Hadleigh Park to get visitor centre and cycle track

First impression – an artist’s illustration of the proposed Hadleigh visitor centre

First impression – an artist’s illustration of the proposed Hadleigh visitor centre

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HERE is the first look at a new visitor centre which will be created in Hadleigh Castle Country Park at part of Olympic legacy plans.

A public cycling track, bike hire shop, cafe, larger pay and display car park and new walking and cycling routes will also now be built after Castle Point councillors gave their approval.

It is hoped the investment, made possible by the Olympic mountain biking event, will create jobs and attract visitors.

The plans have divided opinion among residents. While many welcome the opportunities presented in the wake of the mountain bike contest, taking place on August 11 and 12, somefear the nature of the park will be changed for the worse.

Fifty people attended the debate in the small council chamber in Kiln Road, Thundersley, while hundreds more watched via video link.

Some were dismayed when planning officer Steve Rogers told the committee there were no grounds on which the proposals could be refused. The proposals were eventually passed by eight votes to three.

Pam Challis , leader of the council, send the committee had made an important decision. She said: “The eyes of the world are going to be on Hadleigh in a week’s time, looking at our beautiful country park.

“I am relieved, because it would have been embarrassing for the plans to be refused right in the middle of the Olympics.”

Stephen Castle , county councillor responsible for the Olympics in Essex, said: “We are delighted with the decision from the planning committee.

“As we watch the stunning images of the historic landscape at Hadleigh being beamed around the world, Essex residents can be proud not just of hosting the exciting and challenging London 2012 Olympic mountain bike events, but proud of the promise of a legacy which will give a future to the mountain bike track and other users of Hadleigh Country Park, by opening up more land to public access to allow the Salvation Army to support even more vulnerable people in the area.

“The project will also benefit the environment, by enabling historic and natural environment improvement projects.”

Some councillors on the committee felt residents against the plans weren’t being listened to.

Bill Sharp, ward councillor for St James, said consultation had not been good enough, while Dave Blackwell, leader of the Canvey Independent Party, said the plans would ruin the park’s natural beauty.

Both councillors received huge applause. Chairman Bill Dick was criticised by some members of the public for telling them to be quiet or leave.

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1:15pm Fri 3 Aug 12

marshman says...

Have I ever agreed with Dave Blackwell on here before? Oh well, first time for everything I suppose. The council are obviously on a roll. If it's ancient unspoilt greensward, build on it.
Have I ever agreed with Dave Blackwell on here before? Oh well, first time for everything I suppose. The council are obviously on a roll. If it's ancient unspoilt greensward, build on it. marshman
  • Score: 8

1:50pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Eastwood Biker says...

Great news along with many others I look forward to using the facilities.Thankfull
y the few 'NIMBYS' have not prevailed over the many people who will get enjoyment from the facilities.
Great news along with many others I look forward to using the facilities.Thankfull y the few 'NIMBYS' have not prevailed over the many people who will get enjoyment from the facilities. Eastwood Biker
  • Score: -5

3:23pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Brunning999 says...

Good news for be young of this country that deserve Olympic quality provisions to be made so they can train and compete on the same level as most non third world countries.

Good news however wit for all the prophets of doom comments.

That area in he 60's was used for motor bike moto cross so it is not actually a historical green field site.
Good news for be young of this country that deserve Olympic quality provisions to be made so they can train and compete on the same level as most non third world countries. Good news however wit for all the prophets of doom comments. That area in he 60's was used for motor bike moto cross so it is not actually a historical green field site. Brunning999
  • Score: -3

5:02pm Fri 3 Aug 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

just as long as there's still enough room for all the local dog owners to take their dogs for a crap it'll all be copacetic....
just as long as there's still enough room for all the local dog owners to take their dogs for a crap it'll all be copacetic.... The Cater Wood Creeper
  • Score: -1

5:06pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Brunning999 says...

