Party venue next to Basildon Cemetery rejected

Southend Standard: Relieved – crematorium manager Alan Jose Relieved – crematorium manager Alan Jose

CAMPAIGNERS are delighted after plans to hold weddings and parties next to Basildon cemetery were thrown out.

Basildon Council has refused proposals to transform the Old Rectory, in Church Road, Bowers Gifford, into an entertainment venue because of its green belt location.

Mourners, residents and councillors battled to stop the “insensitive” change of use from an architect’s office because of concerns about noise and traffic.

They thought they had lost their fight last month after the council granted the site’s new Barking-based owners JA Phillips Holdings an alcohol and entertainment licence, but the plans have been rejected.

If the planning application had gone through it would have meant events could take place from 5.30pm until midnight on Saturday and Sunday and music could be played inside from 9amuntil 7pm in the week and 9am until midnight on weekends.

Alan Jose, manager of Basildon Cemetery and Crematorium, said: “We are absolutely delighted. It shows that when the public are against something that could become a problem, the council does listen.

“We care about those who have been bereaved and had real concerns about the insensitivity of the plans.

“We wouldn’t want to see the Old Rectory fall into a state of disrepair, but think it would be suitable as a residential property or offices, which it has been used as successfully for the past 15 years.”

Wheelchair-user Steve Bates, 46, bought his house next door to the Old Rectory 12 years ago because of its peaceful setting.

He said: “As it stands, we are very pleased it has been refused and I just hope that nothing changes.

“It looked like it was going to get through after the licensing application was granted.”

Aiden McGurran, Labour councillor for Pitsea south east, was inundated with calls and e-mails from concerned residents and mourners.

He said: “There will be a lot of relieved people. There were a lot of concerns. Because of the location, it could have been very insensitive.”

Council planning officer David Gill said: “While the proposal would bring back into use the currently vacant former rectory from offices into an entertainment venue, it would lead to a significant increase in noise and disturbance in this green belt location, as well as lacking sufficient on-site parking provision."

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10:07am Fri 28 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Greenbelt location actually means something?

Crikey!
Greenbelt location actually means something? Crikey! Howard Cháse
  • Score: 2

11:59am Fri 28 Mar 14

poortaxpayer says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
Greenbelt location actually means something?

Crikey!
This site is slap bang next to the A13 - the folk on the other side are complaining they cant't get any sleep! Go there and hear the A13 roar - hardly peaceful!!!

http://www.echo-news
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ws/11099824.Our_slee
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[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: Greenbelt location actually means something? Crikey![/p][/quote]This site is slap bang next to the A13 - the folk on the other side are complaining they cant't get any sleep! Go there and hear the A13 roar - hardly peaceful!!! http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/local_ne ws/11099824.Our_slee pless_nights_caused_ by_extra_A13_traffic _noise/ poortaxpayer
  • Score: 2

12:01pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

More bandstanding from Labour.

This has been a CROSS party effort actually.

"Alan Jose, manager of Basildon Cemetery and Crematorium, said: “We are absolutely delighted. It shows that when the public are against something that could become a problem, the council does listen."

As I have often said, I don't do party politics any more. I've done my bit, stood for election and held public office and in the end got sick of the backstabbing. I may have friends in different parties but I detest the dirt and filth of party politics but in this instance, "the council" referred to in the above clip, is, at the moment, Tory controlled.

I am the first to slag off politicians and political parties but in this case, credit where it's due.

Why is Labour always trying to claim credit for others' efforts. In the paper yesterday another one was bandwagoning on the issue of Middle Hall Path, something Basildon Tory Councillor John Dornan and UKIP Essex County Councillor Kerry Smith have already been dealing with. Petitions have already been done.

Both stories were covered months ago by the Echo. Most of the work has been done but Labour are far too busy Tweeting lies and rumours about the opposition, raking up fake scandals and wasting public money with pointless police investigations and other such nonsense - and trying to grab photo opportunities.

Therefore, they don't give themselves the chance to research anything. And they never let the truth get in the way of a good bit of muck-raking about the opposition.

They need to mind their own - and their residents' - business. They remind me of a bunch of attention seeking teenagers jumping up and down behind a newsreader on an outside broadcast, pointing at themselves and grinning inanely.

They just need to get on with serving their residents instead of glory grabbing.

Labour are singularly unable to come up with ideas of their own (except hugely unpopular ones) and are forever hitching a ride on everyone else's bandwagon and trying to make out that good outcomes are all their doing.

