Seafront eyesore finally cleared

Diggers clear rubble from the site of Esplanade House

Diggers clear rubble from the site of Esplanade House

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A SEAFRONT vista has opened up for some Southend residents after the demolition of a derelict eyesore.

Heaps of concrete and twisted metal are now all that remains of ghost office block Esplanade House, which blighted Eastern Esplanade for more than five years.

Judith McMahon, Labour councillor for Kursaal, in which the site lies, said: “From the rear of the property in Arnold Avenue it has made a substantial difference.

“The vista they now have is wonderful – they now look directly on to the sea.”

Property developer the Robert Leonard Group agreed to knock down the eyesore after Premier Inn got the green light to build a new hotel on the former gasworks site next door in September, which the firm also owns.

Long-armed demolition machines began tearing at the eastern end of the steel and concrete shell as scaffolding went up at the western end at the start of November.

Diggers are now clearing the final pieces of rubble.

Bulldozers part-demolished the building in 2008 so the Robert Leonard Group could use a loophole to avoid paying business rates on the site.

The Premier Inn, which will create 65 jobs, could be built by the end of this year.

The council also gave the Robert Leonard Group more time to start work on its long-dormant plans for a separate hotel, restaurant, shops, 216 flats and 50 affordable homes on the Esplanade House site in September.

But councillors only allowed the firm two years – rather than the three it requested – to begin building the 64-bed hotel, four blocks of flats and affordable homes.

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7:41am Fri 17 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

Hope the site is fenced off lest someone decides to stop travelling and take up residence otherwise the new eyesore will be worse than the last.

And that takes some doing.

Can they send the demolition machines along to the Kursaal and set them to work westbound until further notice?
Hope the site is fenced off lest someone decides to stop travelling and take up residence otherwise the new eyesore will be worse than the last. And that takes some doing. Can they send the demolition machines along to the Kursaal and set them to work westbound until further notice? RochfordRob
  • Score: 9

8:56am Fri 17 Jan 14

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

There ends the longest demolition job in living memory! Now perhaps something can be done with the eyesore opposite the Kusaal formerly known as Dizzyland? That's been shambolic for years now.
Talking of demolished buildings, what's going to be done on the Queensway site recently cleared?
There ends the longest demolition job in living memory! Now perhaps something can be done with the eyesore opposite the Kusaal formerly known as Dizzyland? That's been shambolic for years now. Talking of demolished buildings, what's going to be done on the Queensway site recently cleared? Alice in Her Own Land :P
  • Score: 10

9:54am Fri 17 Jan 14

Southend Andy says...

I bet all the people who now have sea views will kick off & complain when the new hotel is built & they lose the sea view.
I bet all the people who now have sea views will kick off & complain when the new hotel is built & they lose the sea view. Southend Andy
  • Score: 11

10:48am Fri 17 Jan 14

Dougy161 says...

They still have a couple of weeks work as they've got tones of metal to separate, and presumably sell.
As Southend Andy has said, I love my sea view now. Would like to see what the plans would be like if any have been made. But if they're going to drag their heels in building, I won't be worrying for a while.
They still have a couple of weeks work as they've got tones of metal to separate, and presumably sell. As Southend Andy has said, I love my sea view now. Would like to see what the plans would be like if any have been made. But if they're going to drag their heels in building, I won't be worrying for a while. Dougy161
  • Score: 4

10:58am Fri 17 Jan 14

A_Myers says...

I thought it was a very nice building. Just needed a bit of TLC.
I thought it was a very nice building. Just needed a bit of TLC. A_Myers
  • Score: 5

6:06pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

LauqhLast.. wrote:
RochfordRob wrote:
Hope the site is fenced off lest someone decides to stop travelling and take up residence otherwise the new eyesore will be worse than the last.

And that takes some doing.

