80 syringes found in towerblock carpark

Basildon Recorder: 80 syringes found in towerblock carpark 80 syringes found in towerblock carpark

DRUG addicts left 80 syringes lying on the floor of a tower block car park causing fears it has become a magnet for users.
 

Now some frightened residents living at Brooke House in Basildon’s Town Square are even more desperate to leave the flats after the shocking revelation.


Last week the Echo told residents told of the Grade II listed-building the flats had become a dump with drug users littering the stairwells and hallways and people even leaving human waste in public areas.


Basildon Council has recently been hosting drop-in coffee mornings for residents of the tower block to address concerns over the lift repairs currently taking place.


But, at one of the sessions, residents raised concerns the flats’ car park - which is behind metal gates by the Marks & Spencer side of the multi-storey on Great Oaks - was also being used by addicts.
 

The council carried out a clean of the car park where they found a shocking 80 discarded syringes lying on the ground, as well as burnt foil and spoons, which is commonly used by junkies to burn down rocks of heroin and crack cocaine.


Lesley Slater, Basildon Council’s area housing services manager, said the authority will now clean the Brooke House car park every fortnight.
 

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9:05am Wed 17 Oct 12

asbo industries inc says...

waste of time cleaning the carpark. it's the inside of the building that needs cleansing. compulsory drug tests for the residents. any positive results = forced eviction.
waste of time cleaning the carpark. it's the inside of the building that needs cleansing. compulsory drug tests for the residents. any positive results = forced eviction. asbo industries inc
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9:09am Wed 17 Oct 12

perini says...

'DRUG addicts left 80 syringes lying on the floor of a tower block car park causing fears it has become a magnet for users.'
So what's the magic number of syringes that has to be found before these idiots at the Council finally arrive at the conclusion that druggies are using this building?
'DRUG addicts left 80 syringes lying on the floor of a tower block car park causing fears it has become a magnet for users.' So what's the magic number of syringes that has to be found before these idiots at the Council finally arrive at the conclusion that druggies are using this building? perini
  • Score: 4

9:58am Wed 17 Oct 12

fletch12107 says...

So now the problem has been identified a high police presence and Pcso patrol will result in offenders being arrested and if they are a resident then the council will evict them......Jackanory Jackanory
So now the problem has been identified a high police presence and Pcso patrol will result in offenders being arrested and if they are a resident then the council will evict them......Jackanory Jackanory fletch12107
  • Score: 2

10:57am Wed 17 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

they're obviously migrating into there from their little dens in the bushes by the railway line on the Spains Hall Place estate due to this years inclement weather.
they're obviously migrating into there from their little dens in the bushes by the railway line on the Spains Hall Place estate due to this years inclement weather. Eric Whim
  • Score: 3

11:05am Wed 17 Oct 12

AndyBSG says...

So, what exactly are the plans for Brooke House under the new £1 billion Town Centre regeneration scheme?

All the money and spit and polish on Basildon Town Centre isn't going to be worth a thing if the middle of the development is still populated by this asbo ridden crack den but the fact it's a listed building is going to make it very hard to do anything about it.

Best thing to do is strip it of it's listed status, on the grounds of public interest, then tear it down and evict the animals living there.
So, what exactly are the plans for Brooke House under the new £1 billion Town Centre regeneration scheme? All the money and spit and polish on Basildon Town Centre isn't going to be worth a thing if the middle of the development is still populated by this asbo ridden crack den but the fact it's a listed building is going to make it very hard to do anything about it. Best thing to do is strip it of it's listed status, on the grounds of public interest, then tear it down and evict the animals living there. AndyBSG
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11:24am Wed 17 Oct 12

SpiffSpaffington1984 says...

