Hadleigh pub park scheme to be put on hold

Delighted - campaigner Alf Papworth

Delighted - campaigner Alf Papworth

First published in News

PLANS to create a new family restaurant and pub in a Hadleigh park could be put on hold following public outcry.

Campaigners are celebrating after officers at Castle Point Council recommended the authority take another look at the plans for John H Burrows Recreational Ground in Rectory Road.

The proposals would see the run-down Hadleigh Hall and WRVS Hall demolished and replaced with a new community hall, sports pavilion, games area and outdoor exercise equipment.

However, more than 1,000 people signed a petition against the scheme, which included plans for a Hungry Horse restaurant and pub.

The petition prompted the council to holdaweek-long public consultation last month.

The council claims most people were in favour of the scheme.

Officers have now recommended the plans be looked at again by councillors as a part of a new management strategy for all of the borough’s leisure facilities.

Alf Papworth, chairman of the Solby Estate Residents’ Association who started the petition, said: “You can’t imagine how happy I am. I’m absolutely over the moon because this needed to be won. I think people will be really relieved following this news because they were outraged when it came out.

“Apparently it’s going to be thrown out next week so I am glad the council has finally listened to us. I just want to thank everyone who signed the petition.

“The Echo has helped us fight our corner and we are very grateful indeed.”

Mr Papworth is now looking to apply for £750,000 of lottery funding to try and restore Hadleigh Hall.

Councillors are also calling for the council to look into plans to refurbish the building themselves and have a private company take over.

The matter will be raised at a cabinet meeting on March 19.

Colin Riley, councillor responsible for environment and street scene, added: “We are delighted. Clearly this has not been investigated thoroughly enough.

“Once you take off all the money that will be spent on the new facilities, Greene King would only spend £200,000 for a 99 year lease, which obviously is a good deal for them, but is it good for the people of Hadleigh?

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3:17pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Sensible Man says...

Excellent news. We have pubs closing left, right, and centre - support those we have - we DO NOT need more at this time.
Excellent news. We have pubs closing left, right, and centre - support those we have - we DO NOT need more at this time. Sensible Man
  • Score: 18

3:32pm Fri 14 Mar 14

whateverhappened says...

Brilliant news, hopefully greene king will now turn attention to buying the woodcutters and creating a hungry horse..
Brilliant news, hopefully greene king will now turn attention to buying the woodcutters and creating a hungry horse.. whateverhappened
  • Score: 13

4:36pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Wow so this fellow has stopped over £1 million investment in the park.
So why is he so happy. Who wins?
Wow so this fellow has stopped over £1 million investment in the park. So why is he so happy. Who wins? Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -15

5:23pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Sensible Man says...

Who wants DEVELOPMENT in a park?? Best to pull down the scruffy buildings, rip up the tarmac, and extend the green areas. Some nice grass and trees, make a nice change as Essex gets ripped up for shoebox estate garbage.
Who wants DEVELOPMENT in a park?? Best to pull down the scruffy buildings, rip up the tarmac, and extend the green areas. Some nice grass and trees, make a nice change as Essex gets ripped up for shoebox estate garbage. Sensible Man
  • Score: 23

5:47pm Fri 14 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Hoping he can now return those hospital crutches, which are in such short supply, obviously doesn't need them, as he doesn't need a hungry horse...
Hoping he can now return those hospital crutches, which are in such short supply, obviously doesn't need them, as he doesn't need a hungry horse... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -6

8:55pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Bernard1975 says...

Great news! There are not many places to eat where children can play in a safe environment which is a shame. However if this proposal was allowed, families from a wide area would view John Burrows as an easy option eat, drink and entertain their children. I agree that the facilities at John Burrows need investment and improvement but surely a more creative initiative could be considered?
Great news! There are not many places to eat where children can play in a safe environment which is a shame. However if this proposal was allowed, families from a wide area would view John Burrows as an easy option eat, drink and entertain their children. I agree that the facilities at John Burrows need investment and improvement but surely a more creative initiative could be considered? Bernard1975
  • Score: 2

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