Building work starts on Hadleigh Park project

Building work starts on Hadleigh Park project

Building work starts on Hadleigh Park project

First published in Echo News

BUILDING work has begun on a £5.1million leisure facilities at Hadleigh Country Park as Olympic legacy plans take a major leap forward.

Developer Morgan Sindal has begun construction work on the new facility at the old Sayers Farm, off Chapel Lane, Hadleigh.

It will be home to a cafe, bike workshop and hire shop, ranger’s offices and a classroom.

The building, which will take around 60 weeks to complete, will be used by the 400,000 people expected to visit the park each year once the development is finished.

Ann Naylor, county councillor responsible for health and wellbeing, said: “The plans are all very exciting and will really benefit the park visitors and the local community. We are creating something that is very exciting and offering visitors all the amenities that they need for the perfect day out.”

The centre is at the heart of Essex County Council’s £6.8million proposals to transform the Olympic venue into a top tourist attraction after it hosted the Olympic mountain biking event in August 2012.

PamChallis, leader of Castle Point Council, said: “We were thrilled to host the mountain biking event, the country park was a fantastic venue and all I keep hearing from people is when is this all going to be open.

“The collaboration of everything is what makes this project wonderful.”

The Salvation Army will be running the cafe, as well as a family resource centre at the community venue.

There will also be a 400-space car park, and a brand new outdoor children’s play area.

The Christian organisation, which owns the land, was last week awarded £170,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund to run a two-year training programme to help unemployed people find work.

Beverley Egan, the Salvation Army’s director for community services, said: “We can now see the legacy emerging before us, which is great.

“Having this funding and this opportunity will enable us to help transform more lives, which is what we are all about.”

Work is also well underway on the 18 kilometres of new trails to make it easier to navigate through the country park.

The Olympic track will be also be adapted for public use ahead of the official reopening of the park in spring 2015.

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10:27am Tue 11 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

was there Early Sunday, the ground is cleared and marked out, a few tracks have been done around the park, still lots of mud in other parts but was fun on the bike, quite a few others out too, will be great once finished.
Good work.
was there Early Sunday, the ground is cleared and marked out, a few tracks have been done around the park, still lots of mud in other parts but was fun on the bike, quite a few others out too, will be great once finished. Good work. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -4

11:49am Tue 11 Mar 14

blackheart says...

Keep mixing that concrete, you'll soon have the whole of this part of Essex concreted over.
Keep mixing that concrete, you'll soon have the whole of this part of Essex concreted over. blackheart
  • Score: 12

12:23pm Tue 11 Mar 14

andy:) says...

blackheart wrote:
Keep mixing that concrete, you'll soon have the whole of this part of Essex concreted over.
EErr..there will be no concrete paths.

If anything it will encourage far more to get out into the countryside and open air and exrecise which can only be a good thing.
[quote][p][bold]blackheart[/bold] wrote: Keep mixing that concrete, you'll soon have the whole of this part of Essex concreted over.[/p][/quote]EErr..there will be no concrete paths. If anything it will encourage far more to get out into the countryside and open air and exrecise which can only be a good thing. andy:)
  • Score: -3

12:29pm Tue 11 Mar 14

blackheart says...

andy:) wrote:
blackheart wrote:
Keep mixing that concrete, you'll soon have the whole of this part of Essex concreted over.
EErr..there will be no concrete paths.

If anything it will encourage far more to get out into the countryside and open air and exrecise which can only be a good thing.
I assume the bike shop will be built out of sticks, the 400 space car park out of papier mache and the rangers office out of Lego.
[quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackheart[/bold] wrote: Keep mixing that concrete, you'll soon have the whole of this part of Essex concreted over.[/p][/quote]EErr..there will be no concrete paths. If anything it will encourage far more to get out into the countryside and open air and exrecise which can only be a good thing.[/p][/quote]I assume the bike shop will be built out of sticks, the 400 space car park out of papier mache and the rangers office out of Lego. blackheart
  • Score: 7

12:53pm Tue 11 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

blackheart wrote:
andy:) wrote:
blackheart wrote:
Keep mixing that concrete, you'll soon have the whole of this part of Essex concreted over.
EErr..there will be no concrete paths.

If anything it will encourage far more to get out into the countryside and open air and exrecise which can only be a good thing.
I assume the bike shop will be built out of sticks, the 400 space car park out of papier mache and the rangers office out of Lego.
There was some concrete and metal buildings(wreaks) there before right where they are putting the new places, so should be ok, who knows they might even be timber build, check the plans if i was you.

and theres certainly NO concrete around the new track ways, you sound like you have never been over there before.
[quote][p][bold]blackheart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackheart[/bold] wrote: Keep mixing that concrete, you'll soon have the whole of this part of Essex concreted over.[/p][/quote]EErr..there will be no concrete paths. If anything it will encourage far more to get out into the countryside and open air and exrecise which can only be a good thing.[/p][/quote]I assume the bike shop will be built out of sticks, the 400 space car park out of papier mache and the rangers office out of Lego.[/p][/quote]There was some concrete and metal buildings(wreaks) there before right where they are putting the new places, so should be ok, who knows they might even be timber build, check the plans if i was you. and theres certainly NO concrete around the new track ways, you sound like you have never been over there before. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -3

