Basildon has its own "Ayers Rock"

Basildon Recorder: Huge mound – Andrew Buxton stands in front of the earth mountain in Gloucester Park Huge mound – Andrew Buxton stands in front of the earth mountain in Gloucester Park

A HUGE mound of earth has appeared next to a children’s playground.

The huge pile in Gloucester Park, which residents said resembles Australia’s Ayers Rock, has been dubbed a safety hazard by fed-up neighbours.

The eyesore has built up while builders work on the latest stage of a controversial housing development.

The first 144 homes at Acacia Park have all been sold, and developer Barratt Homes has turned its attention to the second phase of 144 houses.

It will also include a boulevard pathway link into the town centre.

Andrew Buxton, 43, of Roodegate, led a campaign to stop Basildon Council selling off land at Gloucester Park for £4million back in 2009 to help fund Basildon Sporting Village.

He has contacted Barratt Homes a number of times over the past year to raise concerns about huge mounds of earth throughout Gloucester Park, but he said the problem has got steadily worse.

Mr Buxton said: “We have already complained about massive mounds which are really unstable and could easily fall over, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference.

“It is really bad that now there is one right next to the kids playground.

It’s awful and really dangerous.

The developers just don’t seem to care.

“It is an eyesore and makes Gloucester Park look a complete state. They just seem to making a mess of it.

“The project seems to be taking a really long time. It has dragged on for years and we’re all fed up.

“The other day my whole house started shaking because of the building work. It was pretty scary.”

Neighbour Keith Toms, 37, is terrified to let his three children play in the park while the project is ongoing.

He added: “The pile of earth has been building up, but the workers don’t seem to be doing anything with it, which I don’t understand.

“We won’t let our children go to the park because there are just too many hazards in the way and it doesn’t look safe. It’s a shame because we live so near, but they can’t make the most of it.”

Heavy rainfall has caused delays to work at Gloucester Park, meaning the mound of earth has been left longer than expected.

The land has been dug up to make way for a new lake, which will replace the old boating lake.

A security guards patrol Gloucester Park between 5pm and 7am to make sure the site is safe and fencing around the huge mound of land is checked every morning and every evening.

Jason Colmer, contract manager for the Acacia Park development, said: “There are warning signs and we have secured the fencing.

“In anything there is always danger, but this isn’t a hazard to any members of the public.

“We want to see the lake built for residents as soon as possible, but unfortunately weather conditions are out of our control.”

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3:15pm Thu 13 Mar 14

whateverhappened says...

Build a sea wall with it!
Build a sea wall with it! whateverhappened
  • Score: 6

3:21pm Thu 13 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

not sure about ayres rock, but the last time i was in bas vegas there was definitely a few dingoes roaming about....
not sure about ayres rock, but the last time i was in bas vegas there was definitely a few dingoes roaming about.... pembury53
  • Score: 10

3:57pm Thu 13 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Hold the front page...Mound of earth found in Basildon.
Hold the front page...Mound of earth found in Basildon. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 8

5:00pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

It's been there for months Mr Buxton. Have you only just noticed it?
It's been there for months Mr Buxton. Have you only just noticed it? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

5:04pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Also. The lake (the new one) is built now and full of water. It's been like that since November.

The huge mound of earth is on the part of thd oark that us set to be pkaying fields according to the Council's sign by the underpass between Ballards Walk open space and Gloucester Park up by Nicholas Lane roundabout . There was also one visible by the underpass leading to Roundacre roundabout until the green hoarding went up by the so called boating kake.
Also. The lake (the new one) is built now and full of water. It's been like that since November. The huge mound of earth is on the part of thd oark that us set to be pkaying fields according to the Council's sign by the underpass between Ballards Walk open space and Gloucester Park up by Nicholas Lane roundabout . There was also one visible by the underpass leading to Roundacre roundabout until the green hoarding went up by the so called boating kake. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

5:24pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Bettycraven says...

The dangerous mound of mud matches the dangerous shoddy park that's next to it, honestly it's a shambles.
The dangerous mound of mud matches the dangerous shoddy park that's next to it, honestly it's a shambles. Bettycraven
  • Score: 9

5:28pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Nebs says...

Put up a sign saying 'Do Not Steal This Earth'. It will all be gone by the following morning.
Put up a sign saying 'Do Not Steal This Earth'. It will all be gone by the following morning. Nebs
  • Score: 10

5:35pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

How dose a mound of mud " fall over "?
How dose a mound of mud " fall over "? Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 3

6:26pm Thu 13 Mar 14

turn_it_in says...

