New pub WILL open yards from Saxon King’s site after dig fails to find new treasures

Echo: New pub WILL open yards from Saxon King’s site after dig fails to find new treasures New pub WILL open yards from Saxon King’s site after dig fails to find new treasures

A NEW family pub will open yards from a Saxon King’s burial chamber next spring after an archaeological dig failed to unearth any new treasure.

Excavators have started tearing up the former Toomey Renault car showroom site in Priory Crescent, Southend, ready for a new 180-seat pub and restaurant.

Archaeology experts dug three boreholes to test if the site, yards from where the remains of a Saxon King were unearthed in 2003, held any more finds before workmen moved in.

Local historians claim this was insufficient for the one-acre site and fear valuable artefacts will be forever buried under the 2,000 sq ft pub.

But Southend Council has given the thumbs-up to the new pub, which will create 45 jobs.

Jonathan Garston, Southend councillor responsible for planning, said: “It’s positive it is moving forward and they have been quick to get on site. We can’t have this site sitting empty.

“You hear about pubs closing down across the country and the employment and regeneration is great for the area.

“It went through the proper planning process and as long as they keep up with the conditions, it’s very positive.”

Wessex Archaeology recommended no wider archaeological dig after three holes four inches wide and 16 to 19ft deep failed to uncover any deposits with “significant palaeo environmental potential”.

Mark Sharp, of group Saxon King in Priory Park, which has campaigned for a new museum in Priory Park to house the Saxon King finds, said: “Four inches is less than a tea cup in width.

“If they had done that on the burial chamber site they probably wouldn’t have found the Saxon King and a road would have been built across it. Three boreholes across that site is not sufficient.”

A spokesman for Marston’s Inns and Taverns, which is building the pub, said: “We have satisfied our obligations under the planning permission for the site.

“This family pub restaurant will be a Milestone Rotisserie format, offering traditional fare and a tasty selection of meals served from its hot rotisserie.

“We are confident that the site will be ready to welcome locals in spring 2014.”

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8:39am Mon 28 Oct 13

pb1212 says...

Whats gonna happen with traffic? more traffic lights?thats SBC thing
Whats gonna happen with traffic? more traffic lights?thats SBC thing pb1212

9:24am Mon 28 Oct 13

pembury53 says...

although i'm not automatically opposed to the development, i am slightly puzzled by the comment "we can't have this site sitting empty"....... why not ?
although i'm not automatically opposed to the development, i am slightly puzzled by the comment "we can't have this site sitting empty"....... why not ? pembury53

12:19pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Letmetryagain says...

The site can be excavated again in the future. It wont be going anywhere.
The site can be excavated again in the future. It wont be going anywhere. Letmetryagain

1:03pm Mon 28 Oct 13

emcee says...

Quote Mark Sharp““Four inches is less than a tea cup in width. If they had done that on the burial chamber site they probably wouldn’t have found the Saxon King and a road would have been built across it. Three boreholes across that site is not sufficient.”
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Absolutely correct. The developers may think they have "satisfied" their obligations but that does not mean that what they have done is good enough. I am not sure they have satisfied their obligations and I would like to know what the guidlines were under the planning permission to test the site. If three four inch boreholes was deemed sufficient then the planning people need to hang their head in shame. This site is yards from one of the most important discoveries ever to come out of this part of the country and to let archaeological testing consist of three tiny holes is bordering on comical.
Developers live in fear of a site containing archaeology and will do as little, as quickly and as cheaply (the developers have to pay for the testing, after all) as they can to move the development along. If they do not want to dig large test pits they should, at least, have be made to bring in, and pay for, proper geophysical testing equipment.
Quote Mark Sharp““Four inches is less than a tea cup in width. If they had done that on the burial chamber site they probably wouldn’t have found the Saxon King and a road would have been built across it. Three boreholes across that site is not sufficient.” - Absolutely correct. The developers may think they have "satisfied" their obligations but that does not mean that what they have done is good enough. I am not sure they have satisfied their obligations and I would like to know what the guidlines were under the planning permission to test the site. If three four inch boreholes was deemed sufficient then the planning people need to hang their head in shame. This site is yards from one of the most important discoveries ever to come out of this part of the country and to let archaeological testing consist of three tiny holes is bordering on comical. Developers live in fear of a site containing archaeology and will do as little, as quickly and as cheaply (the developers have to pay for the testing, after all) as they can to move the development along. If they do not want to dig large test pits they should, at least, have be made to bring in, and pay for, proper geophysical testing equipment. emcee

1:04pm Mon 28 Oct 13

emcee says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
The site can be excavated again in the future. It wont be going anywhere.
Not if digging the foundations rips it all up.
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: The site can be excavated again in the future. It wont be going anywhere.[/p][/quote]Not if digging the foundations rips it all up. emcee

3:00pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd says...

If a pub can be built there, then why couldn't a museum be ???
Oh yeah, one makes SBC money, one costs SBC money!
Remember, Southend's closed tory cabinet council spent millions trying to concrete over the entire Saxon King site.
If a pub can be built there, then why couldn't a museum be ??? Oh yeah, one makes SBC money, one costs SBC money! Remember, Southend's closed tory cabinet council spent millions trying to concrete over the entire Saxon King site. Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd

3:07pm Mon 28 Oct 13

ekcoanarak says...

