Hythe regeneration project comes to a close

Sir Bob Russell with Hythe Forward chairman Cyril Thomas

Sir Bob Russell with Hythe Forward chairman Cyril Thomas

First published in News

REGENERATION bosses are gearing up for a fresh Euro funding bid having completed a £450,000 upgrade of Colchester’s Hythe.

The 18-month Town to Port project saw a series of pontoons installed at King Edward Quay, the old Hythe Bridge turned into a community space, the route to Rowhedge upgraded and a series of wayfinder points set up.

Studies looking at further regeneration of the area were also funded by two grants totalling around £450,000 from the European Union’s Transcoast project.

Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell was given a tour of the newly completed work, much of which was influenced by the Old Port’s industrial heritage.

The Lib Dem MP said he would support future EU funding bids, likely to become available following elections in May.

See Tuesday's Gazette for the full story

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12:30pm Tue 25 Feb 14

catflap1 says...

pity it's still a shithole then
pity it's still a shithole then catflap1
  • Score: 6

1:59pm Tue 25 Feb 14

crazy comments says...

The last time I saw it a few months back when visiting I thought the same as catflap1 what a dump. Certainly not any form of showpiece.
The last time I saw it a few months back when visiting I thought the same as catflap1 what a dump. Certainly not any form of showpiece. crazy comments
  • Score: 7

1:59pm Tue 25 Feb 14

All_talk_no_action says...

Someone got rich out of that scam.
Someone got rich out of that scam. All_talk_no_action
  • Score: 9

2:07pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Bing Bong says...

Catflap1 you are totally correct, the place is **** hole and smells beyond belief but it does give Bob Russell something else to job. Give this town £450K and his wages and we may get somewhere
Catflap1 you are totally correct, the place is **** hole and smells beyond belief but it does give Bob Russell something else to job. Give this town £450K and his wages and we may get somewhere Bing Bong
  • Score: 0

3:35pm Tue 25 Feb 14

romantic says...

you guys are being really harsh. Hythe Station Bridge has been repainted. On one side. A cycle path has been painted out for a good 50 metres. There are 7 or 8 lights embedded in the path where it goes under the railway. There are a number of benches with some blurb about the area. There are sculptures along the pathway to bring culture to the philistines as we shuffle through our weary lives. FFS, what more do you want for a mere £450,000 ?
you guys are being really harsh. Hythe Station Bridge has been repainted. On one side. A cycle path has been painted out for a good 50 metres. There are 7 or 8 lights embedded in the path where it goes under the railway. There are a number of benches with some blurb about the area. There are sculptures along the pathway to bring culture to the philistines as we shuffle through our weary lives. FFS, what more do you want for a mere £450,000 ? romantic
  • Score: 9

4:34pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Bing Bong says...

Not the amount of money. but the fact it could be spend of fair fair fair more important things, but hi what do i know i am a philistine
Not the amount of money. but the fact it could be spend of fair fair fair more important things, but hi what do i know i am a philistine Bing Bong
  • Score: 1

4:45pm Tue 25 Feb 14

nikkifk says...

I'm interested to know if any of you above actually live in the Hythe?
I do and I certainly wouldn't call it a **** hole.
Don't get me wrong, it has it's issues as a place, but still...
I'm interested to know if any of you above actually live in the Hythe? I do and I certainly wouldn't call it a **** hole. Don't get me wrong, it has it's issues as a place, but still... nikkifk
  • Score: 1

4:55pm Tue 25 Feb 14

romantic says...

romantic wrote:
you guys are being really harsh. Hythe Station Bridge has been repainted. On one side. A cycle path has been painted out for a good 50 metres. There are 7 or 8 lights embedded in the path where it goes under the railway. There are a number of benches with some blurb about the area. There are sculptures along the pathway to bring culture to the philistines as we shuffle through our weary lives. FFS, what more do you want for a mere £450,000 ?
In case people don't realise, this is tongue in cheek....
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: you guys are being really harsh. Hythe Station Bridge has been repainted. On one side. A cycle path has been painted out for a good 50 metres. There are 7 or 8 lights embedded in the path where it goes under the railway. There are a number of benches with some blurb about the area. There are sculptures along the pathway to bring culture to the philistines as we shuffle through our weary lives. FFS, what more do you want for a mere £450,000 ?[/p][/quote]In case people don't realise, this is tongue in cheek.... romantic
  • Score: 7

5:21pm Tue 25 Feb 14

romantic says...

nikkifk wrote:
I'm interested to know if any of you above actually live in the Hythe?
I do and I certainly wouldn't call it a **** hole.
Don't get me wrong, it has it's issues as a place, but still...
I don't live there, but have gone there pretty much daily since the 80s and have watched it change over the years, and continue to change. I think it's fair to say that it's not as originally envisaged. The plan was for something along the lines of Ipswich Marina, with professional types sipping lattes after jumping off the train back from London.

