"Turn this eyesore into almshouses"

Essex County Standard: "Turn this eyesore into almshouses" "Turn this eyesore into almshouses"

A derelict bus depot should be turned into almshouses to help Colchester’s elderly residents live more independently, it has been claimed.

Michael Siggs, clerk to Winnocks and Kendalls Almshouse Charity in Military Road, Colchester, believes the former bus garage in Magdalen Road could be turned into a block of flats for older people.

The almhouse overlooks the depot and at Colchester Council’s Local Plan Committee on Monday night, Mr Siggs unveiled the charity’s ambitious plans for the site and said it had funds available to work in partnership with the authority.

In a letter to councillors, he said: “The bus garage site in Magdalen Street has long been a bone of contention for the residents of Kendalls Terrace.

“The buildings have mouldered to a rusty hulk, an eyesore of Colchester."

 Colchester Council has agreed to look at the proposals. 

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4:06pm Thu 6 Feb 14

AngryManNewTown says...

Or a great big community hall would be better!!!
Or a great big community hall would be better!!! AngryManNewTown

4:19pm Thu 6 Feb 14

wearebeingwatched says...

Or an Art Gallery
Or an Art Gallery wearebeingwatched

9:07pm Thu 6 Feb 14

jim_bo says...

Finally someone comes up with a fantastic idea and has the funds to do it.

Let's hope CBC doesn't want too much for the site.
Finally someone comes up with a fantastic idea and has the funds to do it. Let's hope CBC doesn't want too much for the site. jim_bo

2:00am Fri 7 Feb 14

Boris says...

jim_bo wrote:
Finally someone comes up with a fantastic idea and has the funds to do it.

Let's hope CBC doesn't want too much for the site.
I don't see why CBC should give the site away. When they sold off the sheltered housing at Abbeygate House and Joyce Brooks House, they went for the highest possible price. CBC has already made it clear that it wants to reduce its responsibility for providing sheltered housing for elderly people. Therefore a full commercial price should be charged for this prime commercial site.
[quote][p][bold]jim_bo[/bold] wrote: Finally someone comes up with a fantastic idea and has the funds to do it. Let's hope CBC doesn't want too much for the site.[/p][/quote]I don't see why CBC should give the site away. When they sold off the sheltered housing at Abbeygate House and Joyce Brooks House, they went for the highest possible price. CBC has already made it clear that it wants to reduce its responsibility for providing sheltered housing for elderly people. Therefore a full commercial price should be charged for this prime commercial site. Boris

8:36am Fri 7 Feb 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Boris wrote:
jim_bo wrote:
Finally someone comes up with a fantastic idea and has the funds to do it.

Let's hope CBC doesn't want too much for the site.
I don't see why CBC should give the site away. When they sold off the sheltered housing at Abbeygate House and Joyce Brooks House, they went for the highest possible price. CBC has already made it clear that it wants to reduce its responsibility for providing sheltered housing for elderly people. Therefore a full commercial price should be charged for this prime commercial site.
It is a good idea and CBC should seriously consider it. They have already set a precedence when they used council land and a massive council loan to build a new Football Stadium for a commercial enterprise to use?

However, the £8 million loan, borrowed by CBC to build it, is not being fully recovered in rent from the principle tenant and, as predicted, this shortfall is being paid by Colchester residents through additional council taxes.

The point is if CBC and council tax payers can fund a commercial business then they should look on this suggestion favourably by leasing the land to Winnocks and Kendalls Almshouse Charity.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jim_bo[/bold] wrote: Finally someone comes up with a fantastic idea and has the funds to do it. Let's hope CBC doesn't want too much for the site.[/p][/quote]I don't see why CBC should give the site away. When they sold off the sheltered housing at Abbeygate House and Joyce Brooks House, they went for the highest possible price. CBC has already made it clear that it wants to reduce its responsibility for providing sheltered housing for elderly people. Therefore a full commercial price should be charged for this prime commercial site.[/p][/quote]It is a good idea and CBC should seriously consider it. They have already set a precedence when they used council land and a massive council loan to build a new Football Stadium for a commercial enterprise to use? However, the £8 million loan, borrowed by CBC to build it, is not being fully recovered in rent from the principle tenant and, as predicted, this shortfall is being paid by Colchester residents through additional council taxes. The point is if CBC and council tax payers can fund a commercial business then they should look on this suggestion favourably by leasing the land to Winnocks and Kendalls Almshouse Charity. Say It As It Is OK?

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