rubbish. Council parking charges in Colchester are comparable with other towns with some great offers if you bother to look. And the number of people parking in Colchester this year has risen. Of course if you park in NCP they are higher as they are a commercial business..[/p][/quote]This may be true Mr Hunt, but why should we be copying or basing our needs and requirements in line with what other towns and cities do. At the end of the day we are all from Colchester and proud colcestrians in the making. Just because another town charges X Y Z for this and that, surely it does not mean we have to dopplegang those actions or effects, that others levy or dictate on their residents and visitors. Colchester used to be a very polite, cordial and charitable town of years ago, my dad when he was alive could walk the thoroughfare at all hours and would stop and have a drink with all his friends, there was always time for each other in a cafe, cosmopolitan culture of an enviable quality. (After all we are steeped in Italian heritage and other cultures): The new precinct will be a huge and massive bonus to the borough in many ways. However the argument and worries here about parking charges are a concern and justifiable. The councils consideration in removing free restricted parking in Lexden, is a worry for many that live on the outskirts or peripheries. Jon-Vencato
  • Score: 13

6:16pm Wed 19 Mar 14

RetiredVal says...

First mooted 2002- developer 'Vinyard Gate Development ( owned by Caddick Developments Ltd ). 2003 Tim Young complained of £120,000 wasted on consultants fees. Redevelopment design shown to public 2007. Traders call for action 2008. 2013 New developer is Caddick (to build and finance).
Now 2014, Council investing £5million in scheme , planning permission to be sought in 2015 , Caddick Developments, to do work ( where have we heard that name before). Anne Turrell ( Leader of the council ) says this is first step towards Vinyard Gate. Council members are happy ! WHERE HAVE THEY ALL BEEN SINCE 2002 ? More a case of tell us the old, old story!
First mooted 2002- developer 'Vinyard Gate Development ( owned by Caddick Developments Ltd ). 2003 Tim Young complained of £120,000 wasted on consultants fees. Redevelopment design shown to public 2007. Traders call for action 2008. 2013 New developer is Caddick (to build and finance). Now 2014, Council investing £5million in scheme , planning permission to be sought in 2015 , Caddick Developments, to do work ( where have we heard that name before). Anne Turrell ( Leader of the council ) says this is first step towards Vinyard Gate. Council members are happy ! WHERE HAVE THEY ALL BEEN SINCE 2002 ? More a case of tell us the old, old story! RetiredVal
  • Score: 4

7:13pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Citizen 139 says...

Cllr Martin Hunt wrote:
Citizen 139 wrote:
The only things that can have a positive effect on the town are: 1. Remove the ridiculous bus lane restrictions on the high street. 2. Reduce parking charges. Until those two happen then the town will continue dying. Of course, local councillors cannot see that as they've got their own agendas and games to play.
I don't know why people keep pedalling this parking charges rubbish. Council parking charges in Colchester are comparable with other towns with some great offers if you bother to look. And the number of people parking in Colchester this year has risen. Of course if you park in NCP they are higher as they are a commercial business..
Right, I've clearly touched a nerve with the local councillors as my comment got -12 votes.

Here's some parking comparisons between Colchester and Chelmsford

Priory Street Car park up to 24 hours £10
Fairfield Road Mixed Long/Short Stay upto 24 hours £6

St John's short stay, 2 hours - £3
Waterloo Lane No. 1 Surface Short Stay Car Park 2hrs - £2.20

Sheepen Road car park - over 4 hours £5.60
Coval Lane Long Stay Surface Car Park over 30 mins £2.50

Vineyard Street over 2 hours - £3.90
Meadows Retail Short Stay Multi Storey Car Park
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Martin Hunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Citizen 139[/bold] wrote: The only things that can have a positive effect on the town are: 1. Remove the ridiculous bus lane restrictions on the high street. 2. Reduce parking charges. Until those two happen then the town will continue dying. Of course, local councillors cannot see that as they've got their own agendas and games to play.[/p][/quote]I don't know why people keep pedalling this parking charges rubbish. Council parking charges in Colchester are comparable with other towns with some great offers if you bother to look. And the number of people parking in Colchester this year has risen. Of course if you park in NCP they are higher as they are a commercial business..[/p][/quote]Right, I've clearly touched a nerve with the local councillors as my comment got -12 votes. Here's some parking comparisons between Colchester and Chelmsford Priory Street Car park up to 24 hours £10 Fairfield Road Mixed Long/Short Stay upto 24 hours £6 St John's short stay, 2 hours - £3 Waterloo Lane No. 1 Surface Short Stay Car Park 2hrs - £2.20 Sheepen Road car park - over 4 hours £5.60 Coval Lane Long Stay Surface Car Park over 30 mins £2.50 Vineyard Street over 2 hours - £3.90 Meadows Retail Short Stay Multi Storey Car Park Citizen 139
  • Score: 2

8:41pm Wed 19 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

Its all pie in the sky.and cllr hunt if you cant say something positive for our town not comparing it with others dont say anything.
Its all pie in the sky.and cllr hunt if you cant say something positive for our town not comparing it with others dont say anything. stevedawson
  • Score: -1

10:34pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Assimilation says...

I can for-see another golden banana in the making and coming our way. £70 million tag now, no planning put forward till next year and no start till the year after. That's two years till the start of build. By then the price tag will be at least double £170 million or even more. And why the H*** do we need yet another 6 or 7 restaurants ? Have CBC got no imagination ? And from the artists drawing, it will not be covered, open to the elements.
I can for-see another golden banana in the making and coming our way. £70 million tag now, no planning put forward till next year and no start till the year after. That's two years till the start of build. By then the price tag will be at least double £170 million or even more. And why the H*** do we need yet another 6 or 7 restaurants ? Have CBC got no imagination ? And from the artists drawing, it will not be covered, open to the elements. Assimilation
  • Score: 0

11:37pm Wed 19 Mar 14

hughie-s says...