"compulsory drug tests for the residents" what planet are you on? It's not earth that's for sure! An entire building full of people ranging from teenagers to pensioners are not going to agree to be drug tested and what kind of nazi organisation would make them? Some people rent privately or own their property, the council has no say over those people. People campaign against DNA being kept from innocent people, let alone making an entire building wee in plastic cups on a regular basis because a small group of drug users cause a neusance, it's not for 100+ people to prove their innocence it's for the council to keep the place clean and stop scum from bothering the normal residents, you are a complete fantasist
"compulsory drug tests for the residents" what planet are you on? It's not earth that's for sure! An entire building full of people ranging from teenagers to pensioners are not going to agree to be drug tested and what kind of nazi organisation would make them? Some people rent privately or own their property, the council has no say over those people. People campaign against DNA being kept from innocent people, let alone making an entire building wee in plastic cups on a regular basis because a small group of drug users cause a neusance, it's not for 100+ people to prove their innocence it's for the council to keep the place clean and stop scum from bothering the normal residents, you are a complete fantasist SpiffSpaffington1984
  • Score: 6

12:11pm Wed 17 Oct 12

PJR-121 says...

Last week the Echo told residents told of the Grade II listed-building the flats had become a dump with drug users littering the stairwells and hallways and people even leaving human waste in public areas.

The Echo told them? Either The Echo has taken it upon itself to inform residents of their views on properties in Essex, the residents are blind, or that's a typo, and should say 'residents told the Echo'

Let's look at the form of this newspaper and website - and make a decision based on that... hmm....
Last week the Echo told residents told of the Grade II listed-building the flats had become a dump with drug users littering the stairwells and hallways and people even leaving human waste in public areas. The Echo told them? Either The Echo has taken it upon itself to inform residents of their views on properties in Essex, the residents are blind, or that's a typo, and should say 'residents told the Echo' Let's look at the form of this newspaper and website - and make a decision based on that... hmm.... PJR-121
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12:36pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Basildon.lad.21 says...

Burn the place down, prefrably with all the crack heads inside it.
Burn the place down, prefrably with all the crack heads inside it. Basildon.lad.21
  • Score: 3

12:37pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Basildon.lad.21 says...

Burn the place down, prefrably with all the crack heads inside it.
Burn the place down, prefrably with all the crack heads inside it. Basildon.lad.21
  • Score: 2

1:06pm Wed 17 Oct 12

asbo industries inc says...

SpiffSpaffington1984 wrote:
"compulsory drug tests for the residents" what planet are you on? It's not earth that's for sure! An entire building full of people ranging from teenagers to pensioners are not going to agree to be drug tested and what kind of nazi organisation would make them? Some people rent privately or own their property, the council has no say over those people. People campaign against DNA being kept from innocent people, let alone making an entire building wee in plastic cups on a regular basis because a small group of drug users cause a neusance, it's not for 100+ people to prove their innocence it's for the council to keep the place clean and stop scum from bothering the normal residents, you are a complete fantasist
what percentage of the block is owner occupier...1-2%? long odds against the owner occupiers being the druggies. the rest are being housed at your expense. frogmarch them down the excrement filled stairwells, hose them down and stick a needle in their arm if they don't provide a urine sample (shouldn't be too hard to find a puncture mark and a vein). simples!
[quote][p][bold]SpiffSpaffington1984[/bold] wrote: "compulsory drug tests for the residents" what planet are you on? It's not earth that's for sure! An entire building full of people ranging from teenagers to pensioners are not going to agree to be drug tested and what kind of nazi organisation would make them? Some people rent privately or own their property, the council has no say over those people. People campaign against DNA being kept from innocent people, let alone making an entire building wee in plastic cups on a regular basis because a small group of drug users cause a neusance, it's not for 100+ people to prove their innocence it's for the council to keep the place clean and stop scum from bothering the normal residents, you are a complete fantasist[/p][/quote]what percentage of the block is owner occupier...1-2%? long odds against the owner occupiers being the druggies. the rest are being housed at your expense. frogmarch them down the excrement filled stairwells, hose them down and stick a needle in their arm if they don't provide a urine sample (shouldn't be too hard to find a puncture mark and a vein). simples! asbo industries inc
  • Score: 0

1:37pm Wed 17 Oct 12

SpiffSpaffington1984 says...

