Car ban will sink sea cadet group

Essex County Standard: Gillian Bolderstone is worried for the sea cadets' future. Gillian Bolderstone is worried for the sea cadets' future.

SEA cadets say plans to close a road leading to their headquarters will ruin their group.

Colchester Sea Cadets, based at King Edward Quay, on Colchester’s Hythe, face being cut off under proposals to stop vehicles using a 40m section of Distillery Road.

The road leads to their base on TS Colne Light.

Highways bosses want to turn Distillery Lane into a footpath and cycle route.

It would mean parents would not be able to pick up or drop off the cadets and the squad would not be able to hold its annual fundraisers by the quay.

Gillian Bolderstone, a leader at the cadet group, said: “If this goes ahead, our ship is sunk.

Essex County Council has said approval was granted with a condition attached to create a cycle path alongside a pedestrianised area.

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10:16am Mon 3 Feb 14

hughie-s says...

What a load of.............. you just go further along Haven Road, past the foot of Whitehall Road and turn left onto King Edward Quay. In fact for some people coming down Whitehall Road is the more direct route.
What a load of.............. you just go further along Haven Road, past the foot of Whitehall Road and turn left onto King Edward Quay. In fact for some people coming down Whitehall Road is the more direct route. hughie-s
  • Score: 8

10:39am Mon 3 Feb 14

Slamdoor312 says...

They could always walk.

Oh no, kids don't do that, Door to door car service nowadays
They could always walk. Oh no, kids don't do that, Door to door car service nowadays Slamdoor312
  • Score: 10

11:19am Mon 3 Feb 14

MartinF1 says...

Wow, 40 meters.
That's almost 50 steps each way - if that's going to sink the Sea Cadet Group then perhaps they're not worth saving. I thought that the idea of cadet's - be it air, sea or army was to promote health & fitness. If those poor diddems' aren't capable of walking such a short distance, then perhaps the venue allocated to them should be given to a group who is more robust & is capable of putting one leg in front of the other for at least two minutes!
Wow, 40 meters. That's almost 50 steps each way - if that's going to sink the Sea Cadet Group then perhaps they're not worth saving. I thought that the idea of cadet's - be it air, sea or army was to promote health & fitness. If those poor diddems' aren't capable of walking such a short distance, then perhaps the venue allocated to them should be given to a group who is more robust & is capable of putting one leg in front of the other for at least two minutes! MartinF1
  • Score: 8

11:25am Mon 3 Feb 14

romantic says...

Hughie-s is right, you can cut round that back way. Or why not drop the kids off on Haven Road and they can walk the 40 metres through to the quayside. Sea cadets are not small children, surely they are normally 13 years and above. By that age, they should be perfectly capable of walking or catching a bus under their own steam! If not, then the parents really need to step back a bit. This seems a huge over-dramatization.

Also, in a year or so, there will be a large amount of student housing there, which would surely have an entrance onto the quay. So if driving is the only option, pull up in there, the kids can go through, and then you can swing round the back and park along the quay.
Hughie-s is right, you can cut round that back way. Or why not drop the kids off on Haven Road and they can walk the 40 metres through to the quayside. Sea cadets are not small children, surely they are normally 13 years and above. By that age, they should be perfectly capable of walking or catching a bus under their own steam! If not, then the parents really need to step back a bit. This seems a huge over-dramatization. Also, in a year or so, there will be a large amount of student housing there, which would surely have an entrance onto the quay. So if driving is the only option, pull up in there, the kids can go through, and then you can swing round the back and park along the quay. romantic
  • Score: 6

12:06pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Reginald47 says...

This is what happens when you have a local newspaper that has stooped so low in its journalistic targets that anyone ringing up to complain about Colchester Council, Essex County Council, the hospital, Colchester Borough Homes or any other local council or organisation in any kind of authority merits at least a half page, a big pic and as many words as the Gazette needs to fill a space easily without the reporter bothering to check the facts. Very sad.
This is what happens when you have a local newspaper that has stooped so low in its journalistic targets that anyone ringing up to complain about Colchester Council, Essex County Council, the hospital, Colchester Borough Homes or any other local council or organisation in any kind of authority merits at least a half page, a big pic and as many words as the Gazette needs to fill a space easily without the reporter bothering to check the facts. Very sad. Reginald47
  • Score: 7

12:47pm Mon 3 Feb 14

hughie-s says...

Just occurred to me that this bit of Distillery Lane may be privately owned like the main part. I assume it is as the planning application in 2012 shows it being blocked up with access to the flats further along Haven Road and access off King Edward Quay to a small 19 space car park. Not sure how that fits in with the rest of the site where there are a large number of spaces

Did the Sea Scouts object to the proposals, if not why not? Did they ask the purpose of the car park, perhaps they could have asked to use it
Just occurred to me that this bit of Distillery Lane may be privately owned like the main part. I assume it is as the planning application in 2012 shows it being blocked up with access to the flats further along Haven Road and access off King Edward Quay to a small 19 space car park. Not sure how that fits in with the rest of the site where there are a large number of spaces Did the Sea Scouts object to the proposals, if not why not? Did they ask the purpose of the car park, perhaps they could have asked to use it hughie-s
  • Score: 0

1:13pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

If they cant walk that distance then the Cadets deserve to be sunk.
If they cant walk that distance then the Cadets deserve to be sunk. Jack222
  • Score: 4

1:16pm Mon 3 Feb 14

romantic says...

The following link shows a video of what is being built: http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=ukiL2jC3g
so

Leaving aside the question of whether it will actually look anything like this, there does seem to be access direct from flats to quayside.
The following link shows a video of what is being built: http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=ukiL2jC3g so Leaving aside the question of whether it will actually look anything like this, there does seem to be access direct from flats to quayside. romantic
  • Score: 1

9:00pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Jack222 wrote:
If they cant walk that distance then the Cadets deserve to be sunk.
But these cadets have Sea Legs.....
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: If they cant walk that distance then the Cadets deserve to be sunk.[/p][/quote]But these cadets have Sea Legs..... Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 2

9:19am Tue 4 Feb 14

Jess Jephcott says...

I just hope that the Blue Badge lot don't get wind of this or there could be a judicial revue.
I just hope that the Blue Badge lot don't get wind of this or there could be a judicial revue. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 0

6:23pm Tue 4 Feb 14

colcestrian says...

hughie-s wrote:
What a load of.............. you just go further along Haven Road, past the foot of Whitehall Road and turn left onto King Edward Quay. In fact for some people coming down Whitehall Road is the more direct route.
As you have always been able to do ! I do not believe that before this section of Distillery Lane was resurfaced a few years ago that they didn't go along Haven Road and use the Quay already !
Another case of someone not checking the facts before commenting
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: What a load of.............. you just go further along Haven Road, past the foot of Whitehall Road and turn left onto King Edward Quay. In fact for some people coming down Whitehall Road is the more direct route.[/p][/quote]As you have always been able to do ! I do not believe that before this section of Distillery Lane was resurfaced a few years ago that they didn't go along Haven Road and use the Quay already ! Another case of someone not checking the facts before commenting colcestrian
  • Score: 0

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