1:06pm Tue 11 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
was there Early Sunday, the ground is cleared and marked out, a few tracks have been done around the park, still lots of mud in other parts but was fun on the bike, quite a few others out too, will be great once finished. Good work.
looking forward to it also, but still bemused by this '400,000' estimate and where it comes from ? lets pray that doesn't happen because that equates to well over 1000 visitors per day, assuming they were equally spread out throughout the year, which of course wouldn't happen..... if you assume most would be in the summer months and most again at weekends, you could be looking at more like 5000 per day !
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: was there Early Sunday, the ground is cleared and marked out, a few tracks have been done around the park, still lots of mud in other parts but was fun on the bike, quite a few others out too, will be great once finished. Good work.[/p][/quote]looking forward to it also, but still bemused by this '400,000' estimate and where it comes from ? lets pray that doesn't happen because that equates to well over 1000 visitors per day, assuming they were equally spread out throughout the year, which of course wouldn't happen..... if you assume most would be in the summer months and most again at weekends, you could be looking at more like 5000 per day ! pembury53
  • Score: -1

3:14pm Tue 11 Mar 14

echoforum says...

400,000 you mean 400.
Few of us can afford such a luxury day out as this claims to be.
Hardly exciting...£5.1 million....sickening
400,000 you mean 400. Few of us can afford such a luxury day out as this claims to be. Hardly exciting...£5.1 million....sickening echoforum
  • Score: 4

3:41pm Tue 11 Mar 14

blackheart says...

echoforum wrote:
400,000 you mean 400.
Few of us can afford such a luxury day out as this claims to be.
Hardly exciting...£5.1 million....sickening
Spot on.

There's obviously no way that people could enjoy the countryside without spending £5m and concreting a car park.
[quote][p][bold]echoforum[/bold] wrote: 400,000 you mean 400. Few of us can afford such a luxury day out as this claims to be. Hardly exciting...£5.1 million....sickening[/p][/quote]Spot on. There's obviously no way that people could enjoy the countryside without spending £5m and concreting a car park. blackheart
  • Score: 6

4:05pm Tue 11 Mar 14

blackheart says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
blackheart wrote:
andy:) wrote:
blackheart wrote:
Keep mixing that concrete, you'll soon have the whole of this part of Essex concreted over.
EErr..there will be no concrete paths.

If anything it will encourage far more to get out into the countryside and open air and exrecise which can only be a good thing.
I assume the bike shop will be built out of sticks, the 400 space car park out of papier mache and the rangers office out of Lego.
There was some concrete and metal buildings(wreaks) there before right where they are putting the new places, so should be ok, who knows they might even be timber build, check the plans if i was you.

and theres certainly NO concrete around the new track ways, you sound like you have never been over there before.
You sound like someone who comes to conclusions based on zero facts.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackheart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackheart[/bold] wrote: Keep mixing that concrete, you'll soon have the whole of this part of Essex concreted over.[/p][/quote]EErr..there will be no concrete paths. If anything it will encourage far more to get out into the countryside and open air and exrecise which can only be a good thing.[/p][/quote]I assume the bike shop will be built out of sticks, the 400 space car park out of papier mache and the rangers office out of Lego.[/p][/quote]There was some concrete and metal buildings(wreaks) there before right where they are putting the new places, so should be ok, who knows they might even be timber build, check the plans if i was you. and theres certainly NO concrete around the new track ways, you sound like you have never been over there before.[/p][/quote]You sound like someone who comes to conclusions based on zero facts. blackheart
  • Score: 2

4:16pm Tue 11 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

echoforum wrote:
400,000 you mean 400.
Few of us can afford such a luxury day out as this claims to be.
Hardly exciting...£5.1 million....sickening
so walking is a luxury now is it..? sure you can 'afford' it if you try hard enough, place one foot ahead of the other..then keep that motion going alternating each foot/leg until you have had enough, it really costs nothing..no seriously walking is free, not a bad half a day out taking in that section of countryside.
[quote][p][bold]echoforum[/bold] wrote: 400,000 you mean 400. Few of us can afford such a luxury day out as this claims to be. Hardly exciting...£5.1 million....sickening[/p][/quote]so walking is a luxury now is it..? sure you can 'afford' it if you try hard enough, place one foot ahead of the other..then keep that motion going alternating each foot/leg until you have had enough, it really costs nothing..no seriously walking is free, not a bad half a day out taking in that section of countryside. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

4:26pm Tue 11 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

blackheart wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
blackheart wrote:
andy:) wrote:
blackheart wrote:
Keep mixing that concrete, you'll soon have the whole of this part of Essex concreted over.
EErr..there will be no concrete paths.

