Corringham market plan is rejected

PLANS to create a new market in Corringham have been thrown out over fears it could damage the town centre’s “vitality and viability”.

All nine members of Thurrock Council’s planning committee threw out the plans for the three-day 24-stall market, after a protest from residents, which saw 1,500 sign a petition against the proposal.

Robert Wong, a director of Outdoor Market Group, which put in the plans, said the market would create more jobs and offer a more diverse selection of goods than town centre shops.

However, councillors disagreed and Phil Anderson, who represents Stanford East and Corringham Town, said the plans had to be refused.

He said: “I’ve listened to the arguments both for and against but, having listened tonight, I’m of the view this seriously puts at risk the vitality and viability of Corringham town centre.”

Emma Keast, who owns the Cranberries gift shop in the town, was pleased at the result. She said: “The bottom line is the community and residents didn’t want the market. People who know the town realise it isn’t right.”

Mr Wong has vowed to appeal against the decision.

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9:13am Thu 29 Nov 12

I-say-you-say says...

The community DOES want it! Some of those who signed the petition were "duped" and almost bullied and confused into doing so by the shop keepers - in particular the elderly! I know this having spoken to some people I know who didn't even realise what it was about until after I explained the market to them as it has been explained on a certain social media site! And if you look at the Stanford le Hope page on this social media site, you will see how many people actually think this market would be a good idea and it would actually probably boost local economy!
There is no vitality and viability in respect of Corringham Town Centre and there hasn't been for some time! Why are people so scared of change!? I wish Mr Wong every good luck in getting the rejection overturned! You have my full support!
The community DOES want it! Some of those who signed the petition were "duped" and almost bullied and confused into doing so by the shop keepers - in particular the elderly! I know this having spoken to some people I know who didn't even realise what it was about until after I explained the market to them as it has been explained on a certain social media site! And if you look at the Stanford le Hope page on this social media site, you will see how many people actually think this market would be a good idea and it would actually probably boost local economy! There is no vitality and viability in respect of Corringham Town Centre and there hasn't been for some time! Why are people so scared of change!? I wish Mr Wong every good luck in getting the rejection overturned! You have my full support! I-say-you-say
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8:04am Fri 30 Nov 12

keithandcherylroe@sky.com says...

Such A shame, I can speak for Rayleigh as a Town Cllr. Having the market in the town centre has done nothing but good for the shops in our town. The problem is nobody likes change we had that problem at the very beginning but now nobody looks back. Great Shame.
Such A shame, I can speak for Rayleigh as a Town Cllr. Having the market in the town centre has done nothing but good for the shops in our town. The problem is nobody likes change we had that problem at the very beginning but now nobody looks back. Great Shame. keithandcherylroe@sky.com
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3:17pm Fri 30 Nov 12

perini says...

I do love oxymorons - vitality and viability used in context with Corringham!
I do love oxymorons - vitality and viability used in context with Corringham! perini
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