400-year-old cottage under threat

400-year-old cottage under threat

400-year-old cottage under threat

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WORRIED neighbours are fearful for the future of a historic cottage after it was sold.

The Moorings, in EssexWay, is one of the oldest buildings in Benfleet, believed to date back to 1621.

However, its future is in doubt after previous owner, Ted Cook, died earlier this year and the property was left empty.

The building, which is not listed, was sold to a builder who residents believe plans to demolish it to replace it with a new, detached house.

One man, who lives near to the cottage, said he has spoken to the builder who, he says, confirmed plans to knock it down.

He said: “The builder is a really nice man, but finds it will be too expensive to keep the house as it is.

“He believes it will be cheaper to take the building down and build a new one, than to repair what is there.”

Denise Giddins, 62, of Essex Way, believes Castle Point Council should have helped Mr Cook maintain his home. She said: “It really is a shame.

The building should not be demolished, it is a piece of history.

“I think the council should have played a bigger part in helping Ted maintain the building. He became ill and couldn’t do it alone.

“Maybe if it had helped, it wouldn’t need to be demolished.”

No planning application has yet been submitted, but Carol Hearn, 70, who lives in nearby Grosvenor Road, is worried history will be destroyed.

Her husband, Graham, 70, added: “It really should not be demolished, but at the same time, you need to maintain the building. It’s a difficult one.

“But we don’t want it to be taken down.”

Dave Blackwell, leader of Canvey Independent Party, said: “I was notified about the issue after a resident sent me an email about it. It is a sad situation.”

Benfleet-based estate agents, Diggins&Cross confirmed the building had been sold, but did not reveal who it had been sold to.

The Echo attempted to contact the new owner, but they did not respond by the time it went to press.

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7:10am Mon 9 Jun 14

VeteranOfMany says...

To even consider knocking it down would be a travesty, this lovely little cottage should be within the same protection areas, as the Dutch cottages.
To even consider knocking it down would be a travesty, this lovely little cottage should be within the same protection areas, as the Dutch cottages. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 20

8:34am Mon 9 Jun 14

poortaxpayer says...

Can anyone see the building mysteriously catching fire?
Can anyone see the building mysteriously catching fire? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 13

11:18am Mon 9 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

poortaxpayer wrote:
Can anyone see the building mysteriously catching fire?
Ah. The old Laindon Hotel Gambit.
[quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: Can anyone see the building mysteriously catching fire?[/p][/quote]Ah. The old Laindon Hotel Gambit. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 7

4:11pm Mon 9 Jun 14

runwellian says...

We can't keep everything that is old, we need to move with the times and provide much needed homes.
We can't keep everything that is old, we need to move with the times and provide much needed homes. runwellian
  • Score: -7

4:42pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Rat-man says...

Look at that photo and count the UKIP.
Look at that photo and count the UKIP. Rat-man
  • Score: 1

7:30pm Mon 9 Jun 14

TherealIndiana says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
poortaxpayer wrote:
Can anyone see the building mysteriously catching fire?
Ah. The old Laindon Hotel Gambit.
And the officers mess at shoebury garrison...
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]poortaxpayer[/bold] wrote: Can anyone see the building mysteriously catching fire?[/p][/quote]Ah. The old Laindon Hotel Gambit.[/p][/quote]And the officers mess at shoebury garrison... TherealIndiana
  • Score: 4

8:37pm Mon 9 Jun 14

mr_happy says...

Slap a listing on it as quick as you can. These builders don't give a **** about anything but profit.
Slap a listing on it as quick as you can. These builders don't give a **** about anything but profit. mr_happy
  • Score: 4

7:56am Tue 10 Jun 14

BasildonDond says...

quote "“He believes it will be cheaper to take the building down and build a new one, than to repair what is there.”"
maybe he shouldn't have bought it then - should have let somebody who appreciates who special the building is and has the means to fund upkeep.
quote "“He believes it will be cheaper to take the building down and build a new one, than to repair what is there.”" maybe he shouldn't have bought it then - should have let somebody who appreciates who special the building is and has the means to fund upkeep. BasildonDond
  • Score: 3

9:16am Tue 10 Jun 14

Maddogg says...

Knock it down. It's an eyesore. Put a tescos local on the site.
Knock it down. It's an eyesore. Put a tescos local on the site. Maddogg
  • Score: -3

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