I have read that story again and must add Bill Sharp how likely is he to get on a bike ? I believe very unlikely.

Dave Blackwell is he saying that it will spoil an area of natural beauty Q 'spoil it for who' are walkers and cyclists are the so called people? Have cyclist and walkers from all over Essex not just a few residents got the right to enjoy a purpose built area for people, I do not hear people moaning from Southend when I visit East Beach or Leigh Marshes on my cycle.

These Councillors should STOP being enclosed in their own little world and look at the rights of other folk to enjoy the area.

It is also vital to give ample well run professional facilities to our young athletes.

Stop complaining about change it is something that has and hopefully will continue long after our generation is dead and buried.

As for Politician the only ones that makes sense is Bill Dick advising the idiots to 'Belt up'.
I have read that story again and must add Bill Sharp how likely is he to get on a bike ? I believe very unlikely. Dave Blackwell is he saying that it will spoil an area of natural beauty Q 'spoil it for who' are walkers and cyclists are the so called people? Have cyclist and walkers from all over Essex not just a few residents got the right to enjoy a purpose built area for people, I do not hear people moaning from Southend when I visit East Beach or Leigh Marshes on my cycle. These Councillors should STOP being enclosed in their own little world and look at the rights of other folk to enjoy the area. It is also vital to give ample well run professional facilities to our young athletes. Stop complaining about change it is something that has and hopefully will continue long after our generation is dead and buried. As for Politician the only ones that makes sense is Bill Dick advising the idiots to 'Belt up'. Brunning999
  • Score: -2

5:24pm Fri 3 Aug 12

marshman says...

Brunning999 wrote:
I have read that story again and must add Bill Sharp how likely is he to get on a bike ? I believe very unlikely. Dave Blackwell is he saying that it will spoil an area of natural beauty Q 'spoil it for who' are walkers and cyclists are the so called people? Have cyclist and walkers from all over Essex not just a few residents got the right to enjoy a purpose built area for people, I do not hear people moaning from Southend when I visit East Beach or Leigh Marshes on my cycle. These Councillors should STOP being enclosed in their own little world and look at the rights of other folk to enjoy the area. It is also vital to give ample well run professional facilities to our young athletes. Stop complaining about change it is something that has and hopefully will continue long after our generation is dead and buried. As for Politician the only ones that makes sense is Bill Dick advising the idiots to 'Belt up'.
If you're a cyclist why do you need an Olympic track, mass of buildings and a car park to ride the downs? It really is exhilarating enough without them (take on the hill at the side of the castle if you want proof). You don't have to concrete over the countryside to enjoy it - as was well proven by the motocross events that used to be televised from there in the sixties and seventies - all you need is a bike. I really don't understand why it's necessary to create a mini industrial estate. Perhaps you can explain it to me?
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: I have read that story again and must add Bill Sharp how likely is he to get on a bike ? I believe very unlikely. Dave Blackwell is he saying that it will spoil an area of natural beauty Q 'spoil it for who' are walkers and cyclists are the so called people? Have cyclist and walkers from all over Essex not just a few residents got the right to enjoy a purpose built area for people, I do not hear people moaning from Southend when I visit East Beach or Leigh Marshes on my cycle. These Councillors should STOP being enclosed in their own little world and look at the rights of other folk to enjoy the area. It is also vital to give ample well run professional facilities to our young athletes. Stop complaining about change it is something that has and hopefully will continue long after our generation is dead and buried. As for Politician the only ones that makes sense is Bill Dick advising the idiots to 'Belt up'.[/p][/quote]If you're a cyclist why do you need an Olympic track, mass of buildings and a car park to ride the downs? It really is exhilarating enough without them (take on the hill at the side of the castle if you want proof). You don't have to concrete over the countryside to enjoy it - as was well proven by the motocross events that used to be televised from there in the sixties and seventies - all you need is a bike. I really don't understand why it's necessary to create a mini industrial estate. Perhaps you can explain it to me? marshman
  • Score: 3