It may still become something like that in time, but that did kind of depend on 1. dredging the river, 2. moving Hythe station, 3. direct trains to London. I don't think the developers ever had enough cash to finance #1. #2 and #3, haven't heard much about them, but it's a lot less likely now, as the flats in the area seem to be mainly housing association and buy to let A few people got in early and snapped up high-priced penthouse flats and are now stuck there. The flats still being built have underground car parks which nobody uses because they flood regularly. If I commuted to London, why would I live there?

The new student blocks being built should bring some life to the area, the quaysides have been done up and are ready for people to be living along them. My point above is that £450,000 really doesn't seem to buy a lot, and it is still very much piecemeal changes. I remember the original plans well, and it all looked fantastic, but nobody seems to have worked together to get a Hythe-wide plan. It's still a block of flats here, a warehouse there, not a coherent whole. In 10 or 15 years, I think it will have become a far nicer place to live. But they do need to dredge the river for this to happen.
[quote][p][bold]nikkifk[/bold] wrote: I'm interested to know if any of you above actually live in the Hythe? I do and I certainly wouldn't call it a **** hole. Don't get me wrong, it has it's issues as a place, but still...[/p][/quote]I don't live there, but have gone there pretty much daily since the 80s and have watched it change over the years, and continue to change. I think it's fair to say that it's not as originally envisaged. The plan was for something along the lines of Ipswich Marina, with professional types sipping lattes after jumping off the train back from London. It may still become something like that in time, but that did kind of depend on 1. dredging the river, 2. moving Hythe station, 3. direct trains to London. I don't think the developers ever had enough cash to finance #1. #2 and #3, haven't heard much about them, but it's a lot less likely now, as the flats in the area seem to be mainly housing association and buy to let A few people got in early and snapped up high-priced penthouse flats and are now stuck there. The flats still being built have underground car parks which nobody uses because they flood regularly. If I commuted to London, why would I live there? The new student blocks being built should bring some life to the area, the quaysides have been done up and are ready for people to be living along them. My point above is that £450,000 really doesn't seem to buy a lot, and it is still very much piecemeal changes. I remember the original plans well, and it all looked fantastic, but nobody seems to have worked together to get a Hythe-wide plan. It's still a block of flats here, a warehouse there, not a coherent whole. In 10 or 15 years, I think it will have become a far nicer place to live. But they do need to dredge the river for this to happen. romantic
  • Score: 4

7:05pm Tue 25 Feb 14

UndergroundOverground says...

Bing Bong wrote:
Not the amount of money. but the fact it could be spend of fair fair fair more important things, but hi what do i know i am a philistine
One thing you certainly don’t know is how to spell.
[quote][p][bold]Bing Bong[/bold] wrote: Not the amount of money. but the fact it could be spend of fair fair fair more important things, but hi what do i know i am a philistine[/p][/quote]One thing you certainly don’t know is how to spell. UndergroundOverground
  • Score: 0

11:20pm Tue 25 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

You need to regenerate the whole council before the hythe.
You need to regenerate the whole council before the hythe. stevedawson
  • Score: 1

11:35pm Tue 25 Feb 14

ColchGirl says...

As a resident if the Hythe I must say by far the biggest problem that it has is the dog owners around being unable to pick up after their dogs. It is disgusting. All along Hawkins Road, into Haddon Park and along the river towards the allotments and east hill is filthy. Not one bin to be seen. Teamed with the lack of lighting down Hawkins Road it really is a game of dodge the sh*t. The council spending some money on red bins would be nice!!
As a resident if the Hythe I must say by far the biggest problem that it has is the dog owners around being unable to pick up after their dogs. It is disgusting. All along Hawkins Road, into Haddon Park and along the river towards the allotments and east hill is filthy. Not one bin to be seen. Teamed with the lack of lighting down Hawkins Road it really is a game of dodge the sh*t. The council spending some money on red bins would be nice!! ColchGirl
  • Score: 2

10:35am Wed 26 Feb 14

nikkifk says...

