Giant TV to show sports in Southend?

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A GIANT television in Southend town centre will be used to show major sporting events, if council chiefs get their way.

Bosses at Southend Council want to use a six metre by three metre screen in the new £31million library development off Elmer Avenue to broadcast attractions such as the Wimbledon finals, Commonwealth Games and possibly even the football World Cup final in 2014.

But the move has been met with dismay by residents living near the site of the planned public square, who claim they will be bombarded with noise and antisocial behaviour.

Renee Jameson, 54, of Elmer Avenue, said: “It will be a nightmare if this is allowed.

“This is a quiet road, and most people I know bought their homes here because of that.

“It will be terrible if that changes.”

Russ Jenkins, 38, also of Elmer Avenue, added: “I think the library looks good from what I’ve seen, but I don’t want this screen.

“I don’t see why it’s necessary.”

The new library, which is being built on the site of the former Farringdon multi-storey car park, is due to open next August.

The project has been joint-funded by the council, South Essex College and the University of Essex.

The giant screen will stand at the northern end of a new public square.

Bosses originally pitched it as a place to showcase local theatre and arts performances, as well as event such as graduation ceremonies, the BBC Proms and the annual mayor-making celebrations.

However, although the vast majority of screenings will be arts-related, chiefs also want to show up to six major sporting events a year.

An indicative timetable for 2013/14 includes the Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games and the Wimbledon finals.

The square will be incorporated within the existing town centre no-alcohol zone, although bosses said they might apply for a temporary licence to serve booze if they felt it was appropriate.

The screen’s usage will have to be signed off by councillors sitting on the authority’s development control committee before it can go ahead.

In a statement for the committee, a council spokesman said: “While key sporting events will be screened, they will not dominate the programme.

“Some of these events occur only once every four years, and it is very rare to have a series of major events in any one year.

“The screen and public square can be used successfully together during sporting events to assist with achieving the council’s strategic objectives, like delivering mini-tennis sessions in the square during Wimbledon fortnight.”

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4:46pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd says...

Wonder if this 'public square' will be as popular as the Vic Gateway one?
(in other words a grey desolate eye-sore)
Wonder if this 'public square' will be as popular as the Vic Gateway one? (in other words a grey desolate eye-sore) Sir Peter Pantsless the 3rd
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4:53pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Nebs says...

Whatever happened to the giant TV that was going to put on the roof of the old Macdonalds, next to the entrance to the Kursaal? Or the one a Vic Circus?
http://www.echo-news
.co.uk/news/local_ne
ws/southend/8192298.
Plan_for_second_gian
t_TV_screen_at_Victo
ria_Circus/
Whatever happened to the giant TV that was going to put on the roof of the old Macdonalds, next to the entrance to the Kursaal? Or the one a Vic Circus? http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/local_ne ws/southend/8192298. Plan_for_second_gian t_TV_screen_at_Victo ria_Circus/ Nebs
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5:01pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Eric Whim says...

Nebs wrote:
Whatever happened to the giant TV that was going to put on the roof of the old Macdonalds, next to the entrance to the Kursaal? Or the one a Vic Circus?
http://www.echo-news

.co.uk/news/local_ne

ws/southend/8192298.

Plan_for_second_gian

t_TV_screen_at_Victo

ria_Circus/
it got nicked and fenced in Cash Converters
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Whatever happened to the giant TV that was going to put on the roof of the old Macdonalds, next to the entrance to the Kursaal? Or the one a Vic Circus? http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/local_ne ws/southend/8192298. Plan_for_second_gian t_TV_screen_at_Victo ria_Circus/[/p][/quote]it got nicked and fenced in Cash Converters Eric Whim
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5:15pm Thu 13 Dec 12

billericay boy says...

well that's three events, the rest of the year they could screen
BBC Crimewatch in 3D, that's if it has not been nicked by then.
well that's three events, the rest of the year they could screen BBC Crimewatch in 3D, that's if it has not been nicked by then. billericay boy
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6:22pm Thu 13 Dec 12

tws123 says...