Can they send the demolition machines along to the Kursaal and set them to work westbound until further notice?
The unhappy life you must lead to HAVE to consistently slur..sad sad specimen.
Oh you'll have to make allowances, for this village idiot, he hasn't much of a life, or many friends, he only enjoyment is slating others.
[quote][p][bold]LauqhLast..[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: Hope the site is fenced off lest someone decides to stop travelling and take up residence otherwise the new eyesore will be worse than the last. And that takes some doing. Can they send the demolition machines along to the Kursaal and set them to work westbound until further notice?[/p][/quote]The unhappy life you must lead to HAVE to consistently slur..sad sad specimen.[/p][/quote]Oh you'll have to make allowances, for this village idiot, he hasn't much of a life, or many friends, he only enjoyment is slating others. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 3

6:15pm Fri 17 Jan 14

LauqhLast.. says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
LauqhLast.. wrote:
RochfordRob wrote:
Hope the site is fenced off lest someone decides to stop travelling and take up residence otherwise the new eyesore will be worse than the last.

And that takes some doing.

Can they send the demolition machines along to the Kursaal and set them to work westbound until further notice?
The unhappy life you must lead to HAVE to consistently slur..sad sad specimen.
Oh you'll have to make allowances, for this village idiot, he hasn't much of a life, or many friends, he only enjoyment is slating others.
I take it you mean the RochfordBlob who has recently returned after being banned for guttermouth swearing and risque innuendo on a young ladies thread.

He does seem to struggle to find meaning to anything but racial slurs, swearing and filthy innuendo...'sad life man'
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LauqhLast..[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: Hope the site is fenced off lest someone decides to stop travelling and take up residence otherwise the new eyesore will be worse than the last. And that takes some doing. Can they send the demolition machines along to the Kursaal and set them to work westbound until further notice?[/p][/quote]The unhappy life you must lead to HAVE to consistently slur..sad sad specimen.[/p][/quote]Oh you'll have to make allowances, for this village idiot, he hasn't much of a life, or many friends, he only enjoyment is slating others.[/p][/quote]I take it you mean the RochfordBlob who has recently returned after being banned for guttermouth swearing and risque innuendo on a young ladies thread. He does seem to struggle to find meaning to anything but racial slurs, swearing and filthy innuendo...'sad life man' LauqhLast..
  • Score: 0

6:37pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

A_Myers wrote:
I thought it was a very nice building. Just needed a bit of TLC.
ARE YOU MAD? A pile of dog $hit looks better IMO
[quote][p][bold]A_Myers[/bold] wrote: I thought it was a very nice building. Just needed a bit of TLC.[/p][/quote]ARE YOU MAD? A pile of dog $hit looks better IMO Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -8

12:01am Sat 18 Jan 14

gary 51 says...

Quicker now for the ladies of the night to get to the seafront
Quicker now for the ladies of the night to get to the seafront gary 51
  • Score: 0

9:49am Sat 18 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

LauqhLast.. wrote:
RochfordRob wrote:
Hope the site is fenced off lest someone decides to stop travelling and take up residence otherwise the new eyesore will be worse than the last.

And that takes some doing.

Can they send the demolition machines along to the Kursaal and set them to work westbound until further notice?
The unhappy life you must lead to HAVE to consistently slur..sad sad specimen.
And you are doing exactly what..............?

Please engage whatever small matter that stands in for your brain before nursey puts the pencil in your gob so you can type eh?

By the way, try and disguise your writing style when using your alter ego.There's a good little troll

A quick ping test shows you share the same ISP. Either it's you or you are both an item. How very 'modern' !!

Unhappy? Hardly. Ripping you to shreds at every turn is jolly good fun.

Splendid entertainment. And so simple too.
[quote][p][bold]LauqhLast..[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: Hope the site is fenced off lest someone decides to stop travelling and take up residence otherwise the new eyesore will be worse than the last. And that takes some doing. Can they send the demolition machines along to the Kursaal and set them to work westbound until further notice?[/p][/quote]The unhappy life you must lead to HAVE to consistently slur..sad sad specimen.[/p][/quote]And you are doing exactly what..............? Please engage whatever small matter that stands in for your brain before nursey puts the pencil in your gob so you can type eh? By the way, try and disguise your writing style when using your alter ego.There's a good little troll A quick ping test shows you share the same ISP. Either it's you or you are both an item. How very 'modern' !! Unhappy? Hardly. Ripping you to shreds at every turn is jolly good fun. Splendid entertainment. And so simple too. RochfordRob
  • Score: -4

7:32pm Sat 18 Jan 14

ThisYear says...