I live a few doors down from Mr Jobs Worth. The building work doesn't affect us. They are building new homes, so there will be a bit of mud. They have to put it somewhere. Deal with it....it's really not that bad. It's not particularly pretty, but it's also not forever.
When the original groundwork's started, we could feel the ground mildly shake for a second or two, but very very rarely. But since then, we've barely known it's been going on. There's no noise, no mess, no inconvenience, so no problem. You're creating a drama out of nothing Buxton. You obviously crave attention, as next to most pointless "stories" about the area, there is a picture of your gormless self. If you want to be in the paper for no apparent reason, then ask the Echo to run a story about you getting locked out of your house late the other night, and waking up half the street by banging on your doors and windows shouting "Dion, wake up. Let me in, it's me" at the top of your voice.
Get a life, or a hobby, or better still a job that you have to leave the house for. That way, you won't be at home to listen to the imaginary racket.
I live a few doors down from Mr Jobs Worth. The building work doesn't affect us. They are building new homes, so there will be a bit of mud. They have to put it somewhere. Deal with it....it's really not that bad. It's not particularly pretty, but it's also not forever. When the original groundwork's started, we could feel the ground mildly shake for a second or two, but very very rarely. But since then, we've barely known it's been going on. There's no noise, no mess, no inconvenience, so no problem. You're creating a drama out of nothing Buxton. You obviously crave attention, as next to most pointless "stories" about the area, there is a picture of your gormless self. If you want to be in the paper for no apparent reason, then ask the Echo to run a story about you getting locked out of your house late the other night, and waking up half the street by banging on your doors and windows shouting "Dion, wake up. Let me in, it's me" at the top of your voice. Get a life, or a hobby, or better still a job that you have to leave the house for. That way, you won't be at home to listen to the imaginary racket. turn_it_in
  • Score: 7

7:00pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Steve H says...

Mr Buxton.......again..


Whinger and NIMBY.

It's a pile of mud, not a toxic waste dump.

Mr Buxton, please please please stop it, you must now realise your lone crusade against developers is futile.
Mr Buxton.......again.. Whinger and NIMBY. It's a pile of mud, not a toxic waste dump. Mr Buxton, please please please stop it, you must now realise your lone crusade against developers is futile. Steve H
  • Score: 4

7:27pm Thu 13 Mar 14

whateverhappened says...

turn_it_in wrote:
I live a few doors down from Mr Jobs Worth. The building work doesn't affect us. They are building new homes, so there will be a bit of mud. They have to put it somewhere. Deal with it....it's really not that bad. It's not particularly pretty, but it's also not forever. When the original groundwork's started, we could feel the ground mildly shake for a second or two, but very very rarely. But since then, we've barely known it's been going on. There's no noise, no mess, no inconvenience, so no problem. You're creating a drama out of nothing Buxton. You obviously crave attention, as next to most pointless "stories" about the area, there is a picture of your gormless self. If you want to be in the paper for no apparent reason, then ask the Echo to run a story about you getting locked out of your house late the other night, and waking up half the street by banging on your doors and windows shouting "Dion, wake up. Let me in, it's me" at the top of your voice. Get a life, or a hobby, or better still a job that you have to leave the house for. That way, you won't be at home to listen to the imaginary racket.
ha ha brilliant!
[quote][p][bold]turn_it_in[/bold] wrote: I live a few doors down from Mr Jobs Worth. The building work doesn't affect us. They are building new homes, so there will be a bit of mud. They have to put it somewhere. Deal with it....it's really not that bad. It's not particularly pretty, but it's also not forever. When the original groundwork's started, we could feel the ground mildly shake for a second or two, but very very rarely. But since then, we've barely known it's been going on. There's no noise, no mess, no inconvenience, so no problem. You're creating a drama out of nothing Buxton. You obviously crave attention, as next to most pointless "stories" about the area, there is a picture of your gormless self. If you want to be in the paper for no apparent reason, then ask the Echo to run a story about you getting locked out of your house late the other night, and waking up half the street by banging on your doors and windows shouting "Dion, wake up. Let me in, it's me" at the top of your voice. Get a life, or a hobby, or better still a job that you have to leave the house for. That way, you won't be at home to listen to the imaginary racket.[/p][/quote]ha ha brilliant! whateverhappened
  • Score: 7

