Community Hut plan for Lake Meadows

Southend Standard: Ricardo Maza wants to improve Lake Meadows Ricardo Maza wants to improve Lake Meadows

AN empty building in Lake Meadows park is set to be transformed into a community centre.

Councillors are expected to allow plans to use the woodenframed building for children’s parties, events and community group meetings.

Ricardo Maza, who runs the park cafe, is behind the scheme, which is expected to bring more visitors into the Billericay park.

When he took on the lease, two years ago, he also agreed to run the crazy golf, pitch and putt, tennis and petanque boules.

Mr Maza wants to overhaul the inside of the vacant building, located next to Cafe in the Park.

He also hopes to put up a new awning, wall heaters and replacement windows to improve the cafe.

CCTV cameras would also be installed to improve safety after dark.

Two years ago, Basildon Council ploughed more than £300,000 into new footpaths, a drainage system, a play area and security fencing at Lake Meadows.

Kevin Blake, councillor responsible for leisure and arts, said: “We’ve got to make use of what we’ve got and this is a great idea. I’m really excited.

“Mr Maza reallywants to work with the community and I think we should encourage it. I’m fully supportive of the plans and I’m glad to see wonderful things being done at Lake Meadows.

“Years ago, I wouldn’t have thought this would happen, but it shows great partnership working between Basildon Council, Billericay Town Council and the Friends of Lake Meadows.

“The building has been empty for a while now and turning it into a community facility will really enhance the park.”

Stuart Spears, planning officer at Basildon Council, has recommended councillors give the scheme the go-ahead at a committee meeting on Tuesday.

He said: “The proposals would help to enhance the range and quality of facilities available to users of LakeMeadows Park and bring an existing empty building back into an appropriate, complementary use.”

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:54am Fri 10 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

It'll soon become a haunt for the Hoodies, and get trashed...
It'll soon become a haunt for the Hoodies, and get trashed... Nowthatsworthknowing

9:28am Fri 10 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Sell it off for houses like certain facilities in a big park in Basildon...
Sell it off for houses like certain facilities in a big park in Basildon... Howard Cháse

10:21am Fri 10 Jan 14

TheWizzard says...

Kevin Blake, councillor responsible for leisure and arts, said: “We’ve got to make use of what we’ve got and this is a great idea. I’m really excited.

I was over their recently, the paths are still messy, saw one patch that had been repaired. For a park that has had over £300,000 spent on it there is little to show
Kevin Blake, councillor responsible for leisure and arts, said: “We’ve got to make use of what we’ve got and this is a great idea. I’m really excited. I was over their recently, the paths are still messy, saw one patch that had been repaired. For a park that has had over £300,000 spent on it there is little to show TheWizzard

10:22am Fri 10 Jan 14

TheWizzard says...

Kevin Blake, councillor responsible for leisure and arts, said: “We’ve got to make use of what we’ve got and this is a great idea. I’m really excited.

Like a child with a new toy
Kevin Blake, councillor responsible for leisure and arts, said: “We’ve got to make use of what we’ve got and this is a great idea. I’m really excited. Like a child with a new toy TheWizzard

6:28pm Sat 11 Jan 14

gumbley says...

Pity that the Council ignores opportunities for improving Community facilities in Basildon, but then people there don't vote Tory and much what is left of their green space has already gone to developers!
Pity that the Council ignores opportunities for improving Community facilities in Basildon, but then people there don't vote Tory and much what is left of their green space has already gone to developers! gumbley

7:23pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Kim Gandy says...

gumbley wrote:
Pity that the Council ignores opportunities for improving Community facilities in Basildon, but then people there don't vote Tory and much what is left of their green space has already gone to developers!
I am no big fan of the Tories but Labour is no better. Let's not kid ourselves.

Bunch of racists. Won't even fly the St George Cross or the Union Flag. But insist on hoisting that sphincter of stars above the town hall.

They'll fill the place with more and more immigrants and as usual ignore the needs of the locals.
[quote][p][bold]gumbley[/bold] wrote: Pity that the Council ignores opportunities for improving Community facilities in Basildon, but then people there don't vote Tory and much what is left of their green space has already gone to developers![/p][/quote]I am no big fan of the Tories but Labour is no better. Let's not kid ourselves. Bunch of racists. Won't even fly the St George Cross or the Union Flag. But insist on hoisting that sphincter of stars above the town hall. They'll fill the place with more and more immigrants and as usual ignore the needs of the locals. Kim Gandy

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree