Meeting's anger over flats plan at leisure centre site

A COMPANY looking to build 49 flats on the former Tilbury Leisure Centre site felt the full force of the community’s anger last week.

Developers GH Land Developments and architects from Dovetail were greeted with a frosty reception from residents at the community forum last Thursday, who believe a covenant on the building and the site, in Civic Square, means the land belongs to the people of Tilbury.

The architects said the flats will comprise 44 two bedroom apartments and five one beds, none of these will be affordable housing.

The ground floor of the building would be set aside for community use, something Labour ward councillor Lynn Worrall, who opposes the development, was keen to know more about.

The developers said it would be down to the community and Thurrock Council to decide what it became.

Explaining residents’ opposition to the project, Cllr Worrall said: “This is about community and it’s about building on a park that was ours.

“If anything ever goes on there, we want some community ownership.

“You are taking a big thing away from us, it sticks in a lot of people’s throats.”

One resident shouted: “I don’t know why we’re talking about what we want to use this community space for when we don’t want any of this to go ahead.”

Cllr Worrall replied: “There’s a long way to go before those flats stand on that piece of grass, even if they do get planning permission, they’ve still got to get the covenant lifted.”

Fellow Labour ward councillor Steve Liddiard appealed to residents to give the council ideas for community uses should the development be approved.

He said: “We need to feed ideas into the council to get the best for the community, let us know what you want.”

Labour’s parliamentary candidate Polly Billington criticised the proposed height of the flats, which will be five storeys at their highest point.

She said: “Five storeys is really high, it sounds to me like it is totally going to dominate the area.”

When the architects argued the highest point would be the thinnest, Ms Billington retorted: “You could say the same about The Shard.”

The planning application is due to come before Thurrock Council’s planning committee later this month.

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:46am Sat 10 Nov 12

ebagumtrebor says...

These Labour hypocrites just can't stop lying can they. Tilbury you are getting te flats whether you like it or not becauuse you've got to house the immigrants that Labour flooded the country with. Tilbury in years to come will be just another immigrant ghetto as will Grays.
These Labour hypocrites just can't stop lying can they. Tilbury you are getting te flats whether you like it or not becauuse you've got to house the immigrants that Labour flooded the country with. Tilbury in years to come will be just another immigrant ghetto as will Grays. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 0

5:36pm Sat 10 Nov 12

A Dermot says...

If the community cared about the leisure center in the first place they would have used it so it would never have closed in the first place.
If the community cared about the leisure center in the first place they would have used it so it would never have closed in the first place. A Dermot
  • Score: 0

1:09pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Thurrockbob says...

A Dermot wrote:
If the community cared about the leisure center in the first place they would have used it so it would never have closed in the first place.
Well said A Dermot!
[quote][p][bold]A Dermot[/bold] wrote: If the community cared about the leisure center in the first place they would have used it so it would never have closed in the first place.[/p][/quote]Well said A Dermot! Thurrockbob
  • Score: 0

8:24am Wed 14 Nov 12

Bernard 87 says...

"If the community cared about the leisure center in the first place they would have used it so it would never have closed in the first place.”

That doesn't mean they should flood the place with flats.
"If the community cared about the leisure center in the first place they would have used it so it would never have closed in the first place.” That doesn't mean they should flood the place with flats. Bernard 87
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree