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  • "Just what Tilbury needs, more flats!! When are people going to wake up to what is causing the youth of today to be such scumbags, when I was 15/16 (20 years ago now) I lived in tilbury and spent so much time over and in the leisure centre, playing tennis, badminton, and the 5 a side football pitch etc, it gave us something to do away from being a nuisance to joe public. What do the kids of today in Tilbury have? All people seem to care about is how to make a few quid, how about putting children (yes those little people we all pretend to care so much about) top of the list and the government give the town some funding to do something useful with this waste of a facility!"
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Leisure Centre flats plan is thrown out

Tilbury Leisure Centre

Tilbury Leisure Centre

First published in News

PLANS to develop the old Tilbury Leisure Centre have been thrown out by Thurrock Council’s planning committee.

Developers had planned to demolish the structure and build a block of flats and gym on the prominent Brennan Road site.

Local residents were angry at the plans, with 500 signing a petition against the development.

They were furious developers had not consulted with them over what sort of building should replace the centre, which has been disused for seven years.

At a planning committee meeting last Thursday, councillors voted to reject giving planning permission, calling the application “peacemeal”.

Developers GH Land had hoped to build 24 flats and a gym on the site, but speaking as an objector to the plans at the meeting, Tilbury councillor Lynn Worrall called the them “faceless”.

She said: “I am disappointed to be sat here discussing this.

“This is more flats, not affordable housing which Thurrock needs, with a token leisure centre on the ground floor.

“We need something special on that piece of land.

“This is a poor development and a poor application.”

Debating the application, Cllr Phil Anderson, Tory group leader, said: “This ought to be one of the most iconic sites in Thurrock.

“If you were to grade this application like a school report you’d give it a C, shows potential could do better.”

An application to develop the rest of the site was submitted on May 8 by the same developer.

This application will seek planning permission for a further 15 flats.

Labour Cllr Gerard Rice pointed out that the developers should put the plans together to form one application, calling the current application “peacemeal”.

Tory Cllr Tunde Ojetola said: “Developers need to think about the whole site. Quite a few good points have been raised.

“It is crucial that the developer engages with the community and understands what the community wants.

“The developer needs to go back and do a bit more.”

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