Placard campaign to beat pub in park plan

Echo: alf papworth and estate agent Darren Dukes director of Amos Estates, both against plans for a pub and restaurant in a local park alf papworth and estate agent Darren Dukes director of Amos Estates, both against plans for a pub and restaurant in a local park

A BENFLEET estate agent has pledged its support for a campaign to stop a restaurant opening on parkland.

Amos Estates has joined forces with residents and paid £600 for placards to put outside homes criticising plans to build a Hungry Horse restaurant and bar on John Burrows Sports and Recreation Ground, Hadleigh.

About 50 signs bearing the slogan We Say No Pub In Our Park have been handed out across the town.

Darren Dukes, of Amos Estates, in London Road, said worried householders near the park approached the estate agent for financial help and to show solidarity against the plans.

Mr Dukes said: “Hadleigh is my community and I agree with other residents that this is not a suitable location for a restaurant or public house.

“My family like John Burrows just us as it is, a peaceful and tranquil bit of greenery where we can enjoy our spare time.

“The development would be better placed within the town centre.”

Alf Papworth, chairman of the Solby Estate Residents’ Association and co-ordinator of the Neighbourhood Watch, has a billboard outside his home and says a number of other residents are supporting the view that a restaurant shouldn’t open on the 1.15-acre site.

Mr Papworth, 80, of Ashdown Crescent, Hadleigh, said: “The overwhelming feeling is that this needs to be nipped in the bud.

“I can’t thank Amos Estates enough for their help and I am totally in agreement with them.

“I have a sign outside my home and so does my daughter-in-law.

If others continue to sign the petition, we will be in a very strong position.”

The project is part of the Castle Point Regeneration Partnership’s plan for the park, which would see improved sports changing facilities and a 180-space car park, as well as moving the tennis courts to elsewhere on the site.

There would also be CCTV and 24-7 security.

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9:53am Wed 5 Feb 14

upset says...

I bet his support (Colin Maclean, owner of Amos estates) went down well with the Tory council!!!!
I bet his support (Colin Maclean, owner of Amos estates) went down well with the Tory council!!!! upset

10:02am Wed 5 Feb 14

whateverhappened says...

Here's a suggestion for hungry horse, harvester or miller and carter, the woodcutters is for sale, and i would like to see it turned into something like one of these..
Here's a suggestion for hungry horse, harvester or miller and carter, the woodcutters is for sale, and i would like to see it turned into something like one of these.. whateverhappened

10:22am Wed 5 Feb 14

supermadmax says...

The Benfleet NIMBY Mafia strike again... putting fear into the hearts of property developers and forward thinking business people everywhere.
The Benfleet NIMBY Mafia strike again... putting fear into the hearts of property developers and forward thinking business people everywhere. supermadmax

11:02am Wed 5 Feb 14

Diannah says...

I have to say I like the idea of breathing some life into John Burrows. Somewhere to sit outside in the Summer with a spot of lunch and a Pimms on the lawn with my dogs in tow sounds great.

Alternatively, the Crown pub is standing empty - could that be utilised?
I have to say I like the idea of breathing some life into John Burrows. Somewhere to sit outside in the Summer with a spot of lunch and a Pimms on the lawn with my dogs in tow sounds great. Alternatively, the Crown pub is standing empty - could that be utilised? Diannah

1:11pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

As the above comment points out there is an existing pub building that is currently unused in the vicinity. Reopen that. Or maybe the fact that it is closed highlights that there just is not the call for such an establishment these days.

After all plenty of other pubs locally are being shut, demolished and turned into housing areas or in the case of Pitsea's Railway Hotel a market plaza .
As the above comment points out there is an existing pub building that is currently unused in the vicinity. Reopen that. Or maybe the fact that it is closed highlights that there just is not the call for such an establishment these days. After all plenty of other pubs locally are being shut, demolished and turned into housing areas or in the case of Pitsea's Railway Hotel a market plaza . Howard Cháse

4:35pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Hadleigh NIMBYS. It'll happen! Welcome whetherspoons. The John Burrows
Hadleigh NIMBYS. It'll happen! Welcome whetherspoons. The John Burrows Living the La Vida Legra

10:45am Thu 6 Feb 14

blackheart says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Hadleigh NIMBYS. It'll happen! Welcome whetherspoons. The John Burrows
Who WAS John Burrows?
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: Hadleigh NIMBYS. It'll happen! Welcome whetherspoons. The John Burrows[/p][/quote]Who WAS John Burrows? blackheart

6:28pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

blackheart wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
Hadleigh NIMBYS. It'll happen! Welcome whetherspoons. The John Burrows
Who WAS John Burrows?
Not a clue some loser no doubt
[quote][p][bold]blackheart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: Hadleigh NIMBYS. It'll happen! Welcome whetherspoons. The John Burrows[/p][/quote]Who WAS John Burrows?[/p][/quote]Not a clue some loser no doubt Living the La Vida Legra

2:38pm Mon 17 Feb 14

tillyjb says...

Use the derelict ground where The Crown stood! There is plenty of space for the pub & parking and helps regenerate part of the town centre. AND it means our park remains just that!
Use the derelict ground where The Crown stood! There is plenty of space for the pub & parking and helps regenerate part of the town centre. AND it means our park remains just that! tillyjb

10:57pm Sun 23 Feb 14

CoastalWaters says...

If people want to have a drink whilst overlooking the park why not join the local cricket club which is sited in the park right next to the proposed development and has been there for years! Membership is minimal, your kids could play for the club and the beer is cheaper.
If there wasn't a money incentive for the council then they would have opposed this at the first hurdle. Putting a pub in a park when it isn't needed is absurd. We are supposed to be encouraging healthy lifestyles and quality family time outdoors - building a pub in such an area is ridiculous.
As mentioned before, there's plenty of places for it to go in the town centre where pubs have closed down before - that should tell the council how much Hadleigh and Benfleet residents want such a venue.
John Burrows is in need of regeneration, but not paid for by a pub chain.
If people want to have a drink whilst overlooking the park why not join the local cricket club which is sited in the park right next to the proposed development and has been there for years! Membership is minimal, your kids could play for the club and the beer is cheaper. If there wasn't a money incentive for the council then they would have opposed this at the first hurdle. Putting a pub in a park when it isn't needed is absurd. We are supposed to be encouraging healthy lifestyles and quality family time outdoors - building a pub in such an area is ridiculous. As mentioned before, there's plenty of places for it to go in the town centre where pubs have closed down before - that should tell the council how much Hadleigh and Benfleet residents want such a venue. John Burrows is in need of regeneration, but not paid for by a pub chain. CoastalWaters

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