Still no decision over future of rundown Burrows Hall

Still no decision over future of rundown Burrows Hall

Still no decision over future of rundown Burrows Hall

First published in Echo News by

THE FUTURE of Hadleigh’s derelict John H Burrows Hall is still undecided – two years after it closed.

Asbestos in the building means demolishing it could cost nearly £100,000, according to a report commissioned by Castle Point councillors Bill Sharp and Tom Skipp.

However, to repair the hall and bring it back into public use would cost four times as much, while modernising it and making it energy-efficient could cost £770,500.

The study suggested the cheapest option would to pull down the hall and grass it over. That would cost £86,700 – or £98,000 if the area was given a hard surface.

A report to the council says “On balance, the only financially viable option is to demolish it, return the area to grass and enter into an agreement with the cricket club to secure public access to short and long-term toilet and changing facilities.”

Mr Sharp told fellow councillors: “We are asking you to see the costs of demolishing or redeveloping, and whether it should go to a policy and scrutiny committee.

We would like it to go to a committee to give it a real in-depth investigation.”

Senior councillors agreed to do this.

They also agreed to make a one-off payment of £3,000 to Hadleigh and Thundersley Cricket Club so its toilets could be made available park users.

The money will pay for them to be refurbished and made accessible to disabled people.

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5:36pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Royr says...

I am aware that there is a small group of locals who want the building brought back in to use, but surely this is a no brainer.
What happened to the brewery bid that these few locals objected to?
I am aware that there is a small group of locals who want the building brought back in to use, but surely this is a no brainer. What happened to the brewery bid that these few locals objected to? Royr
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9:28pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Hugh.Janus says...

I sincerely hope that the moronic group of old cronies that made such a fuss about the Hungry Horse, building not only a restaurant, but new toilets and changing facilities for the local population and sports people, are now extremely happy as instead of all the new facilities, it looks like they are going to end up with a patch of more grass. What a totally selfish bunch of nimbys.
As a Castle Point resident I would certainly object to the Council spending our hard earned money on a loss leader when there was such a great alternative at no cost to the council, and would in the end provide entertainment, food and sports facilities and also importantly, business rates.
.This bunch of nimbys can now feel satisfied with themselves that they have deprived the population of Hadleigh and the surrounding area with what would have been some very good facilities and given it another patch of grass. They remind me of Scrooge, Bah Humbug!!!
I sincerely hope that the moronic group of old cronies that made such a fuss about the Hungry Horse, building not only a restaurant, but new toilets and changing facilities for the local population and sports people, are now extremely happy as instead of all the new facilities, it looks like they are going to end up with a patch of more grass. What a totally selfish bunch of nimbys. As a Castle Point resident I would certainly object to the Council spending our hard earned money on a loss leader when there was such a great alternative at no cost to the council, and would in the end provide entertainment, food and sports facilities and also importantly, business rates. .This bunch of nimbys can now feel satisfied with themselves that they have deprived the population of Hadleigh and the surrounding area with what would have been some very good facilities and given it another patch of grass. They remind me of Scrooge, Bah Humbug!!! Hugh.Janus
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