Thought the building on the right looked familiar,. The illustration is marked Osborne Street, that being the case where is the "bus station" going as Stanwell Street seems to have been obliterated.
Thought the building on the right looked familiar,. The illustration is marked Osborne Street, that being the case where is the "bus station" going as Stanwell Street seems to have been obliterated. hughie-s
  • Score: -2

1:55am Thu 20 Mar 14

Boris says...

"Two big name stores are signed up .... " is of course meaningless drivel unless and until the names are made public. As others have said, these names have probably only given some sort of statement of intent, at most. They could easily back out of it at any time, at no cost.
Remember the Garbe plan for a hotel to replace the old Keddies building. They paralysed that site for several years before backing out, at no cost to themselves. Another sorry tale.
"Two big name stores are signed up .... " is of course meaningless drivel unless and until the names are made public. As others have said, these names have probably only given some sort of statement of intent, at most. They could easily back out of it at any time, at no cost. Remember the Garbe plan for a hotel to replace the old Keddies building. They paralysed that site for several years before backing out, at no cost to themselves. Another sorry tale. Boris
  • Score: 0

8:34am Thu 20 Mar 14

Slamdoor312 says...

Chavmark and a Chicken Shop ?
Chavmark and a Chicken Shop ? Slamdoor312
  • Score: 0

10:53am Thu 20 Mar 14

Dorian says...

If this goes ahead- and of course it is a big "if", I would be very pleased. Colchester Town centre sufferes from being tiny. It is only 1000 paces from the Hollytrees to the Post office and 350 from the Hippodrome to the Vineyard Street, ( even Crouch Street is perceived as a bit out of the main drag, and as for North Hill that is right out!) so any expansion of the main retail area is to be welcomed. But this is a long sad story and no-one comes out of it with much credit. The original development rights as part of a great master plan which would have seen the whole of the run down east side of town being revitalised were awarded to Caddicks on the basis of the results of a design competition, where three very different designs were presented, all of which were interesting and original, including leisure areas, enhancement of the wall and bridges to Eld Lane and Across south way, not forgetting the inclusion of a proper bus station- although your opinion may vary as to what "proper" constituted!. I await the new designs, but if the sketch shown is anything to go by, that kind of old fashioned blocky commercial blandness is completely unacceptable and I urge Councillors to insist on something nearer the design chosen, with the amenities promised, and preferably including the heritage enhancements - a design on which Caddicks were offered the development rights to this valuable real estate, which they still seem to exclusively have and will presumably operate privately like Culver Square and Lion Walk. .
If this goes ahead- and of course it is a big "if", I would be very pleased. Colchester Town centre sufferes from being tiny. It is only 1000 paces from the Hollytrees to the Post office and 350 from the Hippodrome to the Vineyard Street, ( even Crouch Street is perceived as a bit out of the main drag, and as for North Hill that is right out!) so any expansion of the main retail area is to be welcomed. But this is a long sad story and no-one comes out of it with much credit. The original development rights as part of a great master plan which would have seen the whole of the run down east side of town being revitalised were awarded to Caddicks on the basis of the results of a design competition, where three very different designs were presented, all of which were interesting and original, including leisure areas, enhancement of the wall and bridges to Eld Lane and Across south way, not forgetting the inclusion of a proper bus station- although your opinion may vary as to what "proper" constituted!. I await the new designs, but if the sketch shown is anything to go by, that kind of old fashioned blocky commercial blandness is completely unacceptable and I urge Councillors to insist on something nearer the design chosen, with the amenities promised, and preferably including the heritage enhancements - a design on which Caddicks were offered the development rights to this valuable real estate, which they still seem to exclusively have and will presumably operate privately like Culver Square and Lion Walk. . Dorian
  • Score: -4

6:21am Wed 26 Mar 14

Jon-Vencato says...

The project is very much needed and surely must be welcomed. I come from the area Military Hospital/Priory Street/Then Cromwell Road: Wilson Marriage School: 1972:
Before we sold up in 2009 and moved to Stanway we had a lot of leaflets with three types of new proposals, they all were refreshing and exciting for the area. I think at the time House Of Frazer Was mentioned as being there. At Cromwell Road we had booklets put through our doors about it.
I appreciate £70 Million is going to be a lot of money, but is it a lot today in building terms?
The current pictures and plans look very nice, I quite like the new Art Centre, but I am a bit uncomfortable with all the Politics behind it and some of the remarks made about it on the negative side. I will admit it is nice to have it but it did cost a lot of money.
I look forward to the development going ahead we do need it, along with all the other projects going on.
The house building going on in Mersea road looks lovely, I would like to move back one day.
If we could all try and embrace the project it could be quite exciting.
The project is very much needed and surely must be welcomed. I come from the area Military Hospital/Priory Street/Then Cromwell Road: Wilson Marriage School: 1972: Before we sold up in 2009 and moved to Stanway we had a lot of leaflets with three types of new proposals, they all were refreshing and exciting for the area. I think at the time House Of Frazer Was mentioned as being there. At Cromwell Road we had booklets put through our doors about it. I appreciate £70 Million is going to be a lot of money, but is it a lot today in building terms? The current pictures and plans look very nice, I quite like the new Art Centre, but I am a bit uncomfortable with all the Politics behind it and some of the remarks made about it on the negative side. I will admit it is nice to have it but it did cost a lot of money. I look forward to the development going ahead we do need it, along with all the other projects going on. The house building going on in Mersea road looks lovely, I would like to move back one day. If we could all try and embrace the project it could be quite exciting. Jon-Vencato
  • Score: 1

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