Anger at plans to demolish old hall and build restaurant in Hadleigh

Southend Standard: Roy Jones Roy Jones

UPSET residents have spoken out against plans to build a new family eatery on a popular recreational ground in Hadleigh.

Hadleigh Hall in Rectory Road could be torn down as part of ambitious plans by the Castle Point Regeneration Partnership to revitalise the John H Burrows Recreational Ground.

Concerns have also been raised about whether the WRVS Hall and Solby’s House could also be demolished.

The proposals would see the creation of a new restaurant, improved sports changing facilities and a 180-space car park, as well as the relocation of the existing tennis courts elsewhere on the site.

Restaurant chain Hungry Horse has expressed an interest in taking on the project and opening up a new eatery on the 1.15 acre site.

However, furious residents claim Hadleigh does not need another restaurant and the land should be retained for leisure facilities.

Roy Jones, 77, of Ashdown Crescent, Hadleigh, who is treasurer of the Hadleigh Bowls Club that used to use the hall, said: “Hadleigh needs another restaurant as much as it needs a hole in the head.

“We have so many restaurants in town already, it is a ridiculous idea.”

Mr Jones says Castle Point Council should instead spend money bringing Hadleigh Hall back to its former glory.

The community venue has fallen into disrepair after standing empty for over two years.

He said: “It is an absolute disgrace the council allowed this building to get into such a terrible state. It used to have excellent facilities.

“If the council just spent a bit of money doing it up, there are many community groups that would use it.”

Alfred Duff, 68, of Sherwood Crescent, Hadleigh, said: “John Burrows bequeathed this site to the people of Hadleigh for recreational purposes, not so a private restaurant can come in and make money.

“Hadleigh Hall is part of the area’s history and shouldn’t be torn down.”

The plans will be put on public display at the Hadleigh regeneration shop in the new year.

Pam Challis, leader of Castle Point Council, who sits on the regeneration partnership, said: “Time doesn’t stand still. We cannot just leave this area the way it is just to rot. The old hall is full of asbestos and is falling down so the sooner we do something about it the better.

“So many people use this site, whether they are going to the allotments or the children’s playground, so this plan will provide better car parking facilities and make better use of the site.

“People who have lived in this area for many years might not like change, but you have to look to the future. Hopefully people will be able to see the benefits.”

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8:00pm Fri 3 Jan 14

InTheKnowOk says...

"The old hall is full of asbestos and is falling down so the sooner we do something about it the better"........ So why was it being hired out if it's so dangerous?
"The old hall is full of asbestos and is falling down so the sooner we do something about it the better"........ So why was it being hired out if it's so dangerous? InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 11

8:05pm Fri 3 Jan 14

InTheKnowOk says...

How can they build a hungry horse there? imagine in the summer months, loads of tanked up idiots causing havoc over the park, hardly a suitable environment for kids ..
How can they build a hungry horse there? imagine in the summer months, loads of tanked up idiots causing havoc over the park, hardly a suitable environment for kids .. InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 13

8:40pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Ed Woods says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
"The old hall is full of asbestos and is falling down so the sooner we do something about it the better"........ So why was it being hired out if it's so dangerous?
Because while the asbestos remains behind walls, covered in paint or plaster, or hidden above ceilings then it isn't a problem. However when the asbestos is disturbed during maintenance or repairs and the fibers/dust released that is when it becomes a problem. and a health issue.
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: "The old hall is full of asbestos and is falling down so the sooner we do something about it the better"........ So why was it being hired out if it's so dangerous?[/p][/quote]Because while the asbestos remains behind walls, covered in paint or plaster, or hidden above ceilings then it isn't a problem. However when the asbestos is disturbed during maintenance or repairs and the fibers/dust released that is when it becomes a problem. and a health issue. Ed Woods
  • Score: 11

9:32am Sat 4 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

hungry horse for hadleigh ! chavtastic !
hungry horse for hadleigh ! chavtastic ! pembury53
  • Score: -5