1 or 2%? I'd say about 30-40% at the very least
1 or 2%? I'd say about 30-40% at the very least SpiffSpaffington1984
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1:39pm Wed 17 Oct 12

asbo industries inc says...

are you a resident spiffspaff and if not where are your numbers from?
are you a resident spiffspaff and if not where are your numbers from? asbo industries inc
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2:03pm Wed 17 Oct 12

SpiffSpaffington1984 says...

There's 86 flats, 1 or 2% is less than 1 flat. I don't live there myself but have known 6 people that have over the years and the floors they lived on were about half & half.
There's 86 flats, 1 or 2% is less than 1 flat. I don't live there myself but have known 6 people that have over the years and the floors they lived on were about half & half. SpiffSpaffington1984
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2:08pm Wed 17 Oct 12

asbo industries inc says...

SpiffSpaffington1984 wrote:
There's 86 flats, 1 or 2% is less than 1 flat. I don't live there myself but have known 6 people that have over the years and the floors they lived on were about half & half.
fair enough. i give way and agree to raise the numbers. who has a problem giving a urine sample if they are clean? forget human rights - the roof over many of their heads is being paid for by the taxpayer.
[quote][p][bold]SpiffSpaffington1984[/bold] wrote: There's 86 flats, 1 or 2% is less than 1 flat. I don't live there myself but have known 6 people that have over the years and the floors they lived on were about half & half.[/p][/quote]fair enough. i give way and agree to raise the numbers. who has a problem giving a urine sample if they are clean? forget human rights - the roof over many of their heads is being paid for by the taxpayer. asbo industries inc
  • Score: 1

3:33pm Wed 17 Oct 12

J Arthur Rank says...

asbo industries inc wrote:
SpiffSpaffington1984 wrote:
There's 86 flats, 1 or 2% is less than 1 flat. I don't live there myself but have known 6 people that have over the years and the floors they lived on were about half & half.
fair enough. i give way and agree to raise the numbers. who has a problem giving a urine sample if they are clean? forget human rights - the roof over many of their heads is being paid for by the taxpayer.
I don't really understand why you should say " the roof over many of their heads is being paid for by the taxpayer."

You accept that many own their flats within the building, I assume that those who don't are paying rent one way or another. How does that equate to the taxpayer paying?
[quote][p][bold]asbo industries inc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpiffSpaffington1984[/bold] wrote: There's 86 flats, 1 or 2% is less than 1 flat. I don't live there myself but have known 6 people that have over the years and the floors they lived on were about half & half.[/p][/quote]fair enough. i give way and agree to raise the numbers. who has a problem giving a urine sample if they are clean? forget human rights - the roof over many of their heads is being paid for by the taxpayer.[/p][/quote]I don't really understand why you should say " the roof over many of their heads is being paid for by the taxpayer." You accept that many own their flats within the building, I assume that those who don't are paying rent one way or another. How does that equate to the taxpayer paying? J Arthur Rank
  • Score: -1

4:03pm Wed 17 Oct 12

asbo industries inc says...

ever heard of that thing called housing benefit?
ever heard of that thing called housing benefit? asbo industries inc
  • Score: 1

4:24pm Wed 17 Oct 12

J Arthur Rank says...

asbo industries inc wrote:
ever heard of that thing called housing benefit?
Yes, but Housing Benefit is only paid to people who rent and then only to those who qualify after means-testing and the amount of benefit paid may not amount to the full rent (if my understanding of the benefit is correct). Do you think there are really that many claimants in Brooke House? Or was your original assertion possibly baseless?
[quote][p][bold]asbo industries inc[/bold] wrote: ever heard of that thing called housing benefit?[/p][/quote]Yes, but Housing Benefit is only paid to people who rent and then only to those who qualify after means-testing and the amount of benefit paid may not amount to the full rent (if my understanding of the benefit is correct). Do you think there are really that many claimants in Brooke House? Or was your original assertion possibly baseless? J Arthur Rank
  • Score: 0

