40 jobs at controversial pub in Hadleigh park

Echo: 40 jobs at controversial pub in Hadleigh park 40 jobs at controversial pub in Hadleigh park

UP TO 40 jobs will be created after a controversial £3million revamp of a Hadleigh park, a pub chain claims.

A representative for Greene King, the company that wants to build a Hungry Horse restaurant in John H Burrows Recreation Ground, was at Hadleigh Regeneration Shop on Tuesday, answering questions.

Pat Heathcote, Greene King proprietor, said the scheme would “hugely benefit” the park and introduce between 35 and 40 jobs for local people.

He added he was working with the Jobcentre to make sure people in Castle Point are given the roles.

Mr Heathcote added he was “concerned” by the 1,000 signature petition which had been submitted to the council against the plans, but said residents had changed their views after speaking with him.

He said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for the recreation ground and it is great to see so many people come to these walk-in sessions to ask questions.

“People have raised concerns about a pub opening on the site, but it is primarily a family restaurant, as about 65 per cent of the people who will use it will be going there to eat. There should be no concerns about safety as we will have two managers on site at all times.

“It is about taking everything into account. We want to respect the bowling green and the groups that have used the park for a long time and the location and blueprint outlined is the best we can do.”

Under the proposals, the rundown Hadleigh Hall and WRVS Hall would be knocked down and replaced by a new community venue, sports pavilion, multi-use games area and outdoor exercise equipment, as well as areas for basketball, tennis and skateboarding.

There would also be a 180- space car park, CCTV and 24/7 security on the 1.14-acre site.

The plans have been met with opposition from people living around the area, scores of whom have put up placards saying “no pub in our park”.

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Placards - Residents have put up signs in protest at the plans 

Kevin Wright, regeneration officer at Castle Point Council, said there is a 50/50 split in opinion.

He said: “Although we are aware there are groups that do not agree with aspects of the regeneration project, we are pleasantly surprised at how many are in support.

“We may be losing a few tennis courts, but there is so much to look forward to. It is about enhancing that central area and offering a rounded view and that is very important.”

To have your say on the Hadleigh masterplan visit the Hadleigh Regeneration Shop, in the High Street, today and tomorrow, between 10am and 4pm and on Saturday between 10am and 1pm, or go to www.castlepoint.gov.uk

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4:25pm Fri 28 Feb 14

jolllyboy says...

More and more green belt taken away.
More and more green belt taken away. jolllyboy
  • Score: 24

4:42pm Fri 28 Feb 14

TherealIndiana says...

Having a pint whilst the kids play in the park sounds perfect!
Having a pint whilst the kids play in the park sounds perfect! TherealIndiana
  • Score: -20

5:40pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Looks great. A new lease of life for the park
Looks great. A new lease of life for the park Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -21

8:25am Sun 2 Mar 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Wonderful, hope it goes ahead, park land will still be available but 40 jobs is brilliant, Too much green belt, need it for homes and pubs!!!!!
Wonderful, hope it goes ahead, park land will still be available but 40 jobs is brilliant, Too much green belt, need it for homes and pubs!!!!! CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: -9

9:23am Sun 2 Mar 14

J Arthur Rank says...

A drinking establishment on GB land? I wonder if they'll call it The Traveller's Rest?
A drinking establishment on GB land? I wonder if they'll call it The Traveller's Rest? J Arthur Rank
  • Score: 4

12:53pm Sun 2 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

a quick visit to any 'hungry horse' in the area should illuminate the locals, as to what to expect, for their once tranquil facility.....
a quick visit to any 'hungry horse' in the area should illuminate the locals, as to what to expect, for their once tranquil facility..... pembury53
  • Score: 4

3:13pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Idontknowy says...

And where will people who want to use the park be able to park their cars because you can bet before long a pub would declare the parking area as theirs and that anybody not using the pub will be fined for parking there.

Is the pub going to allow social things to happen there such as WRVS schemes for lunch for the elderly? No course not.

Why can't the council run a cafe/restaurant itself like in other areas of Britain They would then be able to offer the same number of jobs as a pub if they offer good quality food and drinks.
And where will people who want to use the park be able to park their cars because you can bet before long a pub would declare the parking area as theirs and that anybody not using the pub will be fined for parking there. Is the pub going to allow social things to happen there such as WRVS schemes for lunch for the elderly? No course not. Why can't the council run a cafe/restaurant itself like in other areas of Britain They would then be able to offer the same number of jobs as a pub if they offer good quality food and drinks. Idontknowy
  • Score: 2

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