I think they should call that pub The Ekco.
Thousands of local people worked there over many years and lots of
innovative products were conceived there.
A great shame such a fine building was allowed to be demolished,,pearls to swine is an expression that comes to mind with regard to sbc,it should have been listed.
I think they should call that pub The Ekco. Thousands of local people worked there over many years and lots of innovative products were conceived there. A great shame such a fine building was allowed to be demolished,,pearls to swine is an expression that comes to mind with regard to sbc,it should have been listed. ekcoanarak

4:30pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Keptquiettillnow says...

So in the future when the council insist they have to put the dual carriageway along the road the only place left for the space to come from will be Priory Park.
So in the future when the council insist they have to put the dual carriageway along the road the only place left for the space to come from will be Priory Park. Keptquiettillnow

4:34pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Rochford Rob says...

ekcoanarak wrote:
I think they should call that pub The Ekco.
Thousands of local people worked there over many years and lots of
innovative products were conceived there.
A great shame such a fine building was allowed to be demolished,,pearls to swine is an expression that comes to mind with regard to sbc,it should have been listed.
I suppose if the business continued it would remain, but it appears it's not there any more so why build a mausoleum to something long gone?

Not that I think a pub in that locale is a great idea either.

Traffic chaos also springs to mind.
[quote][p][bold]ekcoanarak[/bold] wrote: I think they should call that pub The Ekco. Thousands of local people worked there over many years and lots of innovative products were conceived there. A great shame such a fine building was allowed to be demolished,,pearls to swine is an expression that comes to mind with regard to sbc,it should have been listed.[/p][/quote]I suppose if the business continued it would remain, but it appears it's not there any more so why build a mausoleum to something long gone? Not that I think a pub in that locale is a great idea either. Traffic chaos also springs to mind. Rochford Rob

6:16pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Siraton says...

Seems a strange place to open a pub/restaurant. Cant imagine it being very pleasant eating there in summer with the stench of sewage which happens around that area.
Seems a strange place to open a pub/restaurant. Cant imagine it being very pleasant eating there in summer with the stench of sewage which happens around that area. Siraton

8:01pm Mon 28 Oct 13

runwellian says...

Just what Southend needs, another boozer!

The area is a nightmare for traffic at the best of times!
Just what Southend needs, another boozer! The area is a nightmare for traffic at the best of times! runwellian

8:29pm Mon 28 Oct 13

emcee says...

runwellian wrote:
Just what Southend needs, another boozer!

The area is a nightmare for traffic at the best of times!
You obviously did not read the advert contained in the penultimate paragraph.
This is no ordinary boozer. This is "family pub restaurant".
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Just what Southend needs, another boozer! The area is a nightmare for traffic at the best of times![/p][/quote]You obviously did not read the advert contained in the penultimate paragraph. This is no ordinary boozer. This is "family pub restaurant". emcee

9:20pm Mon 28 Oct 13

livethedream says...

Agree with the sewage comment. It stinks on a warm day never mind in the summer, no family meals for me.
Agree with the sewage comment. It stinks on a warm day never mind in the summer, no family meals for me. livethedream

9:42pm Mon 28 Oct 13

kensbowling says...

hope they enjoy the 'prittlewell pong' as it is known when they are sitting outside the pub on a fine sunny day which often wafts across from the sewage treatment works nearby !!
hope they enjoy the 'prittlewell pong' as it is known when they are sitting outside the pub on a fine sunny day which often wafts across from the sewage treatment works nearby !! kensbowling

10:52pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Blind Haze says...

I think they should call it 'The Saxon King'. Quite an apt name but in 30 years time no one will remember how it got its name.

With the amount of pubs closing every year, I think it's good to see another one open. There'll be a few drunken idiots that spoil it, but it's a good place to meet people after work from all walks of life. I hope it does well and it's good to see a few new jobs created.
I think they should call it 'The Saxon King'. Quite an apt name but in 30 years time no one will remember how it got its name. With the amount of pubs closing every year, I think it's good to see another one open. There'll be a few drunken idiots that spoil it, but it's a good place to meet people after work from all walks of life. I hope it does well and it's good to see a few new jobs created. Blind Haze

10:38am Tue 29 Oct 13

Feminism is Dead says...

I think they should call it "The Sewage Worker's Arms"
I think they should call it "The Sewage Worker's Arms" Feminism is Dead

11:31am Tue 29 Oct 13

Letmetryagain says...

emcee wrote:
Letmetryagain wrote:
The site can be excavated again in the future. It wont be going anywhere.
Not if digging the foundations rips it all up.
It depends on how it is constructed.
A single story building shouldn't cause too much of a problem.

I also expect there will be someone on site to see if anything is found.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: The site can be excavated again in the future. It wont be going anywhere.[/p][/quote]Not if digging the foundations rips it all up.[/p][/quote]It depends on how it is constructed. A single story building shouldn't cause too much of a problem. I also expect there will be someone on site to see if anything is found. Letmetryagain

2:21pm Tue 29 Oct 13

livingbyasmallgenepool says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
emcee wrote:
Letmetryagain wrote:
The site can be excavated again in the future. It wont be going anywhere.
Not if digging the foundations rips it all up.
It depends on how it is constructed.
A single story building shouldn't cause too much of a problem.

I also expect there will be someone on site to see if anything is found.
And lets face it once it opens you will see plenty of old brass turning up, there's loads of them in the area.
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: The site can be excavated again in the future. It wont be going anywhere.[/p][/quote]Not if digging the foundations rips it all up.[/p][/quote]It depends on how it is constructed. A single story building shouldn't cause too much of a problem. I also expect there will be someone on site to see if anything is found.[/p][/quote]And lets face it once it opens you will see plenty of old brass turning up, there's loads of them in the area. livingbyasmallgenepool

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