4:37pm Wed 17 Oct 12

asbo industries inc says...

a local authority towerblock in central basildon. what is your best estimate of the cost of a rental? means test...these people have nothing except drug habits and illegitimate children. do you not think the law abiders would move if they could? this is the 3rd brooke house horror story in less than a week, the second paragraph of this story describes frightened residents desperate to get out. it's not astro physics.
a local authority towerblock in central basildon. what is your best estimate of the cost of a rental? means test...these people have nothing except drug habits and illegitimate children. do you not think the law abiders would move if they could? this is the 3rd brooke house horror story in less than a week, the second paragraph of this story describes frightened residents desperate to get out. it's not astro physics. asbo industries inc
  • Score: 1

5:01pm Wed 17 Oct 12

J Arthur Rank says...

asbo industries inc wrote:
a local authority towerblock in central basildon. what is your best estimate of the cost of a rental? means test...these people have nothing except drug habits and illegitimate children. do you not think the law abiders would move if they could? this is the 3rd brooke house horror story in less than a week, the second paragraph of this story describes frightened residents desperate to get out. it's not astro physics.
For what it's worth I would guess that a one-bed flat leasehold would sell at the very bottom end of the market for such property- something around £60k and I doubt it would rent for much more than £450 p.m. I take your point that it is probably the least desirable of addresses in Basildon but I still doubt very much that the taxpayer is being burdened to the extent you have suggested.

I have no knowledge of astrophysics but you are right- it's not that.
[quote][p][bold]asbo industries inc[/bold] wrote: a local authority towerblock in central basildon. what is your best estimate of the cost of a rental? means test...these people have nothing except drug habits and illegitimate children. do you not think the law abiders would move if they could? this is the 3rd brooke house horror story in less than a week, the second paragraph of this story describes frightened residents desperate to get out. it's not astro physics.[/p][/quote]For what it's worth I would guess that a one-bed flat leasehold would sell at the very bottom end of the market for such property- something around £60k and I doubt it would rent for much more than £450 p.m. I take your point that it is probably the least desirable of addresses in Basildon but I still doubt very much that the taxpayer is being burdened to the extent you have suggested. I have no knowledge of astrophysics but you are right- it's not that. J Arthur Rank
  • Score: -1

5:24pm Wed 17 Oct 12

asbo industries inc says...

one bed flat is 50k offered. bid is likely significantly less than 50k and going south every time one of these stories is printed. your rent estimate is i would think not out of the ball park. now back to your assertion that the amount of benefit may not amount to the full rent....
one bed flat is 50k offered. bid is likely significantly less than 50k and going south every time one of these stories is printed. your rent estimate is i would think not out of the ball park. now back to your assertion that the amount of benefit may not amount to the full rent.... asbo industries inc
  • Score: 1

5:41pm Wed 17 Oct 12

J Arthur Rank says...

asbo industries inc wrote:
one bed flat is 50k offered. bid is likely significantly less than 50k and going south every time one of these stories is printed. your rent estimate is i would think not out of the ball park. now back to your assertion that the amount of benefit may not amount to the full rent....
Even if HB claimants had their full rent paid there are a large number of owner/occupiers who would not qualify. I would be plucking a figure out of the air if I were to estimate the number of claimants in Brooke House but I do believe that the impression you seem to seek to give, that large numbers are involved, is likely false.