10:05am Sat 4 Jan 14

Letmetryagain says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
How can they build a hungry horse there? imagine in the summer months, loads of tanked up idiots causing havoc over the park, hardly a suitable environment for kids ..
Maybe not, but the world doesn't revolve around the needs of kids.
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: How can they build a hungry horse there? imagine in the summer months, loads of tanked up idiots causing havoc over the park, hardly a suitable environment for kids ..[/p][/quote]Maybe not, but the world doesn't revolve around the needs of kids. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 1

10:07am Sat 4 Jan 14

andy:) says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
"The old hall is full of asbestos and is falling down so the sooner we do something about it the better"........ So why was it being hired out if it's so dangerous?
No one uses the hall now, its all boarded up ad you can see if the picture, it seems a good idea to me, Hadleigh is full of moaning nimbys and its hardly full of bars/restuarants, both the wagon and horses and the crown no longer exist.
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: "The old hall is full of asbestos and is falling down so the sooner we do something about it the better"........ So why was it being hired out if it's so dangerous?[/p][/quote]No one uses the hall now, its all boarded up ad you can see if the picture, it seems a good idea to me, Hadleigh is full of moaning nimbys and its hardly full of bars/restuarants, both the wagon and horses and the crown no longer exist. andy:)
  • Score: 1

11:18am Sat 4 Jan 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
InTheKnowOk wrote:
How can they build a hungry horse there? imagine in the summer months, loads of tanked up idiots causing havoc over the park, hardly a suitable environment for kids ..
Maybe not, but the world doesn't revolve around the needs of kids.
There is a park there with swings and slides for little kids, also a tennis court, in the height of summer the village idiots will spill out onto these areas and cause grief .... Why not rebuild the hall for the purpose it was intended?
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: How can they build a hungry horse there? imagine in the summer months, loads of tanked up idiots causing havoc over the park, hardly a suitable environment for kids ..[/p][/quote]Maybe not, but the world doesn't revolve around the needs of kids.[/p][/quote]There is a park there with swings and slides for little kids, also a tennis court, in the height of summer the village idiots will spill out onto these areas and cause grief .... Why not rebuild the hall for the purpose it was intended? InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 5

11:25am Sat 4 Jan 14

InTheKnowOk says...

andy:) wrote:
InTheKnowOk wrote:
"The old hall is full of asbestos and is falling down so the sooner we do something about it the better"........ So why was it being hired out if it's so dangerous?
No one uses the hall now, its all boarded up ad you can see if the picture, it seems a good idea to me, Hadleigh is full of moaning nimbys and its hardly full of bars/restuarants, both the wagon and horses and the crown no longer exist.
It's a dumb idea which hasn't been thought out enough ... Besides, there are 4 restaurants and 4 cafes, more than enough I think considering its size.
[quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: "The old hall is full of asbestos and is falling down so the sooner we do something about it the better"........ So why was it being hired out if it's so dangerous?[/p][/quote]No one uses the hall now, its all boarded up ad you can see if the picture, it seems a good idea to me, Hadleigh is full of moaning nimbys and its hardly full of bars/restuarants, both the wagon and horses and the crown no longer exist.[/p][/quote]It's a dumb idea which hasn't been thought out enough ... Besides, there are 4 restaurants and 4 cafes, more than enough I think considering its size. InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 2

6:46pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

andy:) wrote:
InTheKnowOk wrote:
"The old hall is full of asbestos and is falling down so the sooner we do something about it the better"........ So why was it being hired out if it's so dangerous?
No one uses the hall now, its all boarded up ad you can see if the picture, it seems a good idea to me, Hadleigh is full of moaning nimbys and its hardly full of bars/restuarants, both the wagon and horses and the crown no longer exist.
Your right. All this is nimbyisim Hadleigh is a museum to old England all the shops and land is held by people who don't want anything to change forever
Look at the church St James the less a beautiful church all hidden until recently but go to the other end ( The Crown and possibly the ugliest building in the world the pity full old fire station ) why in Gods name is it still there
Why? Because the people who hold this land don't want change they think that they are the custodians of area and want to keep it like it was 30/50 years ago. Well Times up change whith the times you'll be dead soon
[quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: "The old hall is full of asbestos and is falling down so the sooner we do something about it the better"........ So why was it being hired out if it's so dangerous?[/p][/quote]No one uses the hall now, its all boarded up ad you can see if the picture, it seems a good idea to me, Hadleigh is full of moaning nimbys and its hardly full of bars/restuarants, both the wagon and horses and the crown no longer exist.[/p][/quote]Your right. All this is nimbyisim Hadleigh is a museum to old England all the shops and land is held by people who don't want anything to change forever Look at the church St James the less a beautiful church all hidden until recently but go to the other end ( The Crown and possibly the ugliest building in the world the pity full old fire station ) why in Gods name is it still there Why? Because the people who hold this land don't want change they think that they are the custodians of area and want to keep it like it was 30/50 years ago. Well Times up change whith the times you'll be dead soon Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -2

10:28pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Hugh.Janus says...