ColchGirl wrote:
As a resident if the Hythe I must say by far the biggest problem that it has is the dog owners around being unable to pick up after their dogs. It is disgusting. All along Hawkins Road, into Haddon Park and along the river towards the allotments and east hill is filthy. Not one bin to be seen. Teamed with the lack of lighting down Hawkins Road it really is a game of dodge the sh*t. The council spending some money on red bins would be nice!!
I completely agree with you, there are not enough red bins and a lot of people who don't use them. I run down Hawkins Road a lot and I'm forever playing dodge the dog poo!
[quote][p][bold]ColchGirl[/bold] wrote: As a resident if the Hythe I must say by far the biggest problem that it has is the dog owners around being unable to pick up after their dogs. It is disgusting. All along Hawkins Road, into Haddon Park and along the river towards the allotments and east hill is filthy. Not one bin to be seen. Teamed with the lack of lighting down Hawkins Road it really is a game of dodge the sh*t. The council spending some money on red bins would be nice!![/p][/quote]I completely agree with you, there are not enough red bins and a lot of people who don't use them. I run down Hawkins Road a lot and I'm forever playing dodge the dog poo! nikkifk
  • Score: 0

10:41am Wed 26 Feb 14

nikkifk says...

romantic wrote:
nikkifk wrote:
I'm interested to know if any of you above actually live in the Hythe?
I do and I certainly wouldn't call it a **** hole.
Don't get me wrong, it has it's issues as a place, but still...
I don't live there, but have gone there pretty much daily since the 80s and have watched it change over the years, and continue to change. I think it's fair to say that it's not as originally envisaged. The plan was for something along the lines of Ipswich Marina, with professional types sipping lattes after jumping off the train back from London.

It may still become something like that in time, but that did kind of depend on 1. dredging the river, 2. moving Hythe station, 3. direct trains to London. I don't think the developers ever had enough cash to finance #1. #2 and #3, haven't heard much about them, but it's a lot less likely now, as the flats in the area seem to be mainly housing association and buy to let A few people got in early and snapped up high-priced penthouse flats and are now stuck there. The flats still being built have underground car parks which nobody uses because they flood regularly. If I commuted to London, why would I live there?

The new student blocks being built should bring some life to the area, the quaysides have been done up and are ready for people to be living along them. My point above is that £450,000 really doesn't seem to buy a lot, and it is still very much piecemeal changes. I remember the original plans well, and it all looked fantastic, but nobody seems to have worked together to get a Hythe-wide plan. It's still a block of flats here, a warehouse there, not a coherent whole. In 10 or 15 years, I think it will have become a far nicer place to live. But they do need to dredge the river for this to happen.
I agree with you that the regen is not thought out as a whole - it never was really - but there are community groups down here working to put pressure on to get a more cohesive approach... the sad thing is that this wasn't tried before the building started. The other big issue is the cost of living here - my house costs about a third more than my colleagues house (the same size and shape at the other side of town) to rent.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nikkifk[/bold] wrote: I'm interested to know if any of you above actually live in the Hythe? I do and I certainly wouldn't call it a **** hole. Don't get me wrong, it has it's issues as a place, but still...[/p][/quote]I don't live there, but have gone there pretty much daily since the 80s and have watched it change over the years, and continue to change. I think it's fair to say that it's not as originally envisaged. The plan was for something along the lines of Ipswich Marina, with professional types sipping lattes after jumping off the train back from London. It may still become something like that in time, but that did kind of depend on 1. dredging the river, 2. moving Hythe station, 3. direct trains to London. I don't think the developers ever had enough cash to finance #1. #2 and #3, haven't heard much about them, but it's a lot less likely now, as the flats in the area seem to be mainly housing association and buy to let A few people got in early and snapped up high-priced penthouse flats and are now stuck there. The flats still being built have underground car parks which nobody uses because they flood regularly. If I commuted to London, why would I live there? The new student blocks being built should bring some life to the area, the quaysides have been done up and are ready for people to be living along them. My point above is that £450,000 really doesn't seem to buy a lot, and it is still very much piecemeal changes. I remember the original plans well, and it all looked fantastic, but nobody seems to have worked together to get a Hythe-wide plan. It's still a block of flats here, a warehouse there, not a coherent whole. In 10 or 15 years, I think it will have become a far nicer place to live. But they do need to dredge the river for this to happen.[/p][/quote]I agree with you that the regen is not thought out as a whole - it never was really - but there are community groups down here working to put pressure on to get a more cohesive approach... the sad thing is that this wasn't tried before the building started. The other big issue is the cost of living here - my house costs about a third more than my colleagues house (the same size and shape at the other side of town) to rent. nikkifk
  • Score: 0

10:46am Wed 26 Feb 14

Bing Bong says...