I suppose, since neither of us have the figures, we may have to agree to disagree.
[quote][p][bold]asbo industries inc[/bold] wrote: one bed flat is 50k offered. bid is likely significantly less than 50k and going south every time one of these stories is printed. your rent estimate is i would think not out of the ball park. now back to your assertion that the amount of benefit may not amount to the full rent....[/p][/quote]Even if HB claimants had their full rent paid there are a large number of owner/occupiers who would not qualify. I would be plucking a figure out of the air if I were to estimate the number of claimants in Brooke House but I do believe that the impression you seem to seek to give, that large numbers are involved, is likely false. I suppose, since neither of us have the figures, we may have to agree to disagree. J Arthur Rank
  • Score: 0

5:56pm Wed 17 Oct 12

asbo industries inc says...

http://statistics.dw
p.gov.uk/asd/asd1/st
ats_summary/stats_su
mmary_aug12.pdf

here are the national numbers. needless to say they are large and growing. now overlay these numbers on a local authority tower block in basildon
http://statistics.dw p.gov.uk/asd/asd1/st ats_summary/stats_su mmary_aug12.pdf here are the national numbers. needless to say they are large and growing. now overlay these numbers on a local authority tower block in basildon asbo industries inc
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5:58pm Wed 17 Oct 12

asbo industries inc says...

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5:59pm Wed 17 Oct 12

asbo industries inc says...

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page 17 asbo industries inc
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6:17pm Wed 17 Oct 12

J Arthur Rank says...

asbo industries inc wrote:
http://statistics.dw

p.gov.uk/asd/asd1/st

ats_summary/stats_su

mmary_aug12.pdf

here are the national numbers. needless to say they are large and growing. now overlay these numbers on a local authority tower block in basildon
I think you know better than to suggest that such figures could be 'overlayed'. I am not a statistician but have a feeling that a statistician would refuse to make the sort of assumptions you are asking me to make.
[quote][p][bold]asbo industries inc[/bold] wrote: http://statistics.dw p.gov.uk/asd/asd1/st ats_summary/stats_su mmary_aug12.pdf here are the national numbers. needless to say they are large and growing. now overlay these numbers on a local authority tower block in basildon[/p][/quote]I think you know better than to suggest that such figures could be 'overlayed'. I am not a statistician but have a feeling that a statistician would refuse to make the sort of assumptions you are asking me to make. J Arthur Rank
  • Score: -1

6:31pm Wed 17 Oct 12

asbo industries inc says...

overlaying is being conservative. we're talking about a ghetto in basildon but i see you prefer the rose tinted glasses.
overlaying is being conservative. we're talking about a ghetto in basildon but i see you prefer the rose tinted glasses. asbo industries inc
  • Score: 1

7:30pm Wed 17 Oct 12

muffindamule says...

As I remember, when the flats were built they were very much sought after. How times change !
As I remember, when the flats were built they were very much sought after. How times change ! muffindamule
  • Score: 1

7:43pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Druggie Scumbag says...

muffindamule wrote:
As I remember, when the flats were built they were very much sought after. How times change !
They're still sought after. I think asbo's right about the £50k. Where will I ever get that sought of dosh? I suppose I could try renting one and get it paid on the HB. It might even make a decent grow room as long as the lifts aren't working as the police are probably too lazy or unfit to walk up the stairs. Top floor would be best then.
[quote][p][bold]muffindamule[/bold] wrote: As I remember, when the flats were built they were very much sought after. How times change ![/p][/quote]They're still sought after. I think asbo's right about the £50k. Where will I ever get that sought of dosh? I suppose I could try renting one and get it paid on the HB. It might even make a decent grow room as long as the lifts aren't working as the police are probably too lazy or unfit to walk up the stairs. Top floor would be best then. Druggie Scumbag
  • Score: 2

8:44pm Wed 17 Oct 12

asbo industries inc says...

