Canvey's Dutch cottage to undergo repairs

Heritage: Canvey's Dutch Cottage dates back to 1618.

Heritage: Canvey's Dutch Cottage dates back to 1618.

First published in Local News

VITAL repair work has been agreed to preserve a beloved heritage site in Canvey.

Parts of the Dutch Cottage Museum, in Canvey Road, are rotting away due to water leaking through roof after vandals tore up some of the roof tiles to the extension.

Now Castle Point Council has granted permission for improvements to be carried out to the timber-framed building to help repair some of the damage.

The works will include stripping off the existing roof tiles and introducing strengthening battens and waterproof membrane to help preserve the woodwork.

Ishita Sheth, planning officer for the council, said: “These works are necessary to prevent the ingress that has led to the saturation of the timber roof structure and has resulted in some of the timber rafters and boards showing signs of rot.

“It is considered that the proposed works will result in prevention of deterioration of the Grade II listed building.”

The cottage, which dates back to 1618, has fallen victim to numerous incidents of vandalism over the past two years, with yobs daubing graffiti on its walls, pelting it with plums from nearby trees, stealing roof tiles, breaking wooden panels and tearing up geraniums from the flower beds.

Ray Howard, councillor for Canvey West ward, said: “I am delighted that the application was approved. This site is so very dear to me and indeed everyone on the island. It is so important we do all we can to preserve it because it is an integral part of the area’s history, and, one of the first places people most want to visit on trips to Canvey.

“I am pleased to say the new CCTV camera installed at Charfleets roundabout have gone a long way to helping reduce the vandalism there and providing protection for the building.”

The Dutch Cottage Museum, with its famous, conical thatched roof, was restored in 1952 and is now looked after by the Benfleet and District Historical Society on behalf of Castle Point Council.

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1:27pm Sat 6 Oct 12

marshman says...

It's a shame it's empty really. Maybe the council could extend it a bit (well, quite a lot really) and house some homeless families there. Every little bit helps take pressure off the need for new homes being built on the ever dwindling greenbelt. It is a brown-field site after all.
It's a shame it's empty really. Maybe the council could extend it a bit (well, quite a lot really) and house some homeless families there. Every little bit helps take pressure off the need for new homes being built on the ever dwindling greenbelt. It is a brown-field site after all. marshman
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3:39pm Sat 6 Oct 12

iknowbetter says...

Hopefully it will all be done before the new housing estate goes up just down the road, Ooops, I may have let the cat out of the bag!!!
Hopefully it will all be done before the new housing estate goes up just down the road, Ooops, I may have let the cat out of the bag!!! iknowbetter
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5:50pm Sat 6 Oct 12

Sean4u says...

marshman wrote:
It's a shame it's empty really. Maybe the council could extend it a bit (well, quite a lot really) and house some homeless families there. Every little bit helps take pressure off the need for new homes being built on the ever dwindling greenbelt. It is a brown-field site after all.
I'd offer to live in it myself. Its location is its greatest problem - I remember the roads around there as great places for a teenager to go late at night to do things that can only be done when there are no adults around. Putting a dreamy-eyed family in it would do little to deter vandals but might put them at jeopardy too.

Not ideal, I know, but the only thing I can think of to keep it safe is to incorporate it into some 24/7 commercial development. I suspect building bottom-rung housing near to it would only hasten its demise. Maybe Canvey could start its 'Silicon Dyke' there?
[quote][p][bold]marshman[/bold] wrote: It's a shame it's empty really. Maybe the council could extend it a bit (well, quite a lot really) and house some homeless families there. Every little bit helps take pressure off the need for new homes being built on the ever dwindling greenbelt. It is a brown-field site after all.[/p][/quote]I'd offer to live in it myself. Its location is its greatest problem - I remember the roads around there as great places for a teenager to go late at night to do things that can only be done when there are no adults around. Putting a dreamy-eyed family in it would do little to deter vandals but might put them at jeopardy too. Not ideal, I know, but the only thing I can think of to keep it safe is to incorporate it into some 24/7 commercial development. I suspect building bottom-rung housing near to it would only hasten its demise. Maybe Canvey could start its 'Silicon Dyke' there? Sean4u
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8:52pm Sat 6 Oct 12

soul man says...

i cant believe ray howard isn't in the picture seeing as its next door to his place
i cant believe ray howard isn't in the picture seeing as its next door to his place soul man
  • Score: 5

9:55pm Sat 6 Oct 12

marshman says...

soul man wrote:
i cant believe ray howard isn't in the picture seeing as its next door to his place
He's too busy sticking his finger into some dyke. If he removes it it'll all come gushing out everywhere. Either that or he's out measuring his paddock. It's about 200 houses wide I reckon.
[quote][p][bold]soul man[/bold] wrote: i cant believe ray howard isn't in the picture seeing as its next door to his place[/p][/quote]He's too busy sticking his finger into some dyke. If he removes it it'll all come gushing out everywhere. Either that or he's out measuring his paddock. It's about 200 houses wide I reckon. marshman
  • Score: 4

12:59pm Sun 7 Oct 12

upset says...

marshman wrote:
soul man wrote:
i cant believe ray howard isn't in the picture seeing as its next door to his place
He's too busy sticking his finger into some dyke. If he removes it it'll all come gushing out everywhere. Either that or he's out measuring his paddock. It's about 200 houses wide I reckon.
Nice to see your still as bitter as ever Marshman, have you missed me?
[quote][p][bold]marshman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]soul man[/bold] wrote: i cant believe ray howard isn't in the picture seeing as its next door to his place[/p][/quote]He's too busy sticking his finger into some dyke. If he removes it it'll all come gushing out everywhere. Either that or he's out measuring his paddock. It's about 200 houses wide I reckon.[/p][/quote]Nice to see your still as bitter as ever Marshman, have you missed me? upset
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1:31pm Sun 7 Oct 12

marshman says...

upset wrote:
marshman wrote:
soul man wrote: i cant believe ray howard isn't in the picture seeing as its next door to his place
He's too busy sticking his finger into some dyke. If he removes it it'll all come gushing out everywhere. Either that or he's out measuring his paddock. It's about 200 houses wide I reckon.
Nice to see your still as bitter as ever Marshman, have you missed me?
Did they let you out early?

Welcome back ;)
[quote][p][bold]upset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]marshman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]soul man[/bold] wrote: i cant believe ray howard isn't in the picture seeing as its next door to his place[/p][/quote]He's too busy sticking his finger into some dyke. If he removes it it'll all come gushing out everywhere. Either that or he's out measuring his paddock. It's about 200 houses wide I reckon.[/p][/quote]Nice to see your still as bitter as ever Marshman, have you missed me?[/p][/quote]Did they let you out early? Welcome back ;) marshman
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