UndergroundOvergroun
d
wrote:
Bing Bong wrote:
Not the amount of money. but the fact it could be spend of fair fair fair more important things, but hi what do i know i am a philistine
One thing you certainly don’t know is how to spell.
Two things I do know is that people that just check spelling need to get a life and it was tongue in cheek at being a philistine.
[quote][p][bold]UndergroundOvergroun d[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bing Bong[/bold] wrote: Not the amount of money. but the fact it could be spend of fair fair fair more important things, but hi what do i know i am a philistine[/p][/quote]One thing you certainly don’t know is how to spell.[/p][/quote]Two things I do know is that people that just check spelling need to get a life and it was tongue in cheek at being a philistine. Bing Bong
  • Score: 1

11:11am Wed 26 Feb 14

checkifstolen says...

its a shame they let the little red sailing boat moor at the new potoon running off free electricity at the tax payers expense
its a shame they let the little red sailing boat moor at the new potoon running off free electricity at the tax payers expense checkifstolen
  • Score: 2

11:13am Wed 26 Feb 14

checkifstolen says...

#pontoon
#pontoon checkifstolen
  • Score: 1

12:41pm Wed 26 Feb 14

TheHytheMan says...

Why not pay some of the town centre drunks or University immigrants 10£ an hour to go and clean the massive amount of trash that lays around essentially every new 'bench' that was installed.
Why not pay some of the town centre drunks or University immigrants 10£ an hour to go and clean the massive amount of trash that lays around essentially every new 'bench' that was installed. TheHytheMan
  • Score: 0

12:43pm Wed 26 Feb 14

UndergroundOverground says...

Bing Bong wrote:
UndergroundOvergroun

d
wrote:
Bing Bong wrote:
Not the amount of money. but the fact it could be spend of fair fair fair more important things, but hi what do i know i am a philistine
One thing you certainly don’t know is how to spell.
Two things I do know is that people that just check spelling need to get a life and it was tongue in cheek at being a philistine.
Sorry it must be frustrating for you to not know or understand the correct use of words, I doubt you know what a philistine is.
[quote][p][bold]Bing Bong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]UndergroundOvergroun d[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bing Bong[/bold] wrote: Not the amount of money. but the fact it could be spend of fair fair fair more important things, but hi what do i know i am a philistine[/p][/quote]One thing you certainly don’t know is how to spell.[/p][/quote]Two things I do know is that people that just check spelling need to get a life and it was tongue in cheek at being a philistine.[/p][/quote]Sorry it must be frustrating for you to not know or understand the correct use of words, I doubt you know what a philistine is. UndergroundOverground
  • Score: -1

7:02pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Lloyd George says...

In most towns in the UK a stretch of water Is usually seen as a premium development opportunity. Alas not in Colchester. Whilst the mixed land use remains along the river at the Hythe this does not look a possibility. Shame as it has a railway station also and it should be a draw for people. As usual piece meal and uncoordinated actions ,
In most towns in the UK a stretch of water Is usually seen as a premium development opportunity. Alas not in Colchester. Whilst the mixed land use remains along the river at the Hythe this does not look a possibility. Shame as it has a railway station also and it should be a draw for people. As usual piece meal and uncoordinated actions , Lloyd George
  • Score: 0

8:09pm Wed 26 Feb 14

hughie-s says...

