Our delight at chance to get hold of tickets for Games

On your bike – Alfie Batchelor and his mum, Sally Burton

On your bike – Alfie Batchelor and his mum, Sally Burton

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RESIDENTS in Hadleigh could win the race for the last remaining Olympic tickets by being bumped to the front of the queue.

Castle Point Council has got 300 tickets to sell for the mountain bike event at Hadleigh Farm. It is offering them to people living in five streets near the Olympic site to buy the tickets at face value.

The council hopes the gesture will compensate people for the disruption they face during the event and, if councillors approve the scheme, residents of Chapel Lane, Castle Lane, Park Chase, Seaview Terrace and Mount Zion will be able to get their hands on the tickets.

Sally Burton, 34, and her son Alfie Batchelor, 4, of Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, said it was a boost to those living near the site.

Sally said: “I did not apply for any tickets before because I just did not think I had a chance of getting any, but if we have the chance to buy exclusive tickets I will definitely try.

“It is just going to be chaos around here for us, so I think it is nice of the council to at least try to give us something in the way of compensation.”

About 40,000 spectators are expected to attend races at Hadleigh Farm on August 11 and 12.

Parking will be restricted in Castle Lane, Chapel Lane and Park Chase before and during the event, and delays and access restrictions are expected in Seaview Terrace and Mount Zion, where the spectators’ entrance will be installed.

Other streets will be affected by heavy traffic on event days, but a council spokesman said the authority had chosen to concentrate on the people most severely impacted.

He added: “Residential roads on the access routes to the venue either affected by parking suspensions during the event periods or located closest to the spectator entrance, where alternative access arrangements will be implemented and delays may occur, will be the most severely affected by the transport plans.

“All residents living in these roads will receive an official letter from the council offering them the opportunity to purchase up to two tickets per property.”

The council has 200 tickets for each day and the additional 100 tickets would be made available to Castle Point Council staff, who would be able to buy them at face value and must sign a declaration saying they won’t transfer them to anyone else.

The authority bought the tickets, costing £16,500, from the Government’s department for culture, media and sport, through a scheme enabling councils in areas hosting events to get extra tickets.

The council’s cabinet was scheduled to discuss whether to approve the ticket scheme last night.

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2:30pm Fri 24 Feb 12

billericay boy says...

After watching the tv over the Olympic ticket scams. I think the only ticket's we will be able to get are parking tickets.
After watching the tv over the Olympic ticket scams. I think the only ticket's we will be able to get are parking tickets. billericay boy
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3:28pm Fri 24 Feb 12

notinwestcliffanymore says...

mount zion? blimey the people of the golan heights are going to be pleased
mount zion? blimey the people of the golan heights are going to be pleased notinwestcliffanymore
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11:31pm Sun 26 Feb 12

APR says...

"....... and the additional 100 tickets would be made available to Castle Point Council staff...."

That about says it all.

Will the footpath between the country park entrance, and the Sally Ann be kept open ?
"....... and the additional 100 tickets would be made available to Castle Point Council staff...." That about says it all. Will the footpath between the country park entrance, and the Sally Ann be kept open ? APR
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10:27am Tue 28 Feb 12

Sweet P says...

Why 100 tickets for staff at Council. What have they done to serve this special treatment?
I expect Councillors and their families will also have a special quota! What about the regeneration people trying to ruin Hadleigh I expect they will have their quota as well! What a farce!
Why 100 tickets for staff at Council. What have they done to serve this special treatment? I expect Councillors and their families will also have a special quota! What about the regeneration people trying to ruin Hadleigh I expect they will have their quota as well! What a farce! Sweet P
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5:35pm Tue 28 Feb 12

John T Pharro says...

Sweet P wrote:
Why 100 tickets for staff at Council. What have they done to serve this special treatment?
I expect Councillors and their families will also have a special quota! What about the regeneration people trying to ruin Hadleigh I expect they will have their quota as well! What a farce!
Not just Hadleigh that could be ruined, but all of Castle Point including us on Canvey.
I can understand that the residents closest will be most affected, but are we not all one Borough? I know two residents in my street very keen on biking who applied for tickets and never got them.
From what I have seen of the road closures etc all residents are going to be put out a lot.
Apart from the widening of Castle Lane that most residents did not want and the bike track which you would have to build to run the event just what is the lasting legacy?
[quote][p][bold]Sweet P[/bold] wrote: Why 100 tickets for staff at Council. What have they done to serve this special treatment? I expect Councillors and their families will also have a special quota! What about the regeneration people trying to ruin Hadleigh I expect they will have their quota as well! What a farce![/p][/quote]Not just Hadleigh that could be ruined, but all of Castle Point including us on Canvey. I can understand that the residents closest will be most affected, but are we not all one Borough? I know two residents in my street very keen on biking who applied for tickets and never got them. From what I have seen of the road closures etc all residents are going to be put out a lot. Apart from the widening of Castle Lane that most residents did not want and the bike track which you would have to build to run the event just what is the lasting legacy? John T Pharro
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2:17pm Wed 29 Feb 12

leebarrett says...

