Anti-market campaigners: Our joy

Thurrock Gazette: Campaigners against the plan outside the council offices before the decision Campaigners against the plan outside the council offices before the decision

OPPONENTS to the Corringham Market plan cried and cheered with relief as Thurrock Council’s planning committee chairman Cllr Terry Hipsey confirmed last week that planning permission for the market had been refused.

A campaign against the market saw 1,500 people sign a petition. The council also received a deluge of letters from supporters and opponents.

Deborah Stewart, who owns the Do It Yourself Centre in the town centre, gave an impassioned speech to councillors.

She said: “No where in the borough is there a market in such a highly residential place.

“Planning considers this a commercial area, but to those who live here, it’s residential first and conveniently has shops to support it.

“OMG know you don’t put a market in somebody’s front garden, it’s immoral. But that’s exactly what it proposed.”

Emma Keast, who owns Cranberries, said there is a “huge sense of relief”.

She said: “The bottom line is that the community and residents didn’t want the market. People who know the town realise that it isn’t right.”

Responding to news of the refusal on the OMG Facebook page, which is “liked” by 550 people, a number registered their disappointment permission had been refused.

Cass Everett, of Stanford-le-Hope, said: “Sorry to hear that, such a shame.”

Helen Emmett, also of Stanford-le-Hope, said: “That’s a real shame. I think it would have been a positive change for Corringham town centre.”

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9:19am Thu 29 Nov 12

I-say-you-say says...

I think more people approved of the market than didn't! The only problem is that the shop keepers have more of a say because they pay the council more and have done for longer and the council did not want to upset them!

There was nothing wrong with the proposed plans and it would have improved the town, increased the number of people and thus increased those going into the shops that are there now!

More fool you who opposed this!
I think more people approved of the market than didn't! The only problem is that the shop keepers have more of a say because they pay the council more and have done for longer and the council did not want to upset them! There was nothing wrong with the proposed plans and it would have improved the town, increased the number of people and thus increased those going into the shops that are there now! More fool you who opposed this! I-say-you-say

12:17pm Thu 29 Nov 12

DannyButcher says...

I hate to say that I agree with I-say-you-say,

The whole thing reeks of selfishness on the part of the shop owners, and I for one will no longer be shopping in Corringham EVER again.

I was actually looking forward to this, but no-one did a 'petition' to see how many people wanted the market, so the nay sayers win due to 'he who shouts loudest, gets his own way.' Another sad day.
I hate to say that I agree with I-say-you-say, The whole thing reeks of selfishness on the part of the shop owners, and I for one will no longer be shopping in Corringham EVER again. I was actually looking forward to this, but no-one did a 'petition' to see how many people wanted the market, so the nay sayers win due to 'he who shouts loudest, gets his own way.' Another sad day. DannyButcher

3:34pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Thurrockbob says...

They must be a very backward lot in Corringham. The market would have been a boon for the town.
They must be a very backward lot in Corringham. The market would have been a boon for the town. Thurrockbob

4:16pm Thu 29 Nov 12

DannyButcher says...

It's more of an act of selfishness, for various reasons, by the people opposed to it.

I wonder how the shop owners would feel if the people who actually wanted the market boycott shopping in Corringham. I for one, will NEVER shop there again. So much for community spirit.
It's more of an act of selfishness, for various reasons, by the people opposed to it. I wonder how the shop owners would feel if the people who actually wanted the market boycott shopping in Corringham. I for one, will NEVER shop there again. So much for community spirit. DannyButcher

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