It did not take long for the NIMBYS to show their faces. Wherever we are in this country, if someone wants to make improvements to an area, build houses or even a children's playground; what do you get, NIMBYS.
Perhaps Mr.Jones should go and find something worthwhile to do with his time, rather than try and stop what can only be an improvement to this area. As said above, time change and I suggest Mr.Jones thinks about coming up to date with his thinking, as it is at the moment he is living in the past.
It did not take long for the NIMBYS to show their faces. Wherever we are in this country, if someone wants to make improvements to an area, build houses or even a children's playground; what do you get, NIMBYS. Perhaps Mr.Jones should go and find something worthwhile to do with his time, rather than try and stop what can only be an improvement to this area. As said above, time change and I suggest Mr.Jones thinks about coming up to date with his thinking, as it is at the moment he is living in the past. Hugh.Janus
  • Score: 0

11:39am Sun 5 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Wouldn't happen in Leigh..we've class.
Wouldn't happen in Leigh..we've class. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -4

3:48pm Sun 5 Jan 14

jolllyboy says...

Definition of regeneration is: allow something that used to be used a lot get rundown and say it either is dangerous or would cost more to maintain than knocking down and rebuilding (something different of course). Something that we all know would be either somewhere to eat or -yes - somewhere to eat.! Particularly if it reduces the need to pay for the upkeep of a green space because none of us need that any more do we.
Definition of regeneration is: allow something that used to be used a lot get rundown and say it either is dangerous or would cost more to maintain than knocking down and rebuilding (something different of course). Something that we all know would be either somewhere to eat or -yes - somewhere to eat.! Particularly if it reduces the need to pay for the upkeep of a green space because none of us need that any more do we. jolllyboy
  • Score: -1

3:56pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Gaz Michaels says...

Ideally, the hall could be razed and rebuilt, but I guess the council doesn't have the funding so is looking to private business to help fund the changes.

As for a Hungry Horse pub, whether or not you like this company, I think it's unlikely to take off. For a start the Crown wasn't able to survive, nor was the pub at Vic House roundabout. Not sure how this one will fare any better, especially given the location away from the centre of town.
Ideally, the hall could be razed and rebuilt, but I guess the council doesn't have the funding so is looking to private business to help fund the changes. As for a Hungry Horse pub, whether or not you like this company, I think it's unlikely to take off. For a start the Crown wasn't able to survive, nor was the pub at Vic House roundabout. Not sure how this one will fare any better, especially given the location away from the centre of town. Gaz Michaels
  • Score: 0

1:37am Mon 6 Jan 14

Ed Woods says...

What is the history of John H Burrows Recreational Ground?

Was it left to the people of Hadliegh and can the Council sell off bits?

Are there any restrictive covenants?
What is the history of John H Burrows Recreational Ground? Was it left to the people of Hadliegh and can the Council sell off bits? Are there any restrictive covenants? Ed Woods
  • Score: 0

3:54pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Sweet P says...

Hadleigh Hall was a much used community centre where people could hire the various rooms and halls for weddings, dances, garden shows etc. Hadleigh really does need a new one. If the Hungry Horse Company thinks we need a new pub/restaurant could they not revamp The Crown.
Hadleigh is only a small town and we already have at five licensed restaurants.
Hadleigh Hall was a much used community centre where people could hire the various rooms and halls for weddings, dances, garden shows etc. Hadleigh really does need a new one. If the Hungry Horse Company thinks we need a new pub/restaurant could they not revamp The Crown. Hadleigh is only a small town and we already have at five licensed restaurants. Sweet P
  • Score: 1

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