8:16pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

whateverhappened wrote:
turn_it_in wrote:
I live a few doors down from Mr Jobs Worth. The building work doesn't affect us. They are building new homes, so there will be a bit of mud. They have to put it somewhere. Deal with it....it's really not that bad. It's not particularly pretty, but it's also not forever. When the original groundwork's started, we could feel the ground mildly shake for a second or two, but very very rarely. But since then, we've barely known it's been going on. There's no noise, no mess, no inconvenience, so no problem. You're creating a drama out of nothing Buxton. You obviously crave attention, as next to most pointless "stories" about the area, there is a picture of your gormless self. If you want to be in the paper for no apparent reason, then ask the Echo to run a story about you getting locked out of your house late the other night, and waking up half the street by banging on your doors and windows shouting "Dion, wake up. Let me in, it's me" at the top of your voice. Get a life, or a hobby, or better still a job that you have to leave the house for. That way, you won't be at home to listen to the imaginary racket.
ha ha brilliant!
Yes. Very well said.
[quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]turn_it_in[/bold] wrote: I live a few doors down from Mr Jobs Worth. The building work doesn't affect us. They are building new homes, so there will be a bit of mud. They have to put it somewhere. Deal with it....it's really not that bad. It's not particularly pretty, but it's also not forever. When the original groundwork's started, we could feel the ground mildly shake for a second or two, but very very rarely. But since then, we've barely known it's been going on. There's no noise, no mess, no inconvenience, so no problem. You're creating a drama out of nothing Buxton. You obviously crave attention, as next to most pointless "stories" about the area, there is a picture of your gormless self. If you want to be in the paper for no apparent reason, then ask the Echo to run a story about you getting locked out of your house late the other night, and waking up half the street by banging on your doors and windows shouting "Dion, wake up. Let me in, it's me" at the top of your voice. Get a life, or a hobby, or better still a job that you have to leave the house for. That way, you won't be at home to listen to the imaginary racket.[/p][/quote]ha ha brilliant![/p][/quote]Yes. Very well said. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

9:04pm Thu 13 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
whateverhappened wrote:
turn_it_in wrote:
I live a few doors down from Mr Jobs Worth. The building work doesn't affect us. They are building new homes, so there will be a bit of mud. They have to put it somewhere. Deal with it....it's really not that bad. It's not particularly pretty, but it's also not forever. When the original groundwork's started, we could feel the ground mildly shake for a second or two, but very very rarely. But since then, we've barely known it's been going on. There's no noise, no mess, no inconvenience, so no problem. You're creating a drama out of nothing Buxton. You obviously crave attention, as next to most pointless "stories" about the area, there is a picture of your gormless self. If you want to be in the paper for no apparent reason, then ask the Echo to run a story about you getting locked out of your house late the other night, and waking up half the street by banging on your doors and windows shouting "Dion, wake up. Let me in, it's me" at the top of your voice. Get a life, or a hobby, or better still a job that you have to leave the house for. That way, you won't be at home to listen to the imaginary racket.
ha ha brilliant!
Yes. Very well said.
"Dion wake up...let me in its me.."
Thanks,
gave me a chuckle.
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whateverhappened[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]turn_it_in[/bold] wrote: I live a few doors down from Mr Jobs Worth. The building work doesn't affect us. They are building new homes, so there will be a bit of mud. They have to put it somewhere. Deal with it....it's really not that bad. It's not particularly pretty, but it's also not forever. When the original groundwork's started, we could feel the ground mildly shake for a second or two, but very very rarely. But since then, we've barely known it's been going on. There's no noise, no mess, no inconvenience, so no problem. You're creating a drama out of nothing Buxton. You obviously crave attention, as next to most pointless "stories" about the area, there is a picture of your gormless self. If you want to be in the paper for no apparent reason, then ask the Echo to run a story about you getting locked out of your house late the other night, and waking up half the street by banging on your doors and windows shouting "Dion, wake up. Let me in, it's me" at the top of your voice. Get a life, or a hobby, or better still a job that you have to leave the house for. That way, you won't be at home to listen to the imaginary racket.[/p][/quote]ha ha brilliant![/p][/quote]Yes. Very well said.[/p][/quote]"Dion wake up...let me in its me.." Thanks, gave me a chuckle. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

11:29pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Devils Advocate says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
How dose a mound of mud " fall over "?
You weren't around in the Aberfan disaster days?
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: How dose a mound of mud " fall over "?[/p][/quote]You weren't around in the Aberfan disaster days? Devils Advocate
  • Score: 7

8:02am Fri 14 Mar 14

runwellian says...