RochfordRob wrote:
LauqhLast.. wrote:
RochfordRob wrote:
Hope the site is fenced off lest someone decides to stop travelling and take up residence otherwise the new eyesore will be worse than the last.

And that takes some doing.

Can they send the demolition machines along to the Kursaal and set them to work westbound until further notice?
The unhappy life you must lead to HAVE to consistently slur..sad sad specimen.
And you are doing exactly what..............?

Please engage whatever small matter that stands in for your brain before nursey puts the pencil in your gob so you can type eh?

By the way, try and disguise your writing style when using your alter ego.There's a good little troll

A quick ping test shows you share the same ISP. Either it's you or you are both an item. How very 'modern' !!

Unhappy? Hardly. Ripping you to shreds at every turn is jolly good fun.

Splendid entertainment. And so simple too.
Did you not imply that 'Traveller' people would move onto the ground?

Do you have any evidence other than your own opinion fashioned by your prejudice that this might happen?

If not then are you not disparaging ie slurring the community in question?

Perhaps you dont realise you are doing it, so blase are you in doing it.
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LauqhLast..[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: Hope the site is fenced off lest someone decides to stop travelling and take up residence otherwise the new eyesore will be worse than the last. And that takes some doing. Can they send the demolition machines along to the Kursaal and set them to work westbound until further notice?[/p][/quote]The unhappy life you must lead to HAVE to consistently slur..sad sad specimen.[/p][/quote]And you are doing exactly what..............? Please engage whatever small matter that stands in for your brain before nursey puts the pencil in your gob so you can type eh? By the way, try and disguise your writing style when using your alter ego.There's a good little troll A quick ping test shows you share the same ISP. Either it's you or you are both an item. How very 'modern' !! Unhappy? Hardly. Ripping you to shreds at every turn is jolly good fun. Splendid entertainment. And so simple too.[/p][/quote]Did you not imply that 'Traveller' people would move onto the ground? Do you have any evidence other than your own opinion fashioned by your prejudice that this might happen? If not then are you not disparaging ie slurring the community in question? Perhaps you dont realise you are doing it, so blase are you in doing it. ThisYear
  • Score: 2

9:05am Sun 19 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

No, this year, next year, last year, lastlaugh Billy Bullsh*t or whatever you are today, I said 'someone', go read what I wrote again.

Your twisted, warped shrivelled walnut of a brain could only compute 'traveller, traveller, traveller must defend at all costs' on reading my post.

In this day and age there are hoards of other scruffy unwashed anti socials willing to park themselves on someone else's land and start demanding their 'rights. Tree huggers, enviro loonies, Anglo Saxon grave dole bludgers, Greenham Common Wimmin, uncle Tom Cobley & All.

Take your pick.

So, once again, another massive FAIL on your part.

BTW, PW encryption can be useful. Sometimes. Not all the time though.

Seems I have the last laugh ( by the short and curlies) ha ha ha ha.
No, this year, next year, last year, lastlaugh Billy Bullsh*t or whatever you are today, I said 'someone', go read what I wrote again. Your twisted, warped shrivelled walnut of a brain could only compute 'traveller, traveller, traveller must defend at all costs' on reading my post. In this day and age there are hoards of other scruffy unwashed anti socials willing to park themselves on someone else's land and start demanding their 'rights. Tree huggers, enviro loonies, Anglo Saxon grave dole bludgers, Greenham Common Wimmin, uncle Tom Cobley & All. Take your pick. So, once again, another massive FAIL on your part. BTW, PW encryption can be useful. Sometimes. Not all the time though. Seems I have the last laugh ( by the short and curlies) ha ha ha ha. RochfordRob
  • Score: -6

2:39pm Sun 19 Jan 14

reg reg says...

i for one am so glad that monstrosity has been raised looked like an old east German police station
i for one am so glad that monstrosity has been raised looked like an old east German police station reg reg
  • Score: 2

6:34pm Mon 20 Jan 14

ThisYear says...