UndergroundOvergroun
d
wrote:
Bing Bong wrote:
UndergroundOvergroun


d
wrote:
Bing Bong wrote:
Not the amount of money. but the fact it could be spend of fair fair fair more important things, but hi what do i know i am a philistine
One thing you certainly don’t know is how to spell.
Two things I do know is that people that just check spelling need to get a life and it was tongue in cheek at being a philistine.
Sorry it must be frustrating for you to not know or understand the correct use of words, I doubt you know what a philistine is.
Just who is this Phyllis Tine woman, doe's she live at the Hythe?
[quote][p][bold]UndergroundOvergroun d[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bing Bong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]UndergroundOvergroun d[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bing Bong[/bold] wrote: Not the amount of money. but the fact it could be spend of fair fair fair more important things, but hi what do i know i am a philistine[/p][/quote]One thing you certainly don’t know is how to spell.[/p][/quote]Two things I do know is that people that just check spelling need to get a life and it was tongue in cheek at being a philistine.[/p][/quote]Sorry it must be frustrating for you to not know or understand the correct use of words, I doubt you know what a philistine is.[/p][/quote]Just who is this Phyllis Tine woman, doe's she live at the Hythe? hughie-s
  • Score: 2

12:28am Fri 28 Feb 14

Assimilation says...

hughie-s wrote:
UndergroundOvergroun

d
wrote:
Bing Bong wrote:
UndergroundOvergroun



d
wrote:
Bing Bong wrote:
Not the amount of money. but the fact it could be spend of fair fair fair more important things, but hi what do i know i am a philistine
One thing you certainly don’t know is how to spell.
Two things I do know is that people that just check spelling need to get a life and it was tongue in cheek at being a philistine.
Sorry it must be frustrating for you to not know or understand the correct use of words, I doubt you know what a philistine is.
Just who is this Phyllis Tine woman, doe's she live at the Hythe?
Yes she does. She lives on the second bench on the right, the one with the Tesco shopping trolley and the Tilly stove underneath which she uses for heat and cooking. But don't stare because she get a bit stroppy
[quote][p][bold]hughie-s[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]UndergroundOvergroun d[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bing Bong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]UndergroundOvergroun d[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bing Bong[/bold] wrote: Not the amount of money. but the fact it could be spend of fair fair fair more important things, but hi what do i know i am a philistine[/p][/quote]One thing you certainly don’t know is how to spell.[/p][/quote]Two things I do know is that people that just check spelling need to get a life and it was tongue in cheek at being a philistine.[/p][/quote]Sorry it must be frustrating for you to not know or understand the correct use of words, I doubt you know what a philistine is.[/p][/quote]Just who is this Phyllis Tine woman, doe's she live at the Hythe?[/p][/quote]Yes she does. She lives on the second bench on the right, the one with the Tesco shopping trolley and the Tilly stove underneath which she uses for heat and cooking. But don't stare because she get a bit stroppy Assimilation
  • Score: 1

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  • Score: 0

9:59am Fri 7 Mar 14

gr8it says...

The only thing thats finished in the Hythe is the commitment to clean it up. Sadly, they could probably get a lot of the work done with the help of the local community and business and not a massive spend.

About time the influencers and movers in Colchester grew some balls and got on with the job. The people who bought into the dream in 2005/6 are living the nightmare that the regeneration promised and never delivered.

Aspiration swamped by deliberation and corruption.

Dredge the river, address the sewage problem, incentivise business to knock down and replace the eyesores along the river, including the power station, and engage the local community in the project. I'm pretty sure with some incentives on business rates, Colchester could get a lot of the work done by the business community. The River is a gold mine for business, they just need the right incentive in my view, and the council could end up with a solution that doesnt cost the earth but does deliver a sustainable solution. There are many examples of how areas similar to the Hythe have becoming thriving communities with a litte vision and plenty of effort.

We shoudlnt lose sight of the fact that a lot has been done, its a different place today compared to just 5 years ago, but so much more could have been achieved.
The only thing thats finished in the Hythe is the commitment to clean it up. Sadly, they could probably get a lot of the work done with the help of the local community and business and not a massive spend. About time the influencers and movers in Colchester grew some balls and got on with the job. The people who bought into the dream in 2005/6 are living the nightmare that the regeneration promised and never delivered. Aspiration swamped by deliberation and corruption. Dredge the river, address the sewage problem, incentivise business to knock down and replace the eyesores along the river, including the power station, and engage the local community in the project. I'm pretty sure with some incentives on business rates, Colchester could get a lot of the work done by the business community. The River is a gold mine for business, they just need the right incentive in my view, and the council could end up with a solution that doesnt cost the earth but does deliver a sustainable solution. There are many examples of how areas similar to the Hythe have becoming thriving communities with a litte vision and plenty of effort. We shoudlnt lose sight of the fact that a lot has been done, its a different place today compared to just 5 years ago, but so much more could have been achieved. gr8it
  • Score: 1

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