I'm a Castle Point Borough Councillor with only the smallest interest in the Olympic event to be held in Hadleigh. If any tickets are made available for the event, they should be made available for the sporting enthusiasts - not 'dignitaries'. Last week at the cabinet meeting I asked if my single 'allocated for purchase' ticket could be transferred to one of my worthy constituents who I believe would truly appreciate it. I also asked if councillors would be allowed to purchase more than one ticket so they could take their partners. The response was no. My issue is that with 41 councillors at Castle Point, 59 tickets will be made available to officers. I would prefer another 41 tickets be made available for outstanding community representatives as chosen by their councillor - a 'golden ticket' that a resident might be proud of receiving. The 18 remaining tickets could then be distributed to the hardest working officers as chosen by the elected councillors. If I go to 'the peoples games' and see any councillors or officers with their husbands and wives I shall be very disappointed...but somehow not surprised. Now I will probably have to attend so I can check that the tickets have been fairly distributed!
I'm a Castle Point Borough Councillor with only the smallest interest in the Olympic event to be held in Hadleigh. If any tickets are made available for the event, they should be made available for the sporting enthusiasts - not 'dignitaries'. Last week at the cabinet meeting I asked if my single 'allocated for purchase' ticket could be transferred to one of my worthy constituents who I believe would truly appreciate it. I also asked if councillors would be allowed to purchase more than one ticket so they could take their partners. The response was no. My issue is that with 41 councillors at Castle Point, 59 tickets will be made available to officers. I would prefer another 41 tickets be made available for outstanding community representatives as chosen by their councillor - a 'golden ticket' that a resident might be proud of receiving. The 18 remaining tickets could then be distributed to the hardest working officers as chosen by the elected councillors. If I go to 'the peoples games' and see any councillors or officers with their husbands and wives I shall be very disappointed...but somehow not surprised. Now I will probably have to attend so I can check that the tickets have been fairly distributed! leebarrett
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8:26pm Fri 2 Mar 12

leebarrett says...

leebarrett wrote:
I'm a Castle Point Borough Councillor with only the smallest interest in the Olympic event to be held in Hadleigh. If any tickets are made available for the event, they should be made available for the sporting enthusiasts - not 'dignitaries'. Last week at the cabinet meeting I asked if my single 'allocated for purchase' ticket could be transferred to one of my worthy constituents who I believe would truly appreciate it. I also asked if councillors would be allowed to purchase more than one ticket so they could take their partners. The response was no. My issue is that with 41 councillors at Castle Point, 59 tickets will be made available to officers. I would prefer another 41 tickets be made available for outstanding community representatives as chosen by their councillor - a 'golden ticket' that a resident might be proud of receiving. The 18 remaining tickets could then be distributed to the hardest working officers as chosen by the elected councillors. If I go to 'the peoples games' and see any councillors or officers with their husbands and wives I shall be very disappointed...but somehow not surprised. Now I will probably have to attend so I can check that the tickets have been fairly distributed!
Today, I received a letter from Castle Point Borough Council with details of my ticket allocation. To be fair, my initial suspicions have been allayed and each councillor is allowed to purchase 2 tickets at face value. So, if I want to, I can invite one of my constituents to attend the Olympic mountain bike event with me. Unfortunately, I still cannot transfer my own allocation to somebody else. But, I withdraw my comment above regarding councillors attending the event with their partners, as it will be their privilege to do so.
[quote][p][bold]leebarrett[/bold] wrote: I'm a Castle Point Borough Councillor with only the smallest interest in the Olympic event to be held in Hadleigh. If any tickets are made available for the event, they should be made available for the sporting enthusiasts - not 'dignitaries'. Last week at the cabinet meeting I asked if my single 'allocated for purchase' ticket could be transferred to one of my worthy constituents who I believe would truly appreciate it. I also asked if councillors would be allowed to purchase more than one ticket so they could take their partners. The response was no. My issue is that with 41 councillors at Castle Point, 59 tickets will be made available to officers. I would prefer another 41 tickets be made available for outstanding community representatives as chosen by their councillor - a 'golden ticket' that a resident might be proud of receiving. The 18 remaining tickets could then be distributed to the hardest working officers as chosen by the elected councillors. If I go to 'the peoples games' and see any councillors or officers with their husbands and wives I shall be very disappointed...but somehow not surprised. Now I will probably have to attend so I can check that the tickets have been fairly distributed![/p][/quote]Today, I received a letter from Castle Point Borough Council with details of my ticket allocation. To be fair, my initial suspicions have been allayed and each councillor is allowed to purchase 2 tickets at face value. So, if I want to, I can invite one of my constituents to attend the Olympic mountain bike event with me. Unfortunately, I still cannot transfer my own allocation to somebody else. But, I withdraw my comment above regarding councillors attending the event with their partners, as it will be their privilege to do so. leebarrett
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