All I see are a bunch of publicity seeking career politicians.
More bandstanding from Labour. This has been a CROSS party effort actually. "Alan Jose, manager of Basildon Cemetery and Crematorium, said: “We are absolutely delighted. It shows that when the public are against something that could become a problem, the council does listen." As I have often said, I don't do party politics any more. I've done my bit, stood for election and held public office and in the end got sick of the backstabbing. I may have friends in different parties but I detest the dirt and filth of party politics but in this instance, "the council" referred to in the above clip, is, at the moment, Tory controlled. I am the first to slag off politicians and political parties but in this case, credit where it's due. Why is Labour always trying to claim credit for others' efforts. In the paper yesterday another one was bandwagoning on the issue of Middle Hall Path, something Basildon Tory Councillor John Dornan and UKIP Essex County Councillor Kerry Smith have already been dealing with. Petitions have already been done. Both stories were covered months ago by the Echo. Most of the work has been done but Labour are far too busy Tweeting lies and rumours about the opposition, raking up fake scandals and wasting public money with pointless police investigations and other such nonsense - and trying to grab photo opportunities. Therefore, they don't give themselves the chance to research anything. And they never let the truth get in the way of a good bit of muck-raking about the opposition. They need to mind their own - and their residents' - business. They remind me of a bunch of attention seeking teenagers jumping up and down behind a newsreader on an outside broadcast, pointing at themselves and grinning inanely. They just need to get on with serving their residents instead of glory grabbing. Labour are singularly unable to come up with ideas of their own (except hugely unpopular ones) and are forever hitching a ride on everyone else's bandwagon and trying to make out that good outcomes are all their doing. All I see are a bunch of publicity seeking career politicians. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -3

4:44pm Fri 28 Mar 14

runwellian says...

Kim ;Gandy wrote:
Had I been elected my party would have looked at this, in the light it is known to be.
Having stood for various staunch British nationalist groups, I believe it's good to talk, good to listen, but the decision is always mine.
You wasn't elected ... end of!
[quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: Had I been elected my party would have looked at this, in the light it is known to be. Having stood for various staunch British nationalist groups, I believe it's good to talk, good to listen, but the decision is always mine.[/p][/quote]You wasn't elected ... end of! runwellian
  • Score: 3

8:27pm Fri 28 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Oh No...Nightmares come true...two Gandy's..each worse than the other..
Oh No...Nightmares come true...two Gandy's..each worse than the other.. ThisYear
  • Score: 4

9:51pm Fri 28 Mar 14

profondo asbo says...

independent as a hog on ice
independent as a hog on ice profondo asbo
  • Score: -1

1:09am Sat 29 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Kim ;Gandy wrote:
Had I been elected my party would have looked at this, in the light it is known to be.
Having stood for various staunch British nationalist groups, I believe it's good to talk, good to listen, but the decision is always mine.
Funny that, since I don't belong to a party.

Aha! Now I realise who you are. It's Cllr Cockroach or one of your pals from the Labour group, incensed by my comments above.

Dear oh dear, you are so easily sussed aren't you?

Hey folks , if you vote Labour, this is the kind of mentality you will be getting.

Somebody who cannot take criticism and is deranged enough to get their own back pretending to be someone else.

But you are right on one thing. The decision is always mine.

And that decision is to expose Labour ad lefty loons at every opportunity.

Nice try.. but as I say again. I am not going away. I will be there watching your every move, waiting for you to put a foot wrong eh Cockroach?

Otherwise known in political circles as Boy Blunder.

Dear oh dear, the Labour group Sour Grapes Committee's increasingly desperate behaviour knows no bounds!
[quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: Had I been elected my party would have looked at this, in the light it is known to be. Having stood for various staunch British nationalist groups, I believe it's good to talk, good to listen, but the decision is always mine.[/p][/quote]Funny that, since I don't belong to a party. Aha! Now I realise who you are. It's Cllr Cockroach or one of your pals from the Labour group, incensed by my comments above. Dear oh dear, you are so easily sussed aren't you? Hey folks , if you vote Labour, this is the kind of mentality you will be getting. Somebody who cannot take criticism and is deranged enough to get their own back pretending to be someone else. But you are right on one thing. The decision is always mine. And that decision is to expose Labour ad lefty loons at every opportunity. Nice try.. but as I say again. I am not going away. I will be there watching your every move, waiting for you to put a foot wrong eh Cockroach? Otherwise known in political circles as Boy Blunder. Dear oh dear, the Labour group Sour Grapes Committee's increasingly desperate behaviour knows no bounds! Kim Gandy
  • Score: -5

1:11am Sat 29 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

runwellian wrote:
Kim ;Gandy wrote:
Had I been elected my party would have looked at this, in the light it is known to be.
Having stood for various staunch British nationalist groups, I believe it's good to talk, good to listen, but the decision is always mine.
You wasn't elected ... end of!
And you are thick enough to believe this is me.

I thought you were more intelligent than that. I did not post this. Can you not see the difference in usernames.

This is one of the Labour slimeballs posting under my name.

And for your information, I have held public office as I have repeatedly told you. Not my fault if you can't do your own research and believe all the tripe you read on here.