10:25pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Brunning999 says...

marshman wrote:
Brunning999 wrote:
I have read that story again and must add Bill Sharp how likely is he to get on a bike ? I believe very unlikely. Dave Blackwell is he saying that it will spoil an area of natural beauty Q 'spoil it for who' are walkers and cyclists are the so called people? Have cyclist and walkers from all over Essex not just a few residents got the right to enjoy a purpose built area for people, I do not hear people moaning from Southend when I visit East Beach or Leigh Marshes on my cycle. These Councillors should STOP being enclosed in their own little world and look at the rights of other folk to enjoy the area. It is also vital to give ample well run professional facilities to our young athletes. Stop complaining about change it is something that has and hopefully will continue long after our generation is dead and buried. As for Politician the only ones that makes sense is Bill Dick advising the idiots to 'Belt up'.
If you're a cyclist why do you need an Olympic track, mass of buildings and a car park to ride the downs? It really is exhilarating enough without them (take on the hill at the side of the castle if you want proof). You don't have to concrete over the countryside to enjoy it - as was well proven by the motocross events that used to be televised from there in the sixties and seventies - all you need is a bike. I really don't understand why it's necessary to create a mini industrial estate. Perhaps you can explain it to me?
Idiot! To answer that is simple Cyclist are being killed on the road everyday roads in this area are diabolical other that the provisions made at Southend seafront area.

Did you know Castle Point Council have done NOTHING for cyclist other than pretend they have, a good example is past their own building on tne main A13, they have put up cycle route signs along the footpath past their building and try to get them to admit it is a safe cycle route !!! They will not safe and cyclist must use the main carriages ay to keep within the Law.
Castle Point should take no comfort WHATSOEVER in providing safe car free passages especially right along the main road past their own offices !!

Any provision in this area for cyclists is GOOD and NO they do not need to concrete over countryside JUST SAFE ROUTES FOR CYCLISTS.

By providing facilities surely even someone like you must admit it is a valuable facility in an area where the Local Council have done diddly squat, and it will take the County Council to provide.

Castle Point Council have not even provided safe roads in the area for cyclists Church Road Thundersley has potholes so dangerous that cyclists are put at severe risk.

THAT IS WHY THE FACILITIES ARE GREAT FOR THE FUTURE BECAUSE THEY WILL BE A FIRST IN CASTLE POINT !
[quote][p][bold]marshman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: I have read that story again and must add Bill Sharp how likely is he to get on a bike ? I believe very unlikely. Dave Blackwell is he saying that it will spoil an area of natural beauty Q 'spoil it for who' are walkers and cyclists are the so called people? Have cyclist and walkers from all over Essex not just a few residents got the right to enjoy a purpose built area for people, I do not hear people moaning from Southend when I visit East Beach or Leigh Marshes on my cycle. These Councillors should STOP being enclosed in their own little world and look at the rights of other folk to enjoy the area. It is also vital to give ample well run professional facilities to our young athletes. Stop complaining about change it is something that has and hopefully will continue long after our generation is dead and buried. As for Politician the only ones that makes sense is Bill Dick advising the idiots to 'Belt up'.[/p][/quote]If you're a cyclist why do you need an Olympic track, mass of buildings and a car park to ride the downs? It really is exhilarating enough without them (take on the hill at the side of the castle if you want proof). You don't have to concrete over the countryside to enjoy it - as was well proven by the motocross events that used to be televised from there in the sixties and seventies - all you need is a bike. I really don't understand why it's necessary to create a mini industrial estate. Perhaps you can explain it to me?[/p][/quote]Idiot! To answer that is simple Cyclist are being killed on the road everyday roads in this area are diabolical other that the provisions made at Southend seafront area. Did you know Castle Point Council have done NOTHING for cyclist other than pretend they have, a good example is past their own building on tne main A13, they have put up cycle route signs along the footpath past their building and try to get them to admit it is a safe cycle route !!! They will not safe and cyclist must use the main carriages ay to keep within the Law. Castle Point should take no comfort WHATSOEVER in providing safe car free passages especially right along the main road past their own offices !! Any provision in this area for cyclists is GOOD and NO they do not need to concrete over countryside JUST SAFE ROUTES FOR CYCLISTS. By providing facilities surely even someone like you must admit it is a valuable facility in an area where the Local Council have done diddly squat, and it will take the County Council to provide. Castle Point Council have not even provided safe roads in the area for cyclists Church Road Thundersley has potholes so dangerous that cyclists are put at severe risk. THAT IS WHY THE FACILITIES ARE GREAT FOR THE FUTURE BECAUSE THEY WILL BE A FIRST IN CASTLE POINT ! Brunning999
  • Score: -2