Druggie Scumbag wrote:
muffindamule wrote:
As I remember, when the flats were built they were very much sought after. How times change !
They're still sought after. I think asbo's right about the £50k. Where will I ever get that sought of dosh? I suppose I could try renting one and get it paid on the HB. It might even make a decent grow room as long as the lifts aren't working as the police are probably too lazy or unfit to walk up the stairs. Top floor would be best then.
maybe you could put a polytunnel on the roof?
[quote][p][bold]Druggie Scumbag[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muffindamule[/bold] wrote: As I remember, when the flats were built they were very much sought after. How times change ![/p][/quote]They're still sought after. I think asbo's right about the £50k. Where will I ever get that sought of dosh? I suppose I could try renting one and get it paid on the HB. It might even make a decent grow room as long as the lifts aren't working as the police are probably too lazy or unfit to walk up the stairs. Top floor would be best then.[/p][/quote]maybe you could put a polytunnel on the roof? asbo industries inc
  • Score: 2

9:43pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Bettycraven says...

I once lived in a flat in Brooke House (8years ago) and it is pretty easy to access the car park as a non resident, so it's probably not any of the residents syringes.
To be honest it wasn't too bad living there, it's a great central location and has amazing views. It's a shame as it has the potential to be a great building.
I once lived in a flat in Brooke House (8years ago) and it is pretty easy to access the car park as a non resident, so it's probably not any of the residents syringes. To be honest it wasn't too bad living there, it's a great central location and has amazing views. It's a shame as it has the potential to be a great building. Bettycraven
  • Score: 3

4:23pm Thu 18 Oct 12

Rochford Rob says...

A building is a building - it's the occupants that appear to be the problem. Uproot this place and stick it in Mayfair and each flat would be 'worth' north of a million quid.

A proper presence and some determined action by Plod and the courts could solve this within a week, but then we know, that is never going to happen is it?
A building is a building - it's the occupants that appear to be the problem. Uproot this place and stick it in Mayfair and each flat would be 'worth' north of a million quid. A proper presence and some determined action by Plod and the courts could solve this within a week, but then we know, that is never going to happen is it? Rochford Rob
  • Score: 2

10:01am Fri 19 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

why not turn it into a hotel....
why not turn it into a hotel.... Eric Whim
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12:30pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Rochford Rob says...

Eric Whim wrote:
why not turn it into a hotel....
Who in their right mind would want to even visit Basildon, let alone stay there?

If you believe half the comments posted here it's some sort of drug / criminal / lowlife centre
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: why not turn it into a hotel....[/p][/quote]Who in their right mind would want to even visit Basildon, let alone stay there? If you believe half the comments posted here it's some sort of drug / criminal / lowlife centre Rochford Rob
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2:08pm Fri 19 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

Rochford Rob wrote:
Eric Whim wrote:
why not turn it into a hotel....
Who in their right mind would want to even visit Basildon, let alone stay there?

If you believe half the comments posted here it's some sort of drug / criminal / lowlife centre
there are already severa hotels in Basidon and there seems to be plans for at least one more (by or on the golf course) and if I remember correctly the redevelopment/regene
ration plans for the town centre include a hotel.

Whether this is planned to go where the old ABC cinema is or somewhere else it looks like there's the capacity required.

I agree that in recent decades Brooke House has earned a less than salutory reputation for the 'quaity' of it's tenants but I'm sure there are decent, hardworking and honest people living there too.

I think that it wouldn't be too ludicrous to transform the buiding into a hotel in the process of regenerating the Town Centre. The residents can always be transferred to one of the many thousand new houses the Council are desperately nailing up and planning for the future and the problem of Brooke House degenerating into a vision of a dystopian J.G. Ballard style 'Hi-rise' would be solved
[quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: why not turn it into a hotel....[/p][/quote]Who in their right mind would want to even visit Basildon, let alone stay there? If you believe half the comments posted here it's some sort of drug / criminal / lowlife centre[/p][/quote]there are already severa hotels in Basidon and there seems to be plans for at least one more (by or on the golf course) and if I remember correctly the redevelopment/regene ration plans for the town centre include a hotel. Whether this is planned to go where the old ABC cinema is or somewhere else it looks like there's the capacity required. I agree that in recent decades Brooke House has earned a less than salutory reputation for the 'quaity' of it's tenants but I'm sure there are decent, hardworking and honest people living there too. I think that it wouldn't be too ludicrous to transform the buiding into a hotel in the process of regenerating the Town Centre. The residents can always be transferred to one of the many thousand new houses the Council are desperately nailing up and planning for the future and the problem of Brooke House degenerating into a vision of a dystopian J.G. Ballard style 'Hi-rise' would be solved Eric Whim
  • Score: 0

3:34pm Fri 19 Oct 12

asbo industries inc says...