RochfordRob wrote:
No, this year, next year, last year, lastlaugh Billy Bullsh*t or whatever you are today, I said 'someone', go read what I wrote again.

Your twisted, warped shrivelled walnut of a brain could only compute 'traveller, traveller, traveller must defend at all costs' on reading my post.

In this day and age there are hoards of other scruffy unwashed anti socials willing to park themselves on someone else's land and start demanding their 'rights. Tree huggers, enviro loonies, Anglo Saxon grave dole bludgers, Greenham Common Wimmin, uncle Tom Cobley & All.

Take your pick.

So, once again, another massive FAIL on your part.

BTW, PW encryption can be useful. Sometimes. Not all the time though.

Seems I have the last laugh ( by the short and curlies) ha ha ha ha.
Ah...so you who spends his days at work on the comment section looking to denigrate an ethnic minority, because you feel its the only one you can get away with it..was actually talking about other people moving onto the ground..oh that was to hard a lateral thinking puzzle to work out.

BTW why do you harp on about voluntary username change?

Wasn't you forced to change yours by being banned for foul swearing on the pages and filthy innuendo on a thread about a young girl?

You now imply you are hiding your identify? Now why would you need to do that? Have you committed any crime(s)?

There is no secrets what can be hid can be found..especially if the authorities are the ones doing the looking...oh dear...more worry for you.
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: No, this year, next year, last year, lastlaugh Billy Bullsh*t or whatever you are today, I said 'someone', go read what I wrote again. Your twisted, warped shrivelled walnut of a brain could only compute 'traveller, traveller, traveller must defend at all costs' on reading my post. In this day and age there are hoards of other scruffy unwashed anti socials willing to park themselves on someone else's land and start demanding their 'rights. Tree huggers, enviro loonies, Anglo Saxon grave dole bludgers, Greenham Common Wimmin, uncle Tom Cobley & All. Take your pick. So, once again, another massive FAIL on your part. BTW, PW encryption can be useful. Sometimes. Not all the time though. Seems I have the last laugh ( by the short and curlies) ha ha ha ha.[/p][/quote]Ah...so you who spends his days at work on the comment section looking to denigrate an ethnic minority, because you feel its the only one you can get away with it..was actually talking about other people moving onto the ground..oh that was to hard a lateral thinking puzzle to work out. BTW why do you harp on about voluntary username change? Wasn't you forced to change yours by being banned for foul swearing on the pages and filthy innuendo on a thread about a young girl? You now imply you are hiding your identify? Now why would you need to do that? Have you committed any crime(s)? There is no secrets what can be hid can be found..especially if the authorities are the ones doing the looking...oh dear...more worry for you. ThisYear
  • Score: 0

11:39pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Southend65 says...

Dougy161 wrote:
They still have a couple of weeks work as they've got tones of metal to separate, and presumably sell.
As Southend Andy has said, I love my sea view now. Would like to see what the plans would be like if any have been made. But if they're going to drag their heels in building, I won't be worrying for a while.
Just go and get a lesser spotted newt, dump it on the pile of rubble and give the local conservationists a call.

If all goes to plan, you'll still have a sea view of 2032 :3)
[quote][p][bold]Dougy161[/bold] wrote: They still have a couple of weeks work as they've got tones of metal to separate, and presumably sell. As Southend Andy has said, I love my sea view now. Would like to see what the plans would be like if any have been made. But if they're going to drag their heels in building, I won't be worrying for a while.[/p][/quote]Just go and get a lesser spotted newt, dump it on the pile of rubble and give the local conservationists a call. If all goes to plan, you'll still have a sea view of 2032 :3) Southend65
  • Score: 0

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