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New plans lodged to replace lost facilities at Canvey's Kings Park
2:00pm Monday 11th March 2013 in News
NEW plans to restore lost facilities at a retirement complex have received a luke warm response from residents still reeling from a legal battle.
An application has been submitted to Castle Point Council to create a “pedestrian friendly village green” and new community hub, including a terrace area and bowling green, new landscaping and seating, at Kings Park Village, Canvey.
The hub will replace the existing pub with a cafe and bar south of the lake area.
A group of 80 residents were recently taken to court by the site’s owners, Kings Park Village LLP, for refusing to pay rent increases on their retirement homes.
They said the rises were not justified because a number of facilities at the complex for over-50s, off Creek Road, had been taken away and replacements had not materialised.
Frank Atwood, 83, chairman of the park’s resident’s association, met with the owners of the site to discuss the plans last week.
He said: “What we have seen today will be advantageous and there might be a feel good factor I don’t know, but at this point in time people are reticent about everything to be fair.
“There’s not many people in favour of coming to the aid of the management. At the moment it’s all doom and gloom and people are licking their wounds.”
Graham Maguire, co-owner of Kings Park Village, was not available to comment on the plans or resident’s concerns.
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