10:25pm Fri 3 Aug 12

Brunning999 says...

Idiot! To answer that is simple Cyclist are being killed on the road everyday roads in this area are diabolical other that the provisions made at Southend seafront area.

Did you know Castle Point Council have done NOTHING for cyclist other than pretend they have, a good example is past their own building on tne main A13, they have put up cycle route signs along the footpath past their building and try to get them to admit it is a safe cycle route !!! They will not safe and cyclist must use the main carriages ay to keep within the Law.
Castle Point should take no comfort WHATSOEVER in providing safe car free passages especially right along the main road past their own offices !!

Any provision in this area for cyclists is GOOD and NO they do not need to concrete over countryside JUST SAFE ROUTES FOR CYCLISTS.

By providing facilities surely even someone like you must admit it is a valuable facility in an area where the Local Council have done diddly squat, and it will take the County Council to provide.

Castle Point Council have not even provided safe roads in the area for cyclists Church Road Thundersley has potholes so dangerous that cyclists are put at severe risk.

THAT IS WHY THE FACILITIES ARE GREAT FOR THE FUTURE BECAUSE THEY WILL BE A FIRST IN CASTLE POINT !
Idiot! To answer that is simple Cyclist are being killed on the road everyday roads in this area are diabolical other that the provisions made at Southend seafront area. Did you know Castle Point Council have done NOTHING for cyclist other than pretend they have, a good example is past their own building on tne main A13, they have put up cycle route signs along the footpath past their building and try to get them to admit it is a safe cycle route !!! They will not safe and cyclist must use the main carriages ay to keep within the Law. Castle Point should take no comfort WHATSOEVER in providing safe car free passages especially right along the main road past their own offices !! Any provision in this area for cyclists is GOOD and NO they do not need to concrete over countryside JUST SAFE ROUTES FOR CYCLISTS. By providing facilities surely even someone like you must admit it is a valuable facility in an area where the Local Council have done diddly squat, and it will take the County Council to provide. Castle Point Council have not even provided safe roads in the area for cyclists Church Road Thundersley has potholes so dangerous that cyclists are put at severe risk. THAT IS WHY THE FACILITIES ARE GREAT FOR THE FUTURE BECAUSE THEY WILL BE A FIRST IN CASTLE POINT ! Brunning999
  • Score: -2

11:33pm Fri 3 Aug 12

marshman says...

@ Brunning999

It's not a safe route for cyclists that's being proposed, are you sure you're commenting on the right story? You'll still have to use the roads to get there (unless you can fly) and it doesn't open up the downs to cyclists, they’re already open. I first rode there over 50 years ago and still do from time to time. What the scheme does do is concrete over another little piece of Hadleigh Downs. How is that good for anybody?

