It’ll cost £400k to save Hadleigh Hall

It’ll cost £400k to save Hadleigh Hall

It’ll cost £400k to save Hadleigh Hall

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THE fate of a hall in a Hadleigh park remains in doubt after it was revealed £400,000 would be needed to get it back into shape.

Castle Point Council is now mulling over the future of Hadleigh Hall, in JohnHBurrows recreation ground, in Rectory Road.

It would cost an estimated £401,600 to carry out essential repairs – and a total of £770,500 to turn it into a modern, accessible centre.

It would cost £86,700 to demolish the building and reinstate the area with grass, and £98,000 to replace it with tarmac.

Alf Papworth, who leads the Solby Estate and Hadleigh Residents’ Association, believes the hall must be saved – at any cost.

Mr Papworth, 80, of Ashdown Crescent, said: “The hall is very important and it needs to stay there and be refurbished. It was used for leisure activities for years.

“We are going to see if we can get funding in the hope we can keep it going. None of the residents in the surrounding area wants to see it go.

“It would be great if it could be used as a sports hall or provide leisure facilities again. But we need to get in touch with people to make donations to save the hall, because it is worth saving.”

The latest quotes were revealed in a council report after a survey on the building by property design and management services company, NPS. The hall, which has fallen into disrepair, has remained empty for two years and proposals to tear it down come as part of Castle Point’s regeneration partnership’s £3million plan to remodel the park. Council leader Colin Riley, the Tory representative for Victoria ward, said he would rather the hall was saved.

He said: “I would love for the hall to remain as a leisure facility like a sports hall. But to demolish the hall is the alternative.

“That is why we want to make sure that before we decide to do anything we make the right decision by consulting all members and the public.”

The figures have emerged after a public outcry led to the council pulling out of talks with brewery chain Greene King over a plan to allow a Hungry Horse pub on the site.

The hall’s future is due to be discussed at a council cabinet meeting next week.

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9:30am Mon 16 Jun 14

InTheKnowOk says...

The place needs tarting up, nothing major, let's get it back to a reasonable state so it can be hired out and enjoyed by the community ...
The place needs tarting up, nothing major, let's get it back to a reasonable state so it can be hired out and enjoyed by the community ... InTheKnowOk
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10:04am Mon 16 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

Where do they get these figures from?
Where do they get these figures from? poortaxpayer
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10:33am Mon 16 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

Drop it and save the money.
Drop it and save the money. Jack222
  • Score: 1

11:17am Mon 16 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
Where do they get these figures from?
'Mates Rates'

Very generous...
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: Where do they get these figures from?[/p][/quote]'Mates Rates' Very generous... Howard Cháse
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1:33pm Mon 16 Jun 14

HadleighBoy says...

Greene King were offering a solutiona nd the NIMBYs did not like it. It does not need saving at all costs lets see a proposal of how it will be run and financed for the next 10 years and get commitemnts from all the people that want to use it regularly and tehn discuss it. As far as I can see there is at the moment no justification to spend the money it was not paying for itself and we cannot afford another white elephant.
Greene King were offering a solutiona nd the NIMBYs did not like it. It does not need saving at all costs lets see a proposal of how it will be run and financed for the next 10 years and get commitemnts from all the people that want to use it regularly and tehn discuss it. As far as I can see there is at the moment no justification to spend the money it was not paying for itself and we cannot afford another white elephant. HadleighBoy
  • Score: 1

1:52pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Cockle says...

Would have thought there was a simple solution.

There was a 1,000 signature petition against Greene King being allowed to build a pub there and supply replacement facilities as part of the redevelopment so quite simply send each of those signatories a bill for a thousandth of the cost of whatever option is decided upon; seems £400-700 each should cover it......

Alternatively, if it is truly needed then I'm sure the number of expressions of interest will ensure that it can be refurbished and operated profitably......
Would have thought there was a simple solution. There was a 1,000 signature petition against Greene King being allowed to build a pub there and supply replacement facilities as part of the redevelopment so quite simply send each of those signatories a bill for a thousandth of the cost of whatever option is decided upon; seems £400-700 each should cover it...... Alternatively, if it is truly needed then I'm sure the number of expressions of interest will ensure that it can be refurbished and operated profitably...... Cockle
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4:56pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

HadleighBoy wrote:
Greene King were offering a solutiona nd the NIMBYs did not like it. It does not need saving at all costs lets see a proposal of how it will be run and financed for the next 10 years and get commitemnts from all the people that want to use it regularly and tehn discuss it. As far as I can see there is at the moment no justification to spend the money it was not paying for itself and we cannot afford another white elephant.
Well said NIMBYS are you proud, you 9ricks
[quote][p][bold]HadleighBoy[/bold] wrote: Greene King were offering a solutiona nd the NIMBYs did not like it. It does not need saving at all costs lets see a proposal of how it will be run and financed for the next 10 years and get commitemnts from all the people that want to use it regularly and tehn discuss it. As far as I can see there is at the moment no justification to spend the money it was not paying for itself and we cannot afford another white elephant.[/p][/quote]Well said NIMBYS are you proud, you 9ricks Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 0

5:01pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Cockle wrote:
Would have thought there was a simple solution. There was a 1,000 signature petition against Greene King being allowed to build a pub there and supply replacement facilities as part of the redevelopment so quite simply send each of those signatories a bill for a thousandth of the cost of whatever option is decided upon; seems £400-700 each should cover it...... Alternatively, if it is truly needed then I'm sure the number of expressions of interest will ensure that it can be refurbished and operated profitably......
NIMBYS have short arms and long pockets. They wouldn't even pay for their own funeral
[quote][p][bold]Cockle[/bold] wrote: Would have thought there was a simple solution. There was a 1,000 signature petition against Greene King being allowed to build a pub there and supply replacement facilities as part of the redevelopment so quite simply send each of those signatories a bill for a thousandth of the cost of whatever option is decided upon; seems £400-700 each should cover it...... Alternatively, if it is truly needed then I'm sure the number of expressions of interest will ensure that it can be refurbished and operated profitably......[/p][/quote]NIMBYS have short arms and long pockets. They wouldn't even pay for their own funeral Living the La Vida Legra
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8:21am Tue 17 Jun 14

CarnMountification says...

Make a nice Mosk
Make a nice Mosk CarnMountification
  • Score: -1

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