Eric Whim wrote:
Rochford Rob wrote:
Eric Whim wrote:
why not turn it into a hotel....
Who in their right mind would want to even visit Basildon, let alone stay there?

If you believe half the comments posted here it's some sort of drug / criminal / lowlife centre
there are already severa hotels in Basidon and there seems to be plans for at least one more (by or on the golf course) and if I remember correctly the redevelopment/regene

ration plans for the town centre include a hotel.

Whether this is planned to go where the old ABC cinema is or somewhere else it looks like there's the capacity required.

I agree that in recent decades Brooke House has earned a less than salutory reputation for the 'quaity' of it's tenants but I'm sure there are decent, hardworking and honest people living there too.

I think that it wouldn't be too ludicrous to transform the buiding into a hotel in the process of regenerating the Town Centre. The residents can always be transferred to one of the many thousand new houses the Council are desperately nailing up and planning for the future and the problem of Brooke House degenerating into a vision of a dystopian J.G. Ballard style 'Hi-rise' would be solved
you've hit the nail on the head. high rise local authority buildings in city centres are always a disaster. look no further than the multi storey trash on queensway for example. however it is prime city centre real estate. the tenants of these properties should be moved out of town into low rise accommodation and the law breakers, substance abusers weeded out.
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rochford Rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: why not turn it into a hotel....[/p][/quote]Who in their right mind would want to even visit Basildon, let alone stay there? If you believe half the comments posted here it's some sort of drug / criminal / lowlife centre[/p][/quote]there are already severa hotels in Basidon and there seems to be plans for at least one more (by or on the golf course) and if I remember correctly the redevelopment/regene ration plans for the town centre include a hotel. Whether this is planned to go where the old ABC cinema is or somewhere else it looks like there's the capacity required. I agree that in recent decades Brooke House has earned a less than salutory reputation for the 'quaity' of it's tenants but I'm sure there are decent, hardworking and honest people living there too. I think that it wouldn't be too ludicrous to transform the buiding into a hotel in the process of regenerating the Town Centre. The residents can always be transferred to one of the many thousand new houses the Council are desperately nailing up and planning for the future and the problem of Brooke House degenerating into a vision of a dystopian J.G. Ballard style 'Hi-rise' would be solved[/p][/quote]you've hit the nail on the head. high rise local authority buildings in city centres are always a disaster. look no further than the multi storey trash on queensway for example. however it is prime city centre real estate. the tenants of these properties should be moved out of town into low rise accommodation and the law breakers, substance abusers weeded out. asbo industries inc
  • Score: 1

1:55pm Mon 22 Oct 12

elaen says...

The triangle thing across the road for the homeless has most of the private landlords on their books and fills it with ex offenders druggies and boozers for £500 plus amonth housing benefit. Who else would want to rent these flats. Having said that the whole block is camered up not sure about the car park but would expect it is.
The triangle thing across the road for the homeless has most of the private landlords on their books and fills it with ex offenders druggies and boozers for £500 plus amonth housing benefit. Who else would want to rent these flats. Having said that the whole block is camered up not sure about the car park but would expect it is. elaen
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Eric Whim says...

he triangle thing across the road for the homeless


also known locally as The Temple Of Gloom
[quote]he triangle thing across the road for the homeless[/quote] also known locally as The Temple Of Gloom Eric Whim
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