PS

I also disagree that the council have done nothing for cyclists. The route from Canvey Village to the town centre via the lake is nothing short of excellent. You should give it a try.
@ Brunning999 It's not a safe route for cyclists that's being proposed, are you sure you're commenting on the right story? You'll still have to use the roads to get there (unless you can fly) and it doesn't open up the downs to cyclists, they’re already open. I first rode there over 50 years ago and still do from time to time. What the scheme does do is concrete over another little piece of Hadleigh Downs. How is that good for anybody? PS I also disagree that the council have done nothing for cyclists. The route from Canvey Village to the town centre via the lake is nothing short of excellent. You should give it a try. marshman
  • Score: 2

12:34pm Sat 4 Aug 12

Keptquiettillnow says...

Have to agree with Branning. Ride from the council offices in kiln road to morrisons in hadleigh, something that is easy in a car, but on a bike is a road full of lethal pinchpoints, a duel carrigeway with no space for cyclists. Really its about time the council stopped designing roads for the safety of motorized traffic only,
Have to agree with Branning. Ride from the council offices in kiln road to morrisons in hadleigh, something that is easy in a car, but on a bike is a road full of lethal pinchpoints, a duel carrigeway with no space for cyclists. Really its about time the council stopped designing roads for the safety of motorized traffic only, Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: -2

4:18pm Sat 4 Aug 12

grippie says...

Brunning999 wrote:
Good news for be young of this country that deserve Olympic quality provisions to be made so they can train and compete on the same level as most non third world countries. Good news however wit for all the prophets of doom comments. That area in he 60's was used for motor bike moto cross so it is not actually a historical green field site.
scramble bikes, side car bikes. Greeves Motorcycles manufactured scramble bikes in the 50's, their factory was in Church Road,Thundersley. I remember them testing them up the hill!
Castrol R Motor Oil, oh that gorgeous Smell,
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: Good news for be young of this country that deserve Olympic quality provisions to be made so they can train and compete on the same level as most non third world countries. Good news however wit for all the prophets of doom comments. That area in he 60's was used for motor bike moto cross so it is not actually a historical green field site.[/p][/quote]scramble bikes, side car bikes. Greeves Motorcycles manufactured scramble bikes in the 50's, their factory was in Church Road,Thundersley. I remember them testing them up the hill! Castrol R Motor Oil, oh that gorgeous Smell, grippie
  • Score: 0

6:09pm Sat 4 Aug 12

smiffy22 says...

marshman wrote:
Brunning999 wrote:
I have read that story again and must add Bill Sharp how likely is he to get on a bike ? I believe very unlikely. Dave Blackwell is he saying that it will spoil an area of natural beauty Q 'spoil it for who' are walkers and cyclists are the so called people? Have cyclist and walkers from all over Essex not just a few residents got the right to enjoy a purpose built area for people, I do not hear people moaning from Southend when I visit East Beach or Leigh Marshes on my cycle. These Councillors should STOP being enclosed in their own little world and look at the rights of other folk to enjoy the area. It is also vital to give ample well run professional facilities to our young athletes. Stop complaining about change it is something that has and hopefully will continue long after our generation is dead and buried. As for Politician the only ones that makes sense is Bill Dick advising the idiots to 'Belt up'.
If you're a cyclist why do you need an Olympic track, mass of buildings and a car park to ride the downs? It really is exhilarating enough without them (take on the hill at the side of the castle if you want proof). You don't have to concrete over the countryside to enjoy it - as was well proven by the motocross events that used to be televised from there in the sixties and seventies - all you need is a bike. I really don't understand why it's necessary to create a mini industrial estate. Perhaps you can explain it to me?
Money.
We have so much of the stuff, need to get rid of it somehow.
[quote][p][bold]marshman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: I have read that story again and must add Bill Sharp how likely is he to get on a bike ? I believe very unlikely. Dave Blackwell is he saying that it will spoil an area of natural beauty Q 'spoil it for who' are walkers and cyclists are the so called people? Have cyclist and walkers from all over Essex not just a few residents got the right to enjoy a purpose built area for people, I do not hear people moaning from Southend when I visit East Beach or Leigh Marshes on my cycle. These Councillors should STOP being enclosed in their own little world and look at the rights of other folk to enjoy the area. It is also vital to give ample well run professional facilities to our young athletes. Stop complaining about change it is something that has and hopefully will continue long after our generation is dead and buried. As for Politician the only ones that makes sense is Bill Dick advising the idiots to 'Belt up'.[/p][/quote]If you're a cyclist why do you need an Olympic track, mass of buildings and a car park to ride the downs? It really is exhilarating enough without them (take on the hill at the side of the castle if you want proof). You don't have to concrete over the countryside to enjoy it - as was well proven by the motocross events that used to be televised from there in the sixties and seventies - all you need is a bike. I really don't understand why it's necessary to create a mini industrial estate. Perhaps you can explain it to me?[/p][/quote]Money. We have so much of the stuff, need to get rid of it somehow. smiffy22
  • Score: 1

