Museum plan is expensive excuse for business centre

Southend Council wants to press ahead with a ludicrously expensive and highly inappropriate seafront business centre, masquerading as a museum.

It simply doesn’t have the the money required. Even if it did, there is no prospect of starting the project for at least another six years.

The council is attempting to trick the development control committee into granting planning permission, by attaching it to the application to repair the cliff slip.

It appears the cost of repairing the cliff has mysteriously escalated by £2.8million in the past few months. At the beginning of the year, councillor Derek Jarvis said it would cost about £3.2m.

However, just last week, the council officer in charge of the repair and museum, Peter Vadden, told a residents’ meeting the repair would cost £6m.

There is also the matter of the museum costs. For years the council has told the public the proposed museum would cost £35m, however, Skipp (the Southend King in Priory Park action group) has always said the true figure was £50m.

The council’s proposal doesn’t even work as a museum. It’s more a business conference facility and entertainment centre.

It’s based on an outdated concept of glass cases and bored children and furthermore the proposed site is just too far from the burial site for it to succeed.

This is the single most significant archeological find in the British Isles in the past hundred years.

It is not right for a find of this importance to be used as an excuse to build a playground for business leaders.

Skipp Committee
Beechmont Gardens
Southend

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8:33pm Tue 29 May 12

Nebs says...

I am sure the Saxon King would have spent many a happy day on the beach, drinking his mead and chasing the wenches. It is where he would have wanted to be.
I am sure the Saxon King would have spent many a happy day on the beach, drinking his mead and chasing the wenches. It is where he would have wanted to be. Nebs
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5:27am Wed 30 May 12

Mslightfoot says...

Once again SBC have an opportunity to develop the town and once again; they are going to fail. Any visitor driving along the 'gateway' to southend has to drive through the late 60's/early 70's leftovers that the then Council built because of their lack of vision, derelict buildings left standing as empty nesting sites for birds, rats and drug addicts. Instead of spending money ruining a beautiful part of the town, why don't they spend the money giving that eyesore the facelift it deserves. Probably because they're waiting until we are so sick of it that we won't mind them turning it into cheap council housing for all the families on benefits who will flock to the town, lovely. Disgraceful.
Once again SBC have an opportunity to develop the town and once again; they are going to fail. Any visitor driving along the 'gateway' to southend has to drive through the late 60's/early 70's leftovers that the then Council built because of their lack of vision, derelict buildings left standing as empty nesting sites for birds, rats and drug addicts. Instead of spending money ruining a beautiful part of the town, why don't they spend the money giving that eyesore the facelift it deserves. Probably because they're waiting until we are so sick of it that we won't mind them turning it into cheap council housing for all the families on benefits who will flock to the town, lovely. Disgraceful. Mslightfoot
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11:14am Thu 7 Jun 12

oschneider says...

Ridiculous story! Poor journalism at it's worst. Information has been taken out of context, misinterpreted and misquoted.

Why should't Southend have a national quality museum?! Both the Prince and town deserve it. Comments regarding "business centre" are spurious speculation.
Ridiculous story! Poor journalism at it's worst. Information has been taken out of context, misinterpreted and misquoted. Why should't Southend have a national quality museum?! Both the Prince and town deserve it. Comments regarding "business centre" are spurious speculation. oschneider
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9:46am Sat 9 Jun 12

Mslightfoot says...

Southend should have a national quality museum, but it shouldn't be jammed in to the middle of a business centre, a business centre that will house, two levels of underground parking, a 200 cover restaurant, a 90 cover cafe and two levels of conference centres; The Council should do their job - repair the cliff slippage and restore the cliffs as the open space public amenity it has been for 200 years, why on earth does Southend need more conference centres, has anybody walked along Victoria Avenue lately !
Southend should have a national quality museum, but it shouldn't be jammed in to the middle of a business centre, a business centre that will house, two levels of underground parking, a 200 cover restaurant, a 90 cover cafe and two levels of conference centres; The Council should do their job - repair the cliff slippage and restore the cliffs as the open space public amenity it has been for 200 years, why on earth does Southend need more conference centres, has anybody walked along Victoria Avenue lately ! Mslightfoot
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