The Tram Stop Shelter project to convert derelict building in Thorpe Bay gathers support

Southend Standard: On track – Tram Stop’s Bob Craven and Frank Summers with Alison Semmence, chief officer at Southend’s volunteer centre On track – Tram Stop’s Bob Craven and Frank Summers with Alison Semmence, chief officer at Southend’s volunteer centre

MORE groups are interested in using a converted former tram stop shelter, after the project was the first to be featured on a new community market stall.

The Tram Stop Shelter displayed plans to convert the derelict shelter in Thorpe Esplanade, Thorpe Bay, into a new community centre on a Southend market stall, organised by Southend Association of Voluntary Services.

The charity, which has already raised more than £60,000 towards the project, will apply for £200,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to pay to convert the former tram stop and changing rooms, which have been derelict for 40 years, into a meeting space and base for groups using the beach.

More than 70 community organisations have already expressed interest in using the space, and another five or six took away information from the stall in High Street.

Bob Craven, 67, of Marcus Chase, Thorpe Bay, chairman of the charity, said: “We have had such a positive reaction from people here and we have achieved exactly what we wanted to.” Visitors can view the plans at the projects AGM, at Thorpe Bay Yacht Club, in Thorpe Bay Gardens, on Wednesday. A different community group will hold a stall on the market each week.

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11:38am Mon 26 May 14

Loosers says...

You couldn't pick a worse spot for such a facility. That is an extremely busy junction traffic-wise. The current building is indeed an eyesore and should be torn down, but the proposed usage plans are a disaster waiting to happen. Common sense should prevail and an alternative location found for the community facility that this group wish to establish.
You couldn't pick a worse spot for such a facility. That is an extremely busy junction traffic-wise. The current building is indeed an eyesore and should be torn down, but the proposed usage plans are a disaster waiting to happen. Common sense should prevail and an alternative location found for the community facility that this group wish to establish. Loosers
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12:55pm Mon 26 May 14

supermadmax says...

Bob is always trying to get people to send him money, I remember when he had an advert / story on here last year and he was asking people to post him cash. I wonder if he pays himself any salary from his charity.
Bob is always trying to get people to send him money, I remember when he had an advert / story on here last year and he was asking people to post him cash. I wonder if he pays himself any salary from his charity. supermadmax
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3:48pm Mon 26 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

supermadmax wrote:
Bob is always trying to get people to send him money, I remember when he had an advert / story on here last year and he was asking people to post him cash. I wonder if he pays himself any salary from his charity.
And what you elude to is the cancer in the charities salaried employees
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: Bob is always trying to get people to send him money, I remember when he had an advert / story on here last year and he was asking people to post him cash. I wonder if he pays himself any salary from his charity.[/p][/quote]And what you elude to is the cancer in the charities salaried employees Living the La Vida Legra
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