If anything it will encourage far more to get out into the countryside and open air and exrecise which can only be a good thing.
I assume the bike shop will be built out of sticks, the 400 space car park out of papier mache and the rangers office out of Lego.
There was some concrete and metal buildings(wreaks) there before right where they are putting the new places, so should be ok, who knows they might even be timber build, check the plans if i was you.

and theres certainly NO concrete around the new track ways, you sound like you have never been over there before.
You sound like someone who comes to conclusions based on zero facts.
well the facts are..as i said, where they are building there was a concrete building there previous....so a fact.

the tracks that they have started in the park area are not concrete i been on part already, another fact.

Carpark..? ain't bothered as i ride there, but would need to be hard standing or sorts, sure it will be easy on the eye though.
And i don't know about the future building...but could be timber..would fit in well, like i said check the plans yourself, me..?..i ain't bothered whether its Timber, brick, concrete or chocolate based, if you don't like it that means there will be 399.999 visitors as you will stay away thankfully.., all the more room for me and my bike to enjoy..fact.
[quote][p][bold]blackheart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackheart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackheart[/bold] wrote: Keep mixing that concrete, you'll soon have the whole of this part of Essex concreted over.[/p][/quote]EErr..there will be no concrete paths. If anything it will encourage far more to get out into the countryside and open air and exrecise which can only be a good thing.[/p][/quote]I assume the bike shop will be built out of sticks, the 400 space car park out of papier mache and the rangers office out of Lego.[/p][/quote]There was some concrete and metal buildings(wreaks) there before right where they are putting the new places, so should be ok, who knows they might even be timber build, check the plans if i was you. and theres certainly NO concrete around the new track ways, you sound like you have never been over there before.[/p][/quote]You sound like someone who comes to conclusions based on zero facts.[/p][/quote]well the facts are..as i said, where they are building there was a concrete building there previous....so a fact. the tracks that they have started in the park area are not concrete i been on part already, another fact. Carpark..? ain't bothered as i ride there, but would need to be hard standing or sorts, sure it will be easy on the eye though. And i don't know about the future building...but could be timber..would fit in well, like i said check the plans yourself, me..?..i ain't bothered whether its Timber, brick, concrete or chocolate based, if you don't like it that means there will be 399.999 visitors as you will stay away thankfully.., all the more room for me and my bike to enjoy..fact. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -3

4:32pm Tue 11 Mar 14

blackheart says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
blackheart wrote:
DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
blackheart wrote:
andy:) wrote:
blackheart wrote:
Keep mixing that concrete, you'll soon have the whole of this part of Essex concreted over.
EErr..there will be no concrete paths.

If anything it will encourage far more to get out into the countryside and open air and exrecise which can only be a good thing.
I assume the bike shop will be built out of sticks, the 400 space car park out of papier mache and the rangers office out of Lego.
There was some concrete and metal buildings(wreaks) there before right where they are putting the new places, so should be ok, who knows they might even be timber build, check the plans if i was you.

and theres certainly NO concrete around the new track ways, you sound like you have never been over there before.
You sound like someone who comes to conclusions based on zero facts.
well the facts are..as i said, where they are building there was a concrete building there previous....so a fact.

the tracks that they have started in the park area are not concrete i been on part already, another fact.

Carpark..? ain't bothered as i ride there, but would need to be hard standing or sorts, sure it will be easy on the eye though.
And i don't know about the future building...but could be timber..would fit in well, like i said check the plans yourself, me..?..i ain't bothered whether its Timber, brick, concrete or chocolate based, if you don't like it that means there will be 399.999 visitors as you will stay away thankfully.., all the more room for me and my bike to enjoy..fact.
You've already concluded I've never been there, your accuracy is astounding.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackheart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackheart[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blackheart[/bold] wrote: Keep mixing that concrete, you'll soon have the whole of this part of Essex concreted over.[/p][/quote]EErr..there will be no concrete paths. If anything it will encourage far more to get out into the countryside and open air and exrecise which can only be a good thing.[/p][/quote]I assume the bike shop will be built out of sticks, the 400 space car park out of papier mache and the rangers office out of Lego.[/p][/quote]There was some concrete and metal buildings(wreaks) there before right where they are putting the new places, so should be ok, who knows they might even be timber build, check the plans if i was you. and theres certainly NO concrete around the new track ways, you sound like you have never been over there before.[/p][/quote]You sound like someone who comes to conclusions based on zero facts.[/p][/quote]well the facts are..as i said, where they are building there was a concrete building there previous....so a fact. the tracks that they have started in the park area are not concrete i been on part already, another fact. Carpark..? ain't bothered as i ride there, but would need to be hard standing or sorts, sure it will be easy on the eye though. And i don't know about the future building...but could be timber..would fit in well, like i said check the plans yourself, me..?..i ain't bothered whether its Timber, brick, concrete or chocolate based, if you don't like it that means there will be 399.999 visitors as you will stay away thankfully.., all the more room for me and my bike to enjoy..fact.[/p][/quote]You've already concluded I've never been there, your accuracy is astounding. blackheart
  • Score: 3

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