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Hadleigh Hall and the WRVS Hall in John H Burrows Recreational Ground could be torn down
DRAWINGS of multi-million pound plans to completely remodel a Hadleigh park have been revealed to the public.
Hadleigh Hall and the WRVS Hall in John H Burrows Recreational Ground, in Rectory Road, could be torn down as part of Castle Point Council’s plans to revitalise the rundown site.
The council has revealed the plans will cost £3 million and will go out to consultation.
Proposals include a new family-friendly restaurant and pub by Greene King, a community venue, sports pavilion, multi-use games area, outdoor exercise equipment as well as provisions for basketball, tennis and skateboarding.
There will also be campus-wide CCTV and 24-7 security on 1.14-acre site.
Norman Smith, Conservative councillor responsible for economic growth and business liaison, said: “We asked the regeneration partnership to go out and obtain interest in that particular site as we have a derelict hall full of asbestos and another which has come to the end of its useful life.
“It is also widely used by various groups for cricket, football and the children’s play area.
“But at the moment it only caters to the very young and older residents where members would like facilities for all age groups.
“We have had interest but some parties couldn’t deliver what we wanted.
“I do not want this to be seen as a done deal. We want the public to look at it and come back with recommendations for us to evaluate.”
Under the plans the existing Hadleigh Bowls Club, Hadleigh and Thundersley Cricket Club, children’s playground and Solby House will remain although the tennis courts will be moved elsewhere on the site.
Greene King has offered to give £750,000 to the project.
The council hopes to gain the additional cash from Veolia Pitsea Marshes Trust and Sport England.
However, Godfrey Isaacs, Conservative councillor for St James’ ward, said he had been inundated with emails from residents concerned about a new pub coming to the park.
Mr Isaacs said: “The information given out to the public was for commercial use and at that stage I envisaged a restaurant similar to the one in Chalkwell Park rather than a public house.
“Four public houses in Hadleigh have closed in the last 10 years and none of these were in a sports field.
“We have two halls there that are beyond their sell by date that need to be repaired or replaced but not to the detriment of facilities already there.
“This consultation needs to be thorough and borough wide, wide enough so that people can make their feelings known.
“We do not want just a two week consultation that will just see it rubber stamped.”
Details of the consultation are expected to be released next week.
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