Public outcry forces park pub plan rethink

Public outcry forces park pub plan rethink

Public outcry forces park pub plan rethink

First published in Local News

PLANS to build a pub in a popular Hadleigh park have been put on hold after councillors bowed to public pressure.

Castle Point Council’s cabinet pulled out of talks with brewery chain Greene King over moves to allow a new Hungry Horse pub and restaurant in John H Burrows Recreation Ground.

The decision follows after an enormous public outcry over the proposal, including a 1,000-signature petition handed in to council leader Pam Challis.

Alf Papworth, who leads the Solby Estate Residents Association, and fronted the campaign said her regarded as was a terrific community victory as well as a personal success.

Mr Papworth, 80, of Ashdown Crescent, said: “We have done a lot of campaigning over the years, and when the people of Hadleigh asked for our help, we were glad to step in.

“We did our best to get leaflets in as many places as possible and just about everyone in the town knew about the campaign.

“I don’t think the council will try this sort of thing again. The backlash would be too great and people would boycott it if anything was ever to happen.”

Norman Smith, Tory councillor responsible for economic development and business liaison, told the cabinet he felt granting permission for the pub “would not be right”.

He said field’s revamp should need to be looked at again as part of an overall strategy for all the parks in the borough.

He added: “When we take everything into account, it becomes clear that this is a decision that will impact upon a number of people.”

Fellow councillors Godfrey Isaacs and Colin Riley said they felt the right decision been reached.

Mr Riley, Tory councillor for Victoria ward, added: This is a public park and it belongs to the public. I’m glad we can move forward and make a more in-depth plan.”

A spokesman for Hungry Horse, said: “We are disappointed there will be a delay and we will await to hear the council’s decision in due course.”

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1:15pm Mon 24 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

ney, hold yer 'orses...... they'll be back, it's a steeple chase not a sprint
ney, hold yer 'orses...... they'll be back, it's a steeple chase not a sprint pembury53
  • Score: 2

1:21pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

NIMBYs have won again. Depressing.
NIMBYs have won again. Depressing. Jack222
  • Score: -5

1:27pm Mon 24 Mar 14

VanRes says...

Are you reading this article Basildon Council......this is how a council should act when the PEOPLE of whom they serve say No, they don't just ignore them they at least stop and have a re think.
Are you reading this article Basildon Council......this is how a council should act when the PEOPLE of whom they serve say No, they don't just ignore them they at least stop and have a re think. VanRes
  • Score: 13

1:44pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Annoyed123456 says...

So 1000 people petitioned against it, doesn't mean the rest of people in Hadleigh didn't want this. This would have been another economic boost to Hadleigh. So I suppose its bettter to have a derelict building and a rundown building for the WRVS is it. No new changing rooms for the sports that use John Burrows. No one else is going to pay for this!
So 1000 people petitioned against it, doesn't mean the rest of people in Hadleigh didn't want this. This would have been another economic boost to Hadleigh. So I suppose its bettter to have a derelict building and a rundown building for the WRVS is it. No new changing rooms for the sports that use John Burrows. No one else is going to pay for this! Annoyed123456
  • Score: -3

3:55pm Mon 24 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

Annoyed123456 wrote:
So 1000 people petitioned against it, doesn't mean the rest of people in Hadleigh didn't want this. This would have been another economic boost to Hadleigh. So I suppose its bettter to have a derelict building and a rundown building for the WRVS is it. No new changing rooms for the sports that use John Burrows. No one else is going to pay for this!
then the rest of hadleigh should have piped up..... the people have spoken, democracy at work....
[quote][p][bold]Annoyed123456[/bold] wrote: So 1000 people petitioned against it, doesn't mean the rest of people in Hadleigh didn't want this. This would have been another economic boost to Hadleigh. So I suppose its bettter to have a derelict building and a rundown building for the WRVS is it. No new changing rooms for the sports that use John Burrows. No one else is going to pay for this![/p][/quote]then the rest of hadleigh should have piped up..... the people have spoken, democracy at work.... pembury53
  • Score: 7

4:12pm Mon 24 Mar 14

andy:) says...

So now those two nimbys will be stuck with that delapidated deserted fenced off eyesore behind them for many years to come, well done !..

An opportunity for employment, reasonabled priced food and heaven forbid actual enjoyment has now been lost, there were many local people who supported the idea but they clearly were not as well organised or had the right connections as the nimbys.
So now those two nimbys will be stuck with that delapidated deserted fenced off eyesore behind them for many years to come, well done !.. An opportunity for employment, reasonabled priced food and heaven forbid actual enjoyment has now been lost, there were many local people who supported the idea but they clearly were not as well organised or had the right connections as the nimbys. andy:)
  • Score: -12

4:25pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

andy:) wrote:
So now those two nimbys will be stuck with that delapidated deserted fenced off eyesore behind them for many years to come, well done !.. An opportunity for employment, reasonabled priced food and heaven forbid actual enjoyment has now been lost, there were many local people who supported the idea but they clearly were not as well organised or had the right connections as the nimbys.
Yes well done! As said above you've landed your selfs with an eyesore
FYI they will appeal to Eric P and it will be granted because of the facility's to satisfiy future demand
[quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: So now those two nimbys will be stuck with that delapidated deserted fenced off eyesore behind them for many years to come, well done !.. An opportunity for employment, reasonabled priced food and heaven forbid actual enjoyment has now been lost, there were many local people who supported the idea but they clearly were not as well organised or had the right connections as the nimbys.[/p][/quote]Yes well done! As said above you've landed your selfs with an eyesore FYI they will appeal to Eric P and it will be granted because of the facility's to satisfiy future demand Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -8

5:46pm Mon 24 Mar 14

jameskerin says...

How dare they build a nice family restaurant. Scum bags! Thats what they are
How dare they build a nice family restaurant. Scum bags! Thats what they are jameskerin
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Idontknowy says...

Note the comment from Hungry Horse spokesperson "We are disappointed there will be a delay ...." In other words they still expect this to go ahead

Don't understand why Castle Point council can't provide a restaurant in the park as other councils do.
Note the comment from Hungry Horse spokesperson "We are disappointed there will be a delay ...." In other words they still expect this to go ahead Don't understand why Castle Point council can't provide a restaurant in the park as other councils do. Idontknowy
  • Score: 3

10:20pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Cor Blimey says...

Why should they care, they will be past their sell by date by the time it's built!
Why should they care, they will be past their sell by date by the time it's built! Cor Blimey
  • Score: 2

2:04pm Tue 25 Mar 14

teranaseanus says...

Another case of old people resenting change!!!! Do they expect drugs, gun fights and people jumping into traffic every night of the week??? People putting windows through regularly? I was looking forward to taking my kiddie for a play in the park and then a bite to eat after but we'll settle for going to another park that caters for the whole family!!!

80+% was going to be a restaurant I thought?

Also love the picture of them 'Horrraying' in front of the still derelict and crumbling building
Another case of old people resenting change!!!! Do they expect drugs, gun fights and people jumping into traffic every night of the week??? People putting windows through regularly? I was looking forward to taking my kiddie for a play in the park and then a bite to eat after but we'll settle for going to another park that caters for the whole family!!! 80+% was going to be a restaurant I thought? Also love the picture of them 'Horrraying' in front of the still derelict and crumbling building teranaseanus
  • Score: 2

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