Committee to debate Lakeside leisure plans

Thurrock Gazette: Committee to debate Lakeside leisure plans Committee to debate Lakeside leisure plans

LAKESIDE shopping centre’s £100million development plans will be hotly debated tonight .

The proposals could see a cinema, bars, restaurants, a hotel, gym, nightclub, comedy venue and bowling alley all built within a new town square, which will connect the existing shopping centre with Alexandra Lake.

For full coverage of the meeting visit www.thurrockgazette.co.uk and check out our live blog from 7pm tonight.

The large, open town square will be capable of hosting Christmas and farmers’ markets, music shows and could even screen sports events.

The new development is estimated to create more than 1,000 permanent jobs - and 660 construction jobs.

The plans are part of a whopping £300million which owners Intu are ploughing into Lakeside.

A further £180million proposal to expand the Debenhams end of the centre and build 40 new shops got the go-ahead in August, 2012.

There is currently no timescale for when work will start.

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4:01pm Thu 16 Jan 14

PoorFleet says...

If all goes ahead, surely it should be renamed to Laketown?... Laketon maybe?
If all goes ahead, surely it should be renamed to Laketown?... Laketon maybe? PoorFleet
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4:06pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Bernard 87 says...

A couple points

1. If 'Intu' have all this money to spend then a condition of expnding the Lakeside area should be that a new slip road has to be built allowing traffic to go Eastbound to the rest of Essex. The existing road system will not be able cope with more and more traffic, especially at Christmas.

2. The plan to develop a site within the retail area for housing should be thrown into the dustbin of planning applications as the land could be used for more shops, parking, a health centre or something more beneficial to the local area.
A couple points 1. If 'Intu' have all this money to spend then a condition of expnding the Lakeside area should be that a new slip road has to be built allowing traffic to go Eastbound to the rest of Essex. The existing road system will not be able cope with more and more traffic, especially at Christmas. 2. The plan to develop a site within the retail area for housing should be thrown into the dustbin of planning applications as the land could be used for more shops, parking, a health centre or something more beneficial to the local area. Bernard 87
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5:58pm Thu 16 Jan 14

coddy says...

Agree with Bernard 87 on both points and in light of the fact that everything that gets put in front of the corrupt planning committee gets passed I can see this being built. Don't believe a word about 1000 jobs. Probably go to Northeners like the jobs at DP world.
Agree with Bernard 87 on both points and in light of the fact that everything that gets put in front of the corrupt planning committee gets passed I can see this being built. Don't believe a word about 1000 jobs. Probably go to Northeners like the jobs at DP world. coddy
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7:18pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Dave_ says...

Yes new slip road and no more houses.

However much of this is what we should have had when it was first built. I visited West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta about 20 years ago and was bowled over and felt extremely let down by the high street under glass which is all we have in effect. West Ed Mall ... everything you might ever need for a day out or more under one roof. If only the British weren't so myopic on these things.
Yes new slip road and no more houses. However much of this is what we should have had when it was first built. I visited West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta about 20 years ago and was bowled over and felt extremely let down by the high street under glass which is all we have in effect. West Ed Mall ... everything you might ever need for a day out or more under one roof. If only the British weren't so myopic on these things. Dave_
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12:39pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Freddy K says...

coddy wrote:
Agree with Bernard 87 on both points and in light of the fact that everything that gets put in front of the corrupt planning committee gets passed I can see this being built. Don't believe a word about 1000 jobs. Probably go to Northeners like the jobs at DP world.
Maybe because the "Northerners" are prepared to do the work unlike the "Southerners" :-)

I think this is a great idea, yes the roads need sorting out but to have a full leisure precinct in Thurrock would be great, if anyone who has been to the Metro Centre in Gateshead this is what Lakeside should be like..
[quote][p][bold]coddy[/bold] wrote: Agree with Bernard 87 on both points and in light of the fact that everything that gets put in front of the corrupt planning committee gets passed I can see this being built. Don't believe a word about 1000 jobs. Probably go to Northeners like the jobs at DP world.[/p][/quote]Maybe because the "Northerners" are prepared to do the work unlike the "Southerners" :-) I think this is a great idea, yes the roads need sorting out but to have a full leisure precinct in Thurrock would be great, if anyone who has been to the Metro Centre in Gateshead this is what Lakeside should be like.. Freddy K
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