There is only myself and a handful of others who ever say anything worth saying.

Oh and it was "you were not", not "you wasn't".

Now you know it's me! :D
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: Had I been elected my party would have looked at this, in the light it is known to be. Having stood for various staunch British nationalist groups, I believe it's good to talk, good to listen, but the decision is always mine.[/p][/quote]You wasn't elected ... end of![/p][/quote]And you are thick enough to believe this is me. I thought you were more intelligent than that. I did not post this. Can you not see the difference in usernames. This is one of the Labour slimeballs posting under my name. And for your information, I have held public office as I have repeatedly told you. Not my fault if you can't do your own research and believe all the tripe you read on here. There is only myself and a handful of others who ever say anything worth saying. Oh and it was "you were not", not "you wasn't". Now you know it's me! :D Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

1:12am Sat 29 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

ThisYear wrote:
Oh No...Nightmares come true...two Gandy's..each worse than the other..
..and you are thicker than a whale omelette.

The other one is not me. Did you not spot the semi colon loony tune.. Also I can spell and punctuate and my sentences scan correctly. But you wouldn't recognise that being as thick as you are.

Get back to your curtain twitching.
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: Oh No...Nightmares come true...two Gandy's..each worse than the other..[/p][/quote]..and you are thicker than a whale omelette. The other one is not me. Did you not spot the semi colon loony tune.. Also I can spell and punctuate and my sentences scan correctly. But you wouldn't recognise that being as thick as you are. Get back to your curtain twitching. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -1

11:38am Sat 29 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
Oh No...Nightmares come true...two Gandy's..each worse than the other..
..and you are thicker than a whale omelette.

The other one is not me. Did you not spot the semi colon loony tune.. Also I can spell and punctuate and my sentences scan correctly. But you wouldn't recognise that being as thick as you are.

Get back to your curtain twitching.
Kim, you are too modest..of course the other poster is you..an ex 'non-political councillor' (what is that?) with such a high intelligence level like you is deserving of 2 perhaps 3 usernames..go on own up..you know we're worth it.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: Oh No...Nightmares come true...two Gandy's..each worse than the other..[/p][/quote]..and you are thicker than a whale omelette. The other one is not me. Did you not spot the semi colon loony tune.. Also I can spell and punctuate and my sentences scan correctly. But you wouldn't recognise that being as thick as you are. Get back to your curtain twitching.[/p][/quote]Kim, you are too modest..of course the other poster is you..an ex 'non-political councillor' (what is that?) with such a high intelligence level like you is deserving of 2 perhaps 3 usernames..go on own up..you know we're worth it. ThisYear
  • Score: 3

11:40am Sat 29 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Kim ;Gandy wrote:
Had I been elected my party would have looked at this, in the light it is known to be.
Having stood for various staunch British nationalist groups, I believe it's good to talk, good to listen, but the decision is always mine.
Funny that, since I don't belong to a party.

Aha! Now I realise who you are. It's Cllr Cockroach or one of your pals from the Labour group, incensed by my comments above.

Dear oh dear, you are so easily sussed aren't you?

Hey folks , if you vote Labour, this is the kind of mentality you will be getting.

Somebody who cannot take criticism and is deranged enough to get their own back pretending to be someone else.

But you are right on one thing. The decision is always mine.

And that decision is to expose Labour ad lefty loons at every opportunity.

Nice try.. but as I say again. I am not going away. I will be there watching your every move, waiting for you to put a foot wrong eh Cockroach?

Otherwise known in political circles as Boy Blunder.

Dear oh dear, the Labour group Sour Grapes Committee's increasingly desperate behaviour knows no bounds!
Perhaps its former colleagues? In the EDL/UKIP.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim ;Gandy[/bold] wrote: Had I been elected my party would have looked at this, in the light it is known to be. Having stood for various staunch British nationalist groups, I believe it's good to talk, good to listen, but the decision is always mine.[/p][/quote]Funny that, since I don't belong to a party. Aha! Now I realise who you are. It's Cllr Cockroach or one of your pals from the Labour group, incensed by my comments above. Dear oh dear, you are so easily sussed aren't you? Hey folks , if you vote Labour, this is the kind of mentality you will be getting. Somebody who cannot take criticism and is deranged enough to get their own back pretending to be someone else. But you are right on one thing. The decision is always mine. And that decision is to expose Labour ad lefty loons at every opportunity. Nice try.. but as I say again. I am not going away. I will be there watching your every move, waiting for you to put a foot wrong eh Cockroach? Otherwise known in political circles as Boy Blunder. Dear oh dear, the Labour group Sour Grapes Committee's increasingly desperate behaviour knows no bounds![/p][/quote]Perhaps its former colleagues? In the EDL/UKIP. ThisYear
  • Score: 4

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