6:16pm Sat 4 Aug 12

jolllyboy says...

Shared spaces do not work.
It is once again building on green space. A lot of building.
Cash cow for the council when collecting for parking too.
There will be no complaints when people are injured by cyclists but heaven help the cyclists that injures someones dear pooch, then something may be done.
Shared spaces do not work. It is once again building on green space. A lot of building. Cash cow for the council when collecting for parking too. There will be no complaints when people are injured by cyclists but heaven help the cyclists that injures someones dear pooch, then something may be done. jolllyboy
  • Score: 2

8:35am Mon 6 Aug 12

Eastwood Biker says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Shared spaces do not work.
It is once again building on green space. A lot of building.
Cash cow for the council when collecting for parking too.
There will be no complaints when people are injured by cyclists but heaven help the cyclists that injures someones dear pooch, then something may be done.
Shared spaces work very well on the continent it appears to be only here that some people have a major problem with cyclists as a whole
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Shared spaces do not work. It is once again building on green space. A lot of building. Cash cow for the council when collecting for parking too. There will be no complaints when people are injured by cyclists but heaven help the cyclists that injures someones dear pooch, then something may be done.[/p][/quote]Shared spaces work very well on the continent it appears to be only here that some people have a major problem with cyclists as a whole Eastwood Biker
  • Score: -1

10:07am Tue 7 Aug 12

Jon.S. says...

Shared spaces work very well, and in this example you only have to take a look at somewhere like Bedgebury in Kent, I was there this last weekend and there were LOTS of people enjoying the countryside, lots of bikers on the bike part, loads of families in the country park and lots of dog walkers too and at many points they all mingled seamlessly because THEY ALL UNDERSTOOD THEY HAD TO SHARE, Bikers gave way to walkers at the junctions of the bike trails with the walking trails, Bikers stuck to the bike trails and walkers stuck to the walkers trails and horse riders stayed on the bridal paths and everyone had a good time, there's no rockets and very little science involved in having a fun time.
Shared spaces work very well, and in this example you only have to take a look at somewhere like Bedgebury in Kent, I was there this last weekend and there were LOTS of people enjoying the countryside, lots of bikers on the bike part, loads of families in the country park and lots of dog walkers too and at many points they all mingled seamlessly because THEY ALL UNDERSTOOD THEY HAD TO SHARE, Bikers gave way to walkers at the junctions of the bike trails with the walking trails, Bikers stuck to the bike trails and walkers stuck to the walkers trails and horse riders stayed on the bridal paths and everyone had a good time, there's no rockets and very little science involved in having a fun time. Jon.S.
  • Score: 0

7:37pm Mon 20 Aug 12

Dean Donavan says...

Thats awesome, I hope that they do something like this in my town. I have gotten really into biking and it would be nice to get a nice place to ride like this. I got a new bike from http://2wheelbikes.c
om/
Thats awesome, I hope that they do something like this in my town. I have gotten really into biking and it would be nice to get a nice place to ride like this. I got a new bike from http://2wheelbikes.c om/ Dean Donavan
  • Score: 0

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