Don't see why noise will be an issue if the screen is on the other side of the library to where the houses are. As to what will be on the TV during the rest of the year, In Norwich they have a screen and that has the news on like BBC News Channel or Sky News, although I'm sure there will be other ideas.
Don't see why noise will be an issue if the screen is on the other side of the library to where the houses are. As to what will be on the TV during the rest of the year, In Norwich they have a screen and that has the news on like BBC News Channel or Sky News, although I'm sure there will be other ideas. tws123
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7:12pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Max Impact says...

Nebs wrote:
Whatever happened to the giant TV that was going to put on the roof of the old Macdonalds, next to the entrance to the Kursaal? Or the one a Vic Circus?
http://www.echo-news

.co.uk/news/local_ne

ws/southend/8192298.

Plan_for_second_gian

t_TV_screen_at_Victo

ria_Circus/
beleive the Kursaal one was refused as thwe Kursaal is a listed building.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Whatever happened to the giant TV that was going to put on the roof of the old Macdonalds, next to the entrance to the Kursaal? Or the one a Vic Circus? http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/local_ne ws/southend/8192298. Plan_for_second_gian t_TV_screen_at_Victo ria_Circus/[/p][/quote]beleive the Kursaal one was refused as thwe Kursaal is a listed building. Max Impact
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7:00am Fri 14 Dec 12

Nebs says...

Max Impact wrote:
Nebs wrote:
Whatever happened to the giant TV that was going to put on the roof of the old Macdonalds, next to the entrance to the Kursaal? Or the one a Vic Circus?
http://www.echo-news


.co.uk/news/local_ne


ws/southend/8192298.


Plan_for_second_gian


t_TV_screen_at_Victo


ria_Circus/
beleive the Kursaal one was refused as thwe Kursaal is a listed building.
It got permission for a 12 month trial. Maybe it went up, nobody noticed it, and it was taken down again.
[quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Whatever happened to the giant TV that was going to put on the roof of the old Macdonalds, next to the entrance to the Kursaal? Or the one a Vic Circus? http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/local_ne ws/southend/8192298. Plan_for_second_gian t_TV_screen_at_Victo ria_Circus/[/p][/quote]beleive the Kursaal one was refused as thwe Kursaal is a listed building.[/p][/quote]It got permission for a 12 month trial. Maybe it went up, nobody noticed it, and it was taken down again. Nebs
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9:04am Fri 14 Dec 12

echoforum says...

The council has a poor record with regards to installations in Southend.
1/lifts not designed to operate outdoors(pier)
2/Millenium Town clock that could provide the time
3/Dodgy art installation (Pier Hill)..now taken down....I could go on.

The council clearly likes to spend money on new shiny projects gives little or no thought to the long term maintenance /quality of these installs..if you aint got the money or foresight to budget for longevity of these bright ideas then don't bother...
The council has a poor record with regards to installations in Southend. 1/lifts not designed to operate outdoors(pier) 2/Millenium Town clock that could provide the time 3/Dodgy art installation (Pier Hill)..now taken down....I could go on. The council clearly likes to spend money on new shiny projects gives little or no thought to the long term maintenance /quality of these installs..if you aint got the money or foresight to budget for longevity of these bright ideas then don't bother... echoforum
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12:52pm Fri 14 Dec 12

J_blond says...

This is what they're talking about

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/bigscreens/
This is what they're talking about http://www.bbc.co.uk /bigscreens/ J_blond
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2:14pm Fri 14 Dec 12

madmax1 says...

About time, many leading towns and cities across the country have these big screens now.
About time, many leading towns and cities across the country have these big screens now. madmax1
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4:30pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Eric Whim says...

as long as they don't forget to pay the TV licence....
as long as they don't forget to pay the TV licence.... Eric Whim
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