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  • "Before I saw the previous quote, I was going to say, that making Colchester have more residents, the better.

    It will give a greater diversity to the current resident numbers, allow more people to think that opening a shop might be a good idea.

    And rather than homogenised national chains, I think more local boutiques would be better.

    Making Colchester more of the 'Market Town' it was and should only ever have been.

    Forget trying to compete with Chelmsford and Ipswich, give North Essex/South Suffolk more reason to come to Colchester not less.

    Still I live in hope but with 99% of councillors lobotomised prior to taking up their position we have little chance!!!

    At least they can all say they followed the party line and pick up their OBE on the way out!! And with the high street still car friendly they can get to their free parking at the back of the town hall. And so can their children on a Saturday night!!

    oh bugger starting to rant now..... :)"
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Developer reveals how Colchester Odeon redevelopment will "rejuvenate" Crouch Street

Developer reveals how Colchester Odeon redevelopment will "rejuvenate" Crouch Street

Developer reveals how Colchester Odeon redevelopment will

Developer reveals how Colchester Odeon redevelopment will "rejuvenate" Crouch Street

First published in News

THE man behind plans to rejuvenate Colchester’s old Odeon cinema has insisted his is the only viable scheme.

Ross Carroll, of developer Amdev 101, last week applied for planning permission to convert the building into three shops and seven apartments.

Although the former cinema would be partly demolished, the Thirties Art Deco facade, which dominates Crouch Street, would be preserved. If the go-ahead is given, work could start as soon as this autumn.

Mr Carroll is also working on a second phase to the £14million project – building a four-storey block of 36 apartments on land behind the cinema.

See Monday's Gazette for the full story.

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