Historical site will become a beer garden, claim campaigners

Southend Standard: Historical site will become a beer garden, claim campaigners Historical site will become a beer garden, claim campaigners

CAMPAIGNERS have expressed concerns that a significant historical site could become a beer garden.

Pub chain Marston's have applied for planning permission to build a two storey public house and accommodation on the site of the former Lookers garage, in Priory crescent.

The planning application details a path from the pub to the burial mound where Saxon King Saebert's remains were found in 2005.

Campaigners Mark Sharp, Patsy Link and Sheena Walker, from campaign group SKIPP, have written to the council. They said: "We would like assurance that the area will not become an extension to the public house’s beer garden, and the area will remain open to the general public.

"We do not in principle object to the concept of a public house on the proposed site."

The site at 160 Priory Crescent is located in an area which has already yielded significant archaeology, including human burials, dating from extended periods of history ranging from the Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods to the medieval period.

The group believes that there is a high potential for further significant archaeology finds on the site of the proposed development.

The SKIPP committee added: "We expect that as a condition of any planning permission granted, a comprehensive archaeological survey would be required coupled with a requirement to protect and or safely lift any archaeology discovered on the site."

The site was formerly the home of Camp Bling, where protestors set up home for four years in response to a road-widening scheme by council leader Roger Weaver in 2005.

The scheme, initially estimated to cost around £3m, was scrapped after costs soared to more than £27m. The head of planning at the time, Conservative councillor Anna Waite, called for a simple, modest burial site to be maintained in its place.

The planning application will be decided by the development control committee before the end of June.

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1:43pm Tue 21 May 13

EssexBoy1968 says...

Firstly, I have to say that it makes a pleasant changefor SKIPP to be commenting on something directly concerned with their group's raison d'etre.
Having read the earlier article about Marstons plans for the former car showroom site, I was of the belief that the burial site itself was adjacent to, not part of, the plot that is earmarked for development. I was also under the impression that Marstons planned a path leading from their (proposed) establishment to the burial site & thought that sounded a good idea, possibly leading to more visitors to the site itself. Am I missing something here - was the Lookers/EKCO/JCC area as a whole an ancient burial area?
Seriously, if the area earmarked for the new pub/resturant is a site with Saxon or other artefacts waiting to be uncovered, then we must ensure a full dig is carried out so these items are not lost.
On a slightly more flippant note - has there been any suggestions for the name of this new place - "King of Southend Arms", "Skipp On The Corner" or even "The Camp Bling" spring to mind, although my favourite would be the "The E K Cole" reflecting the connection to a major force in the story of mass usage of radios in this country.....
Firstly, I have to say that it makes a pleasant changefor SKIPP to be commenting on something directly concerned with their group's raison d'etre. Having read the earlier article about Marstons plans for the former car showroom site, I was of the belief that the burial site itself was adjacent to, not part of, the plot that is earmarked for development. I was also under the impression that Marstons planned a path leading from their (proposed) establishment to the burial site & thought that sounded a good idea, possibly leading to more visitors to the site itself. Am I missing something here - was the Lookers/EKCO/JCC area as a whole an ancient burial area? Seriously, if the area earmarked for the new pub/resturant is a site with Saxon or other artefacts waiting to be uncovered, then we must ensure a full dig is carried out so these items are not lost. On a slightly more flippant note - has there been any suggestions for the name of this new place - "King of Southend Arms", "Skipp On The Corner" or even "The Camp Bling" spring to mind, although my favourite would be the "The E K Cole" reflecting the connection to a major force in the story of mass usage of radios in this country..... EssexBoy1968

2:27pm Tue 21 May 13

Eastwood Biker says...

This lot are against everything why the Echo even bother giving them publicity.
Anything is better than the current eyesore.
This lot are against everything why the Echo even bother giving them publicity. Anything is better than the current eyesore. Eastwood Biker

3:53pm Tue 21 May 13

notinwestcliffanymore says...

i feel its what the 'king' would have wanted...
i feel its what the 'king' would have wanted... notinwestcliffanymore

5:10pm Tue 21 May 13

firedog says...

Good job skipp were not around when the railway was built,it would never have been,finished.
Good job skipp were not around when the railway was built,it would never have been,finished. firedog

7:52pm Tue 21 May 13

Nebs says...

The Saxons liked a drink and a fight. A pub is a most appropriate building to site in the area.
The Saxons liked a drink and a fight. A pub is a most appropriate building to site in the area. Nebs

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