Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 18°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Colchester: Jumbo’s new owner says ‘Something must be done with it’

10:24 31 May 2014

Jumbo, Colchester

Jumbo, Colchester

The new owner of the Jumbo water tower in Colchester said he was shocked to get the landmark building for such a bargain.

Paul Flatman, from Wormingford, bought the Grade II*-listed tower for £190,000 at an auction in London on Thursday.

But Mr Flatman said he had only gone to the auction to have a “nose” and not to buy Jumbo.

He said: “It was a bit of a shock. I didn’t realise it would be such a reasonable price, because I knew the previous owner [George Braithwaite] and that he paid more than £300,000 for it.

“I didn’t go with the intention of buying it, it is quite unusual.”

Mr Flatman, a poultry farmer who also does property development, said he hoped to work with both Colchester Borough Council (CBC) planners and the Balkerne Tower Trust (BTT) charity to bring Jumbo back into use.

“There were previous plans which were only narrowly turned down for flats and a restaurant, and that sort of idea seems very good,” he said.

“It is a question of sitting down with CBC to iron out any problems with the previous application. I will always talk to the BTT but whether I agree is another matter.

“At the end of the day something needs to be done with it, otherwise it will end up in disrepair. Something needs to happen fairly soon to get the area tidied up.

“The initial plan is to get planning permission, hopefully, and then go from there.”

Jumbo water tower has been named as one of the 10 most at-risk buildings in the UK by the Victorian Society.

Built in the 1880s, Jumbo ended its working life 100 years later in 1984.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Stock image of a fire engine.

Firefighters are currently at the scene of a combine harvester fire in Hoxne.

Suffolk Police PCSOs (stock picture)

Two new PCSOs will be patrolling the streets of Bury St Edmunds from next January in a new step for local policing.

The scene as emergency services mounted a rescue at Sea Palling. Photo: Contributed.

A man in his 50s has died and another in his 20s was resuscitated after they got into difficulty in the water at Sea Palling.

Eastbound A14 traffic near the Copdock junction. Image: Keith Mindham

Drivers are currently experiencing long delays after a car crashed into the central reservation on the A14 eastbound at Nacton this evening.

Andy Beckwith

A former Essex man who went missing in Gibraltar has been found “in good health”, police have said.

A motorist involved in a crash on the A14 in which a teenager died will live with the “huge remorse” for the rest of his life, a court has heard.

Brendan Wright. Pic: Essex Police.

A Colchester man has been reported missing to police.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24