With all the problems in the world, all they can worry about is a pile of mud!

How very sad!
With all the problems in the world, all they can worry about is a pile of mud! How very sad! runwellian
  • Score: 3

9:28am Fri 14 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Devils Advocate wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
How dose a mound of mud " fall over "?
You weren't around in the Aberfan disaster days?
Nor was AB.


That thought had occured to me but if you look closely at this spoil heap it has remained remarkably stable and well drained throughout the months of extreme rain etc.

I regularly walk through the park and around this area of development and have watched this pile of mud grow. The pile of mud on the site of the old swimming pool was much the same and seems to be being used to fill in the boating lake void. One would presume that a decent proportion of the mound the photo will be utilised for the same purpose.

If the Council's projections and plans for the site in general can be trusted to be adhered to this will have to be removed and the ground returned to grass fir playing fields but that will remain to be seen.
[quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: How dose a mound of mud " fall over "?[/p][/quote]You weren't around in the Aberfan disaster days?[/p][/quote]Nor was AB. That thought had occured to me but if you look closely at this spoil heap it has remained remarkably stable and well drained throughout the months of extreme rain etc. I regularly walk through the park and around this area of development and have watched this pile of mud grow. The pile of mud on the site of the old swimming pool was much the same and seems to be being used to fill in the boating lake void. One would presume that a decent proportion of the mound the photo will be utilised for the same purpose. If the Council's projections and plans for the site in general can be trusted to be adhered to this will have to be removed and the ground returned to grass fir playing fields but that will remain to be seen. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

10:53am Fri 14 Mar 14

essex pom says...

nuffin like ayers rock .... 1's a Rock ( that's why it's called a rock ) and the other is mud ..... bit pedantic I know , but wt#
nuffin like ayers rock .... 1's a Rock ( that's why it's called a rock ) and the other is mud ..... bit pedantic I know , but wt# essex pom
  • Score: 4

12:48pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

essex pom wrote:
nuffin like ayers rock .... 1's a Rock ( that's why it's called a rock ) and the other is mud ..... bit pedantic I know , but wt#
Uluru is its proper name.
[quote][p][bold]essex pom[/bold] wrote: nuffin like ayers rock .... 1's a Rock ( that's why it's called a rock ) and the other is mud ..... bit pedantic I know , but wt#[/p][/quote]Uluru is its proper name. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 1

4:06pm Fri 14 Mar 14

DannyK86 says...

Put the Basildon sign on top of it, and it'll look like Hollywood!!
Put the Basildon sign on top of it, and it'll look like Hollywood!! DannyK86
  • Score: 6

6:28pm Fri 14 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

These mud mounds, will soon become a familiar sight, all over South Essex, as the many big builds, reach fruition...
These mud mounds, will soon become a familiar sight, all over South Essex, as the many big builds, reach fruition... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

6:49pm Fri 14 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Though there might be a more sinister reasons, close encounters....
Though there might be a more sinister reasons, close encounters.... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

3:26pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Rouge9 says...

Devils Advocate wrote:
Living the La Vida Legra wrote: How dose a mound of mud " fall over "?
You weren't around in the Aberfan disaster days?
The difference is this is a couple of tons of soil, not 40,000 cubic meters of spoil, shale and slurry overlooking a town.
Aberfan was horrendous, and is not something to take lightly, this is a busybody complaing over nothing
[quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: How dose a mound of mud " fall over "?[/p][/quote]You weren't around in the Aberfan disaster days?[/p][/quote]The difference is this is a couple of tons of soil, not 40,000 cubic meters of spoil, shale and slurry overlooking a town. Aberfan was horrendous, and is not something to take lightly, this is a busybody complaing over nothing Rouge9
  • Score: 4

1:15pm Tue 18 Mar 14

exBillericayDicky says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
These mud mounds, will soon become a familiar sight, all over South Essex, as the many big builds, reach fruition...
Really? I though it was giant moles
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: These mud mounds, will soon become a familiar sight, all over South Essex, as the many big builds, reach fruition...[/p][/quote]Really? I though it was giant moles exBillericayDicky
  • Score: 1

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